The Indian Express | 4 days ago | 23-09-2022 | 12:45 am
Maharashtra’s public health department will conduct a health check-up of three crore women in the upcoming Navratri festival.“We will run a special campaign for the safety of women’s health. Under this, various health related tests will be conducted. We have set a target to reach three crore women through this,” said the state’s public health department minister, Tanaji Sawant.The campaign will also see participation from municipal corporations, tribal development department, women and child welfare department, school education department and rural development department.The campaign will run daily between 9 am and 2 pm. Special health camps will be organised at primary healthcare centres where tests on weight, height, heamoglobin and blood sugar, among others, will be conducted.
With focus on training to fight domestic sexual abuse, social media abuse, self-defence, gynaecological myths and nutrition, the Rotary Club of Bibwewadi has with its CSR partner GTPL Hathway Limited launched the fourth phase of Project Asmita in Maharashtra’s Pune city.The fourth phase of Project Asmita was launched during a symposium at Hotel Hyatt in Pune on the International Daughters’ Day on September 25.The theme of the symposium was ‘Empowering daughters is empowering the nation’.Partnering with rotary clubs of multiple districts, the project aims to empower over 36,000 daughters through training from various schools, orphanages and institutions across Maharashtra and Gujarat.The project is Rotary India’s biggest project in the field of daughter empowerment, an official statement said.Through Project Asmita, the haemoglobin levels of over 36,000 girls will be checked and they will be provided with iron supplements in case of a deficiency. They will also be given help booklets, which will cover all the video topics in a short and concise manner with interesting pictorial representation.“The daughters face a lot of issues in their day-to-day lives. Project Asmita is an attempt to provide confidence to the daughters, make them independent, fearless and brave,” said Rtn. Dr Anil Parmar, District Governor, RID 3131.Anil Bothra, CFO, GTPL Hathway Limited, said Project Asmita initiative has received tremendous response and this project “reconfirms our commitment towards making a positive impact on the society” and the Rotary Club of Bibwewadi “has been a perfect partner for us”.The contents of the video have been incorporated in a booklet, which has been released in three different languages — Marathi, Gujarati and Hindi.
The Maharashtra Cabinet is on Tuesday likely to withdraw the amendment introduced by the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to the state Public Universities Act 2016 which curtails the powers of the governor and empowers the state government to recommend names to the vice-chancellor’s post.The amendment, passed in the 2021 winter session of the legislature, also appointed the state’s higher and technical education minister as the pro-chancellor of the universities.The BJP, then in the Opposition, had opposed the amendment and had even staged a walkout when the Bill was being passed. It had claimed that the amendment would end the autonomy of the universities. The Bill was presented by the then higher and technical education minister Uday Samant, who has now joined hands with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, and is currently the minister of industries. Interestingly, Samant is now a part of the Cabinet which is likely to withdraw the amendment.As per the amendment, the committee will recommend five names for the post of vice-chancellor, of which the state government will suggest two names to the governor, who is also the chancellor. The governor will have to select one of the two names for the vice chancellor’s post. As far as the appointment of the pro-vice chancellor is concerned, the vice chancellor will suggest names to the state government and thereafter the state government will recommend three names to the chancellor (governor). One of these names will be appointed as pro-vice chancellor.Samant had earlier said that the government had proposed the changes based on a high-level committee chaired by former University Grants Commission chairman Sukhdev Thorat to suggest improvements in the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016, for effective implementation of the National Education Policy, 2020, and improvement in quality and excellenc
The first-ever working committee of eminent parliamentarians from various political parties and Vidhan Sabha/Council Speakers/Chairmen from many States and Union Territories met in Pune to decide on the organization of the National Young Legislators’ Conference (NYLC or Rashtriya Yuva Vidhayak Sammelan). The working committee meeting was co-chaired by the noted former Speakers of Lok Sabha – Shri Shivraj Patil, Smt. Meira Kumar, and Smt. Sumitra Mahajan. The incumbent and former speakers of State Assemblies and chairpersons of Legislative Councils from more than 15 states, former Chief Election Commissioners, and a few former bureaucrats also participated in the deliberations. Shri Pramod Sawant, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, also joined the meeting virtually and offered to extend complete support of the Goa government.We are celebrating