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GOA UNIV - central university status or status quo
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2008-07-30 17:18:46 UTC
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In an inconclusive debate whether a) The Goa University should accept the Union Governments proposal for upgradation to the Central University status alongwith two others in MP and Chattisgarh in the XI V year Plan or b) maintain its present status as a State of Goa University; there were several unanswered questions that put the select gathering mainly of students faculty members of the teaching fraternity and some NGO's that assembled at the Institute Menezes Braganza Hall today 30th July, 2008 at 1707 hrs under a newly christened forum Citizens(of Goa) Initiative into suspicion and doubt.

The speakers for the proposition were Seby Rodrigues activist (recently branded by ex CM and now leader of the Opposition Mr Manohar Parrikar as a Naxalite) Jatin Naik(Adv) and student GU, Prof. Aureliano Fernandes, Prof Rafael Fernandes.

The proponents observations for a central university status stemmed from the fact that:
a) the concept that the State of Goa University would lose prime land was a figment of imagination of the opponents; as the Central Universities do not take claim of the land but the same remains with the State
b) the exhorbitant fees for studies in the GU even for the humanities was the prima causa for the low number of students in the several Departments notably French, Portuguese, Philosophy Centre for Latin American studies to name just a few; (except in Chemistry Commerce Computer Sc Physics and Konkani (in devanagari script to name a few)as compared to the fee structure of the Jawaharlal Nehru University which is nearly a tenth lower than the GU
c) opening the University for a student mix and faculty mix would widen the horizons of learning
d) the fear that students from Goa will not be able to seek admissions due to competitiveness at all India level was again believed to be a figment of imagination as according to one proponent Goa University students fared the best in TOEFL exam
e) the pittance that the GU gets from the state Government which is in the range of 5 to 9 crores ( in 2007-08 hiked as most of it is spent on protracted litigation ) as compared to the funds that will flow once accorded Central University status.
f) the avowed policy of the erstwhile Portuguese regime which was to "teach the rich" that has percolated post liberation to be the policy of the GU set up in 1985 which the Central University status will reverse and make it accessible to the poor as well.
g) that a central University status in a state with a lone university of Goa would deprive the locals according to them is incorrect as safeguards can be provided for ensuring a certain percentage of seats for the locals from Goa as is done by the UT of Pondicherry, and the seven sisters the North Eastern states of Nagaland etc;
h) if the Executive and Academic Council are constituted of proper well meaning persons who will do justice to the field of education there is no fear of the University doing the bidding of the politicians as is the present case with the Goa University
i) what was thought suitable in 1984 need not necessarily mean that one should have a fossilised thinking and not be receptive to change in the fast changing global environment;

The Opponents of giving GU a Central status were Dr Jayant Budkuley ex Registrar of GU, Dr Uday Barad, Prof B D Desai and this stemmed from the fact according to them
a) that the issue of the Goa University either being a State University or Central University was well settled in 1984 that it would be a State University and hence there ought to be no change for it would deprive students from the mofussil areas to the seats of learning
b) in the situation of just one University in the state there is no guarantee that a Central University will fit in the aspirations of the State
c) that 90% of the present seats available to students from Goa in GU will be open for competition once granted a Central University
d) State government will lose its perogative of setting policy goals and perogative of the Government in nominations to the various bodies as it does at present
e) for the sake of saving the present 16 crores budget to the GU ( a debatable figure though ) given by the State Government the Central University offer of a higher amount does not justify the same if our say in matters of the University are lost
f) handing over 4000 crores assets of GU funded from scratch by the State Government to the Central University is a misnomer given that those from under privileged class and rural will suffer
g) faculty drawn from outside the State will not necessarily enhance quality education. A committed faculty is the need of the hour as even the present ratio of teaching staff from outside the state appears to be on the higher side as of now;
h) enhancement of retirement age for Vice Chancellor to 70 years and to teaching staff to 65 years should not be the bait for a Central university status
i) states like Goa Sikkim etc which are small and have just one University should not be accorded Central Unviersity status
j) no doubt the emoluments will stand hiked as it is Goa University has benefitted from Central scales owing to Goa's UT status hence only a few additional allowances should not make one succumb to the Central university status.
k) there was no transperancy in preparing the proposal mooted by the Vice Chancellor GU, the Head of the Directorate of Higher Education (fall guy ) and the CM the (fence sitter ) at the dictates of the PM why was the Academic and Executive council of GU not taken in confidence to discuss the issue threadbare?
l) even now is it possible that without the GU Act 1984 presently in force being abrogated can an ordinance by the Central Government conferring the Central University overide the Act?

Three special guest speakers Mr Ajit Shirodkar Prof Newman Fernandes Principal of Xaviers College Mapusa and Prof Afonso felt that what was primarily needed to be debated is a) whether the GU as it is today is imparting the knowledge to its students or is it going to improve in the future? Of the 9000 students that pass the XII (higher secondary school exams) in Goa nearly 1000 get into professional colleges and the others in the 22 colleges while the GU accomodates 1017 students of which most are from his college. In fact yet another debatable issue is what an ideal University should be like ? what infrastructure teaching facility needs to be provided?

