Sunday, 30 June 2013

Traffic jam at Mhaismal bothers holidaymakers - Source LT


With the onset of monsoon, Mhaismal hill station is attracting a lot of tourists from the city and surrounding places. The greenery has increased Mhaismal's appeal among the picnickers visiting this mountainous terrain. Today being Sunday, several nature lovers visited the spot to enjoy its scenic beauty. However, they had to face severe inconvenience as the traffic at the Mhaismal Ghat came to a standstill for almost three hours. The police had made no arrangements whatsoever for the smooth movement of vehicles. 
Thousands of residents from the city went to Mhaismal to enjoy their holiday. Several cars proceeded towards the hill station right from the morning. On the way towards Mhaismal, people were seen sipping tea at the roadside kiosks. Some were seen eating thier tiffins while some even had drinks. The traffic on the narrow road increased as the number of revelers grew in the afternoon. It seemed that the traffic police had not anticipated the crowd so there was no one to handle the situation. Drunkards were creating ruckus. Several people had to stay back due to traffic snarl witnessed between 3 pm and 7 pm.

Water level in dams goes up - Source LT


Water level in nearly all irrigation projects from Marathwada has increased slightly after good rainfall during June. Water stock has increased by 2 per cent in big irrigation projects and one per cent in small projects. There is 6 per cent water stock at present in Marathwada's small, medium and big dams. 
Nearly all dams in the region went dry in January-end or first week of February because of insufficient rainfall for two consecutive years. Water situation worsened in May. The drought in Marathwada became a matter of great concern for the State as well as the Central Governments which released aid worth crores. 
This year, the rainfall started little early and dams began witnessing inflow of water. During the last 15 days, the water stock in nearly all dams has increased marginally. On the first day of June, the water stock in 9 big dams of Marathwada was 161 Million Cubic Metres (MCM) only but now it has increased by 85 MCM and reached 246 MCM mark. Still big projects are having only five per cent stock of their capacity. Water stock in the small irrigation projects has also increased marginally. There are 717 small projects in Marathwada's eight districts and their capacity is 1496 MCM. Stock of water in this dams was 69 MCM on June 1 but has now touched 89 MCM. Water stock in medium irrigation projects was average 11 per cent and despite good rainfall water level in these projects has not increased.

PBA best career option, says Pankaj Mandhane - Source LT

n Overwhelming response to Lokmat-iTAP workshop
"Those who wish to make a career in commerce, Professional Business Accounts (PBA) is the best emerging alternative," renowned CA Pankaj Mandhane said.
He said cities like Pune and Mumbai require nearly 10,000-12,000 PBA graduates. "Instead of hankering after traditional courses, students should opt for PBA which offers a bright career," he advised.
Mandhane was speaking at the one-day workshop jointly organised by Lokmat and Institute of Taxation and Accounting Professionals (iTAP) on the topic 'Taxation and Account PBA' at Lokmat Bhavan, on Sunday. Pravin Bangad, Lokmat events in-charge Suhas Shahane were present.
"One should not look for a job or promotion alone, but aim for bigger goals. If one does so, then it is the real beginning of a career," he maintained while pointing out that there many misunderstandings about the commerce field. 
"A majority of people think that commerce stream offers only CA, CS or ICWA. They are wrong. A number of other options are open for students in this field now and one of them is PBA," Mandhane said.
He said by doing PBA course one can easily get a job immediately. Businesses and industries are growing rapidly in Aurangabad, Pune and Mumbai, which need PBA graduates. Those who fail to make it to CA, ICWA or MBA after B.Com, such students can opt for PBA. This nine-month course imparts knowledge of different types of taxes, Shop Act, Provident Fund Act, ESI, apart from accounting.
"Also, students are offered earn-and-learn scheme during the course period. This course is good for housewives also," Mandhane said and added that it is available in Aurangabad and Pune at ITAP. Sayli Kulkarni conducted the proceedings.

ST to increase bus fares from today - Source LT

■ Shivneri fare to Pune is Rs. 585
The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has decided to hike the fares from Monday (July 1). Now, journey to Pune via Shivneri Volvo's (AC bus service) will cost Rs. 585 (old fare: Rs. 530).
The passengers will have to shell out more for ST regular bus service to Mumbai in day hour from Aurangabad. The proposed fare will be Rs. 385 (Rs. 362), night service Rs. 452 (Rs. 422) and semi-luxury fare Rs. 523 (Rs. 482). 
Passengers travelling to Nashik by regular bus in day hour will have to pay extra Rs. 12, while for night service there will be an increase of Rs. 16 and semi-luxury bus service will cost Rs. 20 more.
The fare to Nagpur has been increased by Rs. 30, while Rs. 38 has been increased for night travelling. Passengers travelling to Nagpur from Aurangabad in semi-luxury will have to shell out Rs. 51 more i.e. Rs. 663 (Rs. 612). Fares to Solapur, Dhule, Ahmednagar, Kolhapur, Buldhana have been also increased, while Aurangabad to Jalna fare has been increased from Rs. 5 - 15.
Destinations such as Beed, Osmanabad, Latur, Gangapur, Kannad, Vaijapur, Sillod, Soyegaon, Nanded and Parbhani from Aurangabad will also witness increase between Rs. 5 - 18 with effect from Monday.

