Mess In Education

Topper scam: BIHAR

Fake Intermediate certificates sold for `5 lakh in Bihar.
The Bihar exam scandal blew the lid off the shameful
teacher-school-official-impostor nexus in place. Here’s how the scam played out and the men and women behind it.

Bachcha Rai | Alleged brain behind scam | Arrested

Director-cum-principal, Vaishali’s Vishun Roy College;
said to be close to Lalu Prasad, Bachcha is in 14-day judicial custody. His photos with Lalu, Nitish Kumar & Union minister Giriraj Singh led to a ‘tweet war’ between Giriraj &dy CM Tejashwi Yadav

Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh |A main accused| On the run
The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairman
quit after the scam.
Allegedly involved in tampering answersheets of ‘toppers’
CHIEF’S WIFEUsha Sinha Accused |On the run
Ex-JD(U) MLA from Hilsa (Nalanda) & BSEB chairman Singh’s wife. Officiatingprincipal of Ganga Devi Mahila College

➤ Fixers, touts, impostors guarantee students high scores
➤ Either impostor appears for a test, or answer sheets are forged
➤ Colleges often bribe officials for exclusive exam centre
for students

Private, unaided schools/ colleges sought meritorious
students because the state govt pays 5,000 to the institution for every student getting a 1st div (60%),
7,000 for toppers,
4,000 for 2nd div &
3,000 for 3rd div. Eachstream, science & arts, has20 to 40 toppers every year

‘SENIOR IAS OFFICER’, Vaishali DM , Rachana Patil said ‘a senior
IAS officer’ and BSEB had asked her to change V R College’s exam centre

Who are the suspects?

StudentsRuby Roy | Booked | On the run
ignorance XII 2016 “topper” whose ignorance of her subject (she called political science prodigal science and said
it teaches one to cook) practically blew the whistle on the scam. After she didn’t appear in the two retests, her result was withheld. Booked, she is absconding. BSEB
has asked her to take the retest on June 25
Saurabh Shresth Booked |Absconding

The science “topper”, Ruby’s “co-star” in sting
video. Result cancelled after June 3 retest

Booked |AbscondingThe third sciencetopper.Result
cancelled after retest
Shalinee Rai | Named in scam FIR | Bachcha Rai’s daughter
She topped Matriculation in 2014 with 97.2%. Student of Vishun Roy College, idea was to enable her direct admission to a prestigious tech college

What were the rates?
➤ No standard asking price
➤ 10k-15k for a ‘scholar’ (impostor): 10k for ‘scholar’, rest with school
➤ Charges higher for girl candidates 18k-20k as women exam-writers very few
➤ Outstation candidates pay more Total cost: At least
Source: TNN and Media Report


Auto driver rescues 12 kids


       New Delhi: The prompt action of an auto driver helped save 12 children who were allegedly being trafficked. One of the accused was arrested after the auto driver, Tarun Kumar, handed him over to police. The children were reportedly between 8 and 10 years of age.

      The incident was reported on Friday around 3pm, when Kumar and a fellow auto driver were transporting 12 children and four adults from Anand Vihar bus stop to Kanti Nagar. According to a press statement of Aam Aadmi Party, Kumar was transporting three adults and four children in his auto when he overheard a conversation between them that made him suspicious.

       “He immediately called up police control room from the Kanti Nagar culvert and reported the matter. The culprits, realizing that he is reporting the matter to police, started beating him up and tried to flee with the children. However, Kumar did not lose heart and overpowered the kingpin — Ram Kumar and handed him over to police personnel at Krishna Nagar police station who had arrived at the scene after being alerted by police control room,” said an AAP spokesperson.

      “He also contacted Aam Aadmi Party helpline. Our volunteers visited the police station to ensure that the case is taken to its logical conclusion. As per the police, a case has been registered, the accused arrested and children have been produced before the child welfare committee,” she added.

Visit to Energy Center: 17 Feb 13

12th Poster Painting Competition: Rotary On-The-Spot 03 Feb 2013

            Rotary Club Delhi South-West hosted with pride their 12th “Rotary On – The – Spot – Poster – Painting Competition” for Children on 03rd Feb 2013 at ARSD College grounds.

