Mere joining a college is not sufficient but grant of registration number by National Board of Examinations is a condition precedent for valid registration to DNB programme, the Court ruled
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has dismissed a petition filed by a city-based medical student challenging the decision of Delhi-based National Board of Examinations (NBE), refusing registration of his admission to Diploma National Course in Radiology, reports PTI.
The first advertisement for the course which was to commence from August 2009 was given on 14 June 2009. There was no response to the said advertisement due to spread of swine flue in Pune. For the NBE, the last date to enroll for the seat was 14 August 2009.
The second advertisement for the said vacant post was given on 22 August 2009, by Pune-based Lokmanya Medical Foundation which conducts the course. Thus, the advertisement was given after the due date of enrollment. Pursuant to the advertisement, the petitioner filled up the form. Though cut-off date was 17 August 2009, he joined the course on 10 September 2009. Thus, there was a delay of 23 days.
The NBE objected to it and refused the registration of the petitioner for the DNB (Diploma in National Board) course through its letters of 5th and 22 February 2010.
The petitioner had challenged the communication in the petition and the Court had ordered status-quo as of that date (22 March 2010), to be maintained. It continued till date.
Hemant Surve along with AJ Kandharkar, who appeared for the petitioner, argued that it was not the fault of the student for which he has to suffer in his career. After the advertisement, the petitioner had responded promptly and was admitted for the course. He was not informed that the admission was provisional and hence the decision to refuse registration was unjust, they submitted.
Girish Kulkarni along with Sandeep Waghmare on behalf of the Institute admitted that the advertisement was issued after the due date of the enrollment mentioned by National Board of Examinations. They submitted that all admissions for the DNB course are provisional till these are approved and registered by National Board of Examinations.
They further said that after the first advertisement there was no response from the candidates due to swine flu and therefore after the first advertisement the Institute had to issue second advertisement to fill up the vacant post.
The Counsel said that the application of the petitioner was forwarded by the Institute with a request for registration which could have been considered by the Board.
Counsel for the National Board of Examinations categorically stated that there was a public notice issued by the Board on 2 April 2009, wherein the last date of the enrollment for DNB seat was mentioned as 14 August 2009.
He drew the attention of the Court to the guidelines laid down by the National Board of Examinations in respect of the admissions and the enrollment.
The Counsel said that public notice of 2 April 2009 gives a time-bound programme framed by National Board of Examinations. There is a reference of prescribed guidelines.
Clause 6 states that 14 August 2009 was the last date of enrollment. Clauses 14 and 17 state that mere joining a college is not sufficient but grant of registration number by National Board of Examinations is a condition precedent for valid registration to DNB programme.
"Thus the decision to refuse registration cannot be said beyond the direction or guidelines set by the Board especially in the light of specific declaration of the last date of enrollment," observed Justice Mridula Bhatkar and Justice SA Bobade recently while dismissing the petition.
Despite being a shrewd politician for decades, Sharad Pawar continues to be blamed for any issue that goes out of control. The current blame game is in the skies
I have a friend. He is a sceptic and critic. Sometimes, I have a feeling that may be God has given him some extra brains that can connect something with anything or everything. Of course, some in our group think he is, what is called a pucca 'bheja-fry'. But on rare occasions he can leave everyone astonished and at a loss for answer with his weird and wacky questions. So don't take him seriously... but then, maybe one shouldn't take him too lightly either.
Just the other day, when he bumped onto me, his immediate question was, 'Who is the king of Indian aviation? Who really calls the shots in all our airlines? I first thought aloud about the 'Maharaja' and who control him, the then the blue seabird and its master-the King of Good Times, but he shot back-"You don't even know. This is very easy. It is Sharad Pawar". I was stumped. "How so?" I asked.
His answer: Mr Pawar controls the Indian aviation, just like he controls cricket, agriculture and the state of Baramati. You forgot the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Pawar's political outfit, I shot back. He said, "No. I haven't forgotten the NCP. You see, controlling a political party like the NCP, where everyone wants to be called a 'leader', is difficult. So what Pawar does is smarter; he controls or at least appears to control the leaders of leaders."
Confused, I said, "But how this is related with aviation? I know that he is a farmer from Baramati, he was president of the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI), which controls cricket and the controversial Indian Premier League (IPL), he had blessed joint ventures with Vijay Mallya to make wine (Baramati Grapes), but I don't know of his personal interest in the aviation business".
Giving me a look that sneered at my ignorance, my friend, the sceptic, said, "It was the power of Pawar that helped Praful Patel ruin the aviation ministry and help many friends to fly high." "You mean to say rule, right?" I asked. "No," he said. "While the Maharaja was doddering, Indian Airlines was back to giving stiff competition to the private sector airlines under chairman Sunil Arora. Flights were on time, service was good and the many 'pawar'ful private sector competitors were getting a run for their money".
"There was no way that anyone was going to jet to supremacy of the domestic skies, or rule the good times until Indian Airlines was on the comeback trail. So some pawar-play was required. Arora was removed and Indian Airlines was permanently crippled with the disastrous merger with Air India," my friend said.
In 2007, the combined loss of both Air India and Indian Airlines was Rs770 crore. At present, its operating loss alone is about Rs1,700 crore. "Do you know why Air India changed its plan to buy 18 small planes in short-range and 10-medium capacity planes to 50 medium capacity long-range planes? The whole deal was completed in just seven month as soon as Patel was made aviation minister," my friend continued.
The same thing is also revealed by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), in its report. The CAG report said, "Government conveyed its approval on 30 December 2005 and the contract was signed by Air India with Boeing on the same day. From the receipt of the proposal to the signing of contract took seven months. Many of the key assumptions underlying the revised project report (for 50 long-range aircraft) were flawed".
