Friday, November 30, 2007

Was CS victim of power struggle between various Nyishi Organisations?

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Was the entire ANSU-CS fracas over Chief Secretary's alleged 'anti-Nyishi' stand was actually what it was made out to be or was CS made a 'sacrificial lamb' in the way of legitimizing which Nyishi organization is the true representative of entire Nyishi community? Well, going by the developments of 'anti-Nyishi' stand of CS, as an onlooker, later seems the case if you look at the issue from another perspective.

The entire legitimization issue of Nyishi organization and the rift between various organizations viz., Nyishi Elite Society (NES), All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU), Nyishi Federal Council (NFC) and All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) started with Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and it’s youth wing All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) disbanding other Nyishi organization’s viz., Nyishi Federal Council (NFC) and All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) terming these organizations as fake and that they (NES & ANSU) and they alone are the only true representative of Nyishi Community as they have been given social sanction. They also notified the government that henceforth all the developmental activities pertaining to Nyishi community be routed through them for approval prior to approval by the government. It made me wonder then and there, can any organization act and decide on behalf of entire community that too without assessing the ground reality prevailing in the far flung areas where their brethren lives. How many of them knows about the ground situations in the places like Radum, Tali, Chayang-Tajo, Sarli, Hebang, Luba etc., to name a few? I bet, a very few only. It’s true that older folks and youngsters do follow whatever these so-called educated elites of the society says, out of respect to them, but does that mean they have got the peoples’ sanction to act on behalf of them? I would say, NO! They have to prove themselves.

Steering back to the topic, the opportunity to prove that they are the true torchbearers of the community came in the form of Chief Secretary's inclusion of nomenclature change from 'Galong' to 'Galo' in the agenda of nomenclature change from 'Dafla' to 'Nyishi'; and ANSU taking this opportunity, made a major issue out of a non-issue even after withdrawal of agenda by Chief Secretary and forced the government to remove the Chief Secretary. A fact finding team headed by RWD and RD Minister Chowna Mein was constituted, who gave Chief Secretary a clean chit and the Chief Secretary was reinstated to his post. NES and ANSU kept mum.

In the bid to prove their pro-community stance, taking this opportunity of NES and ANSU’s silence over Chief Secretary’s reinstatement, NFC and it’s youth wing ANYA started alleging that NES, ANSU and Tabom Bam had entered into a ‘secret-arrangement’ to let Bam continue in his post-of which they had 'concrete evidence' and demanded resignation of presidents of NES and ANSU for their anti community stance. They demanded the government not to allow Bam continue in his post and if allowed threatened to launch a series of agitation. Also, they announced to take up ‘case-wise issue’ to unmask the individuals and agencies involved in corrupt practices.

“The NFC said it would take up ‘case-wise issue’ against public servants, agencies and individuals with disproportionate assets beyond their known sources of income, while the meeting also agreed to draw the state government’s attention to the Nyishi technocrats and bureaucrats who were confining their entire service period in and around the Capital Complex through ‘manipulations’, saying such dubious acts were detrimental to the smooth functioning of the government machinery.”

-Aunachal Front dated 20th November, 2007

Though, I laud the declaration by NFC and ANYA that they would raise 'case-wise issue' against corrupt public servants, agencies and individuals, which is good not only for Nyishi community but for entire Arunachal as a whole (atleast in that way some rot in the system would be cleaned), I've my apprehension that they wouldn't stick to what they have declared as soon as they too get social sanction like NES and ANSU ;). Only time will tell.

Now, it seems as if the entire differences between NES, ANSU, NFC and ANYA has been solved. After joint meeting between representatives of these organizations and Nyishi leaders they came out with a joint statement that they are dropping the proposed stir (Capital Bandh today). Good for Tabom Bam, Nyishi community and for general populace (they wouldn't be grind in their power struggle, now). The question now is, would these organizations act together without trying to prove who calls the shot, for benefit of the community? Let's wait and watch.

This entire episode has left me wondering though, if the stand taken by Chief Secretary was 'anti-Nyishi' at all and the fact finding teams report all made up, why NFC and ANYA backed down from proposed stir? What was the 'secret-arrangement' reached between NES, ANSU and CS of which they claimed that they have 'concrete evidence' or was it just a gimmick to prove who calls the shot with Tabom Bam being made the victim of this power struggle?


Related readings:
CS proceeds on a long leave.....
ANSU-CS imbroglio
Rise of Hooliganism
Would the Nyishi's get their right nomenclature?