Competitive exam study centre opened - Source LT

A free study center has been opened for the students preparing for UPSC, MPSC and other competitive exams at the Rashtrawadi Bhavan.
"Students preparing for such competitive exams will be guided by an expert once in a week," said higher and technical education minister Rajesh Tope.
Addressing a press conference, he said, "The step has been taken in behalf of Rashtrawadi Vidhyarthi Congress to help the students with poor financial background from rural areas. They face difficulties in finding a suitable place to prepare for such exams. Starting from the city such centers will be opened all over the state. Henceforth, no party activities will take place in the party hall as it has been converted into study centre," Tope added. The timing for the study centre are from 8 am to 8 pm

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Affiliation norms to be changed - Source LT


The administration of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University is likely to implement new college affiliation format from the next year. The decision to revise the affiliation process was taken in the Academic Council meeting held on March 25. The university administration had appointed a one-member committee led by Management Council member Dr Shivaji Madan to look into the issue. 
The committee has prepared the new format for affiliation. The university is seeking opinions and suggestions from the colleges about it by July 6. Once the new format is approved by the university, it will be implemented for the academic year 2014-15. Generally, the affiliation committee does not submit its report on time. As per the new format, the affiliation committee will have to submit report anyhow to the university administration by January 31 annually. The committee will have to give clear recommendations about withdrawal of affiliation rather than making vague comments. The colleges which were offered conditional affiliation last year, will have to fulfil their commitments failing which they will be de-recognised. The pattern of 500 marks (marks for different facilities colleges offer) while granting affiliation is the same.

AMC makes tall claims about basic amenities - Source LT


• Nodal officers asked to stay in touch with their respective ward officers and engineers to ensure that sanitary conditions are maintained
• Citizens have also been appealed to contact the control room (0240-2333536-40) in case any problems arising out of rain, hailstorm or waterlogging


Like every year, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is making tall claims that it has succeeded in maintaining sanitary conditions and providing uninterrupted services during monsoon. 
For this purpose, it has appointed six nodal officers to monitor and maintain the basic services.
According to sources, municipal commissioner Harshadeep Kamble has appointed ward-wise nodal officers with the jurisdiction of each ward being comprised of 16-17 wards. They include acting city engineer Hemant Kolhe (Ward A), deputy commissioner R P Nikam (Ward B), executive engineer S D Panzade (Ward C), assistant director of town planning D P Kulkarni (Ward D), executive engineer Syed Sikander Ali (Ward E) and chief fire brigade officer Shivaji Jhanjhan (Ward F). 
The nodal officers have been asked to stay in touch with their respective ward officers and ward engineers and ensure that sanitary conditions are maintained.
Citizens have also been appealed to contact the control room on 0240-2333536-40) in case any problems arising out of rain, hailstorm or waterlogging, in and around the city.
Citizens have also been urged to report to the control room about old buildings and trees posing danger.

Rally marks Intl Day Against Drug Abuse - Source LT


A rally was organised to create awareness on the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by Maharashtra 51 Batallion of National Cadet Corps (NCC). The rally started from Vivekanand College and ended at Aurangapura. 
Students of Maulana Azad College, Vivekanand College, Deogiri College, Dr.Zakir Hussain College, Maratha High School, Little Flower High School, Dharmavir Sambhaji High School, Deogiri High School and Dnyanprakash High School participated in this rally. PI Balaji Sontakke, Col Rakesh Nayar, Maqdoom Farooqi and others also participated in the rally.

Basic science regaining demand - Source LT


With professional courses seeing a slump in the job market, many students are now opting for basic science courses. — Ashok Mohekar| Dean, science department, Bamu
As many courses are derived from the basic science, subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics will always be in a great demand. —Dr S V Birajdar| Principal, S B College 


The number of students taking admission in courses like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics has increased considerably in the past three years. 
In spite of completing technical and professional courses like BCS, BCA, BBA, B. Ed etc, there are no jobs for students which is compelling them to take admission in basic science courses.
According to Ashok Mohekar, the dean of science department of Osmanabad sub-centre of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, thousands of students are now preferring basic science courses for better job prospects.
There are 153 science colleges in district having 2-3 batches with an intake capacity of 130 students each. "Now, in the wake of rising demand for science courses, the university will have to increase the batches to accommodate students, he added.

Cancer Hosp gets 2 docs - Source LT


The Medical Education and Research Department has assigned a doctor from Nagpur to the Cancer Hospital at Amkhas Maidan on deputation. Besides, the department has appointed an expert doctor attached to a private hospital on regular contract basis at the cancer hospital.
Lokmat Times had recently in its report highlighted that the cancer hospital was on the lip of closure as head of radiology department went on one month long leave and an associate professor from the hospital tendered his resignation.
Taking note of the LT report, the medical education department has appointed the doctors with immediate effect. Notably associate professor working at the cancer hospital Dr Ubale had resigned in May. Thus head of radiology department Dr Balaji Shewalkar was overburdened and working without availing leave. However, he also offered his resignation following media reports about his private practice. 
Keeping the interest of the patients in mind, dean of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Dr K S Bhople did not accept the resignation of Dr Shewalkar. Later Dr Shewalkar went on one month leave, bringing the services at the hospital to a standstill. 
Then Dr Bhople contacted medical education and research department and asked to appoint the doctors immediately following which a doctor has been appointed on deputation.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Survey on nutrition launched in city - Source LT

n Hyderabad-based NIN undertakes Centre-sponsored project
n Will record prevalence of diabetes, hypertension and obesity

