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Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra


Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra
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Ganeshkhind Road
Pune (District Pune)
Maharashtra, India

Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune Maharashtra is a University recognised by UGC. Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune Maharashtra is also known as Savitribai Phule Pune Vidyapeeth, Formerly: University of Pune (UoP). Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune Maharashtra was established on / in 1948.

Principal of Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune Maharashtra is Dr.Sameeran Walvekar Director, Dr (Capt.) CM Chitale (Director).

Savitribai Phule Pune University is situated in Pune of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Pune comes under Pune (Poona) Tehsil, Pune District.

Fax # of Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune Maharashtra is 020-25697388, 25693899, 25693233.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune Maharashtra are Avinash Thakur 8698682239.

email ID(s) is Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune Maharashtra

Website of Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune Maharashtra is www.unipune.ac.in, www.unipune.ernet.in/.

Vice Chancellor : Ph. 25693868, .

Registrar : Dr ML Jadhav Ph. 25601182, Email :regis@unipune.ernet.in, Dr (Capt.) C.M. Chitale, Dr Narendra M Kadu.

Contact Details of Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune Maharashtra are : Telephone: +91-20-25601305 (O-25690240, 25691333 Phone: +91--25601099 / 25696061 / 25690062 / 25696064 / 25696065

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Ph. 25650202
Department of Management Sciences, College code 6001
Principal Mobile: 9822097042, 020-25693380

Dr.Sameeran Walvekar Director, (O): 020 25690701, (M): 09422011881, Fax:- 020-25690315, sameeranw@gmail.com

Academic Coordinator: Sh. Vivek Hebbal, Asstt. Engineer, (O):020 25690701, Fax:- 0202569 0315, ebbal@unipune.ernet.in

Technical Coordinator
1.Vivek Hebbal, (O):020 25691845, hebbal@unipune.ernet.in
2.Vinod Kalgi (M): 09422317253, vinodkalgi@gmail.com

Librarian: Jayakar Library, University of Pune, Ganeshkhind Road, Pune - 411007, Phone: (20) 25601428, 25695549 Fax 25693648 Email: skpatil@unipune.ernet.in


A broad categorization of the types of courses offered by the Pune University includes:
* Arts and Fine Arts
* Science
* Law
* Medicine
* Physical Education
* Ayurved Courses
* Commerce
* Management
* Pharmaceutical
* Medicine

Some of the well-known courses in Pune University are:
# English
# Hindi
# Marathi
# European Studies
# Foreign Languages
# Sanskrit and Prakrit Languages
# Performing Arts
# Management Sciences
# Law
# Communication and Journalism
# Sociology
# Library and Information Sciences
# Computer Science
# Mathematics
# Microbiology
# Space Sciences

* Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit
* Centre for Network Computing
* Centre for Modeling And Simulation
* Centre For Performing Arts
* Department of Anthropology
* Department of Atmospheric and Space Sciences
* Department of Biotechnology
* Department of Bioinformatics
* Department of Botany
* Department of Chemistry
* Department of Communication Studies
* Department of Communication and Journalism
* Department of Computer Science
* Department of Economics
* Department of Electronics
* Department of English
* Department of Environment Science
* Department of Geography
* Department of Geology
* Department of History
* Department of Law
* Department of Library and Information Sciences
* Department of Management Sciences
* Department of Marathi
* Department of Mathematics
* Department of Microbiology
* Department of Philosophy
* Department of Physics
* Department of Politics & Public Administration
* Department of Psychology
* Department of Sanskrit
* Department of Sociology
* Department of Statistics
* Department of Zoology
* Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMRC)
* Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology
* International Centre
* Interdisciplinary School of Health Science
* Interdisciplinary School for Scientific Computing
* University Scientific Instrumentation Centre (USIC)
* Women's Studies Centre

* Department of Geography (DOG) - The Department of Geography was first established in the University of Pune in 1950. Every year the department admits students for it M.A/MSc., M.Phil and Ph.D courses. The Department also offers students from interdisciplinary backgrounds, a course in Remote Sensing and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS and RS).

* Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (IBB) - Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (IBB) is an autonomous institute with an affiliation to the University of Pune. It was established with a view to promote research and development activities in bioinformatics and biotechnology, with a focus on creation of high quality research environment and human resources. IBB is situated on the campus of University of Pune, India.

* Department of Chemistry (DOC) - The Department of Chemistry is one of the earliest departments established by the University of Pune. It has received the "CAS" status (Centre for Advanced Studies in Chemistry).

* Department of Microbiology (DOM) - This department is an autonomous department of University and offers courses in Microbiology such as Immunology, Medical Microbiology, Industial Microbiology and Biochemistry.

* Department of Management Sciences (PUMBA) - A business school run by the university.

* Department of Biotechnology - In 1985, National Board of Biotechnology selected University of Pune as one of its five centres for imparting training in M.Sc. Biotechnology.

* Department of Environmental Science- The Department of Environmental Science was first established as an interdisciplinary school of the University of Pune in1978. As a first step, Environmental Science was introduced as an optional course in all the science departments. In view of its popularity, a one-year course, B.Sc. (Applied) was started in 1986, which was subsequently converted into a two-year full time M. Sc. course.

* Computer Science Department (PUCSD)

* Department of Physics (DoP) - Located on the scenic campus of the University of Pune, the Department of Physics started its activity in 1952 and there is no looking back since then. The department today is an active beehive of research being carried out in a wide variety of frontier areas as well as high quality post-graduate and doctoral programs. The research programs of the Department cover a number of areas like Materials Science, Solid State Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, Cloud Physics, Thin/Thick Films, Diamond Coatings, Nuclear and Accelerator Physics, Lasers, Plasma Physics, Field Electron/Ion Microscopy, Biophysics etc. The department has flexibility in framing courses and conducting tests and examinations. It has been recognized that teaching in this department is among the best in the country. The faculty is also very active in extension programmes, in reaching out to students and the general public, through popular articles in the local press, radio, popular as well as technical books in Marathi and English, Refresher Courses and Teacher Training Programmes for high school and college teachers, demonstration lectures, summer programmes for high school and undergraduate students, video lessons on undergraduate physics, etc. The department has received funds from DST- government of India under the FIST program. A large number of faculty members and students get benefit from this program.
* Atmospheric and Space Sciences
* Department of Electronic Science
* Centre for Modeling and Simulation (CMS)

Autonomous department runs by university.
* Interdisciplinary school of scientific computing (ISSC)
* Department of Communication and Journalism (DoCJ)

Faculties at Pune University
The Faculties at Pune University and their contact details are as follows:

Center for Performing Arts, Lalit Kala Kendra (Gurukul), University of Pune
Telephone: 91-20-2569-2182, Fax: 91-20-2520-1376, E-Mail: alekar@unipune.ernet.in

Department of Anthropology, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Bhavan, Telephone: +91-020-25692721 (Head), +91-020-25601209 (Office), +91-020-25601210 (Museum)

Department of Atmospheric and Space Sciences, Telephone: +91- (020) 25697752, +91-(020) 25601374, Fax: +91-(020) 25691712
E- Mail: hod@dass.unipune.ernet.in, ppk@physics.unipune.ernet.in

Department of Communication Studies
Phone: 91 - 020 - 5696348 / 49, E-mail: hod_dcs@unipune.ernet.in, vishramdhole@unipune.ernet.in

Department of English, Arts Faculty Building, Phone: +91 20 2569 0648

Telephone: 020 - 569 6061 EXTENSION - 1244 / 1245, Tel/Fax: 020 - 569 1195 (Direct), Fax: 020 - 569 0087 / 569 3899
E-Mail: environ@unipune.ernet.in

Department of Geology: E-Mail Address: geology@unipune.ernet.in, Contact Number: Fax No.: ++91-020-25695373, Tel. No.: ++91-020-25601360 / 61 / 62

Department of Library and Information Sciences, Jayakar Library. E-mail: sureshkpatil@hotmail.com, njd@lib.unipune.ernet.in

Department of Management Sciences. Phone: +91-(0)- 20- 2569 3380, Fax: +91-(0)-20- 2569 3380, Email: pumba@dms.unipune.ernet.in

Department of Marathi. Email Address: hodmarathi@unipune.ernet.in, Phone: 5696061 (Ext.2187)

Department of Philosophy. Phone: Office: 91- 20 - 25601284, Head of the Department: +91-20-25690982, +91-20-25601283, Email: Office: philosophy@unipune.ernet.in
Head of the Department: sharad@unipune.ernet.in

Department of Physics. Email: hod@physics.unipune.ernet.in, Phone: (+91-20-) 2569 2678, 2569 9072, 2569 1709, Fax: (+91-20-) 2569 1684

Department of Psychology, Arts Faculty Building, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411007, INDIA
Tel: off: 91-020-25601287, Fax: 91-020-25601287, E-mail: psychology@unipune.ernet.in

Department of Statistics, Phone: (020) 25698752

Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Phone: +91-20-25690442, Fax: +91-20-25690087, Email: directoribb@unipune.ernet.in, chopade@unipune.ernet.in

Profile of Savitribai Phule Pune University

About Pune University
These words of Jawaharlal Nehru embody in them the guiding principle of Pune University. Established in 1948, the University has since become one of the leading centres for research and teaching in the country. The 400 acre campus is located in the North Western part of Pune. The University houses 40 departments which provide a wide array of academic programs. Though a young centre, the University has made a significant impact in various areas of research and teaching, and continues to strive for excellence.

The University of Pune (formerly known as University of Poona) was established under the Poona University Act, passed by the Bombay Legislature on 10th February, 1948. In the same year, Dr. M. R. Jayakar assumed office as the first vice chancellor of the University. Shri B.G.Kher, Chief Minister and Education Minister, Govt. of Bombay, took a keen interest in setting apart a beautiful campus for the University. As a result of his efforts, a campus extending over 411 acres was allocated to the University in early 1950.

Initially the University had a jurisdiction extending over 12 districts of Western Maharashtra. However, with the establishment of the Shivaji University, Kolhapur, in 1964, the jurisdiction of the University was restricted to 5 districts, namely Pune, Ahmednagar, Nasik, Dhule and Jalgaon. Out of these, two districts - Dhule and Jalgaon are attached to the North Maharashtra University established in August 1990.

During the year 1949, there were only 18 colleges affiliated to the University, with an enrollment of over 8000 students. Thereafter, the number of colleges increased, and in 1994-95, the University had 41 post-graduate departments, 209 affiliated colleges and 118 recognized research institutions, with an enrollment of 1,70,000 students for both the under-graduate and post-graduate courses in different faculties.

70research institutions have been recognized by the University for research. These include institutions of national importance like the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), MACS, CWPRS, NIV, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Deccan College among others. Since its inception, the progress of the University of Pune has been inextricably linked with the efforts of an illustrious list of Vice-Chancellors .

The University of Pune (formerly the University of Poona) is located in Pune, India. It was founded in 1949. Spread over a 400 acre (1.6 km²) campus, the university is home to 46 academic departments. One of the premier educational institutions in Pune, the Pune University ranks among the oldest educational institutions in Maharashtra. It was established in the year 1949 and is spread over an area of 400 acres. Pune University offers plenty of courses in wide range of fields. Numerous colleges and education institutes are also affiliated under the university.

Pune University, Pune is located close to the main city center. One can avail of various transport options to reach the university. The university is located in a beautiful building constructed in Italian Gothic style. The working hours of the university are from 10.25 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. The university office remains closed on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month and on Sundays and other holidays. The address of Pune University is University of Pune, Ganeshkhind Road, Pune- 411 007.

The Academic Staff College, University of Pune, since its inception in 1987, has been providing opportunities to the senior college and university teachers for their academic development. Amongst 51 Academic Staff Colleges functioning so far all over India, the University of Pune Academic Staff College occupies the TOP POSITION in the list; both in terms of number of programmes organised by it .

Number of teachers covered through these programmes Till date, the Academic Staff College, University of Pune, has successfully organised 419 refresher programmes belonging to various disciplines covering the faculties of Arts, Commerce, Education, Engineering, Law, Physical Education, Science, Social Science, etc. Through these 419 refresher programmes, the Academic Staff College, University of Pune, provided opportunities to 14192 teachers for their academic development. Besides the subject oriented refresher programmes, the Academic Staff College has been routinely organising orientation programmes for young senior college and university teachers. Till date, 123 orientation programmes have been organised by this Academic Staff College and, thus, provided opportunity to 4499 young teachers for their academic development. While doing so, the Academic Staff College, University of Pune, has observed best possible financial norms to maintain reasonably low participant cost, that comes around Rs. 5,968/-. Thus, in less money, the Academic Staff College has provided opportunities to the highest number of senior college and university teachers (4499 Orientation and 14192 Refresher) through highest number of programmes (123 Orientation and 419 Refresher Programmes) for their academic development.

Numerous courses in various fields are offered in the University of Pune. There are around 46 departments which offer master's degree and research based courses in the fields of arts, humanities, science, law, commerce and management, education and moral and social sciences.

Profile of University
The Pune University started its journey of quenching the thirst of knowledge seekers from the year 1948. True to its guiding principle of searching for truth with a tolerant and humanistic approach, the University of Pune has come a long way to with 269 affiliated colleges and 46 departments offering academic courses to the aspirants. Apart from the regular courses, the university also provides adequate infrastructure for research programmes to be conducted on various subjects like arts, science and commerce.

Located in Ganeshkhind Road, the Pune University sprawls over a vast area of 411 acres. The university owes its attractive setting to Shri. B.G.Kher who allocated the land in the year 1950. He was the Chief Minister and Education Minister of the Government of Bombay at that time.

The Pune University was established under the Poona University Act, which was passed by Bombay Legislature, in the 10th of February, 1948. The university began its journey with Dr. M. R. Jaykar, as its first Vice Chnacelor. With about 18 colleges under its umbrella and 8000 enrollments, in the year 1949, the university has traveled a long way with about 1, 70,000 students enrolled for various courses. The students are guided by 288 highly qualified teachers who churn out the best form the students.

At present the Vice Chancellors of the Pune University is Dr. Narendra Jadhav. Before him the university was headed by 18 Vice Chancellors all of whom have made tremendous contributions in taking the university to the zenith of success. The jurisdiction of Pune University was spread across 12 districts located in West of Maharashtra, at the beginning. However, this has been reduced to three districts due to the establishment of more universities in the same region. Various colleges from Pune, Ahmednagar and Nasik District are affiliated to the Pune University like, All India Shri. Shivaji Memorial Society's College of Engineering, Chandraroop Dakale Jain College of Commerce, H.P.T. Arts and R.Y.K. Science College, R.N. Chandak Arts, J.D. Bytco Commerce and N.S. Chandak Science College.

The Pune University hostel facilities are available for outstation students, which come at various rates for the academic courses and research programmes. While staying at the hostel the students are required to adhere to certain rules, which have been formed keeping in mind the benefit of the students. Aspirants can apply online for admission to the University of Pune. All the information regarding the courses offered and fees structure need to be studied carefully before any application is made. The process is extremely user friendly and the students can easily complete the process in as less a time as 15 minutes. This process has been started from the year 2003 for making the entire application process simpler for the outstation students.

Pune is the main educational center of Maharashtra. Numerous students from every corner of India and the world come to Pune. It is quite safe and peaceful city as compared to other educational centers in India. The climate of Pune is pleasant and good for health. The city of Pune houses many well-known, established institutes and colleges. University of Pune is one of the finest and most popular educational centers in the city. It offers excellent programs in various areas including Science, Commerce, Arts, Languages and Management Studies.

University of Pune, one of the premier universities in India, is positioned in the North-western part of Pune city. It occupies an area of about 411 acres. It was established on 10th February, 1948 under the Poona University Act. The university houses 46 academic departments. It is popularly known as the 'Oxford of the East'. It has about 118 recognized research institutes and 269 affiliated colleges offering graduate and under-graduate courses.

