Ambedkar University Delhi Readies Course on Happiness for Judiciary

Within a month of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi proposing happiness classes in judicial academies, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) has started designing the curriculum. The curriculum, which will focus on behaviour of judicial officers, is likely to be ready soon to be a part of the syllabus at judicial academies.

“We are working on the programme. The curriculum is being designed based on the govt’s happiness curriculum. It will involve a lot of practical learning,” said Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) vice-chancellor Anu Singh Lather. “A team of professors is already working on it. The course should be ready in another few months,” she added.

Kartik Dave, dean of the School of Business, Public Policy & Social Entrepreneurship (SBPPSE), said that the course will be participation-friendly & reflection-based. Kartik is also a part of the curriculum development. “The curriculum will encourage a judicial officer to have no conflict within him/herself. It will also help officers explore the inner happiness. The idea is to inspire them to introspect & find out their goals,” Dave added.

While the curriculum is being designed for the judiciary, it may have some common lessons for peace & happiness. “A person can explore happiness through human relationships like friends, family & colleagues,” Dave further said. The proposal to approve the course will be sent to the varsity’s academic council soon.

CBSE to charge full fees from SC/ST students, asks Govt to reimburse it directly

On Sunday, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said that Delhi Government may reimburse the examination fee paid by SC/ST students of Class X and XII studying in Government schools directly to the students as the board will now take full amount from the reserved category (SC/ST) students.

The board announced to have doubled the fee of Class X and XII board examinations from ₹750 to ₹1,500. According to CBSE, for SC/ST students in Delhi Government school, will now have to pay ₹1,200 instead of ₹50 earlier.

“As a special arrangement only for Delhi, the fees earlier used to be ₹350 for SC/ST students of Delhi. Out of this ₹350, the students paid only ₹50 and rest ₹300 was reimbursed by the Delhi Government.”

The General Category students of Delhi were earlier paying ₹750 like rest of India, and will now pay ₹1,500,” said the CBSE release.

“There is no fee for the visually impaired students,” added the CBSE.

“Earlier in Delhi, we used to take ₹50 from SC/ST students and rest was reimbursed by Delhi Government. From now on, we will receive an increased amount of ₹,200 entirely from students,” said Sanyam Bhardwaj, Examination Controller, CBSE.

“CBSE fees for all categories is the same everywhere. It was Delhi Government which paid for SC/ST students. Now Delhi Government may reimburse the fees paid by SC/ST students or pay it for them. Method of payment will be an internal matter between Delhi government and the students,” he said.

The students enrolled in CBSE affiliated schools abroad will have to pay ₹10,000 for five subjects for both Class X and XII against ₹5,000.

The migration fee, which was ₹150 earlier, has also been increased to ₹350.

The students appearing for the Class X board exams are registered for it when in Class IX, and those appearing for Class XII exams are registered when in Class XI.

Urdu & Persian Words in FIR: High Court directs Police not to use such “bombastic” language

HC Bench comprising of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar stated that,“Too much flowery language, the meaning of which is to be found out by a dictionary, should not be used. An FIR should be in the words of the complainant”.

Bench further added that,”Police is there for public at large and not just for persons with doctorate degree in Urdu or Persian. Simple language should be used, instead of high-sounding words. People have to know what is written. It is applicable to use of English also. Do not use bombastic language.”

HC Bench was hearing a petition filed by Advocate Vishalakshi Goel seeking directions to Delhi Police not to use Urdu and Persian words in FIRs.

Delhi Government Additional standing counsel Naushad Ahmed Khan, appearing on behalf of Police stated that the Urdu and Persian words used in FIRs can be understood by “making a little effort”. He added that words are used when transferring the FIR to the higher authorities.

High Court has directed Police Commissioner to file an affidavit explaining whether Urdu or Persian words are used by Agency or the Complainant.

Bench has listed the matter for further hearing on November 25.

High Court: Engineering Degree holders can’t be appointed as Junior Engineers

A three-judge bench comprising of Justice B K Narayana, Justice Ramesh Sinha and Justice Pankaj Bhatia were of the view that the State Government has the power to prescribe the requisite qualification required for an advertised post and it cannot be a matter for judicial review.

In the present case, the state government while issuing the advertisement for the post of junior engineer had invited applications from only those holding a diploma in engineering.

Thus, candidates with an engineering degree were not eligible to participate in the recruitment process.

“Engineering degree holders are ineligible to participate in the selection process of junior engineers in the light of the advertisement issued,” the court said.

 

The above judgment was passed by the court while hearing a bunch of petitions filed by candidates having a degree in engineering who were not allowed to participate in the selection.

The leading case was of Deepak Singh and nine others who had approached the court arguing that they had a degree in engineering and were more qualified than those with a diploma.

High Court to State: How can a College with 70% seats reserved for Local Students claim be a National Institution

A query by a bench comprising of Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Justice Sandeep Shindes came on a petition by nine students from universities other than Mumbai.

They alleged that due to inaction of JBIMS, Mumbai University and the government in forwarding the proposal for renewal/extension of the autonomous status of JBIMS to University Grants Commission, the five-year autonomy expired on July 11.

