Sat, 01 Aug 2015 10:42:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 …………….. Finally the SHEEN is Lost. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:55:29 +0000

 Professors appointed – in gross disrespect of the law.

Dearest one of Vice-chancellor, Dr Ajit Kumar Mishra, appointed as a Associate Professor.

59 vacancies 1200+ applicants. Interviews held for 35 Vacancies, appointments made only 10.


Gorakhpur : A year has gone by since the birth of Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology. It was a challenge for the newcomer Vice-chancellor Dr. Onkar Singh Yadav to keep the educational system of the varsity in order. He lived up to the expectations, kept and reformed things in an orderly manner. Along-with his successful embarkment to the job mal-practices, corruption and bad governance are also rooting themselves deeply in the varsity system. Prior to being upgraded to a technical university, during the period of the erstwhile  Madan Mohan Malaviya Engineering College, the regime of Dr.B.B. Singh at the time of BSP government, 39 vacancies were filled by appointing near and dear ones. The caretaker of the then forming new university Prof. J. P. Saini reiterated that this kind of illegal, corrupt practices were a thing of the past and will never be repeated again. Hardly a year has gone by and in the new varsity environment, mal-practices and corruption are in full bloom. Law and order has been forgotten by the Board of Management and this matter came to light. The varsity started appointing professors without getting the Bylaws approved by the government. Though in this matter the Chancellor, the Chief Minister and the Technical Minister’s office were informed by a complaint. In spite of this, the illegal selection process is still continuing without any hindrance and has not been stopped. The news about the appointment of near and dear ones was received from confirmed sources. The truth about the personal interest and the pressure of the Vice-chancellor for the appointment of Dr Ajit Kumar Mishra on the post of Associate Professor, who is working in DAV PG College, Kanpur as an Assistant Professor was received well before the date of the interview. Eventually, after the interview it came out and he was declared selected. This fact clearly proves the process of selection is being held using shady and corrupt practices and is being supported by the government and its ministers. Still there are vacant positions in MBA, Electronics, ITRC, Computer Science, Applied Science and Civil Departments. If we accept the confirmed sources, the Board of Management met on 20 December 2014 to approve the names of selected candidates. In this meeting the names of only 10 selected candidates were approved against a total of 35 open vacancies. There were 1200+ application for a total of 59 vacancies. In these conditions, the question arises why the selection committee and the Vice-chancellor could select only 10? The selection process has not been kept transparent. If there would have been transparency the university administration could have been held accountable for those 1200+ applicants. Among persons selected in this selection process are Dr. S. M. Ali Javed, for the post of Professor, who was working as Associate Professor in MMMUT in Civil Department and Dr Ajit Kumar Mishra who has been selected as Associate Professor in English who has been working as Assistant Professor in DAVPG College, Kanpur. Similarly, 4 Assistant Professors in Mechanical Department, 2 Assistant Professors in Electrical Department and 2 Assistant Professors in Civil Department have been selected. Sources say in order to appoint Dr. Ajit Kumar Mishra the Vice-chancellor modified the results of the screening committee and Dr. Ajit Kumar Mishra, who was at the last position among 4 candidates found eligible by the screening committee, was eventually placed at the first position in the selection committee and was finally declared selected.

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Prestige of MMMUT – Will it lose its SHEEN ? ………. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:17:20 +0000
  • 1st phase of selection process to be completed on 20 Dec 2014.
  • Board of Management – All set to place its near and dear ones.
  • Objectives of the Vice-chancellor and the government shady.

    Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology, Gorakhpur is holding its first selection committee for teaching vacancies.