Was CS victim of power struggle between various Nyishi Organisations?

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Was the entire ANSU-CS fracas over Chief Secretary's alleged 'anti-Nyishi' stand was actually what it was made out to be or was CS made a 'sacrificial lamb' in the way of legitimizing which Nyishi organization is the true representative of entire Nyishi community? Well, going by the developments of 'anti-Nyishi' stand of CS, as an onlooker, later seems the case if you look at the issue from another perspective.

The entire legitimization issue of Nyishi organization and the rift between various organizations viz., Nyishi Elite Society (NES), All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU), Nyishi Federal Council (NFC) and All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) started with Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and it’s youth wing All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) disbanding other Nyishi organization’s viz., Nyishi Federal Council (NFC) and All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) terming these organizations as fake and that they (NES & ANSU) and they alone are the only true representative of Nyishi Community as they have been given social sanction. They also notified the government that henceforth all the developmental activities pertaining to Nyishi community be routed through them for approval prior to approval by the government. It made me wonder then and there, can any organization act and decide on behalf of entire community that too without assessing the ground reality prevailing in the far flung areas where their brethren lives. How many of them knows about the ground situations in the places like Radum, Tali, Chayang-Tajo, Sarli, Hebang, Luba etc., to name a few? I bet, a very few only. It’s true that older folks and youngsters do follow whatever these so-called educated elites of the society says, out of respect to them, but does that mean they have got the peoples’ sanction to act on behalf of them? I would say, NO! They have to prove themselves.

Steering back to the topic, the opportunity to prove that they are the true torchbearers of the community came in the form of Chief Secretary's inclusion of nomenclature change from 'Galong' to 'Galo' in the agenda of nomenclature change from 'Dafla' to 'Nyishi'; and ANSU taking this opportunity, made a major issue out of a non-issue even after withdrawal of agenda by Chief Secretary and forced the government to remove the Chief Secretary. A fact finding team headed by RWD and RD Minister Chowna Mein was constituted, who gave Chief Secretary a clean chit and the Chief Secretary was reinstated to his post. NES and ANSU kept mum.

In the bid to prove their pro-community stance, taking this opportunity of NES and ANSU’s silence over Chief Secretary’s reinstatement, NFC and it’s youth wing ANYA started alleging that NES, ANSU and Tabom Bam had entered into a ‘secret-arrangement’ to let Bam continue in his post-of which they had 'concrete evidence' and demanded resignation of presidents of NES and ANSU for their anti community stance. They demanded the government not to allow Bam continue in his post and if allowed threatened to launch a series of agitation. Also, they announced to take up ‘case-wise issue’ to unmask the individuals and agencies involved in corrupt practices.

“The NFC said it would take up ‘case-wise issue’ against public servants, agencies and individuals with disproportionate assets beyond their known sources of income, while the meeting also agreed to draw the state government’s attention to the Nyishi technocrats and bureaucrats who were confining their entire service period in and around the Capital Complex through ‘manipulations’, saying such dubious acts were detrimental to the smooth functioning of the government machinery.”

-Aunachal Front dated 20th November, 2007

Though, I laud the declaration by NFC and ANYA that they would raise 'case-wise issue' against corrupt public servants, agencies and individuals, which is good not only for Nyishi community but for entire Arunachal as a whole (atleast in that way some rot in the system would be cleaned), I've my apprehension that they wouldn't stick to what they have declared as soon as they too get social sanction like NES and ANSU ;). Only time will tell.

Now, it seems as if the entire differences between NES, ANSU, NFC and ANYA has been solved. After joint meeting between representatives of these organizations and Nyishi leaders they came out with a joint statement that they are dropping the proposed stir (Capital Bandh today). Good for Tabom Bam, Nyishi community and for general populace (they wouldn't be grind in their power struggle, now). The question now is, would these organizations act together without trying to prove who calls the shot, for benefit of the community? Let's wait and watch.

This entire episode has left me wondering though, if the stand taken by Chief Secretary was 'anti-Nyishi' at all and the fact finding teams report all made up, why NFC and ANYA backed down from proposed stir? What was the 'secret-arrangement' reached between NES, ANSU and CS of which they claimed that they have 'concrete evidence' or was it just a gimmick to prove who calls the shot with Tabom Bam being made the victim of this power struggle?


Related readings:
CS proceeds on a long leave.....
ANSU-CS imbroglio
Rise of Hooliganism
Would the Nyishi's get their right nomenclature?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Arunachal Diary template fixed!

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Phew!