Hectic lifestyle coupled with unhealthy diet is leading to many diseases among urban men and women these days. To gauge the exact extent of the problem, a union government-sponsored Nutritional Assessment Survey (NASS) has been launched in the city during which prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies (MND), obesity, diabetes and hypertension will be recorded.
In Maharashtra, the survey will be held in five cities - Aurangabad, Osmanabad, Akola, Ratnagiri and Mumbai. The survey of Akola is in the last leg. The survey is being held for the first time in the city. The head of the National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (NNMB) of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN - Hyderabad) Dr D V Bhale had a detailed discussion with the health officer of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) Dr Jaishree Kulkarni for local support in conducting the survey. 
The survey is scheduled to be completed during the monsoon. Hence, the NASS has been started in the city on June 24. Households representing different socio economic categories have been selected from 15 election wards. 
An NNMB team comprising six experts will survey 48 houses each in selected wards and monitor the nutritional status. The team will record details like food habits, frequency of eating food, type of food (home cooked or prepared in eateries), the profession of bread-winner, number of persons going for work in the family etc. 
The team will conduct blood tests (fasting and post meal) to detect diabetes cases. Lipid profile test will also be conducted on the spot to know whether the patient is suffering from stress-related diseases. Dr Kulkarni confirmed the development and said, "The NIN delegates had met me and the AMC had granted them permission for conducting the survey in our jurisdiction. We will deploy our expert personnel to assist them while visiting different wards and interacting with people."
"The prevalence of different diseases is mostly due to our sedentary lifestyle, consumption of junk food on regular basis and stress at work place and in personal life," said Dr Kulkarni. PoynterAgateThree CompBold>About NIN /PoynterAgateThree CompBold>
National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) was founded by Sir Robert McCarrison in the year 1918 as "Beri-Beri" Enquiry Unit in a single room laboratory at the Pasteur Institute, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. Within a short span of seven years, this unit blossomed into a "Deficiency Disease Enquiry" and later in 1928, emerged as full-fledged "Nutrition Research Laboratories" (NRL) with Dr. McCarrison as its first Director. It was shifted to Hyderabad in 1958. NIN has attained global recognition for its pioneering studies on various aspects of nutrition research, with special reference to protein energy malnutrition (PEM).

Many come forward to held trapped pilgrims - Source LT

Food, water, clothes sent by plane
U'khand tragedy
With the initiative of hundreds of citizens, the Universal Sai Association, along with various non-governmental organisations (NGOs), collected nearly one tonne of foodgrains, biscuits, 2 tonnes of water and clothes and sent the consignment to Uttarakhand for the pilgrims trapped at Kedarnath. 
Several pilgrims are still trapped near Kedarnath and the rescue operation there was hampered time and again because of inclement weather. Efforts are on to rescue these pilgrims, some of them hailing from city and nearby districts as well as some villages. According to reports, many pilgrims took shelter at camps. The local organisations sent the relief material to these camps. 
Universal Sai Association vice-president Dr Priya Shende, Ganesh Salunke, Automobile Association's Sanjay Talwar, Sanajy Mehta, Sunil Yewle, Sai Audumbar Seva Samiti's Rajan Kale and others made efforts for the project. All material was sent by SpiceJet to Delhi Airport in the presence of airport director D J Salve. SpiceJet Ltd's Ajay Chib, Ashutosh Kale, Swapnil Harkal and Bharat Bhalerao were also present on the occasion. This material will later be sent for Dehradun camp by Wednesday evening. More relief material will be sent in the next few days, said Bharat Bhalerao.

Meet on account, taxation by Lokmat, ITAP - Source LT

A workshop on account and taxation has been organised by Lokmat and ITAP which will be guided by renowned CA Pankaj Mandhane from Pune. The event will be held at Lokmat Bhavan on June 30 at 10.30 am. Commerce students will get information about the career in taxation and accounts. Information on courses other than CA, CS, ICWA for commerce students and alternative for MBA will be imparted in the workshop. CA Mandhane has nearly 15 years experience in the field and had earlier gave valuable career guidance in various seminars. He is also writing articles in newspapers on taxation. For more details, students can call up 8446090907/ 08 which is open for all.

Cleanliness drive at Pundliknagar - Source LT

A cleanliness drive was undertaken at Pundliknagar from Tuesday. Corporator Suryakant Jaybhaye, E ward officer of the municipal corporation Bhalchandra Paithane and Ajay Gatane were present. The persons throwing garbage in the streets will be punished during the campaign. The pamphlets appealing to dispose of the waste in garbage vans will be distributed which have the contact numbers of auto drivers and jawans.

Marathwada gets its share of 1 cr saplings - Source LT


The Marathwada region has got share of 1 crore sapling plantation out of 100 crore plantation drive of the State Government, said chief forest officer and deputy director general Pravin Shrivastava of Social Forestry Department, in a press meet today.
The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), Zilla Parishad (ZP), Panchayat Samiti, Police department have demanded 12,24,000 saplings, while the remaining 88 lakh saplings remain with us. We can voluntarily do the tree plantation, but as we do not own the land so there is a question as to where the tree plantation could be done, he said.
In all 1,000 saplings will be distributed to each institution, schools, NGOs, sugar factories, alongwith compulsorily signing the surety of plantation, taking care of these saplings. 
Moreover, the department has appealed to spread the awareness of tree plantation. The saplings will be distributed to all the districts, said Shrivastava. During the press conference plantation officer P C Waghchure was also present.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Social Justice Day tomorrow - Source LT

The Social Justice Day will be celebrated on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj on June 26 (Wednesday).
A procession will be taken out from the statue of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar at Bhadkal Gate at 8 am.
The main function will be held at Tapadiya Natya Mandir at 10 am.
Minister of state for revenue and guardian minister of district Balasaheb Thorat will inaugurate the programme, while school education minister Rajendra Darda will preside over the function.
Mayor Kala Ojha and zilla parishad chief Nahidbano Pathan will be the chief guests. MPs Rajkumar Dhoot, Chandrakant Khaire, Raosaheb Danve, MLC Kishanchand Tanwani and others will be also present.
Workshop on education'
Lokseva Pratishthan, Mangalwarpeth (Pune) will hold a workshop on 'Merit through education' at Hotel Ambassador Ajanta on June 29 and 30. The workshop will focus on present education and how social developments can be done through education. Many dignitaries will guide the audience.
Books at your doorstep
"With an aim to develop reading habit among people, an initiative of books on your doorstep has been launched at Chetna Nagar," said Kusumagra Prathishthan's trustee Vinayak Ranade while inaugurating the programme.
R.R.Borade, founder of Saket Publications Baba Bhand, corporater Madhukar Sawant and others were present on the occasion.
Anil Nainav elected
Anil Nainav has been elected as district vice president of Rashtravadi Vidhyarthi Congress by NCP regional president Nilesh Raut. District president Ankush Patil was also present.