    In the very first selection process the seeds of corruption are being implanted with great care. This is being finalized by the Board of Management and the Limca Book of World Record holder, professor of repute, Vice-chancellor Dr. Onkar Singh Yadav. Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology, Gorakhpur has become a year old on 1st December 2014. The statutes of the university are still pending approval by the state government. In these conditions, according, to legal experts it is illegal to call for a selection process. The Board of Management of the University called a meeting in which the requisite qualifications were decided and an advertisement was placed on 17 June 2014 for the appointment of Professors, Associate Professors and Assistant Professors. Placing an advertisement was a good act but modifying the requisite qualifications just before the interviews and not advertising the vacancies again after modification naturally puts a huge question mark on the sincerity of the Board of Management. The advertisement of 17 June 2014 is in itself questionable. In Humanities and Sciences the regulations of AICTE notification of 8 November 2012 has been asked for, whereas, in engineering branches it has been relaxed. An Alumnus of MMMUT  Amol Kumar Yadav had lodged a complaint to the Chancellor/Governor on 2nd December 2014 but no action has been initiated. The Board of Management will meet on 20 December 2014 to finalize the selection process. Looking at the advertisement of 17 June 2014 a lay man can easily point out that the notification no 3742/2002 solah 1-134/94 TC dated 29 November 2002 on reservation roaster has not been followed. 20 % reservation for women has also not find its place in the advertisement. At the same time the reservation for (ST) Scheduled Tribes has also not been applied.

    The first selection process of the technical university established in the name of the well-known and renowned Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya is falling prey to the hands of corruption and malpractices. Along-with the name of the Mahamana the Vice-chancellor of MMMUT is also a world famous person. His prestige can also be marred due to this immoral and corrupt selection process. Advertisements are placed after the approval of the Board of Management and the Vice-chancellor. In such circumstances the Vice-chancellor is bound to be held responsible. If the version of the departmental sources be accepted the Board of Management modified the requisite eligibility requirements only to facilitate the appointment of near and dear ones. A member of the Board of Management on conditions of anonymity told that the selection of a professor from Kanpur is just a formality which has to be given shape in the selection process. A meeting of the Board of Management was held on 23 August 2014 in which the requisite eligibility requirements were modified. In a case of the High Court, writ no 393334/2012 and A-no.           37811/2013 of B R Ambedkar University, Agra the Hon’ble High Court has maintained that the roaster is to be applied by considering the department as a unit and not by considering the University as a unit but in MMMUT the roaster has been applied considering the university as a unit. Logically, a question arises why the university is pressing upon completing the selection process in a hurry, instead of trying to get the approval for the statutes of the university by the government? There can not be two standards for appointment in two departments of the same university. Experts say that reservation should be applied considering a department as a unit. In MMMUT the reservation policy and the roaster system of the government has not been followed at all. The reputed Vice-chancellor of MMMUT meets only a privileged few and refused to meet the correspondent who went to meet him.


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    The Tomato Game Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:56:51 +0000

       While Indian farmers are forced to dump tomatoes in the streets, Indian food processing industry merrily imports cheaper tomato paste from China

    Some decades back, soon after the Ministry of Food Processing was set up in prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure, I was speaking at the M S Swaminathan Foundation in Chennai. While most speakers were busy hyping the importance of food processing in reducing food wastage, which I am not in disagreement, I stressed on the need to ensure that the nascent food industry focuses more on sourcing local farm produce in processing rather than importing the food concentrate. Illustrating the point I made, I gave an example of the orange juice being made available in tetra-packs.

    At that time, I remember one of the popular orange juice brands had it written on the tetra-pack: “Made from freshly picked up oranges from California.”

    I am sure you will agree that if the orange concentrate is to be imported from California, all the talk of reducing food wastage becomes meaningless. Soon after my viewpoint was carried prominently by the media, the processing house at least dropped this sentence from their juice cartons.

    Yesterday, on a visit to a food processing unit in Sonepat district in Haryana, I was shocked when I was told that tomato paste is being imported in large quantities from China. In fact, most of the big brands of tomato ketchup and tomato puree are using imported paste and pulp from China. This is happening at a time when farmers are repeatedly being forced to throw tomatoes onto the streets for want of buyers. This year too, when food inflation was at its peak, reports of dumping of tomatoes by farmers had poured in from several parts of the country, including Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

    With tomato prices crashing to Rs 2 (and at several places to Re 1 per kg) farmers had no choice but to feed it to cattle or to throw it away.

