Saturday, 31 August 2013

Examination for PSI Post begins at mgm - Source LT

The three-day written examination programme for the post of sub-inspectors got underway today with 1930 candidates across the Aurangabad range appearing for it at the MGM Medical College.
The in-charge of the examination and the special inspector general of police (Aurangabad range), Ritesh Kumar, said that the examination will continue till Monday. Two hundred police inspectors and 200 clerks are engaged in the examination. The examination is exclusively for the police departmental candidates, Ritesh Kumar added.

Mayor Ozha inspects zoo - Source LT

Mayor Kala Ozha, along with House leader Sushil Khedkar and Shiv Sena leader Gajanan Barwal, this morning visited Siddharth Garden zoo and inspected facilities available there. They also discussed ways and means to improve the condition of the zoo.
Zoo director Dr B S Naikwade and garden superintendent Vijay Patil were present on the occasion.
Earlier, the mayor enquired after lioness Rohini and hyena, who have been undergoing treatment. She also inspected the pond where blue bulls have been kept.
The zoo authorities told the mayor that the lioness has been responding well to the treatment and managing to stand on its legs.
Dr Naikwade briefed the civic authorities on the revised master plan approved by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) and the changes needed to be done. 
Dr Naikwade also stressed the need for setting up a sewage treatment plant (STP) at the zoo as the smell of the nearby nullah is posing health hazard to the zoo inmates. "If a STP is set up, drain water could be recycled and used for plants during summer," he explained.
Issue of appointment of veterinary doctor
As the proposal to appoint a permanent veterinary doctor for the zoo animals has been pending with the State Government, civic chief H S Kamble is learnt have given permission to appoint a veterinary doctor on a temporary basis as many animals at the zoo are falling ill due to the monsoon.

Expo on teaching methods a huge hit - Source LT

Jayprakash Narayan B Ed College, which is run by Marathwada Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, recently organised an exhibition with nearly 1,000 projects on the importance of teaching methods on display.
Complaints of improper teaching methods in schools and colleges have become the order of the day. The main reason behind this is incompetent lecturers and teachers.
One tends to teach students in an oral format, but the best way to teach is to teach in the combination of a pictorial and oral format. 
The exhibition was aimed at highlighting the importance of teaching methods in the form of pictorial representation. "It is high time that we raised the teaching standards as everything in future will depend on education," said principal Dr Satish Satav, the brains behind the exhibition.
Dr Satav said, "To overcome the teaching errors, it is necessary for a teacher to educate himself/herself first. There is a need for conducting such exhibitions at all levels. This will help in arresting the declining teaching standards."
Some of the topics of the projects on display were: Symbols, reflection of light, glory of saints, works of social reformers, diseases and their symptoms, types of soils, types of diseases and human body. 
Messages on the use of eco-friendly Ganesha idols, stopping of consumption of gutkha and other tobacco products were also part of the grand exhibition.

Now, non-creamy layer certificates valid up to 3 yrs - Source LT

 Govt provides various facilities, schemes for SC, ST, OBC students.
• Hundreds of students to benefit from the new rules

The trials and tribulations of backward class students, who require to produce non-creamy layer certificate in order to get facilities meant for them every year, have come to an end at least for three years. From this year, the certificate obtained by students will be valid for 3 years instead of existing one year. The system has been already implemented in the district. 
The government provides various facilities and schemes for the welfare of scheduled tribes, scheduled castes, other backward classes and special backward class. These facilities are also applicable in education barring those having the income of above Rs 6 lakh.
Hence, the students from these categories get concession in fees for admission, scholarship and reservation in jobs. However, these students have to produce non-creamy layer certificate which is issued on the base of their family income. Till this year the certificates were valid only for the period of a year and the students had to get a new one every year.
However, this year the social justice and special assistance department has modified the system complying with the criterion set up by the Union Government. According to this criterion, students, whose family income is less than Rs 6 lakhs for past three consecutive years, would get non-creamy layer certificate for next three years. Those students, whose family income is less than Rs 6 lakh for only two years, would be issued the certificate valid for only two years. The certificate would be issued for one year if the family of the students having income less than Rs 6 lakh only for one year.
Sub divisional officer Bappasaheb Thorat said, "So far, the students were being issued non-creamy layer certificate only for the period of a year. With this change, there is provision to issue the certificate for 3 years. It would benefit the students and there would be moderate rush at Setu Centres.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Oct 31 last date for submitting Form 17 - Source LT

The Aurangabad division of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has extended the last date for submission of Form No 17 for the SSC and HSC examinations to be held in February/March 2014 with late fee, to October 31.
According to a press release issued by MSBSHSE divisional secretary, Form No.17 can be submitted with late fee up to October 31. Those students who have any queries may contact the Board, which has already announced the examination schedule.
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC, Class XII) examinations will begin on February 20, 2014 and conclude on March 29, 2014, while the Secondary School Certificate (SSC, Class X) examinations will begin on March 3, 2014 and end on March 27, 2014. 
These examinations will be held across nine divisions of the State, namely Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Konkan, Amravati, Latur and Nashik.

