Times of India | 1 week ago | 31-07-2022 | 07:29 am
AHMEDABAD: As part of Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav, the state education department has instructed the district education officers (DEOs) and all schools to make arrangements for the worship of Bharat Mata and lectures on it from August 1. The authorities have instructed the education officials to ensure that all students join the programme with enthusiasm and that the spirit of nationalism is underlined. On July 28, instructions to this effect were issued to principals of all government, grant-in-aid and private schools. The government's communique mentioned that the decision was taken on July 22 during a meeting between the education minister and Rajya Prathmik Sikshak Sangh on a suggestion made by the Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh. A Muslim outfit, Jamiat Ulama Gujarat, however, has taken exception to the decision and has urged the authorities to withdraw the directive, terming it "unconstitutional and unreasonable". Jamiat said that it welcomes the organisation of programmes for the celebration of 75th year of Independence and expresses keenness on participating in them. But it has taken exception to make Bharat Mata worship mandatory in schools. 'Muslims cannot worship any idol' Jamiat has asserted that the government cannot take such a decision only on the basis of a request from Rashtriya Saikshik Mahasangh and without consulting other stakeholders. Taking such a decision on the request of one outfit is not reasonable, unconstitutional and therefore illegal, it said. Explaining the ground for its objection, Jamiat stated, "Your instructions to pray to Bharat Mata is contrary to the basic principles and rights of people who believe in Islam and who do not believe in idol worship, which is prohibited in Islam. Followers of Islam can never worship an idol and if they do, they cease to be Muslims. Thus, Muslims cannot worship any idol, be it Bharat Mata or any other idol." Jamiat stated that the diktat to worship Bharat Mata in schools is against the fundamental constitutional right of a community. It has cited constitutional principles of religious freedom and secularism and stated that the government can take decisions in this regard only after consulting believers of all religions and sections. An office-bearer of Jamiat said that they would move the high court if the decision was not withdrawn. Jamiat recently challenged the state government's decision to introduce the Bhagavad Gita in schools.
AHMEDABAD: At the end of the second round of admissions, 19,877 students have been allotted seats in various Gujarat University-affiliated commerce colleges. So far, the GU admission committee has allotted seats to 35,331 students. There are around 38,350 seats in BCom, BBA, and BCA courses available in 100 GU-affiliated colleges. Sources in the GU said that the students who have been allotted seats include 12,102 general category students; 1,671 students from EWS category, 1,805 students from SC and 159 from ST categories. The remaining students are from socially and economically backward classes. Sources said that all central board students have been allotted seats. As per rules, GU reserves 10% of the total seats for students from boards other than Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board. ahmedabad
GANDHINAGAR: Stressing on need to upgrade and fine-tune education and training pattern of military officers in face of challenging security dynamics, Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari said today's problems cannot be solved with yesterday's solutions. He was at the Rashtriya Raksha University near Gandhinagar to preside over signing of a MoU between the IAF and RRU, which will enable pursuit of academics by IAF personnel in contemporary subjects besides promoting research and development in areas of mutual interest. "While conventional domains of conflict have consistently been evolving, new non-kinetic and non-lethal means of warfare are also being used," he said. Stressing the need to upgrade and finetune the education and training pattern of military officers in the face of challenging security dynamics, Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari said that today’s problems can’t be solved with yesterday’s solutions. The Air Chief Marshal was at Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU) near Gandhinagar to preside over the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the IAF and the RRU, which will enable the pursuit of academics by IAF personnel in various contemporary subjects besides promoting research and development in areas of mutual interest. “While conventional domains of conflict have consistently been evolving, new non-kinetic and non-lethal means of warfare are also being used,” the Air Chief Marshal said after the IAF signed the MoU on academics and research. He added, “We cannot solve today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions. We will have to adapt and technology, training and education will be vital dimensions in preparing a military officer for future war.”
