Mandatory subscription to e-journals – Stay extended to 15th July 2012
Sub: Mandatory subscription to e-journals – Stay extended to 15th July 2012.
We are very happy to inform you that the Delhi High Court has extended the stay granted to us exempting us from subscribing to e-journals (the section relating to mandatory subscription of e-journals) to 15th July 2012.
The senior lawyer engaged by us argued our case in such a way that at one stage the AICTE lawyer was forced to request for an adjournment on the plea that he needed to take fresh brief from his client.
As matters stand the question of subscription of e-journals for the current year stands cancelled.
We believe, it is a remarkable achievement of our Federation, as collectively we have saved hundreds of crores of rupees on this account.
DR. G.P.C. NAYAR PROF. C.I. ABDUL RAHIMAN
PRESIDENT SECRETARY GENERAL
National Convention April 30th, 2011
Writ petition No. 1334 of 2011
Education Tribunal Bill: Sibal shoots himself in the foot
Human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal seems to be getting increasingly isolated in Congress with his party colleagues blaming his ‘unilateralism’ for the deferment of the Education Tribunal Bill, that aims to set up a mechanism for disposal of educational-related disputes, in the Rajya Sabha.
Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, who rejected the minister’s charge that floor managers let him down, said, “in democracy, things are done through consensus.”
Congress floor managers, who reiterated that the deferment of the bill was a personal defeat for the minister, said the writing on the wall was clear even before the House took up the bill. Mr Sibal’s own partymen wanted to sprint away from the legislation.
CWC member K Keshava Rao, who led the ‘demolition squad’ in the Rajya Sabha, went to the extent of labelling him a file-pusher — euphemism for someone forwarding proposals mooted by bureaucrats. Mr Rao also questioned the track record of the minister. During his interaction with the media on Wednesday, Mr Bansal said that the member had the right to air his views. “We could not have issued a gag order as it would go against the member’s privilege,” Mr Bansal said.
Mr Sibal has only himself to blame for his ‘status degradation’ as there were clear signals about the bill lacking requisite political support. The standing committee on human resource development headed by Mr Oscar Fernandes, a leader considered close to Congress president Ms Sonia Gandhi, had said that the bill was drafted hastily, without consulting the stakeholders. Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is a member of this standing committee.
Sources in Congress said that senior Congress leaders such as Janardhan Dwivedi were opposed to the legislation in its present form.
Party’s floor managers on Wednesday said they had advised the human resource development minister to work out a larger consensus over the bill. “The minister knew that Mr Oscar Fernandes was upset about the way his ministry treated the recommendations of the standing committee. But he did not make any effort to mend fences,” said a senior minister.
The minister also did not display any grace while dealing with the Opposition. He dispatched an additional secretary of his ministry to persuade Opposition leader of the Rajya Sabha, Mr Arun Jaitley.
Sources said the minister was advised not to go ahead with the bill on Tuesday afternoon. “But he was adamant. He said he will go ahead with the bill even if it would be defeated in the House. This was unacceptable to the party,” said a minister. Mr A K Antony had to intervene and ask Mr Sibal not to press for its passage, according to this leader.
Mr Kapil Sibal, who has lodged a complaint with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against the government’s floor managers, cannot expect any indulgence from him either because the PM had advised Mr Sibal to thrash out differences over the bill when ministers like C P Joshi expressed reservations at a Cabinet meeting that cleared the legislation. The HRD minister did not bother to address the concerns raised by Mr Joshi.
NEW DEVELOPMENTS - National Convention on Quality Enhancement in Professional Institutions.
We have organized a National Convention on the above subject wherein representatives from 21 States participated and mutually interacted. The convention was inaugurated by Mr. Vayalar Ravi, Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs. Among the speakers we had Mr. George Kurien Kannanthanam, Senior Advocate of the Kerala High Court, who argued and won all the cases filed in the High Court by the Kerala Association. Mr. Romy Chacko, Supreme Court lawyer and Mr. Venugopal C. Govind, nationally reputed management consultant were also speakers of the Convention.
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