|2007-12-29||Colleges gear up for the new year|
Birla College, Kalyan:
Dr Naresh Chandra, Principal
In 2008 we will revamp the administrative office and make it fully computerised with all modern facilities. IT and other Labs are also being updating. We will also be working on the overall ambience of the college.
There will be more emphasis on quality enhancement initiatives and strengthening research culture that will be taken by faculty members. We are also planning to go for NAAC reaccreditation. We are preparing ourselves for that.
New courses like BMM and MS in Bio analytical science will be introduced. We have already started MSc in herbal science this year, which we wish to popularize in the next academic year. The college's efforts will be also towards strengthening the existing courses.
We hope the New Year brings higher glory to the academic institutions in the suburbs.
CHM College, Ulhasnagar:
Dr Dinesh Panjwani, Principal
To strengthen the academic base and to provide competitive edge to the students, CHM in 2008 desires to focus on internationalisation of education. Internationalisation of education means the exposure and adoption of best practices in the university systems in other countries, mainly in developed countries. The focus will be on establishing linkages for short term exchange of students and to enhance the existing base of exchange of teachers with the universities in America.
Simultaneously, we would like to focus on broadening the sphere of community welfare activities, mainly of adult education, women empowerment and Gandhian practices. We would strive towards the continuation of international conference on these issues which were initiated in 2007.
K V Pendharkar College, Dombivli:
V N Kulkarni, Principal
We will be starting new courses like MA and PhD in Marathi as there is no provision in this area. The university has granted the permission for starting the courses. We will also be constructing two labs one for geography and the other for psychology. We are starting our own course in PG diploma in counselling. We are also going for NAAC reaccreditation; we would be submitting the reports at the end of 2008.
Model College, Dombivli:
Dr M R Nair, Principal
We have purchased a new plot, about 2 acres; we would be constructing a new campus there. We would be starting new courses like MSc IT, BSC bio technology, BSc economics. We have already started the process of ISO certification which we would be getting by January. We would also be going for national level seminar for principals.
P D Karkhanis College, Ambernath:
D R Moharir, Principal
In 2008 we would be working towards academic excellence and also in involving the students in cultural and sports activities to widen their horizons. We would be concentrating on indoor games and if time permits, we will organise inter-collegiate events for students who will get a platform to showcase their talent. We are also hoping to organise a commerce conference with Commerce Association of Maharashtra. It of course depends on the association and their acceptance of our proposal. We want to have a few oriented conferences for teachers as well.
|2007-12-29||dowry complaint against husband, in-laws|
A 41-year-old woman has accused her husband, presently working in the US, and three of his relatives of physically and mentally harassing her for a dowry of Rs five lakh, police said on Saturday.
Manisha Mansarmani has filed a complaint with the police in suburban Bandra against her husband Kapil (27), his parents and brother.
Manisha has alleged that since her marriage to Kapil in 2004, he and his family members had been harassing her to obtain Rs five lakh from her family to fund her husband's career in the US, they said.
She has accused her father-in-law Damodar Mansarmani (63), mother-in-law Vijaya (60) and brother-in-law Ravi (34) of harassing her. All three are residents of Ulhasnagar in neighbouring Thane district.
An investigation was on in the matter, they said.
|2007-12-23||Pride has a new name|
Rotract club of Ulhasnagar (east) organised Naaz- '07 on Monday, December 17 to encourage the budding talent of youngsters in the suburbs. The venue chosen for the event was the glitzy auditorium of Town Hall, where the youth turned up in full force to cheer the winners.
The concept of Naaz awards was initiated in the group by the former president of the club Rekha Thakur, who started it in 2006. "The aim of the programme has been to water the budding talent in the city and to simultaneously inspire the new generation to follow the same path," says Rekha about her brainchild.
Awards were segregated into 21 categories, covering the myriad work fields like art, academics, medicine, etc. "We conducted an extensive survey to zero down on the winners and the whole journey has been very exciting," said Umesh Bhojwani, president of the club, who has taken the concept forward with equal gusto.
The event was attended by several local politicians, administrators and spiritual gurus. This was also the first time that several journalists were honoured for their contribution to the society at the event. Outstanding students from several schools were awarded, not only for their academic merits but also for their all round achievements.
The event took off with a formal lamp-lighting ceremony and a salute to the national anthem. Following which several nominees were awarded. The highlight of the show was not only its off-beat theme and categories but also the dance performance by choreographer Rocky Sharma and troupe.
