News UpdatesKarnataka High Court Issues Notice On Students’ Plea Against VTU Decision To Hold Offline Exams Mustafa Plumber12 Jan 2021 11:56 PMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the respondents returnable next week, in a petition filed by students of Visvesvaraya Technological University, challenging the decision of the University to conduct semester examinations in offline mode. A single bench of Justice R Devdas issued the notice while hearing a petition filed on behalf of 120 students, inter alia…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the respondents returnable next week, in a petition filed by students of Visvesvaraya Technological University, challenging the decision of the University to conduct semester examinations in offline mode. A single bench of Justice R Devdas issued the notice while hearing a petition filed on behalf of 120 students, inter alia seeking to quash notification providing for conduct of exam in offline mode. It has been prayed that the exams be conducted in online mode or students be evaluated on the basis of some other alternative modes. Advocate Tanvi Dubey appearing for the petitioners submitted “We are not asking for cancellation of the exam. The only request is change of mode of conduct of exams. Thousands of students who will have to travel down to Bangalore will be affected if examination is conducted in offline mode.” However, the court orally said “It is not for this court to take such decisions. Officers are aware of the situation. Based on Standard Operating Procedure issued by Central government as well as State government the admission process is accordingly done. We are also conducting exams for civil judges and district judges, all those are offline only. Because you raise some apprehension we cannot make them stop the process.”Nevertheless, the bench proceeded to issue notice. The students have stated that if the examinations are conducted offline, many students will be compelled to travel from different countries and states, thereby increasing the risk of spread of Covid-19 and the also the new strain virus. The situation is said to be urgent with respect to the fact that more than 10 cases of new strain virus have already been detected in the state, within a week. “Providing for compulsory conduct of semester end examination in offline mode, which will expose the examinees to immense risk and will amount to flagrant violation of basic principle of right to health which is an important facet of right to life,” the plea states. The decision is also said to be arbitrary, not fair, not in pursuit of promotion of healthy competition and in blatant violation of Article 14 of the Constitution. It is further pointed out that the University’ decision is contrary to the Revised UGC Guidelines dated July 6, wherein it was provided that terminal semester/ final year examination by the end of September 2020 shall be conducted in offline (pen & paper)/online/ blended (online + offline) mode following the prescribed protocols guidelines related to COVID-19 pandemic. “It is pertinent to note that even the aforesaid UGC Guidelines, in view of the risks associated with COVID-19 gave an option of offline/online/blended (online + offline) mode for conduct of examination following the prescribed protocols guidelines related to COVID-19 pandemic.” Furthermore, it is submitted that since all sessions, classes and labs have been conducted online and are decided to be conducted online for the next semester also, there is no reason why the examination has to be held in offline mode. The Petitioners have therefore urged the Court to direct the Respondent-University to revise its circular dated 09.12.2020 and provide for the conduct of exams in ONLINE mode; and allow the students who are unable to physically appear in the examination as per circular dated 09.12.2020, due to health conditions, self-Quarantine restrictions to appear in the examination through ONLINE mode; submit a set of parameters for evaluation of the students on the basis of students past performance promote the students on the basis of the performance in the previous semesters by taking an aggregate score for all the semesters and extrapolating them to calculate the marks for the end semester. In the interim, they have urged the Court to stay the conduct of examination tentatively scheduled from 14.01.2021, In the ends of justice and equity.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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This paper examines the role of atmospheric forcing in modifying the pathways of riverine water on the Laptev Sea shelf, using summer-to-winter hydrographic surveys from 2007-2009. Over the two consecutive winter seasons of 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 in the area of the winter coastal polynya, our data clearly link winter surface salinity fields to the previous summer conditions, with substantially different winter salinity patterns preconditioned by summer atmospheric forcing. In the summer of 2007 dominant along-shore westerly winds in the cyclonic regime force the Lena River runoff to flow eastward. In contrast, in the summer of 2008 dominant along-shore easterly winds over the East Siberian Sea and on-shore northerly winds over the Laptev Sea in the anticyclonic regime lock the riverine water in the vicinity of the Lena Delta. Over the coastal polynya area in the southeastern Laptev Sea these patterns precondition a surface salinity difference of 8-16 psu between the winters of 2008 and 2009. Overall, this indicates a residence time of at least half a year for riverine water on the Laptev Sea shelf. Future climate change associated with enhanced summer cyclonicity over the eastern Arctic may turn more riverine water eastward along the eastern Siberian coast, resulting in weaker vertical density stratification over the Laptev Sea shelf with possible impact on the efficiency of vertical mixing and polynya dense water production.
