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MSU may get trademark for its logo

MS University may get its logo registered under the trademark act to prevent misuse of its logo and name.

A report of the committee appointed by the university to look into the misuse of the logo and its name by mischievous elements along with its recommendations was unanimously passed by the university’s syndicate members on Saturday.

“We have also recommended that all stakeholders may not be allowed to use logo of the university after completion of his or her tenure or service period designated by university or faculty or institution,” said Vaghela.

The report states that any group of students cannot use the name of the faculty, institution, or university for any student union or other activities. “

Apart from Vaghela, syndicate members Dr. Dinesh Yadav, Dr. V.K. Kher, Hemal Mehta, Dr. Rajendra Parikh from the Faculty of Law and government nominated senate member Ishan Purohit were part of the committee. (01-08-2022)

Prerna 2022 after 2 years gap

After a two years break, budding engineers of MS University’s Faculty of Technology and Engineering (FTE) are gearing up to organize – Prerna – Asia’s largest fest for disabled people in the offline mode.

Students of FTE have been organizing Prerna that provides a platform for people with disabilities for the past 16 years.

For the past four consecutive years, the fest has received patronage from the Unesco.

“We have received patronage from the Unesco for this edition as well,” Saksham Garg, a student said, adding that Prerna 2022 will be held from August 27 to 29. “

The fest will include social segments like ‘Artico’, ‘Alfaaz’, ‘Aaghaz’, ‘Aahvan’, paralympic sports, visitor events among others. “

For Artico – an entertainment night – nationally renowned artists will be invited. (01-08-2022)

Here, have your cup of chai and eat it too!

The most annoying part of sipping tea in a roadside kilti is finding a bin to dispose of the paper cup.

What if we tell you that at this tea stall you won’t have the same problem as after finishing your tea you can gobble up your cup too?

Thousands have tea at such stalls in the city and if all vendors switch to biodegradable cups, it will reduce plastic waste considerably,” said Rahul Barboza, who works in an advertising agency.

Along with Thakur, Shankar Pradhan, Vikas Shridhar and Suraj Shridhar started the tea stall about a month ago.

The four friends were brought up together in an orphanage in the city.

They decided to launch their startup and make a living for themselves. (01-08-2022)

Fostering entrepreneurial spirit

Five teams of students pitched their start-up ideas to the alumni of MS University during PitchFest under Incubator 2.0 that was recently held online.

Alumni from the US, Canada, Singapore and other countries participated in the event organized under the banner of MSU Vision 2020, an initiative supported by the Office of Alumni Affairs and Donor Relations (OAADR).

A total of 25 teams had registered and five of them made their products, raising Rs 50,000 funding for the initial stage of launch. Best pitch will receive Rs 1 lakh fund from the alumni network.

“PitchFest plays a vital role in entrepreneurship, to raise initial venture funds by the network of alumni nurturing bond of excellence with students and university,” said professor Sanskriti Majumdar from OAADR. (29-07-2022)

GSHSEB announces secondary schools’ 2022-23 academic calendar

The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) announced the calendar for the 2022-23 academic year on July 27, 2022, Wednesday. As per the schedule, Class 10 and Class 12 exams will be conducted from March 14 to 31. The first term will end on October 19 and 21-days Diwali holidays will begin from October 20.

As per the schedule, schools will conduct 241 days of teaching during the year. First term that started from June 13 will be of 104 days and First term exams will begin from October 10 and will end on October 18.

The second term of 137 days will begin from November 10 and end on April 30, 2023. First preliminary exams of Class 9 to 12 will begin from January 27 and end on February 4. Scholarship exams for Class 9 will be conducted on February 7. As per calendar, internal exams will be conducted during February 13 to 15 while practical exams for Class 12 science stream will be held during February 20 to 28. Final exams of Class 9 and Class 11 will begin from April 10 and end on April 21.

Summer holidays for secondary schools will begin from May 1 and end on June 4 and from June 5 the 2023-24 academic year will begin. There will be a total of 80 holidays including two vacations and public holidays.

No reduction in curriculum.

