Saturday, March 24, 2012
Americans are still politically divided on health care issue and both the political parties see a decision will be a key factor that could decide whether Obama gets a second term
Friday, March 23, 2012
Legal Services Cadet Corps (LCC) in High Schools on the lines of NCC and NSS to increase legal literacy in the country
There is an urgent requirement to establishment of LCC in schools along with the existing (at a few states) Legal Literacy Clubs would help in the growth of legal literacy. The LCC students may also have an objective to watch from within their own community, people who are vulnerable and need access to legal services.
There are political, social and economic reasons which prevented the community from getting access to legal service where their actionable entitlements could be denied. LCC students can find these cases of injustice and help them avail legal services at Taluk Legal Services Authority or District Legal Services Authority. As there are Legal literary clubs in many schools, for eg Kerala has it in 200 to 300 schools, and schools in Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra too have LCC. As per the sources more than 90 per cent of the population is ignorant of the existing laws and because of that they don't know what to do in a crisis situation and this in fact is disempowering them apart from the mental inhibitions which are a resultant effect. As common saying goes ignorancia facti execusat ignorancia legis non execusat (Ignorance of fact can be excused but ignorance of law is not). Making everybody aware about the existing laws is a big challenge where around one fourth population of India is illiterate.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided not to approve new engineering colleges from the academic year 2013-14 after being inundated on demands from several State Governments.
"Several State Governments had requested us not to clear the applications for starting new engineering colleges. They have cited the incidence of growing number of vacant BE/BTech seats in the existing colleges. So the council has taken a decision not to sanction approval for new applicants from 2013-14," informed AICTE Member Secretary K P Isaac.
States like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha opposed the opening of new technical institutions as the demand for admission is not matching up the exponential growth in the number of colleges.
Isaac revealed that this year 108 trusts had applied to the AICTE seeking sanction for starting engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu. Across the country, 600 applications have been received for starting colleges in 2012-13.
"These applications will be considered by the council and eligible cases will be cleared in two batches. The first batch will be given the nod by the end of March and the second by April 30", he said.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Washigton, DC: The Aligarh Alumni Association of Washington, DC today announced the establishment of a scholarship in the name of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alumnus Narendra Kumar Singh, IPS officer who was killed last week by the mining mafia in Madhya Pradesh.
Narendra Kumar Singh was a 2009 batch IPS officer. He was a Masters in Economics from AMU.
At the annual General Body meeting of the Association, held on March 11, 2012, the General Body approved the motion to establish a scholarship in the name of the slain IPS officer who was killed in the line of duty by the mining Mafia in Madhya Pradesh, India.
Since 1992, the Association has been running a program that provides scholarship to needy and meritorious students at AMU and financial support to poor students in Elementary and High School. In 2011, the Association awarded 218 scholarships to students at AMU and financial support to 900 students in schools. Along with AMU, the Association supports 18 institutions in 15 cities.
Kumar was 30. His wife, Madhurani Tewatia is an IAS officer and is expecting their first child.
To learn more about the Narendra Kumar Singh scholarship, please contact Mr. Sayed Naved, President of Aligarh Alumni Association, firstname.lastname@example.org