Oct 31 last date for submitting Form 17 - Source LT

The Aurangabad division of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has extended the last date for submission of Form No 17 for the SSC and HSC examinations to be held in February/March 2014 with late fee, to October 31.
According to a press release issued by MSBSHSE divisional secretary, Form No.17 can be submitted with late fee up to October 31. Those students who have any queries may contact the Board, which has already announced the examination schedule.
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC, Class XII) examinations will begin on February 20, 2014 and conclude on March 29, 2014, while the Secondary School Certificate (SSC, Class X) examinations will begin on March 3, 2014 and end on March 27, 2014. 
These examinations will be held across nine divisions of the State, namely Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Konkan, Amravati, Latur and Nashik.

MIT team qualifies 1st round of SAE - Source LT

A team of the Marathwada Institute of Technology (MIT) has qualified the first round of SAE Baja-2014, conducted by the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) India.
The institute was among 125 colleges selected from the country for the BAJA SAE series, an event for undergraduate engineering students, organised by SAE of USA, called MINI BAJA, after 367 institutes from the country participated in the first round of the inter-collegiate event.
The MIT team, called 'MIT ADRASTOS' will now represent the city the next round of the mega event, which is to be held in Indore. 
Members Karan Bansal, Prayanya Kendrekear, Sanket Koranne, Meena Mhaisekar, Deepak Raparti, Swapnil Damkondwar, Chandrshekhar Pawar, Robin Roy, Abhijeet Wanare, Ambarish Narsapure, Asiwharya Joshi, Abhijeet Shingare, Saurabh Bhale, Sudhanshu Nafde, Atif Khan, Sbubham Viajyvergia, Akash Joshi, Anurag Save, Aniket Jadhav, Ashish Rangdale, Akshay Rautray, Nilesh Borse, Yogesh Ghumte, Sahunak Kulkarni and Ishan Dabri saw that it was the guidance given by MIT director general Munish Sharma, principal Dr C L Gogte, Dr Nilesh Patil, professors Sandeep Patila and Avinash C Gadekar that helped them succeed.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Aurangabad moves up in educational development index - Source The Times Of India

For the first time since the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) was launched in 2003, Aurangabad district had the best results on two of the four indicators on quality of schooling as per the Educational Development Index (EDI) report 2012-13 released recently.

District education officers said Aurangabad was ranked first in terms of outcome index and second in terms of the overall EDI in the state.

The ministry of human resource development, Government of India, and the national university of educational planning and administration, New Delhi, initiated an effort to compute EDI in 2005-06. A set of 29 indicators were identified for evaluating EDI after the methodology was revised in 2009.

"The purpose of EDI is to summarize various aspects related to input, process and outcomes of various indicators and to identify geographical areas that lag behind in educational development," primary education officer Nitin Upasani at the zilla parishad said.

These indicators have been grouped under four categories namely, access, infrastructure, teacher and outcome. A separate index has been calculated for each of the four categories and EDI is an overall index of all these four indices.

Recruitment drive to for vocational students - Source The Time Of India

A job fair and recruitment camp for Class XII students of minimum competency vocational courses (MCVC) will be jointly organised by the Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Board of Apprenticeship Training (BOAT), Mumbai, Chamber of Marathwada Industries Association (CMIA), Aurangabad, Marathwada Association of Small Scale Industries and Agriculture (Massia) and other industrial entities at Saraswati Bhuwan Science College on August 30.

"The recruitment drive is aimed to assist around 500 students from the region, through 80 companies that will participate in the event," said S K Kanade, professor at the district training institute. Direct interviews will be conducted, after which students will be recruited on the spot.

There are over 100 courses that are conducted under MCVC. Some 700 posts are vacant on the trade apprenticeship act, Kanade said. Students of about 50 granted and non-granted junior colleges will benefit from the drive.

Each company has a seat for apprenticeship allocated in companies in a 10:1 ratio. This is the 10th year of the recruitment drive.

In 2012, around 356 students took part in the fair and 283 students were recruited. Forty-eight industries had participated in the 2012 fair.

Rural police launch drive to round up miscreants on record - Source The Times Of India

The rural police have launched a full-fledged drive to round up miscreants, known trouble makers and anti-social elements ahead of the 10-day Ganesh festival to ensure peaceful celebrations in the district.  Ishu Sindhu, Aurangabad (rural) superintendent of police, ordered the massive drive a day after he returned from Mumbai after attending the half-yearly meeting of all the unit commanders of the state conducted by director general of police (DGP), Sanjeev Dayal.  Highly placed police officials said that during the meeting, Dayal gave special instructions to all the unit commanders across the state to take all the preventive measures to keep a check on any possible law and order situation during the festive season starting with Ganeshotsav and strictly deal with the nuisance mongers, especially on those posing a threat to communal harmony.  Speaking to TOI, Sindhu said, "We have started rounding up all the miscreants who are on police records, especially the habitual offenders who have been earlier booked for street crimes, property offences and body offences. A close vigil is also being kept on those who are at large and infamous for posing a threat to communal harmony."  Following the instructions, all the 21 police stations, sleuths from the local crime branch and the anti-dacoity squad have formed special teams and are busy rounding up the miscreants within their jurisdictions.  In the last two days alone, close to 50 miscreants have been rounded up by the rural police and the drive would last till the immersion of Ganesh idols on September 19, said local crime branch officials.  Police said the records of all the criminals involved in serious offences are being checked to know their whereabouts and the activities they are involved in at present.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