Their petition said the seat matrix for non-autonomous institute was changed and 70% was now reserved for MU students, and 15% for universities outside Mumbai in Maharashtra; the remaining 15% is for all-India quota.

 

The students’ advocate, Satish Talekar, argued that till last year the state quota was 85% without bifurcation between home university and any other university than the home university.

The judges asked how the national character of JBIMS, perceived as an institution of national eminence, was retained by giving 70% reservation to MU students. They asked advocate Rui Rodrigues, representing CET cell, to ensure the presence of JBMIS director Kavita Laghate. Rodrigues said that by the new seat matrix not only students of MU, but also students from outside MU in the state and all-India quota can avail of admissions at JBIMS.

 

He said by allocating 15% seats to all-India candidates, the institute’s national character was retained. When the state’s advocate iterated the stance, Justice Dharmadhikari retorted, “You are not obliging anyone.’’ Not satisfied with the state’s reply, the Judges called for advocate-general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni. Kumbhakoni said he would have to study the issue and sought time till Monday.

Distance Education of NALSAR University, Hyderabad invites online applications for Distance Courses for Session 2019-20

The Directorate of Distance Education at NALSAR invites applications for admission to the following courses for the academic year 2019-20.

  • 2-Year M.A. (Aviation Law and Air Transport Management)
  • 2-Year M.A. (Security & Defence Laws)
  • One-Year Post Graduate Diploma in Aviation Law and Air Transport Management
  • One-Year Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Maritime Laws

    These courses can be taken by fresh graduates and even working professionals. The Programmes have Personal Contact Programmes (PCP) from frontline experts of academics, industry, legal fraternity, in addition to the online support and updates on course materials through Web. The Course content and deliveries are as intense as that of regular programmes and prepare the candidates for professional assignments.

Eligibility
2-Year M.A. (Aviation Law and Air Transport Management)

Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent Degree in any discipline from any recognized University; or

3-year Degree/Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME)
Students appearing for the final year examination of Graduation / Engineering are also eligible to apply. In such a case, the admission will be subject to the submission of the passing certificate of the qualifying examination on or before September 30, 2019.

2-Year M.A. (Security & Defence Laws)

Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent Degree in any discipline from any recognized University; or
Students appearing for the final year examination of Graduation are also eligible to apply. In such a case, the admission will be subject to the submission of the passing certificate of the qualifying examination on or before September 30, 2019.

One-Year Post Graduate Diploma in Patents Law / Cyber Laws / Media Laws / International Humanitarian Law / Animal Protection / Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Family Dispute Resolution/ Advanced Maritime Laws/ Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Criminal Law and Forensic Science

Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent Degree in any discipline from any recognized University; or
Candidates who complete three years of their 5-year integrated LLB Degree programme in Law are also eligible to apply; or
Candidates appearing for the final year examination of Graduation/ Engineering are also eligible to apply. In such a case, the admission will be subject to the submission of the passing certificate of the qualifying examination on or before September 30, 2019.
One-Year Post Graduate Diploma in Aviation Law and Air Transport Management

Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent Degree in any discipline from any recognized University; or
3-year Degree/Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME)
Candidates who complete three years of their 5-year integrated LLB Degree programme in Law are also eligible to apply; or
Candidates appearing for the final year examination of Graduation/ Engineering are also eligible to apply. In such a case, the admission will be subject to the submission of the passing certificate of the qualifying examination on or before September 30, 2019.
One-Year Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Services and Legislations

Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent Degree in any discipline from any recognized University; or
Students appearing for the final year examination of Graduation / Engineering are also eligible to apply; or
Students who complete three years of their 5-year integrated LLB Degree programme in Law are also eligible to apply; or
Full Members of ICSI/ICAI/ICMAI (Or) those who complete IPCC of ICAI, Executive Level of ICSI and Intermediate of ICMAI; or
Full members of Institute of Actuaries of India (IAI) or who complete stage 2 of IAI.

Admission Procedure
Direct Admission subject to fulfilment of the eligibility criteria for the said course.

The Online portal for submitting the ‘Online Application Form’ for .

The duly certified hard copy of the submitted ‘Online Application Form’ along with the enclosures listed below shall reach ‘The Directorate of Distance Education, NALSAR University of Law, Justice City, Shameerpet, Medchal District, Hyderabad – 500101; Telangana, India’ within 10 days from the date of submission of online application.

Contact
Phone: +91-40-23498404 / 402, Email: ddeadmissions@nalsar.ac.in.

Click here for the official notification: https://nalsar.ac.in/nalsarpro-dde/register.php

UGC Warns Universities to be More Sensitive on Caste Discrimination Complaints

In a circular to all the vice-chancellors of universities, Rajnish Jain, secretary of UGC, has urged the officials & faculty members to desist from any act of discrimination against SC/ST students on grounds of their social origin.

He further directed higher educational institutions to develop a separate page on their website for lodging such complaints of caste discrimination by SC/ST students & also a complaint register in the office of the principal or registrar.

“If any such incident comes to the notice of the authorities, action should be taken against the erring official or faculty members promptly,” the circular said.