         The journey that started with about 350 students at Delhi Haat in the year 2000-01, and has grown every year & it has surpassed all previous records with about 3800 participants this year. This major Rotary Vocational Service Project of the RCD South West, invites thousands of children from schools all over Delhi NCR who enthusiastically assemble every year to show their artistic talent and awareness on social evils and make their Metro-City “MERI DILLI” clean, beautiful and crime free.

           Rtn Praveen Kandru President, like every predecessor has done one better than previous one, to keep the tradition alive and kicking along with the members of RCD South West.

        There was tremendous efforts put in behind the scenes from all members of RCD South West who assisted the President Praveen Kandru, Club Secretary Avneesh Bajaj, Event Chairman PP Rtn Ranjan Chopra & Co-Chairman PP Rtn Pankaj Agarwal .

Rotarians and their spouses were at the ground at 9.00 AM, two hours ahead of schedule time of 11.00 AM, taking their seats at different age-group registration counters, distributing sheets & end polio now caps & other members attending  at the painting enclosures.

On registration, participants  were handed over one marked Poster sheet to work on and were given ample time to complete their painting, on topics viz. “Pride of Delhi”, “Conservation of Resources”, “Removal of Social Evils” ,”Social Responsibilities” etc. On completion of painting, every child was given ‘Certificate of Participation’ and food/beverage packets, sponsored by ‘Bikano’.

R.I. Polio-plus Committee distributed Caps to all the participants to bring polio prevention awareness amongst those present.

 A wonderful magic Show was conducted by Magician Krishan Gopaal to the delight of children; meanwhile a battery of eminent judges from the art & craft fraternity diligently worked on deciding the best paintings amongst the thousands of paintings; a Herculean task in itself. The judges distributed around 40 consolation prizes for the very good paintings though less than best.; meanwhile Chief Guest Prof Kiran Walia, Hon’ble Minister for Education, Social Welfare, Woman & Child development & Languages Delhi Govt   arrived and distributed the prizes and gifts to the winners. She praised the children for their imagination putting in to spectacular paintings.

DGN J K Gaur was also present & appreciated the good work done by the Rotary Club South – West.


Kolkata Boy Akash Mukerjee : What A Boy

10-year-old’s gift to less fortunate: First pay of 1L

Subhro Niyogi TNN

10-year-old’s gift to less fortunate: First pay of 1L

Akash Mukherjee, who shares his birthday with Mother Teresa, will donate the amount to the Missionaries of Charity today

Kolkata: This 10-year-old boy could be an example to scores of residents of the City of Joy. For, he has decided to donate his first pay — an amount close to Rs 1 lakh that he earned by working in a movie — to the Missionaries of Charity.

     “I wanted to share my first earnings with the not-so-fortunate children of the city. I would have loved to buy something for my parents, too, but I think that can wait for another time,” smiled Akash Mukherjee, a Class V student of St Xavier’s Collegiate School and protagonist of the yet-to-be released Bengali movie ‘Anubhav – Ekti Ekla Chheler Goppo’. Akash will hand over the money to the organization after school hours on Monday — a day after the birthday of Mother Teresa, and incidentally Akash’s as well.

    Akash’s generosity is something his parents Manisha and Gora Mukherjee inculcated in him. They taught him the art of giving when they took him to the Missionaries of Charity on his fifth birthday. That day, after school hours, he had also paid a visit to Nirmal Hriday, a home run by the order instituted by Mother Teresa.

      “We wanted him to grow up with a sense of awareness of the world and realise the importance of giving. So we went to donate books, toys and clothes that could be used. I made sure that he gave up especially those toys that he was fond of,” recounted Manisha.

     Though Akash remembers very little about that maiden visit, trips to the home for destitutes on subsequent birthdays made him realize the joy that he could spread just by giving others what they did not have. Akash would go to the home with his parents after school, cut a cake in everyone’s presence and then share food with other children.