ISKCON plans various programs to mark Janmashtami - Source LT

International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is holding various programmes tomorrow on the occasion of Janmashtami at Radha-Krishna Temple in N-1 Cidco. 
Hundreds of Krishna devotees have registered their names for Murti Abhisheks, to be performed between 7 pm and 10 pm. According to sources, arrangements for prasad for around 20,000 persons have been made. 
Apart from abhisheks, kirtans, discourses and other activities have been planned. The organisers have appealed to all devotees to attend the programmes in large numbers.

HC bench to be transformed into e-court - Source The Times Of India

In a bid to assist the judicial administration to reduce the pendency of cases and provide transparency in information to the litigants, the Bombay high court (HC) and its benches in Nagpur, Aurangabad and Panaji would soon be transformed into e-courts.

The lawyers will have to file all their copies in both the formats - soft as well as hard - in the courts from September 1, said Mohit Shah, chief justice of the Bombay high court, during the 32nd anniversary of the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay HC on Tuesday.

"The institutions are here to stay, but the major challenge is to preserve the records. Hence, it is very essential to digitize the entire records," Shah said, adding that the ones filing the soft copies in the court will be given preference in hearing of the cases.

He said television screens would also be installed in the court rooms so that the lawyers are able to give power point presentations in the court to explain their point in a better manner.

Addressing the bar members and others from the judiciary present on the occasion, he said the expectation from the judiciary is rising and steps should be taken in this direction. Shah appealed to the lawyers to co-operate with the judges, accept the rulings gracefully and prepare themselves thoroughly before an argument so that the judges are receptive rather than patient during hearings.

Shah was appreciated by the audience for speaking a few of the opening paras of his speech in Marathi.

Justice Dhananjaya Chandrachud, sitting judge of the Bombay HC, said that in quest of law, the judiciary should not forget justice in quest of justice, the lawyers should not forget law.

He said, "The outcome of cases are just only when the decision makers are just, fearless, knowledgeable and have freedom of thought and when the case files are opened with open minds."

"This is the time for the judiciary as well as the lawyers to re-dedicate themselves to the cause of justice and set an example so that the coming generations too strive to make the institution better," he said.

Satish Talekar, president of Aurangabad Bar association, said, "It is essential for the lawyers to inculcate values and become better individuals. This is a noble profession and should not be commercialized."

Govt invites suggestions for child rights draft - Source The Times Of India

As the government gets ready to prepare the second child development policy draft 2013, it has urged people to send suggestions on protection of rights of children.

The secretary of Maharashtra state Child Right Protection Commission, A N Tripathi, made this appeal at a meeting held at the MCED hall on Tuesday.

He said the national child policy was declared in 1974 and was adopted by the Maharashtra government in 2002 to protect the rights of children.

Taking care of children, ensuring the rights of all children irrespective of their gender, religion, caste, inquiring into cases of violations of child rights and recommending action against violators of child rights to examine factors that inhibit enjoyment of child rights and recommending appropriate remedial measures, undertaking research and studies in the field of child rights and their protection and filing of FIR in case of missing children and other issues were discussed in the meeting.

"The draft of the policy has been chalked out. However, government expected more suggestions in written form from the people. Those who have any suggestions could send them to the Maharashtra State Commission for protection of child rights," said the district information office.

Human Development Index: Bamu to hold workshop for teachers - Source The Times Of India

The Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) has organised a workshop to train college teachers in preparation of Human Development Index of Maharashtra under the Human Development towards Bridging Inequalities (HDBI) project.

The project would be jointly organised by theUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP), government of India, state government and Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration, (Yashada) Pune.

The project includes conceiving a report on Human Development Index (HDI) at state and district level. "Hence, to train the required workforce as per the requirement, the professors will be trained in the workshop, "said S P Zambare, director, Board of Colleges and University Development (BCUD).

The day-long workshop will be held on September 6 in the university premises. tnn

The university has asked that two professors or associate professors or assistant professors from each faculty of social science, social work or educational studies register for the workshop.

Zambare said that the workshop will include 50 seats reserved for such individuals and seats will be allocated on first-come-first-serve basis for which the registration process has to be completed by September 3.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

State to bring in new law for safety of journalists - Source The Times Of India

 Taking serious note of growing incidences of attacks on scribes, the Press Council of India (PCI) said it would strive hard to bring in strong laws to protect journalists.

