High Court scrapes Lucknow University law admission ordinance

In the writ petition filed by one LLM aspirant, the petitioner challenged the validity of the university ordinance that provides 80 per cent seat reservation only to LU law graduates.

High Court scrapes Lucknow University law admission ordinance

High Court scrapes Lucknow University law admission ordinance

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After a writ petition filed by one LLM aspirant challenging the validity of the ordinance that provide 80 per cent seats to LU law graduates, the High Court Lucknow bench has annulled the ordinance duly.

Moreover, the High Court bench headed by Justice DK Upadhyay also directed the university to scrape the ordinance by this academic session 2017-2018.

While the court asked the varsity to complete the current admission process, which is delayed due to the court’s interim direction at the earlier point of time, the teachers are anticipated to cooperate in finishing the course in order to hold the examinations as it has been scheduled.

More on the news:

  • In the writ petition filed by one LLM aspirant, the petitioner challenged the validity of the university ordinance that provides 80 per cent seat reservation only to LU law graduates
  • The petitioner, considering Supreme Court’s directives, had pleaded that only 50 per cent of reservation are permitted to the institution
  • The university defending its ordinance pleaded that their students who generally secured 70-75 per cent are unable to secure admission in other universities as national law universities and other universities including the private ones adopted grading system which rendered their students an edge over LU’s students
  • The High Court however dismissed LU’s plea and observed that, “No study appears to have been conducted by the university before framing the impugned ordinance, neither any such material has been supplied to conclude as to how in the absence of a grading system to evaluate LLB examination is resulting in irreparable disadvantage to Lucknow University law graduates,” as reported in TOI.
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School under serious allegations, Delhi High Court seeks response from government

Apart from receiving donation from the stake holders for admission, the school is also facing allegations on ground of fraudulent activities in connection with the scholarship amount given to poor students.

Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court

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Following the various irregularities and the alleged collection of donation from parents by the staff of certain government schools for smooth admission, the Delhi High Court has sought a response from the government on whether it has made any inquiry on the matter or not.

The lawyer representing Delhi government was asked by Justice Manmohan of Delhi High Court to take instructions on why the Directorate of Education (DoE) has not till date complied with the high court’s direction of August 24, 2016.

The High Court in August last year issued a direction to inquire into the allegations against a government-aided school and listed the matter for hearing on March 1.

More on the news:

  • The court was hearing a plea filed by advocate Anup Kumar Das, seeking contempt action against the DoE official concerned and the chief secretary of Delhi government for not carrying out the inquiry and taking a decision within three months as was ordered by the high court in August last year
  • According to the petitioners, Arun Kashyap and M R Mahapatra, even the office of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written to DoE in January last year to conduct an inquiry into the allegations and give a report within 15 days, but nothing was done
  • Thereafter, they had moved a plea in the high court for directions to DoE to take action against the school and its staff and it was on this petition that the August 24, 2016 order was passed.

More allegations

Apart from the aforementioned malpractices, the school is also facing allegations on ground of fraudulent activities in connection with the scholarship amount given for uniform and stationery to poor students.

The school administration was also accused by the petitioners of continuing to claim from DoE the salary of a head clerk who had gone on medical leave and subsequently joined a private firm.


All universities to have ‘Grievance Redressal Cell’ within four months: Delhi High Court directs UGC

Appointment of an ‘ombudsman’ in every university and a grievance redressal committee (GRC) for every college or group of colleges are now “mandatory”.

Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court

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The Delhi High Court, on Friday, after identifying the need to address the grievances faced by scores of students in colleges and universities, directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to set up ‘Grievance Redressal Cell’ in all varsities within four months.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said appointment of an ‘ombudsman’ in every university and a grievance redressal committee (GRC) for every college or group of colleges were “mandatory” and were provided  for under the UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulations of 2012.

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The court said failure of the universities to appoint ombudsman or to constitute GRC for colleges “would defeat the very object of grievance redressal mechanism provided under the regulations”. It also directed Delhi University (DU) to “take necessary steps forthwith and appoint the ombudsman” in terms of provisions of the regulations “as expeditiously as possible preferably within a period of four months from today”.

