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

Visit to Energy Center: 17 Feb 13

Beware of Teaching Shops

English institute takes Ukrainian duo for a ride
Couple Moved District Consumer Forum Against Poor Teaching,

Awarded Rs 55,000 Compensation

Hetal Vyas TNN

     Bangalore: They came all the way from Kiev to learn English in Bangalore. But Kovalova Natalia and his wife, both Ukraine nationals, ended up getting lessons in India’s consumer protection law, thanks to a legal battle thrust upon them by an institution that promised to teach them English.

      The Ukrainians successfully fought for their right and won compensation of Rs 55,000 and refund of Rs 35,000 they paid as fees to ‘learn English’.

     The couple moved the 3rd additional district consumer disputes redressal forum in January this year against the head manager, English Center, based in RT Nagar and Kammanahalli.

     In their complaint, the Ukrainians alleged: “Classes were being conducted by incompetent and untrained teachers and there were no adequate equipments to teach.”. They alleged that when they made a complaint with the head manager, English Center, at RT Nagar they were asked to cough up Rs. 70,000 more ‘to get good-quality education’.
The duo had contacted the institute following an advertisement on a website in which it claimed to be the ‘largest training institute imparting various levels of English-learning courses’.

     “ We incurred heavy expenditure for air fare, lodging and boarding. We also paid Rs 35,000 towards the course fee for two persons,” their complaint stated.

     In its order, a bench of president T Rajashekhariah and member HM Shivalingappa noted: “Classes were being conducted by incompetent and untrained teachers. Had the opposite party not promised good-quality teaching, the complainants wouldn’t have joined the course. They faced financial loss.”

     The court on August 7 directed head manager, English Center to pay the complainants within 30 days Rs 35,000 (fee), Rs 50,000 as compensation for causing inconvenience and depriving the duo from availing quality course and Rs 5,000 as cost towards litigation.

Painting Competetion By Rotary in DELHI on 29 Jan 2012

Dear Sir / Madam,

      Children are invited for this year’s  Rotary South – West’s  On the Spot

Poster Painting Competition on Sunday, the 29th Jan 2012.
( Accompanying teachers, parents & guardians  will also enjoy the excitement at the venue)

Venue: ARSD College, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi with entrance from Ring Road.

Please  also note the following other important information:

Participation is FREE. Registration of participants will be on the spot starting at 11-00AM.
No restriction  on any number of children from any school & any area or RWA.

Participation Certificate will be given to all children.

 Free refreshment will be given to each participating child.

Competition is in FOUR Age Groups ( See attached Poster for details).  Also please see  other details in this poster including organisers names etc to contact for any clarification.

Topics for poster painting are  as under:- 

Metro, Flyovers, Commonwealth Games, Tourism, Republic Day, Rotary Blood Bank, Akshardam temple

2. Conservation of Resources
Water, Energy, Oil……

3. Social Crime
Crime against Women, Child abuse, Road Rage, Blue line menace, Corruption.

4. Social Responsibilities
End polio now,Pollution, Blood Donation, AIDS, Civic Sense, Care for elderly, Hunger, Disaster Management, Health & Humanity, Master Plan 2021, Solid Waste Management, Traffic Sense, Terrorism, My Family, Mobile Mania, Women Safety, Global Warming.

S L Watwani

PS:  For those attending for the first time, attaching a few pictures also of last year to show the interest & excitement at VENUE.
Please circulate this mail to your other friends in your mailing group for their information too.

Gandhi art Contest Montreol:

Indian kids win Gandhi art contest

September 13, 2010

  • Indian kids win Gandhi art contest

    MONTREAL: The Mahatma Gandhi International Foundation, under the leadership of its Founder and President, artist Suraj Sadan, has been organizing…

Marie-Eve Gagnon, Coordinator for exhibitions with artist Suraj Sadan

MONTREAL: The Mahatma Gandhi International Foundation, under the leadership of its Founder and President, artist Suraj Sadan, has been organizing an art exhibition-contest for the youth. The purpose of this contest is to encourage young people aged 14 to 20 to creatively explore the ideals and messages of non-violence, through drawing and painting. This year, the third year of the contest, the competition went international with the aim of having a multicultural perspective of non-violence.