Speaking to reporters here, PCI member Anil Agrawal said he had recently discussed the issue of journalists' safety with state home minister R R Patil. Agrawal was in the city take stock of criminal cases against journalists.

He added, "During the meeting, the home minister had stated that the government would come out with a special law for protection of lady journalists in two to three days. The minister had also assured the Press Council to pass a new law for journalists' protection on the lines of the prevailing law in Madhya Pradesh."

In Madhya Pradesh, senior police officials of deputy commissioner rank or above can only register offence against journalists. Quoting Patil, Agrawal said the government was planning to table the law in the next session of the state assembly.

Interacting with the journalists, Agrawal expressed concern over delay in implementation of law against attacks on journalists and said the state government did not look serious over making such laws.

During his visit, Agrawal met district collector Vikram Kumar and senior police officers and discussed cases of attacks on journalist in the district. He also enquired about the district level committee for prevention of attacks on journalists. "I am surprised to know that despite clear guidelines, such committees do not exist. However, the collector has promised to set up the same within 15 days," he said.

Workshop on shadu clay idols held - Source LT

Students learnt technique of making Shadu clay Ganesh idol from Maneesha Chaudhari at a workshop held in Mukul Mandir in Aurangabad recently. Workshop on eco-friendly Ganesha Idols.
Ujwalatai Pawar School, Satara Parisar will hold a free workshop on making eco-friendly idols of Lord Ganesha for the school-going students on the School premises from August 28 to 31 from 10 am to 1pm.
"Ten students studying between fifth and tenth standards from each school can participate in the workshop. Principals may send the list of the interested candidates to the Ujwalatai Pawar School principal. Students should take advantage of the free seminar," said Ananda Suryavanshi. 
A one-day workshop on making Ganesh idols from Shadu clay evoked an overwhelming response with over 600 students enthusiastically learning the technique of making eco-friendly idols in Mukul Mandir in Cidco N-7 on Friday.
The workshop was organized in the school by the Deepshikha Foundation with an aim of creating awareness of protecting environment among school students. Foundation chairperson Maneesha Chaudhari said that the workshop got underway with planting 5 saplings on the premises of the school. Veteran educationist and school founder Nirmal Dada was personally present in the workshop and encouraged the children to make Shadu clay Ganesh idols, dissolvable in water. Jayant Chaudhari, Suresh Pardeshi, Mayur Bhalerao, Jyotsna Jadhav, Manjusha Patil and others made efforts to make the workshop a success.

BAMU signs MoU with University of California - Source LT

■ Visits and informal exchanges of faculty, officials in specific areas of research
■ Exploring the possibilities for developing joint research programmes and collaborations. 

The administration of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bourns College of Engineering of University of California (US) on Monday for academic cooperation.
A meeting was held in the Management Council Hall of the university this morning. Dr Ashok Mulchandani, Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Enginee-ring at the University of California, and registrar Dr Dr D R Mane signed the MoU.
Vice chancellor Dr Vijay Pandharipande, director of Board of College and University Development Dr S P Jhambre, head of the Physics Department Dr Mahendra Shirsath and others were present.
Both the universities are linked by sensor-related research interests and seek to develop collaborations and exchanges in fields of shared interests and expertise.
The objectives of the MoU included visits and informal exchanges of faculty, officials in specific areas of research, exploring the possibilities for developing joint research programmes and collaborations. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) signed an MoU with the University of California on Monday. This is the 9th MoU signed by BAMU with any educational institution. Earlier, the MoUs were signed for scholarships, training and research.
Some of the MoUs included

■ The administration of BAMU signed an MoU with Infosys for training teachers. It has trained 70 teachers last year at Pune campus under the project genesis. These teachers in turn trained 700 students at respective colleges. Special placement drive was conducted by Infosys for these students and 40 were selected. 
■ BAMU has been accepted as nodal agency for EUPHRATES (EU Promotion of Health through Research, Applied Technology Education and Science in India) in February 2013. Under the project, the university will act as a management coordinator for 27 partners from India, Greece, Spain, France, Portugal, Poland, Ireland, Germany. Around 140 grants (research fellowships) from India to Europe will be given with effect from October 2014.
■ Wockhardt Company and BAMU signed an MoU last year. Wockhardt has awarded three scholarships to Department of Chemistry (two scholarships of Rs 25,000 annually for PG students, and one for Ph D student Rs 35,00 per year). The company also supplied chemicals worth Rs 10 lakh last year while this year, it will supply chemicals and consumers worth Rs 12 lakh.