The universities & colleges also directed to constitute a committee to look into the discrimination complaints received from SC/ST/OBC students, teachers & non-teaching staff.
It also urged the varsities to send action taken report within 30 days.

Many professors said caste-based discrimination is still existing on many higher education campuses & welcome the move by the UGC.

“We welcome the move by the UGC & many staff members & students are facing such discrimination even now. The faculty members from particular group are being victimized by the dominant caste groups on the campuses,” said N Pasupathy, president of Association of University Teachers.

He also urged the commission to put checks & balances to prevent any possible misuse by the vested interests.

Lok Sabha Passes Teachers’ Reservation Bill

Overturning a Supreme Court decision on reservation in appointment of teachers in universities, the Lok Sabha on Monday passed a Bill that proposes to make a university or college a unit instead of a department for the purpose of providing reservation. The Bill is applicable to all Central universities.

The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill 2019, which will allow filling of about 8,000 existing vacancies in 41 Central universities & also provide 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections from the general category, was introduced to replace an ordinance issued in March this year.

Replying to a debate on the Bill, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said, “The Bill will give a major push to reforms in the education sector, making it inclusive & fulfilling aspirations of people from different categories.”

As many opposition members opposed the route of the ordinance & its timing before the elections, Pokhriyal said the ordinance had to be issued as the Supreme Court had declined to consider the government’s view on the matter & had rejected a review petition.

The issue emerges from an April 2017 Allahabad High Court order, in which it said that for the purpose of reservation for Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribes in universities, an individual department should be considered as the base unit to calculate the number of teaching posts to be reserved. The order was challenged in the Supreme Court, which upheld the HC order. A review petition filed by the HRD Ministry in February this year was also dismissed by the apex court.

NLSIU students urge Executive Council to roll back 25% fee hike

The topic of the exorbitant cost of legal education has assumed the spotlight once again, this time at India’s oldest NLU, National School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore.

Students are up in arms over a 25% hike in the annual fees at NLSIU, introduced through a notification dated June 15. The fee at NLSIU has been increased to Rs. 2,30,500, from Rs. 1,83,800 per annum.

As per a statement released by the student community at NLSIU, the hike was introduced without prior consultation with the student body.

The minutes of a meeting held with the Executive Council and the 53rd Finance Committee of the University reveal a justification for the fee hike. It is noted that since the income of NLSIU has reached a “flat graph”, the need has arisen to increase the yearly fee of the students by Rs. 20,000.

The statement also reveals that Chairperson of the UG Council Prof Rahul Singh had submitted a note to NLSIU Vice-Chancellor Prof Venkata Rao recommending a 25% increase in the existing fee structure due to “proposed implementation of 7th Pay Commission”.

The student body fears that in the absence of a fee waiver scheme, the fee hike will cause students from marginalised communities to drop out. Further, it is apprehended that students from middle-income families will be forced to take student loans, which in turn will limit their career choices.

“This exponential increase in the cost of legal education at the National Law School, Bangalore is also likely to push even individual students from middle-income families to fund their degrees through student loans. Thereby, pushing students across class and castes into an early debt trap enslaved to their loans and impacting their levels of confidence, creating anxieties about their future after graduation while at the same time also inhibiting their ability to make career decisions and deepening the prevalent conformism towards securing high paying jobs in the corporate legal sector, especially impacting those students exploring a diverse range of careers that are radically different from the mainstream…”

The fee hike will alter the demographic and social composition of NLSIU, thereby resulting in exclusionary legal education, the statement avers.

In light of these apprehensions, the student body has urged the Executive Council of NLSIU to roll back the fee hike for the BA.LL.B, LL.M, and M.P.P programmes at the University.

“Further, we believe that if at all, any planned expenditure or deficit in the financial budget of the University is to be met, it must be done so by increasing the fees of only the incoming batch…”

Reference is also made to recognise National Law Universities as ‘Institutes of National Importance (INIs)’, a demand that has been raised by student bodies of various NLUs. In fact, even the Supreme Court had raised this issue last year.

The fee issue is not limited to NLSIU alone; several NLUs charge even more than two and a half lakhs a year. While NLSIU is a completely self-financed University, most other NLUs often have to rely on state governments for funding. And as has often been the case, such funding is hard to come by, for various reasons.

Perhaps recognising NLUs as INIs and putting them under the aegis of the Central government will solve this issue. Until then, the annual fee will continue to act as a deterrent for pursuing legal education at India’s premier institutions.

Supreme Court refuses to extend counselling deadline for post-grad medical seats

The Supreme Court Friday refused to extend the schedule of counselling for filling up as many as 603 vacant seats in post-graduate medical and dental courses in deemed universities and private colleges.

A vacation bench of justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant disposed of a plea by the Education Promotion Society of India, a registered group of over 1,300 educational institutions of the country, seeking to extend the counselling to facilitate admission on vacant seats.

The top court had earlier said that the question is not whether it has power to do it but whether it should allow the deemed universities and colleges to fill up their vacant seats by making an exception to the set schedule of admissions.

Deemed universities and colleges had claimed that they have around 1,000 seats vacant in the post-graduate medical courses and if stray vacancy counselling round is extended then such seats could be filled.