     “In the beginning, I would feel a slight pang when I had to give up something I really cherished. But when I saw faces light up while I handed it over to those who did not have them, it really did feel good. Now sharing or giving up is not an issue at all. It comes naturally,” said Akash, showing a maturity way beyond his years.

      Just over a year ago, Akash won the lead role in a film and loved every moment working in it. Directed by Rajesh Datta and Ipsita Roy Sarkar, the film that also stars Kushal Chakraborty, Saheb Bhattacharya, Nandini Ghoshal and Dolon Roy, is about the loneliness of a boy who overcomes it.

    In real life though, Akash has no loneliness to contend with. Not only does he have cousins and friends, Manisha too quit her job to be a full-time mother. “He made me leave the job, but I don’t regret the decision one bit,” she smiled.

       The movie opportunity came by chance and Akash’s parents did not object to it. He did the shooting over weekends and holidays. Though Akash enjoyed the experience, his parents don’t want him to act in another one anytime soon. “It is too early to say what we would want him to be other than a good human being,” said Gora. Akash, though, has his sights set on becoming a footballer.

    There had been no talk of remuneration till the shooting was completed. The directors then hesitatingly told the Mukherjees that they would like to pay Akash around Rs 1 lakh. When the couple asked their son what he would like to do with the sum, he replied without hesitation: “Give it to the Missionaries of Charity.”

    Akash Mukherjee, who shares his birthday with Mother Teresa, will donate the amount to the Missionaries of Charity today

Pakistan: Intolerant State


11-yr-old girl held in Pak on blasphemy charge 

Islamabad: An 11-year-old Christian girl has been arrested in the Pakistani capital on a charge of blasphemy after she was accused of burning pages of the Quran, police said on Saturday.

     Officials of Ramna police station said an FIR had been registered against Rimsha Masih, a resident of Umara Jaffar in Sector G-12 in Islamabad. The girl was arrested on Friday by personnel from a women’s police station after a man named Syed Muhammad Ummad filed a complaint against her.

     However, an NGO named ‘Christians in Pakistan’ reported on its website that the girl has Down Syndrome and had been falsely accused of burning 10 pages of the Quran. The NGO said other Christians living in Sector G-12 had been “threatened by extremists” who wanted to burn down their village on Friday. It said some 300 people had left their homes and were in hiding.

       The All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) is providing assistance to people who have left their homes.

    National harmony minister Paul Bhatti, who is also chairman of the APMA, has contacted Islamic clerics and police to bring the situation under control.

    Rights activists have urged the government to reform or repeal the controversial blasphemy law, which they say is often misused to persecute minorities like Christians.

     Federal minister Paul Bhatti’s brother Shahbaz Bhatti, who was the minister for minority affairs, was gunned down by extremists in Islamabad in March last year after he called for the repeal of the blasphemy law. PTI

    Zardari to Sindh: Frame law to stop forced conversions 

      Against the backdrop of reports of mass migration of Pakistani Hindus to India, President Asif Ali Zardari has directed the Sindh government to frame a draft law to amend the constitution to prevent forced conversion of the minorities in the province. The president’s decision came after he was briefed about the concerns of Hindus by his sister Faryal Talpur, a PPP lawmaker and Sindh chief minister Qaim Ali Shah. Zardari directed Shah to form a committee under to prepare the draft law to amend the constitution. PTI

      Twin suicide attacks targeting security forces kill 23 in Pak 

      At least 17 people have been killed in a suicide attack targeting security forces and several other incidents of violence took place in Pakistan’s Balochistan and Sindh provinces, officials said on Saturday. In Sharifabad area of Quetta, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Frontier Corps check post, killing five people, including three soldiers.

      In Karachi, the capital of Sindh, a fresh wave of violence erupted on Friday night when five men eating at a hotel were gunned down, while seven others were killed in different areas of the port city. PTI

Efforts Group: Independence Day Celebrations

Mr Watwani has sent an invitation to ALL of YOU.


Dear Friends,

Forwarding Efforts Group’s Independence Day celebration circular.

Flag Hoisting is at 10-00 AM on Wednesday, the 15th August 2012 followed with other program.