The court’s ruling came while disposing of a PIL filed by a former law student, who had alleged non-compliance of the UGC regulations with regard to appointment of ombudsman by universities, particularly DU.

As per the regulations, the ombudsman “shall be a part-time officer appointed for a period of three years or until he attains the age of 70 years, whichever is earlier”, the bench noted in its judgment


Instead of taking over private schools, improve public schools: Delhi High Court

Instead of taking over the private schools, government should mull over to improve public schools in such a manner that the parents will opt for public school in the near future, observed Justice Manmohan.

Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday, identifying the poor quality of education and infrastructure in government schools, questioned the AAP government whether its bureaucrats intend to send their wards in government schools or not.

Severed with poor quality education and poor infrastructures, public schools are in no way near comparison to private schools.

“Your standards have fallen so steeply that it will take time to come up to the mark,” the court remarked adding, “Can you and me decide where the child of a parent should go to study.”

Instead of taking over the private schools, government should mull over to improve public schools in such a manner that the parents will opt for public school in the near future, observed Justice Manmohan.

“Your (Delhi government) schools are below the line. In United States of America people prefer to admit their children in public schools as the infrastructure and teachers are good. In our public schools, the teachers do not even turn up for classes. It’s not worth talking about the infrastructure,” the court said, noting that “choice of freedom for everyone, especially with regard to education, cannot be merely taken away by an order” with regard to nursery admission on the basis of the neighbourhood criterion.

What has prompted the Delhi High Court to step in?

Following the orders issued by the AAP government in the recent times asking the private schools to admit students in nursery from its neighbourhood, the private schools took the matter to the court.

The recent court’s observation came following the hearing of pleas challenging the AAP government’s recent order to private unaided schools to admit students in nursery using the neighbourhood norm.

The nursery admission guidelines have been bringing up major issues for the private schools lately.

The Delhi High Court had earlier slammed the AAP government for issuing the admission guidelines in a limited time where several parents were left confused and aggrieved.

Government’s stance for over this decision:

The Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Directorate of Education (DoE), claimed that the government has been taking due initiatives to improve public schools and guidelines imposed on the private unaided schools as a part of it, so that they will be allowed to go ahead with the decision. (neighbourhood norm).

“DoE has power to regulate rules with regard to schools here and the institutes should abide by these,” informed ASG to the court adding the last date for submissions of forms for nursery admission have been extended till February 14.

However, the court has opined that such practice will invite corruption as it will prompt the parents to provide false documents during the admission process just to secure admission for their wards.


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Mid-day meal to be provided in madrasas imparting mainstream education

Students studying in madrasas imparting mainstream education, will be provided mid-day meals by the Centre. The Midday Meal Scheme is a school meal programme of the Government of India designed to improve the nutritional status of school-age children nationwide.

Mid-day meal to be provided in madrasas

Mid-day meal to be provided in madrasas

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Students studying in madrasas imparting mainstream education, will be provided mid-day meals by the Centre. The move comes ahead of the Assembly elections in five states including Uttar Pradesh. The Midday Meal Scheme is a school meal programme of the Government of India designed to improve the nutritional status of school-age children nationwide.

After addressing the annual conference of state minorities commissions, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi spoke to reporters and said that he had held a meeting with representatives of such madrasas yesterday to discuss the issue and urged them to come up with more suggestions in this regard.

About the meeting

The Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) said the decision to provide mid-day meal was taken during the meeting of the general body of Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MEAF) held on December 29, 2016. During the meeting, the MAEF general body had also decided to consider grant-in-aid scheme for such madrasas.

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Madrasas very much a part of India

“The madrasas which provide mainstream education like science, maths, we should help them, give mid-day meal there. We took a decision over a week ago,” Naqvi said. He said the Ministry has been discussing the issue with representatives of various such madrasas and urged them to offer suggestions in this regard.

