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The of the civil services (preliminary) examination 2015 held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on August 23 have been declared.

The successful candidates will have to apply online in a detailed application form for the civil services (main) exam to be held on December 18.

The application form will be available on UPSC website (www.upsc.gov.in) from October 29 till November 13, the UPSC said in a statement.

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राष्ट्रपति प्रणव मुखर्जी का स्कूली बच्चों को पढ़ाना, शिक्षक दिवस पर मोदी का बच्चों से संवाद और जी-20 देशों का आर्थिक सम्मेलन शुक्रवार को सुर्ख़ियों में रहेंगे.

भारत के राष्ट्रपति प्रणब मुखर्जी आज नई दिल्ली में डॉ. राजेंद्र प्रसाद सर्वोदय विद्यालय में विद्यार्थियों और शिक्षकों से बात करेंगे.

राष्ट्रपति इसके पहले ग्यारहवीं और बारहवीं क्लास के बच्चों को पढ़ाएंगे. इसके बाद वह शिक्षकों से बातचीत करेंगे.

मुखर्जी का यह कार्यक्रम दूरदर्शन के समाचार चैनल पर दोपहर 11.55 बजे से सीधा प्रसारित किया जाएगा.

आज प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी एक दिन पहले शिक्षक दिवस मनाएंगे क्योंकि इस बार शिक्षक दिवस और जन्माष्टमी एक ही दिन पड़ रहे हैं.

मोदी आज दिल्ली में छात्रों से बातचीत करेंगे. नेशनल इन्फॉर्मेटिक्स सेंटर के ज़रिए उनके इस कार्यक्रम का सीधा प्रसारण किया जाएगा.

आज तुर्की में वित्त मंत्री अरुण जेटली जी-20 वित्त मंत्रियों व केंद्रीय बैंकों के गवर्नरों के दो दिवसीय सम्मेलन में हिस्सा ले रहे हैं.

दो दिन की इस बैठक में उनके साथ रिज़र्व बैंक के गवर्नर रघुराम राजन भी अंकारा में हैं.

इस बैठक में वैश्विक आर्थिक हालात का जायज़ा लिया जाएगा. इसके अलावा इस बैठक में देश एक दूसरे के आर्थिक नीतियों पर चर्चा भी करेंगे.

आज दिल्ली में नीति आयोग की एक उप-समिति में शामिल मुख्यमंत्री केंद्र सरकार की योजनाओं पर अपने मतभेद दूर करने और अपनी रिपोर्ट को अंतिम रूप देने के लिए मिलेंगे.

केंद्र सरकार की 72 योजनाओं को घटा कर 30 कर देने के प्रस्ताव पर अभी राज्यों की एक राय नहीं बनी है.

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Minority affairs minister Najma Heptulla and agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh will in Patna, on Monday, jointly launch the first pilot project as part of a skill development programme for madrasa students. The project will be inaugurated on the same day in two madrasas in Motihari district as well via remote video link side-by-side with the main launch event in Patna, which will take place in Idara-e-Shar’iya at Sultanganj.

“This training programme started under the Skill Development Programme of Maulana Azad National Academy for Skill (MANAS) is being undertaken in the traditional educational institutions of minorities for the first time. The programme is aimed at providing an opportunity of skill development training to the minority students at these institutions without any intervention in its educational activities near their home,” an official statement said.

It will also benefit girls and women living nearby and madrasa students may find it easier to gain employment after taking part in the training. The government will ensure employment of 75% of the students trained under MANAS and provide low interest loans to those students who intend to start their own business, the statement added.

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I finished my diploma course at the Films and Television Institute of India (FTII) in 1995, within the stipulated three-year time frame. Up until 2000, batches following mine too completed their course in time, give or take small delays.

When I was studying at FTII, there were four disciplines – direction, camera, sound and editing – which could take 10 students. So, in any given year, there were 120 students on the campus. But, around 1999, three more disciplines were added — production, acting and screenwriting. But, the infrastructure remained the same and soon, problems started.

In 1999, under the directorship of Mohan Agashe, the administration came up with a new course structure. Instead of a three-year course there would be three one-year courses. At the end of each year a student would have to reapply for specialization and they could be either eliminated from or elevated to next year. As per this decision 80 students were to be admitted in that academic year (as against 32 students earlier).

This was a seriously flawed decision and the idea of forced elimination of students was severely criticized. The old system was then reinstated within a year. The elimination process had half the number of students reaching the final year, but once it was removed, the entire batch was pushed up, adding 50 per cent more students than planned. This even as the infrastructure remained the same.