Janmashtami prog planned at Radhakrishna Temple, N-1 - Source LT

Shrikrishna Janmashtami festival will be celebrated at the Radhakrishna Temple, Cidco N-1 by Antarashtriya Krishnabhavnamrut Sangh and ISKCON Aurangabad on August 28 and 29. This was informed by the ISKCON Janmashtami campaign chief Raghvendra Bagdiya and Dr Santosh Madravar in a press conference.
Around 700 families will participate to offer the Panchamrut Abhishek to Radhakrishna in the temple. Programmes like pravachan, kirtan, etc will be held. Works of erecting the tent to cover 25,000 square feet land is underway at the venue. Nikunj Vrundavan made by the devotees of ISCKON will be the main attraction during the programme. 
Organisers have appealed to the people to participate in the programme. Architect Raajan Nadkarni, Vinod Bagdiya, Rajendra Bharuka and Vishal Ladniya and others were present during the press conference.

Secretarial Assistant exam on September 29 - Source LT

The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) has issued an advertisement for recruitment of 89 Secretarial Assistants. The preliminary examination will be held at 35 district centers on September 29 and the last date for applying is September 3. Several vacant posts of the State Government including assistants and group B (non-gazette) category will be filled through this examination. They will get a chance of promotion to the post of Group B section officer. The examination will be held in three phases - preliminary, main and interview. Any graduate candidate between the age group of 18 to 33 years can apply and backward class candidates can get five years relaxation in their age group. Candidates clearing the final examination will be appointed in various departments of the secretariat and the MPSC office. 
Prelim of 100 marks
Preliminary examination is of 100 marks. One hour time will be given to solve the question paper with multiple answers. Questions will be based on current affairs, history of modern India, special Maharashtra, state's geography, economy, general knowledge, IQ and mathematics. 
Two papers in main exam 
Candidates, who clear the preliminary examination, will have to appear for two papers of 200 marks each in the main examination. The first paper is of Marathi and English containing 130 question of Marathi and 70 questions of English. The second paper will be based on general knowledge and other subjects. The main examination will be held at Aurangabad, Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur. Candidates who clear the main examination will qualify for the interview which will be of 50 marks.

Meet on 'Women's role in Indian Music' - Source LT

A two-day national conference on 'Contribution of Women in Indian Music' will be hosted by Dr IB Pathak Women's College of Arts at Tapadia Natya Mandir from August 30.
Addressing a press conference, college principal Dr Rajkumari Gadkar said that noted singer Dr Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande (Mumbai) will inaugurate the event while chairman of Marathwada Legal and General Education Society (MLGES) adv R D Deshpande will preside. 
Prominent musician Dr Vikas Kashalkar will be the chief guest while MLGES secretary adv Umakant Patil will be the guest of honour. During the valedictory ceremony on August 31, vice chairman adv J K Vasadikar will preside while vice chancellor of Lucknow based-Bhatkhande Music Institute (Deemed University) Dr Shruti Sadolikar will be the chief guest. 
Joint secretary of the education society adv Dr Kalpalata Patil Bharaswadkar will be the guest of honour. Experts like Dr S Kasliwal (Delhi), Dr T Unnikrishnan (Khairagar), Dr Sheetal More (Pune), Dr Ravi Chaturvedi (Rajasthan), Parvati Dutta and others will guide the participants in the three sessions of the conference. 
Principal Dr Gadkar, head of the Music Department Dr Parag Choudhary, Prof Dilip Dodke and others have appealed to the students and teachers to attend the event.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Cleanliness drive turns into a fiasco - Source LT

 Non-participation by many corporators and civic officials was attributed to the poor mismanagement and, of course, the intermittent showers that continued to lash the city throughout the day. 

The much-publicised mega cleanliness drive, jointly organised by the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Kyoto (Japan), turned out to be a damp squib — thanks to the poor management and intermittent showers.
Many civic officials and corporators did not even care to attend the drive, which started off from Gajanan Mandir with schoolchildren playing lezim. Municipal commissioner Dr Harshdeep Kamble, collector Vikram Kumar and leader of opposition in AMC Dr Zafar Khan were present.
Earlier, the officials held discussions with the Japanese delegation — Masashi Yoshino, Yukari Nakamoto and Mika Kitajima — and coordinator Chaitanya Bhandare.
The members of the delegation from Japan explained the importance of cleanliness to the residents.
Engineers S D Panzade, Sikandar Ali, Hemant Kolhe, health officer Dr Jaishree Kulkarni and Shivaji Jhanjhan, who had dressed as Sant Gadge Baba, were, however, seen enthusiastically participating in the cleanliness drive.
Mayor shows up 45 minutes late
AMC office-bearers, the district collector, the municipal commissioner and students had to wait for 45 minutes in rain for mayor Kala Ozha to come. Tired of waiting for the mayor, they picked up brooms and started cleaning the road, even before the drive was formally inaugurated by the mayor.
Though the mega cleanliness drive was initiated from the ward of the mayor, few residents attended it. Non-participation by many corporators and civic officials was attributed to the poor mismanagement and, of course, the intermittent rain that continued to lash the city throughout the day.
Absent officers
Standing committee chairman Narayan Kuche, deputy mayor Sanjay Joshi, House leader Sanjay Konekar, health committee chairman Manish Dahihande, NCP group leader Afsar Khan were conspicuous of their absence.
According to AMC sources, only 27 employees from the health centre and 77 schoolchildren registered their participation in the drive today.
It may be recalled that last year the then mayor Anita Ghodele had started the mega cleanliness drive from her ward — Samarthnagar. It had witnessed a fairly good response due to proper management. Mayor Ghodele had also paid a visit to Japan in this regard.
Like last year, the civic authorities failed to felicitate the Japanese delegation this time around also.