the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav currently and in another 2 years we will be entering into the 75th year of implementation of our Constitution. The NYLC will connect these two memorable achievements in the history of our country by bringing young legislators from all across the country on one platform in a historic effort.The NYLC, once established, will be organized jointly by the legislative bodies, non-governmental institutions and civil society with active support from the MIT School of Government, Pune. The NYLC will seek support from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UNESCO.NYLC will aid in the creation of a cohesive ecosystem among leaders of all ideologies for the common cause of development beyond party politics, instilling the spirit of nationhood, encouraging clean leadership for enhancing good governance, and creating a model to be reckoned with globally. It will foster peer-to-peer learning aimed at designing innovative development solutions, in addition to developing ethical, spirited, and competent public leadership for formulating pro-people policies.The proposed dates for the organization of NYLC are 16, 17 and 18 June, 2023 in either Goa or Mumbai, Maharashtra.Shri Shivraj Patil, Former Speaker of the Lok Sabha said – “There are three very important aspects which are expected out of the legislature. The first is policy making, the second is to make laws and the third is to check that laws are implemented. If young legislators are imparted with knowledge of the law, policy making, and administration at an early stage, this would, in turn, change the democratic shape of the country and yield good outcomes for society.”Smt. Meira Kumar, Former Speaker of the Lok Sabha said, “It was a wonderful conference and the interactions we had in the evening were both positive and successful. I congratulate Mr. Rahul Karad and pay respect to his father Dr. Vishwanath Karad. They are the guiding spirit behind NYLC. ”Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Former Speaker of the Lok Sabha said, “NYLC shouldn’t be an end in itself but a means to obtain a bigger purpose where we sensitise our young legislators of the responsibility that they have ahead as they start their journey to serve the people of this country.”Shri Rahul V. Karad, Chief Initiator, MIT School Of Government said “The time has come for our country’s Young Elected Representatives to rise above partisanship and work toward the creation of a Unified, Strong, and Developed Bharat that will address the aspirations of countless young, old, and women alike. Only a united Bharat, led by a strong democratic leadership, can face the challenges of an increasingly divided world and show the international community the path to world peace. NYLC will act as a catalyst of ideas and as a concept that will ignite and strengthen the sense of national unity and responsibility among the young legislators who will be the future of Bharat.”The outcome of the legislators’ conference will be to assist the National Leadership in understanding the pros and cons of policies, as well as the challenges of governance and development at the grassroots level, and in spreading the progressive imagery of the National Leadership around the world.The National Young Legislators’ Conference is being held under the aegis of MIT School of Government (MIT-SOG). MIT-SOG has been at the vanguard for fostering innovative and flagship events in the past such as Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad, National Women Parliament, National Panchayat Parliament, and National Youth Parliament among many other events.About MIT School of Government (MIT-SOG):The MIT School of Government (MIT-SOG), a constituent unit of MIT World Peace University (MIT-WPU), Pune, is the first institute of its kind to initiate a two-year Master’s degree program in Political Leadership & Government or MPG (UGC-approved program) for a Career in Politics.MIT-SOG was initiated in the year 2005 under the visionary leadership of Shri. Rahul V. Karad – Initiator & Executive President, MIT World Peace University with the vision of creating Ethical, Spirited, and Committed Political Leadership for the country from the grassroots and all walks of life.Under the able guidance of Late. Shri. T.N Seshan, First Chairman, MIT-SOG, former Chief-Election Commissioner of India (also well known as the Father of Electoral Reforms in India), the curriculum for MPG program at MIT-SOG was designed with the complete involvement of highly decorated officials from Government, Politics, Judiciary, Media and Academia. MIT-SOG specifically caters to the need for training students in politics & government to become trained Political Leaders of the country.Participants for 1st National Young Legislators Conference (NYLC)Day & Date: Friday, 16th September 2022Venue: J W Marriott, PuneDignitaries in the meetingFor more information, contact: Nishita Sharma | email@example.com | +91-9654192435
