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Mumbai University VC Deshmukh fails to clear LLB exam
Before being appointed as vice chancellor of Mumbai University, Dr Deshmukh had appeared for LLB examination, which he could not clear, reveals a reply received under RTI
 
Mumbai University's vice-chancellor (VC) Dr Sanjay Vasant Deshmukh has failed to clear his LLB examination, he appeared before being appointed as the VC, reveals a reply received under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
 
RTI activist Anil Galgali had filed the application seeking information about Dr Deshmukh's LLB examination results. The reply he received from Mumbai University, says, "(Dr) Deshmukh filed his admission form for the LLB- 1st Seminar examination held in October-November 2014, but he did not appear for the exams. He appeared for the second semester examination held in April-May 2015, but failed."
 
"A VC of Mumbai University, which has more than 740 affiliated colleges under it, in which lakhs of students are enrolled, has to have an impeccable record and it is generally inappropriate to question his capability. Therefore, the information received under the RTI is certainly shocking," says Galgali.
 
Earlier in June this year, Dr Deshmukh, a professor of life sciences at that time, was appointed as VC of Mumbai University. He holds an MSc from the Institute of Science, Mumbai University and a PhD in botany.
 
The reply also reveals that the University does not have any records of Mr Deshmukh's permanent registration number (PRN), an academic identity code that student is attested with at the admission counter. Dr Deshmukh has sought admission from Adv Datta Patil College of Law at Alibaug and his eligibility (for the course) was pending, the RTI reply says.
 
However, Galgali alleges that a student who does not have a PRN number is not allowed to appear for examinations, and even if it is allowed, his results are withheld. But since Dr Deshmukh, himself is the VC of the University, his examination results may have been declared, he said.
 
According to the RTI reply, Dr Deshmukh, after failing to clear his second semester exam has not applied to revaluation as well.
 
Galgali, questioning the recommendation made by the Search Committee to appoint Dr Deshmukh as VC of Mumbai University, has sent a letter to Maharashtra Governor, who is also the Chancellor of Mumbai University requesting to take steps to preserve reputation of the University. "Appointment of Dr Deshmukh, who failed in the exams for a course under Mumbai University, is a setback to the glorious tradition and prestige of the famed University," Galgali said.

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Amit Gupta

1 year ago

I see he has a PhD in Botany. That he appeared for a totally different profession(law) and that too, when he is pretty senior already, is something that should be commendable.

Whether he failed or passed should not be anybody else's concern. Why should it dent his credentials. He has already proved himself. As a human, one has every right to pursue ones dream, failure should not be a deterrent

Using RTI to find smth is fine, but adding a judgement should be done with care.

ch prakash

1 year ago

At least he didn't copy and passed. Ist semester, he did not appear and II semester he did not pass (means he didn't undertake any fraudulent means to qualify). He is a Botanist and want to try his luck in Law. Wish him all the best. May be out of other professional commitments he could not made it. If the degrees already possessed are out of hard work and legitimate, then it is fine.What we have to see is whether he is qualified, professional enough to handle the job given and not about his failures and success in other endeavours.

Modi spreads desi flavour with sartorial choices in Britain
 Kurtas with Nehru jackets, contrasting shawls, bandhgalas and overcoats -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been making style statements one after the other on his Britain visit. And he has got his fashion quotient spot on, say designers.
 
Whether it was his black overcoat that he flaunted when he landed in London, or the black ensemble with an eye-catching black and white polka-dotted pocket square -- Modi's sartorial choices have been subtle but interesting.
 
Designer Gautam Gupta, who found his looks to be "classic", told IANS: "I guess he downplayed a little bit after seeing too much focus on his clothes and the overhype. I liked what he is wearing (during his visit) and he is looking like a statesman."
 
At Chequers, he went beige with a warm stole in a slightly deeper neutral hue.
 
When Modi stepped out to address the British Parliament, he looked suave in a black bandhgala suit, and you couldn't miss the polka-dotted accessory on him. It suggested he's with the times when it comes to fashion.
 
According to designer Varija Bajaj, it's impressive that Modi "managed to create a perfect balance of traditional bandhgala with a (contemporary) polka dot handkerchief."
 
"Mr. Modi is a brilliant speaker and popular with communities abroad owing to his extensive visits to address our foreign nationals. He has been looked upon as a symbol of progressive growth... therefore it becomes hard for him to be under a scanner everytime where he is judged to be progressive, yet rooted," Bajaj told IANS.
 
For his meeting with the Queen at the Buckingham Palace, Modi chose to go desi in a clean-cut cream kurta and churidar teamed with a maroon-coloured evergreen Nehru jacket -- which, well, if one goes by the present times, has been 'Modified'.
 
Even for his grand, almost rockstar appearance at the Wembley Stadium, where he faced an audience of almost 60,000, Modi kept his look subtle. He wore a kurta churidar again, and teamed it with a bluish black bandhgala and teamed it with a contrasting textured shawl.
 
Fashion designer Samant Chauhan said that Modi has "played it safe" with his fashion on this visit.
 
All in all, he has been promoting the traditional Indian way of dressing. So enthused was British Prime Minister David Cameron's wife Samantha that even she flaunted a sequinned sari for Modi's Wembley Stadium address.
 
Modi has also spread the magic of Indian weaves by gifting pashmina shawls and tanchoi stoles among other things to the high-profile names that he has been meeting.
 
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Electricity for 18,000 villages in 1,000 days: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that 18,000 villages in India that are not connected with electricity will get this basic facility within the next 1,000 days.
 
The pace and direction of progress in India is such that the fruits of development will be seen very soon,” Modi said in Hindi in his much-awaited address to 60,000 British Indians at the iconic Wembley Stadium here.
 
“As many as 18,000 villages need electricity. There are not even electricity poles. In the next 1,000 days we will ensure they get it,” he said on the second day of his three-day visit to Britain.
 
He said that there were places in India where there was electricity but not for 24 hours a day.
 
The Indian prime minister said that by the year 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, he would ensure that there was 24 hours of electricity all over the country.
 
“We will harness solar, wind and renewable energy. We will generate 175 gigawatts of power one day,” he said. 
 
Earlier, British Prime Cameron and his wife Samantha, dressed in a sari, welcomed Modi as he arrived at Wembley Stadium.
 
After Modi met with organisers of the much-hyped event, the two leaders interacted with a group of schoolchildren of Indian origin who had performed in the cultural extravaganza that preceded Modi's speech.
 
Britain is home to a 1.5 million-strong Indian diaspora.
 
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