Display scholarship info, colleges told - Source LT

• Last date for applying is Sept 30
The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has asked the colleges to display the details of the 'merit-cum-means based scholarship' on their noticeboards and get its applications filled immediately.
The DTE had started an online submission of the applications in the first week of this month. However, many students studying in courses like BE, B Pharm, MCA, MBA, MMS, Health Science Course, LLB, CA and CS are not aware of this scholarship and are like to miss it.
Therefore, the DTE has directed all colleges to display the details of this scholarship on their noticeboards and get the online application forms from students submitted through their website ( and forward them to the DTE division office through the office login ID after scrutiny. Students of minority communities pursuing technical and professional education for the academic year 2013-14 are eligible for it. Economically weaker and meritorious students belonging to Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian and Parsi communities should have passed the common entrance test and obtained minimum 50 per cent marks at the qualifying examination. The last date for the online submission of the applications for fresh candidates is September 30, while the last date for the submission of the duly signed hard copies is October 10.

Sankarnarayanan in the city today - Source LT

Governor K Sankarnarayanan will be on the tour of Aurangabad to attend the state-level Nirmalgram award distribution function at Sant Tukaram Natyagriha here on Monday. The governor will arrive at Chikalthana airport at 10.25 am and stay at the VIP Lounge from 10.30 am to 10.45 pm. He would attend the function at 11 pm and head to Subhedari Guest House at 12.30 pm. He will be at the guest house till 2 pm and leave for Mumbai by a flight from Chikalthana airport at 2.25 pm. Grampanchayats which have good work in cleanliness drive will be honoured. 
Dy CM Pawar in city today
Meanwhile, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar will be in the city on Monday. Pawar will arrive at Chikal-thana airport at 9 am and leave for Subhedari Guest House. The DCM would also attend the state-level Nirmalgram award distribution ceremony. He would arrive at guest house at 12.45 pm and would fly back to Mumbai at 2.30 pm.

Patel presented with Rajiv Gandhi Puraskar - Source LT

Bhaishree Group chairman Rameshbhai Patel was presented with Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Puraskar, a national-level award instituted by the New Delhi-based Citizens Integration Peace Society, at a function held at Teen Murti Bhavan, Chanakyapuri, on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi's 69th birth anniversary. 
"Considering the contribution of Rameshbhai Patel in the field of industry, we have awarded him the award," Citizens Society secretary S P Singh and convener S P Bansal said in a press statement. 
Tamil Nadu and Sikkim ex-governor Bhishma Narain Singh inaugurated the award presentation ceremony, while Sikkim ex-governor Chaudhary Randhir Singh presided and the chief guest was Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Virendra Kataria. Congress working committee secretary Ved Prakash was also present. 
While accepting the award, Rameshbhai Patel has thanked all the staff members, distributors and traders associated with his group.

'Preamble' translated into Pali language - Source LT

n Dr Anand achieves distinction of being first to do it

Dr Manish Anand, an associate professor with the Pali and Buddhism Department at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, has translated the Preamble of the Constitution in Pali language, a first-ever attempt in the country.
Dr Manish Anand presented the translated copy of Preamble of the Constitution to vice chancellor Dr Vijay Pandharipande during the Foundation Day of the varsity. 
Vice Chancellor of Shivaji University Dr N J Pawar, registrar Dr D R Mane, controller of examinations Dr Ashok Chavan and director of Students Welfare Department Dr Walmik Sarwade were present.
Dr Anand, who has got the distinction of being first in the country to have translated the Preamble, had made up his mind to do it on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the architecture of Constitution Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. Like in Marathi and English, there are 16 lines of the Preamble in the Pali version.Dr Anand achieves distinction of being first to do it Vice chancellor Dr Vijay Pandharipande accepts the translated copy of the Preamble of the Constitution from Dr Manish Anand. Also seen are VC Dr N J Pawar, Dr D R Mane, Dr Ashok Chavan and Dr Walmik Sarwade.

