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CBI lodges FIR in NET answer-sheet scam
New Delhi, May 27: The CBI has registered a case against senior CBSE official Antriksh Johri and some other government officials for allegedly hiring a private firm to scan the answer-sheets of 7.94 lakh in this year's National Eligibility Test (NET), an official said on Friday.The agency's move comes after the private firm failed to complete the scanning of answer-sheets of the UGC-NET exam held on January 22 this year at around 500 centres in 90 cities, the official said, adding the FIR was registered three days ago.He said that the firm, Venus Digital, was paid over Rs 1 crore for the job.Johri, who is Director, IT, at the Central Board of Secondary Education), some unidentified officials of the board and Kapil Soorma, representative of Venus Digital Service situated in West Delhi's Patel Nagar and Karol Bagh areas, were booked for alleged corruption, criminal conspiracy and criminal misconduct.Sources said that the Central Bureu of Investigation (CBI) has also collected documents f...




Students protest against 'saffronized' event at IIMC
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, May 20: Scores of students, both current and former, held a protest demonstration outside the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) here on Saturday against what they termed as attempts to saffronize the country's premier institute of journalism.     Initially entitle "Nationalistic Journalism in Current Perspective", the seminar was renamed as "National Journalism in Current Perspective" following dissenting voices. But students still gathered at the main gate to protest against the seminar mainly for three reasons apart from the theme: It was to be opened with a ‘yagna', a Hindu ritual, probably first time for any event at IIMC; was to be moderated by Editor of RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya, and was to be addressed by among others former Bastar Inspector General of Police S.R.P. Kalluri.    "Given ours being a secular country, some may object to use of ‘yagna' for any event ...




Haryana govt. gives in to girl students' hunger strike, upgrades school
Chandigarh/Rewari, May 18: With around 10 girls falling unconscious and rushed to hospital following their indefinite hunger strike, the Haryana government on Wednesday gave in and announced that the government school in their village will be upgraded.The girls in Gothra Tappa Dahina village in Rewari started their protest eight days back, seeking upgradation of their school till Class 12, saying that they could not go to attend higher classes in a school in a nearby village as they were molested by youth on the way.Following the announcement of upgradation by Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma, the protesting girl students ended their hunger strike, saying they were satisfied by the decision.The school at Gothra Tappa Dahina has 70 students each in classes 9 and 10. As per norms, a high school must have at least 150 students in both to be upgraded to Class 12 but the state government has given the rules the go-by in this case. Haryana girls, their parents showing victory sign af...




Indian Muslim teen develops world's smallest satellite, NASA will launch it
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 17: It will be a proud moment for all Indians when the US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be launching world's smallest satellite next month. Do you know why? The 64-gram satellite has been developed by none other than a Muslim teenager from Tamil Nadu. The teen scientist Rifath Sharook is just 18 years old and a student of 12th class.   The tiny satellite manufactured by 3D printing, weighing just 64 grams, is the lightest satellite in the world as well. The satellite "KalamSat" named after renowned scientist and former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam, will be launched by NASA on June 21.   Sharook's satellite got selected in a competition "Cubes in Space", jointly organized by NASA and an educational group, 'I Doodle Learning.' He developed this tiny satellite while working on a project funded by Space Kidz India, an organization that educates and guides young aspirants to ma...




Aligarh Muslim University gets a new Vice Chancellor
Prof Mansoor was appointed as the AMU Vice Chancellor by President Pranab Mukherjee  Aligarh, May 17: Prof Tariq Mansoor on Tuesday took charge as the new Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University from Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah (Retd) who completed a three-year term.Prof Mansoor is the principal of AMU's Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (JNMCH).Prof Mansoor was appointed as the AMU Vice Chancellor by President Pranab Mukherjee. His name in the Panel for AMU Vice Chancellor designate was included after he secured the maximum number of votes by the AMU Court Members. Professor Mansoor has been associated with AMU for 35 years.Before taking the charge as Vice Chancellor, Prof Mansoor paid floral tributes at the tomb of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of AMU and later visited Morrisson Court and Sir Syed Hall (North), where he interacted with students.(IANS)