Naqvi said it was wrong to think that madrasas were not part of India and asserted most of them are doing a good job. The conference was attended by National Commission for Minorities


LG’s bringing HDR to PCs with one of the first high dynamic range monitors

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The hottest technology in TV tech right now is the high-dynamic range displays, but so far HDR hasn’t made its way into computer monitors—save for a few expensive studio-grade displays. That’s set to change in January when LG says it will introduce the company’s first 4K HDR computer monitor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The display is a 32-inch ultra-high definition 3840-by-2160 monitor capable of working with everything from spreadsheets to games. LG isn’t releasing a ton of details about the monitor yet. All we do know is that the LG 32UD99 features a single USB Type-C port that the company says will be able to simultaneously deliver 4K images, charge a connected laptop, and transfer data over a single cable.

The impact on you at home: The LG 32UD99 probably won’t be cheap. As with many early technologies, this first foray into HDR PC monitors is aimed squarely at creative professionals. It won’t cost $18,000 like Sony’s OLED HDR studio display, but it will likely still be on the pricey side compared to a similarly capable 4K display.

Chromecast, 5K, and more

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LG’s Chromecast-capable 34UM79M.

If 4K HDR isn’t your thing, LG will also show off the 34UM79M, a 34-inch UltraWide display with Chromecast functionality built-in. On top of that, LG is bringing 5K and 4K displays from its UltraFine line-up to Vegas, along with a 34-inch 21:9 gaming monitor (LG 34UC99) packing AMD FreeSync and one millisecond motion blur reduction.

LG did not provide potential release dates or pricing for any of its upcoming displays, which is not uncommon for CES season.

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US housing starts surge to 9-year high in October

U.S. housing starts surged to a more than nine-year high in October as builders ramped up construction of both single and multifamily homes, offering hope that housing will contribute to economic growth in the fourth quarter.

Groundbreaking jumped 25.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.32 million units, the highest level since August 2007, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. The percent increase was the biggest since July 1982. Starts increased in all four regions last month.

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September’s starts were unrevised at a 1.05 million-unit rate. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast housing starts rising to a 1.16 million-unit pace in October. Residential construction has been a drag on gross domestic product for two straight quarters.

Single-family home building, which accounts for the largest share of the residential housing market, jumped 10.7 percent to an 869,000-unit pace in October, the highest since October 2007.

The housing market is being driven by a tightening labor market, which is starting to drive up wages.

Housing starts for the volatile multi-family segment soared 68.8 percent to a 454,000-unit pace. Starts for buildings with five units or more hit their highest level since June 2015.

Permits for future construction edged up 0.3 percent in October. Single-family permits rose 2.7 percent last month, while building permits for multi-family units fell 3.3 percent.


Girl’s mother took Govt. School to Delhi High Court

Girl School

Mother of a 13 year-old girl filed a petition at the Delhi High Court against Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Shahbad Dairy, Rohini, New Delhi, for not providing the students with books in timely manner.

The 13-year old girl faced a tough time at schools despite government’s relentless effort to enhance the education system. Being severed with poverty, the girl did not even have a decent money to buy study materials such as notebooks, pen and pencils, and other school books. On top of all these difficulties, students received the study materials from the schools after the commencement of new academic session about a month ago.

News in brief:

  • Despite negligence from the schools side, the mother who filed the complaint at the Delhi High Court wishes to remain anonymous fearing the school might discriminate her daughter at school
  • In her petition, she urged both the state and the central government to ensure that schools provides all the necessary materials as prescribed under the Right to Education (RTE) Act to avail quality education for all students across the schools
  • “The petitioner and several other parents like her have no means to buy books, notebooks, pens and uniform. They get books so late that they fall behind in studies and it’s difficult to catch up. The government says it provides parents with direct money transfers for school uniforms and writing material but there are serious issues with this approach,” said Khagesh Jha, RTE activist and a lawyer
  • “Funds are not really an issue. Of the amount to be spent on children’s needs, 70 per cent is to be paid by the central government and the remaining by the Delhi government. Fund transfer is not the ideal model,” added Jha
  • According to the mother, the petitioner, government transferred the funds through electric clearing service (ECS) directly to students account are often obstruct with continuous technical errors. She also said that most students did not have bank accounts and even if they received the funds it is likely that the money won’t be use for the child
  • The RTE activist said that Delhi government gave subsidy for the poor students such as school uniforms and notebook materials before the RTE Act intervention directing the state not to give subsidy but provide them with study materials
  • The Delhi High Court will hear the petition on Monday
  • As per HT report, Delhi’s Education Minister, Manish Sisodia couldn’t be reached despite repeated attempts.


