MANGALURU MONDAY DECEMBER 3, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 30 CITY EDITION 36 PER CENT OF TEACHING POSTS VACANT AT EIGHT IITs IIT (BHU) VARANASI HAS 52% VACANCIES Over a third of the sanctioned posts are unfilled across eight prominent Indian Institutes of Technology, as per an RTI reply OVER 2,000 MORE TEACHERS NEEDED The worst shortfall is at IIT (BHU) Varanasi, which has 5,485 students. Against 548 sanctioned posts of teachers, it has 265 faculty members. IIT Kharagpur has 46% posts vacant, IIT Roorkee 42%, IIT Kanpur 37%, IIT Delhi 29%, IIT Madras 28%, IIT Bombay 27% and IIT Guwahati has 25% posts vacant, according to HRD ministry data P9 ■ ■ These eight IITs have only 4,049 teachers against 6,318 approved posts, meaning 2,269 more are needed “The number of IITs has reached 23 now.... If these institutions are facing this situation, one can guess what would be the situation at newer IITs,” said educationist Jayantilal Bhandari 65,824 STUDENTS ENROLLED AT THE EIGHT IITs WITH 36% FACULTY SHORTAGE CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Brand Modi growing, but party, govt schemes fail to keep pace Internal survey finds the prime minister’s appeal to voters transcends that of BJP STICK WORK Indian players fight to manage a 2-2 draw against Olympic silver medallists Belgium at a hockey World Cup match in Bhubaneswar on Sunday | BISWANATH SWAIN | P12 BLACK MONEY Swiss govt to share details of 2 Indian firms facing probes EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Chennai WITH India keeping up its pressure to ferret out black money stashed abroad, Switzerland is lear nt to have agreed to provide information on two more companies, one of which has a Chennai address. While Geodesic Ltd is already under market regulator Sebi’s radar for multiple violations, Aadhi Enterprises Private Ltd is said to be politically well connected. The Swiss federal tax department has also agreed to share information on three individuals associated with Geodesic Pankajkumar Onkar Srivastava, Prashant Sharad Mulekar and Kiran Kulkarni. Incorporated in Chennai in November 2014, Aadhi is into real estate and other businesses. Income Tax raids earlier this year on the premises of Sunil Khetpalia and Maneesh Parmar, promoters of Aadhi, allegedly uncovered its money laundering footprint and benami holdings of people linked to politicians in Tamil Nadu. Though Aadhi did not have any history of big business transactions, it received `250 crore from Pacatolous Investments Ltd, a Mauritius firm, Dirty money footprint Geodesic incorporated in 1982. It now does not have a functional website It faced action by Sebi, ED and the Economic Offence Wing of the Mumbai Police Aadhi, incorporated in Chennai in November 2014 Aadhi received `250 crore from Pacatolous Investments Ltd, a Mauritius firm, as FDI for land acquisition Switzerland will also share info about three individuals facing multiple probes as foreign direct investment with RBI clearance for land acquisition. However, the Enforcement Directorate is yet to file any case against Aadhi under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Aadhi’s name first popped up during I-T raids on the premises of Edison Energy India Private Ltd in Chennai, sources said. Gazette notifications issued by Switzerland said its federal tax department would provide administrative assistance - jargon for sharing data - to India on Aadhi and Geodesic. WITH the 2019 Lok Sabha elections just a few months away, Brand Modi appears strong and is gaining more traction though his party and the various schemes promoted by the Centre may not have a similar runaway popular endorsement, according to an internal BJP survey . The four-month long survey in the Capital with a sample size of 34,000 found Prime Minister Narendra Modi has admirers over and above the BJP’s traditional voter base. However, the BJP appears far from the over 50% support base target set by party chief Amit Shah (average 37%). The survey revealed Modi has 63% approval rating as the PM candidate in 2019 as against 59% in 2014. Conducted between July and October last, it found that while half of the respondents listed prime ministerial candidate as the decisive factor for their voting preference, only a quarter of them said they would vote on party lines. “The radio programme Mann ki Baat and interactions with the people, including beneficiaries of the Central schemes appear to have helped Modi carve out a personal constituency, which towers over the BJP His regu. lar interactions in which he raises social issues appear to be bringing new support bases, which add to the core support base of the BJP said the ,” head of the BJP affiliate, which conducted the survey . That demonetisation and the rollout of the goods and services tax (GST) didn’t work for the party came out starkly as 48% called them ‘bad’ as against 29% opting for the ‘good’ option. While garbage collection, which is at the core of Modi’s Swachh Bharat campaign got a thumbs down, a host of Central schemes, including