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PDPU to host pre-vibrant Gujarat summit

AHMEDABAD: 20 Aug 2014

Gujarat, which contributes around 15% of the country's chemical exports to the US and Europe, will host an international conference on chemical industry on Friday as a pre-vibrant Gujarat summit event for industry promotion, collaboration and innovations. 

The event, being organized by Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) in association with state-run industrial extension bureau (Indextb), would discuss the role of chemical engineering in environment sustainability, development of clean energy technology, industrial innovations and future growth potentials of agro, dyes and fertilizer industries. Trends and innovations in bio catalysis and industrial production of fine chemicals and waste water management techniques would also in focus. 

The conference would seek views from industry experts on topics of chemical engineering, enforcing a collaboration between chemical engineering department of PDPU and international engineering fraternity and discussing the roles of industries and manufacturers in sustainable development. 

The conference would be attended by representatives of government and industry, technocrats, managers and academicians.

Attend your classes: Gujarat Technological University to engineering students

AHMEDABAD: 19 Aug 2014

In an appeal to the students, the Gujarat Technological University (GTU) has urged them to join their classes in whichever college and branch they have been given admission. 

The GTU was forced to issue such appeal after the Gujarat high court recently nullified the joint admission process adopted by the Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC). The court set aside the merit marks calculation process of ACPC, putting a question-mark over the admission process in engineering colleges of Gujarat which concluded only recently. 

The GTU communique states, "Please remember that 90% of the seats are in GTU-affiliated colleges and hence any new allocation may lead to moving from one GTU-affiliated college to the other GTU-affiliated college for most of the students. Secondly, the syllabus in all the colleges affiliated to GTU is the same. Hence, in order to save precious time of the youth, it is required that we should continue to attend classes, laboratories and workshops regularly." 

The GTU has already begun a four-week bridge course and the first semester classes are scheduled to begin from September 2. 

The state government now plans to move the apex court on Tuesday. Self-financed college management association president Janak Khandwala said: "The state government should take up this matter urgently at the SC so that the students' admissions and academic classes are not disturbed. In most cases, the students have paid their academic and hostel fees. Now, if the joint admission is re-conducted then another month will be lost. Already, we are running a month late as the matter went up to the SC earlier too." 

Three rounds of admission were conducted and on July 24 the academic year began. The issue that is haunting the students and academicians is which formula should be followed to calculate merit marks and grant admissions? The other issue is the number of students who will be affected by the formula that is being suggested by the chief justice of Gujarat HC. 

College administrators say that owing to this merit mark controversy, which had erupted in 2013 too, the academic sessions are delayed and engineering students leave for other states. "The state government should formulate a consistent policy," said a city-based engineering college principal.

Admissions to Bachelor of Arts courses remains decentralized

AHMEDABAD: 30 May 2014

Admissions to Bachelor of Arts courses will not be centralized. Gujarat University's decision means students will still have to go to individual colleges for admission. The decision to leave admissions to BA courses non-centralized was taken as there are several seats lying vacant in Gujarat University.

Sources said that barring prominent arts colleges, others are saddled with 50% vacancies. Officials said that if the university decided to have centralized admissions, the majority the colleges would not get students as the system would allocate students to the colleges where there are vacancies.

There are 29 arts college in Ahmedabad city and 60 colleges in rural areas. All are affiliated to Gujarat University. There are about 12,000 BA seats in the city and 18,000 seats in rural areas. Admissions to BA courses will begin from June 5.

Officials said the meeting of arts college principals will be held in the city after the results are declared on May 31, to decide on the further modalities. GU will decide if there would be a common form for all colleges or independent forms. Officials said that there are hardly any students who want admission to arts courses in the city, while there is a rush in rural areas.

LD Arts College principal and former dean of arts faculty, Mahipatsinh Chavda, said forms will be distributed between June 5 and 7. The first merit list will be declared on June 9 and the academic calendar will begin from June 18.

There are four English medium colleges, including St Xavier's College and LD Arts, among others.

Engineering and Pharmacy

Admissions to engineering and pharmacy degree courses, to be conducted by Admission Committee for Professional Courses, will begin on Friday. The forms will be available at various branches of nationalized banks from Friday.