It took me such a long time to sort out the mess with my old template (putting me off from regular blogging for long) to finally come out with this template from scratch retaining some elements from the old template and incorporating some elements from the template, designed for wordpress by Flisterz, that I’d been using for a while.

While re-doing the template, I’ve tried to stick to the advice of wiian

“Scripts, iframes, and images are unavoidable for many reasons but a minimal use of these can significantly improve response time.”


But, I don’t know how much I’ve succeeded in following his advice (can’t resist from spicing up the blog with third party scripts) to make this blog load faster.

Also, I took note of comments by Pascal and Buru

“Maybe it would be nice also if you add recent comments under your profile.”


“unless you re-institute "Latest Comments"column this blog may stagnate for lack of discussion.”


and hey! You have recent comments widget in the sidebar.

Although, I’ve tested this template, do point out any issues that you may come across.

Now, I wish I don’t mess up with the template again and prevent myself from all the pain of redoing the template and putting myself off from regular blogging again.;)

Arunachal Diary template fixed!

2 comments
Phew!

It took me such a long time to sort out the mess with my old template (putting me off from regular blogging for long) to finally come out with this template from scratch retaining some elements from the old template and incorporating some elements from the template, designed for wordpress by Flisterz, that I’d been using for a while.

While re-doing the template, I’ve tried to stick to the advice of wiian

“Scripts, iframes, and images are unavoidable for many reasons but a minimal use of these can significantly improve response time.”


But, I don’t know how much I’ve succeeded in following his advice (can’t resist from spicing up the blog with third party scripts) to make this blog load faster.

Also, I took note of comments by Pascal and Buru

“Maybe it would be nice also if you add recent comments under your profile.”


“unless you re-institute "Latest Comments"column this blog may stagnate for lack of discussion.”


and hey! You have recent comments widget in the sidebar.

Although, I’ve tested this template, do point out any issues that you may come across.

Now, I wish I don’t mess up with the template again and prevent myself from all the pain of redoing the template and putting myself off from regular blogging again.;)

Monday, November 26, 2007

VERACITY- A Weekly News Journal from Roing

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For a state scarce with periodicals, journals, magazines etc., and print media being dominated by the likes of The Arunachal Times, Arunachal Front, Echo of Arunachal and Dawnlit Post (the dailies published from the capital which concentrate mainly on the happenings in and around the Capital); it is good to see people coming out with magazines, news journals, periodicals etc. covering news and issues related to their home districts in general and Arunachal as a whole. One such news journal is ‘VERACITY’ published from Roing.

When Raju Mimi, the editor of 'VERACITY', mailed me this pdf version of the 15th November issue-I was like-Wow! Great layout with well laid out contents. Apart from news items in and around Roing this weekly news journal features articles relevant to local populace and the state as a whole. Incidentally, the 15th November issue featured my article 'Was the Bangkok trip a success story or a farce?'.

Though I liked the overall presentation of this pdf version of 'VERACITY' (I couldn't get chance to lay my hands on the print version yet), what I found lacking was the quantity of pages and pricing as was case with the ZIRO-MIRROR. The weekly news journal seem overpriced at INR 5/- for 4 pages. But considering the reach of such journals, targeted readers, constraint in circulation and above all the cost involved in bringing out papers or periodicals or journals from a location with minimal facility, I would give them clean chit on the pricing issue. Nevertheless, I hope they would increase the content in a days to come. Overall, I would recommend 'VERACITY' if you want more news on Roing and for it's quality.

If you want to subscribe to this news journal, write in to:

The Editor,
Veracity Publishers
Roing-792110
Arunachal Pradesh
Contact no: +919436677416

or you can just visit this blog maintained and updated by Veracity Publishers for the contents and articles that appeared in the previous issues of VERACITY.

VERACITY- A Weekly News Journal from Roing

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For a state scarce with periodicals, journals, magazines etc., and print media being dominated by the likes of The Arunachal Times, Arunachal Front, Echo of Arunachal and Dawnlit Post (the dailies published from the capital which concentrate mainly on the happenings in and around the Capital); it is good to see people coming out with magazines, news journals, periodicals etc. covering news and issues related to their home districts in general and Arunachal as a whole. One such news journal is ‘VERACITY’ published from Roing.

When Raju Mimi, the editor of 'VERACITY', mailed me this pdf version of the 15th November issue-I was like-Wow! Great layout with well laid out contents. Apart from news items in and around Roing this weekly news journal features articles relevant to local populace and the state as a whole. Incidentally, the 15th November issue featured my article 'Was the Bangkok trip a success story or a farce?'.

