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Gujarat University probe panel set to submit charges against Pal to govt

AHMEDABAD: 11 Nov 2014
The fact-finding committee constituted to probe the allegations of financial irregularities by former Gujarat University vice-chancellor Adesh Pal and the financial advisory panel, met on Tuesday to frame charges against Pal. The members of the panel will meet again next week before submitting their report to the state government.

The government had sought a detailed report from the university after a PIL was filed recently in Gujarat high court against Pal and the university officials. The PIL has sought direction to GU authorities to initiate action against Pal and errant officials for recovery of misappropriated fund with interest.

The fact-finding committee was formed by the then acting VC Mukul Shah after Pal was asked to step down amid controversies. The panel was asked to probe the allegations of financial irregularities against Pal and the financial advisory committee.

Top institutes in Gujrat see steady rise in local students

AHMEDABAD: 07-Jul-2014

The number of varsities offering specialized courses for higher studies has seen a steady rise in the state; infact, it is one of the novelties that the former Gujarat chief minister and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of frequently in his public speeches. Ironically, Gujarat has been lagging when it comes to churning out students qualifying for top institutes, but that is now steadily changing. 

Today, most colleges offering specialized courses like design, communication technology or petroleum engineering, admit to a moderate rise in students from Gujarat enrolling in various degree programmes. The typical Gujarati acumen to join the family business after a BCom seems to slowly lose its flavour for the young blood. 

National Institute of Design (NID), the country's top design institute located in Paldi, saw 15 out of 100 students from Gujarat in its UG course in 2013. This was from a meager 9 in 2009. "We have an international curriculum with a great campus environment. The location is an added bonus for students who belong here," said Vijaya Deshmukh, registrar, NID. 

Academicians from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT) agree. The UG batch saw a rise of 182 students with Gujarat domicile in 2013 from 120 in 2009. "With the increase in awareness about higher studies and with opportunities available in the state, students from Gujarat are taking interest in enrolling themselves in quality programs," said Prof Suman Mitra, dean, academic affairs, DA-IICT. 

According to Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gujarat provides a safe heaven to students. GNLU, that had 21 Gujarati students in 2009, recorded 52 such students in 2013. "Gujarat provides an academically conducive environment for students; safety, security and discipline standards are all top notch," said Bimal Patel, director, GNLU. 

At Mica, India's top school offering strategic marketing and communication, says the data indicates a modest increase from 2% to 8% in Gujarati students. "There is an increased importance of strategic marketing and communication in business organisations irrespective of the size. Given the popular perception that Gujaratis have the best business acumen, there is a faster acceptance of any skill or knowledge that will foster growth in business," said Dr Anita Basalingappa, chairperson, Mica admission committee. 

Students want to meet global standards Saumil Chandira, a chemical engineering student at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, said, "I want to join my father's business, but will expand it using the latest knowledge. For that reason, just a BCom won't do." He added, "Our competition is now global and not local, so it's important to get exposed to the latest in specialized fields." 

A Nirma University student, Chandani Kela, agrees. "We are now realizing that with a little dedication and hard work, we can study in great institutes available in our state. Gujaratis are good at grasping concepts and that helps in higher education." 

39 new colleges under AICTE inspection

AHMEDABAD: 28 May 2014

The All India Council for Technical Education had begun inspection of 39 colleges in the state. The AICTE sources said that there are all possibilities that there would be an increase of 2000 odd seats in engineering and architecture courses. 

Officials said that of the 39 colleges there are nine engineering and five architecture colleges. Of these all the architecture college will be given approval while five new engineering colleges will be approved. 

Earlier about 48 colleges had applied for affiliation. Of these 48 colleges, there are 28 applications that have been received for the colleges degree and diploma engineering colleges. Of these 28 colleges, there are 18 diploma engineering colleges and the remaining is degree engineering college. 

Sources said these new degree and diploma engineering courses have applied in faculties which are most sought including civil, mechanical, electrical and computers among others. A large of diploma engineering colleges have applied is because there is craze for getting admission into diploma courses after class X. 

The craze was mainly because the student does not have to study class XII and undergo the stress and second the state has also notified that diploma courses are equivalent to class XII and hence even if someone wants to go in for under graduate courses, he can easily get admission. 

Officials said that in 2007-08 against the number of students who wanted admission were more than the seats available but today almost all students who clear their examination with 45 per cent or above marks make it to the engineering colleges and despite this over 14000 seats were falling vacant. 

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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