The university attracts many foreign students due to its excellent facilities. It offers good accommodation facility. There is a provision of hostel for the students. There is a well-stocked library containing plenty of books regarding various subjects. The university offers different scholarships to the students. The university conducts seminars and conferences for the students.

Formerly known as University of Poona, the University of Pune was established under the Poona University Act, passed by the Bombay Legislature on 10th February, 1948. The then Chief Minister and Education Minister of the government of Bombay, Shri B.G. Kher, ensuref the university received enough allocation of land for its campus.

The University of Pune was established under the Poona University Act, passed by the Bombay legislature on February 10, 1948. In the same year, Dr. M.R. Jayakar assumed office as the first vice chancellor of the university. Shri B.G. Kher, Chief Minister and Education Minister of the government of Bombay, helped ensure the university received a large allocation of land for their campus. In early 1950, the university was allocated over 411 acres.

The location of the University has historical significance. Some incidents of the Battle of Khadki took place where the present day University of Pune is located. The present day Main Building was built in 1864 and was known as the Governor's House.

The Mission of the University of Pune is to be a global, socially conscious Center of Excellence in the conservation, creation, Advancement and dissemination of knowledge, equipped to take up challenges of the enormous change taking place all around and committed to empower its faculty and students to contribute meaningfully to economic, technological and social development and progress .

University of Pune Campus
Spread over a vast area of 411 acres, the University has an exceptionally beautiful and picturesque campus. The lush green lawns adorned with beautiful fountains of the British times and the majestic building of the University are a constant source of attraction to the aesthetically oriented people of Pune, filmmakers, musicians and celebrities. The University campus is covered with a large number of age - old trees, which provide shade and beauty, and the peaceful surrounding make for a very invigorating environment for serious studies and research

The Main Building
The University of Pune is symbolically identified with the Main Building, it is a monumental building with a beautiful architecture, and its tower project high in to the sky bearing the flag of the University. The office of the Vice-Chancellor, Dean's Chambers and Records Section are located in the Main Building. Meeting of various academic bodies are conducted in the four prestigious halls of the Main Building Viz., Yashwantrao Chavan Sabhagriha, Sant Dnyaneshwar Sabhagriha, Shivaji Sabhagriha and the Sant Gadge Maharaj Sabhagriha.

Thus Goes the Legend
The lofty Main Building of the University of Pune was once the residence of the governors of Bombay in the days of the British Raj. It was built in 1864 when Sir Bartle Frere was the Governor. Designed by James Trubshawe, the magnificent edifice was built in Ganeshkhind, on the outskirts of what was then called Poona. Architecturally, it defies classification though its spiritual antecedents are Italian and the 80 feet flag tower has been described as an 'Victorian rendering of an Italian campanile'. The building was inspired by Prince Albert's Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.

The cost of residence was Sterling Pound 175'000 to build, nearly six times the amount raised by the sale of the Governor's previous residence. The building of such a palatial house in the aftermath of the cotton crash in Bombay was severely criticized and referred by the British Parliament as 'a typical instance of the extravagance and insubordination of the Governors of Bombay'. Sir Frere defended his action staunchly, the house was not habitable by the time he left India in 1867. His successor, Sir Seymour FitzGerald carried out the furnishing and decoration, and he in turn was criticized for being extravagant, especially for the sterling pound 500 chandelier in the ballroom-which still sparkles, adding to the grandeur of the Ballroom!

70 research institutions have been recognized by the University of Pune for research. These include institutions of national importance like the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), National Centre For Cell Science (NCCS), National Institute of Virology (NIV), Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (GIPE), Documentation Research and Training Centre(DRTC) of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) among others.

Other research organisations which associated with the University of Pune are:
* National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (runs the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope)
* Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (home to the PARAM range of supercomputers)
* Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (IBB)


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Get A Principal Or Lose Affiliation, Pune Varsity Tells Colleges

Posted on Mon May 04, 2009

Colleges may not be allowed to admit students for the next academic year.

More than 260 science, arts and commerce colleges affiliated to one the country s prominent University of Pune (UoP) may be barred from admitting students for the next academic year, if the college managements fail to appoint a full-time Principal by May 31.

More than 500 colleges in Pune, Nashik and Ahmednagar districts are affiliated to UoP. About 260 of these have officiating principals handling the college administration for three to four years.Many colleges are delaying the appointment of a principal over issues like reservation for the apex post, unavailability of candidates, legal cases and internal hiccups. Following which, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court directed the UoP and the government of Maharashtra to take stringent action if these colleges do not appoint principals before the deadline.

Even popular institutions like S P College and Fergusson College did not have full-time principals. The posts were filled recently after the UoP issued strict directives in the wake of the court order. Although the appointment of a principal in SP college took more than six years due to certain internal problems, it was Fergusson College s persistence in finding a worthy candidate for this coveted position that lead to a delay.

A similar issue had cropped up at Nowrosjee Wadia College at the time of the appointment of its current Principal, Bhagwan Thakur. The post was reserved for the scheduled tribe category and the Modern Education Society, which governs the college, was finding it difficult to appoint a good candidate from this category for more than two years


Courses Offered in Pune University
Students can make their choice from a myriad of courses, which are offered in the Pune University. Apart from the regular courses like management, science, arts and commerce, the university also offers vocational training to the students. Such courses cover subjects like Animation, Beauty Treatments and Ayurved Science.

These courses have been designed in such a way that they cover all the subjects which interest the students and accelerate their job prospects.

A broad categorization of the types of courses offered by the Pune University includes:
* Arts and Fine Arts
* Science
* Law
* Medicine
* Physical Education
* Ayurved Courses
* Commerce
* Management
* Pharmaceutical
* Medicine

Admission Scenario in Pune University

Pune University has become one of the top choices for the students, who are looking forward to give their higher education an interesting turn. The University attracts a large number of both national and international students owing to its amiable atmosphere and high quality of life. It's just the perfect place to give your academic and careerist aims the required boost.

June to July is the busiest time of the year for the university authorities as the admission process goes on a roll at that time. September witness the entry of happy and smiling faces to the university campus.

If you have completed your graduations from the Pune University then in most cases you might just have to give an interview or get selected on the basis of your marks attained. However, if you are an external student, then there is a separate procedure for you, which you can follow without having to tear off your hair.

There is a simple process of admission, which begins with filling up an online form, followed by appearing for a selection examination held at the university campus. All you need to do is arrange for your travel and accommodation. If you have merit and talent then there can be no better educational institution than the Pune University. You can go through http://www.mkcl.ws/about_ext.htm for further details.

You can also download sample question papers for most of the general courses from the official website of the Pune University:http://www.unipune.ernet.in/

You can take the help of the Rhodes Scholarship given by the University of Oxford while taking admission to the University of Pune. Brilliant academic record and age less than 25 by the 1st of October, 2008, can give you this excellent opportunity. You can go through all the necessary details about this scholarship from the following link:http://www.unipune.ernet.in/indexout.html

Admissions in professional courses like MCA / MSc / MTech require appearing for an entrance examination, which generally held in the month of February at cities like Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, Pune, Delhi, Ahmednagar, Hyderabad and Kolhapur. For admissions under the general category the students need to have 50% marks as an aggregate, while for admissions under reserved category only pass marks are required.

For talking admission in the Pune University you can take a look at the procedures from http://www.unipunepgadmissions.com/university_of_pune_webfiles/important_instructions.htm

Reservations - 50% of the seats are reserved for SC, ST, DT/NT and OBC as per the Government of Maharashtra rules. 3% has been reserved for the physically challenged or handicapped students.

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If you are en external student and need to keep a check on your application status then the university website can give you details about that too. SMS reminders can also be availed by the students. You can also make a call to the facilitator through their round the clock tele-calling services.

The Pune University can be contacted at a number of email addresses and telephone numbers which are enlisted in the link given below:

Admission for International Students at Pune University

International students aspiring to take admission to the University of Pune need not worry at all! The university not only gives them the chance to make a choice of their favorite subject, but also takes care of all other needs like admission procedure and accommodation.

The students can make their choice from either the International Transit House or the International Students Hostel, both of which have multiple facilities for the comfort and well being of the International students. Lounges, dining halls, telephone and emailing facilities and entertainment options like television are some of the added benefits offered to the foreign students.

Pune University ensures that the foreign students enjoy every moment of the time they spend in their educational years. Youth Festival, which is an integral part of the university events, has played a significant role in the enhancement of co-operation among the students of various countries like Canada, US, UK and several others from various parts of the world.

The students just need to follow certain simple rules while filling up the application form for taking admission. Since the Government of Maharashtra controls the admission procedure for the foreign students, the contact details which they need to keep in mind are:

The Directorate of Technical Education
Government of Maharashtra,
3, Mahapalika Marg,
P.O.Box No. 1967,
Mumbai 400 001

The Directorate of Medical Education & Research
Government of Maharashtra,
Dental College Building,
St. George Hospital Compound,
Mumbai 400 001

After completing the formalities with the state government the foreign students need to contact:
The Director
International Students Centre,
University of Pune,
Pune - 411007

Take a look at the details regarding the admission procedure at Pune University at:


No luring of students with false promises: varsity to colleges

Pune The colleges that are affiliated to University of Pune (UoP) but use its logo for even their private courses not recognised by the university to attract students will now face criminal proceedings. The university has yet again come up with a public warning against such institutes.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Arun Adsool had declared at a news conference on August 28 that the university would move court suo moto if colleges are found luring students with false promises. In Fridays public notice, university registrar Manik Jadhav said the institutes flouting the norms would face criminal action. As per the Maharashtra University Act, such institutes will lose varsity affiliation too, it said.

The notice also stated that it had been observed that the colleges use varsity logo for their private courses without taking any permission.The institutes use the logo on their prospectus and advertisements. Due to this, the students get confused and take admission to such courses assuming they will get UoP certificate. The varsity has received many complaints of students being cheated by the confusing advertisements. Henceforth, if any such case is found, the concerned institute will face stern action, it said.

The issue of such bogus courses has come up at the senate meetings several times. However, such cases continue to surface every year. The V-C had recently said the issue was more visible in case of professional courses, especially the management courses.The V-C had also visited a few institutes in the city that are affiliated to the university but are offering some private courses without the knowledge of the varsity.

UoP action against 93 colleges

Pune University arranges practice sessions for aspirants

Pune: The University of Pune (UoP) has set up centres to give live demonstrations of the online examination for PhD seats at selected centres in Pune, Nashik and Ahmednagar districts.While the exam is scheduled on December 17, the practice sessions begin on December 9.

The UoP put up the sample question papers on its website on Tuesday and declared the list of centres for examinations. However, many aspirants complained about lack of access to the model question papers and not being able to understand the format of examinations.Hence the university has gone in for the practice sessions. The online sample test (demo examination) is intended to give experience of the navigation, look and feel of the online test to the applicants.

The online question papers will be available for a couple of days. For registered students, live demos are being organised at selected centres and the details will soon be put up on the website, said Vasudev Gade, director of the Board of College and University Development.A total of 63 centres have been selected for the exams, including 42 in Pune district, 13 in Nashik and 8 in Ahmednagar.The admit cards will be given to students on December 11. Since the exams are online, evaluation will be faster. It will be like instant results, said Gade.

Meanwhile, the concern of students from distant cities remains unresolved as they are yet to get information about their centres. The admit cards will inform the students about the centres, after which they would be able to make arrangements to travel by train or bus.

Three Pune University projects for national implementation

Pune: Three University of Pune (UoP) projects devised by its former vice chancellor (V-C) and now member of the Planning Commission, Narendra Jadhav, will be implemented across the country.

Speaking to the media in the city on Thursday, members of the 12th five-year education plan steering committee, Gajanan Ekbote and Bhushan Patwardhan, said that the Pune projects would be a part of the upcoming education plan for the country.During his tenure at the varsity, Jadhav had launched three projects: Samarth Bharat Abhiyan, where National Social Service (NSS) student volunteers could adopt a village; special senior citizen cell where the elderly could pursue doctorates easily, and disaster management courses for students.

On October 24, the steering committee comprising education experts made final recommendations for the 12th plan, which will be presented by Jadhav to the Centre. The three projects that were started at the UoP by Jadhav on experimental basis had got a good response, said Patwardhan.
Under the Samarth Bharat Abhiyan, all colleges under the varsity had adopted one village each in their vicinity for all-round socio-economic development. In all, 500 villages were adopted and a 15-point-programme for development, including primary education, tree plantation, water management, sanitation facilities and communal harmony, were taken up.

The senior citizen centre engaged the elderly in five activities ranging from one-day workshops to certificate courses and a special PhD programme with relaxed entry norms. The disaster management course trained all college students in handling emergencies.

Patwardhan said that the focus of the coming plan would be strengthening state universities, along with national institutes like IIT, IIM. 90% of our students study in state-run universities, but the earlier plans focussed mostly on granting funds to strengthen national universities. We have recommended that the focus be shifted, he said.

Groupism is bane of University of Pune, says outgoing UoP VC Shevgaonkar

Pune: Outgoing Vice Chancellor (VC) of University of Pune (UoP) Raghunath Shevgaonkar said that there should not be groupism in UoP and all senate discussions should be based purely on academic issues.He was interacting with the media on Tuesday.Shevgaonkar will be joining the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi as its director and is likely to hand over charge on September 20. He took charge as the UoP VC on March 25 last year, after a stint as professor of electrical engineering in IIT-Bombay.

K Sankaranarayanan, chancellor of UoP and governor, will decide on Shevgaonkars successor before the latter leaves for Delhi.Sharing his experiences about the varsity senate meetings, Shevgaonkar suggested that one should always follow the thoughts, rather than the person from whom it comes. This is what is lacking in UoP, he said.

According to him, the senate meetings should be based on agenda and not on the duration of the senate. All senate meetings should revolve round academic discussions.I joined the UoP with a different view, but after taking up the post, I realised that it is not possible for me to pursue research and teaching, which is the normal practice at IITs. I will now continue my research at IIT, Delhi, he said.Expressing concern over examination reforms, he said: Unfortunately, we could not achieve any major impact on this front. I feel that the university is bogged down in the examination process.

Taking note of anonymous letters based on allegations, he said: There should be some accountability and the person truly interested in the development of the UoP should come forward and not send such letters. He also praised the ongoing computerisation of various departments.

Want to take admission in engineering college? Here are some key aspects

Pune: When an engineering aspirant stands on the threshold of the admission process, several questions come to mind. From which subjects should be chosen to the preferable colleges, ideal specializations given the current scenario, the entrance procedures, different admission rounds... there are numerous queries to which one has no answers.This is the stage where a student needs proper guidance. Let us look at some of the key aspects of the engineering admission process and understand it from a student perspective.

Excluding autonomous institutes, the Centralized Admissions Process for admission to engineering colleges is referred to as CAP. There is a separate procedure for admission to autonomous- university colleges (VJTI, COEP, VIT, SGGS, ICT) with a different admission form and process. If admission is secured in an autonomous institution, the student cannot apply for CAP.

So far there are about 1,15,000 seats available this year. This includes 21,000 and 32,000 seats for Mumbai and Pune University respectively.
The seats reserved for students who have cleared MHT CET in Maharashtra are known as Maharashtra State Seats. These consist of 100% seats of SNDT (only for girls), 85% of BATU, 65% of private non-minority and 25% of private minority institutions. For students who have cleared AIEEE exam, 15% of seats of private non minority institutions and about 7.5% seats for minority institutions are available. These are known as All India Seats.