     

Number of tourists increase at Shivaji museum - Source LT


The number of tourists visiting the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj museum, where Shivaji era and other historical articles are on display, is increasing. A large number of college students are coming to visit the museum after the completion of the academic year. They are studying various aspects like situation in Shivaji Maharaj era, standard of living, culture etc. Students are also taking details about the antique pieces in the museum like coins, hanging lamps, hukkas with Bidri work, 'pan' box, Paithani, the century old handwritten Dnyaneshwari, Gurucharitra, Bhagwat and other items. Several students are coming through their colleges to gather information on Shivaji-era literature.
All these items available in the museum reflect the social, political, religious life of Marathas during the Shivaji Maharaj era. Tiger-shaped iron lamps, pooja items in shape of 'Dashawtars' (ten incarnation of God) like fish, tortoise, Nursinh are among the collections preserved in the museum. Students are getting in-depth knowledge of the life during the Shivaji period. museum director Prakash Purwar said that there are several antique pieces preserved by the museum. Citizens and tourists evince keen interest in studying them. Though people agree that antiques preserved at the museum help the posterity, they are not ready to part with antiques at thier homes, Purwar added.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

SET result declared four months late - Source LT

Percentage-wise result to be declared today
The Pune University has declared the result of the State Eligibility Test (SET) conducted on February 17, four months late on Saturday, June 22. The percentage-wise result of the students will be declared on Monday.
The number of candidates who had appeared for the SET was big, so it took too long for the Pune University to declare the result. It was the first time that SET was conducted on the lines of NET. It was comprised of three papers of multiple choice questions.
Assessment of the answers was computerized. The answer key displayed was also wrong, however it was corrected later. It was too long for the university to declare the result in spite of having assessment method computerized. Owing to the delay in declaration of the SET result, many students were thinking to appear for the NET. Finally, the result of the SET has been declared, while its percentage-wise result will be declared on Monday.

Rains likely Tuesday and Wednesday - Source LT


The entire Marathwada and West Vidarbha region is likely to receive widespread rainfall on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th. A low pressure system from the Bay of Bengal is crossing into the East coast of India, and is heading for the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions. Heavy rains in many places will be recorded specially in West Vidarbha and Marathwada. Akola region will also get medium to heavy rains next few days.
Aurangabad District will receive fairly good rainfall as a result of this low pressure system from the Bay.
This week's rainfall will further boost the already good and favourable rainfall amounts for the District. Rainfall as on 23rd June: Soegaon with 179 mms is the highest in the district. Other figures are: Sillod 155 mms, Kannad 138 mms, Phulambri 125 mms, Khuldabad 116 mms, Aurangabad City 115 mms, Gangapur 86 mms and the lowest at Paithan with 80 mms.
The figures are already in line with the normal June amounts, and this further rain expected next week will add to the surplus for June. There may be some "flowing " of runaway water from the upcoming rains. There is a slight possibility of the small seedlings getting washed away in certain regions. Outflow mini outlets to drain out the flow from the fields may be made and arranged. The rains will benefit the standing cotton crops as moisture will be sufficiently added to the soils now.

Bamboo plantation drive undertaken - Source LT


Under the National Bamboo Campaign, the social forestry department planted 10 bamboos in 60 hectares of State Reserve Police Force land in Satara area here on Sunday.
Deputy director of department A R Moon and commandant Deepak Sakore planted the bamboos.
The jawans of Bharat Reserve Battalion in Satara have dug a well to provide water to the plants and have also adopted several measures to preserve the environment. An Eco-task force of 20 jawans has been established under the leadership of assistant commandant V T Shinde and PSI N V Misal and B D Singh for the preservation of the plants. 
Social forestry department officers P C Waghchaure, A A Rathod, G R Shaikh, A T Patil and others were present, informed PRO and PSI Dilip Jadhav.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Slump in rupee affects students, businessmen - Source LT


Confused over gold purchasing
Yogesh Jhaveri, director of VBZ Jewellers, said that the finance minister is asking Indians to not invest in gold; the impact of dollar on gold prices is huge. Now, customers are in a confused state of mind about whether or not they should buy gold. The metal is the only alternative for the government to give the rupee a solid position in the international market. Residents should deposit their gold in banks offering them a high interest rate.


Right from middle class to the industrialists, everybody seems to be suffering hard as the rupee slumping against the dollar impacts their pockets directly. The cost of imported goods is soaring. Even higher education abroad has become costlier and the interest on education loan might also go up. The fall in the value of rupee is only favourable to the industrialists who export goods. 
A student from the city, Manish Chopda (name changed), had enrolled for a Master of International Business course, in a university at San Francisco last year. At that time, the fees for the two-year course was Rs 37.75 lakh and Chopda paid the fees for the first year from his own fund. For his second year fees, he applied for an educational loan. His loan amount will be Rs 19.87 lakh, against Rs 18.87 lakh when the rupee had not fallen so much.
There are several students like Manish who are studying abroad or are planning to go to the US or UK this year but their education budget might not allow that. Those who have applied for educational loans could suffer again while repaying the amount. As the loan amount goes up, so will be the interest on it. 
Nationalised banks are giving educational loans for higher studies, but its limit is Rs 20 lakh. If the fees is more than that, students will have to arrange the money from their own resources. Apart from fees, students will need money for accommodation, food and other expenses.
Working part-time while studying
Bank officials said that most of the students abroad go for a part-time job. They repay the interest amount on their loans from the money they earn. They prefer working abroad because the salary is in dollars and the value in rupees is much higher.
Imported items costlier
The items imported will now be costlier. These items include crude oil, gold, electrical and electronics products, Chinese items, wallpapers, fruits, furniture and imported cars. The prices of essential commodities will also go up soon as the transporters raised the charges after the hike in fuel prices. Indian companies are also hinting at hiking the cost of electronic items.