It is clear that both the proponents had apparently raised useful points for debate but what the gathering concluded was that there was a lot of bankruptcy on the actual pros and cons of what a Central University would provide. It was therefore felt by the Moderator Prof M S Kamat there could not be any vote for or against and the general consensus was for a far wider debate.

Mr Floriano Lobo the Event Manager proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Miguel Braganza was also present

Sidelights of the event:

a) surprisingly all of the opponents were upper caste Brahmins, while the proponents of the Central University were from the minority and Bahujan Samaj community remarked a member of the audience
b) according to one of the Opponents who spoke to this writer it is the idea of the Vice Chancellor and a Prof from the Centre for Latin Studies that has mooted the idea for Central status when the PM came to inaugurate the BITS Pilani complex at Zuarinagar;
c) there was a personal attack on the ex Registrar of the GU by a proponent of the Central University when the ex Registrar is reported to have created an aggravating bureaucratic delay to his disertion while a student; the ex-Registrar preferred to clarify the issue after the function
d) Mr Manuel Caldeira an expartriate from Chandor put up exhibits to show the influx of Non Goans the social engineering that is taking place with the covet blessings of the 40 elected representatives of the GU.
e) it is clear that all is not well with the GU there is a need to have an indepth investigations into -- i) whether the GU is a sacred institution for teaching or a white elephant dying a slow death.
f) many of those present preferred that the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee committee constituted to look into the pros and cons should come out clearly on the issue notwithstanding a leak in the news media today that the state government favours continuance of GU as a state university

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In an inconclusive debate whether a) The Goa University should accept the Union Governments proposal for upgradation to the Central University status alongwith two others in MP and Chattisgarh in the XI V year Plan or b) maintain its present status as a State of Goa University; there were several unanswered questions that put the select gathering mainly of students faculty members of the teaching fraternity and some NGO's that assembled at the Institute Menezes Braganza Hall today 30th July, 2008 at 1707 hrs under a newly christened forum Citizens(of Goa) Initiative into suspicion and doubt.

The speakers for the proposition were Seby Rodrigues activist (recently branded by ex CM and now leader of the Opposition Mr Manohar Parrikar as a Naxalite) Jatin Naik(Adv) and student GU, Prof. Aureliano Fernandes, Prof Rafael Fernandes.

The proponents observations for a central university status stemmed from the fact that:
a) the concept that the State of Goa University would lose prime land was a figment of imagination of the opponents; as the Central Universities do not take claim of the land but the same remains with the State
b) the exhorbitant fees for studies in the GU even for the humanities was the prima causa for the low number of students in the several Departments notably French, Portuguese, Philosophy Centre for Latin American studies to name just a few; (except in Chemistry Commerce Computer Sc Physics and Konkani (in devanagari script to name a few)as compared to the fee structure of the Jawaharlal Nehru University which is nearly a tenth lower than the GU
c) opening the University for a student mix and faculty mix would widen the horizons of learning
d) the fear that students from Goa will not be able to seek admissions due to competitiveness at all India level was again believed to be a figment of imagination as according to one proponent Goa University students fared the best in TOEFL exam
e) the pittance that the GU gets from the state Government which is in the range of 5 to 9 crores ( in 2007-08 hiked as most of it is spent on protracted litigation ) as compared to the funds that will flow once accorded Central University status.
f) the avowed policy of the erstwhile Portuguese regime which was to "teach the rich" that has percolated post liberation to be the policy of the GU set up in 1985 which the Central University status will reverse and make it accessible to the poor as well.
g) that a central University status in a state with a lone university of Goa would deprive the locals according to them is incorrect as safeguards can be provided for ensuring a certain percentage of seats for the locals from Goa as is done by the UT of Pondicherry, and the seven sisters the North Eastern states of Nagaland etc;
h) if the Executive and Academic Council are constituted of proper well meaning persons who will do justice to the field of education there is no fear of the University doing the bidding of the politicians as is the present case with the Goa University
i) what was thought suitable in 1984 need not necessarily mean that one should have a fossilised thinking and not be receptive to change in the fast changing global environment;