Online admission

The students who are eligible either for Maharashtra State Seats- All India Seats or also eligible for both types of seats are required to fill only one online form on www.dte.org.in- fe2011 within the prescribed time limit. Those who are eligible for All India seats will have to pay additional fees by DD. After filling this form it is to be confirmed at Application Receipt Centre (ARC) by producing certificates and other necessary documents. After rounds the merit list is prepared. The subsequent entrance process depends on this merit list. This process can start immediately after MHT CET results and ends in early July.There are 4 rounds in all. Online Option Form is to be filled for the first three rounds because they are of Allotment type, while the fourth one is Counselling type. These start approximately from the second week of July and continue till the end of August.

CAP round one requires only one online option form to be filled through which students can apply for admission to any participating college of engineering in Maharashtra. It is necessary to consider the status and category of college while selecting the college.

While choosing the preference order i.e. which college should be given first preference and which one the second and what should be order for the others, etc., students have to be very sure about it. While going through preferences given by students in past years, students in Maharashtra have generally given top preference to Computer- Telecom- Mechanical Engineering.

For round 1 of CAP, students can give a maximum of twenty options. For round 2 and 3, up to 30 and 40 options can be submitted respectively. These rounds are identical to round one i. e. Allotment Type. The round 4, which comes afterwards is of counselling type. Students should remember that round 2, 3, 4 are essentially vacancy rounds. Therefore, as one goes from round 1 to round 4, the vacancies keep on reducing.
In private unaided colleges, the management can fill maximum 20% seats under institute level quota.
fe2011 within the prescribed time limit. Those who are eligible for All India seats will have to pay additional fees by DD. After filling this form it is to be confirmed at Application Receipt Centre (ARC) by producing certificates and other necessary documents. After rounds the merit list is prepared. The subsequent entrance process depends on this merit list. This process can start immediately after MHT CET results and ends in early July.

There are 4 rounds in all. Online Option Form is to be filled for the first three rounds because they are of Allotment type, while the fourth one is Counselling type. These start approximately from the second week of July and continue till the end of August.CAP round one requires only one online option form to be filled through which students can apply for admission to any participating college of engineering in Maharashtra. It is necessary to consider the status and category of college while selecting the college.

While choosing the preference order i.e. which college should be given first preference and which one the second and what should be order for the others, etc., students have to be very sure about it. While going through preferences given by students in past years, students in Maharashtra have generally given top preference to Computer- Telecom- Mechanical Engineering.

For round 1 of CAP, students can give a maximum of twenty options. For round 2 and 3, up to 30 and 40 options can be submitted respectively. These rounds are identical to round one i. e. Allotment Type. The round 4, which comes afterwards is of counselling type. Students should remember that round 2, 3, 4 are essentially vacancy rounds. Therefore, as one goes from round 1 to round 4, the vacancies keep on reducing.
In private unaided colleges, the management can fill maximum 20% seats under institute level quota.

UGC sanctions R 50 crore for Univeristy of Pune

Pune: The University of Pune (UoP) has received a sanction of Rs50 crore from the University Grants Commission (UGC) under the second phase of UPE (University with Potential for Excellence) scheme.

Acting vice-chancellor Sanjay Chahande made the announcement claiming that this is the highest amount of funds sanctioned by UGC to UoP so far. On October 3, Chahande along with Vasudev Gade, director of Board of College and University Development (BCUD), physics professor Anjali Kshirsagar and politics professor Suhas Palshikar made a presentation to UGC officials.
The sanction letter came on December 1. Under phase II, the maximum fund that can be given is Rs25 crore which has already been disbursed to UoP. However, they were so pleased with the presentation that they have agreed in principle to sanction Rs25 crore later, said Chahande.

The major heads under which funds will be utilised are Rs7.5 crore for biology and novel material, Rs4 crore for central instrumentation unit including new building and buying instruments used for basic science research, Rs2.5 crore for social sciences and humanities. Rs1 crore each for studying biodiversity of Western Ghat, visiting scholars camp and common seminar hall for social sciences.

UPE-II is a five-year programme until January 2016 and monitoring committees will come at regular intervals for inspection as well as progress reports are to be submitted periodically for review of implementation, said Gade.

First all-womens batch ready to hit shop floors

Pune: Sixty-five women etched their names in Indian history at the Pune-based Cummins College of Engineering for Women on Thursday. They became the first batch that graduated in mechanical engineering from the institute.Generally, women engineering colleges in the country do not offer this stream as it involves handling of machines and working on shop floors.

Cummins college, set up by Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Sanstha (MKSSS) and Cummins India Foundation, started the four-year mechanical engineering programme with 65 students in 2007.This institute, affiliated to the University of Pune, also offers courses in computer engineering; electronics and telecom engineering; information technology; and instrumentation and control engineering.We are delighted that the vision of this college of providing quality education to women has been further enhanced, Cummins groups India managing director, Anant Talaulicar said.He was addressing a gathering on the college premises on Thursday during a function to felicitate the women engineers with almost 80% of them already been placed in different companies.

Priyanka Bakshi, one of the successful students, lauded the efforts of the college authorities in providing the best education. I think there is nothing like a mans job. Even women can do mechanical engineering and we have proved this, she said.Priyankas classmate, Piyali Gokhale said, We are confident of succeeding in this field.
Students of the Cummins College of Engineering for Women celebrate after felicitation of the first batch of mechanical engineering on their campus in Karvenagar on Thursday.

Child sex ratio worse in middle class families

Pune: The study carried out by a team, including city students, has revealed alarming findings about the poor child sex ration in Pune.The child sex ratio is the number of girls per 1,000 boys in the 0-6 age group.The shameful record of Maharashtra (883) against the national figure of 914, according to the 2011 census, points to deliberate pre-birth elimination of females.

The surveyors belonged to seven colleges of Pune, Baramati, Shirur and Ahmednagar and enrolled for the certificate course in women and development conducted by Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Womens Studies Centre, University of Pune.The survey covered middle class and working class localities in all four cities.In Pune, students of Fergusson College and St Miras College carried out the survey in 262 households, covering 456 children (0-11 years). Compared to the official data that records the child sex ratio of Pune as 880, the survey reveals a dismal figure of 743.

The record is worse among the better off and educated families. The ratio is 685-1000 for middle class households and 802-1000 for working class households.Womens studies centre director, Sharmila Rege said, The findings show the problem is more than just preference for boy child. It is a problem of upper class society.

Sweeping reforms in college education soon

Pune: The state government is fine-tuning the draft proposals received by it to undertake massive reforms in higher education in the state.Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday told reporters that three committees formed to suggest measures to bring in reforms in the field had submitted their reports.He was in the city for the inaugural function of the Symbiosis international conference on open and distance learning. We are going through the proposals and fine-tuning them. This exercise would be completed soon, he said.

Last year, the state had set up a panel headed by former University of Pune vice chancellor,
Ram Takawale, for the bifurcation of varsities in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.

The state government had also formed a committee for a transparent, flexible, simple and open system in higher education in the state. This panel was headed by former University Grants Commission (UGC) chief, Arun Nigavekar.

An apex committee headed by former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Anil Kakodkar, was formed to study the recommendations of the other two panels and forward proposals to the state government.
Tope said his department has finalised things for establishing the states first technical university. Although he did not declare the name of the city where it would come up, the minister said, Technical universities have proved successful in the southern part of the country. Hence, we decided to set up such a varsity in the state. He said the draft of the university has been submitted to the chief minister.

NET/SET relief likely to benefit 827 teachers under UoP

Pune: The directorate of higher and technical education on December 20 issued a government resolution (GR) exempting lecturers and assistant professors appointed between September 19, 1991 and April 3, 2000 from national eligibility test (NET)- state eligibility test (SET) qualification for lectureship.

In September 2010, the state government had issued a circular stating that all teachers appointed between the above mentioned period would have to clear the qualifying exams by December 31, 2011 or would be terminated from service. However, in August 2011, the University Grants Commission (UGC) decided to exempt teachers appointed between the said period from NET-SET, yet the state universities failed to take corrective action.We had raised this matter during the management council meeting too.
Finally, the state government has issued an official circular and I have written to the University of Punes (UoP) acting vice chancellor to immediately notify all affiliated colleges so that none of the 827-odd affected teachers have to suffer loss of job if they havent yet cleared NET-SET, said Arunkumar Walunj, a member of UoPs management council and secretary of Pune University Teachers Association.

NET-SET are the qualifying examinations for teachers to be appointed as lecturers-assistant professors in state universities and affiliated colleges. Only teachers who pass either of these exams are entitled to benefits, including time-bound promotions and higher pay scales, provided under the UGCs career advancement scheme (CAS).

So far, the teachers were not only faced with the prospect of losing their job but had also not been receiving promotions or increments.We have also requested the VC that not only should z be notified of the change in decision, but the teachers should be given permanent approval so that they dont face any problems in future, he said.

Japanese offer to help restore Mula-Mutha

Pune: Japanese businessmen have joined others from various corners of the globe to evince keen interest in the Mula-Mutha river restoration project mooted by the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

Experts and businesses in Belgium and Germany have already had discussions on the issue with the MCCIA.

A Japanese delegation from Yokohama, in Kanagawa prefecture, on Monday expressed interest in providing support for the river restoration and beautification. The delegation is in the city on a two-day visit to develop mutual business relationships.We would like to offer technical knowhow for the river restoration project. We will study the Mula and Mutha rivers. We will study the objectives, features and current status of the MCCIAs river restoration plan and offer a partnership to the MCCIA and the PMC to take this project forward successfully, said Tetsuro Aramaki, president of ACE Giken Co Ltd.

He said his company has expertise in handling river restoration projects. We have expertise in such projects, especially river cleaning and waste water management projects, at both micro and macro levels. Along with the civic bodies, we would also be happy to provide our expertise and technical assistance to private companies and industries located in and around Pune for waste water management, Aramaki said.

The delegation, invited by the MCCIA, also has representatives from the Japanese External Trade Organization (Jeto). The delegates are from water disposal machines, food-processing machinery, engineering and consultancy for factory automation services and banks, among others.

Matsufuji Shizuaki, executive director and mission head of the university, government and organisations wing of Jeto, said the delegation primarily aims at conducting surveys and research on Pune city and its prospects.
We would like to tap the investment potential of Pune and find business partners. Every opportunity that will help us in building mutually beneficial relationship between Pune and Japan will be explored, he said.
The delegation is exploring the possibility of starting a special student exchange programme between Yokohama State University and the University of Pune. This programme will focus on language faculty students.

Anant Sardeshmukh, executive director general of MCCIA, said his organisation would discuss the Japanese proposal and try to identify areas of expertise of the Japanese companies in river restoration. He told that the Japanese delegation would be asked to present in detail how they can help in the project.

Monday uncovers 16,000 Roadstars in city

Pune: An estimated 16,000 two-wheeler riders in the city were anointed with the title of Roadstar and given Thank you stickers for wearing helmets in the city on Monday.

A unique initiative of non-governmental organisation Margdarshak, backed by the Rotary Club and the Pune police, the initiative saw helmeted riders being given the stickers at various crossroads and chowks across the city.

The sticker has the words: Youre a Roadstar! Thank-you for wearing a helmet. Youre protecting yourself, your family and keeping Pune roads safe! The event was flagged off by deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Vishwas Pandhare at the University of Pune Chowk at 9 am. The stickers were distributed at prominent traffic junctions at the University of Pune, Bund Garden, Golibar Maidan, Nal Stop, Karve Road and Balgandharva Rangamandir.The stickers were distributed by a team of volunteers from the Rotary Club, IT major Persistent Systems, traffic police officials and school students from Anglo Urdu Boys High School, Satav High School (Wagholi) and the Anjuman Islam High School. The volunteers displayed banners with road safety tips and shook hands with the helmeted riders before presenting them with the stickers.Ajay Aggarwal, founder of Margdarshak told, The objective of the drive was to encourage people to wear helmets. DCP Pandhare said, It is an innovate idea and very different. Usually the traffic police only penalise offenders. Today, we were appreciating riders for following norms. This will raise the awareness for the use of helmets.

Volunteers Rohan Thete (25) and Vikas Gadakh (24) from Persistent Systems said, We are happy to be part of the awareness campaign. We have been taking part for the last two years. It is time well spent for a cause.

Rupesh Kambale (32) one of the helmeted riders, who proudly flaunted the sticker said, I am happy to be awarded on two occasions. I have been regularly using helmets for the past 5 years.

UoP to document 17 Marathi dialects

Pune: The Marathi department of the University of Pune (UoP) and Vadodara-based Bhasha Publication and Research Centre have join hands to document over 17 Marathi dialects.The documentation will not only give detailed information about the dialects but will also highlight its cultural importance and evolvement, said head of the department of Marathi, Manohar Jadhav.

According to UoP officials, the project is funded by the Bhasha Centre. Jadhav said that the centre had initially approached Deccan College and a few other organisations of the state to tie up for the project.But since the centre did not receive any response from those institutes, UoPs department of Marathi was approached. And we readily agreed, he added, stating that the chief of the centre, Ganesh Devi, is a learned person and had undertaken similar projects successfully in other languages in various states.He said, Generally a language is passed on to the next generation through its usage. Every language has its own culture and a history. However, the dialects have undergone various changes and a few are nearing extinction. In order to preserve them the project has been taken up.The department has conducted a workshop of experts on Marathi language from across the state and after that they collected the data and will undertake detailed documentation.

The documentation will also include the colloquial use of the language, how relationships are addressed, folklore, folk arts, songs and poems. The documentation will include the distinct feature of every dialect, Jadhav added.

Two city women to live their dreams in army

Pune: Two women from the city have realised their dreams of serving the nation by joining the defence forces. While Maanasi Gajendragadkar is a post-graduate student of arts, Ishita Sood is a BTech working with an information technology (IT) company.

They made it to the 7th and 15 rank respectively at the Combined Defence Service (CDS) exam as declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).They are amongst the 18 women candidates selected from all over the country for the seventh short service commission in the women (non-technical) course, which will commence at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai in mid-April.Both of them received extensive training at Apex Careers run by Lt Col (retd) Pradeep Brahmankar.Maanasi is pursuing her masters in English at the University of Pune. Her father, the late Lt Col Shirish Gajendragadkar, who passed away in 2003 while in service, always wanted her to follow in his footsteps.

After completing her schooling from the Army Public School, she did her BCom from BMCC College. It was my fathers dream that we click a picture together, wearing the uniform. He is my inspiration and always wanted me to serve the army. My mother was reluctant initially, but today she is proud of me, said Maanasi.Ishita (22), who originally hails from Shimla, worked as a project engineer in Wipro in Pune for the last eight months. After completing her BTech from Delhi, she started preparing for the CDS entrance. My grandfather was in the army. I was small when he passed away, but I used to hear about his bravery from my mom. The kind of respect and dignity you get in the forces is unmatched. I wanted to be an officers lady or a lady officer. I chose the latter.Both the girls will now proceed to the OTA for 49 weeks of military training, on successful completion of which they will be commissioned as lieutenants in the Indian Army.

5 Puneites to take part in international cycling event

Pune: Five cycling enthusiasts from Pune, including a woman, would be taking part in the oldest cycling event in the world, to be held in France from August 21.

Divya Tate (44), Vikramsinha Jadhav (24), Prashant Tidke (47), Hiren Patel (24) and Gagan Grover (28) will represent India at Paris-Brest-Paris, a long distance endurance cycling event that covers 1,200 km in 90 hours.

This is the first time that a team from India will be participating in the 120-year-old event that is held in France every four years.DNA caught up with the gang practising on the University of Pune campus on Tuesday.

We want to show the world that Indians are not lagging in endurance sports, said Tidke, a chartered accountant by profession.According to these cyclists, it took a lot of effort and teamwork to gather the confidence to participate in such an event.We used to practice hard cycling around 100 km to 200 km at a stretch to equip ourselves with the skills to ride long distances, Patel, who will participate in the event with a very ordinary non-geared hero hawk bike, told.