Though I liked the overall presentation of this pdf version of 'VERACITY' (I couldn't get chance to lay my hands on the print version yet), what I found lacking was the quantity of pages and pricing as was case with the ZIRO-MIRROR. The weekly news journal seem overpriced at INR 5/- for 4 pages. But considering the reach of such journals, targeted readers, constraint in circulation and above all the cost involved in bringing out papers or periodicals or journals from a location with minimal facility, I would give them clean chit on the pricing issue. Nevertheless, I hope they would increase the content in a days to come. Overall, I would recommend 'VERACITY' if you want more news on Roing and for it's quality.

If you want to subscribe to this news journal, write in to:

The Editor,
Veracity Publishers
Roing-792110
Arunachal Pradesh
Contact no: +919436677416

or you can just visit this blog maintained and updated by Veracity Publishers for the contents and articles that appeared in the previous issues of VERACITY.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

State Level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation-2007

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The pamphlet distributed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) reads:

"To bring electricity to your doorstep, it takes a minimum investment of around Rs.3-4 Crores per 'megawatt'. A lot of it is in foreign exchange.

Shocking, isn't it?"

Shocking indeed; and how easily would we forget to switch off the electrical appliances when not in use, thereby wasting electricity. To drive home the efficient use of electricity at homes, offices, industries, fields etc., for overall economic growth of the country, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency has been organizing Painting Competition for the students of standard IV and V on the themes of Energy Conservation since past three years under the National Campaign on Energy Conservation.

Coinciding with the Children's Day, the State Level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation-2007 was organized at Banquet Hall, Itanagar on 14th of November by BEE in association with NHPC and Directorate of School Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh. Altogether 38 participants, out of 50 selected students from School Level Painting Competition organized at various schools of the state, took part in this State Level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation and showed their creative skills on the following themes: -

  1. Global warming is harming.
  2. Today's electricity wastage is tomorrow's power shortage.

(Doesn't the themes sound bit tough for standard IV & V students?)

The work of Taku Kuru of Love Dale Residential School, Ziro was adjudged best followed by Arnab Kumar Das of Divine Word School, Roing and third went to Ms. Nani Rima of Kingcup Public School, Itanagar. They bagged cash award of INR 10,000/-, 8,000/- and 5,000/- respectively.

Below are some of the photos of the event: -

Creative hand at work


Display of School Level Paintings


Winners-(from left) Ms. Nani Rima, Arnab Kr. Das and Taku Kuru


These three winners would take part in the National Level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation scheduled to be held on 12th of December at New Delhi.

I wish all of them best of their lucks and hope that they would bring laurel to the state by winning the National Level Painting Competition.

State Level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation-2007

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The pamphlet distributed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) reads:

"To bring electricity to your doorstep, it takes a minimum investment of around Rs.3-4 Crores per 'megawatt'. A lot of it is in foreign exchange.

Shocking, isn't it?"

Shocking indeed; and how easily would we forget to switch off the electrical appliances when not in use, thereby wasting electricity. To drive home the efficient use of electricity at homes, offices, industries, fields etc., for overall economic growth of the country, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency has been organizing Painting Competition for the students of standard IV and V on the themes of Energy Conservation since past three years under the National Campaign on Energy Conservation.

Coinciding with the Children's Day, the State Level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation-2007 was organized at Banquet Hall, Itanagar on 14th of November by BEE in association with NHPC and Directorate of School Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh. Altogether 38 participants, out of 50 selected students from School Level Painting Competition organized at various schools of the state, took part in this State Level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation and showed their creative skills on the following themes: -

  1. Global warming is harming.
  2. Today's electricity wastage is tomorrow's power shortage.

(Doesn't the themes sound bit tough for standard IV & V students?)

The work of Taku Kuru of Love Dale Residential School, Ziro was adjudged best followed by Arnab Kumar Das of Divine Word School, Roing and third went to Ms. Nani Rima of Kingcup Public School, Itanagar. They bagged cash award of INR 10,000/-, 8,000/- and 5,000/- respectively.

Below are some of the photos of the event: -

Creative hand at work


Display of School Level Paintings


Winners-(from left) Ms. Nani Rima, Arnab Kr. Das and Taku Kuru


These three winners would take part in the National Level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation scheduled to be held on 12th of December at New Delhi.

I wish all of them best of their lucks and hope that they would bring laurel to the state by winning the National Level Painting Competition.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Help!

