Manipal Institute of Technology to introduce MTech course in Defence Technology

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August 25, 2021

The Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), MAHE, will introduce M Tech course in Defence Technology. The specialisation in the subject will be offered during second year of the course, sourced said.

The MIT’s association with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) not only resulted in the introduction of the course but also ensured internship programme for final-year postgraduate students at the organisation.

Former scientists from the DRDO will be employed as faculty for the course due to the sensitivity involved in the technologies being considered under the programme. The course is expected to be offered at the earliest with documental and discussion processes being underway.

The intake, presently, has been fixed at 30 students. The MIT accepted the proposal after the DRDO and AICTE came up with the same.

MIT Director Cdr Anil Rana said that negotiations are going on for laboratories under the DRDO that are required for the students.

The private organisations which are into defence sector for system integration manufacturing equipment will be involved in drafting of course programme, he added.

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May 18,2022

Bengaluru, May 18: Questioning the BJP government's "urgency" to bring the anti-conversion law into effect via an ordinance, Karnataka Congress President D K Shivakumar on Wednesday accused it of 'conveniently bypassing' the due process of debate and discussion in the legislature.

Noting that the law fails to address more pressing issues at hand, he asked, “Will it create jobs?” and whether it will be "used as a ploy to persecute minorities on fake charges?"

“What is the great hurry to bring an anti-conversion law via ordinance, avoiding debate in the assembly and the council?” Shivakumar asked.

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot on Tuesday gave his assent to the 'Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Ordinance'(anti-conversion ordinance), following which the government has notified it.

Last week, the state cabinet had decided to promulgate an ordinance to give effect to this contentious law against unlawful religious conversion, which has been opposed by opposition parties and Christian religious leaders.

'The Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill' was passed by the Legislative Assembly in December last year. However, it is pending for passage in the Legislative Council, where the ruling BJP is one member short of majority. 

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May 17,2022

Bengaluru, 17: The Karnataka State Election Commission on Tuesday told the High Court of Karnataka that the state government had taken away its powers making it unable to hold elections to Zilla Panchayat and Taluk Panchayats as mandated by the Supreme Court.

A vacation division bench of the High Court comprising Justice SG Pandit and Justice MG Uma heard the Election Commission's petition today. Following last week's Supreme Court direction to hold the ZP-TP elections immediately, the Commission filed a memo before the High Court to hear the pending petition citing emergency.

The High Court asked the Commission's counsel why a memo was filed before it instead of following the Supreme Court's direction. The counsel submitted to the Court that the State Government had withdrawn the Election Commission's power on delimitation of constituencies and drawing up the reservation list. Without these the State EC was unable to announce the election schedule.

The state had formed a separate panel for the delimitation and reservation even though the EC had completed the exercise on its own. The EC had challenged this before the High Court. The court observed that a detailed examination of the petition was necessary and adjourned the hearing to May 23. 

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May 11,2022

Bengaluru, May 11: In yet another setback to the ruling BJP, the resignation by senior IPS officer P Ravindranath protesting his transfer, has taken a political turn.

Former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday alleged that the ruling BJP and Opposition Congress have come together to finish off an upright Dalit IPS officer.

The senior IPS officer had been transferred within 10 days of issuance of notice to a retired IPS officer, who is facing an allegation of submission of a fake caste certificate. "This episode clearly shows that the ruling BJP is working under whose instructions," he charged without taking the name of Opposition leader Siddaramaiah.

Ravindranath had issued a notice to retired IPS officer Kempaiah, regarding allegations of submission of false caste certificate at the time of joining UPSC services. Kempaiah, worked as the advisor of the Home Department to former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during his tenure as the CM.

P. Ravindranath, known as an upright officer, working as the DGP of Karnataka Police Training Academy had submitted his resignation recently.

The move by the ruling BJP government to transfer him from the post at a crucial juncture of inquiry of Kempaiah led to suspicions.

Kumaraswamy further stated that there was an internal understanding between the ruling BJP and the Congress. This is a conspiracy to finish off an honest Dalit IPS officer, he charged.

Kumaraswamy while stressing that his resignation should not be accepted, stated that he had submitted resignation in the backdrop of the state government obstructing his duty and then transferring him.

"Ravindranath was trying to catch those who had submitted fake caste certificates and gotten into public service, committing a fraud to the government and society.

"What is the necessity for the BJP to support a retired IPS officer close to Opposition leader. Is it a sort of paying back for helping the BJP to attain power?" Kumaraswamy asked.

Kumaraswamy underlined that the development is a great threat to honest officers in the state.

The JD(S) has all along been making the allegation that Siddaramaiah helped the BJP to attain power by ensuring the collapse of JD(S) and the Congress coalition government in Karnataka. However, Siddaramaiah has vehemently denied this.

Ravindranath resigned Tuesday alleging harassment and caste vendetta. In his resignation letter, he wrote, "I am pained to observe the opacity shown by Karnataka Chief Secretary P. Ravikumar when I requested him to issue government order to set up protection cell as per rules of SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules 1995.

"I am prematurely transferred without any public interest just to harass me since I have taken legal action against people involved in the fake caste certificate issue." 
 

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