According to him, they ride nearly 50 km in the morning regularly and on weekends they practice by riding more than 100 km.

While speaking about the event in France, Tate, who is the only female in the gang, said, Unlike Tour De France, this event is not a race. All participants who cover 1,200 km within the time span of 90 hours are considered to be on par.

When asked what drives them to participate in an event like this, the avid riders said the passion for cycling and the zeal to prove their endurance are reasons good enough to participate in the event. It is just the passion to thrive that keeps us going, Tate said.In spite of being professionals in the corporate world, the ace riders take out time to chase their passion.Our passion earns us the support of our respective companies as well. Even they always encourage us to pursue our passion, Grover said. When asked about the city roads and how safe it is to cycle on them, Tate said, Cycle tracks in the city are a joke. Design wise, they are a disaster.According to them, the city authorities must show more respect to cyclists.This will reduce the problems of pollution and busy traffic, she said.From left: Divya Tate, Gagan Grover, Hiren Patel and Prashant Tidke on the University of Pune campus on Tuesday.

PMC to acquire land for EWS, playground around Castel Royale

Pune: Following sustained reporting by DNA, Pune municipal commissioner Mahesh Pathak on Tuesday ordered the acquisition of large plots of land under vital public reservation in Bopodi. The reservations are located on the land with survey numbers 37, 86 where Avinash Bhosale Infrastructure Ltds (ABIL) super-luxurious residential project, Castel Royale, is coming up.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had maintained a stony silence on these reservations over the past many years and refused to take a stand, even after the matter was brought to light by this newspaper.

Finally, late on Tuesday night, Pathak issued orders for acquiring the land under public reservations. Confirming this, city engineer Prashant Waghmare told, The commissioner has ordered the acquisition of land under reservations for EWS (economic weaker section), CPG (childrens playground) and PS (public school).Waghmare said the civic chief had written to the state government, asking it to authorise the PMC to acquire the land at the earliest. We will start the process immediately, he said.In a series of exclusive reports since May 25, DNA had highlighted that the PMC was not taking any steps to acquire large portions of land reserved in Bopodi for important public projects.
The area earmarked for reservation included 69,438 square metres for PS, CPG on 2,618 square metres, housing for EWS on 32,671.50 square metres and a 24-metre high capacity mass transit route (HCMTR) and a 30-metre DP Road.

All of these reservations are located on the vast tract of land located near the Khadki Gate of the University of Pune, where the Castel Royale project is coming up on a portion of unreserved land. Of the total 32,671.50 square metres of land under the EWS reservation, the state government had converted 13,715.60 square meters of land into residential zone in 1990.

While the land with the reservations is now in the possession of ABIL, the original title holder of the land, city-based orthopedic surgeon, Dr Satyasheel Naik, had written to the urban development department (UDD) of the state government seeking removal of the remaining EWS reservation of his land.

When asked about this, Naik said he had sold the land to ABIL, who should be asked about its status. On September 16, 2009, the UDD had written to the PMC asking for its opinion regarding Naiks request. File inspections by DNA indicated that the PMC had not taken any decision about the reservations and not replied to the UDDs letter.

Reacting to DNAs report, ABILs executive director, Amit Bhosale, issued a statement clarifying that the company would respect the public reservations. However, the civic chief remained silent when asked about the steps taken by him to protect the reservations.

Following reports by DNA, Dalit leaders from the city — such as Nationalist Congress Partys (NCP) Jaideo Gaikwad and Republican Party of Indias (RPI) Parashuram Wadekar — had demanded that the civic body take immediate steps to acquire the land.

Murder accused escapes from Sassoon Hospital

Pune: An undertrial, Rohidas Ananta Chorge (35), facing murder charges, escaped from police custody from the premises of Sassoon General Hospital on Saturday. Chorge was arrested by Kothrud police for murdering an estate agent, Sandip Bandal, in 2008.

On Saturday, Chorge was brought to the hospital after he complained of health problems. Sub-inspector Ashok Randive of Bund Garden police station said, Constable Tirmukh Baradi accompanied Chorge to the hospital. En route Chorge asked to drink water, but fled as soon as he was freed.

Last year two inmates escaped from Yerawada jail. On August 16, Balasaheb Pawar (36) of Ahmednagar, who was serving a life term, escaped after breaking the grill of the window. Ravindra Anil Salvi, serving a two-year jail term for abetting a suicide, escaped from jail on October 23.

Fuel station guard fires in air
A 49-year-old security guard at Roshni petrol pump in Koregaon Park, Madhukar Dadasaheb Phadtare, was allegedly beaten up by four youths in the early hours of Sunday after he refused to give them fuel as the station was closed. Phadtare, who later lodged a complaint with the police, said he had to fire four rounds of ammunition in the air from his gun before the youths fled.

The Bund Garden police have arrested a 23-year-old youth, Avinash Kutellu, a resident of Ghorpadi. His three accomplices are still on the run. Senior inspector Sushas Nadgauda of Bund Garden police station said, Kutellu is a criminal and also has a case registered against him at the Cantonment police station.

Youths body found
The Chatushringi police have recovered the body of a youth, aged between 25 and 30 years, near the compound wall of the University of Pune on Sunday morning. The man was wearing a grey T-shirt, blue jacket and a black half-pant, and a gold chain and bracelet. Police suspect foul play. The Chatushringi police station can be contacted on 25655335 or 9823388766.

UoP should set up special laboratories

Pune: The University of Pune (UoP) should set up a laboratory where students from engineering streams can visit, play and carry out research work. There are various such 24X7 laboratories in other countries, said eminent radio astronomer Govind Swarup here on Thursday.

He was addressing the gathering as a chief guest on the occasion of the 62nd foundation day of the UoP on the varsity premises.

Swarup said it wouldnt be possible for individual colleges or institutes to have such laboratories. Hence, I want the UoP to take up the cause. I had written a letter on this issue to former vice chancellor Narendra Jadhav, he said.Swarup suggested that there should be comprehensive courses on selected subjects for the students so that they can acquire knowledge. The UoP has taken up some good initiatives like MTech and PhD courses for industry and engineering colleges. I hope it takes up similar initiative for medical courses too, he added.

The UoP bestowed the Jeevan Sadhana Gaurav Puraskar this year on veteran music composer Hridyanath Mangeshkar, environmentalist Madhav Gadgil, senior Marathi actor Ashok Saraf and veteran Dalit writer Namdev Dhasal.

Mangeshkar said Pune has produced many thinkers, social activists, freedom fighters, scientists and literati.

Gadgil said, I developed an interest in environment when I was doing my graduation at Fergusson College and used to read magazines published by the UoP. I am a proud past student of this university.

Dhasal spoke on how human traditions evolved and lamented the fact that the UoP has forgotten to include the Dalit syllabus in its curriculum. I developed interest in literature when I was studying at New English School, Tilak Road, he said.

On the occasion, the ideal teachers awards in various categories were presented. Non-teaching staff who had won prizes in various competitions were also felicitated.Dhasal (R) felicitated by Swarup on the occasion of UoP foundation day

Shevgaonkars dream project launch on 11.11.11

Pune: Industrialist Baba Kalyani will formally inaugurate the prestigious MTech-PhD programme run by the new department of technology on November 11.

This industry-supported course was the dream project of University of Punes (UoP) ex-vice chancellor, RK Shevgaonkar, who could not be launch the programme during his tenure owing to lack of coordination and dissent between top UoP officials involved in the programme.

Shevgaonkar will be a special guest at the event.

The integrated course started last month with 36 students being selected for the first batch — 19 through entrance examinations and the rest were nominated by corporates. There was a delay in declaration of results of entrance examinations as well due to lack of coordination between UoP top officials over signing of results.Meanwhile, varsity officials are excited over the inaugural event of its most unique course so far.Even the date (11.11.11) will be remembered, as the launch of this course will set a new precedent in industry-academic interface, said a senior UoP professor.Board of college and university development director, Vasudev Gade said, Dr RK Shevgaonkar has been especially invited for this ceremony, as this course was his brainchild and a result of his efforts.

Last-minute instructions irk schools

Pune: City schools have accused the state education ministry for making a habit of intimating them of changes in reopening dates at the last minute. This follows the ministrys latest directive asking schools to reopen on November 11, three days ahead of the earlier scheduled November 14 opening.

School principals in the city claimed that the state government had sent a similar circular in June 2011, asking them to postpone the opening date from June 13 to June 15.

Principals said this had created confusion and that they had difficulty in informing parents who were irked as their travel plans were affected by last-minute change.Yet, schools that did not follow the instructions got away with no action taken, complained a school principal.

Another principal pointed out that another circular sent in July had asked schools to hold cultural events and essay competitions on July 19 to mark the platinum jubilee of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly with very little notice.

We were expected to arrange for essay and public-speaking competitions and we came to know about it a day prior to the scheduled date. No official circular reached us and eventually we did not do any programme as it was not practically possible to make arrangements at such short notice, said the principal of a leading SSC board school.

Heads of institutions pointed out the lack of co-ordination between schools and education board.

Even something as organising a morning assembly or holding a debate competition takes a few days. Students have to be selected or asked to come forward, teachers have to be designated for co-ordinating events and preparations need to be made. It cannot be done overnight. We do not refuse to carry out events, but we hope that they inform us in advance, said the director of a leading ICSE school.

UoP law school dogged by uncertainty

Pune: The ambitious plan of the University of Pune (UoP) to start a law school on the lines of the National Law School (NLS) is yet to see the light of the day.
Although a four-storey building, constructed at a cost of about Rs 4 crore for the proposed institute is ready, the varsitys law department is clueless about when the school will become functional.The head of department of law of the UoP, Sureshchandra Bhosale, told that the curriculum and infrastructure for the law school are ready. But I am unaware as to when it will start functioning, he said, claiming he is not aware why the varsity management has not taken the decision so far.The UoP had initiated the process of setting up the law school in 2009 after the state government decided to shift the NLS from Pune to Aurangabad. But by the time the state government took its decision, the construction of the building for the NLS on the UoP premises had already started.

The UoP then decided to have its own law school, where the curriculum would differ from that at the UoPs 23 law colleges. According to UoP sources, the new curriculum offers insight into the Indian judiciary, unlike other national law universities where students prefer the lucrative corporate field .

The law schools course is a composite one. Every student would have to focus on research. A five-year course will be offered after the higher secondary school examination, the sources added.

A senate member of the UoP, Milind Wagh, said he is not aware of the fate of the law school. But in the past the UoP decided to start engineering and pharmacy courses, but later shelved the plans. The proposed law school could also meet the same fate, he said.

Pune: Congo student falls from building, dies

Pune: A student hailing from Congo died after falling off the top floor of an 11-storey building in Pimple Saudagar in the wee hours of Sunday.About 15 students from Congo were having a party in the apartment, when the incident took place. The police identified the deceased as Bumba Sinanduku Dieudonne (25), who was staying in Pimple Saudagar. He was pursuing an English language course at the University of Pune.

According to the Sangvi police, the incident took place in F Wing of Ganesham Phase II, at around 3 am. According to the police, the reason for the party was not clear, but some students claimed that it was a birthday party organised for one of them.The students were playing loud music and were allegedly consuming alcohol.The noisy party angered the local residents and they complained to the watchman. The watchman of the building called up the police control room, and a police van reached the spot at around 3 am.Hearing the sound of a police van, all the students scrambled to hide in the building. Bumba chose a duct located near the garbage chute of the building, fell into it and landed on the first-floor roof, where the duct ended.

In the morning, the police broke down the wall of the duct and extricated his body. The police said he died of multiple injuries after the fall. The police have recorded statements of other students.25-year-old panics after police action

Brilliant minds in IT industry honoured

Pune: The Indira Institute of Management, Pune, in association with the University of Pune (UoP) and the Computer Society of India, organised a national conference, Indira IT Technovation Summit 2011, in Wakad on September 29.

Celebrating knowledge revolution, the conference saw some of the brightest minds in IT industry addressing issues and possibilities in IT space. Recognising the brilliance in IT space in India, awards for exemplary work and lifetime achievement in this sphere were declared.Commodore (retd) Anand Khandekar, chief mentor at NGO FUEL, was honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the function.Other winners included Anupam Arun, CEO of Venture India; Kishor Wikhe, senior vice-president, Cap Gemini Financial Services, Global Business Unit; Deepak Nathani, COO and executive director, Cybage; Nitin Deshpande, president, Allscripts India Operations and Jyoti Pandhare, manager, recruitment, Nihilent Technologies.

Teaching teachers to teach English

Pune: In a bid to guide teachers who teach English language and make the language easily accessible to the weakest student, two English professors have edited a book, Unlock Their Future, a skills-based approach to teaching and learning English.

The book will be formally launched by the University of Pune (UoP) vice chancellor, RK Shevgaonkar, on Friday at Nivara, Navi Peth, at 6 pm.

The co-editors, Viney Kirpal, former head of the department of humanities and social sciences in the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai; and Shridhar Gokhale, former professor of English at UoP, decided to bring out the book as they felt that several teachers were ill-equipped to teach the language. In the city on Thursday, the two professors said teaching and learning English in India is in a mess. The professors said that their book would help teachers get their teaching act straight. The book enables teachers to simplify English language and reach out to the weakest student, Kirpal said.Kirpal recounted how, when she conducted a workshop for English teachers in 2007, she came across some teachers who could not write in English correctly. Both professors were of the opinion that English is a basic necessity in todays world.

We have seen that students can write marginally well, but when it comes to applying for jobs or facing interviews, they fumble. It is the responsibility of teachers to instill confidence and skills in their students, said Kirpal.

Blind Pune students to visit Indo-Pak border to celebrate Diwali

Mumbai: A group of seven students, including five visually impaired, formed under the Braille Vani Education Radio (BVER) of the University of Pune will travel to the Indo-Pak border in Punjab to celebrate Diwali.The tour is scheduled from October 25 and last till November 3. The visually impaired students will meet soldiers on the border and will take part in various programmes with them as part of their Diwali preparations.The group is led by Satish Navle of BVER and includes five visually impaired children and two who are sighted (guides).This is the sixth year that we are organising this event as part of our annual curriculum of border activities. This year, we will be celebrating Diwali with the jawans, apart from visiting the historical and cultural places in the region. There are various other programmes we have planned during our stay there, Navle told.

Among the activities that the group has planned are interactions with the local youth on the cultural heritage of the country, an exhibition on Devices used by blind and inauguration of a mission called Divine vision.

Navle said, Divine vision is an initiative by the BVER to introduce e-learning for the visually impaired educating them about culture and history of the country.

Most of the group members consider such trips as an endurance exercise. Milind Kamble, a member of BVER said, Though it apparently looks difficult, such trips will enable us to improve our efficiency. Moreover, the circumstances in which our jawans are guarding the nation motivates us.

UoP students seek quality food in campus canteens

Pune: Students on the University of Pune (UoP) campus have demanded that nutritious food be served at the canteens in their hostels. Earlier, their agitation against the hike in rates had forced the four canteen operators on the campus to roll back the prices.

However, now, the quality of food is poor, they complain. On Monday, over 30 students from various departments, mostly hostelites, met vice chancellor Raghunath Shevgaonkar and presented a list of demands.

The students had planned a morcha, but dropped the idea as the police have issued guidelines against morchas to administrative buildings, said graduate senate member Shashikant Tiokate.Meanwhile, students representative Vishwajeet Singh told that the food served in the canteens on the campus is not nutritious. We demanded that private mess operators not be given entry to the campus due to various reasons, he said.

The students have demanded that the ground floor of all boys hostel buildings be reserved for the physically handicapped.