Ph D online registration date extended again - Source LT


The administration of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University extended the last date of Ph D online registration upto June 27 for the second time.
It may be noted that the online admission registration process started on May 10 while the last date was May 31.
However, when students faced technical problems, they complained to the university. On the basis of the complaints, the university administration extended the last date of registration by ten days the first time.
A total of 4,538 students made online registration while only 3,022 submitted their hard copies with the respective departments by June 10.
Meanwhile, the director of the Board of College and University Development, Dr P S Jhambre issued another notification on June 21, stating that the last date of online registration of Ph D was extended upto June 27 as some students could not register by then. After online application, the candidates will have to submit the hard copy. Dr Jhambre appealed to the students to visit 'phd.oaasisbamu.org' for details.

M Ed online admission process begins in YCMOU - Source LT


The online admission process for M Ed in Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University started recently. The last date for applying for the course is July 11. In-service school and college teachers, and officers of education department who possess B Ed degree (55 per cent marks) with two years full-time experience or four years experience as part-time teachers after obtaining the degree are eligible for the admission. There will be 5 per cent relaxation for the students of reserved category in the minimum passing percentage. The students will have to submit a demand draft of `400 of any nationalised bank to be drawn in favour of 'Finance Officer, YCMOU, Nashik' along with application form (hard copy of online form).
For details one may visit 'http://ycmou.digitialuniveristy.ac'

Y B Education Academy accused of duping students - Source LT


■ Each student was charged Rs. 1.10 lakh as fee, Rs. 4,000 as monthly expenses
■ No classes as part of NDA preparation held in the past two months
Y B Education Academy has allegedly duped many students of lakhs of rupees promising them admission in the National Defence Academy (NDA) courses. 
This came to light when parents of the students today went to the Beed bypass-based academy to collect their children.
Y B Jadhav Academy, which has been running the defence services preparatory institute for the past two years, is a registered institution and its number is 486/11. 
Following an advertisement published by the institute regarding the NDA admissions, many students from Mumbai, Nashik, Thane and other places took admission in the institute. However, within two months they smelt a rat as no NDA preparations were done. 
The students told their parents about it and when they contacted chairman of the institute Y B Jadhav, he did not provide satisfactory answers. They finally decided to cancel the admission of their children. Today, when parents came to the institute to take TCs and marks memos, Jadhav called them at the Government College of Arts and Science and made them wait for the entire day.
When the enraged parents met college principal Dr Khairnar, he immediately ordered issuance of the TCs and marks memos of the students. However, Jadhav took these documents with him and in the evening handed them over to the aggrieved parents after charging them from Rs 300 to Rs 1,000.
Jadhav, who teaches in the Government College of Arts and Science, runs his institute in the name of his wife. Taking advantage of his position, he had admitted the students of his institute in the Government College. It is mandatory to send these students to the college for regular classes, but he used to conduct classes at his institute hiring private tutors. 
Principal Khairnar said his college does not have any connection in this matter. Though Jadhav's students had taken admission in the college, they did not appear in the examination of eleventh class. "Hence, we called a meeting of the examination board and conducted their examination as we did not want those students to suffer," Khairnar. 
Jadhav had taken Rs 1.10 lakh as the annual fee and Rs 4,000 for monthly expenses from each student, alleged Sanjay Khadtare from Solapur and Sanjay Kamble of Kolhapur. 
Hemangi Chorge from Thane said her son was in the institute. He was severely beaten up with a stump and had sustained an injury on his eye.
Sunita Dinesh Anare from Nashik alleged that the institute did not hold classes for NDA preparations in the last two months. "Its hostel is very dirty and totally uninhabitable. The 11th class examination of the students was not taken and when we questioned about it, they conducted it in just one day," she complained.

Joshi Hospital to be inaugurated today - Source LT


Joshi Hospital equipped with facilities like casualty, orthopaedic, gynaecology and obstetrics departments, polytrauma and intensive care unit (ICU) would be inaugurated at Samarthnagar on June 23 at 11.30 am. Founder of Sancheti Hospital from Pune and Padmavibhushan awardee Dr K S Sancheti will inaugurate the hospital. 
Dr Shriram Joshi and Dr Kunda Joshi would also remain present. The facilities like high-tech casualty department, neurosurgery consultancy, joint implantation, infertility treatment, spiral CT Scan, colour Doppler, digital X-ray, pathology and medical stores have been made available in the hospital. A team of the doctors including directors Dr Atul Joshi, Dr Manisha Joshi, their colleagues Dr Arvind Rajgure, Dr Anand Deshmukh and Dr Aniruddha Kulkarni would offer medical services in different departments.

ITI admission process to start on June 24 - Source LT


The admissions of the Government Industrial Technical Institutes (ITIs) will be done online, details of which are available on www.dvet.gov.in, www.dvet.gov.in, www.maharojgar.gov.in and www.maharojgar.gov.in. The admission process will begin on June 24, while the last date for submission of applications is August 8.
There is no need to submit original or photo copies of any documents at the designated application receipt centres (ARCs). The facility of filling in the online applications has been made available at Maha e-Seva Centres, Sangram Kendra, Employment and Self Employment Centre and Government ITIs. Applicants would have to pay the prescribed fee, said joint director, vocational education and training centre, Aurangabad region.

