---- Editorial ----
With the nomination of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu as BJP's choice for Vice President,
RSS has once again shown that it dictates terms in the present dispensation. Earlier
surprising everyone BJP nominated Ram Nath Kovind as presidential candidate. It is
believed that RSS played critical role in ensuring nomination of Kovind. Both the
president and vice president candidates have deep connection with RSS and firmly
believes in the ideology of Sangh parivar. For years BJP and RSS have been yearning
for the opportunity to implement their ideology. By having absolute majority in Lokh
Sabha now they are on the mission to accomplish their aim.
As part of the mission they are making effort to place people with Sangh ideology
in all the important offices. BJP and RSS have every right to take forward their
agenda but they should not over do. India is a diverse country where people of all
faith have been peacefully living together. The secular nature of this country has
won respect across the world. However things seem to be changing for bad. In recent
year several incidents of attacks on minority communities is increasing in the country.
Unfortunately this has coincided with the formation of BJP led NDA government at
the centre. Sangh parivar for years has been fighting against secular character of
India and has been championing for turning India into a Hindu state. In BJP government
they see an opportunity to turn their dream into reality. But the move is wrath with
risk and has potential to cause major damage to secular fabric of this great nation.
---- Readers Forum ----
TRIHMS Recruitment and MCI rules
It is of great pride that a medical college is being started in our state after immense
work by a lot of people and finally it’s going to be realized. However as responsible
Doctors and concerned citizens, we would like to request and advice the concerned
department(s) and government of Arunachal Pradesh to abide by the rules and regulations
set by medical education governing body of India, Medical Council Of India (MCI)
for selection of teachers/faculty members of a medical college, which was revised
and published in The Gazette of India, dated June 8, 2017, according to which even
the selection of an Assistant professor required, apart from a post graduate degree,
experience of one year as Senior Resident in concerned subject in a recognized medical
college. This we say, so that future of our medical college is not jeopardized and
the reason is given below.
Referring to an article published in Arunachal Times on 21 September 2016 in which
our honourable Chief Minister Pema Khandu had sought support, guidance and cooperation
from the prestigious North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical
Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong, for establishment of the Tomo Riba Institute of Health
& Medical Sciences (Medical College) in the state.
We would like to bring to notice the concerned department(s) and general public about
an article published in the Shillong Times, dated 21 December 2016, entitled” MCI
Derecognises NEIGRIHMS Degrees” which reported about the de-recognition of various
post graduate seats done by MCI and the reason given by them was about the “eligibility
of professors and staff” at the PG departments of the institute. If the mother institute
from which we are seeking support, guidance and cooperation has problems with MCI
recognition due to questionable eligibility criteria of the faculty members, we should
learn our lessons and from the outset should try to set the eligibility criteria
Arunachal being in a far-fetched part of India, we might not have all the requisites
for all departments to be started but even we deserve decent medical facilities and
perhaps have to again implement “one time relaxation” rule to start functioning of
the college. The selection to faculty members should be done according to MCI rules
and one time relaxation should not be used to scrupulously admit undeserving candidates,
which in future will endanger the MCI recognition of the college, as it has happened
with some well-known colleges.
A letter from NERIST
With reference to the open letter to the Governor of the Arunachal Pradesh and President
of NERIST Society published on July 17, it is to bring to the fact of all concerned
and for the wisdom of the author of open letter.
1. It is true that NERIST is the premium technical institute in this region and its
alumni (both technical and non-technical) are working not only in India but also
rest of the world.
2. The recent disturbing news published in newspaper is due to non-release of requisite
fund from MHRD. NERIST authority is aware of responsibility of its release regarding
salary, fellowship to PG, Ph.D students. After discussion with students’ community
(SUN), NERIST has released fellowship, scholarship research scholarship for the month
of April, 2017 and for GATE scholarship for April and May, 2017 by re-allocation
of internal resources. NERIST could not release salary etc. for the month of June
because of non-release of fund from MHRD, New Delhi.
3. It is to be noted that NERIST products are getting employment /appointment in
NIT, Arunachal Pradesh and other educational institutes because of quality of products.
It is wrong information of the author that there is no Recruitment Rule. If there
is no RR how can there be recruitment during last33 years? In recent year new RR
had been placed before the BoM for improvement of the old one.
4. The appointment in NERIST is done after proper scrutiny. It is not clear what
type of technical background the author desires for the administration. All the post
in NERIST is having technical and experienced persons. Regarding appointment of Deans,
highly qualified Professors are appointed as Deans. This is a technical Institute
and not general science institute. NERIST helps NITs from time to time for its labs
and other technical knowledge which perhaps is not known to the author. The admission
process is digital and fee collection is through e-collect of SBI and UG programme
application fee is through gate way of Axis Bank.
5. It is MHRD to decide whether there should be spate faculty for its PG, PhD
and UG programme for its being a modular Institution. NERIST has advanced during
last 33 years from a small Institute to a large one through stages different specially
after Deemed University status (2005). Regarding coaching by faculty members, it
is serious allegation and administration does not allow anybody for private coaching.
