Gujarat College News

Gujarat University gives more time to have documents verified
Times of India | 6 days ago
Times of India
6 days ago

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat University on Wednesday announced that the deadline for document verification for reserved and EWS category students who have applied for commerce admissions has been extended from June 29 to June 30. On Tuesday, the last day of registration for admissions in commerce courses including bachelors of commerce, BBA, BCA, masters in commerce courses, Gujarat University has received registrations from 32,238 students. The university had started full registrations starting from June 20. Sources said that 8,914 students’ documents verification in reserved and EWS categories is done while 6,490 students are yet to verify their documents as on June 29. For these students the university has extended the deadline. Sources said that the students who are yet to verify their documents have been sent a message to complete the process so that their names can be included in the merit list. According to the schedule, after the final date for applying the university will declare a provisional merit list. Students will have to complete their choice filling on July 12 and 13. Students will be allotted colleges on July 15. Admitted students will have to confirm their admissions by paying fees during July 15 to 18 and report to colleges latest by July 19. The academic sessions will begin from July 20. There are around 38,350 bachelors in commerce, BBA and BCA seats available in 100 GU affiliated colleges. In 2021 when the students were mass promoted in Class 12, as many as 3,000 seats in commerce colleges had remained vacant.

Gujarat University gives more time to have documents verified
College closure issue: Teachers meet Gujarat University Vice Chancellor
Times of India | 6 days ago
Times of India
6 days ago

AHMEDABAD: The college teachers’ association met Gujarat University vice chancellor on Wednesday and handed over a memorandum requesting him to not permit grant-in-aid college administrations to shut down their institutes. The memorandum says that recently teachers had protested against the government’s decision to allow grant-in-aid colleges to merge with private universities following which the government had retracted its decision. However, many such colleges have now applied for closure to the university which may lead to serious problems for the students who come from financially weaker sections of the society and to teachers employed in these colleges too.

College closure issue: Teachers meet Gujarat University Vice Chancellor
  • Teachers ask GU not to permit college closure
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: The college teachers’ association has written to Gujarat University to not permit grant-in-aid college administrations to shut down their institutes. The letter says that recently teachers had protested against the government’s decision to allow grant-in-aid colleges to merge with private universities following which the government had retracted its decision. However, many such colleges have now applied for closure to the university which may lead to serious problems for the students who come from financially weaker sections of the society and to teachers employed in these colleges too.Around six grant-in-aid colleges including one Ahmedabad-based self-financed college affiliated with Gujarat University have written to the university requesting closure this year. According to sources the colleges have cited various reasons for closure .

BJP Gujarat leadership to probe principal asking students to join party
The Indian Express | 6 days ago
The Indian Express
6 days ago

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) general secretary Vinod Chavda said on Wednesday that he has reported the matter of a women’s college principal asking students to join BJP to the state leadership for an inquiry. “That incident has come to my notice through social media. We have reported it (to state leadership of the party) for an inquiry,” Chavda said in response to a question while interacting with journalists.The BJP leader, who is incharge general secretary for Saurashtra region, was talking to media persons ahead of the meeting the party’s in-charge for 48 Assembly constituencies in Saurashtra in the city.Incidentally, Rajnibala Gohil, incharge principal of Shreemati Narmadabai Chatrabhuj Gandhi Mahila College, a women’s college in Bhavnagar city, popularly known as NC Gandhi college, had issued a notice on June 24, asking students to bring their passport-size photos and carry mobile phones to the college so they can be enrolled as BJP members.🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 After pictures of the notice went viral on social media on Monday and Congress lodged its protest, Gohil had resigned as incharge principal. The college management had claimed that the incharge principal issued the notice after a ‘lady’ met her and talked to her about the BJP’s ongoing member enrollment drive. The local leaders of the BJP in Bhavnagar city had however, claimed that the party’s drive to enroll new members is on in Bhavnagar city but no one from the party but had gone to the college and pressuried the principal to issue such a notice.Chavda added that as many as 60 lakh people have become BJP’s committees for every page of electoral roll in the state. “Efforts are on to now enroll these page committee members as primary members of the BJP,” said the sitting BJP MP from Kutch.

BJP Gujarat leadership to probe principal asking students to join party
  • Gujarat: Principal who asked pupils to join BJP quits
  • Times of India

    RAJKOT: The acting principal of a Bhavnagar college who had asked the students to become BJP members resigned from her post on Monday, following protests by Congress workers and NSUI members. She was subsequently sent on leave by Bhavnagar University until an inquiry in the matter was completed. Ranjan Gohil, acting principal of N C Gandhi and B V Gandhi Mahila Arts and Commerce College, had issued a notice to all students on June 24. The notice said, "All the students should bring their passport size photo to register as page committee members in BJP." The notice said that those students living in the jurisdiction of Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation are eligible to become members. "To join the membership campaign of the BJP, all the students should come to the college with their mobile phones from tomorrow," the notice read. This notice by Gohil who teaches political science created a controversy after it went viral on the social media. She withdrew the same notice on Monday morning by issuing a rejoinder that said: "I did not get instruction from anybody for issuing such a notice. The notice was issued by my misunderstanding and I withdraw that notice by this notification." On Monday afternoon, Congress workers and NSUI members protested before the vice-chancellor of Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University and demanded strong action against the acting principal. When contacted, vice-chancellor M M Trivedi said: "I called all the trustees of the college and asked them to conduct an internal enquiry in this matter by forming a committee. The acting principal was sent on leave till the committee completes the inquiry in order to see that she does not tamper with the evidence." Dhiren Vaishnav, a trustee of the college, said: "This college is a non-political educational institute and we do not endorse her act. She herself resigned from the position when she realised that she made a mistake."

  • Gujarat college principal asks students to become BJP ‘page pramukhs’; angry Cong lashes out
  • The Indian Express

    The principal of a women’s college in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar city issued an order asking her students to become ‘page pramukhs’ (electoral roll page in charge at booth level) of the ruling BJP.The local Congress unit decried the move and attacked the BJP for making use of such educational institutions to further their political goals, while the trust that runs the institution said she had resigned.In an order dated June 24, Ranjanbala Gohil, the in charge principal of Smt NC Gandhi and Smt BV Gandhi Mahila Arts and Commerce College here, asked all students living within Bhavnagar civic limits to come with a passport size photograph and carry mobile phones to become ‘page pramukh’ of the BJP.“Every student should bring their passport size photo tomorrow to register as a page pramukh in the BJP party. Only students living within the limits of Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation can become members. In order to join the membership drive in the BJP party, every student needs to come to college tomorrow with a mobile phone,” her order stated.College Trustee Dhiren Vaishnav said the order came to his notice on Sunday night, after which he immediately discussed it with fellow trustees and contacted Gohil.“All institutes of Bhavnagar Stree Kelavani Mandal Trust focus on developmental and educational activities and do not associate themselves with any political programme. The in charge principal accepted her mistake and has told us she had no personal interest in getting students enrolled as BJP members,” Vaishnav said.“There was no external or internal pressure on her to resign. But she requested the Trust to free her from her responsibilities and has resigned,” he added.Meanwhile, Prakash Vaghani, chief of Bhavnagar city unit of the Congress, said, “The BJP talks about being the world’s largest political party. It is now clear how it became this big. This is not the only institute. There are many other institutes that work under the BJP, and the party controls them.” Assembly polls will be held later this year and the BJP, which has ruled the state for 27 years, has embarked on a primary membership drive.

  • Gujarat college principal asks students to become BJP ‘page pramukhs’; angry Congress lashes out
  • Times of India

    BHAVNAGAR: The principal of a women's college in Gujarat's Bhavnagar city issued an order asking her students to become 'page pramukhs' (electoral roll page in charge at booth level) of the ruling BJP. The local Congress unit decried the move and attacked the BJP for making use of such educational institutions to further their political goals, while the trust that runs the institution said she had resigned. In an order dated June 24, Ranjanbala Gohil, the in charge principal of Smt NC Gandhi and Smt BV Gandhi Mahila Arts and Commerce College here, asked all students living within Bhavnagar civic limits to come with a passport size photograph and carry mobile phones to become 'page pramukh' of the BJP. "Every student should bring their passport size photo tomorrow to register as a page pramukh in the BJP party. Only students living within the limits of Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation can become members. In order to join the membership drive in the BJP party, every student needs to come to college tomorrow with a mobile phone," her order stated. College Trustee Dhiren Vaishnav said the order came to his notice on Sunday night, after which he immediately discussed it with fellow trustees and contacted Gohil. "All institutes of Bhavnagar Stree Kelavani Mandal Trust focus on developmental and educational activities and do not associate themselves with any political programme. The in charge principal accepted her mistake and has told us she had no personal interest in getting students enrolled as BJP members," Vaishnav said. "There was no external or internal pressure on her to resign. But she requested the Trust to free her from her responsibilities and has resigned," he added. Meanwhile, Prakash Vaghani, chief of Bhavnagar city unit of the Congress, said, "The BJP talks about being the world's largest political party. It is now clear how it became this big. This is not the only institute. There are many other institutes that work under the BJP, and the party controls them." Assembly polls will be held later this year and the BJP, which has ruled the state for 27 years, has embarked on a primary membership drive.