The board has announced that the curriculum will not be reduced this year. GSHSEB had reduced curriculum for the last two years due to the pandemic situation. As per the board calendar, the first test curriculum will include June to September. Class 10 and 12 preliminary exams will include questions from the entire syllabus. Class 9 and 11 Second tests will include questions from June to January curriculum. The board said that the exams will be conducted as per 2019-20 exam format. (28-07-2022)

Seeking Bharat Ratna for painter Raja Ravi Varma

The family of Raja Ravi Varma has written to the government and requested it to confer the prestigious Bharat Ratna award to the painter who created colourful depictions of the Hindu gods and goddesses. Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the ruler of the erstwhile Baroda state, had commissioned Varma to make paintings in the 1880s.

A descendant of Varma, stated in a letter to G Kishan Reddy, union minister of culture that Bharat Ratna for the legendary painter was the wish of Varma’s family members as well as millions of art-lovers in the country.

Varma in his lifetime made over 7,000 paintings and is considered to be the first modern Indian painter and trendsetter who redefined Indian art practice in colonial times. The royal Gaekwad family recently rebuilt the studio in the Laxmi Vilas Palace compound where Varma once created some beautiful artworks.

“The Ravi Varma Press established by him printed oleographs of gods and goddesses and mythological episodes, social messages and portraits of political leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lokmanya Tilak and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. These oleographs played a major role in the awakening of the larger Indian consciousness towards the fight for India’s freedom. Varma deserves the Bharat Ratna award,” said Sachin Kaluskar, collector of original oleographs from Ravi Varma press. (28-07-2022)

Launching of India's First International Bullion Exchange

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City), India’s maiden International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), on 29 July.

During his visit, PM Modi will lay the foundation stone of the headquarters building of the International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA), the unified regulator for the development and regulation of financial products, financial services and financial institutions in International Financial Services Centres (IFSCs) in India.

The headquarters building of IFSCA has been conceptualised as an iconic structure, reflective of the growing prominence and stature of GIFT-IFSC as a leading international financial centre, the Prime Minister Office (PMO) said in a release on Monday (25 July).

The Prime Minister will also launch India International Bullion Exchange (IIBX), India’s first International Bullion Exchange in GIFT-IFSC.

"IIBX will facilitate efficient price discovery with the assurance of responsible sourcing and quality, apart from giving impetus to the financialisation of gold in India. This shall empower India to gain its rightful place in the global bullion market and serve the global value chain with integrity and quality," the PMO said.

The IIBX will also enable India to be able to influence global bullion prices as a principal consumer.

He will also launch NSE IFSC-SGX Connect. Under this Connect, all orders on NIFTY derivatives placed by members of Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX) will be routed to and matched on the NSE-IFSC order matching and trading platform, the PMO said. (26-07-2022)

Milk is safe to consume

Scientists have assured that in spite of the LSD outbreak, consuming milk is safe and the viral disease will not have any impact on human health. “LSD is not a zoonotic disease. It cannot be transmitted to humans, who consume milk or other dairy products from infected animals,” said Dr Rafiyuddin Mathakiya, assistant professor of veterinary microbiology at Kamdhenu University. “Even though it is not causing any harmful effect on humans, people should not consume raw milk. Milk should be consumed after boiling it, a practice that people have been traditionally following,” he said. (26-07-2022)

Vadodara's students clear ISC exams

All students from the city cleared their class XII (ISC) exams as the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi declared the results on July 24, 2022, Sunday.

Both Billabong High International School and Nalanda International School scored 100 per cent results.

“In science stream, Teeshta Parmar topped with 98.5%. She has also scored 100 in mathematics and 100 in physics.

In commerce stream, Arya Shah has topped with 95.4% while in humanities, Stuti Chitnis has topped with 94.6%,” said principal Shoba Menon. (25-07-2022)

MSU extends date for BSc courses

MS University on July 23, 2022, Saturday decided to extend the dates for inviting online applications for admission to first year Bachelors of Science (BSc) at Faculty of Science after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared the results of class XII exam on Friday.

