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Kolkata’s Presidency University sets up committee to solve student unrest

first_imgKolkata’s prestigious Presidency University vice-chancellor Anuradha Lohia on Tuesday constituted a high-level committee to look into the ongoing student unrest that has rocked the century-old institution. “The students have said that they will not speak to me. I accept their decision and that is why I have formed a committee to enquire into the matter. The committee will submit a report to me within the next seven days,” Lohia told media persons.She said that the university panel would comprise six head of the departments (HODs) who will speak to agitating students about their demands; the reason behind their dissent and head towards a workable solution. Already, a large section of Presidency students have begun a rectification drive following sharp criticism by another section of students who refused to encourage the ugly mode of protest. A general body meeting of students was also called to arrive at a unanimous decision. On Tuesday, a section of students staged a protest outside the V-C’s room, sporting black ribbons around their mouths. They refused to be in-agreement with the committee formation, demanding the inclusion of Presidency registrar in the panel.Sources said that after realising their mistake, a section of students worked actively to erase all objectionable wall graffiti outside the vice-chancellor’s office and other parts of the university.In an unprecedented protest, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday was shown black flag while she attended the convocation ceremony at the University.Meanwhile, West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee on Monday condemned the incident, saying, “A small section of students is creating ruckus in the name of protest.” The education minister further said that Anuradha Lohia is the vice-chancellor of Presidency University now and she would remain so because 98 per cent of students did not take part in the protest.advertisementlast_img read more

Education Minister Highlights Need for Skills Training

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid has reiterated the importance for today’s youth to be trained and certified in specialised skill areas that are in demand in an increasingly competitive labour market.He made the call at the closing ceremony for the National Skills Competition held at the National Arena on February 22.He encouraged the youth to make use of training opportunities at the HEART Trust/ NTA and other training institutions.“This economy is poised for take-off. The rate of job growth is going way ahead of the labour force. We don’t have enough trained persons. In fact, we are running out of Jamaicans for the jobs that are becoming available,” Mr. Reid said.Jamaica’s overall labour force comprised 1.34 million persons as at October 2017, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) survey, reflecting a decrease of 6, 500, compared to the previous year.Senator Reid stated that with new developments and the restructuring of some major sectors in Jamaica, more skilled-based job opportunities will become available for which Jamaicans need to be prepared for.“If the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector continues to grow at the rate it is going, and then it goes to 100,000 and 200,000 [employees], we are going to need enough workers for that,” he said.Mr. Reid also mentioned the Chinese investment of US$6 billion to develop an industrial park and special economic zone alongside the JISCO/Alpart operations in Nain, the St Elizabeth and the proposed Vernamfield aerodrome in Clarendon.“We can’t allow all these developments to occur in our country and not ensure that our young people are ready for these opportunities. So this Skills Competition is not only showcasing our capabilities, but also our possibilities, because equally, we as Jamaicans are competing for markets, investment, logistics and international business,” he said.More than 6,000 students participated in the 2018 National Careers Week (NCW) and Skills Competition.Under the theme ‘Building the Future by Guiding the Present, the initiative, organised by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in collaboration with public- and private-sector partners, aims to promote and introduce new skills and entrepreneurial opportunities to youth. More than 6,000 students participated in the 2018 National Careers Week (NCW) and Skills Competition. Jamaica’s overall labour force comprised 1.34 million persons as at October 2017, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) survey, reflecting a decrease of 6, 500, compared to the previous year. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid has reiterated the importance for today’s youth to be trained and certified in specialised skill areas that are in demand in an increasingly competitive labour market.last_img read more

Lucknow Uttar Pradesh police chief O P Singh has

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh police chief O P Singh has asked all district units to run a campaign to detect illegal Bangladeshi migrants, in instructions issued amid the political row over the National Register of Citizens update in Assam. The police should then inform the state’s home department, beginning the process of their deportation, a letter sent by the director general of police to district police chiefs said. The letter said it has come to the notice that Bangladeshis are living illegally in the state and many of them have gone missing . Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework In the present scenario, to strengthen the state’s internal security, it is necessary to identify and verify Bangladeshis and other foreigners residing in the state,” the DGP said. The letter in Hindi was released to the media by the DGP’s office on Tuesday. The DGP, however, told the media later that the exercise is routine , similar to the ones carried out in previous years. It has nothing to do with the NRC, he said. The DGP wrote that places like railway stations, bus stations, new colonies and roadside locations where Bangladeshis and other foreign nationals seek shelter should be identified. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The identity of the residents there should be verified and the exercise recorded on video, the DGP instructed. The videography, he said later, was to ensure transparency and prevent any harassment during the exercise. “If during the probe people claim that they belong to another district or state, this should be verified, his letter said. It should also be probed what documents, like ration cards, voter ID cards, driving licences and passports, they have procured to legalise their stay,” the DGP added. The police should then begin the process of cancellation of documents obtained by illegal migrants, the letter advised. It urged action against brokers and officials who helped illegal migrants get such documents. He said fingerprints of Bangladeshis and other foreigners staying illegally should be lifted and sent to the state’s fingerprints bureau, where district-wise details should be kept. Construction companies should be asked to maintain identity proof of labourers working for them, it said. The DGP said the exercise should be taken seriously to maintain internal security, as festivals are nearing. He also urged coordination among different agencies and transparency” during the campaign.last_img read more