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Little did I thought that the news of discovery of wreckage of WWII B-24 aircraft somewhere in Arunachal Pradesh that appeared in the local dailies of the state quite sometimes back, could be of any importance (I just didn't paid much heed to that news item that time and guess those of you who had come across this news in the local dailies did the same too), until I received this mail from Gary Zaetz (reproduced below).

I am an American from Cary, North Carolina. For many years, I had known that my uncle, U.S. Army Air Force 1st Lt. Irwin "Zipper" Zaetz, had disappeared along with his entire crew on January 25, 1944 when his B-24 Liberator aircraft "Hot as Hell" failed to arrive at its destination of Chabua, Assam on a flight over the "Hump" from Kunming, China. Then, this past summer, I was surprised to learn while surfing the Internet that an American investigator, Mr. Clayton Kuhles, had discovered this aircraft while searching for aircraft wrecks in Arunachal Pradesh in December 2006. According to the report he filed with the US Government, the wreckage was found in the mountains of the district of East Siang. Since learning this news, my father and wife and I have spent every spare moment searching for relatives of the other crewmen, and working with the US Government to arrange the sending of a recovery team to the site of the crash, where human remains are reported to have been found. We are hoping that the Government of India, the Government of the State of Arunachal Pradesh, and the US Government will cooperate, in the spirit of humanitarianism, to recover the bodies of our loved ones and return them to us. If you are interested in more information on this, or would be willing to assist us in this effort, please email me at garyngina@earthlink.net. Thank you for this opportunity to get the word out about this matter of great importance to eight families.
I request all my readers from East Siang District and Arunachal Pradesh as a whole to come forward and help locate the mortal remains of all the 8 crew members of that ill-fated B-24 aircraft, so that they may be given a 'permanent resting place'. Any information related to the wreckage of B-24 or of the mortal remains of the crew members may be mailed at garyngina@earthlink.net or at arunachaldiary[at]gmail.com.

Help!

11 comments
Little did I thought that the news of discovery of wreckage of WWII B-24 aircraft somewhere in Arunachal Pradesh that appeared in the local dailies of the state quite sometimes back, could be of any importance (I just didn't paid much heed to that news item that time and guess those of you who had come across this news in the local dailies did the same too), until I received this mail from Gary Zaetz (reproduced below).

I am an American from Cary, North Carolina. For many years, I had known that my uncle, U.S. Army Air Force 1st Lt. Irwin "Zipper" Zaetz, had disappeared along with his entire crew on January 25, 1944 when his B-24 Liberator aircraft "Hot as Hell" failed to arrive at its destination of Chabua, Assam on a flight over the "Hump" from Kunming, China. Then, this past summer, I was surprised to learn while surfing the Internet that an American investigator, Mr. Clayton Kuhles, had discovered this aircraft while searching for aircraft wrecks in Arunachal Pradesh in December 2006. According to the report he filed with the US Government, the wreckage was found in the mountains of the district of East Siang. Since learning this news, my father and wife and I have spent every spare moment searching for relatives of the other crewmen, and working with the US Government to arrange the sending of a recovery team to the site of the crash, where human remains are reported to have been found. We are hoping that the Government of India, the Government of the State of Arunachal Pradesh, and the US Government will cooperate, in the spirit of humanitarianism, to recover the bodies of our loved ones and return them to us. If you are interested in more information on this, or would be willing to assist us in this effort, please email me at garyngina@earthlink.net. Thank you for this opportunity to get the word out about this matter of great importance to eight families.
I request all my readers from East Siang District and Arunachal Pradesh as a whole to come forward and help locate the mortal remains of all the 8 crew members of that ill-fated B-24 aircraft, so that they may be given a 'permanent resting place'. Any information related to the wreckage of B-24 or of the mortal remains of the crew members may be mailed at garyngina@earthlink.net or at arunachaldiary[at]gmail.com.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hey! What happened to Arunachal Diary....

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...seems like I totally messed up the look when I tried to rectify the problem in the template :(

Seems it would take time before I bring back the template to original form...:(

Hey! What happened to Arunachal Diary....

10 comments
...seems like I totally messed up the look when I tried to rectify the problem in the template :(

Seems it would take time before I bring back the template to original form...:(

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

NERIST-Under the Cloud of Controversy

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The controversy surrounding NERIST (North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology) of harassment, suspension and subsequent arrest of one of it’s employee on fabricated charges hasn’t died down yet when another controversy involving the Director of the institution, Professor Kalyan Kumar surfaced.