    This was happening at a time when the tomato processing industry was merrily importing tomato paste and up mainly from China. While politicians, TV commentators, editorial writers stressed on the need to strengthen food processing, not many know that the existing tomato processing industry was relaying heavily on cheaper import of pulp and paste. This is not the first year for such imports, a review of reports on Google showed that such imports are continuing over the years.

    Not many know that the popular brands of tomato ketchup, tomato puree and even tomato juices that we consume at home are made from tomatoes imported from China, Nepal, Italy, USA and the Netherlands. In other words, we are inadvertently helping tomato farmers of the countries from where we import while our own farmers are left to die.

    Just in one month, between Aug 28, 2014 and Sept 28, 2014, India imported US $ 376,009 worth of dried tomato and tomato products (like paste, pulp and juice concentrate) from China, followed by US $ 94,057 worth of imports from Nepal, and US $ 44,160 from the Netherlands. Some more research, and I find that in 2010 when traders were eyeing the market opportunities in Pakistan arising from devastating floods, the Indian processing industry was busy importing tomato paste from China. A news report in the Economic Times (Oct 20, 2010) quoted Pradeep Chordia, managing director Chordia Food Products Ltd saying: “We can’t afford the high local prices so we imported 80 per cent of our requirement of tomato paste from China this year.”

    Another food processor, Akshay Bector of the Ludhian-based Rs 400-crore Cremica Group said: “There is a cost advantage in buying from China versus India where prices fluctuate.” This company supplies to McDonalds, Taj Group, ITC Group, Jet Airways, Indian Airlines, and chains such as Barista, Cafe Coffee Day, Pizza Hut, Domino and Papa John’s.

    Go back a little more, and you find a lot of Indian companies importing tomato paste way back in 2005, and even before. No wonder, tomato farmers in India have been at a great disadvantage for several years now, if not decades.

    I therefore have three suggestions:

    1. Ministry of Food Processing should encourage food processors to mention on the label the place from where the raw material is being sourced. Traceability is now an important trade issue.

    2. It should be made mandatory for the food processing units to source the raw material that is available in India, from domestic sources. This is the only way to develop the back-end infrastructure that will help reduce farm wastage.

    3. A minimum support prices should be announced for tomato which should serve as a floor price for the markets.


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    Shri Modi ,we have objection at your speech! Tue, 07 Oct 2014 12:18:21 +0000

      Dhananjy BRIJ

    There is magic in the indication of Narendra Damodar Bhai Modi. An energetic P.M. of an energetic country,spreading energy all over the world. Media in india is anxious to make him the hero of the world.The person of hypnotism is considered as wise cunning.The Indians heart winning efforter in the world Modi knows well that the Indians dwelling outside the country are his true good thinkers because Indians are only the voters to whom ,he has to meet after five years. Basic talker P.M. Modi while delivering in  America has given evidence of those advertisements who call him “Feinku”. Because of being  Indian citizens we have a hard objection at a short part of your speech …………


    1- On looking in the pages of history or observing religious books or again carbon dating or just get knowledge by archaeologists. The whole world has used to accept the wisdom of India. Modi Sahab I have a misery  that,on the world stage, you are insulting India (by saying the country of snakes and rats) as much no other P.M. Has done so before. You should had do hard objection to that journalist by giving him introduction of Vanbhatt, Baudhayan like mathematicians of India,who did such questions to you. It should be noted that,the modernity which is talked about now a days,that computer does not understand any language accept zero.

    2-What do you want to get by 30 lac Americans on Ganga sanitation plan ?As much spreading crude and dirtiness work,you are watching in the whole country , that happens due to clean such type of rich people.

