Daily Archives: March 30, 2012

Sambalpur ex-VC criticized for ‘plagiarism’ blog

Former Sambalpur University vice-chancellor Arun Pujari’s March 10 blog alleging largescale plagiarism in PhD thesis across varsity departments has evoked sharp reactions from various quarters. The allegations were first reported in TOI on March 27.

DOST, a social service organization of students in Sambalpur, sent a memorandum to governor M C Bhandare and chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday, seeking an investigation into Pujari’s charges.

“If Pujari is correct then cores of rupees were being siphoned off in the name of research in the university. As Pujari has pointed out, the matter was placed before the Syndicate but the members showed no interest to address the issue. This must be probed,” the memorandum said.

DOST president Dr Sanjeeb Mishra said persons involved in such activities must be punished to promote genuine researchers. Notably, Sambalpur Citizens’ Forum had demanded an inquiry into the matter on March 26.

Syndicate member Karunakar Supakar said he did not remember Pujari raising the issue of plagiarism in the Syndicate ever. “I don’t think Pujari raised such an issue during his tenure. He should desist from poking his nose in varsity matters now after he has left,” Supakar said.

Condemning Pujari for his “attempt to tarnish the varsity image”, the university students’ union said in a statement he did not do anything substantial for the development of the university during his three-year tenure between 2008 and 2011, but now he is trying to ruin the varsity image. “We have urged the varsity administration not to associate Pujari in any activities of the university,” said union president Punyamurthy Christdas.

Pujari, in another post on his blog, described the reactions as sad and unfortunate. “Writing about plagiarism was aimed at initiating a debate, not to hurt anyone. But some friends have taken it otherwise. It is unfortunate,” he wrote in the write-up ‘Sad and Unfortunate’, as a sequel to his earlier post of ‘Plagiarism and Jyotivihar’ on his blog www.sweekaarokti.blogspot.in. Describing his writing as a private work, Pujari described that the medium of blog is “privately public and publicly private”. It is meant for exchange of opinion and consultation among a limited group of people, he added.

Pujari suggested that an impartial debate should start on plagiarism. “Are we conscious of plagiarism? Is it acceptable or deplorable? What is the mechanism to know? These things should be analyzed and remedial steps should be taken,” he wrote.

IBPS 2012: Option to apply for pre-exam training

The second Common Written Examination (CWE-PO/ MT-II) will be conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) as a per-requisite for selection of personnel for Probationary Officer / Management Trainee posts in the select 19 Public Sector Banks.

It is proposed to impart pre-examination training to a limited number of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes/ Minority Communities at some centers viz. Agartala, Agra, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Balasore, Bareilly, Behrampur (Ganjam), Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Dhanbad, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Gulbarga, Hubli, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Karnal, Kavaratti, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Muzaffarpur, Mysore, Nagpur, New Delhi, Panaji (Goa), Patiala, Patna, Port Blair, Puducherry, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shimla, Shillong, Siliguri, Thiruchirapalli, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijaywada and Vishakhapatnam.

All eligible candidates who wish to avail of Pre-Examination Training should fill in the relevant column in the on-line application. All expenses regarding traveling, boarding, lodging etc. will have to be borne by the Candidate for attending the pre-examination training programme at the designated Centers.

IBPS, however, reserves the right to cancel any of the Pre- Examination Training Centres and/ or add some other Centres and/ or make alternate arrangements, depending upon the response, administrative feasibility, etc.

Also, merely attending pre-examination training does not necessarily imply a candidate’s right to be selected in any of the 19 participating Public Sector Banks mentioned.

This system of Common Written Examination for recruitment of probationary officers/management trainees has been approved by the Government of India, has the consent of the Boards of each of the participating banks and the managing committee of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA).

Successful candidates in the CWE who have been issued scorecards and who meet the stipulated eligibility criteria will then be required to apply to any of the participating banks they wish to, quoting their personal details and their CWE scores.

Each bank will then individually shortlist candidates and carry out their own selection processes such as Group Discussions and/ or Interviews etc. for final selection.

The tentative date of the written examination is June 17, 2012.

OHRC orders compensation for handcuffing accused

The Orissa Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Thursday directed the Home Department to pay a compensation of Rs 25,000 each to two theft accused who had been handcuffed by police on their way to a court in Bargarh two years ago.

Chairperson of the rights panel Justice RK Patra directed that the compensation be paid within four weeks. The order was in pursuance of a petition filed by Seema Mittal, whose husband Pranab Pradhan and another person Girindra Pradhan, both accused of theft, had been handcuffed while being taken from Sambalpur Central Jail to SDJM Court at Bargarh.

The duo had been arrested following a case in Bargarh Town police station.

On November 14, 2010, Seema had filed the petition citing the Supreme Court guidelines on handcuffing and had sought relief.

LIFE FOR KILLING WIFE: In a separate case, a fast track court awarded life imprisonment to a man for murdering his wife six years ago. Barik Das, the accused, was convicted under the Sections 302 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code by Fast Track Court 3 here.

The court handed him rigorous imprisonment under Section 302 (murder) and four years under Section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence).

10 Jawans injured in road accident

A mini bus with 25 personnel of 12th Battalion of CRPF overturned after hitting a stationary truck at Gopalpali under Kuchinda Police limits late on Wednesday. Ten of them were injured in the mishap.

The two seriously injured, Amin Tudu and Odisha Police driver Sarat Kumar Behera, have been admitted to VSS Medical at Burla.

The personnel were on their way to Deogarh for a combing operation when the driver accidentally hit the truck while trying to negotiate a ditch.

Only a nullah to slake thirst of whole village

The Chatuni nullah is the only source of drinking water for both people and livestock in Manduaam village under Balam gram panchayat. Manduaam has been identified as a revenue village but there is no source of drinking water here. Under these circumstances, villagers are forced to walk down to Chatuni nullah for their water requirements round the year.

Admitting that the water results in various diseases, the villagers said they have approached all from ward members to block officials for drinking water provision but in vain.

Last year Naktideul BDO Sudhakar Naik had visited the village and promised that a dug well or a tube-well would be provided to take care of the drinking water needs.This too is yet to see the light of the day.

Naik said since there is no road for the rig machine to reach the village, sinking? tube-well has not been possible. However, he said steps had been initiated to dig a well and hoped that it would solve the problem.