BJMC junior doctors withdraw strike after minister’s reassurance
The Indian Express | 1 week ago
The Indian Express
1 week ago

Members of the Junior Doctors Association (JDA) of BJ Medical College (BJMC) withdrew their strike on Tuesday after 13 days, following assurance from Gujarat Health Minister Rushikesh Patel that their demands will be considered and deliberated upon by the state health authorities.The association issued a statement saying, “JDA BJMC are withholding our satyagaha in faith of assurance from Chief Minister and health minister. We will join our duties from 28/06/2022, 8:00 am. This positive step is aimed at patient care, not in fear of strict actions to be taken from authority. Hoping for a positive response from the government.”The BJMC is affiliated to the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital.Patel reportedly held a meeting with the dean and post-graduate course director of BJMC and Civil Hospital medical superintendent Monday at Gandhinagar.He is also scheduled to meet representatives of the JDA on Tuesday.The BJMC JDA has been demanding equating the bond period service with senior residency duration owing to their service in Covid-19 wards for nearly 17 months.On May 28 and June 6, the BJMC post-graduate course director and medical superintendent of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital respectively, wrote to the additional chief secretary of health endorsing and recommending for counting bond service equal to the residency period.Residency is a year-long specialised training after three years of the post-graduate programme and becomes mandatory if one wants to apply for teaching positions. In Gujarat, for those admitted through state quota seats, students are also mandated to serve a year-long medical bond period as rural tenure, which is separate from the residency period.Medical superintendent of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital Dr Rakesh Joshi said, “(there has been an) unconditional withdrawal of strike in anticipation of positive consideration of their demand.”Notably, following state health government-issued directions ordering for action against junior doctors striking from work, a final eviction notice was issued by the college dean on June 21, directing that the protesting doctors vacate their hostel premises “within 24 hours”.

BJMC junior doctors withdraw strike after minister’s reassurance
  • Gujarat: Protesting PG medical students end strike
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Post-graduate medical students who went on strike from June 15 called off the stir on Tuesday after the state government promised a resolution to their demands. The students, who have completed their MD and MS courses, had launched a strike demanding that the health department should waive off their one-year bond service period as they had served this mandatory service period during their Covid duty. A statement by the Junior Doctors’ Association read that medical superintendents, PG directors and deans of medical colleges held a meeting with chief minister Bhupendra Patel, health minister Rushikesh Patel and other senior health department officials. The state government has assured to look into the students’ demands and bring an amicable solution, the statement said. Earlier on June 18 and 21, the health department had issued notices rejecting students’ demands and ordering them to vacate hostel premises with immediate effect. However, students had remained adamant and did not vacate the hostel premises nor ended their strike. The health department makes PG students from government run medical colleges to sign bonds amounting to Rs 40 lakh each. The students are supposed to work at government run health centers in rural areas for one year failing which they have to pay the bond amount. Similarly, the undergraduate students are made to sign Rs 20 lakh worth bonds.

  • Junior doctors of Ahmedabad hospital lift strike after health minister’s assurance
  • The Indian Express

    After 13 days of protest by the members of the Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) of the B J Medical College (BJMC) (affiliated to the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital) over demands pending since last year, Tuesday, the association withdrew the strike following assurance by Gujarat Health Minister Rushikesh Patel that their demands will be considered and deliberated upon by the state health authorities.Patel reportedly held a meeting with the dean and the post-graduate course director of BJMC along with the medical superintendent of the hospital Monday at Gandhinagar. On Monday itself the minister had joined duty after recovering from Covid-19. He had scheduled a meeting with the representatives of the JDA and the BJMC Tuesday.In a statement, the JDA-BJMC said, “JDA-BJMC is withholding the satyagraha in faith of assurance from the Chief Minister and the Health Minister. We will join our duties from 8 am June 28. This positive step is aimed at patient care, not in fear of strict actions to be taken by authority. Hoping for a positive response from the government.”Medical superintendent of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital Dr Rakesh Joshi further said, “(There has been an) unconditional withdrawal of strike in anticipation of positive consideration of their demand.”Following directions from the government ordering action against the junior doctors, a final eviction notice was issued by the college dean on June 21, directing the protesting doctors to vacate their hostel premises “within 24 hours”.JDA-BJMC has been demanding equating the bond period service with the duration of senior residency owing to their service at Covid-19 wards for nearly 17 months. On May 28 and June 6, the BJMC post-graduate course director and medical superintendent of the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, respectively, wrote to the additional chief secretary of health endorsing and recommending for counting bond service equal to the residency period.Residency is a year-long specialised training after three years of the post-graduate programme and becomes mandatory if one wants to apply for teaching positions. In Gujarat, for those admitted through state quota seats, students are also mandated to serve a year-long medical bond period as rural tenure, which is separate from the residency period.The JDA on June 15 had boycotted work from routine surgeries and OPD services, and a day later, had gone ahead further striking from duty in Covid-19 wards and from emergency services.

  • Ahmedabad junior doctors to continue strike after talks fail
  • The Indian Express

    Junior doctors in Ahmedabad who have been boycotting work over pending demands will continue their strike after a meeting between the representatives of the Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) of BJ Medical College (BJMC) affiliated to the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital (ACH) and state Health Minister Nimisha Suthar failed.“The state has not given any assurance in writing that our demands will be considered favourably and until they do the same, we will continue with the strike,” according to a JDA representative.The junior doctors have been on strike since June 15 over long-pending demands, including equating their bond period with senior residency duration owing to their service in Covid-19 wards for nearly 17 months.The junior doctors have been boycotting duties in OPDs, emergency wards and Covid wards, as well as routine surgeries.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxHowever, in a press release, the government stated that Suthar “listened to various questions and representations” of the JDA representatives and “reque-sted everyone to join” their duties, while assuring a “speedy and proper” resolution of the issues.Residency is a year-long specialised training after three years of the post-graduate programme and becomes mandatory if one wants to apply for teaching positions. In Gujarat, for those admitted through state quota seats, students are also mandated to serve a year-long medical bond period as rural tenure, which is separate from the residency period.According to a JDA office-bearer, “We were told at the meeting that we must withdraw the strike and that they would consider our demands and take a decision only after that.”

CLAT 2022: List of National Law Universities accepting CLAT scores
The Indian Express | 1 week ago
The Indian Express
1 week ago

Candidates who have passed the CLAT 2022 entrance exam will now be appearing for counselling process, and candidates will also have to give the college preferences for admission. Experts strongly recommend that candidates select at least five National Law Universities during the counseling registration process. There are a total of 22 NLUs that are currently participating in CLAT 2022 admission process. Besides, several private and public universities/colleges other than NLUs will also accept CLAT 2022 scores for admission to law programmes. Recommended:: [Check your admission chances in National Law Universities based on your home state & exam result for All India Category & State Category seats] Use- CLAT College PredictorCandidates can check the complete list of NLUs accepting CLAT scores for admission to LLB and LLM courses from the table provided below:CLAT 2022 result was declared by the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) on June 24, 2022. The registrations for CLAT 2022 counselling are currently open. Candidates have to submit their college preference along with counselling registration fee in online mode. The last date to register for CLAT counselling is today, i.e. June 27, and the first seat allotment result will be announced on June 30, 2022.Meanwhile, candidates who are not eligible to secure admission in NLUs through CLAT 2022 can apply for admission to law programmes offered by CLAT affiliated law colleges and universities. Some of the private universities accepting CLAT scores are mentioned below— Amity University— Asian Law College— Alliance University, Bangalore— BM Law College— Arka Jain University, Jharkhand— GD Goenka University

CLAT 2022: List of National Law Universities accepting CLAT scores
J&K Assembly to miss presidential polls for 2nd time in history
The Indian Express | 1 week ago
The Indian Express
1 week ago

As India elects its next president on July 18, the Legislative Assembly of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will not be a part of the exercise for the second time in the history of the election to the top constitutional post.There have been precedents of legislative assemblies of states not being part of the presidential polls on account of their dissolution, the first such instance being of Gujarat in 1974.The assemblies of Assam, Nagaland and Jammu and Kashmir too could not participate in subsequent elections on account of dissolution.In the present case, the Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir is yet to be constituted after the erstwhile state was bifurcated into the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh in 2019.The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act provides for a Legislative Assembly for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, but the election is yet to be held due to various reasons.In 1974, Gujarat was in the throes of the Navnirman movement, which led to the dissolution of the state government headed by Chimanbhai Patel.Against the backdrop of demands to postpone the presidential polls, a reference was made to the Supreme Court to get its opinion and nip any controversy in the bud.The apex court had opined that the presidential polls had to be held and completed in such time as may enable the president-elect to enter the office on the expiry of the term of office of the outgoing president and therefore, the election should be held even if the Gujarat Legislative Assembly was not in existence then.The Supreme Court had noted that Article 54 of the Constitution mentioned the houses of Parliament and legislative assemblies only for the purpose of showing the qualifications of the members of the electoral college.“The elected members of a dissolved legislative assembly of a state are no longer members of the electoral college consisting of the elected members of both houses of Parliament and elected members of the legislative assemblies of the states and are, therefore, not entitled to cast votes at the presidential elections,” the top court had opined.In 1992, the legislative assemblies of Jammu and Kashmir and Nagaland were dissolved and thus, could not be part of the 10th presidential polls that elected Shankar Dayal Sharma to the top constitutional post.In 1992, Jammu and Kashmir had gone unrepresented in the presidential polls as the election to the Lok Sabha too could not take place in the erstwhile state in 1991 due to insurgency.However, in the July 18 presidential polls, five Lok Sabha members from the Union Territory — Farooq Abdullah, HasnainMasoodi, Akbar Lone, Jugal Kishor Sharma and Jitendra Singh — are eligible to cast their votes.In 1982, when Giani Zail Singh was elected as the president, the legislators from Assam could not vote as the Assembly was dissolved.