While snubbed for not probing suspects, Police look for Najeeb in mosques
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 15: Just two days after being strongly criticized by the Delhi High Court for "beating around the bush" instead of properly investigating the case of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed and interrogating the suspects, the Delhi Police have now reportedly visited mosques in the national capital looking for the student who mysteriously disappeared from his hostel room in Oct last year, day after his scuffle allegedly with some members of a Hindu-right student group.   According to PTI news agency, whose report has been carried in several dailies, the Delhi Police has approached mosques in Delhi and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh asking them to make regular announcements on Najeeb.   In the last six months, the police have made several such attempts like visiting mosques and dargahs in search of Najeeb.   However, as the High Court observed on this Friday and Najeeb's family has long said, the Police have allegedly not yet properl...




Baby snake found in mid-day meal at govt. school in Haryana
The students admitted that they often got a 'stale smell' from the food, but finding snake in the food was something which was frightening for them IndiaTomorrow.net,Faridabad, May12: The quality of mid-day meal supplied to government schools is again under question when a baby snake (snakelet) was found in the food served to children in Rajkeeya Girls Senior Secondary School here.  As the snakelet found in the meal, many students were stopped from consuming the meal, but unfortunately some students had already eaten portions of it, eventually they vomited as soon as they had eaten the meal.  The snakelet was seen in the food when the principal and other teachers were tasting the food, after which they immediately intimated the other students to not eat it.   The students admitted that they often got a 'stale smell' from the food, but fnding snake in the food was something which was frightening for them.  The school's principal informed about the same t...




Four teachers suspended for asking girl to remove innerwear for NEET
Kannur/Thiruvananthapuram, May 9: Four women teachers who are believed to have asked a girl to remove her top innerwear before entering the classroom to write the NEET entrance exam at a school near Kannur have been suspended for a month by the school authorities. The state police is to probe the incident, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.The management of the private school in Payanur near Kannur have also started their own probe into what happened on Sunday.In the state capital in the Kerala Assembly, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan replying to a submission of Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala on the incident said he has asked the police to conduct a probe and register a case."This arose because of the dress code and we will register our strong protest against the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) to the Centre," said Vijayan.Cutting across political affiliations, legislators condemned the incident and all sought action be taken against those responsible...




Alma mater of two Prime Ministers, Panjab University grapples with financial crisis
Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, May 9: It was ranked at the top spot among India's institutions of higher learning just four years ago. It's alumni includes a former President and two former Prime Ministers, among them Manmohan Singh. But today, the 135-year-old Panjab University (PU) is staring down the barrel of a staggering deficit upwards of Rs 345 crore ($53 million) -- with no immediate solution in sight.Salaries to faculty and staff are delayed, new projects are on hold, there is tension among students on the campus over a massive fee hike, and funding from the central and state governments is not coming.The deficit as of April 1, the beginning of fiscal 2017-18, has climbed to Rs 346.19 crore in what is owed by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Punjab government.The deficit has been increasing steadily. It was Rs 212.26 crore in 2014-15, Rs 221.84 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 217.73 crore in 2016-17. The Centre later r...




NEET shocker: Female candidate says asked to remove innerwear
Kannur (Kerala), May 7: In a shocking incident, a female candidate who appeared at a NEET centre here on Sunday claimed she had to remove her innerwear before sitting for the entrance test. Other women candidates too faced a harrowing experience due to a strict dress code in force.The anguished candidate told media persons after attempting the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) -- conducted for admission to undergraduate medical courses in government and private medical colleges in the country -- that she was asked by the examination centre's officials to remove her innerwear."My daughter went inside the centre, only to return later and hand me her top innerwear," said her mother.Another candidate, who was wearing a pair of jeans, was asked to remove a pocket as well as metal buttons from the clothing.Her father told IANS: "She was wearing jeans. Since it had pockets and metal buttons, they needed to be removed. I went to a shop about three km away from the ex...