Jeevan Jyoti Bima, Ujawa (free LED bulbs), slashing of cost of stents and knee replacement found positive ratings. One of the factors working in Modi’s favour is “India’s rising stature on the international stage”, with 65% approving his initiatives. Bring Ram Temple ordinance or we’ll fast: Pejawar seer E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Bengaluru SEERS of various Hindu religious mutts and leaders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Sunday vowed not to rest till the Ram Temple is built in Ayodhya as they declared “it is our birth right.” Leading the charge, Vishvesha Teertha Swami of Pejawar Mutt said they would launch hunger agitation if the Centre fails to bring an ordinance in this regard. Addressing the ‘Janagraha Sabha’ at the National College Grounds here organised by VHP to demand that the Modi government take the legislation route to enable construction of the temple, the Pejawar seer said, “A delegation of Hindu seers and religious leaders should soon meet the Prime Minister to urge him to bring an ordinance.” Referring to the Supreme Court declining to hold hearing with immediate urgency the , seer said, “I am now 88 years old. I want to see the temple built during my life time. We should not rest till the temple is built. We all should turn into Hanumans in the endeavP5 our to build the temple.” WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF EDEX (TABLOID) CRAFTED WITH CARE A school dropout who lights up lives A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Ramanagara FIVE decades ago, 10-year-old Anusuya Bai stopped at a pottery unit on her way back from school. She wanted to buy a clay piggy bank. The visit moulded her future and that of several others. Anusuya, who later dropped out of school, joined the unit as a labourer. She now employs seven persons, each ear ning about`15,000 a month by making earthenware at her unit in Janapada Loka in Ramanagara. Anusuya was in Class IV when she got mesmerised with the process of giving form to a limp mass of clay . Today, she sells over 500 products, including 50 varieties of earthen lamps, which are export- Anusuya Bai demonstrates making of clay diyas at her unit in Ramanagara | PANDARINATH B ed across the globe. Some of her creations are a big hit among buyers due to the innovative twists she lends to them, such as a perfumed diya, a lamp that burns even amid strong breeze, one that con- sumes less oil, and intricate diya clusters. Anusuya’s workers joined a few years ago after the factory where all of them had worked closed down. “After it was shut down, they had nowhere to go,” Anusuya says. “When I got to know about it, I hired them. I started with employing two people, and now seven persons work here. Each earns `10,000 to `15,000 per month. My profit goes to their salary I get little, but I am happy to keep . the art alive.” Among those who swear by her generosity is Leelamma. “After working for decades, I was getting `6,000 per month at the factory where I earlier worked, and even that was not paid on time. I then apP5 proached Anusuya.” Prepping for the big battle TAPAS RANJAN M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi Approval rating of PM candidates Lok Sabha seat Chandni Chowk East Delhi New Delhi North-East North-west West South Modi Rahul Kejriwal 67 63 60 63 58 63 66 8 12 10 9 11 9 13 5 10 11 8 20 8 10 Pull factor as India votes in 2019 Lok Sabha seat Chandni Chowk East Delhi New Delhi North-East North-West West South PM candidate Party appeal Image of candidate 53 47 55 46 47 51 43 27 23 31 27 25 22 27 15 21 19 16 18 19 26 Survey done in Delhi, sample size of 34,000. Figures in % North vs South politics colours Hampi fest row E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Ballari THE state government’s decision not to celebrate Hampi Utsav this year as an austerity measure due to drought in 100 taluks of the state has triggered political one-upmanship in the district. While opposition BJP has hit the streets accusing the government of bias against northern Karnataka by citing that droughts in the past had never resulted in cancellation of Dasara festivities, the ruling Congress is now compelled to have a rethink. Party MP from Ballari, V S Ugrappa, on Sunday assured the people that he will convince the Chief Minister to change the decision. BJP leaders in Ballari gathered at the party office on Sunday morning and launched a verbal attack on the government against its decision. Party MLA Somashekar Reddy lashed out at the government alleging discrimination between Mysuru and Ballari. “Mysuru Dasara is always a grand affair. But you should not forget that Hampi is a world heritage site. The Utsav should happen and it should be a mega event,” he said. Pointing out to many littérateurs, religious heads and artists who are raising funds for the event, he said, “If the government wants funds, we will raise the money by begging in Ballari, but there is no question of P6 not celebrating the Utsav.”
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