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EDUCATION-Seven Cannot Equal Eight

predominantly BC and SC/ST students were thus being siphoned off, without a real choice, from science and technology. Disparities also had regional profiles: in areas of Andhra Pradesh such as rural Telengana, Rayalaseema and Srikakulam, upper sudra castes had set up private colleges for themselves. In these regions, Chalam stated, there was "not a single government college in which science courses were being taught". The complex question of caste disparity as created by curricula would require a separate investigation, he said, but in relation to the issue of caste in general, he declared, "I have this to say to our ruling groups: even in terms of your [liberal] paradigm, you cannot compete in the international markets of the 21 st century without taking us along" On a different note, R V R Chandrasekhar Rao expressed concern at the quick and widespread "technicalisation" of higher learning. He felt that the university's crucial function of turning out balanced and socially sensitive citizens was being eroded through the neglect/marginatisation of the social sciences and the humanities.

College Teachers Strike in Maharashtra

in Maharashtra JVD The college teachers strike m Maharashtra was as much of a failure as its all-lndian counterpart, though it lasted some three weeks longer The strike has brought out that there are severe limitations to the degree of success that the college teachers' movement can hope for, arising as much from weakenesses inherent in any middle class trade union movement as from the brutal fact that the role of teachers in arts, science and commerce colleges in Indian society today is largely marginal THE calling off of the indefinite strike of college teachers by the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisations (MFUCTO) on September 23 was as full of melodrama as the earlier calling off of the all-India strike by the AIFUCTO in New Delhi on September 4. The scene was similar, some of the actors were the same, even the denouement was similar. After the calling off of the strike by the AIFUCTO, one of its major units in Delhi walked out of the federation to continue the strike on its own. In Bombay, after the MFUCTO agreed to withdraw its strike unconditionally, one of its more vocal (if not the largest) units, the college teachers' union in Bombay university decided to ignore the MFUCTO withdrawal and continue the strike.

College Teachers Struggle-Failure of Leadership

infections. The recurrence of such problems may increase and be hard to deal with later.
Similarly, once demand recession begins manifesting in a major way, orders on ancillaries and the small-scale sector would decline rapidly. Before the organised sector lay offs begin, many in the unorganised sector would have joined the ranks of the unemployed. This would add to the demand deficiency. Demand for all kinds of manufactured wage goods would go down. Thus, preventing a down turn in industry at the present juncture is essential A major upward pressure on the price level starting with agricultural prices is likely. For instance, if prices of oils go up, soaps would follow suit. The wholesale prices of vegetable oils have increased 9.6 per cent, rice 7 per cent, wheat 5.4 per cent and manufactures 12 3 per cent in the last one month ending August 29 (Economic Times, August 30). Invariably a demand for wage increases will follow which will in turn fuel the inflationary spiral. This needs to be nipped in the bud today since it is not reversible.

MAHARASHTRA- College Teachers Crying Wolf Again

September 13, 1986 capabilities and capacities and economies that can be derived from standardisation and repeat application of available technology rather than repetitive import of technologies. These sound considerations are being cavalierly disregarded in official policy in search of easy paths to modernisation.

MAHARASHTRA-Change of Patil

tors, included as an appendix in Fyzee's "Outlines of the Mohamadan Law" as also to a "shorter and much dramatic version of the contract" drafted by Daniel Ladfi which bears the stamp of the Chief Qazi of Aligarh. The latter had three provisions: first, equal position of husband and wife as regards divorce; second, mehr, half of which to be paid immediately and the rest deferred to death or divorce; and, THE last time when Vasantdada Patil resigned from a ministerial office in the mid-seventies, he was irrigation minister in S B Chavan's cabinet. At that time, he not only resigned from the cabinet but had also announced his retirement from active politics. Within a few months he was back in office, in fact as the chief minister. "He could not stay retired when the ship of the Congress party was afire", he explained then. His return effectively ended the political career at the state level of S B Chavan.

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