Friday, 21 June 2013

CBSE to include NCC in schools, colleges syllabi - Source LT


"The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to include the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in the curricula of all schools and colleges. Now, schools and colleges should come forward and take a decision in this respect," said Additional Director General of NCC, Maharashtra, Major General S Sengupta.
He was speaking to media on the sidelines of the concluding ceremony of the five-day camp for NCC trainers at Maulana Azad Educational Society Campus, here on Friday. 
Sengupta further said in schools NCC subject would be considered an optional one, while in colleges an elective. "Around 100 colleges and 150 schools in the State already have NCC, but now they will have to include it in their curricula. Students who have already enrolled for NCC will follow the old syllabus, while freshers will have a new syllabus from this year," he added.
A five-day personality development capsule was organised at Maulana Azad Educational Society Campus, in which NCC trainers from all the districts of the division participated and they were imparted training in character building, social awareness and national unity, along with other military training activities. 
Principal Maqdoom Farooqui, vice-principal I M Farooque, principal Shahid Shaikh, Brigadier S A J Dhoble, Col Sunil Chaturvedi and others were present at the press briefing.

A step forward to automation! - Source LT

n IGTR introduces 3-year mechatronics course for SSC pass-outs
n It comprises branches like robotics, programmable control logic
Automation must to survive in competition 
Milind Kelkar, managing director of local industry Grind Master, maintained that if one wants to survive in the competition, one has to adopt automation. "Workforce at ITI level must acquire knowledge of mechatronics. Even hospitals, which are these days introducing modern machines, will need persons trained in automation for maintenance and upkeep of the set-ups. So, education in mechatronics is a good step."• IGTR introduces 3-year mechatronics course for SSC pass-outs • It comprises branches like robotics, programmable control logic YOGESH GOLE

With the rapid growth in technology, industries are relying more and more on automation. However, there are very few institutions in India that offer education in automation. In a welcome initiative, Chikalthana Industrial estate-based Indo German Tool Room, a government of India Society under ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Industries, will be introducing a three-year course in mechatronics (mechanical+electronics) for SSC pass-outs from this academic year, thereby opening doors of advanced technical education to students of Maharashtra. 
Confirming the development, IGTR general manager Hemant Kapse said, "The course includes subjects like programmable logic control, industrial automation, robotics and control technology,"
Throwing further light on the course, IGTR manager (design) Jayesh Bagul said, "Industries invest crores in automation but do not find suitable manpower to operate the systems. Currently, electronic or electrical engineers handle the systems. There are only a few companies offering this course and in Maharashtra it is being made available for the first time. A set-up comprising modern machinery has been raised at an expenditure of Rs 1.5 crore for this purpose."
A written examination will be held on July 14 and the last date for applying is June 29. 
Technical education expert and vice-president of First Foundation Dr Ajit Thete welcomed the development. "In future, quality and degree of accuracy will assume great importance. So, automation is inevitable. At micro level, jobs that cannot be done by humans will be accomplished by way of automation which will lead both to enhancement in quality and quantity. Automation is the future of industry. Not only in automobile industry but all kinds of businesses will embrace it."

Aadhaar number must for GOI scholarship


Government of India (GOI) scholarship beneficiaries of junior and senior colleges in the city will have to register their Aadhaar numbers on the mahaeschol.maharashtra.gov.in website. One who fails to do so will not be eligible to avail the scholarship.
The centres for Aadhar enrollment throughout the district are: Yashwantrao Chavan College-Sillod, Shivaji College-Kannad, Vinayakrao Patil College-Vaijapur, Pratishthan College-Paithan, Sant Sawta Mali College-Phulambri, Chistia College-Khultabad, Sant Dnyaneshwar College-Soygaon, Shree Muktanand College-Gangapur, PES Engineering College, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, MIT Engineering College, Shivchattrapati College, Shreyash Engineering College, MGM Polytechnic College.
Students have to complete the Aadhaar card process and register their Aadhaar numbers on their e-application, between June 22 and 29.

5 city lads among first 500 - Source LT


Five students from Aurangabad have secured place among the first 500 students in the country in the IIT-JEE (advanced) examination, results of which were declared this evening. Neeraj Pande and Varad Pingle (both 167th rank), Anand Pathak (323), Kaushik Kulkarni (419) and Rutuparna Dalvi (488) are these successful students. Around 50 students from the city have qualified for the admission in IITs. 
Dream come ture 
Speaking to LT, Neeraj Pande said he wanted to obtain admission in the mechanical stream at IIT, Powai. He had scored 194 marks in the 12th CET. Neeraj's father runs a medical stores. He planned his studies with the dream of being in IIT, he said. 
Olympiad experience helped 
Varad Pingle is looking for admission to either in electronics or mechanical branches at Powai IIT. He was immensely benefitted from the experiences of olympiad, kishor vaidyanik and JEE Main examinations, he said. 
Small city can produce IITians 
Kaushik Kulkarni mentioned that the continuity in studies was the key to his success. He wanted to prove that even a small city can produce IITians. 
Attributes success to parents, grandpa 

Rutuparna Balasaheb Dalvi, who recently passed the HSC (science) examination from Deogiri College, wants to take admission at IIT, Powai or Delhi in the electrical stream. He has also stood in the merit lists of CET and BITS Pillani entrance tests. He attributes his success to his mother Pratibha, father Balasaheb and grandfather Abasaheb Kakade. Rutuparna has earlier clinched places in the merit lists of SSC and HSC, scholarship and other competitive examinations.

