CHENNAI: The loose education scheme of the University of Madras has sparked problem after a town college refused to admit negative college students selected below the scheme.
“Two students decided on under the scheme were not allowed inside the Meenakshi College for Women in Kodambakkam. The college is now forced to search for the alternative association for those students,” university professors told TOI. As in line with the scheme, the college selects students from beneath poverty line households, youngsters of unmarried parents and orphans. The affiliated and independent schools under the college deliver free education to them.
The university acquired 840 applications this yr and the selection committee decided on 234 college students after interviewing 538 candidates. One 0.33 of the selected have been orphans. Those selected college students ought to pay handiest exam prices. Other fees are completely waived.
“The scheme has been applied for the past ten years following a resolution handed through the Syndicate. If one college is authorized to mention no, then tomorrow many faculties will follow the match with a view to jeopardize the scheme,” professors said.
KS Lakshmi, secretary, Meenakshi College for Women, said the college had already knowledgeable the college that it’d now not take part inside the scheme.
“We are offering many scholarships to negative children. From each magnificence, negative college students have been decided on for scholarships. If we completely waive the price for the students decided on by the university, it’d create disparity as a lot of our college students are from poor history,” she stated. With the help of personal organizations and trusts, the university has dispensed Rs 88 lakh well worth of scholarships to two,104 college students ultimate yr.
University vice-chancellor P Duraisamy said the scheme is a voluntary one and the university cannot compel any university. “We will make alternative arrangements for the two college students selected for the college,” he stated.
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CHENNAI: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of the Chennai department of Southern Railway has acquired lawsuits from commuters of evangelists journeying on passenger trains and indulging in nonsecular conversion sports.
According to authentic assets, a criticism changed into obtained from a passenger on Wednesday about a group of folks that had been journeying on a passenger train at the Chennai-Tiruchirapalli phase. Two of them have been looking to unfold the “word of Jesus Christ” and claiming that their illness changed into cured when they embraced Christianity. They have been also recommending the passengers to embody Christianity like them.
A video of this incident changed into published by the passenger, who tagged the applicable railway officers on a social media platform, in search of a movement.
The RPF which was requested to check out the grievance has sent its inspectors to conduct inspections at the trains within the Chennai-Tiruchirapalli phase, stated a senior officer.
“RPF inspectors at Villupuram station have been asked to journey on trains and identify those human beings,” the legitimate stated.
However, RPF can best ebook these human beings underneath Section one hundred forty-five of the Indian Railways Act which offers with committing nuisance or indecency or obscene language.
“The passenger has simply complained that the proselytizing act of the duo turned into a nuisance to passengers. This is corresponding to unauthorized carriers who promote their wares on trains or beggars and transgenders who are determined to annoy passengers,” stated the authentic.
Some commuters have pointed out how such proselytizing acts have taken area even on suburban trains in Chennai but in a subtler manner. “Once a girl sitting beside me turned into studying a nonsecular book on the teaching. When she saw me glancing at her e-book, she immediately pulled out some other replica and asked me to read it,” said a 35-yr-antique woman passenger, asking for anonymity.
The act of proselytizing isn’t always unlawful in Tamil Nadu. “In states like Madhya Pradesh or Odisha, there may be a law in opposition to captivating a person for spiritual conversion. But in Tamil Nadu, the RPF or railway police can book such men and women most effective for nuisance,” stated Avinash Wadhwani, an HC advocate.
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