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SC seeks MCI response on pleas for exemption from NEET
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Medical Council of India to respond to a batch of applications by various state governments and associations of private medical colleges seeking to hold their own separate examinations for admission to undergraduate medical courses.
 
The court sought the response as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and others sought a relook at the order making NEET mandatory for admission to undergraduate medical courses as they contended that their admission processes were governed by their respective state level laws and rules.
 
As the Christian Medical College in Tamil Nadu's Vellore sought that they be permitted to continue with their own entrance examination, conducted since 1993, as their focus was taking Christian students, the bench of Justice Anil R.Dave, Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel asked why were they reluctant of taking "Christian" students who have succeeded in National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET).
 
These are all classifications - SC/ST, minorities etc, the court said pointing out that it was always open for the CMC to have Christian students after the conduct of NEET, as senior counsel L. Nageshwar Rao, appearing for CMC, pointed to the preference for students from the Christian community. 
 
Asking why the college should be forced to take students from NEET, Nageshwar Rao said it intended to "only accrete Christian (students)" who will serve Christian charitable institutions.
 
However, the apparently unimpressed court said that NEET would save students from appearing in innumerable examinations and parents from spending money for buying forms for different exams.
 
But stressing the point that their right to have their own entrance exams for admitting students was a part of their right to run minority institutions, Nageshwar Rao said: "Right to admit students was a part of the right to run the minority institutions."
 
Appearing for CMC Ludhiana, counsel R.D. Narain Rao said that the Punjab government had appointed a committee for the entrance test and the institution was exempted.
 
Senior counsel K.K. Venugopal appearing for an association of private medical colleges said that Karnataka had its own statutory regime for the conduct of entrance examinations, and thus NEET should not be thrust on them.
 
Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for Gujarat said that examds in Gujarat were being conducted in Gujarati language also.
 
The hearing by the three judge special bench came on a spate of applications by different states and association seeking exemption from NEET and permission to conduct their own entrance examinations.
 
Various states, including the associations of private medical colleges are aggrieved by the top court's April 29 order reiterating that admission to undergraduate medical courses will be only through the NEET to be conducted by the Central Board of School Education (CBSE).
 
The first phase of NEET was conducted on Sunday. The second phase will be held on July 24.
 
Hearing will continue on May 5.
 
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Railway minister launches web-based project monitoring system
New Delhi : Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday launched the Project Management and Information System (PMIS) which would enable the railways to monitor online the progress of ongoing projects across the country.
 
"PMIS is a web-enabled IT application which would cover the entire life cycle of complex projects. It is a step in leveraging resources which would empower railways in transforming the way projects are designed, built and commissioned," a railway official said.
 
PMIS would use drone recordings and CCTV footage to monitor the projects.
 
Prabhu said PMIS would be helpful in implementing upcoming major railway projects on time and save money.
 
"The plan is to roll out PMIS to all the major projects across the country. It will help in online monitoring, mid course corrections to ensure faster execution of the projects. The railways will save crores of money if projects are implemented on or before time," Prabhu said.
 
He said the system would improve with time and that the information would be available to the public as well.
 
He said a system would be developed to grade employees on the basis of their performance.
 
"A system would be developed to reward those who perform well and punish the non-performers. PMIS will help in identifying the performance," he said.
 
Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha called PMIS a "game-changer".
 
"If we manage to reduce the project completion time it will be a game-changer for the railwaya. It will also give economic benefits to the railways," Sinha said.
 
PMIS is currently being implemented in the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramullah rail link as it has complex geological formation which requires extensive and continuous monitoring.
 
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Compensatory Afforestation Fund bill to create special funds
The bill paves the way for unlocking of nearly Rs41,000 crore earmarked for forest land which is lying unspent, Javadekar said
 
Lok Sabha has passed the much talked about Compensatory Afforestation Fund bill, 2015 that seeks to establish setting up of a National Compensatory Afforestation Fund and also a State Compensatory Afforestation Fund.
 
Thanking the members for their cooperation in passing the bill, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday evening said it will be a historical legislation and will go a long way in ensuring countrywide afforestation programme.
 
Members cutting across party lines supported the bill.
 
The bill paves the way for unlocking of nearly Rs.41,000 crore earmarked for forest land which is lying unspent, Javadekar said.
 
The salient features of the afforestation programme will be people's participation, social audit and there will not be any displacement, the minister said while replying to specific queries from Asaduddin Owaisi of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).
 
"Besides the exotic plants, emphasis will be on native species," Javadekar said.
 
The bill also ensures that the funds encourage compensatory afforestation. The national fund will receive 10 percent of it, and the states will receive the remaining 90 percent of the fund.
 
"These funds will be primarily spent on afforestation to compensate for loss of forest cover, regeneration of forest ecosystem, wildlife protection and infrastructure development," he said.
 
However, Javadekar said the funds under the new law under the provisions of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund bill should not be the only forest budget for the states.
 
"The states must give their regular budget to forest (department). But this will be only an additional funding," he said.
 
Stressing the importance of people's participation in the afforestation programme, he said: "Wherever people's participation is there, and wherever people's livelihood is connected to the forest, they just don't allow illegal destruction of forest."
 
Among others, Pinaki Mishra of Biju Janata Dal also lauded the bill.
 
"Odisha is already doing very good in afforestation programme under the personal supervision of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. This bill only gives the efforts further boost," Mishra said.
 
The bill was passed by voice vote and at the end of the process even the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan appreciated the draft legislation passed unanimously with members from different parties making their positive contribution by way of suggestions to improve the system.
 
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