Jaipur girl to be Canada’s High Commissioner for a day

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The High Commission of Canada organised a competition as a part of activities on October 11, so as to mark International Day of the Girl. Several young women from all over India had participated in the same and Medha Mishra, an Engineering student from Jaipur was selected to serve as Canada’s High Commissioner for a day.

Target gender equality and girls’ rights:

She had participated in a video competition on the theme “Why girls’ rights are important and what can be done to achieve greater gender equality”.
She will hold meetings with senior diplomats at the High Commission and participate in public events being organised to create awareness about the importance of girls’ rights.

Staff from several foreign missions in Delhi will join students and enthusiastic volunteers for a run along Shanti Path at 12 noon.

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Chat with diplomats:

Later on, Ms. Mishra and Mr. Jess Dutton, the Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to India, will be joined by the Mexican Ambassador Ms. Melba Pria; the Ambassador of Finland, Ms Nina Vaskunlahti; Ambassador of the United States of America, Mr. Richard Verma; the Deputy High Commissioner of South Africa, Ben Joubert and the Deputy High Commissioner of Australia, Mr. Chris Elstoft at IILM Institute for Higher Education for a ‘chat with diplomats’ session.

Diplomats will interact with management students and will discuss the issue of women in leadership.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Dutton, said: “We are proud to collaborate with diplomats from several nations and with officials and the people of India to promote the importance of girls’ rights.

In Canada, we strongly feel that gender equality is not only a human rights issue, but an essential component of sustainable development, social justice, peace and security.”


Delhi High Court dismisses plea challenging NEET 2016 answer keys

Delhi High Court dismisses plea challenging NEET 2016 answer keys

It seems like the confusions, paper leak and other issues will continue to hover over the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) conducted this year.

In a recent statement, while rejecting the a petition challenging the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) answer keys released on August 8, the High Court of Delhi said that it cannot review answer keys prepared by subject experts.

Who filed the petition?

  • The petition was filed by Sagar Sanjeev Dua challenging the answers of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to five questions of NEET
  • Students who appeared for the examination earlier pointed out three questions, two under the Chemistry section and one under the Biology section, that are allegedly marked wrongly in the answer key
  • While commenting on the answer keys, Rajesh Jain, from the Parents’ Association for Medical Students (PAMS), in recent HT report said, “A student is awarded four marks for every correct answer and a negative mark for every wrong one. Looking at the bulk of students who have pointed out the same mistakes, looks like CBSE will have to take this into consideration”
  • Students are hoping for a positive reaction from the authorities, Rajesh Jain added

Details of the judgment:

  • While speaking in this case, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said that it cannot take over the task of correcting the answer set as they are prepared by independent subject experts
  • “In view of the above, I am not inclined to exercise powers under Article 226 of the Constitution and to examine the questions and the answer key set by the respondents (CBSE and others) and even to return a prima facie finding that the contention of the petitioner (that) the answers given by the petitioner are correct or the answers given by the respondents are incorrect,” Justice Sachdeva added
  • “The question paper is from physics, chemistry and biology. For a court to assess and examine even, prima facie, whether the answers are correct or incorrect, would be beyond the competence of a court, which may not be an expert in the said subjects,” the bench said

Further, the court said, the information bulletin for NEET-2016 also specified that there was no provision for rejecting or re-evaluating the answer sheets.

Not only this, the court also cited a judgement of the Supreme Court where it was mentioned that the court cannot take upon itself the task of statutory authorities and is not permitted to take upon itself the task of examiner and examine the discrepancies in the question paper and evaluation process.