If any grievances / allegations are found, authority will take necessary action as
6. The Arunachal Times is requested to furnish particulars of the author in question.
Deteriorating law and order situation
Through the column of your esteem daily, I would like to draw the kind attention
of the Home Department regarding the deteriorating law and order situation in the
The recent attack on a senior journalist, the physical attack on a youth while returning
from a bar with his friends which eventually led him to rest forever, the shooting
on a youth at Ganga market in broad daylight and the latest incident involving the
shooting on a passenger by two youth riding on a scooter is really disturbing and
sends spine chilling effect.
And as an ordinary people living in the capital, we are in constant fear for our
own safety due to the lawlessness.
It is high time the home department takes the matter more seriously. Installation
of CCTV cameras in and around the capital and in crime vulnerable areas, rigorous
patrolling in midnight needs to be taken on priorities.
With these once again I request the home department to review their security scenario
and come up with a more robust system to ensure the safety and security of the citizens.
A concern citizen
Gopalkrishna Gandhi as Vice-President
Time and numbers will tell whether Gopalkrishna Gandhi will ultimately succeed
in assuming the post of Vice-president or not, but the news of his nomination to
the said post by the opposition camp is one of the rarest of rare good news to have
graced our newspapers since decades.
Before dwelling more on Gandhi, another nice point that needs to be rejoiced over
is that at last eligibility and merit have been accorded a prime seat in India by
overriding all narrow parochial boundaries and identities of race-caste-religion
which have tarnished each and every sector of the country including the ensuing Presidential
polls where caste credentials of the candidates are being cleverly exploited and
zealously highlighted so as to reap cheap political dividend in future popular polls.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi actually represents an extremely endangered group of population
in this polity and society where all sense of humility, decency and civility are
fast yielding place to shrill rhetoric, haughtiness and bankrupt antics.
Unlike being a mere degree-holder, Gandhi is an educated gentleman in the truest
sense of the term. The ever-smiling personality is nothing but epitome of grace and
dignity. He had established himself as an extremely popular Governor of West Bengal
through his graciousness and deeds, thereby capturing the hearts of the common people.
When the Singur-Nandigram agitation was at its peak; Gandhi, instead of enjoying
the safety and comfort of Raj Bhavan(the Governor residence) or acting "neutral"
so as not to land himself in any controversy, used to visit the violence-affected
areas to assure and console the victims and initiate peace talks. Despite earning
the wrath of the ruling dispensation of the state, Gandhi used to respond to the
call of his conscience and tried his utmost to normalise the situation in the state
and ensure justice.
Again during his tenure as Bengal Governor, power situation of the state got dismal
for few months leading to regular load-shedding and darkness in various parts of
Kolkata for many hours leading to extreme inconvenience to the citizens. Since Raj
Bhavan complex is a "VIP" area, obviously it used to get spared from power cut. To
display solidarity with the common mass fed up with power cuts, Gandhi had ordered
to put off lights in Raj Bhavan also for few hours every evening! The practice continued
for few months till the power situation got normalised. Not to forget that Gandhi's
unique sacrifice had prompted the concerned authorities to buck up and urgently take
necessary remedial action in the power sector! What a brilliant specimen of virtual
protest through absolute non-violence by drawing inspiration from his illustrious
grandfather! What a conscientious personality!
During the last phase of his tenure, an extremely reputed bi-monthly Bengali literary
magazine named 'Desh' had featured Gandhi as its cover story praising his personality,
noble thoughts and deeds as Governor.
In the very next issue, Gandhi, despite not being a Bengali by birth had personally
written a letter, which got published thanking the magazine and its writers and readers
and stressing that “I do not deserve such honour”! Why don’t we learn a few things
about humility, dignity and grace from these teachers of the society?
Ending with a reference to an article titled "Kinds of begging" written by Gopalkrishna
Gandhi a year ago. The article revolved around an incident(in Chennai where he currently
resides) where he had got into his car after refusing money to a man who had begged
to have two idlis(South Indian delicacy). After driving off, Gandhi was wondering
what that beggar was thinking about him after the refusal. I quote Gandhi : "Perhaps
he was thinking that this man bundling himself into his car has never known hunger,
never known and while he will not spare a fiver for two idlis, has no problem with
begging of other kinds. Such as the begging by Make In India investors for loan or
tax waivers, the begging by corporate for subsidies and rate-freedoms at SEZs, and,
of course, airline defaults. Idli-begging is one thing, Mallya-pleading another.
The bigger the begging, the better it works". Again what a personality who publicly
acknowledges his act of refusal of money to a beggar and thereafter, perhaps following
a bit of repentance, indulges himself in an honest introspection and also reminding
the hypocrisy of this society which holds utmost contempt for the poor hapless vulnerable
beggars; but view the high-end glamorous vulgar-rich members and organisation of
the society, practically doing the very same job of begging from the State, in an
extremely forgiving and lenient light!
Pranab Mukherjee is scheduled to leave the Rashtrapati Bhavan within a few days
not only with head held high, but also displaying to us what an ideal President should
be through his noble thoughts and moral guidance. While we would surely miss his
gracious presence as the 'Conscience of the Nation', our grief would get adequately
compensated if another meritorious personality Gopalkrishna Gandhi enters the office
of Vice-President and add another bright feather to the honorable Chair.
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