The 2008 batch suffered the most for these decisions because by then, a huge backlog of delayed projects had built up. It was clear to the faculty in 2000 itself that the incoming batch of students would not be able to complete their studies in three years. The faculty and the administration knew the 2008 batch was in for delayed courses. Then how can the batch be blamed for the delay? The faculty recommended that 2008 be declared a zero year. The crucial seat of the head of the department of direction too had been lying vacant for three years. But at the ministry’s instance, FTII announced admissions for 2008.

READ ALSO: FTII crisis — Director, dean differ on ‘bouncers’

Around this time, the Supreme Court had asked the FTII to implement the 27.5 per cent OBC reservation without reducing the strength of the general category. So, in September 2008, 94 students were admitted including the acting students. The first year went of smoothly and then everything started falling apart. Late July, 2009, swine flu forced the closure of the hostels and the institute.

This was followed by other disruptions. The International Students Film Festival was held to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema, followed by the National Students Festival. In 2009 the government also appointed the consultancy, Hewitt Associates, to recommend steps to upgrade FTII. Its report, which led to an uproar, was a barely disguised recommendation to privatize the institute.

The government was forced to scrap this report. A new committee was appointed under the chairmanship of PK Nair, the former director of National Film Archives. Many famous alumni spent over a year analyzing various issues – the change from analogue to digital and possible ways to clear the academic backlog. This effort was made without any grant and everyone worked selflessly on it. But till date, the Nair Committee Report has not even been tabled.

The 2009 batch, whose classes have started in January 2010 managed to complete the course by January 2015. This was made possible by giving it priority over the 2008 batch! No one knows the logic for this decision. In effect, the 2009 batch finished its course in five years pushing the 2008 batch to its seventh year. It is these students who suffered the most for FTII’s reckless decisions, and also faced assessment and expulsion threats. This crisis spiraled into the gherao and the infamous midnight arrest.

FTII’s core problem lies in the functioning of its director who holds all powers. He has to function not only as a guide but also as a mentor, rector, psychologist and mediator. But most FTII directors come from IAS or allied services and are not prepared to play these roles.

The biggest problem is that the FTII is only a tiny blip on the I&B ministry’s large radar. For them it’s a media wing, not an academic institution. All the educational institutions under the I&B ministry account for less 3 per cent of its budget. The HRD ministry on the other hand understands how crucial teachers/researchers and faculty are to an institution.

Early in the ongoing crisis, one of the senior-most I&B officials called me to discuss FTII’s problem. A group of us had a four-hour meeting with ministry officials. A five-point agenda was submitted on the immediate steps that needed to be taken. The minister himself admitted to us that, “we haven’t made the best of the choices, but as a government we cannot retract”. We were asked for recommendations to save the “face” of the government. We were assured that all our recommendations would be implemented.

But nothing happened. We continued our dialogue and then Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raju Hirani too stepped in. Vinod even agreed to play the mentor at FTII. But the core issues that provoked the strike were not resolved. It took the ministry almost 45 days and a midnight arrest to send a panel to assess the situation.

The ministry wants the FTII to be a place of excellence and a proposal to this effect was also to be tabled in the monsoon session of the Parliament. We now suggest a committee with the out-going chairman and vice-chairman of the previous society and three other members chosen by the ministry to create guidelines for appointments and end this impasse.

(The author is an alumni of FTII and an Oscar-winning sound designer.)

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Lakhs of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants are due to appear for the preliminary exams to be held on Sunday.

The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC annually in three stages– preliminary, main and interview –to select candidates for prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

Here are all the last minute details you should know:

Venues, New Centres

This year’s civil services preliminary examination will be held in 71 centres at over 2,000 venues and a record 9,45,908 candidates have applied for it.

In Delhi, the Commission has finalised 248 venues to accommodate 1.17 lakh candidates.

This year, 12 new centres which have been set up including those in Ludhiana, Ajmer, Rajkot, Indore, Agra, Gaya and Siliguri.

Admit Cards

Aspirants can download admit cards from the official website http://www.upsc.gov.in/ by clicking on the link ‘e-Admit Card-Civil Service Examination, 2015’ and submitting their required details like registration ID or roll number.

UPSC aspirants, who didn’t appear in 2011 due to CSAT, to get another chance

Central Administrative Tribunal has come to the rescue of those civil services aspirants who applied but did not take the preliminary examination in 2011 due to the introduction of CSAT, by asking UPSC to provisionally allow them an additional attempt this year, the PTI earlier reported.