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], August 10: Apex Educational Services has organised a two-day-long Telangana’s biggest educational fair ‘Telangana Education Fair 2022’ to provide a unique platform for the student community from the state to connect with reputed educational institutions and universities under one roof starting from August 13.DR. Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, MLC, Telangana Government, launched the poster of Telangana’s biggest Educational Fair 2022 in the presence of Dinesh Kumar Gattu, managing director of Apex Educational Services and GB Sharath, core organizing team member.Telangana Education Fair 2022 is supported by Impact Foundation and Ambitions Consultancy, while Digital Connect is the digital branding and PR Partner and HMTV and Thehansindia is the official media partner.The Telangana’s Education Fair 2022, to be held at The institution of engineers, Visvesvaraya Bhavan at Khairatabad in Hyderabad, will mark a new phase in many students’ lives and provide a platform for the educational institutions to help them build their future. The education fair will bridge the gap between the students and the institutes.DR. Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, MLC, Telangana Government, said, “I congratulate Apex Educational Services for organising such an Educational fair for the students. It will go a long way in bridging the gap between the students and the educational institutions in Telangana state.”The Education Fair will have exhibitors such as Indian Universities, International Universities, and Institutions offering various courses like Medical, Engineering Technology, Pharmacy, Architecture, Management, Aviation, Hospitality, Media, and Animation. Fashion & Interior Designing, Fine Arts, Music, Overseas Education, Employment Agencies & Educational Loan Providers, etc.Dinesh Kumar Gattu, managing director of Apex Educational Services, said, “This is the 11th Educational fair being organized by Apex Educational Services. The sole mission is to bring students at the doorsteps of educational institutions. There will be spot admissions and interviews at the Educational Fair, giving a fair chance to the students to get spot admissions.”The Education Fair 2022 will provide a fair chance to the students, including the intermediate students, graduates, Diploma Students, Academicians, Parents & EAMCET/ICET/ECET/ PGECET Exam Appeared Students, to build their future.The Apex Educational Services has conducted more than 15 Education Fairs with various News Channels across the country in the last decade.GB Sharath, a core organizing team member, said, “The Educational Fair is for the students and the educational institutions. We aim to bridge the gap between the students and the institutions. Many renowned universities and educational institutions are participating in this event.”“Our main goal and objective are to bring awareness on different universities, colleges, courses, fees, and their selection procedure,” said a spokesperson of Apex Educational Services. “Apex is authorized by many universities, medical colleges, engineering colleges, and management colleges from different major states of India. Apex is professionally managed by experienced counsellors and staff who conduct their daily activities highly competently.”Students and parents can attend Telangana’s Education Fair 2022 for FREE. Register at www.apexeduservices.com
GANDHINAGAR: Private companies and public sector undertakings (PSUs) spent close to Rs 1,400 crore in 2020-21 in Gujarat as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR), the Union government informed the parliament. Kutch BJP MP Vinod Chavda sought to know from the ministry of statistics and programme implementation and the ministry of corporate affairs the status of the funds allocated by government agencies and private firms under CSR. The MP also sought information on the activities taken up using the CSR funds in Gujarat. Details provided by the union government indicate that there has been a steady increase in CSR spending by companies over the past five years, except for a minor drop in 2019-20 compared to the previous year. In reply to the question, the Union government said, “On the basis of annual filings made by companies, the CSR funds spent by companies in the state of Gujarat during the financial years (FY) 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 respectively are Rs 864.83 crore, Rs 967.97 crore, Rs 1,082.09 crore, Rs 982.53 crore and Rs 1,397.26 crore respectively.” The broad framework for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been provided under Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, and Companies (CSR Policy) Rules, 2014, the Union government said. Figures provided by the Union government indicate that maximum CSR funds have been spent on health and education in Gujarat. In 2020-21, a sum of Rs 588.24 crore was spent on healthcare and Rs 401.71 crore on education. The CSR spending registered the highest jump in 2020-21 at Rs 1,397 crore as compared to the CSR spending of Rs 982 crore in the previous year.
If you are a foreign medical graduate (FMG doctor) and you show your profile as an MD doctor, then watch out! Gujarat Medical Council (GMC) has cracked the whip against MBBS graduates from abroad showing their degrees as MD. After receiving more than 40 complaints relating to degrees, GMC has suspended a foreign medical graduate from Ahmedabad for six months.A large number of students go for medical education in countries like Russia, Ukraine, China and Philippines after not being able to get admission in MBBS in medicalCollege Dr Nitin Vora said, “Students who studied medicine abroad are known as foreign medical graduates. Every year, a large number of students go to countries like China, Russia for medical education. Although they have been studying MBBS, they are given degrees marked as ‘MD’.”“Such degrees are counted as MBBS, not MD in India, but foreign medical graduates equivalent to MBBS do practice and show their degree as ‘MD’, which is inappropriate and criminal. The reason why GMC is taking strict action against doctors who call themselves as MD doctors despite having an MBBS degree.”According to sources in Ahmedabad Medical Association, two FMG doctors attached to a well-known neurologist doctor’s hospital have presented themselves as ‘MD’ and AMA is planning to file a complaint in GMC in this regard.A doctor from Indian Medical Council (IMA) said, “In India, one has to study for five-and-a-half years for an MBBS degree and another three years for an MD degree. MD degree is awarded after the first five years of medical studies abroad. Hence, many foreign medical graduates practice as MD after returning here. GMC has also received complaints.”Also, after eight years of study in India, it is natural for a postgraduate medical student to want a higher salary in any corporate hospital. In comparison, foreign medical graduate degrees described as MD, equivalent to MBBS, are recruited by private hospitals at a lower salary, but mentioned as MD doctors on the nameplate, which benefits the hospital but is a wrong practice.GMC found a foreign medical graduate doctor in a well-known hospital in Ahmedabad showed himself as MD in the board despite having studied MBBS, so the GMC suspended him for a month.Confirming this, Dr Mehul Shah, in-charge registrar and member of executive committee of GMC, said, “In one year, more than 500 foreign medical graduate doctors have registered in GMC, while in the same period we have received more than 40 complaints over the degree issue. We first serve notice asking FMG doctors to write MBBS at all places including name boards, cards or prescriptions. If any FMG doctor presents himself/herself as MD despite repeated instructions, his licence will also be revoked.”“Such complaints have increased in the past two years. We are taking strict action against such doctors,” Dr Shah added.It is mandatory for all FMG doctors to register with GMC to practice in state after acquiring medical education and a degree from abroad.–Mehul Shah, GMC