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DAVV became centre of excellence for e-management

Elections are probably the biggest democratic festival a democratic country celebrates and none could remain untouched with the excitement of the run up to the polls. Being the election year, education scenario too witnessed a flurry of activities all the year round. As reins of power changed hands at the fag end of the year, the university and the schools are looking up to 2004 for changes.

india Updated: Oct 17, 2006 18:41 IST

Elections are probably the biggest democratic festival a democratic country celebrates and none could remain untouched with the excitement of the run up to the polls. Being the election year, education scenario too witnessed a flurry of activities all the year round. As reins of power changed hands at the fag end of the year, the university and the schools are looking up to 2004 for changes.

DEVI AHILYA VISHWAVIDYALAYA: If the four-starred university had the achievement of being the first university in the country to be established as a centre of excellence for e-management by the University Grants Commission, it was also the year when the infamous fake mark sheet scam was exposed, which involved over 50 students and teachers and two university employees. The issue is now in the court.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Vice-chancellor Dr Bharat Chhaparwal said that the year had not been static for the university. There had been all round academic and cultural activities. When asked about the disappointment of 2003, the vice-chancellor said the proposal of establishing an Institute of Medical and Health Sciences could not be implemented because of the guidelines.

“The clause of having a 300 bed hospital stopped the proposal from taking shape, otherwise we had the approval of the State Government to use their beds in the government medical facility,” Dr Chhaparwal said.

The university is already finishing the construction of a new pharmacy college building and the convention centre. Also construction of a new entrance gate is in progress at the Takshashila Campus on Khandwa Road.

Recalling other achievements, Dr Chhaparwal said that for the first time the university organised a common admission test for admissions to law colleges. Taking strict action against the colleges not adhering to the set guidelines, the university administration cancelled them as examination centres.

The election duties again plagued the teaching processes in the colleges and Simhastha in 2004 has made the university announce start of examinations as early as February 19, 2004. November saw the maximum activities as a case of alleged plagiarism came to light against a university professor Dr Jayant Sonwalkar. The university has instituted a probe in the matter. In the same month, the Higher Education Department brought the university in a fix by sending it a letter to introduce environment as a subject in the middle of the session. There was widespread protest against the move and finally the Supreme Court ordered that the course be introduced from the next session.

On the concluding note, Vice-chancellor Dr Bharat Chhaparwal expressed hope about the new government and said that the university would march towards excellence in the current session as well.

SCHOOL EDUCATION: To start the new year, regional officer education Anand Jain took over from in-charge regional officer Shailja Shrivastava in February. The month was peak for examinations and strict actions were taken in cases of copying.

Further, then Chief Minister Digvijay Singh opened his kitty for the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes students. He announced scholarships for studying abroad and increased seats in SC-ST hostels. Later, in the year he announced the universalisation of primary education for all in the State.

The examination and power problem cropped up at the same time and criticism for the State Government continued.

Regional Officer Anand Jain said that Commissioner School Education B S Saha conducted two inspections in the area while he himself conducted more than 270 inspections during the period. In the evaluation period, police cases were filed against teachers who had not turned up for evaluation of copies.

By March-April, as the new session opened its eyes, fresh chaos regarding stringent guidelines for school affiliations figured. The schools finally settled their doubts after intervention of Chief Minister.

As the mid session arrived, schools were abuzz with election activities. With Simhastha-2004 coming near, the Education Department decided to hold examinations early. As government schools and school teachers were occupied with voting process, there were hectic activities to complete the course on time. Meanwhile, the private schools of the city were seen growing more competitive as new schools joined the league making Indore a capital of sorts in public schools.

With two schools of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan announcing their arrival this year, the parents were in a fix as to which is the real one. With the intervention of the trust members it was finally settled that both schools belong to the same parent organisation.

With eyes on growth, Choithram School too announced its new North Campus International Wing and introduced the International Baccalaureate system. Emerald Heights International too was not far behind and started the Cambridge Examination system to join the international platform. With evolving times, most schools of the city adopted newer subjects like biochemistry, biotechnology, entrepreneurship management etc after CBSE approval. Even music was added as a subject by the Board. The CBSE school cluster, Sahodaya organised many activities for the adopted schools all the year round.

First Published: Dec 31, 2003 13:42 IST