Venue is Efforts Group’s Recreational cum Library Center,

Opp B-4/229, Safdarjung Enclave.

Kindly see the attachment for more details.

Please inform about program to your other friends, neigbours & also Join with your family members.

with warm regards

S L Watwani
Media Co-ordinator, Efforts Group

STUDENTS CHEATED : Shameful Attitude of PSU Banks :

Shameful Attitude of PSU Banks


              Students in need of funds to pay college fees are denied loans by banks on the flimsiest grounds while thousands of crores are swindled by politicians and businessmen in the guise of loans.

Extracts from an analysis by GURPUR on NPR is appended to indicate the magnitude of frauds in banks. 



First-gen students fight for bank loans


      Chennai:DespitetheCentre’s directive to nationalized banks to extend educational loans to eligible candidates without any collateral, many banks are reluctant to do so, it has been revealed. This year, more than 100 first-generation students in the state who had scored more than 80% in their Class12examination and allottedseatsin engineering colleges are struggling to get admission because banks have refused to provide them loans without abona fidecertificatefrom the college concerned, a citybasedNGO revealedon Friday.
D Sherin of Velicham, an NGO, said: “Students attending engineering counselling have to pay an advance of 5,000.After theseatis allotted, the students have to pay the college fees within 15-20 days, failing which the seats are forfeited. Students alsocannot apply for bank loans without bona fide certificates from collegeswhich providethecertificates only after the full annualfeesis paid.”
A student from Thiruvallur, who scored 1,121 out of 1,200 in the Class 12 examination, said: “The college asked meto pay 72,000before getting theloan andsaiditwould give a bona fide certificate after paying the fees. But banks are not willing to provide loans without the certificate. So my parents have to borrow from private lenders at a huge interest.”

     “Colleges should provide bona fide certificate immediately after admissions to help students procure bank loans,” Sherin said. “Students allotted engineering or medical seats in counselling should be admitted in colleges and given time to get financial aid from the government. Some privatecolleges are charging more than whatis prescribed.”

     “Many brilliant poor students are facing difficulties to getloansfrom banks and many of them attempt suicide,” she said. Velicaham has set up a helpline (No. 9698151515) for thosein distress.


       “The bad loans of public sector banks grew by a whopping 56% during 2011-12. This has little to do with slowdown and points to a deep systemic malaise. Assuming that the government wants to do something, what steps need to be taken? And what should investors do? “


The Iceberg: Restructured Advances

      “Besides NPAs, every bank has a sizeable portfolio of restructured advances, not included in the NPAs at present. Restructured advances are those that were prevented from being classified as NPAs by rescheduling them by giving extended holiday for repayment of loaninstalments as well as interest to give the borrowers some more time to meet their commitments. Until 2001, these restructured accounts were considered NPAs, but to provide reprieve to banks and borrowers, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) magnanimously took a decision to permit these loans to be treated as standardCredit assessment in PSBs is inadequate………”

    ” Decisions with regard to large value loansusually get clouded by internal and or external pressures. It is often said that the large value loans in PSBs are often fixed in advance—much like match-fixing. This puts public resources at risk for the personal gain of industrialists with political clout. The ‘cash forloan’ scam unearthed last year revealed how this works. Most loans that are granted under (political or corporate) pressure often turn into NPAs within about a year……..”

    : Most often, financial mismanagement by borrowers results in loan defaultDebt Recovery Tribunals (DRTs) are specialised courts for speedy disposal of recovery cases filed by banks. There are 33 DRTs in the country with as many as 67,000 cases involving over Rs1,36,000 crore pending before them as on 31 March 2012…….”

    “The fact is corruption has affected DRTs too. Cases are deliberately dragged on either due to the interests of the parties or simply incompetence of the judges, giving the impression that DRTs are overloaded with work. If the speedy disposal of cases makes some of this disputed Rs1,36,000 crore available to the banks within the next two years, the government will not have to pump additional capital into banks. This will save taxpayers’ money and bring down fiscal deficit substantially…….”