Traditionally, the faculty conducts the admission process for admission to first year BSc at both the main campus of Faculty of Science and the Padra campus together.

But this time, faculty officials have decided to first complete the admission process at the Padra campus.

“The general merit list for admission at Padra campus has been published on the university website.

“For CBSE students, we have extended the last date till July 27.

Students can upload their documents till that date,” he said, adding that 20% seats at the Padra campus will be kept reserved for CBSE students. (25-07-2022)

Delay in Registration of Ground Water Will Attract a Fine of Rs. 1 Lakh

The notification on July 1 for all users of groundwater to get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from Central Groundwater Board (CGWB) created a flutter across residences and industries in Gujarat.

While several of the areas have heavy dependence on groundwater despite availability of surface water, the experts said that the majority of the borewells in the state are not registered with the authorities.

The officials said that with rules in force since 2018 and implemented in 2020, the delay in registration may attract fines of up to Rs. 1 lakh depending on the category of registration. The new registrations will also cost Rs. 10,000. (25-07-2022)

Gujarat: No middlemen, use app to sell livestock

All cattle buying and selling will go digital when 36 lakh dairy farmers of Gujarat, who are part of home-grown dairy giant Amul's family, will do business through a cattle trading platform.

With this, the role of the middlemen will be eliminated," said GCMMF's chief operating officer Jayen Mehta.

By July 24, 2022, Sunday evening, more than 40,000 users had already checked out the 'Pashudhan' feature on Amul's app for milk producers.

The cooperatives had adapted the mobile app that keeps an entire record of milk poured by an individual dairy farmer, their daily transactions, and the yearly bonus that they earn across the wider network of village-level milk societies.

As a result, the state's dairy farmers will have an additional source of income, he added. (24-07-2022)

Lodge e-FIR for mobile or vehicle theft

From July 23, 2022, Saturday onwards, you will be able to register FIRs for vehicle or mobile theft online.

Top police officials claimed that through this service citizens will be able to lodge a complaint smoothly on mobile app or website.

“Earlier registration of FIR took time as the complainants had to go to the police station multiple times.

But now it will be the police’s responsibility to verify the claim and register the FIR after verification of various aspects,” said Ajay Tomar, city police commissioner.

The complainant will have to provide basic details of crime after which the preliminary investigation will be assigned to a police officer.
At each stage the complainant and police officer concerned will receive SMS alerts. (22-07-2022)

'Youth Model Assembly' special event

A special one-day event was organized on July 21, 2022 (Thursday) in the Gujarat assembly where students played the roles of speaker, chief minister, leader of opposition, ministers and MLAs in the house.

The aim of the ‘Youth Model Assembly’ was to make the younger generation aware of various parliamentary, legislative procedures, speaker Nimaben Acharya told reporters. Chief minister Bhupendra Patel inaugurated the special event in the state assembly in Gandhinagar on July 21, 2022 (Thursday) morning. For the mock session, 182 school and college-going students were selected including 70 girls, Acharya said. (22-07-2022)

Restoring city’s iconic dome

It was a gift that the Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III had given to the Baroda state over a century back.

But all efforts to conserve this heritage structure which acts as a prominent landmark for both M S University and Gujarat’s cultural capital have remained a jinxed affair.

In fact, the latest efforts by MSU to conserve the heritage building had started three years back, but there is no clarity on when this project will get over.

MSU’s officiating registrar Dr K M Chudasama said that the first phase of the project had already ended.

“We have floated tenders for the second phase which will include internal works, flooring, glass, wooden and electric works. (19-07-2022)

Three city boy among top 50

Three students from Vadodara have featured in top 50 as results of CA final were declared by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) on Friday. The CA final was held in May this year. As ICAI declared the results, the Baroda branch of Western India Chartered Accountants Students Association felicitated the toppers from Vadodara.

Of the 288 students who had appeared for the exam in group-1, 49 students passed while 66 out of 291 students cleared their exam in group-2. A total of 216 students had appeared in the exam for both group-1 and group-2. Of these, 12 students cleared group-1, 29 cleared group-2, and 32 students cleared both the groups. In total, 188 students out of 795 students have passed their exams.

