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Three professors of IIT Kharagpur colluded in a Rs. 28.7 Crore scam under the pretext of developing a software named COALNET for Coal India Ltd.Till date no action has been taken on them in spite of letter from CBI to Director of IIT KGP to levy major penalty against two of the professors and minor penalty against the third professor.

All the 3 professors continue to enjoy privileges at IIT Kharagpur with one of them being promoted to the post of Dean.

Please sign on the petition at the below link to support the cause

http://www.change.org/petitions/cbi-take-action-in-rs-287-crore-coal-india-ltd-scam-at-iit-kharagpur

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The administration of NIT Warangal is yet to take corrective action over serious shortcomings and irregularities highlighted by CAG in its audit report submitted this September on Performance of NIsT from the period 2005 to 2010. The response of the administration to this report remains to be seen.

It is observed that the administration is busy in playing a blame game with the Non teaching staff rather than exploring ways to overcome the shortcomings in the smooth functioning of the institute. Most issues raised by Team Asthra were pointed to the ‘inefficiency and shortage of Non Teaching staff’. But the findings of CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) tell a different story.  The CAG report says there were an excess of 13.3 percent Non-Teaching staff (477 Non teaching staff are employed over 421 as per norms).

It looks like the non implementation of RTI act in letter and spirit can be attributed to lack of interest in the administration about tranparency and accountability in its working. The CAG report observes that massive works worth 6.23 crores were carried out during the years 2008-09 and 2009-10 without obtaining recommendations of Building and Works Committee (BWC), that is responsible for  all major construction works after obtaining the necessary administrative approval and sanction of expenditure from Board of Governors (BOGs). This points to a serious procedural lapse and abuse of power that can lead to corruption.

The NIT Warangal administration also seems to be taking in more students than approved. The report observed that 20 students in Electronics and Communication Engineering, 2 students in Mechanical Engineering and 2 students in Chemical Engineering were admitted in excess and against the norms (The administration did not provide data for Civil Engineering and Computer science courses).

The biggest shortcoming and a matter of great concern for NIT Warangal is the non-accreditation of undergraduate Biotechnology course and 16 other post graduate courses by National Board of Accreditation(NBA). Many local engineering colleges in Hyderabad have a A+ star rating for their Biotechnology course from the NBA.

While faculty shortage of 209 members is a major issue, in-house training for the current faculty also did not take place for the last 5 years. Interestingly NIT Warangal which boasts of placements is not the best among the NIsT when the average (B.Tech + M.Tech) of the placements is taken. Also the institute does not have sufficient number of computers and there is a shortage of 196 computers which would cater needs of 784 students.

The only parameter on which NIT Warangal stood ahead of other NIsT was the hostel facility however poor class room facilities and lack of 38 lecture halls (Lecture Hall and Class room are different) continue to haunt.

There is urgent need for revitalizing academics at NIT Warangal. Transparency and Accountability in the governance should be given the utmost priority in this time of crisis. The task of turning this around lies upon the senate which is responsible for the maintenance of standards of instruction, education and examination in the Institute and the vision of the Director who shall ride the chariot.

CAG REPORT : Please CLICK HERE

Unknown to many, Bhausaheb Rajaram Wakchaure, a Shiv Sena MP from Shirdi (Maharashtra) has introduced a Private Members Bill in Parliament, on 02 September 2011, seeking to amend the RTI Act 2005. He proposes the following amendments

1. That the applicant needs to give reasons for seeking information.
2. The PIO can reject the information under sec 8 if he thinks the reasons are not adequate in his opinion.

His profile

http://164.100.47.132/LssNew/Members/Biography.aspx?mpsno=4385

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002606271270&sk=info

Loksabha Bulletin on 5th sep – http://164.100.24.207/bull2/2011/05.09.2011.pdf

The proposed amendments bill is here.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/69075299/RTI-Amendment-Private-Members-Bill


AP Information Commission following the supreme court judgment on providing evaluated answer scripts under RTI has directed the AP information commission to provide certified copies of the evaluated answer sheets.

Please find the copy of order here.APIC – Answer sheets

The Medak Dist. Consumer Forum (in AP) has awarded a compensation of Rs 20,000 to an RTI applicantfor deficiency of service by the PIO – the District Education Officer (DEO) of the district.

Although the PIO argued that the applicant could have gone for a first appeal as provided in the RTI process, the consumer forum ruled that since the applicant had paid an application fee and was made to run around, this amounted to a deficiency of service.

The court also over ruled that the consumer forum had all the rights to go into the matter and award compensation for “deficiency of service” since the RTI Act only provided for Penalty and Disciplinary action but did not provide for compensation for “deficiency of service”.

Please Click Here for the full order