Strictly follow anti-ragging guidelines, colleges told - Source LT

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) has asked all the colleges to strictly follow anti-ragging guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The UGC, in its letter to Bamu vice chancellor, states that ragging is a criminal offence and it has framed regulations to curb the menace in educational institutions.
Meanwhile, director of the Board of College and University Dr S P Jhambre has written to all colleges, urging them to take necessary steps for the strict implementation of the UGC regulations.
Dr Jhambre said if any institution fails to take adequate steps to prevent ragging or does not act in accordance with these regulations or fails to punish perpetrators of incidents of ragging suitably, punitive action would be taken against the institution concerned. 
Colleges have also been asked to display hoardings and distribute pamphlets highlighting the ill-effects of ragging and asking students to refrain from it.
The UGC has also launched a web portal — — for filing affidavits online. Students can also seek details by sending an email at It is also necessary to display prominently, name, e-mail address, mobile number of the nodal officer to whom the complaints of ragging can be made.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Govt to hold MH-CET for medical admissions - Source LT

■ Students need not have to worry about the curriculum, which will be based on 11th and 12th standards.
■ There will be 180 questions of 720 marks (each carrying four marks), while the duration of the test will be three hours.
The State Government on Wednesday decided to hold MH-CET for medical admissions on the lines of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) from 2014 onwards.
Ever since the Supreme Court scrapped the idea of one nation and one test for medical admissions, there was a confusion among students about the forthcoming entrance test. Therefore, a meeting was convened in Mumbai on Wednesday, which decided to go for a state-level entrance test for medical admissions. 
Chaired by medical education minister Dr Vijaykumar Gavit, the meeting also decided the curricula and pattern of the State-level medical entrance. Students need not have to worry about the curriculum, which will be based on 11th and 12th standards. There will be 180 questions of 720 marks (each carrying four marks), while the duration of the test will be three hours.
MLC Satish Chavan also took up the matter with the government. MLC Satish Chavan, former principal of Rajarashi Shahu College Dr Aniruddha Jadhav, principal Dr Dasrao Suryavanshi, principal Dr N V Kalyankar and D B Jhambrunkar were also present in the meeting.

NIPM hosts quiz for mgmt students - Source LT

The National Institute of Personal Management (NIPM) Aurangabad Chapter organised a business quiz for MBA students at Deogiri College recently. In all, 8 teams from Deogiri, RSIM, MIT, MGM, Department of Management Studies (BAMU), MIM Aurangabad & IMR, Jalgaon participated.
Deogiri Management College students won the first prize and Department of Management Science (BAMU) won the second. These students were felicitated with mementos, merit certificates and participation certificates.
The judges were Ram Marlapalle and Ulhas Bhoomkar while the quiz master and scorer were Harshal Sharma and Sherly Sanchez respectively. 
Initially, local chapter chairman Manoj Gupta briefed the audience about the competition and its rules. Secretary Sunil Sutavane proposed a vote of thanks. Balasaheb Sonawane, Punit Dhingra, Anurag Kalyani, Ulhas Shivurkar, professors and students from various management colleges were present. The two winning teams will now participate at the zonal level competition and may get a chance to participate in the NIPM's national-level competition to be held at Panaji, Goa in September.

Various progs planned for 55th Foundation Day of university - Source LT

Vice chancellor Dr Vijay Pandharipande has urged people to participate in the 'Open Day' programmes beginning tomorrow as part of the 55th Foundation Day of the university.
It may be recalled that this project was started two years ago to help students and parents get detailed information on various courses and facilities available at the university.
All the departments, library and laboratories will remain open from 10 am to 5 pm on August 22 and 23. Professors, researchers and postgraduate students will provide information to visitors.
In his message on the eve of the Foundation Day, Dr Pandharipande said people, especially parents, will be able to know about various courses and career opportunities for their children.
He has appealed to all people to visit the university and participate in the programmes.
There will be a blood donation camp in Physical Education Department tomorrow, while an exhibition of 400 medicinal plants in the Botany Department.
Similarly, students of the Zoology Department will present 'models of economic zoology' under their programme 'Save Animal' on both days. Movies based on prominent Hindi and Marathi novels will also be screened at Hindi Department.

Lesser-known monuments to be brought on record - Source LT

A survey will be carried out to bring on record unprotected and lesser-known monuments located in and around Aurangabad.
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Heritage Conservation Committee (HCC) held in the office of additional divisional commissioner Gokul Maware today at 11 am. This was the first meeting of the HCC in 2013. A three-member committee to attend complaints regarding encroachments and defacing of monuments.
HCC president Jayant Deshpande and other office-bearers, including assistant director (town planning) D P Kulkarni, senior regional manager (MTDC) Chandrashekar Jaiswal, deputy engineer Faheem Siddiqui, historian Dulari Qureshi, state archaeology official N N Markandey and others attended the meeting. It was also decided to hold seminars and competitions for school and college students to celebrate the World Heritage Week (November 19-25), display signboards highlighting history outside every monument, pursue for funds, revise the list of monuments by conducting fresh survey of all protected, unprotected and lesser-known monuments, maintain text and photo documentation of all monuments.While expressing concern at the mounting complaints of encroachments around monuments, defacing them with graffiti, the meeting formed a three-member committee comprising Siddiqui, Qureshi and Jaiswal to look into them. The HCC meeting also directed the state archaeology and AMC to remove shrubs growing on the heritage gates. 
Meanwhile, acting civic chief G B Maware has appealed to citizens to volunteer their services in protecting the heritage monuments. "They should immediately report to the HCC, if they spot any untoward incidents or encroachments in and around the monuments. This will help the authorities take immediate action and save the monuments," he added.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Silent march organised in city - Source LT