Entries were received from India, the USA, and Canada.

Suggested themes related to non-violence included friendship, peace, love for nature, love for animals, care for elderly, and environment protection.

Three 1st prizes of $100 were awarded to: ”Care for Elderly”, by Praveen Kushawa, 16 yrs old (India),

“Friendship”, by Furkan Pathan, 16 yrs old (India), and

”Peace” by Nakul Singal, 16 yrs old (India).

Three 2nd prizes of $50 were awarded to: ”Tête à tête avec le monde”, by Mélanie Le Berre, 19 yrs old (Canada), ”Peace” by Parth Shah, 13 yrs (USA), and ”Friendship” by Sarthak Joshi, 13 yrs old (USA).
The Foundation will showcase the winners at the Galerie d’Arts contemporains, in Montreal, on September 24 and 25.

First Prize winner Praveen Kushwaha studies in Govt. Boys Secondary School in Kavita Colony, Delhi

First Prize winner Furkan Pathan studies in Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

First Prize winner Nakul Singal studies in Delhi Police Public School, New Delhi

2nd Prize winner Sarthak Joshi studies in Delhi Police Public School, New Delhi

2nd Prize winner Melanie Le Berre is from Montreal-Canada

2nd Prize winner Parth A. Shah studies in Manorville, NY
East Port South Manor, Jr. – Sr. High School , USA

India Post News Service


Bangalore : Anglo-Indians get new nursing seats quota

Anglo-Indians get new nursing seats quota


Bangalore: The number of nursing seats reserved for Anglo-Indian community has been increased. MLA Derrick M B Fullinfaw, who represents the community in the assembly, shared this information on Tuesday.

He said: “BSc-reserved nursing seats have been increased from 1 to 10 and there will be 2 more for general nursing and five more seats for MSc nursing. This will be a great boon to women of the community.”

He lauded another move by primary and secondary education department, which increased annual fee concession for Anglo-Indian children studying in English-medium schools to Rs 5,000 from Rs 3,000 per student. “I’d requested the minister in 2008 and it has been implemented. But several Anglo-Indian students studying in SSLC board schools need this concession as it’s currently only for ICSE syllabus students,’’ he said.
He mentioned several problems the community faces and urged the government to look into them. “Housing is a major problem.

We request the CM to help them by providing BDA sites. Hardly has any Anglo-Indian obtained an Ashraya site or house pro vided by the government since 1993,’’ he said. An other issue was communi ty halls: “We don’t have community hall and we re quest the government to provide at least one com munity hall out of several unused ones and I’ll get the renovation done from my MLA fund.’’

He urged the central government to restore the reservation which was in place till 1960 in organi zations such as the rail ways. He pointed out that there are about 5,000 An glo-Indians living in Ban galore and about 12,000 people in the state. Sev eral families live in Mysore, Kolar, Bellary and Hubli, he said.

Andhra: Telugu professors do homeland proud

Telugu professors do homeland proud


Hyderabad: It is said that if there’s one thing Telugus value more than gold, it’s education. What’s well known is that in the best of universities across the world, Telugus are among the creme de la creme of the student pool. But not content with just learning, Telugus are also making a mark for themselves as teachers.

Donning a teacher’s robe is not a novel career choice, just one that has been largely overshadowed by the more visible options of engineering and medicine for Telugus. But these intellectually inclined folk can no longer be ignored.

Analysts estimate that there are easily more than 300-400 academicians of Telugu origin in universities across the US alone, including the Ivy League. They are not just fixtures in the Foreign Language or the South-Asian Studies departments but are distinguished research scholars, professors, heads of departments, deans, vice presidents, among others.

Some very distinguished academicians are people of Telugu origin. Consider Mysore-born Telugu man Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao (popularly known as CR Rao).

Currently a Professor Emeritus at Penn State Unisity, 89-year old Rao is a living legend and among the best known statisticians in the world. He has won innumerable awards, has 28 honorary degrees from u n ive r s i t i e s over 17 countries and has his name etched in history for giving ‘Cramer-Rao bound’ and ‘Rao-Blackwell theorem’ to the world.