Besides the honours, awards were given in the following category:
Best Spiritual organisation - Sai Vasan Shaha Darbar
Best College - Sevasadan college of education
Best School - Swami Shanti Prakash School
Best Personality - Kumar Ailani
Best Management - New English High School
Best Institute - R. Advantec
Best Dancer - Rocky Sharma
Best Saloon - Snips N Scissors
Life time achievement award - Sai Teckchand Mirpuri
Ideal Jodi - Dr Mr & Mrs Balani
Ideal Rotarian - Kamal Ahuja
Ideal School - Pragati Andhvidyalaya
Best Academy - G.K and Kavita Coaching classes
Best Doctor - Manju Khanchandani
Best Fitness - Ratan's health club
|2007-12-23||Robbery attempt foiled|
The presence of mind shown by a security guard of a private chemical factory saved it from being the target of robbers for a second time within a week. The robbers had targeted the company last week and were planning to stage a second heist when their luck ran out.
The Ulhasnagar police arrested four burglars for looting a local chemical factory to the tune of Rs 12 lakhs. According to available information received from police sources, the burglars robbed the IDI chemical company, situated near Shahad railway station, a week ago. The company located on the 55 acres near Shahad railway station has been shut down for the last two years due to some financial crisis.
The robbers made away with two chemical filled containers of 50 liters capacity. According to PSI Ashok Bagul, an investigating police officer, the culprits entered the company premises by breaking its windows and consequently entered packaging department of the company and fled with all the packaged chemical boxes kept in both the containers.
At that time Kishor Sadashiv Jadhav, posted as the security guard outside the company premises registered a case with the Ulhasnagar police station. "I was standing outside the company while patrolling the premises when I heard some strange voices from inside the company. However the burglars fled the scene when I entered and managed to flee with some goods," says Jadhav.
However the robbers ran out of luck when they attempted another robbery bid in the following week. The alert guard after sensing trouble immediately called the police who managed to arrest the accused this time.
Of the four, two burglars were arrested from the crematorium at Ulhasnagar camp No-1, whereas the other two were arrested from the spot of the robbery. The police have seized all the booty from the culprits.
"Two culprits were arrested from the spot and after enquiring them, we detained the other two from the local crematorium,” informed Bagul. The four culprits namely Kaka Dattu Jaiswal, Heeralal Jaiswal, Ravindra Shelar and R Jaiswal reportedly history sheeters have been detained and sent for the weeklong police custody.
The Ulhasnagar police is further investigating the case.
|2007-12-23||Human rights - a practical approach|
"Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day…" - Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations.
Keeping this broader perspective in mind Smt Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani College observed Human Rights Week titled 'Pathways to Empowerment -Human rights and women's empowerment' from December 10-17, 2007. All the sessions, discussions, film screenings revolved around the said theme. "The focus of the program was on the Gandhian thought, 'Be the change you want to see in the world' because every Gandhian philosophy revolves around the human rights and social justice," expressed Dr Dinesh Panjwani, Principal, CHM college.
The week-long program was conducted under the aegis of University Grants Commission sponsored Women's Studies Centre (WSC), Gandhian Studies Centre (GSC) and Women's Development Cell (WDC) and National Service Scheme (NSS) in association with the American Centre Mumbai. This year was the first time that a Human rights week was being organised on such a grand scale in the entire Thane district.
Elizabeth Kauffman, Director, American Centre, Mumbai was the Chief Guest of 'Convergences', the inauguration day. She along with Usha Sunil director of the American Library, Mumbai, and Dr Micheal Tidwell faculty, Clayton state University, USA inaugurated the week-long program. Kauffman in her keynote address spoke about the need for Human Rights awareness through out the world and appreciated the efforts taken by the college for the same. The guests felt that it is necessary for educational institutions to expose the youth to such issues.
Explaining the idea behind the initiative, Dr Charanjeet Kaur, Head of English department and Director, WSC said, "We were in the process of organising a Human rights day but we realised that it was not enough to create sensitivity amongst the students. We needed something more concrete. It was a collective decision to organise week-long session for the students to expose them to the multiple views on the subject."
Women's empowerment has been a concern of the college for a long time, due to which they had also organised an International conference on Empowerment of Women through Adult Education. The conference was attended by 150 participants out of which, 20 were from around the globe.
Throughout the Human Rights week, several parallel sessions were organised that explored various mediums and perspectives regarding human rights. On the inaugural day itself an interesting session was held between the chief guests and around 100 adult learners attached to the YCMOU regarding the film 'Making neighborhoods safe- solutions to violence’ that was screened that day. "The interesting thing about this conversation was that the learners that participated live in far flung areas like Badlapur, Karjat, etc. interacted with a lot of enthusiasm with the guests. The overall experience was hugely gratifying," said Dr Kaur.