Three students — Aayush Thacker, Shreyas Surve and Advait Gajare — have featured in top 50 by bagging All- India Ranks. Two other students, Astha Jani and Jay Shah, also topped in the city bagging fourth and fifth positions in Vadodara.

Five students from Ahmedabad have made it to India’s Top 50 in the final exam of chartered accountancy conducted in May. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) announced the results on July 15, 2022 (Friday). (16-07-2022)

How safe is chhakdo?

The Gujarat high court was on Friday wrestling with the issue of whether a chhakdo — three-wheeler tempo ubiquitous in rural areas of the state — is a goods carrier or a passenger vehicle.

The issue was raised by an insurance company, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Co Ltd, as it challenged the award of compensation for the death of one Nagin Rathva, who was travelling in a chhakdo in Chhota Udepur district in May 2009. The vehicle hit an electric pole and Rathva was killed. In 2019, a Motor Accident Claim Tribunal in Chhota Udepur ordered the insurer and vehicle owner to pay Rs 5.20 lakh compensation to Rathva’s family.

The insurer moved the high court challenging the award of compensation, contending that the driver, Amarsing Rathva, did not have a valid driving licence. Moreover, the deceased was an unauthorized passenger in a goods carrying vehicle, as a chhakdo is a goods carrier and not a passenger vehicle.

The company’s advocate submitted that the chhakdo’s RC book shows it was a goods carrier and had permission for one person to travel, the driver. In this case, Rathva was the only passenger on the vehicle and there were no goods found in the chhakdo, as claimed by the deceased’s family before the tribunal. Since the chhakdo was a goods carrier and was carrying a passenger, it was a breach of the terms and conditions of the insurance policy and the company is not liable to pay compensation.

On hearing these submissions, Justice Gita Gopi said that a chhakdo is for carrying goods, but the state government has given permission that the vehicle can be used as a passenger vehicle in areas where there are few means of transport. “You must know there is a notification issued by the state government to this effect. Did you challenge the government’ notification? You also know that if you challenge the notification, your business will be closed,” the judge commented.

The insurer’s lawyer submitted that there was no evidence that Rathva was travelling with goods, and there was no seating capacity of the vehicle. The HC admitted the case and posted a further hearing six weeks later. (16-07-2022)

Rupee to its lowest

The rupee declined 15 paise to close at a new lifetime low of 79.60 (provisional) against the US dollar on Tuesday as a strong greenback overseas and weakness in domestic equities continued to weigh on investor sentiments. At the interbank forex market, the local unit opened weak at 79.55 against the greenback and witnessed an intra-day high of 79.53 and a low of 79.66.It finally settled at 79.60 (provisional), down 15 paise over its previous close of 79.45. (16-07-2022)

All India rank 3 for Surat in CA final

Shrushti Sanghvi (23) secured All India Rank (AIR) 3 in the CA final exam, the results of which were announced on Friday. With this achievement, she became the first woman in a family of four CAs to qualify for the profession.

Shrushti's grandfather Ashwin, her father Keyur, her father's elder brother Amish and her fiance Harsh Sukhadiya are all CAs. Their family the organization has been in CA practice for 57 years.Inspired by her family, Shrushti started preparing for the course from an early age.
 
Shrushti scored 611 out of 800 marks. She studied 10 hours daily for the exam and stayed away from social media for seven months before the exam. "Since I got AIR 10 in CA intermediate exam, I started preparing for the final exam. Guidance from my tutor Ravi Chhavchharia, focus on studies and consistency helped me score well,'' said Shrushti. (16-07-2022)

Red alert in Gujarat districts of extremely heavy rain

Red alert has been sounded in eight districts of extremely heavy rain. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted "heavy to very heavy rain" on Friday at several places across Gujarat, mainly south and Saurashtra.

"The monsoon may get vigorous over Saurashtra and Kutch. This may result in extremely heavy rain at some places of Amreli, Bhavnagar, Junagadh and Gir Somnath districts on Friday," said Manorama Mohanty, director, IMD Gujarat. (15-07-2022)

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