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May 5, 2001 - May 5, 2001

PIL against govt on Madhavpura bank issue Saturday, May 5, 2001

VADODARA: The Gujarat Senior Citizens Federation (GSCF) and the Association of Consumers of Banks filed a public interest litigation against the state government on the Madhavpura bank issue.

The senior citizens have appealed to the Court to give directions to the administrators of the Madhavpura bank and the state government to ensure timely payment of premium. The petitioners have further prayed that even if the scheme for revival of the bank is worked out, efforts should be made to protect the rights of the insured depositors.

The petitioners said that in case of failure to revive the bank, the interests of the individual depositors should be protected. The court has noted the views of the petitioners and asked them to remain present on June 28 the next date of hearing when other similar PILs would be heard said GSCF secretary Praful Desai.

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PIL against govt on Madhavpura bank issue Saturday, May 5, 2001

VADODARA: The Gujarat Senior Citizens Federation (GSCF) and the Association of Consumers of Banks filed a public interest litigation against the state government on the Madhavpura bank issue.

The senior citizens have appealed to the Court to give directions to the administrators of the Madhavpura bank and the state government to ensure timely payment of premium. The petitioners have further prayed that even if the scheme for revival of the bank is worked out, efforts should be made to protect the rights of the insured depositors.

The petitioners said that in case of failure to revive the bank, the interests of the individual depositors should be protected. The court has noted the views of the petitioners and asked them to remain present on June 28 the next date of hearing when other similar PILs would be heard said GSCF secretary Praful Desai.

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90,000 MSU marksheets had a spelling mistake! Saturday, May 5, 2001

VADODARA: MS University has admitted that not one but 90,000 marksheets printed by the university press had a spelling mistake. All these mark sheets had missed the alphabet 'e' in the word 'university'. The error was brought to the notice of the varsity administration when a student pointed it out and informed the examination department.

The varsity administration regretting the error has decided to abandon the entire lot of marksheets that were put out in bulk last year.

"These marksheets had a spelling mistake. We have decided to abandon the lot and placed a new print order", pro vice-chancellor VD Pathak said. He added that the decision to abandon the erroneous marksheets would not result in students getting their results late.

"There is still two months time in declaring results of first year and other classes. By that time the marksheet stock will be replenished", Pathak said.

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Another sandalwood tree felled on MSU campus Saturday, May 5, 2001

VADODARA: Lax security on MS University campus once again led to felling of a sandalwood tree. This time the thieves targeted MS University Botanical Garden. Earlier, two cases of sandalwood tree theft had been reported at the university arboretum.

However, in the recent case, the thieves were not able to take the felled sandalwood tree. By the time thieves chopped the trunk a security guard at the botanical garden spotted them and chased them away. The thieves had entered the botanical garden from the fine arts side. Security guard at the garden said the thieves might have taken the Vishwamitri underbridge route near the fine arts faculty.

Head of botany department GP Senan called the incident unfortunate and said until tight vigil was maintained around the arboretum and botanical garden such incidents would continue.

"The only remedy is to deputy professional security guards. I strongly feel that the current security arrangement is not up to the mark and either needs to be overhauled or replaced", Senan said.

While there were about half a dozen fully grown sandalwood trees in the arboretum the botanical garden had two such trees - one of which was felled by the thieves.

"There were only two sandal wood trees other plants in the garden are of the ornamental category and significant in terms of study of botany," Senan said. He remarked that the fine arts end of the garden needs to be plugged. "That is the easiest way for unscrupulous elements to enter the garden. A tall fencing on that end would be desirable", Senan added.

He also said a complaint has been lodged with the Sayajigunj police station. Meanwhile, the university administration has taken a serious note of the incident. "We are trying to better security measures. However, there are certain constraints that needs to be tackled," pro vice-chancellor VD Pathak said.

Last year, two sandalwood trees had been felled in the arboretum and smuggled out right under the nose of the security guards. Surprisingly the thieves had not only managed to fell the huge tree, but also chop it up sitting right in the arboretum. The varsity had lodged a police complaint but to no end.

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Another case of CAS violation on MSU campus Saturday, May 5, 2001

VADODARA: Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) is again at the centre of a controversy, this time embroiling the political science department of MS University.

Highly placed sources said that head of political science department Dilip Mohite has found that a teacher in the department, professor Anand Mavlankar, who was co-ordinator of a UGC-Refresher Course in May 1999, had misled the department and illegally issued a certificate of participation to Sivanand Patnaik. Patnaik's name, said professor Mohite, does not figure in the list of participants who attended the refreshers programme in 1999.

"This issue has come to light now. Professor Mavlankar has misled the department and issued a certificate of attendance and participation of the refresher course to a fellow colleague and teacher Sivanand Patnaik. The fact is that Patnaik never attended that course", professor Mohite said.

Patnaik had applied for promotion from lecturer to senior lecturer's designation and grade. However, the MSU had rejected Patnaik's application on the grounds that as per UGC's mandatory requirement Patnaik had not attended any UGC refresher course.

"Unless a refresher course attendance certificate is obtained Patnaik cannot be promoted. Professor Mavlankar hence pitched in and issued one such certificate by misleading me and the department on the whole", professor Mohite said. He added that he became suspicious of the entire affair and asked for the records of participation. "Once this was established I took back the certificate from them and reprimanded them", professor Mohite said. He added that he was contemplating to bring this incident to the notice of the university authorities.

Professor Mavlankar, on the other hand, denied of having issued any participation certificate to Patnaik. "I have not issued any certificate to Patnaik mentioning that he participated in the refresher programme. I have said it in the department meeting on April 24 and I am saying it again that Patnaik did not participate the programme", professor Mavlankar said. He said that Patnaik had taken one of the lectures as a resource person in the refresher programme.

"The letter that I gave him was just a simple testimony that mentioned that he had taken one lecture as a resource person. It was not and cannot be considered as a participation certificate", professor Mavlankar said. He added in the department meeting he had satisfied all queries when this issue was raised.

However, the political science department has also questioned the inclusion of the name of a temporary lecturer, Tanuja Gandhi, in the list of participants. Department argues that Gandhi was a temporary lecturer and hence not eligible for participation. Mavlankar, however, says that Gandhi's participation does not violate UGC norms for CAS.

"In 1999 when this course was conducted I had got instructions from the university development officer that both local and outside participants should be encouraged to participate. I was categorically asked to include names of locals and outsiders. This was permissible till 1999 but in the year 2000 norms had changed," Mavlankar said.

Meanwhile, this case has sparked off a fresh row in the political science department and sources say it is likely to take political overtones.

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