Contemporary IT students will certainly have heard of Raj Reddy, the man behind the establishment of the IIIT at Hyderabad. A native of Katur in Chittoor district, this former professor at Stanford University is a pioneer, having founded the first-of-its-kind Robotics Institute in Carnegie Mellon University, way back in 1979.

CR Rao and Raj Reddy might be most prominent, but many other Telugus are shining on the American academic scene. Dr Balamurali Ambati, India’s own ‘Doogie Howser’ became the world’s youngest doctor when graduated at 17.

So what drives these academicians to become the achievers that they are?”Telugus do not care for name, fame or designation but teach because of their love for teaching,” explains Pudur Jagdeeswaran, a professor at the University of North Texas. He believes that Telugus, like most Indian professors, are able to bring more to their classroom because of their global outlook. Besides that, their excellent academic records, commitment to hard work and training skills nurtured in India help, he adds.

Which probably explains why several of these academicians are occupying responsible positions in their universities as well. For instance Krishna Palepu, the Senior Associate Dean for International Development at Harvard Business School and also Ross Walker professor of Business Administration. Michael Rao is the President of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Breaking stereotypes, more and more Telugu teachers are reaching beyond subjects of engineering and medicine to social sciences, media and cultural studies, journalism etc. Speaking for Indian academicians (particularly Telugus) former professor of journalism, Ananth Babbilli also Dean, Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs at Texas A&M says, “Our intellectual depth nurtured by a multicultural and diverse cultural milieu in which we grew up, coupled with a confident global intuition are the secrets of our success”. He received the Texas Professor of the Year award by the Carnegie Foundation.

Vamsee Juluri, professor of Media Studies at University of San Fransico says that its natural for Telugus to be excellent professors, no matter what their subject, because they come from a culture of learning and a mindset that requires respect for education. On his part he always trying to break stereotypes and represent the Telugu voice of India in his class. He routinely screens Tollywood movies to hisDo students to give them a better insight into Telugu culture.

While spreading gyan among global students, mana gurus seem to be doing their homeland proud.

Top Dons
CR Rao Raj Reddy Dr Balamurali Ambati Pudur Jagdeeswaran Krishna Palepu Michael Rao Ananth Babbilli Vamsee Juluri

From rags to role model


Hyderabad: In 1986, a young couple from a middle-class family from Gannavaram, a small town in Andhra Pradesh, left behind their children to go to USA, seeking a job and an opportunity for a better life. Today, they are a role model in the society they live in.

Prasad Thotakura, who started off his career as a teacher, was a marketing manager in Mobil Oil Corporation, Texas, for 10 years before assuming the post of President Elect of Telugu Association of North America (TANA), General Secretary of Indian American Friendship Council (IAFC) and the COO of – a webportal that helps connect more than a million South-Asians.

Prasad has been a member of the IAFC for eight years, an organisation cited by the Congress for its work in strengthening Indo-American relations. Prasad says he works with the IAFC because “it aims to bring minorities closer to the mainstream and endeavours to educate US policy makers to needs of Indians.”

Towards this end, it actively supports Indian Americans running for office on bi-partisan levels and aims to encourage youth to take part in active politics. Prasad Thotakura is known for his fund-raising efforts, notably for raising more than half a million dollars for victims of Orissa cyclone, Gujarat quake and the Kargil war.

In 1996, he also led a team of volunteers to coordinate a fund-raising effort for relief during the Andhra Pradesh cyclone. Prasad is on the Board of Directors of Dallas Fort Worth’s World Affairs Council; on the Asian Advisory Committees of American Cancer Society, Texas; International Theatrical Art Society and several other prestigious councils involved in social service and community welfare.

All this seems a far cry from his humble beginnings when he and his wife had to resort to a number of odd jobs to put themselves through college in the US. Then, their zeal for a stable sustenance was fuelled by an all-consuming desire to bring their children, who they had left in India.

They succeeded in doing so in 1990, four years after they had entered US. The hard work he and his wife put in during the time was the stepping stone to their success, says Prasad.

He claims while he strives to contribute to the country he lives in, his mind and heart, is and will always be, in India.

With a firm belief that education is the key to India’s future, Prasad set up a Krishna Education Development Fund in the Krishna District in the State, which has helped over 900 meritorious students go to college. But that’s just the beginning of his plans for a shining India, he promises.