J&K Assembly to miss presidential polls for 2nd time in history
Gujarat: Man undergoes rare surgery for spinal tuberculosis
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

AHMEDABAD: A man underwent occipital cervical fusion surgery at Nutan Medical College in Visnagar, to address his cervical pain. Dr J P Modi, spine surgeon, said this is an extremely rare surgery in the north Gujarat region. “Rajendrasinh Chavda, the patient, had severe pain in his spine for about four months. He had difficulty moving and other issues. He went to a few hospitals in Mehsana, but eventually came to the government-run Nutan Medical College for diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr Modi. “His reports showed TB on the C1 and C2 discs. TB on these discs is found in one of every 1 lakh patients. In this case, the C1 disc was completely damaged by to the infection.” The surgery lasted three hours and involved neurologists and other experts. It was successful, with Chavda getting back on his feet. “This surgery is not generally taken up due to the risk and expenses involved. It was done free of cost at the government hospital. The case is important to create awareness about TB of the spine and its treatment,” said Dr Modi.

Gujarat: Man undergoes rare surgery for spinal tuberculosis
  • Man undergoes rare surgery for spinal TB
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: A man underwent occipital cervical fusion surgery at Nutan Medical College in Visnagar, to address his cervical pain. Dr J P Modi, spine surgeon, said this is an extremely rare surgery in the north Gujarat region.“Rajendrasinh Chavda, the patient, had severe pain in his spine for about four months. He had difficulty moving and other issues. He went to a few hospitals in Mehsana, but eventually came to the government-run Nutan Medical College for diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr Modi. “His reports showed TB on the C1 and C2 discs. TB on these discs is found in one of every 1 lakh patients. In this case, the C1 disc was completely damaged by to the infection.”The surgery lasted three hours and involved neurologists and other experts. It was successful, with Chavda getting back on his feet. “This surgery is not generally taken up due to the risk and expenses involved. It was done free of cost at the government hospital. The case is important to create awareness about TB of the spine and its treatment,” said Dr Modi.

LDCE 75th foundation day: Gujarat CM Patel announces Rs 10 crore, approval for 2 new branches
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago

On the 75th foundation day of Lalbhai Dalpatbhai College of Engineering (LDCE) on Monday, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel announced the government will release Rs 10 crore as grant to the institute along with approval for two new branches at the oldest engineering institute in Ahmedabad.The two new courses announced by the state government include Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Robotics and Automation.As a part of three-day platinum jubilee celebrations launched by the institute Sunday, a ‘centennial vision’, a vision of the college for the next 25 years, was launched by the faculty, staff, students and alumni.Targeting a collection of Rs 75 crore for implementation of the centennial vision goals, that include academic excellence in current and emerging technologies, infrastructure and support system for high quality teaching, learning and innovation, campus with global standards and industry-alumni engagement, the alumni association sought contributions from LDCE alumni.Assuring all support to the institute and start-ups the CM said that the state government is committed to providing all kinds of help under the schemes that encourage youth and called upon the society to take maximum advantage of the start-up scheme.Education Minister Jitu Vaghani said that the education department under the leadership of CM Patel has announced Rs 10 crore grant that was lapsed but has been revived and it has been decided to release it to the college.Sanjay Lalbhai, from the Lalbhai family, said that Kasturbhai Lalbhai and Sarabhai family have put Ahmedabad on the world map by starting numerous educational institutions in Ahmedabad.He added that today there are CEOs of our country among the world famous companies which is a matter of pride, and all this has become possible only due to good education.‘LDCE Connect’ mobile app for alumni was also launched on Monday to connect and bring all alumni across on one platform to ensure real time updates and access of all college related information, including alumni directory.While alumni members of LDCE committed to raise a fund of Rs 75 crore for the institute Sanjay Lalbhai, the grandson of Late Kasturbhai Lalbhai who donated the land and the building of LD Engineering College also committed Rs 1 crore.LDCE was established in June 1948 with a donation of Rs 25 lakh and 31.2 hectare of land by the textile magnate Sheth Kasturbhai Lalbhai.

LDCE 75th foundation day: Gujarat CM Patel announces Rs 10 crore, approval for 2 new branches
Express Investigation — Part 4 | At table reworking school curriculum: 24 with RSS links
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago

WHEN THE National Education Policy (NEP) was launched in 2020, it didn’t elicit much partisan attack. Largely insulated from ideological pull and push, it set the roadmap for reforms, some of which were rolled out recently: from a common entrance for admissions to universities to four-year undergraduate programmes.In one area, though, a place for politics has been marked at the table: restructuring of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for schools — the first such exercise since the Modi Government came to power in 2014 and the fifth since Independence.From a national co-convenor of Swadeshi Jagran Manch to the chief of Vidya Bharati, 24 members with RSS links, some of them serving functionaries, figure in at least 17 of 25 NCF national focus groups working on curriculum changes, an investigation by The Indian Express has found.The investigation also revealed, over the past three days, key deletions in social science textbooks, including references to Gujarat riots and the caste system, Mughals and contemporary protest movements, in a separate rationalisation exercise by the NCERT.The NCF curriculum revision, meanwhile, is being led by a 12-member steering committee headed by former ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan and appointed by the Union Ministry of Education.The revised NCF will be the foundation for new NCERT textbooks. And the papers prepared by the NCF focus groups will provide a roadmap for the changes. These focus group members — 7-10 in each group — were appointed by the NCERT through a notification on December 28.The terms of reference states that the groups are expected to “develop a clear understanding of the theme in the context of the perspectives and recommendations of the NEP-2020 specifically with regard to…curricular and pedagogical structure and to clearly specify implementation strategies for each stage”.When contacted, Kasturirangan said he would not comment on any matter related to NCF. A senior member of the committee said: “We will do full justice to the task given to us and do everything possible to present a fair, objective and impartial document.”Here are the focus group members with RSS links, and their response to queries — on the links and the groups:Philosophy and Aims of EducationDr Bhagawati Prakash Sharma: Ex-Vice-chancellor of Greater Noida-based Gautam Buddha University. National co-convenor of RSS-affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM).Response: “I am with the SJM because it is a movement. SJM is a forum, which is about awakening people about economic patriotism. I am also in the central committee of SJM.”Datta Bhikaji Naik: Committee member of Goa wing of RSS-affiliate Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram.Response: “(I suggested that) ideological aspects of Indian philosophy should be conveyed to students through short stories…and Sanskrit be used as a link language. There is no clash between my association with RSS and being a part of this group.”Education in Social SciencesProf (retd) CI Issac (group chairman): Member of Indian Council of Historical Research, former faculty at Department of History, CMS College, Kottayam. State working president of Kerala unit of RSS-linked Bharatiya Vichara Kendra and member of ABVP since 1975. In March, during an NCF consultation session, Prof Issac had said: “Nowadays, our history in school syllabus is subjective, not objective. The Indian defeat, Hindu defeat is the main theme of the school syllabus.”Response: “I am a swayamsevak and a church-going Christian…I never allow my ideology to be reflected in such forums. I work for national interest, irrespective of religion, caste, or regional differences.”Prof Vandana Mishra: Assistant Professor with School of International Studies, JNU. Former national secretary of ABVP. She declined to comment.Mamta Yadav: Sociology teacher at a Haryana government school. Former national vice president of ABVP, still a member.Response: “I am not the vice president anymore, and there is no conflict between me being a part of the focus group and a member of ABVP.”Holistic, Enjoyable & Engaging Curriculum & PedagogyD Ramakrishna Rao (group chairman): All-India president of RSS educational wing Vidya Bharati.Response: “My connection with education is important, other aspects are not important.”Science EducationProf Milind Sudhakar Marathe (group chairman): Retired associate professor at Mumbai’s K J Somaiya College of Engineering. Former national president of RSS student wing ABVP.Response: “I am not in the focus group because I am an ABVP member but because of my credentials as a teacher of science and technology.”Kishore Chandra Mohanty: Odisha president of Vidya Bharati.Response: “(I was chosen) based on a four-page note I had prepared on science education and my credentials of having worked in this area in the past.”Environmental EducationProf Payal Mago: Principal of Delhi’s Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences, director of DU’s Campus of Open Learning. ABVP office-bearer till 2013.Response: “I teach Botany and am working on an ICSSR study on ‘Ecological Feminism of Indian Women’. I contested the students union election in 1984. Until 2013, I was a member of the (ABVP’s) core group, which is the academic council.”MathematicsDr Shriram Muralidhar Chauthaiwale (group chairman): Retired maths professor, all-India convener of Department of Vedic Mathematics under Delhi-based Shiksha Sanskriti Uthan Nyas. Member of Vidya Bharati’s All India Vedic Mathematical Council.Response: “I was nominated to the group by the NCERT director. And I have worked very rationally.”Arts EducationProf Mamta Singh: Associate professor of Visual Arts at MKP Girls Inter College in Dehradun. Associated with the ABVP “for past three decades”, currently Doon area president and member of national executive.Response: “We need to go beyond Islamic architecture and focus on Indian art forms and culture… The UN honoured me in 2009 for my work on the role of art on women empowerment.”Early Child Care & Education and Foundational Literacy & NumeracyDr Suresh Gohe: Educational consultant with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). Area head of RSS-affiliated teachers’ forum Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal.Response: “I have a specialisation in psychological and educational counselling…we need to ensure that India once again cements its position as jagatguru (world leader).”Linkages Between School and Higher EducationProf Ishwar Sharan Vishwakarma: Chief of UP Higher Education Commission, member of Indian Council of Historical Research, retired professor of Ancient History and Archaeology at Deen Dayal Upadhyay university in Gorakhpur. General secretary of RSS-affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana.Response: “We have been picked on qualification and expertise. My basic identity is that I have been a professor of ancient history and archeology.”Raman Trivedi: Former professor and head of department of fisheries at Bihar Animal Science University, and currently its director (student welfare). Ex-national vice-president of ABVP.Response: “I no longer hold any official post in ABVP.”Publication of Quality Textual and Non-textual MaterialsProf Ashutosh Mandavi: President of ABVP Chhattisgarh unit, teaches in the advertising department of Kushabhau Thakre Journalism & Mass Communication University in Raipur. He declined to comment.Prof Brij Kishore Kuthiala: Chairperson of Haryana State Higher Education Council, former VC of the Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication (MCNUJC). RSS ideologue. In 2019, the then Congress state government ordered a probe into his conduct as VC, including the alleged purchase of a liquor cabinet using university funds.Response: “I am a swayamsevak. But I am an academic also and have been a vice-chancellor.” He did not respond to the allegations during his VC stint.🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨Guidance and CounsellingProf (retd) Nilima Bhagabati (group chairman): Faculty member in education studies at Guwahati University, chairperson of the eastern regional committee of National Council for Teacher Education. Executive member of RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Sikshan Mandal.Response: “I specialise in adolescent psychology. I have done over 4,000 counselling sessions of students and parents in Assam. I am involved in the counselling of learners and parents through Students Wellness Society and Education Support Society.”Alternative Ways for SchoolingProf Ramachandra G Bhat: Former Vice-Chancellor of Karnataka-based Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana. Key member of All India Gurukulam Prakalpa of Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, an RSS body.Response: “Our focus group made recommendations on introducing Indianness in every aspect of education.”Gender EducationRashmi Das: Editor of magazines and news services TelecomLive and InfraLive, run by Live Media & Publishers Pvt Ltd; PhD in International Relations from JNU, member of executive council. Former president of ABVP’s JNU unit and former general secretary of JNU students’ union.Response: “My work with ABVP is part of my identity. But where is the contradiction or conflict in that? I am not an office-bearer of ABVP anymore…I have been involved in capacity building of students pro bono…I also publish on awareness and rights campaigns for autistic children.”Anjali Deshpande: Secretary of RSS-linked DRISHTI Stree Adhyayan Prabodhan Kendra, a study centre.Response: “DRISHTI represents the same school of thought as RSS. I started working with ABVP in 1976. I am among the first full-time women workers of the organisation.”Adult education and Value EducationGovind Prasad Sharma: Chairman of National Book Trust, former president of Vidya Bharati, member of the 12-member national steering committee on NCF.Response: “What matters is our contribution as members through extensive discussions over the months.”Value EducationJ P Singhal: Former Vice Chancellor of University of Rajasthan, quit in 2017 following adverse remarks on his qualifications by Rajasthan High Court. National president of RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh.Response: “The position paper of our group is still being prepared.”Emerging Role of Community in EducationDr Bishnu Mohan Dash: Associate professor at IGNOU’s rural development department. General secretary of Bharatiya Samaj Karya Parishad which, he said, works under the patronage of Sangh’s Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal.Response: Claimed expertise in “Indianisation of social work education”.Teacher EducationProf (Retd) Chandkiran Saluja (group chairman): Retired from DU’s Central Institute of Education in 2013. Headed working committee of RSS-constituent Samskrita Bharati.Response: “I support the NEP because it has the potential to infuse new energy in the student community and shape their ideas and imagination.”‘No comment’NCERT director Dinesh Saklani declined to comment on the focus groups. School Education Secretary Anita Karwal did not respond to requests for comment. Former NCERT director in-charge Sridhar Srivastava, who had issued the notification on focus groups, declined to comment..

Express Investigation — Part 4 | At table reworking school curriculum: 24 with RSS links
Ask ex-ministers to vacate government bungalows: Congress to chief minister
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Ahmedabad: The opposition Congress alleged on Sunday that at least 15 former ministers in Gujarat, who were part of the erstwhile Vijay Rupani cabinet, are violating norms by living in government bungalows in Gandhinagar by paying a nominal rent since October 2021.The ministers are staying in the bungalows under a special provision that allows their stay till the end of the last academic session, but none of them had children going to schools or colleges, Congress alleged on Sunday.The ruling BJP rubbished the Congress’ claim saying these bungalows were allotted as per the state government’s norms.The Congress said these former ministers are just MLAs now and in normal circumstances, they should have been allotted MLA quarters and not posh bungalows at a discounted rate. “These (former) ministers were allotted bungalows at the ‘economy rate’ of Rs 4,200 per month whereas the prevailing market rent is Rs 42,000. They were allotted these bungalows last October for the duration of the academic session which is over,” Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi alleged.None of these former ministers has children studying in schools or colleges, he claimed. “Even if we assume that their children are going to schools or colleges but the last academic session is over now. Despite this, they continue to occupy these bungalows,” Doshi alleged.Rubbishing Doshi’s claims, former education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, who was also allotted one of these “A” class bungalows through an order dated October 1, 2021, said the allotment was done as per the existing rules and regulations. “I am not the only one who was allotted a bungalow. Many other former ministers were also allotted bungalows. The rent is fixed as per the rules and regulations covering ex-ministers. This is a rubbish claim which doesn’t deserve a reply,” Chudasama said.

Ask ex-ministers to vacate government bungalows: Congress to chief minister
Admissions for Gujarat University’s 5-year law course begin
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat University opened registrations for admission to its five-year integrated law course on June 18 Saturday. There are 396 such seats at three colleges, for students who have cleared their Class 12 exams. The last date for registration is June 24. The provisional merit list will be announced on June 27. On June 28, students will be able to make corrections to their applications and the final merit list will be declared on June 30. Students can confirm their admission from July 2 to 4 by paying the fees. A round of reshuffling will be held on July 6 and the second merit list will be announced on July 9.

Admissions for Gujarat University’s 5-year law course begin
  • Gujarat: Diploma admissions: Online registration from June 16
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The online registration for the admission of Class 10 students into the first year of engineering diploma courses will also begin on June 16 and the last date of applying will be July 7. The provisional merit list will be announced on July 12 and the mock round for choice filling will be conducted on July 22 and the final merit list will be announced on the same day. From July 22 to 28 choice filling will be conducted and the college allotment for the first round will be announced on August 1. The Admission Committee for Professional Diploma Courses (ACPDC) announced that students who have been allotted colleges will have to confirm their admissions by paying fees starting from August 1 to 7. The committee will announce the vacant seats on August 10 and the second round of admissions will begin from the same day. The students will be allotted colleges on August 20 for the second round and they will have to confirm their admissions by August 25. On August 29 the committee will announce the seats that remained vacant after completion of the second round. There are 67,000 seats available in the state for engineering diploma courses. Sources said that last year, the committee had conducted admissions on 66,804 seats but at the end of the admission process 25,644 seats had remained vacant. ACPDC expects that this year seats won’t remain vacant as All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has reduced the minimum eligibility marks to 33 from the previous 35 marks. The committee expects that due to this change around 10,000 more students will be eligible for admissions.