The National Medical Commission, the country’s apex medical education regulator, issued a memorandum in February to reduce the fees for 50% of the seats in private medical colleges to be at par with government medical colleges. The memorandum also had detailed guidelines on fixing fees in private medical colleges, including those under deemed universities, many of which did not have fee regulation mechanisms. The Association of Health Sciences Institutes has moved the Supreme Court against the guidelines on Monday.The Indian Express talks to Dr Pravin Shingare, former head of Maharashtra’s department of medical education and research, about the issues private medical colleges have with the guidelines. At present, he is a pro-chancellor of a deemed-to-be university in the state. Excerpts:*The NMC office memorandum has a set of “principles” that medical colleges have been asked to follow for determining their fee structure. What is the contention of private medical colleges?The National Medical Commission has, in fact, issued two different types of guidelines in the memorandum. The first guideline says that the tuition fee (for 50% seats) should be at par with the government medical colleges. The second guideline states that the fee should be fixed as per the principles. They have given 25 principles.All state government medical colleges have a single fee figure that is decided by each state’s fee regulatory committee. If there is a central government college within the state, that fee is not applicable to it. If we look at the Maharashtra government, it has already finalised the fee for 2022 batch as Rs 1.1 lakh.As per the first guideline, this 1.1 lakh fee will be applicable to 50% seats in all private and deemed universities in Maharashtra.This is the power given to the NMC by the Act. Once this is obeyed, then the NMC cannot issue guidelines for the remaining 50% of the seats. They do not have the legal power.If the guidelines stopped here, then there would have been no problem.*The second part of the memorandum, relating to the principles to be followed for fee determination, is actually applicable to all the 40,000+ private medical college seats?Yes. The second guideline says that you have to calculate the unit cost of education in your college on the basis of audited accounts from the last three years. They have given several directions on adding this, deleting that…to arrive at the total cost that the students will pay. That means they are trying to control 100% seats, which is illegal.*The costs calculated on the basis of these principles would be divided among the rest of the 50% seats that aren’t controlled by the first guideline?Let’s say, I have to spend Rs 100 crore per year to run a medical college of 100 seats. Out of the 100 seats, 50 students will pay me Rs 1.1 lakh per annum, adding up to 55 lakh. So, the rest of the seats have to make up for the remaining 99.5 crores. This is the formula as per the NMC guidelines.But, at the end of the day, they are controlling the fee for all the seats.*With the order challenges in several courts, is the revised fee structure likely to be applicable from the current session for which admissions will start soon?The exam results for this year’s NEET has already been announced and soon the counselling process will start. The Medical Counselling Committee will ask all the colleges to submit the figures of the fee probably in a week or ten days so that students are aware of the fee structure when they fill in their choices. The colleges and deemed universities are likely to submit whatever were the fees last year.The MCC cannot question the fee structure; the NMC says that the fee has to be approved by the state fee regulatory committee. But, the state fee regulatory committees – barring the ones in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh – haven’t issued any circular that the fee must be finalised before submission to the MCC for the 2022-23 batch.Now that the association of private medical colleges based on the Kerala high court order (which says that the NMC order will not be applicable in the state) have petitioned in the Supreme Court, there has to be an interim order on whether the last year’s fee structure should be followed till there is a decision on this petition.
Rahatgarh school bus accident: A student died after the school bus carrying 40 children met with an accident in Sagar’s Rahatgarh. According to Sagar District Collector Deepak Arya, all other children are safe. Reportedly, two students have suffered serious injuries, and are being treated in the district hospital.Also Read - Woman From Posh Noida Society Arrested For Duping People of Crores on Matrimonial SitesAccording to the students present on the bus, the driver of the school bus was talking on his mobile while driving the bus when the accident happened. Meanwhile, a case has been registered against the bus owner and driver. Also Read - MP: 3 Students Record Obscene Video of Girl at Institute's Bathroom in BhopalMadhya Pradesh | A school bus carrying 40 children met with an accident in Sagar’s Rahatgarh. One child died. All other children are safe: Sagar Collector Deepak Arya pic.twitter.com/Nga1NLMoba— ANI MP/CG/Rajasthan (@ANI_MP_CG_RJ) September 27, 2022 Also Read - 3 People Killed, 6 Injured After Bus Overturns in Chhattisgarh's Jashpur DistrictOn Monday similar incident took place in Maharashtra’s Ambernath where a private mini-school bus carrying students of Ambernath’s Rotary school overturned. The entire incident was caught on camera where it can be seen the bus drifting down after the driver lost control on a ramp resulting in the overturning of the school bus. Fortunately, no major injuries were reported as the locals and people around acted swiftly and rescued the children from the overturned bus.