The Director of this premier technical institution of the region has been alleged of corrupt practices, irregularities and plagiarism by AAPSU (All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union) and the student’s body submitted a memorandum to the Governor for removal of the Director within a week’s time, the failure of which would lead AAPSU to take its own course of action in association with NESO (North East Students Organization).

In a report appearing in the 5th November edition of The Arunachal Times, the students' body alleges-

“Prof. K. Kumar was found guilty for plagiarism by Committee of Experts on examination of one of his recent papers. The Expert Committee constituted of three retired academics and their own initiative investigated oneof Prof. Kumar’s papers and found him guilty of plagiarism.

There are three other papers of his that’s been copied from other’s research. The ExpertCommittee further accused Prof. K. Kumar and A.K. Singh of copying about 80% of the original work. S.N. Singh and P.K. Bordoloi of NERIST are two other authors who have plagiarized paper along with K.Kumar.”


Further, the students’ body alleged Prof. Kalyan Kumar of using fraudulent means to get himself appointed as the Director of NERIST without taking clearance from CVC (Central Vigilance Commission) when a corruption case was pending against him. Besides, he has been alleged of taking bribe for awarding contracts; irregularities in appointment of lecturer’s without following UGC norms, irregularities in MBA admissions and atrocities and discriminations on ST/SC faculty members. The President of AAPSU, Kanu Bagang questions,"How can any institute that produce human resources for the region and the country as a whole be in the hands of a fraud and a moocher of Intellectual Property Rights?”

Earlier the Institution was entangled in a controversy when NERIST Employees Union General Secretary and LDC (Lower Divisional Clerk) accused the authorities of harassing, suspension and his arrest on fabricated charges. The only crime that he committed was (according to the report) that he stood up against the authority and sought information under RTI Act; related to appointment of the Director. Apparently, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has served a show cause notice to the Registrar of the Institution for denying information under the Act and for threatening the employee for using RTI Act and had asked the Registrar to appear before the Commission by 5th November.

Huh! So much of a rot in the system.


Update:
Read more about the above controversy here and wikipedia entry here.

NERIST-Under the Cloud of Controversy

25 comments
The controversy surrounding NERIST (North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology) of harassment, suspension and subsequent arrest of one of it’s employee on fabricated charges hasn’t died down yet when another controversy involving the Director of the institution, Professor Kalyan Kumar surfaced.

The Director of this premier technical institution of the region has been alleged of corrupt practices, irregularities and plagiarism by AAPSU (All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union) and the student’s body submitted a memorandum to the Governor for removal of the Director within a week’s time, the failure of which would lead AAPSU to take its own course of action in association with NESO (North East Students Organization).

In a report appearing in the 5th November edition of The Arunachal Times, the students' body alleges-

“Prof. K. Kumar was found guilty for plagiarism by Committee of Experts on examination of one of his recent papers. The Expert Committee constituted of three retired academics and their own initiative investigated oneof Prof. Kumar’s papers and found him guilty of plagiarism.

There are three other papers of his that’s been copied from other’s research. The ExpertCommittee further accused Prof. K. Kumar and A.K. Singh of copying about 80% of the original work. S.N. Singh and P.K. Bordoloi of NERIST are two other authors who have plagiarized paper along with K.Kumar.”


Further, the students’ body alleged Prof. Kalyan Kumar of using fraudulent means to get himself appointed as the Director of NERIST without taking clearance from CVC (Central Vigilance Commission) when a corruption case was pending against him. Besides, he has been alleged of taking bribe for awarding contracts; irregularities in appointment of lecturer’s without following UGC norms, irregularities in MBA admissions and atrocities and discriminations on ST/SC faculty members. The President of AAPSU, Kanu Bagang questions,"How can any institute that produce human resources for the region and the country as a whole be in the hands of a fraud and a moocher of Intellectual Property Rights?”

Earlier the Institution was entangled in a controversy when NERIST Employees Union General Secretary and LDC (Lower Divisional Clerk) accused the authorities of harassing, suspension and his arrest on fabricated charges. The only crime that he committed was (according to the report) that he stood up against the authority and sought information under RTI Act; related to appointment of the Director. Apparently, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has served a show cause notice to the Registrar of the Institution for denying information under the Act and for threatening the employee for using RTI Act and had asked the Registrar to appear before the Commission by 5th November.

Huh! So much of a rot in the system.


Update:
Read more about the above controversy here and wikipedia entry here.