Post Graduate medical students continue strike in Gujarat
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

AHMEDABAD: The strike by bonded postgraduate medical students of government-run medical colleges in the state entered the third day on Friday. The students who have completed their MD and MS courses are demanding a waiver of their one-year bond service period. On Thursday, the health department had issued an ultimatum to striking students, asking them to end the strike and resume duty or be prepared to face legal action. However, the agitating students ignored this ultimatum and continued to stay away from OPDs and other duties on Friday. The health department makes PG students from government-run medical colleges sign bonds amounting to Rs 40 lakh each. The students are supposed to work at government-run health centres in rural areas for one year or forfeit Rs 40 lakh to relieve themselves of the bond condition. Similarly, the undergraduate students are required to sign Rs 20 lakh bonds. Around 1,000 PG medical students from Ahmedabad are part of the strike that involves students from government medical colleges in Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar. TNN

Post Graduate medical students continue strike in Gujarat
  • Residency period: Junior docs go on strike, minister warns of action
  • The Indian Express

    Members of the Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) of BJ Medical College (BJMC), affiliated with Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, Wednesday went on strike from routine OPD and operation theatre duties over long-pending demands of equating the bond period with the senior residency duration owing to their service in Covid-19 wards for nearly 17 months.A JDA office-bearer told this paper, “Of the 36 months of course-work as a post-graduate course candidate, we served nearly 16-17 months in Covid wards, which also affected our academics as we were not dealing with regular OPDs. The state government considered equating the senior residency period with the mandatory bond period for those admitted in 2017 and 2018 but has not considered the same for those admitted in 2019, despite the Covid work that was done by the 2019 batch as well.”Meanwhile, state Health Minister Rushikesh Patel told media persons on the sidelines of an event in Patan: “If the strike continues, the state has its recourse and will take disciplinary action if required. It is my request that they rejoin duty.”BJMC JDA has been raising the issue since last year, and had in February this year made written representations to the chief minister’s office as well as to the health minister. In March, the health minister wrote to the additional chief secretary of the health department advising them to “take appropriate actions” with respect to the request put forth by JDA. BJMC post-graduate course director and medical superintendent of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, on May 28 and June 6 respectively, wrote to the additional chief secretary endorsing and recommending for counting bond service equal to the residency period.Residency is a year-long specialised training after three years of the post-graduate programme and becomes mandatory if one wants to apply for teaching positions. In Gujarat, for those admitted through state quota seats, students are also mandated to serve a year-long medical bond period as rural tenure, which is separate from the residency period.BJMC JDA plans to boycott Covid and emergency services on June 16 as well “if there is no positive response from the government”. A similar strike was held last year, following which, the state government agreed to consider one year of residency equivalent to one year of bond service.

  • 4,000 Resident Doctors Go On Indefinite Strike In Gujarat
  • Ndtv

    Gujarat's health minister said doctors cannot shy away from serving people.(File)Ahmedabad: Nearly 4,000 resident doctors from five government-run medical colleges in Gujarat went on an indefinite strike from Wednesday to put pressure on the state government to consider 12 months of their senior residency as mandatory bond service.While hospital authorities have made alternate arrangements to cope up with the impact of the strike, Gujarat Health Minister Rushikesh Patel said the resident doctors cannot shy away from serving people in rural areas, as per their bond condition.Out of the state's six government medical colleges -- Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar -- resident doctors in Surat refrained from joining the strike and they gave one more day to the government to resolve the issue.As of now, the resident doctors have withdrawn from attending to all routine OPD (Out Patient Department) services for an indefinite period. Though they are available for emergency and COVID-19 services, their associations have threatened to launch a full-fledged strike in the coming days if the issue remains unresolved.According to rules regarding the service bond, students of government medical colleges have to serve in rural areas for at least one year after completing their post graduate (PG) medical course.If any student wants to break the bond signed at the time of taking admission, he has to pay Rs 40 lakh. This rule is applicable to students of the six government medical colleges in the state.Since some time, students of the 2019 batch, who have completed their course and are about to start their senior residency of 12 months in hospitals attached with their respective colleges, have been demanding that the government should consider this residency period as the bond period."Our demand is legitimate because students of this batch had served COVID-19 patients for 17 months, out of the total 36 months of the course. If the previous batches are exempted from bond service on the same ground, then why can't the government consider the batch of 2019 for the same relief?" asked Dr Rahul Gameti, president of the Junior Doctors' Association in Ahmedabad.However, Health Minister Rushikesh Patel has warned of disciplinary action against the agitating doctors."We will take disciplinary action if required. I urge these doctors to end the strike and join duties at the earliest. I don't agree with their demands. The government spends a considerable amount to make them specialist doctors. Thus, you have to serve in villages after completing your PG," Patel told reporters.According to officials at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, which is affiliated to the government-run Byramjee Jeejeebhoy(B J) Medical College, there is no major impact of the strike as of now.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"To cope up with the situation, we have cancelled the vacations of our faculty members and transferred non-clinical staff to clinical branches. As of now, there is no major impact on the services because the resident doctors have withdrawn themselves only from routine duties," the civil hospital's superintendent, Dr Rakesh Joshi, said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Parents of students who returned from Ukraine launch campaign
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago

Parents of students from Ahmedabad who are enrolled in medical universities in Ukraine and returned home following the Russia-Ukraine war launched a signature campaign Sunday, demanding that their wards be accommodated in medical colleges in the country.Gathered under the Indo-Ukrainian Student Front Gujarat Chapter, the parents asked the state government to decide within a month as the universities are demanding money for the coming semester.Parents from across the state who are participating in the campaign are also seeking public support. “If the government does not come up with a solution in a month, we will have to pay the fee amounting to lakhs for the new semester in July that will serve no purpose. A decision has to be taken soon. If the government fail to do this, we will lose our money and the future of our children will be at stake,” said Naina Parmar, mother of Priyanshu, first year student at Bukovinian State Medical University (BSMU) in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Parmar, state co-ordinator of Indo-Ukrainian Student Front Gujarat Chapter, told this paper that they had already submitted representations to Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Education Minister Jitu Vaghani and Health Minister Rushikesh Patel. “Parents and students are worried over what will happen next,” said another parent Snehal Dave.Dr Rajesh Bhatt from Vadodara whose son is a fourth year student at BSMU said, “Earlier we thought the war will end soon and that we could send our children back but the situation does not look good. Many universities have been destroyed and those remaining cannot operate.”“If the government wants, they can accommodate all students… it is not difficult… As per an estimate, there are around 18,000 such students from first to last year whose future is at stake and there are around 605 medical colleges in the country,” said Naina.The parents added that there are 90,000 seats of which half are private and half government, against which 16 lakh students take the NEET exam. Even for these seats 60 per cent are reserved. “How can a child dream of gettingmedical education in this country,” parents questioned.As per estimates, there are around 1,100-1,200 medical students who returned to Gujarat from Ukraine, of which around 500 students are from Ahmedabad and a similar number in Surat while around 150 students are from Vadodara.

Parents of students who returned from Ukraine launch campaign
A fourth-generation lawyer, Justice Jamshed Pardiwala set for SC step-up
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago

His remarks on reservation may have invited the ire of several Rajya Sabha MPs in 2015, but during the Covid-19 lockdown and the pandemic’s second wave his injunctions and observations were a big reason why the Gujarat government was compelled to submit reports on action taken to help migrant labourers and patients.On Monday, Justice Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala of the Gujarat High Court is set to take oath as a Supreme Court judge along with Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia. The Union Ministry of Law and Justice confirmed both their appointments on Saturday following the SC Collegium’s recommendation earlier in the week.Justice Pardiwala was born on August 12, 1965, in Mumbai to a family of lawyers and grew up in the town of Valsad in south Gujarat. He completed his schooling in the town’s St Joseph’s Convent and graduated from JP Arts College there in 1985. A source close to the judge said that as a student he took a keen interest in sports and “played tennis”. The source added, “He studied in Gujarati medium throughout college and later gained proficiency in English.”Justice Pardiwala studied law in the town’s KM Law College till 1988 and received his Sanad (a charter that lawyers need to practise law) on November 18, 1988. By the following year, he was a practising lawyer at the Valsad district court, said a source close to his family.At 56 years, Justice Pardiwala is among the youngest judges to be elevated to the Supreme Court. Senior Congress leader Gaurav Pandya said, “His father Burjorji Pardiwala was a Congress MLA and served as the Speaker of the seventh Gujarat Assembly (1989-1990) during the chief ministerships of Madhavsinh Solanki and Amarsinh Chaudhary.”Justice Pardiwala’s great grandfather Navrojji Bhikhaji Pardiwala practised law in Valsad in 1894 while his grandfather Cawasji Navrojji Pardiwala joined the Valsad Bar in 1929 and practised law till 1958. His father Burjorji, who was proficient in civil and customs matters, joined the Bar in 1955 and even became the president of the Valsad District Bar Association, said Pandya who was the Association’s vice president at the time. With his mother still living in Valsad, the judge’s link to the town has remained strong to this day.Justice Pardiwala shifted to the Gujarat High Court In September 1990 and began practising all the branches of law. He became a member of the Gujarat High Court Legal Services Authority and in 2002 he was appointed the standing counsel for the High Court and its subordinate courts. During this period, “he cleared nearly 1,200 cases that had piled up related to the court’s administrative functions”, said a colleague.He was elevated as an Additional Judge of the High Court on February 17, 2011, and was confirmed as a permanent judge on January 28, 2013. There, Justice Pardiwala presided over criminal, civil, taxation, and commercial matters. He also adjudicated environmental matters and took up the Sabarmati pollution issue suo motu. A source close to Justice Pardiwala described him as a “judge of the masses” who is “soft-spoken, gentle, and upright”.Rajya Sabha controversyIn 2015, 58 Rajya Sabha members petitioned Vice President of India and Rajya Sabha Chairperson Mohammad Hamid Ansari to initiate impeachment proceedings against Justice Pardiwala for his “unconstitutional” remarks on reservation while hearing a petition by Patidar leader Hardik Patel and others to quash sedition charges against them. The judge initially observed that in his opinion “reservation and corruption are two things that have not allowed the country to progress in the right direction”. Following the petition by the members of the Upper House of Parliament, he expunged his remarks and later deleted them through a “speaking to minutes” order.The judge, in May 2020, headed a Division Bench that heard a public interest litigation (PIL) plea on the Gujarat government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis. The Bench compared the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital to a “dungeon” and did not agree with the state government’s narrative that all was well. Days later, following a roster change on the last working day of the week, Justice Pardiwala was shuffled out of the Bench.The judge, who is part of around 1,012 reportable judgments on varied subjects, will serve in the Supreme Court till his retirement in 2030.

A fourth-generation lawyer, Justice Jamshed Pardiwala set for SC step-up
Gujarat: Development works not done to win elections, says PM Narendra Modi
Times of India | 3 weeks ago
Times of India
3 weeks ago

NAVSARI: Taking a swipe at the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that those who were in power for the longest time since Independence never gave priority to the development of tribal and far-flung areas as it required hard work. Launching projects worth Rs 3,050 crore for tribal districts of south Gujarat in Khudvel village of Navsari, Modi categorically rejected the narrative that development projects are launched only with an eye on votes ahead of elections and said welfare of poor has been the sole priority of his government for the last eight years. "I have been in public life for over two decades. I challenge them to dig out a single week when I did not launch a developmental project," he said. Without naming any political party, the PM added, "Those who ruled the country for a long time after Independence, never gave priority to tribal areas where development works were direly needed, because it needed hard work. Modi dedicated the Rs 586 crore Astol regional water supply scheme, an engineering marvel, which will end water woes of 174 villages of Dharampur and Kaprada talukas of tribal-dominated Valsad, by lifting water from Madhuban Dam to a height of over ,1800 feet (equivalent to a 200-storey building). The network of pipelines has been constructed criss-crossing the hills in this difficult terrain. The project was announced by Modi during his visit to Navsari in 2018. "In 2018 when I announced this project, critics had claimed that we were doing it with an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Now, they have been proved wrong. We lifted water and took it to the top of the hill. Who would do such hard work for only 200-300 votes? We undertook this project to ease people's problems and not due to elections," he said. The tribal outreach by BJP here witnessed the participation of nearly five lakh people, which Modi said was a moment for pride for him as he had not seen such a rousing reception in the region even when he was the chief minister. Modi said there were a large number of students in this tribal region who excelled in academics but there was not a single science stream schools or colleges which could have nurtured their dreams of becoming doctors and engineers. "We have completely changed his scenario and there not just medical and engineering colleges but universities too now in tribal areas," he said.

Gujarat: Development works not done to win elections, says PM Narendra Modi
  • Development not for polls but for people: PM Modi in Gujarat’s Navsari
  • The Indian Express

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government’s development projects were “not to win elections” but for the “good of the people”. It is the “people who make us win elections”, he said during the Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan event at Khudvel village of Chikhli taluka in Navsari district Friday.“When we do work, some people taunt, saying (we are doing this) because of the upcoming elections. In our tenure, find one week, when we have not done one work of development… I am compelled to say this because in 2018, when I announced this project, some people said—the Lok Sabha elections are coming in 2019. So Modi saheb has come to show us aamba-aamli (dreams)… but today, I am proud that we have proved them false and we have taken water to homes. If we had to do this to win elections, then we wouldn’t do this magajmaari (take the trouble) for 200-300 votes… we don’t do this to win elections; we have come to do good for the people. It is the people who make us win elections,” the PM said. Modi laid foundation stones, inaugurated and dedicated projects worth Rs 3,050 crore during his day-long visit to Gujarat.The projects that Modi inaugurated included a GMERS Medical College at Navsari, Astol water supply project for different villages in Kaprada and Dharampur taluka of Valsad district that covers nearly 4.5 lakh people.He emphasised that members from the Adivasi community also have a right to clean drinking water. “It is for them that I have taken up these campaigns; not to win elections,” Modi stated.The Prime Minister said the entire world was hit by Covid-19, but it was only India that provided such a large vaccine coverage of 200 crore doses. “It is in our culture to care for those living in the faraway jungles,” Modi said.Without naming former chief minister of Gujarat, Amarsinh Chaudhary, who was a tribal, he said, “There was a time in Gujarat when there was a chief minister from this very region, this Adivasi region, and his own village had no water tank. They would install hand pumps that would dry up in a year and a half. When I took the responsibility of Gujarat, I built a water tank in his village.”

  • Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan: PM Modi says rapid development in last 2 decades is pride of state
  • Times of India

    NAVSARI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the 'pride' of Gujarat is the rapid development of the state in the last two decades. PM Modi was speaking in the 'Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan' in Navsari. The PM said, "The rapid development in the state during the last two decades is the pride of Gujarat, development for all and a new aspiration born out of this development. The double engine government is sincerely carrying forward this glorious tradition." Before taking over as the Prime Minister in 2014, PM Modi has the distinction of being the longest serving chief minister of Gujarat with his term spanning from October 2001 to May 2014. According to PM Modi, the government, in the last eight years has given importance to the upliftment of the poor. "In the last eight years, following the mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, our government has laid the utmost emphasis on the welfare of the poor, on providing basic facilities to the poor," he added. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth about Rs 3,050 crores in Gujarat on Friday. According to the Prime Minister's Office, these projects will help in improving the water supply in the region, along with boosting connectivity and enhancing the ease of living. Later in the day, he will inaugurate AM Naik Healthcare Complex and Nirali Multi Speciality Hospital in Navsari. (With inputs from ANI)

  • "Rapid Development In Last Two Decades Is The Pride Of Gujarat": PM Modi
  • Ndtv

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a traditional welcome during his visit to Navsari.Navsari: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday highlighted the development in Gujarat, saying that the "pride" of Gujarat is the rapid development of the state in the last two decades.PM Modi participated in the 'Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan' in Navsari on Friday.Speaking on the occasion, he said, "The rapid development in the state during the last two decades is the pride of Gujarat, development for all and a new aspiration born out of this development. The double engine government is sincerely carrying forward this glorious tradition."Before taking over as the Prime Minister in 2014, PM Modi has the distinction of being the longest serving Chief Minister of Gujarat with his term spanning from October 2001 to May 2014.According to him, the government, in the last eight years, has given importance to the upliftment of the poor."In the last eight years, following the mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, our government has laid the utmost emphasis on the welfare of the poor, on providing basic facilities to the poor," he added.Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth about Rs 3,050 crores in Gujarat on Friday.According to the Prime Minister's Office, these projects will help in improving the water supply in the region, along with boosting connectivity and enhancing the ease of living.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comLater in the day, he will inaugurate AM Naik Healthcare Complex and Nirali Multi Speciality Hospital in Navsari.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • Explained: PM Modi’s address in Gujarat today, in the shadow of PTN project protests
  • The Indian Express

