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Dalits In News -Dec.24

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Maya promises 30% reservation in private sector,Inquiry finds AIIMS faculty selection process arbitrary...


Maya promises 30% reservation in private sector


24 Dec 2007, 0101 hrs IST ,TNN 


BANGALORE: Reiterating her support to provide quota for SC/ST and other backward communities in the private sector, UP chief minister Mayawati made a beginning by earmarking 30% of private sector jobs in the state. "We plan to extend it to the whole country if we come to power," she told BSP's Communal Harmony Convention at Palace Grounds in Bangalore on Sunday.

Under this system, Scheduled Castes will get 10% reservation, OBCs and backward minorities 10% and poor among upper castes 10%. "We'll introduce this system in Karnataka if we are voted to power," she added. 

Mayawati also said Dalits who convert to Christianity should not be deprived of reservation benefits. "I have written several letters to the Centre, but it has failed to act," Mayawati added. 

The UP government's website notes that Mayawati launched the 'Voluntary reservation arrangement in private sector in Uttar Pradesh' on August 10, 2007. Under the scheme, any industrial project that seeks land or state assistance should make a voluntary commitment to provide reservations. The applicants get jobs on a contract basis. 

Times Of India


Inquiry finds AIIMS faculty selection process arbitrary


24 Dec 2007, 1136 hrs IST ,PTI 


NEW DELHI: An inquiry into irregularities in appointment of faculty members in AIIMS has found the selection process to be arbitrary and recommended that steps be taken to address the current anomalies and fix strict guidelines for the future. 

Between 1993 and 2003, the AIIMS did not hold its regular selections because of agitations and litigation by the faculty objecting to reservations for SC, ST and OBC candidates in faculty selections, the probe committee constituted by the Health Ministry observed.

Instead, the vacancies at entry-level Assistant Professor's post were filled through ad hoc selections and appointments. The regular selection process was resumed after almost a decade in early 2003 when a Standing Committee was set up and the positions were advertised in 2002.

"The committee observed that the ad hoc selections between 1993 and 2003 as well as the process of regular selections of 2003 were characterised by a series of arbitrary, in house decisions and actions that violated procedures," the report said. 

"First and foremost, for almost a decade, while regular selections of 2003 were held in abeyance, 152 out of 219 entry-level institute faculty were appointed as ad hoc staff in an arbitrary manner," it said.

The report was submitted to the high-level AIIMS governing body on December 20.

"The committee did not find the pending court cases as sufficient justification for the administration not to follow any proper process for evaluating and selecting candidates, especially if faculty had to be appointed to this Apex institute in such large number," it said. 

Times Of India


LU to withdraw 'zero fees' facility

23 Dec 2007, 0248 hrs IST ,TNN 


LUCKNOW: The Lucknow University authorities have decided to withdraw the facility of "zero fees" to the scheduled caste/tribe (SC/ST) and other backward class (OBC) students hailing from families with annual income of less then Rs 1 lakh.

These students will have to submit full prescribed fees from the next session. While students in undergraduate courses with one year term will have to pay fees from July 2008, those studying in six monthly courses will have to pay the fees from January 2008. The fees, however, will be reimbursed to the students after university receives grants from the government. 

Vice-chancellor Prof RP Singh told the reporters that the decision has been taken in view of the mounting deficit of the university and delay on the part of the state government to provide compensatory grants. 

"We will duly reimburse the amount as soon as we get funds from the government," he said. 

There are over 30,000 students in the university, of which nearly 30 per cent are said to be availing 'zero fees' facility. Earlier, the scheme was only for SC/ST candidates, but from this year it was extended to OBC candidates as well. 

As a result, university suffered loss of over Rs 7 crore this year. 

Total revenue of the university generated from its general courses and self-finance courses is around Rs 13 crore. After taking all expenditures and revenues into account, the total deficit of the university in this academic session is pegged at Rs 10 crore. Government has frozen the salary grants to the levels of 1997. Under these circumstances, it has become difficult for the university to even pay salaries to its employees and teachers on time. 

As per the rules, government has to compensate for the "zero fees". But nearly one-third amount under "zero fees" of the last year has not been paid to the university till date. 

One of the reason behind the delay in compensatory grants from the government is that students do not file their claims on prescribed format on time. University authorities suspect that large number of students have submitted fake income certificates to avail "zero fees". 

The situation is indeed alarming. Sources said that, in BA, BSc and BCom, fees amounting to around Rs 1.44 crore were waived off under "zero fees" provision.  Similarly, in self-finance courses, around Rs 5.5 crore could not be realised because of the same provision. Significantly, Rs 2.87 crore of last year is still due with the government. 

The impact of the "zero fees" provision could be gauged from the fact that few self-finance courses are under threat of being closed down because of shortage of funds. 

Prof Singh also suggested that government should start the facility of interest free education loan on the lines of Germany. 

Students can pay it back after their education or from the scholarships given by the government under "zero fees."

New Indpress


'Mankada empowered'


Monday December 24 2007 10:40 IST


KOZHIKODE : Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on Sunday declared Mankada in Malappuram as the first fully-electrified constituency in Malabar.


Addressing the programme held at Koottilangadi, Achuthanandan said the State Government would work towards attaining cent percent electrification within next two years.

Electricity Minister A.K.Balan said all SC/ST houses in the state would be given power connection. Steps would be taken to reinstate power connection to SC/ST families who have defaulted electricity bill. He inaugurated the 220-KV sub-station at Malaparamba near Perinthalmanna.


Mankada MLA M.Ali, KSEB chairman V.M. Manoharan and several other officials and leaders were also present at the programme.

New Indpress


Guidelines for BPL scholarships released


Monday December 24 2007 08:06 IST


T'PURAM: As many as 418 students from the district will be eligible for the scholarships for higher secondary students below the poverty line.


The guidelines for the scholarship scheme were released by the Government the other day. Of the scholarships in the district, 73 beneficiary students will be from the SC/ST category.

Among the students eligible for the scholarships, 227 will be from the science stream, 101 from humanities and 90 from commerce.


The scheme proposes to cover 10,000 students of higher secondary and vocational higher secondary schools in the State. Each scholarship carries a sum of Rs 5,000.


The total financial outlay for the scheme is Rs 5 crore per annum. Of the 10,000 scholarships, 9,000 are earmarked for higher secondary and 1,000 for vocational higher secondary schools.


The scholarships will be equally apportioned among the first and second year students. The distribution of the scholarships will be in the ratio of 2:1:1 among science, humanities and commerce batches.


In the case of vocational higher secondary schools, the distribution will be two students per school with one each from each year.


Of the 9,000 scholarships set apart for the higher secondary students, 7,600 will be for students belonging to general category and 1,200 for those belonging to SC/ST communities.


Those who have achievements in sports and arts and those who are differently abled will together get 200 scholarships.


In case of VHS schools, 750 scholarships will be for the general category students, 180 for SC/ST community students and 70 for students who have excelled in sports and arts or are differently abled.


The concerned directorates will allot the number of scholarships to each school every year.


The selection committee at the school level will select the eligible candidates. The eligibility criterion of the scheme is merit-cummeans.


Those students whose parents or guardians come under the BPL category and who have secured higher grades in their SSLC or any other equivalent examination are eligible for the scholarship.

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