    3-In the world father of the nation of carrier of truth and Ahinsa is whenever called by any Indian in any country , he is seen by the view of respect. By taking such bapuji’s name you did not feel only any difficulty but also you  pronounced him as Mohan Lal Gandhi in the form of Mohan Das Gandhi.

    4-During indication some businessman was looking except prime minister,who was so cleverly talking to the world that in our country approximately 85 crores young labors are ready to be grinded in machine of the world, when will this colonialism be stopped ? Come to the point,is the labor geography of Bihar and U.P. in front of two developed states Maharashtra and Gujrat less than any colonialism ?

    5-Bad health services of our own country teasing us .40 thousand people of eastern up alone were gobbled up by Encephalitis. Among the worse condition of health on the world stage you not only insulted ladies’ respect but also not judged with the ill condition of the country.

    6-A very fond of direct debating all matters corporate sant shri Modi when you got stage in the country like America then at Gujrat riots it was a nice opportunity to clarify the world at which you said nothing . And you just sang the raga of the rurality of the world that the restriction in the developing wheel of india was seen. In American policy system we have to be aware all the time.History is witness here that American Oscar Slum Dog Milliner is polled ,not the Mother India.





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    100 Days performance: Modi Government Mon, 06 Oct 2014 12:36:52 +0000 I am sure you noticed it. The first 100 days of the performance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government has turned into a big marketing event. This is probably the first time that some of the big media houses had employed marketing agencies to conduct nationwide surveys. The results were splashed on the front pages, and TV channels not only dissected the survey report throughout the day but also held panel discussions.

    In a way, 100 Days performance, which was more or less a journalistic exercise all these years, has now been upgraded by the markets. Like the Father’s Day, Mother’s day or Valentine Day, I’ll not be surprised if 100 Days also becomes a once-in-five-year marketing ritual. Rating agencies can now find another opportunity for garnering more business.

    Once the markets takeover, it is the voice of the big business that resonates. Backed by the rising stock markets, the completion of 100 days of Modi government became a perfect event for the markets to appreciate, exhort and provoke the Prime Minister to push for more investments. With respondents being drawn from different genders, age groups and socio-economic strata, as the different surveys would explain, the common thread that ran through all the surveys that I came across was the need to push for more of the same i.e. reduce subsidies, provide more sops/incentives for industry, and make land acquisitions easy and cheap.

    Nothing else mattered.

    In fact, the entire thrust of the 100 days marketing exercise, also evident from some of the columns that appeared in mainline newspapers, was to primarily pressurize the Prime Minister to go in for what is called the big ticket reforms. I am not sure how much weight the media blitz would have on Narendra Modi’s thinking and approach in future, but what is evident so far is that he is taking very calculated steps. The emphasis on constructing toilets and asking MPs/MLAs to use the MPLAD funds to fund its construction in schools, public places as well as for every household across the country is something that does not enthuse the markets. Nor did his strong position at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by refusing to sign on the Trade Facilitation Treaty unless a permanent solution to protect India’s food security is found, was palatable to pro-market apologists. And I liked when he said “this decision may invite some media criticism in international and national press, but India will not compromise the livelihood security of its farmers” In my understanding that was a powerful statement for the international trading community, something that has never been said and done by the previous Prime Ministers.

    Participating in several TV discussions to evaluate the 100 days performance, I had particularly highlighted the decisive role the Prime Minister Office has now begun to play. The discipline and work culture that is being demonstrated by his Cabinet colleagues has percolated to the government machinery. This is no less an achievement that the bureaucrats and officials now come in time and do not fritter away the public exchequer like the way it was being done all these years. A strong work culture when it spreads to the State governments will certainly make a difference. I am looking for the day when the bureaucracy welcomes you with a smile and attends immediately to your queries.