AMU's answer to minority tag is nanotech, solar research
The university has taken up a project on desalinating sea water or brackish water using nanotechnology that would bring a "sea change in Indian coastal cities" and provide low-cost drinking water: AMU VC Sarwar Kashani,Aligarh, May 7: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), a nearly 100-year-old institution born out of the independence movement and the quest to modernise Muslim education, has often been a victim of minority politics that attracted negative media attention. But what is little known is the kind of path-breaking research the institution is doing in the areas of nanotechnology and solar energy. The AMU has taken up fresh scientific research projects, including on how to solve the water crisis using nanotechnology and recycle waste water using an eco-friendly and low-cost methods?.And its outgoing Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah, a former deputy chief of the Indian Army, hopes the it will be "among the top 200 universities in the world by 2020...




300 students hospitalised after gas leaks from chemical container
New Delhi, May 6: Over 300 students of two girls schools were rushed to hospital on Saturday morning after they complained of dizziness and headache following gas leak from a chemical container near their schools in south Delhi, police said.Noxious fumes from the container caused eye and throat irritation, and dizziness to the students of Rani Jhansi Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya and Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Number 2, in Tughlaqabad area, in the morning. Around 30 students had fainted.After first aid, many of the students were released."Over 310 students were treated at different hospitals after Chloro (methyl) diphenylsilane, a chemical, leaked from a container depot here in Tughlaqabad," a senior police officer told IANS."We are investigating to see how the chemical leaked," the officer said, adding, "The chemical was imported to India."The officer said a case is being registered in the matter.The students were rushed to four nearby hospital...




Media professionals resolve to uphold freedom of independent journalism
"Issues relating to the corporatisation of the media, the imposition of a certain kind of a discourse as well as challenges thrown up by the social media were also discussed," the IWPC statement said New Delhi, May 4: Media professionals, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday, adopted a resolution to strive for upholding freedom of independent journalism as well as condemning violence faced by journalists at the workplace and in society, globally as well as within India.At a panel discussion organized by the Indian Women's Press Corps to mark World Press Freedom Day, senior media professionals "expressed concern over the shrinking of spaces for the media", a statement said."They recognised that the challenges had become far more acute for media professionals in the era of neo-liberalisation" and expressed "concern over the violence and insecurity of employment faced by a large number of journalists and called upon the journali...




Media lacks expertise, yet discusses minority religious issues
IndiaTomorrow.net, Kolkata, May 1: Expressing concern over the biased coverage on the issues related to Muslims, eminent intellectuals here denounced the mainstream media and asked it to uphold the journalistic objectivity.   "Among all personal laws, I regard Muslim personal laws as most progressive," Advocate Flavia Agnes said while speaking at a one day national seminar organized at Aliah University, here on Sunday.   Ms Agnes, who has written extensively on women issues, said that the court ban on triple-talaq will prove ineffective as Muslim men may then start deserting their wives, like Narendra Modi did to his wife. She also criticized the media of ignorance over the subject and suggested that they play into the hand of vested political interests by only highlighting certain kind of reports related to Muslim women.   The Seminar - ‘Media and Marginality: Situating the Minority in Popular Narratives' was organized by the Departmen...




Retired teachers of DU protest over non-payment of monthly pension
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 29: Scores of elderly retired teachers of Delhi University on Saturday held a pretest demonstration at the campus over non-payment of monthly pension despite the Delhi High Court order eight months ago.   On 24 Aug 2016, a two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court had directed the Delhi University to issue monthly pension under General Provident Fund (GPF) to some 300 teachers from around 72 colleges of the central university.   However, even after 8 months, the retired teachers have not got the amount.    Speaking to IndiaTomorrow.net, Dr. Anuradha Anand, ex-Principal, Janki Devi Memorial College, said it is like disowning the judgment of High Court. “Despite the High Court’s order in favor of all retired teachers to give their pensions, the university and MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) both are not implementing it. It has been more than 8 months since the judgment came. So, we hav...