Rain ravages city areas - Source LT

n 1st driving showers of monsoon
n Low-lying areas waterlogged
n Satara bore the brunt of rain
The torrential rains battered the city for nearly an hour on Friday afternoon, causing waterlogging in many low-lying areas in the city.
Besides, the water also entered into many houses and shops, causing hardships to people.
This is perhaps the first of its kind heavy downpour this monsoon that the city witnessed on Friday. 
Chikalthana metrological department recorded 18 mm rainfall by Friday evening. 
This year the district received showers of the monsoon on time. Even the district had received pre monsoon showers. On Friday afternoon, the city areas like Aurangapura, Nirala Bazaar, Naralibaug, Town Hall, Balajinagar, Sanjaynagar, Trimurti Chowk, Pundaliknagar, Shivajinagar, Wankhedenagar from Hudco, TV Centre chowk, M-2, Pratapgadhnagar experienced waterlogging. The water had entered into various shops in areas like Nirala Bazaar, Town Hall, Aurangpura, Balajinagar and Niralabazar. 
The rain wreaked havoc in the Satara area and it was cut off from the city for some time as the water was flowing over Farshi bridge. 
The areas like Waluj, Deolai, Kanchanwadi, Nakshtrawadi, Chikalthana, Harsul and Naregaon also experienced heavy rainfall.
A big tree uprooted owing to heavy rain before the public works department office in Padampura area. The fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and removed the tree.
Aurangabad district has received a total of 117 mm rainfall so far. Soygaon tehsil has received highest 178 mm rainfall followed by Sillod with 152mm rainfall. Tehsil-wise break-up: Kannd tehsil- 136 mm, Aurangabad-109 mm, Phulambri-103 mm, Gangapur-77 and Paithan 70 mm rainfall.

Lokmat Suvarna Sakhi lucky draw today - Source LT


Lokmat Sakhi Manch will organise a musical programme 'Manus Te Bhartiya', based on the old and new Marathi film songs. The lucky draw of the 'Lokmat Suvarna Sakhi' scheme launched by P N Gadgil and Lokmat Media Ltd will be pulled out during this programme to be held at Sant Tukaram Natyagruha, Cidco tomorrow at 4 pm. The programme will be presented by Milind Kulkarni's group including Jitendra Abhyankar, Rama Kulkarni, Sandeep Ubale, Priyanka Barve and other singers. Similarly, film actress Puja Savant will present dances and Yogesh Supekar will present mimicry on the occasion. 
The lucky draw of the Lokmat Suvarna Sakhi scheme will be held in which on behalf of P N Gadgil the first prize of gold amounting Rs 1 lakh, second prize Rs 75,000 and third Rs 50,000 along with three consolation prizes of gold amounting Rs 25,000. The organisers have appealed to the Sakhi Manch members to attend the programme in large numbers.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Iraqi students would no more obtain edn in Bamu - Source LT

Universities and Institutes in which Iraqi students can seek admission in India
n Iraq govt asks students to seek admission in 20 select institutions only

Universities and Institutes in which Iraqi students can seek admission in India l Universities of Pune, Mumbai and IIT, Mumbai
l IITs Kanpur, Madras, Bengaluru, Delhi and Roorkee
l University of Delhi
l Anna University Chennai
l Jawaharlal Nehru University
l Punjab University
l Banaras Hindu University
l Manipal University
l University of Calcutta
l Osmania University Hyderabad
l University of Madras
l International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad
l Aligarh Muslim University
l Nagarjuna University MEHBOOB inamdar


Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University is set to lose crores of rupees in revenue as no new Iraqi student will turn up for admission here from the new academic year, thanks to a fiat from the Iraqi government asking them to approach only select institutes in India. 
Hundreds of students from different parts of the world including Iraq, Kenya, Iran, Egypt, Sudan, arrive in the city for pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate courses, M Phil and Ph D research.
There were over 600 foreign students, majority of them from Iraq, pursuing different courses in university departments and affiliated colleges in the last academic year.
However, the foreign students do not get all the facilities in all the universities and colleges of the country. Many a time, the admission, examinations and result is delayed due to local technical problems. Students, who come on scholarship period for a fixed term, have to suffer a lot. Sometimes, they have to stay in India for months just for getting solved pretty issues.
Only 3 institutions in Maha among the sanctioned list

AMC gears up to tackle calamities - Source LT


The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has set up a Control Room on its campus, which will be functioning 24 x 7 from June 17 to September 15, 2013. Not a single emergency call was recorded in the past three days. 
During the 60 day schedule, there will be one attendant (of different cadre) in one shift. Hence there will be three attendants in three shifts. The AMC has prepared the duty schedules under the supervision of deputy engineer B G Boinwad. 
It may be noted that the city had started receiving heavy rain since June 5. The rainfall is moderate, but as a preventive measure, the Control Room has been set up in AMC's telephone office. 
If case of floods due to heavy rains or drain water entering into houses, lightning, uprooting of trees, electric poles or any kind of emergency, citizens should not hesitate to contact the Control Room, (0240) 2333536-40, for immediate action. Timely help will save lives of people, animals and minimise property losses. 
The deputy engineer B G Boinwad is in-charge of the Control Room. The attendants will be maintaining coordination with the higher authorities and the ward officers concerned for immediate action. 
It may be noted that the population of the city is 13 lakhs and there exists around 2 lakh properties in the jurisdiction of AMC comprising 99 election wards. For smooth governance, these wards are divided into six administrative ward offices. The ward office wise strength (of election wards) is as follows : Ward A - 16 wards ; Ward B - 17 wards ; Ward C - 17 wards ; Ward D - 16 wards ; Ward E - 16 wards and Ward F - 17 wards.

