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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Inside story of IIMB : Sexual harassment, gender discrimination

Bangalore: the spiritual atmosphere at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore hide the rot that grows at the heart of the regime. Although the Institute to throw out the quality of corporate executives, year after year, on its premises is a growing dissatisfaction of putrefaction, which is a regulation, particularly in the rampant sexual harassment and sex discrimination, which is the victim of a worker to the prestigious institute.

Manjula Cherkil, senior executive at the Centre for Corporate Governance and Citizenship, IIMB, delivered a lonely battle against the big guys back of  IIMB.

She has been allegedly victimised through a demotion and suspension over her 32-year work experience at the institute.Her efforts to obtain justice were unsuccessful, they comprise a series of letters to IIMB directors over the years. This is the current director Pankaj Chandra, who finally said she call January 23, 2010 ... but it was not reassuring.

It states: "It is not appropriate on your part to make unsubstantiated comments against anyone of the institute (IIMB). I would strongly advise you to refrain from making such comments." (The copies of the letter as well as documents relating to Manjula's case are in DNA's possession).
And her fault: speaking out against sexual harassment and gender discrimination, besides fighting against clear violations in promotion/selection processes within the institute which have favoured the undeserving and the under-qualified.
Having suffered sexual harassment "at the hands of a few of the officers of the institute", Manjula had filed a complaint to the then IIMB director on February 23, 1993. The letter describes her predicament over being asked to "hold the fort" in a new assignment at the institute in the absence of her bosses, and how she had feared taking it up following an earlier case of sexual advances by IIMB's senior officers on female staffers in the executive block of the institute by "summoning the lady staff to the guesthouse".
But her efforts to get justice culminated in her being demoted from senior stenographer to a position of junior stenographer, allowing some of her subordinates to be promoted over her.

She was also suspended for 22 months through an intra-institute order dated August 8, 1994, and also suspected for authoring a derogatory letter (dated August 4, 1994) addressed to the then chief administrative officer (CAO), Brig Ramaswamy—a charge which was never proved.

Her demotion and suspension impacted not just her professional and personal life but also set her back financially due to loss of remuneration that was earlier due to her, which she has till date not been compensated for.
As if that was not enough, her representation of appeal to IIM-B director to seek justice (dated June 18, 2006) culminated in her being issued a show-cause notice from IIM-B's current chief administrative officer, Indushekhar CV, who himself is involved in sexual harassment of several women staffers of the institute, as alleged by some of them.
Manjula's travails at the IIMB include being allegedly forced to withdraw a writ petition (No 20074 of 2001) filed in Karnataka high court based on IIMB director's oral promise that the issues would be settled in her favour only if she withdrew the case from the court.
Manjula has withdrawn her request, a request to the High Court of Karnataka in 2004, but the promise has not been fulfiled. There is no respite of a quarter, Manjula, February 9, 2010 filed a complaint with the Women's Commission of the State of Karnataka and is awaiting justice.

Right to education have to wait even after July 5

Bangalore: Right to education (RTE) in Karnataka is likely to remain stalled even after July 5, the day fixed by the state government to implement the RTE Act.
The implementation is certain to run into a plethora of problems as the state is waiting for a response from the Centre on sharing the financial burden of enforcing the law.
Primary and secondary education minister Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri said, "We have brought the financial implications of implementing the RTE Act to the notice of the Centre several times, but it has been of no use. The Centre is not bothered about it.
Without financial support from the Centre, it will be difficult for us to implement the RTE Act in a full-fledged manner."
Officials from the education department said hundreds of crores of rupees is needed to implement the RTE Act and the state has communicated this to the Centre several times, but to no avail. The state has blamed the Centre for the failure to implement the RTE Act in a full-fledged manner.
"We have enforced RTE provisions which are not a financial burden for the state government. But to implement some rules we need financial support from the Centre," said a senior education department official.
"From the day we received draft RTE Act rules, we have been communicating with the Centre on the financial burden it has to share. The Centre should make known what exactly is its idea about the financial support as soon as possible to avoid further delay in the implementation," Kageri said.
Among the RTE provisions implemented in the state are: proclamation of a complete ban on corporal punishment, changing of the teacher pupil ratio from earlier 40:1 to 30:1, directive to schools not to deny admissions and not to conduct entrance test at the time of admissions.
A major RTE provision pending implementation in the state is the neighbourhood concept under which private schools will have to earmark 25% of their seats for children from economically weaker sections in their vicinity with funding from the state government. According to department officials, the state will have to spend at least Rs800 crore to implement this provision.
According to department officials, the government needs to spend at least Rs12,000 per child every year under this concept. "We have arrived at this figure based on the expenditure being incurred for children in government schools. If these calculations are extended to private schools, the expenses will only be more," the official explained.

MBBS students Bribe Rs 1 lakh to get passed

BANGALORE: One lakh rupees for every mark added - that's the going rate in the fake marks scam in Karnataka. If you are an MBBS student, you could pass the university exam by just shelling out money. Evaluating officers will change the marks when they get the copies for retotalling.
Students have paid a lakh for every percentage that is needed for them to clear the exam. MBBS students from seven colleges across Karnataka were part of the scam since 2006. Karnataka police have registered FIRs against 18 students for paying evaluating officers. Karnataka officials say many students have already become doctors by paying for these marks.
Students from colleges like Al-Ameen Dental College in Bangalore and colleges from Gulbarga, Tumkur and Chitradurga are under the scanner. Karnataka's medical education minister has declared the High court can cancel these degrees if fraud is proven.
Karnataka Medical Education Minister SA Ramdas said, "We have registered a case against the students in a police station and an FIR has been registered."
So far around 18 students have been caught from seven colleges across Karanataka - including reputed colleges like Al-ameen Dental College in Bangalore and others from Gulbarga, Tumkur and Chitradurga. Officials say the practice has been on since 2006 and that many students may have already graduated with fake marks.
Ramdas added, "It's a criminal offense and I have submitted the same details in the Karnataka High Court and the divisional bench judge observed that if the inquiries in to these malpractices are proved then the court is ready to even cancel the degree."
Despite all the assurances, the question remains - how will the authorities track down such fake doctors who could cause potential harm to patients?
-Abhirr V P

indianexpressExpress News Service The New Indian Express
Posted on Jun 15, 2011 at 11:31am IST

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