HC seeks response from UGC, JNU over MPhil/PhD admission notification
The SFI and students argued that the notification's ramifications will extend beyond existing researchers and lead to few admissions of research aspirants in the current academic session New Delhi, April 28: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought response from the Central government, the UGC and JNU on a plea challenging the UGC notification that put a cap on number of M.Phil and Ph.D research scholars a professor can guide.A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra asked the government, University Grants Commission and Jawaharlal Nehru University to file their response on the plea and posted the matter for hearing on May 11.The plea filed by the Students' Federation of India (SFI) and some aspiring M.Phil and Ph.D students of JNU and Delhi University challenged the constitutional validity of the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.Phil and Ph.D degree) Regulations 2016 which came into effect from July 5, 2016.They have contende...




Over 200 DU ad-hoc teachers observe hunger strike for permanent status
The teachers from across Delhi University colleges sat at the Arts Faculty building and addressed their peers on the "irregularities" being committed by the varsity New Delhi, April 28: More than 200 Delhi University (DU) ad-hoc teachers observed a daylong hunger strike here on Friday to press their demand that they be absorbed as permanent faculty.The teachers from across Delhi University colleges sat at the Arts Faculty building and addressed their peers on the "irregularities" being committed by the varsity."There are a total of 200-250 teachers who are observing a day-long hunger strike... And another 1,500 are associated with the movement," Himanshu Singh, Assistant Professor (ad-hoc), Satyawati College (Evening), told IANS over the phone.He said that these teachers are not being made permanent for a long time, and are forced to enjoy a sub-par status, in that they do not get to avail many facilities which permanent faculty get."Some of us...




JNU sedition case: Police asks 30 students to join probe
The Patiala House Court in August 2016 granted regular bail to JNU Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar and two others -- Khalid and Anirban -- in the sedition caseNew Delhi, April 28: Notice has been issued to 30 Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, including Kanhaiya Kumar, to join the probe into alleged raising of anti-national slogans on the campus in February last year, Delhi Police said."They have been given time by the Delhi Police Special Cell to be present at the administrative block of JNU from 12 p.m. onwards between April 28 and April 30," a senior police officer said.A copy of the notice has also been sent to the JNU Vice Chancellor."Their statements will be recorded as the Investigating Officer has been directed to start the probe afresh," the officer told IANS, adding that "Legal action will be taken if the students failed to join the probe".A fresh probe was ordered by the top brass of Delhi Police, which went through the draft ...




US varsity announces $5,000 scholarship for Indian students
There is no limitation on the number of scholarships and it can be extended to any number of students New Delhi, April 27: The Missouri State University (MSU) in the US on Thursday announced $5,000 scholarship for Indian students.The university will grant the scholarship on the basis of GPA scores -- the students' cumulative scores in 10th, 11th and 12th class -- and their SAT scores."We have always welcomed Indian students and averaged a 120-130 of them till recently... Their current number is 55 and we would want this to grow, " Stephen Robinette, Associate Vice President, International Program, MSU, told the media.There is no limitation on the number of scholarships and it can be extended to any number of students, he said.Another university official tried to allay the fears of deportation or denial of visa, which have increased now in the light of President Donald Trump's ban on immigrants from six countries and strict curbs on the H-1B visa holders."There has b...




Universities should create environment for free exchange of ideas: President
There is need for investment in research and innovation so that we can occupy our rightful place in the international community: President  IndiaTomorrow.net, Hyderabad, April 27: Universities should be places for creating learning environment, where free exchange of ideas will take place and where mighty minds in the form of students and teachers would exchange ideas, said President Pranab Mukherjee while addressing the inaugural function of centenary celebrations of Osmania University in Hyderabad here on Wednesday.   "Osmania University was also established with this dream that it will be an institution of excellence where free minds will meet freely, interact and exchange ideas and live in peaceful co-existence," he said.    "In ancient India, India played a leading role in the field of higher learning. Universities such as Taxila, Nalanda, Vikramshila etc. had attracted mighty minds in the form of students and teachers," said the Presid...




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