West Bengal: Education and Violence :

Students beat up teachers, five injured

Prevented From Copying In Exam Hall, Students Attack Teachers At Berachampa


Kolkata: Four teachers and a non-teaching employee of Chandraketugarh Sahidullah Smriti Mahavidyalya in North 24-Parganas were beaten up after they prevented some students from cheating in the examination hall.

      The college at Berachampa, North 24-Parganas, was the centre for BA, BSc and BCom examinations and around 400 students from Basirhat College took there exams here.
They have been copying rampantly for the past few days and on Friday too they tried the same. Students taking the Sanskrit exam started copying answers from textbooks. Since it was the last day of the examinations, teachers decided to act tough. Around 1.30pm — 30 minutes before the exam concluded — they seized answer scripts from three students and wrote adverse remarks on them.

      After the examination ended, as the teachers and non-teaching employees were coming out of the examination centre, a group of students, accompanied by some outsiders, pounced on them. They first attacked one of the non-teaching employees who had alerted the teachers. They beat him up with sticks. When the teachers came to his rescue, they were also beaten up.

      Zafar Ali Mondal, the nonteaching employee, and Bengali teacher Atiqul Islam were hit by rods and were critically injured. Three others, including history teacher Rupa Chakraborty, English teacher Saurabh Bhattacharyya and education teacher Sulagna Chatterjee were also injured.

     Atiqul and Zafar received deep injuries on their skulls and started bleeding profusely. They were taken to the Berachampa primary health center and shifted to a private nursing home in Barasat after their conditions deteriorated. The doctors suggested both of them to undergo CT scan.
Meanwhile, trouble broke out at Basirhat College as well. There were rumours that students from Basirhat had been attacked at Berachampa. As a result, studentsof Sahidullah college who were taking their exams in Basirhat College were also attacked by local students.
A large contingent of police, led by senior officers, rushed to Basirhat College and rescued the Sahidullah College students.
A police team also went to Sahidullah College in Berachampa and brought the situation under control.
Education minister Bratya Basu said, “I have sought a report from the vice-chancellor of West Bengal State University with which both these colleges are affiliated. We will punish the guilty irrespective of party colour.”

Bengali teacher Atiqul Islam, who was beaten up by students at Berachampa on Friday

Terrorism: Innocent Muslim Youth Lured

‘Terror groups lure Muslim youth’

Mohammed Wajihuddin TNN 

Mumbai: The increasing arrests of educated Muslim youth from Bihar on terror charges is a cause of concern for the Muslim intelligentsia. Muslim scholars have started airing their views both in private and in publicon the “frenzy” with which educated Muslim youth are being picked up for alleged terror activities.

       The concern is also deep because most of the recent arrests have been made from north Bihar, especially Darbhanga, a backward district. In the last one year intelligence agencies have arrested 14 Muslim youth from Bihar, mostly from Darbhanga.

       The detention of Fasih Mahmood, an engineer from Darbhanga, in Saudi Arabia, is the latest proof that IM has widened its trap and might have succeeded in radicalizing a section of the educated Muslim youth. “There is a trust deficit among Indian Muslims about what the agencies say regarding involvement of Muslim youth in terrorism. If Indian Mujahideen really exists and is radicalizing educated Muslim boys, they are the biggest enemy of Indian Muslims,” says Mohibul Haque, political scientist at Aligarh Muslim University.

      Many are dismayed at the existence of a ‘Bihar module’. “The districts in Bihar from where these Muslim boys have been picked up are backward. Most of the arrested terror accused are educated. Their arrest will halt the stride Muslims had taken in education and employment post-Babri masjid demolition. The resurgence in Muslims’ educational advancement will be affected by these arrests,” said Urdu columnist Hasan Kamaal.

     Fasih studied engineering at a college in Karnataka where is he said to have come in contact with IM members. “Muslims will have to be vigilant about terror ideologues looking for fresh recruits. There is no reason why youths should join terror organizations and become mercenaries of death as they have not faced any serious discrimination,” says Firoz Ahmed who teaches at Akbar Peerbhoy College.