Delhi police recruitment exam city digest - Source LT


The Staff Selection Commission is holding an examination for the post of sub-inspector with the Delhi police, in Aurangabad on Sunday (June 23), from 10 am to 12 pm. Nearly 2,984 candidates will appear for the examintion to held at seven centres in the city. The centres are Vivekanand College, IBP Women's College, M P Law College, S B Arts and Commerce College, S B School, A K Waghmare College and Dr Rafiq Zakaria Women's College.
District Electrification Committee meet 

The 84th meeting of the District Electrification Committee will be held at the auditorium of the chief engineer, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd on June 26 at 11 am. MP Chandrakant Khaire will preside. The meeting will discuss ways to implement district electrification programme effectively. 
Admission to government hostels 
The process of hostel admission to boys and girls from the city who wish to pursue education in standard 11th, vocational and other courses for the academic year 2013-14 has begun. The hostels, which are run by the social justice department, offer free lodging, boarding facility, stipend and educational facilities. The forms are available free of cost. Students have been asked to contact rector, government boys' hostel, Kille Ark and rector, government girls' hostel, Padampura. 
Management plan for Gautala Sanctuary 

The forest department is chalking out a 10-year-project management plan for Gautala Autramghat sanctuary aimed at protecting wildlife, birds in the sanctuary. Various schemes will be implemented for this purpose. NGOs, nature, bird and snake lovers and other knowledgeable persons have been requested to submit their suggestions to the forest department at the earliest, said deputy conservator of forest (wild life). 
MGM students excel in national test

Students of Mahatma Gandhi Mission (MGM) Anil Sadusingh Singh (AIR-130), Shaikh Naseeruddin Isamuddin (132), Dhamale Rahul Devidas (AIR-144) and Dollas Chetan Sahebrao (AIR-144) have achieved success in the all-India entrance examination for admission in UG & PG courses-2013. 
The examination was conducted by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research. MGM secretary Ankushrao Kadam, vice-president Dr P M Jadhav, principal Dr B N Chauhan have congratulated them on their success.

Only 3 institutions in Maha among sanctioned list - Source LT

Taking into account these problems, Ministry of Higher Education of Iraq decided to allow their students to take admissions in only 20 universities and institutes of the country, excluding BAMU, for completion of the course on time.
The students can take admission to only two universities and one institute in the State - University of Mumbai, University of Pune and IIT-Mumbai. If the administration of BAMU does not improve the facilities for foreign students, students may turn to other universities in coming years, it is being feared.
When contacted, director, foreign students cell Dr Sadhana Pande said, "We try our best to help foreign students in our university, we cannot do anything which is not in our hands."
She further said that foreign students (Islamic countries) accompanied by family members, come here for education on scholarship that is given for a fixed period.


AMC to present bicycles to 100 school girls - Source LT


The education department of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will soon be presenting bicycles to 100 needy and deserving girls studying in 10th standard by spending Rs 3 lakh (Rs 3,000 per bicycle).
The department also has plans to install amusement items for students in 10 AMC schools by spending Rs 10 lakh. Proposals in this regard will be submitted before the the women and child welfare committee slated to be held tomorrow afternoon.
Bicycles will be presented to girls staying three kms away from their schools. The AMC runs high school classes from 8th-10th standard in its 12 schools, situated in different parts of the city. 
The civic administration also hopes that the installation of amusement items will help children continue their education.

Shakti Kapoor to inaugurate Krishna Inn on June 21 - Source LT


Actor Shakti Kapoor and Jasodabai Mantri, the mother of Premraj Mantri, will inaugurate Krishna Inn, the three-star hotel with 23 air conditioned rooms providing 24-hour room service at special rates, on June 21 at 11 am. 
The hotel is located in the heart of the city near Mill Corner. It will facilitate business executives, family tourists and foreigners as one can stay at the hotel in the middle of the city. Hotel provides hot water, conference hall for 70 people, laundry service, vegetarian restaurant, satellite TV connection and parking facility, all on its 8,000 sq ft premises. It has executive suite, super deluxe and executive rooms for families. The Mantris, who are successfully running Sajawat Handlooms business, had planned an entry in the hotel business three years ago and that plan is being implemented now. 

AMC identifies 270 HRAs in city - Source LT

  ■ MOs alerted to 'be prepared' to tackle epidemics

The health administration today alerted its medical officers (MOs) to focus on providing medical aid in 270 high risk areas (HRA) which are under threat of water-borne and vector-borne diseases. 
The health officer Dr Jaishree Kulkarni said, " The MOs have been asked to 'Be Prepared' in tackling epidemic and contagious diseases if there is any outbreak. We have also apprised them of 141 HRAs posing threat of water-borne diseases and 129 HRAs posing threat of vector-borne diseases in the city. We have identified HRAs which has a record of finding patients suffering from water-borne diseases and vector-borne diseases in the past couple of years." 
There are 22 primary health centres (PHCs) and five hospitals of AMC in the city. All the MOs have been directed to ensure that their centre is equipped with epidemic kit, necessary medicines and they have to test water samples twice a week (at random) etc. 
"We have also started the Control Room (24x7) in the Birth and Death registration section and the attendants here will record all details about epidemic and contagious diseases received during emergency. The AMC has also spared one jeep and also provided an epidemic kit at this room. The citizens may dial telephone number (0240) 2333536-40 and ask for extension number 250,"said the health 
Officer, Dr Jaishree Kulkarni adding that the attendants in the office will also accept complaints and alerts received through emails. 
ARV in AMC hospitals 
As a preventive measure, the AMC has also placed an order for anti-rabies vaccine (ARV) which is administered to dog-bite patients. A stock of around 700 ARVs has been dispatched from Mumbai and will soon be in the possession of AMC in two days, underlined Dr Kulkarni.