Students will have to register by June 10. Officials said that once a student obtains a 'Pin' number from the bank, he could then get further information from the 70-odd helplines in various parts of the state. Officials said ACPC has also offered online payment services for 'Pin' numbers. "If a student does not want to go to a bank, a simple SMS can be sent to a particular number and the student will be allotted a Pin number. Once the Pin is received, he can make the payment online and register.

ACPC has decided that since the process of admission has been challenged in the court, they will only have one mock round before final admissions are conducted. ACPC hopes the admissions process will be complete by mid July and the academic session begins from July 17.

Member secretary and LD Engineering College principal M B Dholakia said ACPC has got 80,000 forms printed and this year and about 63,000 students are qualifying for admission. The cutoff criteria for admission in the general category is 45%.

Officials in ACPC said they have decided that the board will prepare the merit list based on percentiles in examinations conducted by the various boards, including the Central Board for Secondary Education as well as the percentile in the Joint Entrance Examination (Main).

Accordingly, while preparing the merit list, 60% of weightage will be given to board examinations, while the remaining 40% to JEE. The board has also decided that they will have a common merit for Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) boards.

Gujrat notifies centralized admission to first year Bachelor of Science degrees

AHMEDABAD: 30 May 2014

The state government has, in a major decision, announced that admissions to first year Bachelor of Science degrees in the state will be centralized and conducted by Admission Committee for Professional Courses on the lines of professional courses. 

It may be noted that the percentage of passing students is highest this year since 1991. This year 94.14% of board exam-taking students passed out of the total 1, 14,778 candidates who appeared. Due to the large number of students passing, science colleges face difficulties in admitting all applicants in graduation courses. 

The education department has, in a notification, communicated to various universities to provide all details related to total seats available in their colleges in colleges under their jurisdiction. 

In 2013, 92.53% of examinees cleared the class XII science stream exam and this resulted in a shortage of seats in BSc courses across the state as large numbers chose basic science courses over engineering. In Gujarat University, colleges were asked to admit about 200 students to each class. 

"This year too, a heavy rush in BSc is anticipated. Considering the state-wide scenario, the state education department will deal with the admissions issue centrally. Responsibility will be given to ACPC and they will admit students in colleges affiliated to the universities close to the residence of that student." 

For example, a student from Ahmedabad will be give admitted to a college in Ahmedabad city, which could be affiliated to Gujarat University. 

There are 67 science colleges that are run by the government or are grant-in-aid colleges, while another 40 are self-financed. Officials said admissions were likely to begin from June 16, but some officials felt that students should be asked to fill up forms along with the professional courses only. This begins on May 31. This would save students from filling up forms again and again. Also, ACPC will get a fair idea of how many students want to opt for a science college. 

According to officials, each university will chalk out its own rules and declare them on their website. Reservations under various categories and how many students from other regions are to be admitted will be chalked out individually by universities. 

Officials said the other reason was that the government would also get an idea if they needed to sanction more classes or not, if students were left without admission. 

Roadside school brings education to Gulbai Tekra

AHMEDABAD: 23 May 2014
Kamlesh Solanki had to skip school to sell balloons. He used the money to fund his schooling and gave the remaining to his mother. His struggle continued till standard 8. And, then he met his liberator - Chetan Vaghela. Today, Kamlesh studies in a private school and dreams of becoming a police officer.

Vaghela, who works at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in the city, has reached out to Kamlesh and many more children like him. Today, kids who were earlier engaged in odd jobs like garbage collection, have regained their childhood glee. Vaghela and his team sponsor Solanki and others to study at Samarth High School near Law Garden.

Vaghela's mission of compassion started from a roadside near Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). Vaghela met Solanki in Gulbai Tekra and was impressed with the teenager's grit towards academics.

Vaghela was inspired by his friends, who ran a similar street school near IIM A. With a team of 35 like-minded friends, Vaghela set foot into the slums of Gulbai Tekra. The youth, who belong to various professions, researched life in the slums with special focus on students who despite studying in primary schools were unable to speak in English and do simple mathematics.

The young researchers then spoke to the children's family members. Most of the children were moonlighting as daily wagers and rag-pickers. His first recourse was to contact the parents and convince them to stop the youngsters from taking up odd jobs and instead join his preparatory school.

Vaghela and his friends' Fly High Slums Foundation started the school in a one-room quarter with just six students. But, within a month, strength rose to 60. The school convenes for two hours daily.

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