Violence at Gujarat University during counting of votes
AHMEDABAD: Student leaders had planned celebrations in anticipation of victory at the Gujarat University senate elections. Instead, violence erupted during counting, which led to unprecedented verbal abuse and stone pelting by NSUI and ABVP members on GU campus on Tuesday. The violence could only be contained by an aggressive lathicharge by police.
At least five policemen and 15 students were injured in the free-for-all and stone pelting that erupted on the GU campus. The trigger was that during counting for eight senate and 14 students welfare seats, unsealed ballot-boxes were received from three centres - Petlad, Bhadran and Pipaliya.
ABVP was the first to cry foul over the unsealed boxes and demanded a re-election at these centres. This led to heated verbal exchanges between ABVP and NSUI activists. Vice chancellor of GU M N Patel attempted to pacify students by suggesting that a legal opinion be sought for the three centres, while counting from other centres be completed.
This was almost agreed to by the warring groups, but an effigy - believed to be of either the CM or the education minister - was burnt. This led to furious stone pelting, which injured some policemen. This forced the men in khaki to lathicharge and aggressively disperse the mob on pain of the danda.
The VC said that notices have been issued to the three centres over unsealed ballot boxes, seeking an explanation from the principals. A legal opinion on re-elections at these centres has also been sought. "GU campus has seen such aggression by students as well as police after many years. Police could have avoided the aggressive use of a lathicharge," Patel said.
No Medical Council of India's recognition for MET College degree
AHMEDABAD: When the first batch of MBBS students graduates this year from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's MET College on LG hospital campus, the students would be shocked to know that their hard labour have earned them nothing. The Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided 'not to grant recognition' to this college and has given 11 reasons for its decision. Officials say the AMC-MET could have complied with the MCI's criteria in a time-bound manner, instead of facing embarrassment.
The MCI will now demand a 'compliance' report from the Medical Education Trust (MET) authorities and a credible deadline for meeting its criteria before granting recognition to its MBBS degree. The news came as shock to MET members. In fact, the dean of the medical college, Dipti Shah, was on an inspection of a medical college in Kolkata when the MCI announced its decision on its website. The first batch of 150 students had spent five years studying and paying high fees for a medical degree. Some of them had even taken student loans, said MET officials.
Following the MCI's refusal to grant recognition to MET College's degree, the future of MBBS students graduating from Patan, Gotri and Valsad medical colleges this year is uncertain.
The executive committee of the MCI considered the report of the council inspectors who had visited the LG Medical College on two days -January 27 and January 28 - and had noted nine reasons for keeping in abeyance a decision on giving recognition to the medical college. The inspections were carried according to the guidelines laid under Section 11 of the IMC Act-1956.
"We are working on aspects of compliance. Students need not worry as their degrees would be secure. We would ensure that all the criteria are met in a time-bound manner," said a senior official of the AMC.
Siemens India launches scholarship for engineering students in Gujarat
AHMEDABAD: Siemens India has rolled out a scholarship scheme for meritorious students hailing from economically-disadvantaged families in Gujarat.
The scholarships will cover tuition and stationary expenses for the first year of their graduation course. Additionally, training, projects and mentorship provided by Siemens would acquaint the students with the dynamics of the industry, thereby leading to their holistic development. In the first phase, Siemens has reached out to all government engineering colleges of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa.
Sunil Mathur, chief executive officer, Siemens India, said, "Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development for any country. However, in India, the limited availability of skilled workforce has been creating a roadblock in the adoption of newer technologies. As a responsible corporate citizen, Siemens India endeavors to support and promote technical education, leveraging its core competencies such as innovative technologies and know-how so as to produce 'industry-ready' technicians and engineers."
The scholarships are aimed at supporting deserving candidates to pursue their education and launch a sustainable career in engineering, R&D or manufacturing. These students will be supported with a scholarship program throughout the four years of graduation.
Ceptians win top prize for recycled water paper
AHMEDABAD: Cept University students Parth Vaidya and Aayushi Panchal received the top prize in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE,UK) Technical Paper Presentation competition, held at its Indian chapter Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gandhinagar recently.
Vaidya and Panchal, both 3rd year students from the faculty of technology presented the paper: Domestic Waste Water Treatment, Needs and Techniques for Recycling. With the total exploitable renewable fresh water resources 1,200 bcm, serving 1.24 billion blooming population, India stands as a severely water stressed country in the global scenario. India is facing daunting water challenges in terms of erratic rainfall, unequal water body distribution, inadequate water usage, inefficient water policies with ever increasing water pollution.
The research paper presents 3-R model (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle) for water management. The first two R's being little impractical to imply on, the paper produces need and techniques for 'recycling' domestic waste water. Based on the concept of separating grey and black water in two drain lines, a basic prototype for recycling domestic grey water is presented. Implementation procedures with various beneficial outcomes have been incorporated in this study.
This research work has received various international and national awards, including Paryavaran Ratna gold medal, by the government of India.
Students face tough physics paper
AHMEDABAD: After faring well in English, class XII students faced a very lengthy physics paper in their CBSE board exams.
Vishal Solanki, PGT, Physics(DC), Delhi Public School, said, "The paper was very lengthy as three marks' questions were asked in two marks . Even sets were of same difficulty level. Many of my students were not able to complete exam and left questions up to 10 marks." Preet Shah, student, KV, said, "I was writing till the end and did not get time to revise. I was expecting to score more marks, but now my overall percentage will go down."