IGNOU failed to provide NHD certificates to some students who have cleared the course offered by Edexcel International. The CIC directed the vice-chancellor of the University to probe the matter. This is the 87th in a series of important judgements given by former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi that can be used or quoted in an RTI application
The Central Information Commission (CIC), while disposing an appeal, directed the vice-chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to probe the matter where students were not being issued certificates despite successfully clearing the course.
While giving this judgement on 2 April 2009, Shailesh Gandhi, the then Central Information Commissioner said, “IGNOU is not able to give the certificate to the appellant's son since it says it is writing letters to Edexcel (International, UK) and has no explanation for this lapse. It is absurd that a young man is cheated and frustrated in this manner by IGNOU.”
Patna resident Aslam Ansari, on 22 September 2008, sought information about certificate of his son for higher national diploma (HND) and Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) for 2005-06, from the Public Information Officer (PIO) of IGNOU under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. In his application, Ansari stated that while his son's friend had been taken certificate from the institute, his son did not get certificate despite passing the course.
In his reply, the PIO stated, "...the HND Certificate to the student is to be awarded by the Edexcel International, UK. (The) University is in regular touch with the authorities of Edexcel to issue certificates and efforts are being made to organize a meeting between the authorities of both the bodies' to sort out all the issues regarding issue of HND certificate to the students. A meeting is expected soon."
Not satisfied with the PIO's reply, Ansari filed his first appeal. The First Appellate Authority (FAA) did not reply. Ansari, then approached the Commission with his second appeal.
During the hearing, Mr Gandhi, the then CIC, noted that Obaidurrahman Ansari, son of Aslam Ansari (appellant) had done a course on computing and multimedia of BIT and HND with IGNOU. He cleared his course in December 2005 and was eligible to get a certificate for HND programme from UK-based Edexcel International.
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According to the PIO, Obaidurrahman Ansari has completed the course successfully but was not given the certificate. "People who have done the course after him have also been given the certificate, but IGNOU is not able to give the certificate to the appellant's son since it says it is writing letters to Edexcel and has no explanation for this lapse," the CIC noted.
The PIO also informed the Commission that Edexcel courses continued in India and there other students who are also going through this traumatic experience.
"It is absurd that a young man is cheated and frustrated in this manner by IGNOU," Mr Gandhi said. While disposing the appeal, the CIC then directed vice-chancellor of IGNOU to enquire into the matter and send a report to the Commission before 30 April 2009.
CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION
Decision No. CIC /SG/A/2009/000072/2603
Appeal No. CIC/SG/A/2009/000072
Appellant : Aslam Ansari f/o Obaidurrahman Ansari,
Respondent : PIO,
Indira Gandhi National Open University,
Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110068.
Aided by strong demand for home loans from individuals, HDFC reported 17% growth in fourth quarter net profit
Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), the country's largest home finance company reported a 17% growth in its fourth quarter net profit on robust loan book.
For the quarter to end-March, the home loan company said its consolidated net profit rose to Rs2083 crore from Rs1776.7 crore while total revenues grew to Rs11042.9 crore from Rs9278 crore, same period last year.
HDFC said its full year net profit on a consolidate base increased to Rs6639.7 crore from Rs5462.5 crore while total revenues rose to Rs35986.9 crore from Rs30,302.9 crore a year ago period.
For the full year, HDFC has declared a dividend of Rs12.50 per share.
On Wednesday, HDFC shares ended 3.85% up at Rs885.6 on the BSE, while the benchmark Sensex closed marginally higher at 19,990.
Rupee depreciation, steep rise in global LNG prices and economic slowdown, impacted Gujarat Gas’ gas sales volumes in C12 and 1QC13. However, now the LNG prices have softened and the company expects sales volume to pick up, says SBI Cap
Due to increased LNG cost, the blended gas cost increased 34.8% year-on-year and 9.1% quarter-on-quarter to Rs24.4/scm, leading gross margin to dip to Rs4.5/scm compared to Rs5.7/scm in 4QC12 for Gujarat Gas Company Ltd. The company’s 1QC13 results on operational front were in-line with brokers’ estimates on lower volume and higher LNG cost. Net sales of the company increased 18.9% year-on-year and 0.8% quarter-on-quarter to Rs7.6 billion led by improved realisation.
On 1 February 2013, Gujarat Gas took 4.2% price hike in industrial segment and 8.5% in CNG. With higher other income, decline in the company’s net profit was limited to Rs595 million (declined 15.6% quarter-on-quarter). These are the observations made by SBI Cap Securities on Gujarat Gas in its performance analysis.
Gas sales volume declined 16.2% year-on-year and 2.2% quarter-on-quarter to 264mmscm due to lower volumes in industrial segment as gas cost was high, sums up SBI Cap Securities.
Margins are also expected to improve from hereon in view of price hikes, forecasts SBI Cap Securities. Bottom line of the company is expected to remain subdued for the next two years on lower sales volume. However, in the long term the company plans to improve volumes in order to increase bottom line.
Gujarat Gas received authorization from the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) for the city gas distribution areas of Surat, Bharuch and Ankleshwar. The company has filed tariff application with PNGRB for its transmission pipeline. However, due to high ROE (return on equity) of over 30%, the company is vulnerable to tariff reduction from PNGRB, as was ordered for Indraprastha Gas. This is an operational performance risk, pointed out by SBI Cap Securities.
The SBI Cap Securities report concludes on a positive note: “We expect better financial performance of the company going forward with gas sales volume to pick up gradually.” For shareholders and new investors there is a word of caution and a ‘hold’ recommendation.