    What comes out very clearly is the real desire to use his mandate to bring about a difference, but it cannot be at the cost of social and environmental upheavals. Containing food inflation for instance is a top priority for the government, but it does not mean punishing farmers for producing more. In the garb of keeping inflation low, the Food & Agriculture ministry has clamped down on the procurement prices blaming it for the rise on food prices. This year, while the government employees are getting 107 per cent DA allowance, farmers are penalized by almost freezing the procurement prices at the last year level.

    On top of it, Food Ministry has directed the State governments not to provide a bonus over the procurement prices, and if they still do the Centre will withdraw from making procurement. In a way, this dictat goes against the election promise of providing farmers with a higher procurement price.

    The taciturn approval for GM crops, and the restructuring of the public distribution system too needs to be revisited. The government cannot have a double approach of opposing WTO rules in the name of protecting farmers, and at the same time go in for autonomous liberalization as proposed by the markets. Removing procurement would spell a death-knell for farmers, and the government appears keen to do so. This is primarily because the same set of economic advisors that the Congress had in its 10 year of misrule are now back, advising the Madi government. I have always said that the people who were responsible for the crisis cannot be expected to provide a solution to emerge free from the same crisis.

    From the ramparts of the Red Fort, the Prime Minister had made a commitment which needs to be applauded. While wanting India t turn into a manufacturing hub, he had spelled out that he was in favour of “Zero Defect, Zero Effect” meaning that no destruction of the environment would be allowed. But the way Ministry of Environment & Forests has gone about clearing pending projects, and also rejecting the Madhav Gadgil report to keep the ecologically-sensitive western Ghats free of mining and other harmful industries. At the same time the efforts to dilute the National Green Tribunal Act, the Forests Rights Act and the Land Acquisition laws shows that ‘zero effect’ is being openly impinged upon.

    The markets would never raise these concerns. The reason is obvious. They consider environmental norms to be coming in the way of speedier industrial development. That is why you will hardly find the mainline media talking about these social and environmental impacts that the country has to be careful about. It is in this connection that I am vary at the way marketing agencies has taken over the entire debate on the performance of the Modi government. I am sure the Prime Minister would ensure that development has to be pro-people, pro-gender and pro-environment. There can be no compromise here.


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    The Poverty Game Sat, 04 Oct 2014 13:53:02 +0000

      World Bank, Asian Development Bank and India’s Planning Commission comes out with three magical figures

    The magicians are out on the stage. The challenge before them is to compute poverty. performing the vanishing trick, and that too without any compassion, they perform the statistical jugglery. Leading the pack is the World Bank. In its latest poverty vanishing trick the World Bank revisits its Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) index, and in one stroke it reduces India’s poverty from over 402 million in 2005 to a very impressive 98 million in 2010.

    On the other hand, the Asian Development Bank has revised its poverty line to $ 1.51 per person (from the existing $1.25), and India’s poverty in 2010 rises to 584 million or 47.7 per cent of the population. The gap between 584 million and 98 million is so huge that one is forced to dismiss both the estimates as unreal.

    Here comes the third magician. An expert committee under Prof C Rangarajan, a former economic advisor to the Prime Minister, submitted its report to India’s Planning Commission in July this year. By revising the poverty line to Rs 32 in rural areas and Rs 47 in urban areas, Rangarajan committee actually added another 93.7 million thereby raising the number of total poor to 363 million or 29.5 per cent of the population.

    So now we have three estimates: 98 million, 363 million and 584 million.

    Isn’t this shocking? While not many Indians will believe that Rangarajan committee’s estimates are anywhere near the reality, and in fact is a gross underestimation of the extent of poverty in India, the World Bank’s latest estimates only shows that poverty does not require Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets to be achieved or any real effort to combat poverty and squalor. All it needs is a few economists who can play around with statistics. These economists can perform the vanishing trick much better than the Indian rope trick.

    According to the World Bank’s latest estimates, global poverty has come down overnight from 1.2 billion to 571 million.