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a ‘Samrasta Sammellan’ in Khudvel village, Gujarat’s Navsari district, on Friday (June 10) where he will inaugurate a group water supply scheme and other projects.The visit is significant also because the BJP is trying to reach out to tribal voters in the region, who have been unhappy about the Par Tapi Narmada (PTN) project.The protests against the now-scrapped project were spearheaded by Congress MLA Anant Patel, and the BJP fears losing this vote bank, which has tilted towards it in recent years.What is the group water supply project about?In 2018, PM Modi laid the foundation stone of Astol Group Water Supply scheme, which aims to supply potable tap water to homes in remote tribal villages under the Nal se Jal mission.Sources said over 95 per cent work of this scheme is complete. Nearly 4.5 lakh people in 174 villages and 1,028 falias (neighbourhoods) in Dharampur and Kaprada taluka of Valsad district will get water at homes through this project. The main pipeline network is 74.77-kilometre long, and has been laid in hilly terrain.Pumps ranging from 15 horsepower to 300 horsepower have been installed for water transmission. The pipeline network also passes through Par river in Valsad, one of the rivers that was to be interlinked under the Par Tapi Narmada (PTN) project. The water will be sourced from Madhuban dam in Dadra and Nagar Haveli union territory.The PM will also inaugurate 339 development projects worth Rs 115 crore in Dangs district, including a government Higher Secondary School, a road built under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak yojana, and a new building of the District panchayat bhavan in Ahwa.Meet to reach out to tribalsThe BJP is aggressively reaching out to tribals in Gujarat after their massive protests against the PTN project in February-March.PM Modi’s Samrasta Sammelan is at Khudvel village, where he is expected to address tribals from the five South Gujarat districts of Surat, Tapi, Navsari, Valsad, and Dang, the region that saw the protests.The Par Tapi Narmada river link project would have led to these tribals getting displaced. According to a report by the National Water Development Agency (NWDA), about 6,065 hectares of land would have been been submerged due to the proposed reservoirs. A total of 61 villages and over 2500 families would have been affected.The project was meant to divert excess water from the three rivers, which flows into the sea in the monsoon, to Saurashtra and Kutch for irrigation.However, the tribals launched a series of projects under the leadership of Congress MLA from Vansda, Anant Patel. Patel started a movement in February, holding group meetings and 11 massive rallies. This culminated in a meeting in Gandhinagar, addressed by senior Congress leaders.Post this, in March, the BJP first announced the project had been put on hold, and later said it was scrapped. However, the tribals have demanded a white paper in place of the verbal announcement.Congress meet in same area cancelledA meeting by Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi, planned in Vansda on June 12, has been cancelled, on account of his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi and his sister and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra falling ill.The tribal voteThere are 11 Assembly seats in South Gujarat reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST), out of which seven are with BJP and four with Congress. Amid the PTN project row, tribal leaders from the region made representations to state BJP president C R Paatil, telling him angry voters are moving away from the BJP.On March 28, Chief minister Bhupendra Patel and Paatil held a meeting at Gandhinagar with the tribal leaders, announcing the state would not give consent to the project. Later, Paatil and other tribal leaders, including state tribal minister Naresh Patel, met Union Home minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, explaining their concerns.On May 22, CM Patel and Paatil addressed a press conference in Surat, announcing the project had been scrapped. The same evening, Paatil addressed Adijati Utsav at Vansda in Navsari, saying the project would not go ahead. However, sources said that despite continuous efforts by the state BJP machinery, the tribals are not satisfied and want a white paper.Preparations at the venueAt the Adijati Utsav in Vansda, Paatil had announced that over 4 lakh people, majority of them tribals, would attend PM Modi’s address at Khudvel. The state BJP had given targets to its leaders to bring in 1.40 lakh people each from Surat, Tapi , Navsari, and Valsad district units and 20,000 from Dangs.Navsari district BJP president Bhuralal Shah said, “State transport buses, private school buses, private luxuries, trucks and tempos will be used to bring public to the venue.”Sources said that seven domes have been erected for around 3 lakh people, while separate pandals have been put up for the rest. The dome structures will have fans and sprinklers. As many as 70 LED screens have been fixed at different locations for the public.

  • Gujarat: PM Modi to address tribal gathering on June 10 visit
  • The Indian Express

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a tribal gathering and launch a multi-speciality hospital in Navsari during his one-day visit to Gujarat on June 10. The PM will also inaugurate the headquarters of Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) in Ahmedabad.The Prime Minister will also visit Vadodara city after nearly six years on June 18 when he is expected to participate in a road show from the airport to Leprosy ground on Ajwa Road. Modi was elected as a Member of Parliament from the Vadodara Lok Sabha constituency in 2014 — a seat that he later relinquished in favour of Varanasi.During his visit on June 10, Modi will address a “Samrasta Sammelan” at Khudvel village in Chikhli taluka of Navsari district in South Gujarat at 10.15 am, Gujarat government spokesperson and Education Minister Jitu Vaghani said after the cabinet briefing on Tuesday.The event is expected to see a large gathering of tribals from nearby districts of Dangs, Tapi and Valsad. “At 12.15 pm, he will inaugurate the AM Naik Healthcare campus named after the L&T Group Chairman at Navsari and also inaugurate Nirali multi speciality hospital. Modi is scheduled to address the function,” he added.At 3.45 pm, Modi will travel to Ahmedabad where he will inaugurate a new headquarters of IN-SPACe at Bopal. IN-SPACe is an autonomous government agency set up to promote, permit and oversee private sector space based activities.Union Home Minister Amit Shah will also be present.Meanwhile, in view of the PM’s visit on June 18, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has been carrying out work to “beautify” the city by painting the sidewalks, carpeting of roads and pruning of trees.On Tuesday, officials of the district and city administration, including District Collector AB Gor, Municipal Commissioner Shalini Agarwal, Mayor Keyur Rokadia, MP Ranjan Bhatt, police officers as well as office-bearers of the city unit of the BJP, took stock of the preparations.The city unit of the BJP has roped in the local cadre to ensure a crowd of about five lakh persons for the public address of the Prime Minister at Leprosy ground, following the road show of about five and a half kilometres from the airport. The party is also planning to set up cultural tableaux at various points along the route of the roadshow. Vadodara BJP general secretary and former mayor Sunil Solanki said that the visit aims to cover the Central Gujarat zone, ahead of the upcoming polls. Solanki said, “Modiji will first visit the Pavagadh temple before coming to Vadodara.”The party held a meeting of around 300 leaders on Tuesday evening to prepare for the “big event”. “The road show will pass through a six-kilometre stretch where people can see the convoy from their homes,” he said.PM Modi will also hand out benefits of various government schemes to beneficiaries, namely Ayushman Bharat card and Gangaswaroop scheme of the state government. Modi had earlier visited Vadodara city in October 2016 to inaugurate the new terminal building of the Vadodara airport, where he had also hinted at a “strike on black money”, days before announcing the demonetisation. 

Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi to lay foundation stone of Navsari medical college on Friday
Times of India | 3 weeks ago
Times of India
3 weeks ago

AHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the new GMERS Medical College in Navsari district on Friday. “This medical college will boost healthcare infrastructure and benefit the population of one crore residing in Navsari and the surrounding five districts. We will complete this project by 2024. We are equipping Government hospitals in the state with world class technology and robust healthcare facilities. This improved medical infrastructure will also enable the state to become a Medical Tourism destination in the future,” said chief minister Bhupendra Patel. Spread on the area of 20 acres, this new medical college in Navsari will be constructed at a cost of Rs 542.50 crore. Apart from the cost of building the college, the Government of Gujarat, whose target is to complete the construction of this building by 2024, will additionally spend around Rs 74 crore to provide medical instruments, equipment, and other hardware. Besides, the current Government Hospital functioning on the five acres area in Navsari will also be upgraded. Providing technical details of the new medical college, additional chief secretary Manoj Agarwal, said, “This medical college has been developed as a Tertiary Care Hospital with a facility of 446 beds. The entire building will be equipped with modern facilities which includes: seven major operation theatres; nine minor operation theatres; seven Intensive Care Units; six dedicated ICU beds of total 30 beds with state-of-the-art emergency medical department for IPD along with OPD facility for almost all diseases; Blood bank with Component Separation facilities; pharmacy; clinical laboratories; 26 general wards; and 13 outpatient departments.” This medical college will also witness recruitment of new 725 medical staff comprising 125 doctors and about 600 nurses and other technical staff. In addition, every year, around 100 students will be able to pursue MBBS from this college. With the approval to nine new medical colleges, nearly 5,800 MBBS seats have increased in Gujarat over the last five years and it is estimated that in the coming days, about 6,500 doctors, nurses and other technical staff will be also be recruited in these medical colleges.

Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi to lay foundation stone of Navsari medical college on Friday
Devotion and courage: David Miller’s rise from talented teen to international match-winner
The Indian Express | 4 weeks ago
The Indian Express
4 weeks ago

When David Miller was around three years old, his father Andrew gifted him a plastic golf set. He gently rolled a ball at the toddler, and David, with a fluid straight swing of the miniature club, swung it over his father’s head. “I was expecting him to swing across the line, as kids of his age do. Never imagined that he would hit straight over my head,” Andrew narrates to the Indian Express.He screamed in excitement. His wife offered a word of caution. “She was like wait, try once more. Maybe it was a fluke. So I bowled once more around the same area. The result was the same, straight over my head,” he says, his voice seemingly recapturing the raw excitement that he felt nearly three decades ago. He blurted out to his wife: “One day, he would play for South Africa. I did not mean it as a prophecy then but the thought came instinctively to me,” he says.🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨Soon, young David set the golf set aside and instead latched onto his father’s cricket bat. Andrew, a racehorse auctioneer, was active in Natal’s club cricket circuit, proudly tells about his lone List A appearance for the province, and he naturally began to drag his son along for practice.He insists that he did not thrust cricket on David; rather cricket thrust itself on David. “Everything happened organically, and yes, he grew up in an environment with lots of cricket and cricketers, some of them were coaches and some of them were active players too, guys like Graham Ford, Robin Smith and Harry Brown (his first coach),” he says.  A post shared by Dave Miller (@davidmillersa12)At the Miller household in Pietermaritzburg, national and first-class cricketers used to drop by for a Sunday afternoon braai or an evening drink. Andrew also ensured David was put in schools reputed for cricket. Clifton in the Midlands town, for whom he rattled out a 50-ball hundred when he was just 10, and then Maritzburg College, the alma mater, among other luminaries, that of Kevin Pietersen.When he shifted to Durban, he took his son along, so that he could enrol him at Ford’s coaching academy. And David had no other thought or plan about his life other than cricket. “Just cricket. He was fully devoted to the game that we have never discussed an alternative career plan,” he says.Playing with his father’s peers toughened up his game, even as he made a habit of playing in levels beyond his age-group. One day, for a club game, the father-son pair walked out to face the new-ball against a team full of men his father’s age. “He was just 13, but was bold and firm. I was confident because I have seen his comfort-level against the bowlers of my team,” he says.But there was a hitch for Andrew. “I had told my wife that I would retire the day my son starts playing the game at club level. Now she was asking me to retire, but I found an excuse that I meant when my younger son (fours years younger to David) began playing club cricket. Anyway, I managed to play the game till I was 47 and had some lovely partnerships with David. But he would always hit straight, whereas my favourite area was the cow cordon,” he says, chuckling.But it was not the last time he turned up for a level beyond his age and proved that he belonged there.Courage from an early ageThe image remains fresh in the mind of Mike Bechet, Miller’s coach at the Maritzburg College. Miller lay sprawled on the pitch, grimacing and writhing in pain after a short-pitched ball from a strapping fast bowler had cannoned onto his chest during an U-19 game between Maritzburg and St John’s.Even 17 years later, the coach remembers his name. “It was Scott Spedding, a nasty opening fast bowler,” he dusts up the memory to this newspaper, helped undoubtedly by that Spedding soon switched the sport and country and played rugby for France.“The world around me spun. The decision to thrust a 14-year-old debutant into an U19 game was not a popular one amongst the school leadership. That too, he was opening against a strong team.” “Did I err in my judgement?” his brain buzzed.His judgement was based on two cues that wizened old coaches probe in their wards. Natural athleticism and hand-eye coordination, more than technique. Miller had both, he says, and in so generous amounts, that he evoked memories of another product of his, Jonty Rhodes. “My gut feeling was that it was the right thing to try and fast track him. He was totally bossing the bowlers of his age,” he remembers.But by the time the day’s play ended, Bechet spotted another trait that stamped his unfolding prodigy. Courage. A few seconds later, as the coach and others wondered whether they needed to rush him to the hospital, he scrambled onto his feet. During a break, the coach even asked him whether he was fine to bat. “David just stared back at me with a stern smile, and I knew what was running through his mind,” he says.An hour later, to the loud applause of his teammates and adversaries, he returned to the pavilion. “At that precise moment, I knew that he was destined for bigger things in his career,” he says. Just like his father sensed that day he swung the golf ball over his head.🏆❤️ pic.twitter.com/VsH8z8MOMH— David Miller (@DavidMillerSA12) May 30, 2022It did not take much time for the coaches or peers to be convinced of his potential. “Not just talent, he was incredibly humble and determined. Dave’s natural athleticism and physicality saw to it that he did start clearing the boundary ropes as he grew older. He had a 360-degree game and was always the prize wicket for the opposition. And that was the time before T20 became mainstream,” he says.By the end of Miller’s term, they were more like a father and son, and at times, he had to be stern. “I was his boarding housemaster at Maritzburg College and unintentionally caught him bunking out twice in his final year. The second time was right at the end of the year so he had to leave the boarding house!” he says.Six years after he lay sprawled on the deck, he was draped in the Protea robes, and playing county cricket for Yorkshire, alongside a fluffy-haired Joe Root, and on the payroll of Kings XI Punjab, rubbing shoulders with his idols, Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist, and soon setting the IPL on fire himself. He blasted into the psyche of cricket-watchers with a 38-ball 101 (against AB’s RCB) in 2012 and reeled out sentences with verbal flourish: “If it’s in the V, it’s in the tree. If it’s in the arc, it’s out of the park.”And far away in Pietermaritzburg, there were two proud men. His father and the coach.Born fighterNeither the bright eyes nor the sharply contoured face is a mirror to Miller’s mind. The most ecstatic moments are encountered with nothing more than a reluctant smile; the most heartbreaking hours are met with a stoic glare. “You don’t know whether he has scored a hundred or gone for a duck. He won’t brag about a hundred or mourn a zero. He takes both as part of life and moves on. Success doesn’t get into his head. Failures don’t push him to desperation,” says Miller senior.There were two rare exceptions. His father has never seen him as devastated as he was when he was left out of the squad for the 2011 World Cup. Later, after a difficult 2016— a dry spell of runs, axing from the national team, ouster as Kings XI Punjab captain after just five games in charge, a virus infection that saw him hop from one hospital to the other and losing 10kg in months, relegated to A team duties and mindlessly trolled on social media—he deliberated on quitting the game.After another failure during the A tour to Australia, he plunged into a dark corner of the room. “I was in a really dark space at that time. I thought I would quietly quit the game altogether. There were so many things going through my brain and I was frustrated,” he says in a David Miller interviews Himself show, shot during his Rajasthan Royals tenure last year.Sorry #RoyalsFamily 🤷‍♂️— David Miller (@DavidMillerSA12) May 24, 2022His father tried to put things in perspective for him. “When you look at a successful career, you fail rather than succeed in most innings. Take the example of any great cricketer, you realise this. The thing is you have to keep working hard to get through difficult phases and then latch onto the opportunities.Bechet too stepped deep into the heart of his malaise. “Dave really wanted to play Test cricket but was never given the opportunity and I do believe that this was foremost on his mind during that time as he saw other lesser players (in my opinion) getting opportunities ahead of him. I was very aware that this was sitting at the forefront of his mind, and something that he couldn’t control,” he remembers.So he suggested that he set up a meeting with the then convenor of the Protea selection panel, Linda Zondi. He did. “But nothing positive emanated from that meeting so it was time to let that dream go. But I always believed in him and that he would bounce back, because he is a fighter. I reminded him of that day when he was felled by the short ball,” he says.Fight Miller did. He realised the need to unwind and scatter his single-minded focus from cricket. He went out in the ocean, which he says was always his passion. He started golfing more often and squeezed in time to visit the Kruger National Park.“It’s really important to look after your mental state during your career and it is something that moving forward I am going to pay a lot more attention to. Cricket is a sport that so much can go against you that you need to have time to reflect,” he then told sport24.co.za.  A post shared by Dave Miller (@davidmillersa12)Miller was also a victim of perception. He was no AB de Villiers with superhuman intelligence to pick boundaries; he was no Kieron Pollard to muscle sixes from the first ball. He is a batsman in the classical mould, who needs time at the crease before going ballistic. The coach, banteringly blames himself for the method that’s entrenched in him.“I had to remind him often to “not get bored” and to “be patient” when batting. Maybe that’s why he still scratches around in the initial stages of his innings’ currently – he always takes time to settle into his comfort zone/rhythm, knowing that he can up the ante once settled. This is why he is sometimes criticised in his own country,” he says.But this season, bestowed the freedom to get the eye in before unfurling the big strokes, he blossomed and finished games that seemed beyond the Titans’ grasp. The unbeaten 38-ball 68 against Rajasthan Royals in the qualifier was a classic example. He shelved all his big strokes and nudged his way to five off 10 balls. He attempted–and succeeded–his first boundary only off the 15th ball he faced. Then with three typically flat sixes, he wrapped up the chase. “In the past, I was trying to hit the very first ball out of the park, and when I could not, the frustration just kept building.” Miller would admit.A clearer mind, a deeper understanding of his game, and a more daring approach against spinners has helped him morph into the world-beater his coach and father had envisioned years ago. Miller’s moments of fragility had long vanished, and those early memories begin to flood them—him swinging the plastic ball over Andrew’s head or him recovering himself from a blow on the chest, and producing a brave knock, and how their instinctive impressions about Miller have turned prophetic.

Devotion and courage: David Miller’s rise from talented teen to international match-winner