Owing to last year’s protest by UPSC aspirants demanding change in the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) or Paper II of civil services preliminary examination, the government had decided to give an extra chance to the students who had appeared in the prestigious exam in 2011 on the ground that CSAT had been unfair to the Hindi-medium students.

Some of the students, who did not appear even after applying in the UPSC fearing the newly introduced CSAT, moved the CAT seeking an additional attempt, saying they should also be treated at par with those who had appeared in the premilinary examination in 2011.

A total of 4,72,290 candidates had applied for civil services preliminary examination 2011, of which 2,43,003 had appeared.

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छात्र अब एक क्लिक पर 13 बैंकों की 22 स्कीमों के तहत एजुकेशन लोन का आवेदन कर सकते हैं। इसके लिए केंद्र सरकार ने www.vidyalakshmi.co.in नाम से नई वेबसाइट शुरू की है। देश में इस तरह की यह पहली वेबसाइट है, जहां छात्र लोन के अलावा सरकारी छात्रवृत्ति के लिए भी सीधे आवेदन कर सकते हैं।

ब्याज और जुर्माने की भी जानकारी: वेबसाइट पर बैंकों की ओर से दिए जाने वाले लोन की विस्तृत जानकारी दी गई है। लोन के लिए फार्म भरते समय ही यह पता चल जाएगा कि कितना लोन कितने दिन में चुकाना होगा और समय पर नहीं देने पर क्या जुर्माना लगेगा। छात्रों को यह जानकारी भी मिलेगी कि किस शिक्षण संस्थान और कोर्स के लिए लोन मिलेगा।

एसबीआई समेत 13 बड़े बैंक लोन देंगे: वेबसाइट सिंगल विंडो सिस्टम की तरह काम करेगी। इससे एसबीआई, आइडीबीआई और बैंक आफ इंडिया सहित कुल 13 बड़े बैंक जुड़े हुए हैं। इस वेबसाइट से 22 तरह के एजुकेशन लोन छात्रों को उपलब्ध कराए जा रहे हैं। कई और चीजें भी ऑनलाइन मिल जाएंगी।

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The students of Film and Television Institute of India, on Wednesday, ruled out any compromise on their primary demand of removal of TV actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan’s as chairman of the prestigious institute.

Addressing a press conference after his arrest and release on bail by a local court along with four others, FTII Students’ Association (FSA) leader Vikas Urs said that conversely it should be the Information and Broadcasting ministry which needs to dilute its hard posture on the controversial appointment.

Asked about the FSA’s stand viz-a-viz the proposed visit to FTII by a high-level committee to sort out contentious issues, he said, “We are ready and willing for any dialogue but we will not compromise on our demands.”

Referring to the dramatic midnight police crackdown on the students, Urs said it amounted to “criminalisation” by the FTII administration which had lost all credibility.

“The midnight crackdown was sinister by its very design and execution. It was a step by the state to give a taste of its medicine to dissidents,” said Kislay Gonzalvez, a former student participating in the protests.

“If they think they can stop our protest by these undemocratic means, they are wrong. It will only increase our solidarity and strength,” he said.

Five students were arrested from the campus late on Tuesday night for rioting after they “gheraoed” the institute’s director Prashant Pathrabe to his chamber on Monday, allegedly abusing and using interrogation techniques to illegally confine him.

The students, however, said they were protesting against “irrational and unjustified” assessment of the incomplete diploma projects.

The government has formed a three-member team, headed by the Registrar of Newspapers in India (RNI) SM Khan, to assess the ground situation in FTII and end the impasse, with all academic activity at a standstill as the protest entered its 70th day

Controversy first erupted after the government appointed Gajendra Chauhan, best known for his role in TV adaptation of the epic Mahabharat and a BJP member, as the chairman of FTII. Students allege that he lacks the credentials and vision to head the institute.

Several celebrities and Congress vice-president Rahul gandhi reacted sharply to the row and supported the students’ stance on the issue. Many perceive the row as the Centre’s attempt to “saffronise” the educational institutes of the country.

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After the midnight police crackdown on the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) students, and the subsequent arrest of five agitators, the information and broadcasting ministry on Wednesday constituted a three-member team, headed by the Registrar of Newspapers in India, SM Khan, to assess the ground situation on campus.

Officials said the team comprising Khan and two other officers will visit FTII wherestudents are on strike over the appointment of actor Gajendra Chauhanas its chairman and other posts in the FTII society. “The team headed by Khan and comprising two more I&B Ministry officials will visit Pune tomorrow and give its report on the situation there,” official sources said.