Mexican actor Diego Luna came to town yesterday to premiere his latest film, “Cesar Chavez,” to the Harvard community before its nationwide release on March 28. The film marks Luna’s directorial debut.The star, known for his roles in “Elysium,” “Y Tu Mamá También,” and “Milk,” spoke about honoring the legacy of Chavez, the Mexican-American labor rights leader whose protests and strategic campaigns helped to unionize Hispanic and Filipino farmworkers in the 1960s and ’70s.“I was surprised and a little shocked that there were no movies about Cesar Chavez,” said Luna, discussing his motivation to undertake the biopic. “And I was shocked about the hypocrisy around issues about where food comes from and who’s building this country. I thought by celebrating one of the stories of this community, we could also bring the attention to what matters today.”Luna said he felt even more connected to the struggles of the Mexican-American community following the birth of his son in the United States. Luna’s rendering of Chavez, played by Michael Peña, shows a devoted activist but an absentee family man.“This is the story told by the family,” said Luna, who met with Chavez’s children and widow. “What makes him a unique person is that he gave away something I’m not willing to do, which is being with my kids.”The event was sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies’ Mexico and Central America Office and Program, [email protected], CANANA, the Boston Latino International Film Festival, and the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights.Following the screening, Luna and producer Pablo Cruz spoke with Harvard students in a panel discussion with Marshall Ganz, senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ganz left Harvard College in 1964, a year before graduating, to pursue civil rights activism in Mississippi, before joining Chavez and the United Farm Workers in 1965.In a somber moment, Ganz rebutted several aspects of the movie. For instance, he said it glossed over the meticulous planning involved in the Delano Grape Strike and Chavez’s 300-mile march to Sacramento. He told Luna he wished there was more focus on Chavez’s “strategic genius, his capacity for creativity.”“This film made me sad. He’s almost a cartoon,” said Ganz. “When I met him, he was reading Churchill. He knew how to weave the Mexican, the Catholic, the revolutionary traditions. He was an organizer, above anything else, and he fueled progressive politics for many, many years to come.”Luna agreed, but countered that it was unfair to ask a film to cover everything. “This is still so fresh for so many that it’s difficult to achieve,” he said. “You only have an hour and 45 minutes.”“For me, this is about teaching,” lamented Ganz, who acknowledged that “Milk,” the biopic about the openly gay politician Harvey Milk, was the closest film he has seen to capturing the momentum and political change of an era. “There are lessons here that are incredibly important for this generation.”Being the director was a struggle, Luna said earlier. “It’s when I’ve had to use my actor skills more than anywhere else, when you have to pretend you know everything. And then you go home and go to bed and realize you cannot sleep because you don’t know what’s best. It’s a struggle of fighting with your fears, and you lose hair, but at the same time it’s very intense in a very good way.”Filming in the Sonoran Desert, often with temperatures soaring to nearly 120 degrees, Luna said he was conscious not to romanticize the plight of farm workers against the idyllic backdrop. “You go to the fields, and it looks amazing. They are huge, the green is very green, the light of the desert is very sharp, the blue of the sky is beautiful, and there’s the feeling of being so tiny in a huge place,” he said.He also employed real farm workers, because “it was easier for us to explain to a farm worker how to do film than to explain to an extra how to have the face of someone who has been exposed to the sun, the wind, and the dust for so many years.”Luna, who divides his time between Los Angeles and Mexico, said of telling the story of Chavez, “Nothing has been so personal in my life.”
By Dialogo October 19, 2010 The Chilean people wait impatiently for president SebastiÃ¡n PiÃ±era to institute the labor reforms within the mining industry and to hurry up with the regulation of the San Esteban Mineâ€¦we count on his promiseâ€¦ Chilean President Sebastian Piñera offered to help China with its latest mining disaster as he began a trip to London on 16 October , saying his country had learnt lessons from its own mining crisis. “I hope that the Chinese workers that have suffered an accident, and also in Ecuador, will be able to come back to life,” Piñera told reporters outside his hotel in London, where he arrived earlier at the start of a European trip. “And if we can be of any help, they know that they can count on us.” Rescue attempts were underway Saturday in central China to free 16 miners trapped underground following a coal mine accident that killed 21 of their colleagues. Meanwhile in Ecuador, four men were trapped in a gold mine. Piñera said his country had learnt lessons from the disaster-turned-tragedy that occurred in the San Jose mine in far northern Chile, where 33 miners were trapped for two months before miraculously being pulled out alive this week. “We have a lot to learn from this accident and one of the lessons is that we have to be much more careful and committed with the safety, lives, and health of our workers,” he told reporters, flanked by his wife, Cecilia Morel. The president is due to meet with new British Prime Minister David Cameron — who he said was “very good for England” — and Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, and will present them with gifts including rocks from the San Jose mine. “Also we are bringing the gratitude of all the Chileans because we received a lot of help from our friends around the world,” he said. The president will also find time to do some sightseeing, and has planned a trip to the British Museum as well as to memorials of wartime premier Winston Churchill, who Piñera has said he greatly admires. The London visit is the start of a European trip that will also include stops in Paris, where Piñera will meet President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Berlin, where he will have talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.