Saturday, October 27, 2007

Research in Bihar

PATNA: Perhaps for the first time in Bihar, an MoU has been signed between a national-level institution, Rajendra Memorial Institute of Medical Sciences (RMRI), and Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University (TMBU) for promoting scientific and medical research. At a function held on Friday, the MoU was signed by TMBU VC Prema Jha and RMRI director Pradip Das in the presence of a galaxy of eminent scientists and researchers.

Under the agreement, students of RMRI would be directly registered for PhD research under TMBU and the students of TMBU would get all academic and research facilities at RMRI. The initiative for this agreement was taken by the chancellor’s office, and R Krishna Kumar, OSD to governor, played a key role.

Governor R S Gavai gave his approval to this proposal in record 24 hours. RMRI director Das told TOI seminars, conferences, academic discussions and study programmes will be held under the joint collaboration of both the institutions. Help to ailing PU student: At the initiative of the chancellor, hosts of academicians and medical professionals are coming forward to help ailing Patna University student Suraj Kumar. The entire cost of his kidney surgery is to be met by the people on the appeal of the chancellor. OSD Krishna Kumar and IMA president Ajay Kumar visited the hospital and assured the guardians of the patient that funds would not come in way of his treatment.

PUTA condemns VC:
The Patna University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) has strongly condemned the alleged "autocratic" behaviour of vice chancellor Y C Simhadri in managing the affairs of the university and humiliating the teachers.

The association, at its extended executive meeting held here at Patna College on Friday under the chairmanship of Upendra Kishore Sinha, took strong exception to the recent circular issued by the VC regarding re-introduction of attendance register for teachers and linking it with payment of monthly salaries.

Such a circular issued by the VC was withdrawn by the PU senate in December last year, and, hence, there was hardly any requirement of reissuing this circular once again. The agitated teachers alleged that the VC had least regards for democratic bodies like the senate and the syndicate. The association will hold its general body meeting at 2 pm on October 29 to discuss the issue and decide its future line of action against the VC, said PUTA general secretary Randhir Kumar Singh.