According to information from the net, during that period, the King of Good Times was also on shopping spree and in 2005 alone he placed orders to buy about 48 planes from Airbus. Do you mean at present, Airbus would be crying for not been able to make sell the planes? I asked. "Hell, No. In fact, they would be happy because if Kingfisher is not going to take deliveries and pay the money, then they (Airbus) can speed up deliveries to others who are ready to pay," the sceptic gave me another dose of 'gyaan'.
But, what all this has to do with Pawar and the current situation in India airspace, I asked. "See, the King of Good Times is a good friend of Pawar and subsequently of Patel. So if he is in trouble or the sea flying bird is in trouble, it should extend to others as well. So the Maharaja has also fallen ill and its flights are in cancelled mode," the sceptic blurted out. "Do you know one more thing?" he whispered. "The Maharaja is also under the control of Pawar. And his blue-eyed Bunty is calling the shots in the pilots' strike," he said.
"This is too much. How can you blame Pawar for everything? Whenever there is some or the other issue like inflation, price rise of essential commodities, Indian cricket team losing, Mumbai not getting adequate water or roads are full of potholes, everyone wants to put the blame on him. Why?" I asked.
As an ardent believer is simple things, I think in simple terms. For example, although Pawar is a farmer, he is not selling his agriculture produce to you and me directly. It is the traders who buy from the farmers and then sell it at higher prices to retailers who in turn sell it for you and me at much higher rates. The poor 'sabjiwala' also has to support employees of local municipality and police as they are dependent members of his extended family. So if not from us then from where he will generate money for that 'hafta'? And yet, people like my friend blame Pawar for the sky-rocketing prices of vegetables and foodgrain.
The sceptic, however, was not in a mood to relent. "You see, the King of Good Times is really not having good times in the skies. In fact his buffalo is in the water. So it is the duty of friends, to force other buffalos in taking a dip in the water, for the sake of good times. This is why pilots from both the airlines are falling sick," he tried to explain.
"And do you know, Bunty is not even a pilot and yet he is leading the squadron from the front. Do you think he can guide the squadron and land safely without any help from Pawar?" my friend whispered.
OMG, I thought, this is really getting very haywire. As I remember, almost every union, be it labour or pilots, is headed by a politician. Why then blame Bunty? As I read somewhere, his aspirations are to become a minister in Thane, sorry, in Maharashtra. But may be his party colleagues have different thoughts and so they propelled him to lead pilots. This way if he lands safely, then he can be accommodated in the capital else they can blame him for the defeat and sideline him. Both ways the leaders of leaders would be happy.
The sceptic friend was still not willing to let me go. He said, "Do you know what the King of Good Times told his ailing pilots? He told them either accept whatever salary I am giving and whenever I am giving, or else I will ask Bunty to lead your union. And see the result, all the sick pilots immediately become fighting fit and are back on duty."
Now my head is really swinging. Before I faint, you please move away from this crocked sceptic and critic. And don't take him lightly… I mean don't take him seriously…
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Posco-India proposed to set up a 12 mtpa steel plant near Paradip at an investment of Rs52,000 crore, which so far had failed to pick up due to various issues including stiff resistance from locals
Bhubaneswar: Odisha government and Posco-India have agreed to set up an 8 million tons per annum (mtpa) greenfield steel plant near Paradip, downsizing the earlier plan of establishing a 12 mtpa facility, reports PTI.
This was stated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Posco-India CMD YW Yoon after a marathon 90-minute discussion over the future of the proposed mega steel project which had been hanging in balance for last seven years.
"We will start the project work as soon as the state government hands over 2,700 acres of land for setting up of 8 mtpa steel plant," Yoon told reporters.
The company had so far been given only 500 acres of land for the purpose though the government claimed to have acquired about 2,000 acres, he said.
Posco-India which had proposed to set up a 12 mtpa steel plant near Paradip at an investment of Rs52,000 crore, said to be the biggest FDI in the country, had failed to pick up due to various issues including stiff resistance from locals under Ersama block of Jagatsinghpur district.
Odisha government and the company had signed an MoU on June 22, 2005 to set up a 12 mtpa plant. However, both the parties agreed to downsize the capacity as the required 4,004 acre of land could not be acquired due to opposition from locals.
Asked about the company's revised investment plan for the 8 mtpa steel mill, Yoon said "Our investment plan remains unchanged. However, we will review the cost as the construction proceeds."
Though the company is going to set up 8 mtpa steel plant in two phases now, Yoon did not rule out possibility of expanding the project to the original plan of 12 mtpa if additional land is made available.
"Time will tell what will happen in future," Patnaik said replying to a similar question.
To a question whether the fresh agreement between the Odisha government and Posco-India would incorporate changes, Yoon said the company had already submitted its revised proposal.
The state government would take a decision on the revised content in the new agreement, he said.
On National Green Tribunal's rejection of environmental clearance to the project, the Posco-India CMD said they were in consultation with the Ministry of Environment and Forest.
"Once the problem is sorted out, we will be able to say something in this matter," he said.
Yoon, however, avoided question on issues of water and raw material which posed hurdle before the project.
"Actually, we held discussion on land issues and some other minor issues. When other issues are discussed, we can say something about this," he said.
Since Odisha government believed in peaceful industrialisation, it would acquire rest of the land of the required 2,700 acres in consultation of local people, Patnaik said.
"We hope that acquiring another 700 acre of land will not be a problem," the chief minister said, adding that the company today agreed to set up a training centre at Ersama for imparting skill education for the local youths.