They said there are eight hostel buildings, each with two to five storeys. As it is difficult for the handicapped to climb the stairs, the ground floor be reserved for them, they said.Singh said, We demanded doubling of geysers in hostel building number 8. We dont get hot water, which is necessary in winter. The students also demanded that the campus be kept clean. We suggested limiting use of vehicles on the campus.

Tiokate, who represented the students and gone to meet the VC along with them said, The VC has assured that he will look into the matter concerning food quality, handicapped students and cleanliness on the varsity campus.UoP students hold protest against canteen facility on Monday.

Gods Blessings sold out, more to dot city landscape

Pune: Want to buy a Rs 6-crore apartment in Punes tallest building? Sorry, they are sold out!All 24 apartments in the 100-metre skyscraper, Gods Blessings in Koregaon Park, built by Swapnali Bhosale Constructions (SBC), a part of Avinash Bhosale Group (ABG), have been handed over to owners.

But the good news is that SBC is coming up with more such projects in the citys prime locations. Gods Blessings, the tallest luxury residential tower, has 24 floors each with a 7,500-square-foot apartment. The height of each floor is 3.8 metres, much higher than industry standards.

Each apartment is designed in a cold shell format to enable customers to modify their interiors. It has a private plunge pool dotted with landscape terraces, French windows, customised video security, swimming pool, private party lawns, future-equipped gyms, spa, yoga room, salon and billiards.
Apartment owners have been given membership of the five-star Hotel Westin, which gives them access to its gymnasium, spa and other facilities. Other value-added services include dedicated concierge and 24-hour helpdesk, apart from regular maintenance of common areas.
SBC ventured into real estate development, engaged in building high-end premium residential complexes in 2004.
Amit Bhosales daughter and SBC director, Swapnali Bhosale, told reporters on Thursday that it was difficult to find affordable bungalows in areas like Koregaon Park, and hence the firm thought of launching Gods Blessings.
SBC has collaborated with some of the leading interior designers and architectural consultants for this high-rise. For their upcoming projects also they are working with some top international designers and consultants.
More such high-end buildings are coming up near the University of Pune, Kalyaninagar and on Mangaldas Road. The Kalyaninagar project consists of three buildings with apartments of up to 8,000 square feet.

The apartments in Gods Blessing were sold at Rs 8,000 per square foot. Certainly, the cost of upcoming projects will be more, she said.

The construction firm is also looking to expand into other cities like Mumbai and Bangalore and is in talks with leading international luxury majors to launch a key premium residential project.

Web radio works wonders for the blind

Mumbai: Satish Navale, the man behind the Braille Vani web radio for the visually-impaired, on Tuesday demonstrated how to plant saplings to visually impaired students in Nashik, Pune and Assam.Braille Vani is the brainchild of Navale, a former visually impaired student of the University of Pune (UoP).

The 25-minute programme, which was aired from 107.4 FM of UoP through teleconferencing, was coordinated by public information officer of Rahuri Krushi Vidyapeeth, Sandeep Patil, and retired IAS officer from Assam, Mohini Mohan Budagoa. The programme was conducted in Hindi.The visually impaired students were given instructions to plant a sapling in an earthen pot. Right from selecting the pot, the sapling and the exact amount of water to be used, the students carried out the activity.
Four students from Morran Blind School in Assam participated in the activity.Similarly, three girl students from Nashik-based National Federation of Blinds vocational training centre and 13 students from Kothrud-based Girls School for the Blind and Modern High School (sighted students) participated.

For last three years, we are celebrating Blind Broadcasting Day on March 22 in order to teach various skill based techniques to the visually challenged, said Navale.

We undertook a random survey and found that nearly 80% of visually challenged students belong to farmers community.

Hence, to involve them in the traditional family profession, Navale took up this environment-related activity.
Navale teaches history at Vivekananda School in Tinsukia in Assam. We have requested Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to provide us a toll-free number so that we can reach out to maximum number of visually challenged students, he added.

He also has appealed to the teachers of various subjects to contact him to create such activities for the visually challenged, which can be featured during such programmes. The teachers can contact him on braillevaniradio@gmail.com.

125 colleges lack approved teachers and principals

Pune: The issue of colleges affiliated to the University of Pune (UoP) lacking approved teachers and principals was discussed at the senate meeting on Sunday. Director of Board of College and University Development (BCUD), Vasudev Gade told the senate that 125 colleges do not have approved teachers and principals.The shocking information came to light during the question-answer hour, when senate member, Vitthalsinh Dhakare asked how many colleges do not have a single approved teacher.

Gade said, There are at least 125 colleges where not a single teacher is approved by the UoP. Out of these 125 colleges, as many as 24 colleges are without approved principals.

He said the remaining 77 colleges do not have approved teachers, but have obtained a stay order from the Supreme Court on any action against them by the University of Pune.

Senate member, Nandkumar Nikam, asked who checked the answer papers of the students of such errant colleges. Gade replied, I dont have off-hand information.Nikam pointed out lack of seriousness in conducting examination of first year students of these colleges, as the answer papers are checked by teachers of these errant colleges. He asked Gade why the UoP did not scrap the affiliation of such colleges to maintain the quality of education.

Senate member, Gajanan Ekbote criticised the lackadaisical approach by the university in letting the errant colleges conduct examinations.

He said the matter should be discussed by the academic council along with a resolution on taking action against such colleges.

UoP faculty mourns death of student

Pune: A pall of gloom descended on the department of history of the University of Pune (UoP) following the sudden demise of one of its students, Nana Sadashiv Mahajan (23). He was studying in the final semester of masters course.Nana drowned in the backwaters of the Panshet dam on Sunday afternoon. He had gone with other students to attend a camp organised by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at Nilkantheshwar, about 60 km from Pune.The history department on Monday suspended all classes and organised a condolence meeting in Nanas memory. The faculty and the students remembered him as a sincere and hardworking student.According to his friends, the incident took place when some students, along with Nana, went to take a bath in the reservoir.Police inspector Dileep Desai of Paud police station said, There is a water reservoir nearby, where he went to swim with three or four friends. The water is very deep there and that might have been the reason for the drowning.

Nana hailed from Jalgaon district and stayed in the boys hostel. He lost his mother 2 years ago.

His friends told, He was the younger of two brothers. He belonged to a poor family. He was the only educated person in his family.

The faculty considered him as among the best in the class. The head of the department, Sumitra Kulkarni said, He was very humble, soft-spoken and one of the most hardworking boys. He was an A grader throughout

SC permits admissions to UoP colleges

Pune: Colleges and educational institutions without full-time principals can heave a sigh of relief after the Supreme Court on Monday set aside the order of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court de-recognising these institutes.

The apex courts order is going to benefit many colleges and educational institutions in the state, including 347 colleges and 132 institutes affiliated to the University of Pune spread over Ahmednagar, Nashik and Pune districts.

The president of the state principals forum, Nandkumar Nikam said, The apex court has directed the state government and varsities to fill up the vacant posts of principals with full-time appointments. The admission processes of students in such colleges should not be stalled.The high courts Nagpur bench, in its order on December 3, 2008, had directed that the colleges and institutes that do not have qualified and full-time principals should be disaffiliated.

Even the apex court had passed an order on December 29, 2008, that all colleges in the state, irrespective of whether they are technical or not, must have full-time principals with proper qualifications by May 31, 2010. It had debarred such colleges from admitting students for the academic year 2010-11, if the posts of regular principals are not filled up.

However, several colleges had approached the Supreme Court appealing on its earlier verdict.

Girls are changing the way people perceive them and their sport

Pune: A group of girls, mostly students, can be seen fighting for the ball every evening on the Pune University ground. They tackle each other mercilessly, giving way to their natural aggression and competitive spirit. No matter how hard the knocks, theyll go on playing the sport they love. The players are after all, part of the elite Indian rugby womens team.Pune sports women are changing the way people perceive them and the misconceptions of their sport. Like the city girls who are pioneers of womens rugby, Anisa Sayyed vindicated womens rifle shooting by winning two gold medals in the Commonwealth Games. She believes shooting is a sport for women, who with their mental strength can emerge on top and lay claim to all the medals. Captain of the Indian womens rugby team, Surabhi Date, says, The game has taught me team spirit and also to never quit, whether on the field, or in life.The mild-mannered 19-year-old BA student learnt to bring out her innate aggression on the field and bonded in the rugby spirit with her teammates.

They are now an inspiration to other girls, who look up to them on the field and realise that girls can be tough too.Girls pick up faster, practise harder and are in general, more sincere, adds Gani Shaikh, secretary of the Pune District Rifle Association (PDRA), accounting for the success of womens shooting in competitions.
They have had more than 200 girls signing up for training in 2010 alone, once the parents have realised it is a safe sport that girls can excel in.

Similarly, the negative connotations of boxing as a sport are slowly, but surely fading away, thanks to highlighted triumphs of boxers like Mary Kom and Vijender Kumar.Pune City Boxing Associations Madan Vani believes, Boxing is not a cruel sport as most people think. It involves skill, tactics and mental strength.
Mental strength is the word that echoes among all coaches and women players. The sports that are not normally associated with the fair sex are the ones that need greater mental toughness than physical. Surhud Khare of Khares Football and Rugby Academy (KFANDRA) that initiated rugby in the city stipulates similar training for boys and girls.
But Khare claims, Indian women have a lot of resilience. They just need to bring out the warrior in them and channelise their inner aggression in sports.
At just 14, boxer Chanda Udanshive has two gold medals in the national games to her credit. Admitting that she had to be strong when she first started training, Chanda says, I had to overcome my fear of getting hurt. And now sparring has become a habit so I never worry about getting injured.

Her mother Mala had no such fears since she trusted and supported her daughter whole-heartedly. Her choice of sports and uniform of shorts was not a problem for our family or anyone in the neighbourhood. She always wears shorts so everyone is used to it. And now everything is changing, people are very supportive and we are all proud of her, the doting mother says.

In her sport, Anisa explains the scenario is definitely undergoing a transformation. From poor ranges and scarce equipment that she had to make do while training, nowadays the city women shooters are better prepared and equipped and have the prospect of new ranges. It may be her achievements that have led to this change.

Now people are accepting sportswomen and even after marriage, they dont have to sit at home as their families support them. Given a chance and the proper facilities, women can soar high and do everything they set their mind on, she says.

Teaching teachers to teach English

Pune: In a bid to guide teachers who teach English language and make the language easily accessible to the weakest student, two English professors have edited a book, Unlock Their Future, a skills-based approach to teaching and learning English.The book will be formally launched by the University of Pune (UoP) vice chancellor, RK Shevgaonkar, on Friday at Nivara, Navi Peth, at 6 pm.

The co-editors, Viney Kirpal, former head of the department of humanities and social sciences in the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai; and Shridhar Gokhale, former professor of English at UoP, decided to bring out the book as they felt that several teachers were ill-equipped to teach the language. In the city on Thursday, the two professors said teaching and learning English in India is in a mess. The professors said that their book would help teachers get their teaching act straight. The book enables teachers to simplify English language and reach out to the weakest student, Kirpal said.Kirpal recounted how, when she conducted a workshop for English teachers in 2007, she came across some teachers who could not write in English correctly. Both professors were of the opinion that English is a basic necessity in todays world.

We have seen that students can write marginally well, but when it comes to applying for jobs or facing interviews, they fumble. It is the responsibility of teachers to instill confidence and skills in their students, said Kirpal.

Impart skill-based education, NAAC panel chief tells varsities

Pune: Less than 10% of the three million-odd graduates in arts, science and commerce streams each year have employability skills and there is a need to bring in skill-based quality education to improve employment chances, said Govardhan Mehta, chairman of executive committee of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).He was addressing the 105th convocation ceremony at the University of Pune (UoP) on Saturday. Chancellor and governor of Maharashtra, K Sankaranarayanan was absent from the ceremony due to ill health.Calling upon universities to impart quality education to students, he asked them to consider skill-based training as their right. Quality education is my birthright and I shall have it, said Mehta.He pointed out contrasting social situations, especially the urban-rural divide. Some Indians are on the list of the richest people in the world and yet our country ranks 134 on human development index. Eight million people use mobile phones in our country but there are hundreds of villages without drinking water or electricity. We are the youngest democracy in the world with the oldest parliamentarians, said Mehta.

Stating that the youth have a responsibility towards society, he urged those passing out of the university to contribute to development of the varsity and actively participate in nation building.

Meanwhile, 62,238 students received their degrees on the 105th convocation ceremony held on Saturday. Seventy-three students received gold medals from acting vice chancellor Sanjay Chahande, who presided over the function. As many as 3,825 students from arts faculty, 14,191 from commerce, 11,299 students from science received their degrees and 310 students received their doctorates at UoP.

In fight against cancer and diabetes, ray of hope

Pune: With diabetes and cancer on the verge of turning into epidemics, the recent discovery by 21-year-old Sumit Pawar, a final-year student of the integrated MSc course at the University of Punes (UoP) Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (IBB), opens a whole new horizon in the field of medicine.Sumit has discovered a way to extract the medicinal properties from the plant, Dioscorea bulbifera (Air potato, a species of yam), without destroying the plant and thus helping in preserving it. The plant, which is found in abundance in the forests of the Western Ghats, has been known to have medicinal properties that can help cure diabetes and cancer.Sumit has also bagged the second prize at a poster competition at an international conference on Current trends in medicinal plant research, held on the university campus from January 10 to 12.

Speaking about the discovery, Sumit said, In the past, the plant in its entirety has been used to extract medicines. The new discovery makes room for using the microorganisms in the plant for deducing the medicinal properties, keeping the plants intact and hence preserving them.Sumits discovery would not only help conserve the plant, but would also help in large-scale production of drugs. Through this process, the plants destruction can be stopped and the production can be increased as well. The microorganisms also enable in protecting the plant from infection, he said.

Sougata Ghosh, a PhD scholar at UoP, who was the chief instructor for the project said, The discovery will serve a dual purpose of plant growth promotion, as well as to find an alternative to over-exploitation of medicinal plants.

Director of the IBB, BA Chopade, who was the principal investigator of the project, said that such discoveries at UoP promote and exchange knowledge about recent developments in the field of herbal drugs throughout the globe.

We concentrate on nurturing young talent to convert their innovative ideas into reality. The microbes after the discovery will be further investigated for producing medicinal compounds, Chopade said.

2 UoP staffers sent show cause notices

Pune: A member of the top brass at the University of Pune (UoP) and a clerk in the examination department have been sent show cause notices for alleged involvement in a fake mark sheet case.

The scam came to light last year, when it was discovered that the mark sheet of a commerce graduate, Rajesh Savlani was tampered with. The then vice chancellor, Raghunath Shevgaonkar, set up a committee to inquire into the matter and it submitted its report in August last year. The committee recommended action against two officials, but it was not done.

After sitting on the report for nearly six months, current acting vice-chancellor, Sanjay Chahande, finally gave the go-ahead for show cause notices to be sent to the two staffers.Yes, it is true that two people have been sent notices in this regard. I cannot reveal the names. They have been given 15 days to reply, said ML Jadhav, UoP registrar.Sources said that according to the report, two officials i.e. deputy registrar Vidyadhar Yadav and a clerk at the examination department, Mahesh Bhambare, were found guilty.The student went to China and applied for a job. The mark sheet came to the university for cross- reference when the company inquired with the varsity. While cross-checking the marks, it was found that the mark sheet did not match with the ledger records. Thats when scam came to light and a full inquiry started, said a source.

The student had received three marks in accounts paper 2 of third year of BCom, but he connived with some officials and changed it to 13 marks.

The committee recommended action against the two officials besides suggesting changes in the results declaration and mark sheets preparation process.