    The earlier poverty line figure in India was Rs 27 for rural areas and Rs 33 for urban areas as computed by the Tendulkar committee a year back. This had raised a storm over the faulty and impractical estimates necessitating the setting up of yet another committee under C Rangarajan. And if the recommendations of the Rangarajan committee are to be believed, it tells us that there is something dubiously wrong with the way India is trying to deliberately keep poverty low. In all fairness, the new poverty line is nothing but a starvation line. It only tells us how many people need emergency food aid.

    World Bank’s projections are still worse. In order to justify economic liberalization, it has been trying to fiddle around with social indicators as well as the poverty line to establish that the market mantra is working. World Bank’s chief economist Kaushik Basu defends the exercise by saying: “In case a dollar in Ghana can buy three times what it can but in the United States, then a person who earns 1,000 dollar each month in Ghana is said to earn 3,000 in terms of PPP-adjusted dollars”. But the reality is that even in the United States, despite being a privatized economy, hunger has shattered 25 years record. A record 49 million people, one in seven, depend upon food coupons to meet their daily food needs. One in four lives in poverty in America.

    The World Bank is wrong. In case of India, with or without the new PPP index of the World Bank, I would like to know what can a poor with a daily income of Rs 47 in urban areas buy three times more than what he can buy in America with the same money. It therefore tells us that economists are no different from the famed Indian magicians. They too can perform the vanishing magic trick with alacrity.

    Global empirical evidence is now emerging challenging the World Bank’s deliberate underestimation of poverty. Recent studies (ECLAC 2002, 2011) have conclusively shown that in Latin America for instance actual poverty rates are twice than what the World Bank had projected. More recently, on April 11, 2014, a study by the University of Bristol published in the Journal of Sociology concludes that the World Bank is painting a ‘rosy’ picture by keeping poverty too low due to its narrow definition. Dr Christopher Deeming of the Bristol University’s School of Geographical Sciences is quoted as saying: Our findings suggest that the current international poverty line of a dollar a day seriously underestimates global poverty.”

    In India too, the entire effort of policy planners as well as the numerous expert committees constituted over time to estimate poverty have simply tried to brush the realities under the carpet. While Rangarajan Committee tabulates a new poverty line, way back in 2007, Arjun Sengupta committee report had estimated that 77 per cent of the population or 834 million people were unable to spend more than Rs 20 a day. But more recently, the consumer expenditure data presented by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) 2011-12 paints before us the grim realities.

    Accordingly, if you are spending more than Rs 2,886 per month in the rural areas and Rs 6,383 in the urban areas you are part of the top 5 per cent of the country’s population. In other words, those spending more than Rs 6383 in urban areas are in the same category as Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata, Nandan Nilekani et al. For the rest 95 per cent, roughly 118-crore people, life in any case remains tough. With or without the growth trajectory, their life hasn’t changed. In fact, with the aggressive pitching by the corporate-controlled media, the growing social divide is getting completely ignored. Poor have simply disappeared from the economic radar screen.

    Another estimate exposes the glaring inequalities. The economic wealth of 56 people is equal to the economic wealth of 600 million people. No wonder when we take averages like the rising average income, it hides the rapidly growing inequalities. The mainline economic thinking is that the 600 million would benefit from a trickle-down impact. Now with the number of absolute poor being reduced with a magic stroke, the World Bank will succeed in painting a rosy picture by brushing the poor under the carpet in one single sweep hides the truth. With the passage of time, these unchallenged statistics will be repeatedly used and get accepted over time.

    Unless the World Bank makes an immediate correction, all projections of removing ‘extreme poverty’ by 2030 would be as farcical as the new poverty estimates are. But I doubt if there would be an international uproar forcing the World Bank to redraw the poverty line. At this rate, in the next five years when the World Bank will revise its PPP index, poverty in India on paper will disappear. The poor in India will one day suddenly wake up to find themselves bracketed with those living in opulence. That’s the power of statistical jugglery. #

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