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AICTE, Mumbai University announce online workshop from 13 May to 17 May on 'Universal Human Values in Education'

The University of Mumbai in collaboration with AICTE (Western Region) will be organising an online workshop on 'Universal Human Values in Education' for institutions offering technical education.The workshop will commence on 13 May and end on 17 May. According to University of Mumbai, the workshop is of paramount significance to continue learning process amid COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown.The workshop will be conducted in Hindi and English. The morning session will be from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and the evening session will be from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.File image of Mumbai University. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons “To understand the basics of value education an online workshop is being organized exclusively for the Vice Chancellors of Technical Universities and University Coordinators appointed for coordinating the activities related to FDPs on Student Induction Programme,” the circular said.The workshop is specifically designed for sharing All India Council for Technical Edu…

Rajnath Singh approves abolition of 9,304 posts in Military Engineering Services; decision in line with recommendation of 11-member panel

Defence minister Rajnath Singh has approved the abolition of 9,304 posts in Military Engineering Services (MES) in the basic and industrial workforce.

The decision has been taken in line with the recommendations of the Committee of Experts, headed by Lt General Shekatkar. The suggestions were made to increase combat capability and rebalance defence expenditure of Armed Forces.

“In line with the recommendations made by the Committee, based on the proposal of Engineer-in-Chief, MES, the proposal of abolition of 9,304 posts in MES out of the total 13,157 vacancies of the basic and industrial staff has been approved by the Defence Minister,” the defence ministry said in statement.

File image of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. News18

File image of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. News18

According to a report by The Hindu, the 11-member team formed in 2016 by late Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had made nearly 99 recommendations. One of those was to restructure civilian workforce in a manner that part of the work of the MES could be done by staff employed by the department and the rest could be outsourced.

As per a report by The New Indian Express, Rajnath Singh had undertaken a high-level review of the recommendations of the Shekatkar Committee on 20 April. The review was attended by Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh, Air Force head Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria, Army chief Gen. M.M. Naravane and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar.

The MES, which is a part of the Indian Army, provides rear line engineering support to the Armed Forces. It is one of largest construction and maintenance agencies in India.

The MES is structured to design works, executed through contracts under the supervision of officers and staff consisting of both civilians and combatants from the Corps of Engineers.



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