On the intervening night of 18 and 19 August, the police entered the campus with a warrant for 15 students and arrested five. Accusing striking students of insulting behaviour, using cruel interrogation and causing mental torture, FTII director Prashant Pathrabe said he approached police as a ‘deterrent step’. “I was tortured, threatened, physically pushed around and subjected to disrespectful and insulting behaviour by about 40 odd students, who came to my office cabin and used cruel interrogation asking repeatedly why I ordered assessment of the incomplete film projects of the 2008 batch,” Pathrabe told news persons in the campus on Wednesday.

Later, student representatives set the record straight, calling a news conference in Delhi. They said the students had gone to the director with the faculty to ask for an academic council to be called over the assessment. They asked for the assessments to not be done in a surreptitious manner. According to these students, the director said he would reconsider his decision. That night the police entered the campus and roughed up students. The media was told that the director immediately addressed a news conference condemning police action, and categorically said he had not felt threatened by students.

The next day, however, the director and the registrar apparently disappeared from campus and at night the police surfaced with arrest warrants. The students said the registrar later said he knew the police would come but but had fallen asleep before that. Also, FTII has a rule that requires either the registrar or the director present for the arrest of any student, being their guardians on campus. “There were no women cops present either, which is why we refused to let girls named in the FIR go with the police.”

The arrested faced criminal charges of rioting, unlawful assembly among others. The bail for all 15 has been set at Rs 2 lakh, which they were told had to be given in 8 hours. By evening, however, the five were released on bail of Rs 50,000 each.

Parents of students also addressed the media in Delhi, soundly condemning the police action, asking the government repeatedly to find a solution through dialogue, and not ruin their children’s lives. “This government got its mandate from the youth, but they refuse to listen to them anymore. Why is that?” asked one parent.

Students and artists also condemned the government for putting pressure on the director to take this step. They said this would not break their spirit, and now there would be a call to take the strike to the national level, spreading it to all other institutes that were suffering from government interference.

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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for the arrest of five FTII students, saying they are not criminals who needed to be caught in a midnight crackdown.

“Protesting #FTII students arrested in #midnightcrackdown. Our students are not criminals Modiji. Silence. Suspend. Arrest: ModiMantra for AcheDin”, the Congress leader said in a tweet.

Later talking to reporters in his constituency Amethi, Gandhi said the FTII controversy was because of the government’s attempts to impose the “RSS model of education” across India.

The Congress leader has not missed out on any opportunity to lash out at the government since his return from a sabbatical earlier this year. Be it the issue of farmers’ suicide or the Lalit Modi controversy in Parliament, Gandhi has tried to turn the tables on the BJP-led NDA.

“It’s like the Vyapam model in Madhya Pradesh where the Sangh pushed their people into all educational institutions and killed creativity. Now they are trying to extend it to Rajasthan and  then to the rest of India,” he said.

“First they kill the creativity of the young generation. Then they loot money,” Gandhi said.

Gandhi had visited the FTII in Pune in July to express solidarity with the students who are demanding the removal of Gajendra Chauhan as the institute’s chairperson. He also took some of the students as a delegation to meet President Pranab Mukherjee.

In a midnight swoop, police arrested five students of the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, charging them with rioting and other offences in connection with the gherao of director Prashant Pathrabe.

The students on strike for the last 69 days against appointment of BJP member and TV actor Gajendra Chauhan as the institute chairman, had gheraoed Pathrabe on Monday evening, challenging his decision to go ahead with the assessment of the incomplete diploma film projects of the 2008 batch.

The arrested students and 10 others have been charged under various sections of IPC including 143, 147, 149, 323, 353, and 506 dealing with offences some of them non-bailable related to unlawful assembly, criminal intimidation and rioting.

Other opposition parties too slammed the midnight arrests, with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal offering the students temporary space in the national capital to hold classes.

“Am shocked to hear whats going on at FTII. An internationally reputed institute being systematically destroyed by the government’s wrong decisions,” he said.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar denounced the arrests as “worrying signs for those who care for” democracy.

“Shows shrinking space for dissent. Shocking! Worrying signs for those who care for basic democratic rights,” Kumar tweeted on the Tuesday arrests.

CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat tweeted: “Defending the indefensible by arresting students at #FTII. Jadavpur reenacted in Pune. Shame!”@narendramodi stop authoritarian action at #FTII. Release students and get cops off the campus.”


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Four Professors of IIT-Kanpur got a reprieve from the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday when it stayed action against them in connection with harassment...