Countrys first Ocenarium gaining ground in coastal Konkan

Pune: An Oceanarium project is being planned in Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra with a view of promoting marine conservation and giving a boost to state tourism and regional economy of coastal Konkan.

The Rs 509 core project conceived by Science and Technology Park ( SATP) at Pune University which has prepared the techno feasibility report, has identified Tondawadi in Sindhudurg for the countrys first Oceanarium, according to Rajiv Jagdale, director, SATP.

Saline water will be pumped out from deeper sea level to cultivate marine culture at the proposed Ocenarium which will be spread across 200 acres of land and creeks at Tondawadi in the project aimed at creating conservation awareness and combining it with entertainment, he said.The SATP which is an autonomous body under ministry of Science and Technology, expects the work on the proposed Ocenarium to start by September next with a time frame of three years for completion of the project to be implemented with involvement of international experts.The ambitious project is expected to give a big boost to tourism in Maharashtra handled through the State Tourism development corporation.The venture should be seen as an eco-friendly developmental option for the coastal Konkan and we expect the Ocenarium to fetch around 35 lakh tourists in the region, said Jagdale who has recently got a clearance for the project from Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan.

The Ocenarium will be given effect by creating a simulated sea along that of a real lake and virgin beaches. A 3-D dome and theatre as also an underwater studio for film shooting will be other salient features of the proposed recreation destination.

The Central and Maharashtra government are expected to provide Rs 100 crore each and the rest of the funding amounting to around Rs 300 crore would be channelized through private investors, Jagdale said.We will not be disturbing sea or agriculture land for the project which would be completed in keeping with environmental norms and wildlife protection act. Saline water to be pumped out of sea will be filtered and cleaned to sustain certain species of marine life, he added.The SATP which studied sites for environmental feasibility in three districts of coastal Konkan ---- Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and Raigad--- finally selected Tondawadi in Sindhudurg as the other options offered less diversity of attractions in their periphery coupled with barrier of villages and existing resorts.

Global expertise is being hired for the proposed Ocenarium which will conform to international standards and norms, Jagdale noted.

Visiting sea beaches need not be just taking a dip in sea water or relaxing on the silvery sands. It can also be an opportunity to know and understand marine life and its conservation, he felt.

Guj university creates record in IAF recruitment

Ahmedabad: For the first time, as many as 57 students from a university have been selected to various departments of Indian Air Force (IAF). The IAF, had, on Sunday held a recruitment drive wherein fifty-seven students from Gujarat University got the nod to be part of the team that helps to monitor the Indian skies.

In the preliminary round, Air Force officials interviewed 750 students from different disciplines on Friday and Sunday. Following this, they zeroed in on 57 students for the final selection and training at Dehradun. Thirty-six male and 21 female students form the gender dynamics of the group.

Air Force officials say that so many students have not been selected from any university.Previously, Pune University held the record for sending students to the air arm through recruitment drive. Fifteen Pune students from a total of 928 had made it to the Air Force in that drive.

Out of 57 students, twelve made it to the elite Flying Branch. These students have broken the myth associated with Gujaratis. Now, no one can say that Gujaratis dont opt for careers in armed forces, said GU vice-chancellor Parimal Trivedi. According to the V-C, the students were selected in four major departments of the Air Force - flying, education, accounts and meteorological.The students went through rigorous tests conducted by IAF officials who had come from Dehradun. The tests included general awareness, English communication and psychological tests.

Previously, IAF was only interested in science graduates and post-graduates. But, in a major policy shift, they have this year invited final year and PG students of all streams. Thus, even Arts and Commerce students participated in the fast-track selection process.

Wing commander Naga Sunadaram and Wing commander HS Chauhan oversaw proceedings of the tests.The participation of female students in the selection process was a highly laudable effort. Four of our girls were selected to the Flying branch, which is a remarkable achievement, said the VC.All the selected students will undergo a final round of selection and training at Dehradun from March 1 to 28. After the final selection, they will receive training for a year before they officially join IAF.

Ranjan Mathai is new foreign secretary

Ranjan Mathai, Indias ambassador to France, will be the next foreign secretary.

The 59-year-old diplomat will assume charge on August 1, the day after the incumbent, Ms Nirupama Rao, retires.

A 1974 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, Mr Mathai will serve as the top diplomat for two years, until July 31, 2013.

Mr Mathai is the first foreign secretary since the UPA came to power in 2004, who has not served as an envoy in Indias neighbourhood.

A Malayali by origin, Mr Mathai is a post-graduate in political science from the University of Poona.

Who is faster: You or light?

There was a young lady named Miss Bright, who travelled much faster than light. She departed one day, in an Einsteinian way, and came back the previous night.

This limerick by Arthur Buller, published in Punch in 1923, reflects the interest of the man had in time travel when the concepts behind Einsteins theory of relativity began to percolate down to the lay world. Indeed a decade before Einstein proposed his remarkable ideas, the science-fiction novelist H.G. Wells had written his absorbing long story about time machine in his novella The Time Machine. This contraption enabled its rider to travel into the past or future, with, of course, remarkable consequences.

But what does relativity have to say about a time machine? Let us try to see what is possible and what is not, given that the relativity theory is correct. Imagine two twin brothers, A and B. A stays put on the earth while B undertakes a long space travel at a speed, say, 80 per cent of the speed of light. By the time keeping devices on the earth, B travels for 20 years before coming to a halt and then reversing his path back to the earth at the same speed. So A has aged by 40 years during Bs adventure. But how old is B as he steps out of his spaceship? Einsteins theory tells us that he would be aged by only 24 years.

What does this mean? Effectively B has time-travelled into the future and has come to a world that lies 16 years in the future. The time machine has worked so far. However, if A now wishes to go back into the past, he cant! There is no device that will take him 16 years back in time to be at par with his twin brother.

Then, what about Miss Bright of the limerick? It seems that she managed to do what we have just said cant be done. She set out on her journey today and came back yesterday. She apparently did the impossible by breaking a sacrosanct rule of relativity: she travelled faster than light. Thus, she broke a speed limit that is rigidly imposed on all material objects in the universe. They cannot travel faster than light.

Why not? Did not good old Isaac Newton tell us that we can accelerate, i.e. increase our speed by applying a force? Yes, he did, and that law still applies under the relativistic regime. So Bs spaceship can be accelerated by supplying rocket fuel. Additional boost will make the spaceship go faster. But can B thus attain the speed of light? Alas, no. For relativity has ensured that the speed limit can never be attained by B, no matter how much fuel he uses. Because as the ships speed increases so does its mass and in such a way that the mass becomes infinitely large as the light barrier is approached. And Newtons law warns us that the acceleration produced by a force is less and less as the mass of the spaceship increases. Literally, to attain the speed of light the spaceship will require infinite quantity of fuel. So, says Einstein, that light speed barrier will remain unattainable, let alone someone emulating Miss Bright to travel faster than light.

There is one known exception to this restriction, namely light itself! Light is made up of particles called photons, which, naturally, travel at the speed of light. The photons have one restriction to submit to: they always travel at the speed of light. Thus we have photons that travel at the speed of light and other particles of matter that travel with speed less than the speed of light. Scientists, by and large, do not believe that there exists a third category of particles that always travel at speed greater than the speed of light.

Nevertheless, in 1960, India-born physicist George Sudarshan introduced the idea of a special class of particles called tachyons, which always travel faster than light. The existence of such a species of particles does not violate any of the tenets of relativity. For, the tachyons need force to slow them down, and this force is infinite if the tachyon speed touches the light barrier! So just as we mortals are restricted to remain on the subluminal side of the light speed barrier, the tachyons are required to be on the superluminal side. Thus, if Miss Bright were made of tachyons, she would naturally travel faster than light. For tachyons many of the effects are counter-intuitive and one is the travel into the past. But while Miss Bright can return before she set off, she cannot claim to be from the human species.

Do tachyons exist? They can exist but so far they have not been found. They have not appeared in any laboratory experiment, such as the accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider (LCH) at European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern). Nor have they been spotted in the showers of cosmic ray particles coming from energetic sources far away from the earth. Finding them will not disprove relativity. Rather, it will provide the physicists with the satisfaction that a possibly missing species has been found.

In this context, the announcement in September by a team of Cern scientists that they have found a bunch of neutrinos travelling faster than light was totally unexpected. Neutrinos were thought to travel at the speed of light unless they have a tiny mass, in which case they would travel at subluminal speed. In 1987, a star exploded as a supernova, thus releasing a flux of neutrinos. Fortunately three detectors of neutrinos, in Japan, Russia and the US, were operating and so the arrival of the neutrino flux could be timed. These neutrinos were estimated to travel at speed very close to the speed of light. Since they had come from a distance as large as 170,000 light years, the fact that their travel time did not differ much from that of light coming from the supernova, scientists had assumed that neutrinos travel at speed very close to that of light.

So scientists are puzzled by the recent finding that neutrinos travel faster than light. No doubt they will want to verify the result by further experiments. Only then they will decide if the theory of relativity stays or goes.

The writer, a renowned astrophysicist, is professor emeritus at Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune University Campus

Selection of Pune Univ V-C: UGC terms search committee invalid

Selection of Pune Universitys vice-chancellor could be in limbo after the University Grants Commission (UGC) told to the Bombay high court that constitution of the search committee for the V-Cs appointment was not in accordance with its relevant act, and hence cannot be termed valid.

Hearing a public interest petition (PIL) filed by activist Suresh Patil-Khede, the high court had asked for UGCs say in the matter. The UGC filed its affidavit to the court earlier this week where it said that it was binding for every university [in the country] to follow its regulations on appointment of a V-C.In its affidavit, the UGC said that the search committee in question could not be termed valid. The statement put the selection and appointment of V-C of Pune V-C in jeopardy.

UGC regulation says that the search committee must have a commission (UGC) nominee, which the state governments three-member panel did not have. In Pune Universitys case, the committee has finalised five probables. The governor, who is the chancellor of the universities, will select one of them as a V-C. The HC has stayed the appointment till this case is decided. Similar panels had selected V-C probables for other universities like Mumbai and Nagpur. Similar cases are being heard in the Mumbai and Nagpur benches of the Bombay high court. While the first petition challenges the appointment of the Mumbai V-C, the one before the Nagpur bench has challenged the appointment of all V-Cs appointed under the amended rule.


: PhD scholars of University of Pune (UoP) have decided to launch a bheekh maango (begging for alms) aandolan from May 7 as they have not received any stipend for the past two years.
UoP officials, however, say the matter regarding stipends is being studied by a sub-committee and based on its report, the management council will take a decision on when and how much stipend should be given to scholars.
The stipend of PhD fellows has been a matter of discussion at UoP for quite sometime now.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) had changed its rules for PhD in 2009. After that, new candidates were given admissions in 2010. While the candidates are supposed to get a monthly stipend, they have been given nothing since their admission in 2010, said a PhD scholar.

Pune University guard shot dead

Pune: A security guard of the University of Pune was shot dead by an unidentified youth in the campus Thursday night, sending shockwaves among the student community here, police said Friday.

The incident occurred around 8 p.m., when the 56-year-old security guard, Prahlad Jogdandkar, caught a young couple allegedly in a compromising position in an isolated spot on the 410-acre lush green university campus.

He ordered them to pay a penalty of Rs.500 as per the new rules implemented by the university to check trespassing and shady activities on the campus.

The youth quietly paid up and left with his girlfriend on his motorcycle, said an officer at the Chaturshringi police station.

However, the youth returned again after half an hour and demanded Rs.100 back from the security guard since he had no money to fill up petrol in his motorcycle.

When Jogdandkar refused to refund the money, there was an argument and a scuffle, and another security guard rushed there.

Pune University guard shot dead
Suddenly, the youth whipped out a revolver and fired two rounds at Jogdandkar, and disappeared from the spot.

Jogdandkar was rushed to the Sassoon Hospital where he was later declared dead on admission, police said.

As part of the overall security overhauling in the city, in January, following a police directive, the university administration had beefed up security on the sprawling campus.

Pune University guard shot dead
Besides registering all vehicles entering the campus, all visitors were required to enter their details at the two main gates to prevent unauthorised people from entering and misusing the campus.

The University of Pune falls in a high-security zone, which includes the Raj Bhavan Pune and other important buildings.

Pune University security: 400 CCTVs needed, will cost Rs80 lakh

Following the murder of a security supervisor on the University of Pune (UoP) campus on Thursday night, security experts estimate that at least 400 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras would be required to ensure security for the 411-acre campus. As installation of one high quality night vision CCTV camera costs around Rs20,000, the project is expected to cost Rs80 lakh.

Pralhad Jogdandkar (54), a security supervisor posted on the UoP campus, was gunned down after he caught a couple in a compromising position on Thursday night. Speaking to DNA after the incident, deputy commissioner of police (zone IV) Dnyaneshwar Chavan had recommended that the UoP increase the number of CCTV cameras.

At present, the UoP campus has only five CCTV cameras, two at the main gate and one each at the gates of the Inter University Centre of Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and one at Jayakar Library. Even these cameras are not functioning.

The university has 29 security guards on its rolls and 150 more have been hired from two security agencies.

Gajanan Ghogare of Om Security in Gokhalenagar said, To cover such a vast area, at least 400 CCTV cameras will be needed. If the CCTV surveillance is to be round-the-clock in the open areas, these cameras will have to be night vision best quality resolution gadgets.

He added, Only installation of CCTV cameras will not be adequate. Deployment of guards to patrol on vehicles and foot will also be needed. An area as vast as the university campus will need more than 300 guards with at least two four-wheelers and 10 two-wheelers.

Col (retd) Bhagatsinh Deshmukh of Maharashtra Ex-servicemen Corporation Ltd said, First the university authorities need to carry out a security audit and survey the campus to identify the spots where CCTVs need to be installed. Besides, the authorities should ensure that the guards are briefed properly about their duties and set up infrastructure to monitor their functioning on daily basis. The major problem, it seems, is guards on the campus are patrolling in pairs and can easily be overpowered. Therefore, there should be group patrolling in such a vast area.

Col (retd) Gopal Murti Sharma of PandG Security Services said, The security at all entry and exit points must be foolproof. The security should also be tightened at all departments. Most important, entry of outsiders must be restricted after a certain deadline. Foot patrolling will have to be increased.


As announced earlier, PhD scholars of the University of Pune (UoP) started their Bheekh Maango (begging for alms) Aandolan on Monday in protest against non-payment of their stipend for two years now.

As many as 50 students protested outside the Board of Colleges and University Development (BCUD) building even as the BCUD director said it was unfair of students to protest as the matter was being looked into by a committee.

While they are supposed to get a monthly stipend, they have been given nothing since their admission in 2010. The University Grants Commission (UGC) had amended PhD stipend rules in 2009.

One of the students said, The university officials are making us run from pillar to post. Initially, we were told we will be given stipend for a year. However, there are so many of us who have been here since 2010. It is unfair to...
give us the amount only for a year.

Another student said, The university receives crores for paying PhD students. However, the varsity is not using the amount. We spoke to different officials repeatedly and since that did not help, we started this protest.

Wasudev Gade, director, BCUD said, We are ready to provide them with a stipend for a year. Since they said they wanted the amount for two years, we formed a committee to look into the matter. We need to follow procedure in such matters. We have never said we wont pay heed to their demands. We just need some time....

170 to guard University of Pune campus; VC says its not enough

The acting vice chancellor of the University of Pune (UoP), Sanjay Chahande, on Friday blamed inadequate security arrangements on the 411-acre campus for the cold-blooded murder of a security supervisor late on Thursday.

Chahande was speaking to the media after the murder of Prahlad Jogdandkar, who was shot dead by an unidentified person when he caught a young couple in a compromising position on Thursday night.

The university has 29 security guards on its rolls, while 150 guards on contract from two different security agencies.