A silent march was organised in the city today to protest against the Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti leader Dr Narendra Dabholkar's murder in Pune. 
The march began from Paithan Gate in the evening and culminated at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi after passing from Tilak Path, Gulmandi, Machhali Khadak, City Chowk and Sarafa. 
The participants were carrying pictures of the slain thinker. Retired high court judge Justice B N Deshmukh and Avinash Deshmukh spoke on the occasion. Subhash Lomote conducted the proceedings. Manohar Taksal, principal Rajaram Rathod, Ratilal and Chandaben Jairwala, Tara Ladda, H M Desarda, Uddhav Bhavalkar, Buddhinath Baral, Ram Baheti, principal Pratap Borade, Ajit Dalvi, Pradeep Purandare, Ashok Bhalerao, principal Manorama Sharma, Suniti Dharwadkar were among those present. 
A condolence meeting will be held at Saraswati Bhuvan auditorium on August 21 at 5 pm to pay homage to Dr Dabholkar.

Council poll counting today - Source LT

The result of the election for Aurangabad Jalna local self-government body Legislative Council seat is likely to be out by 10 am on Wednesday. As reported earlier, 100 per cent voting was witnessed yesterday. The election witnessed a straight fight between Subhash Zambad and Kishanchand Tanwani. There is a lot of excitement leading to the counting of votes tomorrow and many people are making bets on the result. Some are predicting that Subhash Zambad of Congress will be the new member of the Legislative Council while some are rooting for Shiv Sena's Kishanchand Tanwani who may retain his membership and get a second term.
The district administration has completed preparations for counting process that will begin tomorrow at 8 am, said district collector Vikram Kumar.


Cleanliness drive to mark Indo-Japan ties - Source LT

To commemorate 61 years of Indo-Japan friendship, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is holding a mega cleanliness drive in the city from August 25 to 28 under the aegis of Kyoto (Japan).
The municipal administration has appealed to educational institutions, companies, NGOs, commercial establishments and common citizens to spare one-hour daily to clean their surroundings on these days.
Masashi Yoshino, Yukari Nakamoto and Mika Kitajima from Japan, along with coordinator Chaitanya Bhandare, today called on mayor Kala Ozha and acting municipal commissioner G B Maware and held discussions in this regard. The delegates also visited some schools and urged to them to participate in the mega cleanliness drive.
The cleanliness drive would start at 10 am on August 25 with a siren, AMC officials said while appealing civic committee officials, corporators, government offices, schools, colleges, NGOs, social organisations, housing societies, self-help groups, factories, private medical practioners, small and big businessmen to spare their valuable one hour daily for cleaning their surroundings. 
Meanwhile, citizens wanting to help the officials in this mega drive can register their names with their respective ward offices. 
Civic officials would hold a meeting in Ward-A office on August 22 at 12 pm, followed by Ward-C office in Old Mondha (August 22, at 3.30 pm), Ward-B and Ward-E offices near Cidco (August 23, at 12 noon and 3.30 pm), Ward-D and Ward-F offices August 24 (at 12 noon and 3.30 pm), added the sources. Educational institutions, companies, NGOs, commercial establishments and common citizens urged to spare one-hour daily to clean their surroundings during the four-day-long campaign

'Stern action against illegal institutes and colleges' - Source LT

Vice chancellor Dr Vijay Pandharipande informed the minister that they have decided to start 'Centre for Youth Development and Capacity Building' from the current academic year. 
D P Sawant said that each university should have 'Centre for Youth Development and Capacity Building' to help students in getting jobs and employment. Minister of State for Higher and Technical Education D P Sawant interacting with VC Dr Vijay Pandharipande, registrar Dr D R Mane and others during his goodwill visit to BAMU on Tuesday. 

"Stern action will be taken against those colleges and institutes which will run any degree or diploma course without the permission of bodies like All India Council for Technical Education, National Council for Teacher Education," said D P Sawant, Minister of State for Higher and Technical Education.
He was speaking during his goodwill visit to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU) on Tuesday.
Vice chancellor Dr Vijay Pandharipande, registrar Dr D R Mane interacted with the minister and informed him about various development schemes of the varsity. 
Joint director of Higher Education Dr Mohd Fayyaz, director of Board of College and University Dr S P Jhambre, controller of examinations Dr Ashok Chavan, deputy registrars Dr Ganesh Manza and D M Netke were also present. Earlier, Dr Dhanraj Mane welcomed the minister.
D P Sawant further said that it is necessary to take permission from the appointed authorities (AICTE, NCTE, MCI, Bar Council of India), but, it has been observed that many educational institutes offer diploma and degree courses without permission. 
"The State Government has already passed a resolution for it and university should act strictly against illegal colleges," he said. The Minister of State said that Rs 1 lakh fine will be imposed and one year sentence will be awarded to the management of illegal colleges. He also assured the university administration of clearing their pending proposals.