The week was marked by other programs such as panel discussions by journalists, debates, exam on Gandhian thought and practice, etc. Another highlight of the event was the screening of the movie 'Kanyashala' based on the education of women directed by Ganga Mukhi. The screening was hugely applauded and was followed by a live wire interaction session with the director.
The week-long events were concluded with a Valedictory program titled 'Emerging Voices'. The chief guests for the function were Dr Larry Diamond, Senior fellow Hoover Institution, Lynne Gadkowski, Deputy Director, The American center, Mumbai and M Janardhanan, Program Advisor, The American Center, Mumbai. Dr Diamond gave an academic talk on 'Democracy in developing countries'.
The concluding day also saw finals of the debate on 'Infrastructure development can happen only by the violation of human rights?' and the screening of documentaries made by students.
|2007-12-23||A special performance!|
Last Sunday saw an unusual and special celebration by the special children of Sai Baba Education Trust School for Mentally Challenged at Town Hall, in Ulhasnagar.
Guests of the evening, Swami Devprakash Maharaj, Sant Ruparam, Kumar Ailani, Tekchandji, and KDMC Commissioner R D Shinde, along with Chairperson of the School, Dada Sitladas Harchandani, listened with rapt attention as one of the children, Harshal Godia, appealed to the audience to not show pity to special children but give them encouragement.
The sweet appeal was followed by the song Itni shakti hume dena data profoundly sung by all the teachers of the school. Then came up a song emphasising the importance of mother-the parent, Dharti Maa, Devi Ma such as Kali and Durga and so on.
Patriotism was in the air with group dances such as Vande Mataram, Sandese aate hai and others that followed. Ye desh hai veer jawano ka, a solo performance by Boogie Woogie winner Mayur, was followed by the concluding performance of Hai preet jahan ki reet sada.
Interestingly, all the performances were so good that it was difficult to believe that those performing were special children. The credit goes to the hardwork by both children and teachers.
Teacher-in-charge Varsha K repeated little Harshal Godia's appeal and added that these children with various problems get benefited by paramedical training such as psychotherapy, speech therapy, special training to read lip movements and so on. “This training needs us to deal with each of them in a special way but what worries us most is how society will behave with them when they go out of the school at the age of 18," she expressed.
Speaking on the occasion, Dada Harchandani recalled the difficulties they faced when they decided to set up the school about two decades back. He added that though the response from everybody concerned was better now, they needed some more grants for few of the children. Harchandani highlighted the school's future plans such as building a residential school for the children. He appealed for support for these causes.
Shinde was impressed by the performance of all the students. He felt that nature had done injustice to these children and we all should give a serious thought to it by extending them help in education, health, employment and so on.
* This training needs us to deal with each of them in a special way but what worries us most is how society will behave with them when they go out of the school at the age of 18
|2007-12-02||HC directs Central Railway to consider govt propos|
The Bombay High Court recently directed the Central Railway to consider the proposal forwarded by the state government by December 31 regarding the construction of a foot over bridge (FOB) at the Ulhasnagar railway station under Section 19 of the Railways Act.
The court was hearing a petition on unauthorized constructions when it took up this matter.
The PIL was filed by Kishen Relwani, publisher of a local quarterly newspaper, stating that as per RTI, 5-7 people meet with an accident after the under bridge which existed earlier got washed away during the 2005 deluge.
According to the petitioner’s lawyer Jaiwant Chandnani, the court observed that the proposed bridge requires to be constructed on an emergent basis as it concerns the safety of the people.
In August this year, the court had asked the state government to be sensitive to the issue. The Central Railway had then submitted before the court that if the state government makes a request the project can be taken up as a joint venture.
According to Chandnani, the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation and the state government wanted to wait for the JNNRUM funds for constructing the FOB. The court, however, stated that it is not expected of the state or the corporation to wait for the funds by sacrificing lives of the people.
The court also observed that considering the estimated costs there should not be any problem on the part of the state or the corporation to make funds available for the project.
The petitioner had stated that the corporation was making evasive promises, but there was no action on their part. According to Chandnani, the estimated cost for the project is Rs 50 lakh which might elevate to Rs 1 crore.
Chandnani argued that they were wasting funds on construction of roads while the construction of the bridge was an important project.
“The FOB, once constructed, will connect both sides of the Ulhasnagar railway station for non-commuters,” Chandnani told Newsline. The next hearing is on January 9.