According to Chahande, only 16 of the guards are armed.Interestingly, the closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) installed at the main gate (two cameras), the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) gate (two cameras) and Jayakar Library (one camera) were not working and thus, the varsity has absolutely no clue about the culprit.

Citing the paucity of security staff as a major weak point in the security set up of the university, Chahande said that he had appointed private security guards to tide over the crunch. But we need to take a look at the set up again, he said. He said, We cannot tolerate such incidents that defame the varsity. The major problem on the campus is the thoroughfare and outsiders coming to the varsity, especially after office hours. There is no checking system for visitors, who come after office hours. There are a few sterile zones, which need to be under surveillance, he added.

If we take a look at past incidents, we can see that it is the outsiders who have committed crimes or unlawful activities on the campus, he said.

The VC said that he had spoken with the top brass of the police about the steps that can be taken to beef up the security on the campus. He said that security in-charge, professor VS Kharat; Registrar ML Jadhav and acting controller of examination, Capt CM Chitale have been working on a security plan.

Commenting on the incident, senate member Nandkumar Nikam said, The incident has brought disgrace to the varsity. Such incidents take place, as many outsiders use the campus as a public place. Similarly, the corruption in the system has come to the fore. The security guard was demanding money. It is high time that security measures be increased on priority basis, he said.

UoP guard murder: CCTV cameras not working for last one month

The murder of a security guard on the sprawling 411 acre University of Pune (UOP) campus late on Thursday night has not only caught the UoP authorities on the wrong foot but also left the investigation team of Chatushrungi police and crime branch clueless about the identity of the accused.

A day after the guards murder, it has emerged that two security cameras, strategically mounted near one of the main entrance gates to the campus, were rendered useless. Although the police and the university officials are denying it on record, the act of disconnecting the two security cameras is being widely considered as an inside job.

Nikhil Ghorpade

Following a spate of theft incidents at the UoP, the administration decided to install twelve cameras on their premises to keep an eye on the estimated thousand visitors who come to the university daily. Strangely, however, two cameras at the entry and exit gates of the university were not working for the last one month, a fact the UoP administration was unaware of.

• Neither of these two cameras were working when the murder took place, leaving cops in a fog regarding the murderers identity

According to the investigation team, had the cameras been operational, it could have given them a lead and some important clue about the identity of the accused who shot dead Prahlad Jogdankar after being caught in a delicate situation with his girlfriend on the fateful night.

A university employee who spoke on condition of anonymity said, Its strange that a two-hundred strong security squad at the university was unaware of these particular cameras not being in use for over a month.

UoP Vice Chancellor Sanjay Chahande admitted that security is an issue at their campus and it needs to be beefed up. It is shocking that the suspect walked into the campus unnoticed and was armed with a firearm, he said.

Chahande, when asked whether the sabotage of the two strategically-located security cameras was an insider job, said, Some CCTV cameras have been tampered and it might be deliberate.

Interestingly, Chahande also revealed that he was kept in the dark over the issue and the UoP is planning to scale up the security at the campus and will soon appoint experts in this field.

Deputy Commissioner (Zone IV) Dnyaneshwar Chavan said, Had the two CCTV cameras been operational, the police would have got enough evidence. Right now our line of investigation includes questioning the security guards and interrogating the history-sheeters in the universitys neighbourhood.

Cop check uop hostel

The police carried out a surprise check at UoP hostels after a tip-off from murdered security guard Prahlad Jogdankars companion, who is believed to have overheard the name of the girl who had accompanied the murder suspect.

Police have obtained a description of the girl and the man. Jogdankar was accompanied by security guard Babasaheb Nikalje (31) of Range Hills, when Jogdankar was shot at on Thursday night at around 8.45 pm in the woods located behind the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue.

Senior police inspector Ajay Kadam of Chatushrungi police station said, The hostels were checked but nothing suspicious was found from the hostels after checking the registers of the girls who stay there, Kadam said.

Pune University security guard catches couple, shot dead

Pune: A security guard of the University of Pune was shot dead by an unidentified youth in the campus on Thursday night, sending shockwaves among the student community in Pune, police said on Friday.

The incident occurred around 8 pm, when the 56-year-old security guard, Prahlad Jogdandkar, caught a young couple allegedly in a compromising position in an isolated spot on the 410-acre lush green university campus.

He ordered them to pay a penalty of Rs 500 as per the new rules implemented by the university to check trespassing and shady activities on the campus.
The incident occurred around 8 pm, when the guard caught a young couple allegedly in a compromising position in an isolated spot on the university campus.
Pune University security guard catches couple, shot dead

The youth quietly paid up and left with his girlfriend on his motorcycle, said an officer at the Chaturshringi police station.

However, the youth returned again after half an hour and demanded Rs 100 back from the security guard since he had no money to fill up petrol in his motorcycle.

When Jogdandkar refused to refund the money, there was an argument and a scuffle, and another security guard rushed there. Suddenly, the youth whipped out a revolver and fired two rounds at Jogdandkar, and disappeared from the spot.

Jogdandkar was rushed to the Sassoon Hospital where he was later declared dead on admission, police said.

As part of the overall security overhauling in the city, in January, following a police directive, the university administration had beefed up security on the sprawling campus.

Besides registering all vehicles entering the campus, all visitors were required to enter their details at the two main gates to prevent unauthorised people from entering and misusing the campus.

The University of Pune falls in a high-security zone, which includes the Raj Bhavan Pune and other important buildings.

Varsity to relax PhD parameters

University of Pune is to frame a special set of rules for professionals, experts from various fields and senior citizens opting for doctoral research (PhD), which exempts them from certain papers in entrance examinations.

The proposed rules will be finalised after the academic council approves it during its June meeting.

The varsity had conducted the first entrance test in 2010, and the online entrance exam for the first time in 2011 based on UGCs new rules declared in 2008-09, said deputy registrar Vithal Sathe.

Director of Board of College and University Development (BCUD) Wasudev Gade said, Postgraduate professionals with 10 years experience will be exempted from appearing for Paper I, which focuses on candidates research aptitude, general knowledge and knowledge of the field. Paper II tests skills relating to language, numerical ability and logical reasoning, and Paper III is personal interview.

For technical experts like scientists, industrial experts, artists, doctors, LLM graduates and those with five years experience in the relevant field will be exempt from Paper I and II.

University murder case: Cops question petrol pumps attendants

Pune: The Pune police are now questioning attendants at the two petrol pumps located in the vicinity of the University of Pune (UoP) in connection with last weeks murder case.

Chatuhshrungi police station incharge and inspector Ajay Kadam said, As the youth who shot dead security officer Pralhad Jogdandkar wanted to fill up petrol in his motorbike, we are asking these attendants whether any suspicious man had visited them on the fateful night.

Kadam said, Baba Nikalje, who was accompanying Jogdandkar at the time of the incident, told us that the killer ran towards the varsity main gate after gunning down his senior.

Meanwhile, the police suspect that the killer might be a native of South India. Kadam said, Nikalje told us that although the killer spoke in Hindi, he had a South Indian accent.

Cops announce Rs 25,000 reward for info on UoP murder

Pune: The Pune police have announced a reward of Rs 25,000 for those giving information about the murder of University of Pune (UoP) security supervisor on May 3.

Police have assured to keep the details of the informer secret. Those having any information about the murder are requested to call up on 9967444902 to reach senior inspector Ajay Kadam or at 9823680999 for inspector Bapu Kutwal or 9892248769 for inspector Satish Govekar.

On May 3, security supervisor Prahlad Jogdandkar (57) was shot dead by an unidentified person. Investigations revealed that the murderer shot at Jogdandkar from a pistol after he was found in a compromising position with a woman in an isolated area on the UoP campus and was asked to pay fine.

The Chatuhshrungi police and crime branch are investigating the case. Police have reportedly got some description of the murderer from security guard Baba Nikhalje, the eye witness in the case.

Meanwhile, the... police have questioned several girl students in the UoP hostel having the name that matches with the girl who was found with the murderer. Police have also urged the girl to come forward and share information about the murder, assuring her to protect her identity.

Senior inspector Kadam said police have intensified patrolling on the premises. We are patrolling in three shifts. Even the night duty officers have been asked to visit the campus, he said....

College infrastructure video needed for UoP panel visits

Pune The procedure of the Local Inquiry Committees visits to colleges every year will now see a change. Until now, colleges under the University of Pune (UoP), seeking to introduce new courses or faculties needed to go through an inspection by the committee. However, from now on, to make the procedure foolproof, each college will have to present a video recording of available infrastructure before an inspection by the committee.

A couple of months back, acting vice-chancellor Sanjay Chahande had said at an academic council meeting that the visits of the committee would be limited to once every two years to improve quality of inspection. Now, every college will need to keep a recording ready when the team comes for inspection. Also, the entire inspection process will need to be made into a video and sent to the university.

The varsity has released a circular and has asked all colleges to adhere to the changes in procedure. Wasudev Gade, director, Board of College and University Development (BCUD) said, The committee visit is a routine procedure. The only new element is introduction of a video. The colleges will now have to record all infrastructure including libraries, laboratories, computers and buildings. The recordings along with a video of the inspection by our committee will have to be sent to us.

Colleges are given re-affiliation based on the report of the committee. So far, everything had to be noted down by inspectors. There were times when all aspects would not get covered or some topics were not adequately presented. The videos would ensure that not even a small detail is missed out, added Gade. The procedure will have to be implemented by all colleges from the coming academic year.

HC gives nod for appointment of Pune University vice chancellor

The Bombay high court, on Friday, dismissed a petition challenging the states selection process for vice chancellors (VC), paving the way for the appointment of a new VC for the University of Pune. Thane-based social activist, Suresh Patilkhede, had approached the HC challenging the validity of the Maharashtra Universities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2009.

The Ordinance, which amended certain provisions of the Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994, provides for nomination of a search committee to shortlist candidates for the VCs post. The Governor then selects one of the short-listed candidates.

Patilkhede contended that the process went against the regulations of the Universities Grant Commission (UGC). He further contended the selection mechanism was illegal and lacked basic sanctity of law.

A division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice Niteen Jamdar, however, did not find anything wrong with the process. The respondents have acted in consonance with the provisions of the Maharashtra Universities Act, the judges observed. The HC also turned down a request by the petitioner to stay the selection process till they moved Supreme Court.

The state authorities, on January 6, had said that they would not continue with the selection process till the petition was pending.

On Friday, after the judgement was pronounced, advocate VB Tiwari, who represented the petitioner, sought a stay based on that statement.

Girish Kulkarni, representing University of Pune, opposed the request, stating that the VCs post has been vacant for eight months now, and the university was in urgent need of a VC. The universitys VC, RK Shevgaonkar, left to join the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi as director. The judges accepted this and said that the appointment could not be delayed further..

The petitioners counsel, Anil Anturkar, had argued that UGC regulations would prevail over the Maharashtra Universities Act. The HC, however, held that UGC guidelines, at the most, could be termed as subordinate legislations and could not override the provisions of a legislation enacted by the State Legislature.

Pune University professors office vandalised over toon of Dr B.R. Ambedkar

Activists belonging to a rookie organisation on Saturday vandalised the office of Pune University professor Suhas Palshikar over his defence of the controversial caricature of B.R. Ambedkar in an NCERT Class XI textbook.

Palshikar had on Friday put in his papers as an NCERT adviser after MPs cutting across party lines demanded the withdrawal of the insulting cartoon.

Four attackers from the Republican Panthers Party came to Palshikars office in the university around 1pm, allegedly at his own behest, to discuss the issue. I tried to dispel their concerns. We spoke for 5-10 minutes, after which they suddenly started raising slogans on Babasaheb Ambedkar and vandalising my office, Palshikar said.

But he added that the men didnt attack him. While the police have arrested two of the culprits, two others are on the run. I really dont want the men to be punished because they didnt know what they were arguing about. Those who sent them (leaders of the outfit) should be approached and a dialogue initiated to remove their misgivings, he said.

Funnily enough, Palshikars assertion that the attackers were not well-versed with the issue proved true when Sachin Kharat, chief of the RPI admitted he hadnt yet seen the cartoon.

High court decision clears way for University of Pune vice-chancellor appointment

PUNE: The Bombay high court on Friday dismissed a public interest litigation challenging the appointment process for a new vice-chancellor at the University of Pune. This paves the way for the stalled process to move further.
The governor and chancellor of the state universities will soon conduct an individual interaction with the five candidates, who were shortlisted for the top job by the VCs search committee, following the interviews held at Yashada in January.

Thane-based activist Suresh Patilkhede had filed the petition on the grounds that the three-member search committee, constituted by the state government, was not in accordance with the UGCs regulations of 2010.

As per the guidelines of the UGC, a member of the commission should be the part of the search committee.

The three-member committee set up by the state did not have a UGC representative, as the move is not mandatory under the Maharashtra University Act, 1994. The PIL had challenged the validity of the Maharashtra Universities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2009, which amended certain provisions of the Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994.

The government, in response, argued that the conflict between newly-added provisions of the Maharashtra Universities Act and that of the UGC Act were minor and did not warrant a court order declaring the state statute illegal. Also, the UGC itself had not raised any objection to the amendment, the government said.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Nitin Jamdar accepted the governments arguments and dismissed the PIL. The governor, who is the chancellor of all universities in the state, can now finalise the vice-chancellor from the five candidates shortlisted by the search committee.

VC says theyre back. They say no, we arent

The buzz is that around 600 of the 3,700 striking University of Pune (UoP) teachers were back at work on Saturday, following the State Education Departments directive the previous day that they should resume their duties immediately. The UoP let it be known earlier that notices had been sent to them to that effect. The reality is somewhat different.

The striking teachers are holding out, even after State education minister Rajesh Topes warning that stern action will be taken against them, thereby rendering the UoPs claim false. Tope sent out notices to all the universities after the HC asked the teachers union to table their reasons for the strike.

S P Lawande, president of Pune University and College Teachers Organisation (PUCTO), refuted UoPs claim and said, The striking teachers have not resumed work. All the teachers in the city will continue to remain firm on their stand.

Not a single teacher has reported for the paper assessment work. The UoP is spreading false reports as it needs to declare the results soon. It is already under fire for other irregularities and does not wish to have its reputation tarnished further. Teachers unions across the state are determined to continue the strike till the demands are met.

According to Lawande, the teachers who are carrying out the assessment work are those who were never on strike. The authorities are creating confusion to mislead people.

Teachers at the assessment camp are the B.Ed teachers who had never joined the strike. These teachers belong to non-grant colleges which are unaided. Hence they could not participate in the strike. So, the report of striking teachers being present for assessment work is a lie.

However, in his defence, UoP VC Sanjay Chahande, said, Certain teachers are back at work and are assessing the papers. I am unable to come up with the correct figure yet as the report of the central assessment process (CAP) will be formed tomorrow. So, the exact picture will become clear tomorrow.

A total of around 7,300 teachers work under the UoP, out of which 3,700 teachers are on strike. The striking teachers are from the section of Arts, Commerce and Moral Sciences.

The college teachers across the state have been on strike for over a month demanding their salary upgradation to the Sixth Pay Commission, the distribution of arrears, pay fixation and NET-SET exemption.

ILS professor objects to candidate shortlisted for post of Univs VC

A few hours after the names of shortlisted candidates for the post of Vice Chancellor of University of Pune (UoP) were declared, controversy brewed around one of the candidates when a city professor wrote an objection letter to the Vice Chancellor on Monday.

The committee appointed to select the Vice Chancellor for UoP issued e-mails to five professors and researchers, — Prof W N Gade, who is the director of Board of College and University Development (BCUD), Prof Pandit Vidyasagar, Prof Dilip Ukey and two others.

However, Prof Sanjay Jain, who is an Assistant Professor at ILS Law College, wrote to the Chancellor K Sankaranarayanan on Monday, objecting to the name of Prof Dr Dilip Ukey. Jain, who is 100 per cent visually impaired, claimed Prof Ukey, who was Head of the department, Law, UoP, had illegally terminated him in 2007. Later, Jain had filed a case against the UoP at the Higher Education Tribunal challenging his termination.

The tribunal, according to Jain, issued the verdict in his favour. UoP challenged the tribunals decision in the Bombay High Court but subsequently, the HC dismissed the case. UoP had established a fact-finding committee and submitted its report to UoP.

However, the committees report was never disclosed. When an explanation was sought, UoP officers said the committee was set up illegally and hence its report was illegal, he said.

I know that I was illegally terminated by Prof Ukey by generating fake documents as observed by the tribunal. He wanted to have someone close to him in the department and I was selected on merit.

Once, he claimed that students were copying in the examination and I was unaware about it. He put this incident on record. When he saw the students copying, he should have stopped them. I was a full-time professor of the UoP, but Prof Ukey framed false charges against me, Jain said.

There were serious irregularities in my termination from the UoP and I know that Ukey was behind it, Jain added. When asked, why he wrote the letter to the Chancellor a day before the final interviews. Jain replied, He did me injustice despite my condition. What justice he will he do to students and the university as VC. Hence, I complained, he added.

When contacted, Ukey, he said that he would respond to the issue in a few minutes. However, he did not.

Teachers boycott hits paper evaluation at University of Pune

PUNE: Despite the University of Pune (UoP) serving notices on the striking teachers, the boycott of evaluation of answer sheets by the Pune University Teachers Association (Puta) and the Pune University College Teachers Organisation (Pucto) continued on Monday. UoP officials said that the boycott has hampered the central assessment programme.

Both Puta and Pucto said that if the government failed to initiate urgent steps to resolve the issue, it could further delay the examination results of some faculties.

The central assessment programme (CAP) is not going in full strength as teachers are away from the work. The assessment of under-graduate faculties like commerce, arts and science is hampered. Very less teachers have reported for CAP so far, UoP acting vice-chancellor Sanjay Chahande told.

Chahande added, We are hopeful that the boycott will be withdrawn soon. Once the teachers report for duty, we will initiate steps to speed up the assessment work. Assessment could be taken up in two shifts also. Additional teachers would be deployed to complete the work at the earliest.

According to Chahande, as per the instructions of the state government, notices were being served on the teachers, asking them to report for duty. Further action against the striking teachers will be planned soon, he added.

C M Chitale, acting controller of examination at UoP, said that evaluation of answer sheets was a huge task. At present, evaluation work is underway for many faculties. Except for arts, science and commerce, the work is going on as per schedule. The boycott has affected the CAP for under-graduate faculties. It is difficult to exactly quantify how much work was affected, he said.

The boycott will continue till we receive some concrete communication from the government, said Hema More of the Puta. Though the UoP has started the CAP for some faculties, teachers have not reported on duty. The results of faculties like commerce and arts could be delayed if teachers continue to boycott assessment work.

We are awaiting the response from the state government. We are expecting a breakthrough in a couple of days, More added.

According to S P Lawande of Pucto, Teachers have received letters from the UoP, asking them to report for duty. I have received more than 100 calls from members of our federations, stating that they received letter from the UoP. We are expecting a written assurance from the government on various issues pending for many days.

Gade named vice-chancellor of Pune University

PUNE: Noted biologist and life sciences expert Wasudeo Namdeo Gade will be the new vice-chancellor (VC) of the University of Pune (UoP), announced the Raj Bhavan on Tuesday, thus bringing to an end an eight-month-long search.
The key post was lying vacant ever since R K Shevgaonkar resigned as the Pune university VC on September 15, 2011, following his appointment as the director of IIT Delhi.

New VC to promote research activities

PUNE: The new vice-chancellor of University of Pune (UoP), Wasudev Gade, on Wednesday said he would emphasize on promoting research activities in all departments. Reforms in the exam department and tightening security on campus would be next on his agenda.

Gade was speaking to reporters after assuming charge as vice-chancellor here. Gade took charge from acting vice-chancellor Sanjay Chahande. The university has been mired in various issues -- such as irregularities in the examination department, transport-related issues and security -- since the past few months.

Gade, who was the director of Board of College and University Development (BCUD) at UoP, was interviewed by governor and chancellor K Sankaranarayanan on Tuesday.

The appointment comes a week after the Bombay high court dismissed a public interest litigation challenging the selection process of vice-chancellor of University of Pune. The appointment was done nine months after Raghunath Shevgaonkar resigned as vice-chancellor to take charge as director of IIT-Delhi. Employability of students passing out of the university is also a major concern. Compared to engineering students, whose employability is 25%, the other non-technical disciplines only have 5% employability. I would like to concentrate on these areas. Skill development could be one option to increase the employability, Gade said.

Asked about the problems in the examination department, Gade said, The department needs to be strengthened further. Efforts will be taken to reduce human intervention which should bring down the errors. Gade said as many of the senior professors from the university have resigned to join the central universities for further research, their posts are left vacant. Good professors leaving the university is not a positive sign. To curb this, a good environment for research can be provided. This will also improve the quality of teaching, he added.

Commenting on the murder of a security guard on the campus, Gade said, A security expert will be consulted before drawing a new plan for beefing up the security. The fact that the internal roads are regularly used by people from surrounding areas will be considered while drawing the plan. Some residents come for morning or evening walks in the university premises. The number of daily visitors to the university is also huge. All these factors would be considered in the security plan.

Automation of exam work at University of Pune to begin soon, says VC Wasudev N Gade

PUNE: The examination department work at the University of Pune (UoP) is in for a major automation exercise that is to commence in six months from now.

We have shortlisted three to four firms, who have offered various solutions for online exams and other automation processes. One of these will be finalised in a weeks time, UoP Vice-Chancellor Wasudev N Gade said on Friday.

Restoration of University of Punes main building by 2013

PUNE: The long-winding restoration and renovation work of the University of Punes (UoP) 148-year-old Italian Gothic style main building, an A listed heritage structure, is likely to finish by the end of December 2013.

The contractors have set December 2013 as the deadline for completing all the works, UoP vice-chancellor Wasudev N Gade told on Friday. They have verbally committed to finishing the work even earlier, over the next 10 to 12 months, he said.

Manik Jadhav, UoPs registrar, said, Over Rs 8 crore of the Rs 10.25 crore budgeted money for the restoration and renovation work has been spent so far. We expect to finish within the amount that has been set aside in the budget with a provision of 1% cost escalation.

Gade conceded that the work has been delayed due to various reasons. He said, Whatever hurdles we have had in expediting these works have now been removed.

The main building restoration project is a long-drawn story that started in June 2003 when the then varsity administration commissioned a partial restoration work, mainly related to roof topping and some civil works. The project then progressed at a snails pace, with barely 15% of the work being completed.

It was the collapse of a portion of the main building wall (moments after the 2007 annual convocation function was over) that the UoP administration decided to go for a complete restoration exercise by involving a professional agency. The firm that was engaged for the restoration work till then was taken off the task and a new process was set in motion in December 2007.

In July 2008, Narendra Jadhav, who was then the VC, re-launched the restoration project amid much fanfare and announced that the same would be finished by the end of 2009.

The UoP then engaged Mumbai-based Structwel Designers and Consultants firm, which has executed restoration projects for Mumbais Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus heritage building, Indores palace, the Haji Ali mosque and the Mumbai mayors bungalow, among others, to implement the task.

With the governors approval, a high-power expert panel was constituted under Punes heritage committee chief to monitor the work. Structwel had engaged three expert private contractors to execute the roofing, woodwork and stone masonry works.

At the senate meeting held in March last year, the then VC R K Shevgaonkar informed the members that the restoration work remained stuck due to serious differences between the projects implementing agency and the high-power expert panel appointed by the governor, over the execution of works.

The universitys building and works committee met at least half a dozen times last year to find a way out of this situation, but it was left with few options other than looking at a gradual progress. Two of the contractors engaged by the agency completed their part of the work, while the third contractor had not done his job well, Shevgaonkar had told the senate members.

University of Pune panel to submit report on proposed act to state govt

PUNE: A multi-member committee from the University of Punes (UoP) senate, management and academic councils will be set up to draft its feedback to the state government on the proposed Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2011.

At a special joint meeting of these UoP statutory bodies held on Saturday, the members authorised the university vice-chancellor, Wasudev Gade, to finalise and announce the committee, which will finalise and submit its report to the government over the next one week.

This was after several members raised serious concerns about various provisions like replacement of senate with a new body; faculty amalgamation; restructuring of board of studies etc, in the proposed act, which has been prepared by the Arun Nigavekar committee on reforms in various acts governing the state universities.

The proposed act comes as a comprehensive rewrite job of the existing Maharashtra Universities (MU) Act, 1994, and will replace the existing act after a legislative bill is expected to be passed during the monsoon session of the state legislature.

A draft of the MPU Act is currently being examined by a multi-member expert panel, headed by former bureaucrat Kumud Bansal. Later, it will be tabled for approval by the state cabinet and the bill will be introduced in the state legislature.

The issue had figured in the UoP senate meeting held on March 24, but the then officiating vice-chancellor, Sanjay Chahande, had declared that a special joint meeting would be called to deliberate the proposed act in details.

Among other things, the MPU Act, 2011 seeks to replace the senates in the state universities with a new concept called the Society Partnership Council (SOUL), which will have 45 prominent representatives from different walks of life - half of these will be nominated members. As such, the overall composition of SOUL will be far less than the 100-odd member strength of the existing senate bodies.

Nigavekar, former VC of the University of Pune, set off the proceedings on Saturday by making an hour-long presentation on the MPU Act, 2011. He gave a reality check about the state of higher education in the state as well as the country and why the reforms are needed to meet the emerging challenges.

He said, The proposed act reflects the viewpoints of all the three reforms committees appointed by the state government to address problems in higher and technical education.

The other two committees are headed by noted nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar and former Ignou vice-chancellor Ram Takwale.

Educationist Gajanan Ekbote, senior management council member Bal Saraf, former officiating VC Arun Adsool, senate members Milind Wagh, A K Walunj and Hema More were among the prominent members who expressed their views. The members expressed that the new act would end up making higher education more costlier due to provisions like fee fixation panels for even traditional courses like arts, science and commerce degrees. Besides, the SOUL would end up reducing the democratic element as it would have more nominated people with lesser independence.

University of Pune announces Rs 75,000 reward for information on murder

PUNE: The University of Pune (UoP) has announced a reward of Rs 75,000 for anyone who provides vital information in the murder case of a security supervisor. The city police had earlier announced a reward of Rs 25,000 in the case.

UoPs security supervisor Prahlad Jogdandkar was shot dead on the university premises by an unidentified person on May 3. Jogdandkar and his colleague Babasaheb Nikalje had caught an unidentified man and a woman in the isolated area behind the servants quarters. Following an altercation between the suspect and Jogdandkar, the suspect killed Jogdand

University of Pune panel rejects views on reforms in varsity acts

PUNE: A five-member panel of the University of Pune (UoP), led by former acting vice-chancellor Arun Adsool, has rejected several key recommendations made by the state government-assigned Arun Nigavekar committee on reforms in various acts governing the state universities.

Adsool told on Saturday, We have stated in our report to the government that the recommendation of replacing statutory bodies like the senate, management council and academic council, which comprise of democratically elected representatives, is not a workable solution. This considering that the statutory bodies have firmly established over the passage of a long period.

The Nigavekar committee has proposed the Maharashtra Public Universities (MPU) Act, 2011, which provides for sweeping reforms in the ways the universities should function. While the proposed act is at present under consideration by a state governments expert headed by former bureaucrat Kumud Bansal, the department of higher and technical education (HandTE) had asked all the state universities to submit their feedback on the proposed act.

A special joint meeting of the UoPs statutory bodies like the management and academic councils and the senate was held on May 26 to deliberate on the issue. The members then authorized vice-chancellor W N Gade to constitute a multi-member panel for studying the proposed act and making recommendations to the state government on behalf of the university.

The proposed MPU Act comes as a comprehensive rewrite job of the existing Maharashtra Universities (MU) Act, 1994, and will replace the existing act after a legislative bill is expected to be passed during the monsoon session of the state legislature.

Among other things, the MPU Act, 2011 seeks to replace the senates in the state universities with a new concept called the Society Partnership Council (SOUL), which will have 45 prominent representatives from different walks of life - half of these will be nominated members. As such, the overall composition of SOUL will be far less than the 100-odd member strength of the existing senate bodies.

It also recommended amalgamation of faculty; restructuring of board of studies and setting up of an overarching body called MAHED for regulating all the state universities.

The recommendation of MAHED, which will have sweeping regulatory powers and will reduce the varsitys statutory bodies to virtual non-entities, is also not workable solution. This is mainly because the MAHED will be headed by a chief executive officer, who will have powers of the Chancellor and the proposed body will comprise of mostly nominated members, who will be prone to following the CEOs line, Adsool said.

Similarly, he said, the MPU Act provides for an advisory committee, which is comprised of members nominated by the MAHED CEO. We have said in our report that this again is a form of indirect control over the universities and wont work for long, he said.

The Maharashtra government in the past had experimented with the Maharashtra Council of Higher Education, a body similar to the proposed MAHED, but the experience was not so good. The council did not meet for two decades, he added.

Amalgamation of faculty has also been strongly opposed by the Adsool panel on the grounds that it wont work in the era of decentralization of knowledge where many areas of specialization are emerging with each passing day.

The Adsool panel has recommended that measures like curriculum development centres at universities and setting up of a board of society and university linkages to address the issues faced by the society through research at universities is a welcome provision.For Blurb

University of Pune to start Masters in Translation course

With the rising demand for translation of information in several languages worldwide, University of Pune from this academic year has decided to start Masters in Translation: Theory and Application course.

The two-year course will begin from July of this academic year, said director of Sanskrit Pragat Adhyanan Centre Ujjwala Panse-Jha. She said, Pune university is the first university in the country to start a postgraduate course in translation. There are several certificate courses, though no such two-year rigorous degree course in other universities.

Any graduate person with an interest in translation can take up this course, and homemakers can easily make it a source of earning after completion, said Panse-Jha. She said, We have 30 seats for the course, and it will be conducted in the department. The students will be selected on the basis of interviews, as this year we have not introduced the system of entrance examination.The admission process will begin in July.

city anchor: Now, FDA licence mandatory for college canteens, hostel kitchens

Stalls, messes, canteens and hostel kitchens on the University of Pune (UoP) campus or inside the compound of any of the affiliated colleges will now need to get a licence from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A circular to the effect has been issued by the departments commissioner, Mahesh Zagade in accordance with the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2011, that instructs every stall owner selling any food item to either get or renew their FDA licence.

According to the circular, all colleges and university stalls will need to get the licence before August 4. The Act is applicable to all stall owners, not just in colleges and universities, to obtain the licence. The Act had been brought about to ensure that food being sold at public places is hygienic and safe for consumption.

The primary aim of this step is to create awareness among people about the Act. A food safety officer said, The Act specifies that all stall owners, including those at educational institutes, have to get this licence. There is a lack of awareness among people about the Act. The point of asking these institutes and setting a deadline is to ensure that there is awareness about the Act and food standards are complied with.

Zagade said, All food business operators have to get either a registration or a licence. Those with a turnover of less than Rs 12 lakh have to be registered while those with higher turnover will need to get licences. I have sent a letter not only to educational institutions, but also to all departments that have small operating canteens to get the licence. We have 309 food safety officers who will monitor them and any operator found without the licence or registration will be held.

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