The Opponents of giving GU a Central status were Dr Jayant Budkuley ex Registrar of GU, Dr Uday Barad, Prof B D Desai and this stemmed from the fact according to them
a) that the issue of the Goa University either being a State University or Central University was well settled in 1984 that it would be a State University and hence there ought to be no change for it would deprive students from the mofussil areas to the seats of learning
b) in the situation of just one University in the state there is no guarantee that a Central University will fit in the aspirations of the State
c) that 90% of the present seats available to students from Goa in GU will be open for competition once granted a Central University
d) State government will lose its perogative of setting policy goals and perogative of the Government in nominations to the various bodies as it does at present
e) for the sake of saving the present 16 crores budget to the GU ( a debatable figure though ) given by the State Government the Central University offer of a higher amount does not justify the same if our say in matters of the University are lost
f) handing over 4000 crores assets of GU funded from scratch by the State Government to the Central University is a misnomer given that those from under privileged class and rural will suffer
g) faculty drawn from outside the State will not necessarily enhance quality education. A committed faculty is the need of the hour as even the present ratio of teaching staff from outside the state appears to be on the higher side as of now;
h) enhancement of retirement age for Vice Chancellor to 70 years and to teaching staff to 65 years should not be the bait for a Central university status
i) states like Goa Sikkim etc which are small and have just one University should not be accorded Central Unviersity status
j) no doubt the emoluments will stand hiked as it is Goa University has benefitted from Central scales owing to Goa's UT status hence only a few additional allowances should not make one succumb to the Central university status.
k) there was no transperancy in preparing the proposal mooted by the Vice Chancellor GU, the Head of the Directorate of Higher Education (fall guy ) and the CM the (fence sitter ) at the dictates of the PM why was the Academic and Executive council of GU not taken in confidence to discuss the issue threadbare?
l) even now is it possible that without the GU Act 1984 presently in force being abrogated can an ordinance by the Central Government conferring the Central University overide the Act?

Three special guest speakers Mr Ajit Shirodkar Prof Newman Fernandes Principal of Xaviers College Mapusa and Prof Afonso felt that what was primarily needed to be debated is a) whether the GU as it is today is imparting the knowledge to its students or is it going to improve in the future? Of the 9000 students that pass the XII (higher secondary school exams) in Goa nearly 1000 get into professional colleges and the others in the 22 colleges while the GU accomodates 1017 students of which most are from his college. In fact yet another debatable issue is what an ideal University should be like ? what infrastructure teaching facility needs to be provided?

It is clear that both the proponents had apparently raised useful points for debate but what the gathering concluded was that there was a lot of bankruptcy on the actual pros and cons of what a Central University would provide. It was therefore felt by the Moderator Prof M S Kamat there could not be any vote for or against and the general consensus was for a far wider debate.

Mr Floriano Lobo the Event Manager proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Miguel Braganza was also present

Sidelights of the event:

a) surprisingly all of the opponents were upper caste Brahmins, while the proponents of the Central University were from the minority and Bahujan Samaj community remarked a member of the audience
b) according to one of the Opponents who spoke to this writer it is the idea of the Vice Chancellor and a Prof from the Centre for Latin Studies that has mooted the idea for Central status when the PM came to inaugurate the BITS Pilani complex at Zuarinagar;
c) there was a personal attack on the ex Registrar of the GU by a proponent of the Central University when the ex Registrar is reported to have created an aggravating bureaucratic delay to his disertion while a student; the ex-Registrar preferred to clarify the issue after the function
d) Mr Manuel Caldeira an expartriate from Chandor put up exhibits to show the influx of Non Goans the social engineering that is taking place with the covet blessings of the 40 elected representatives of the GU.
e) it is clear that all is not well with the GU there is a need to have an indepth investigations into -- i) whether the GU is a sacred institution for teaching or a white elephant dying a slow death.
f) many of those present preferred that the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee committee constituted to look into the pros and cons should come out clearly on the issue notwithstanding a leak in the news media today that the state government favours continuance of GU as a state university

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In an inconclusive debate whether a) The Goa University should accept the Union Governments proposal for upgradation to the Central University status alongwith two others in MP and Chattisgarh in the XI V year Plan or b) maintain its present status as a State of Goa University; there were several unanswered questions that put the select gathering mainly of students faculty members of the teaching fraternity and some NGO's that assembled at the Institute Menezes Braganza Hall today 30th July, 2008 at 1707 hrs under a newly christened forum Citizens(of Goa) Initiative into suspicion and doubt.

The speakers for the proposition were Seby Rodrigues activist (recently branded by ex CM and now leader of the Opposition Mr Manohar Parrikar as a Naxalite) Jatin Naik(Adv) and student GU, Prof. Aureliano Fernandes, Prof Rafael Fernandes.

The proponents observations for a central university status stemmed from the fact that:
a) the concept that the State of Goa University would lose prime land was a figment of imagination of the opponents; as the Central Universities do not take claim of the land but the same remains with the State
b) the exhorbitant fees for studies in the GU even for the humanities was the prima causa for the low number of students in the several Departments notably French, Portuguese, Philosophy Centre for Latin American studies to name just a few; (except in Chemistry Commerce Computer Sc Physics and Konkani (in devanagari script to name a few)as compared to the fee structure of the Jawaharlal Nehru University which is nearly a tenth lower than the GU
c) opening the University for a student mix and faculty mix would widen the horizons of learning
d) the fear that students from Goa will not be able to seek admissions due to competitiveness at all India level was again believed to be a figment of imagination as according to one proponent Goa University students fared the best in TOEFL exam
e) the pittance that the GU gets from the state Government which is in the range of 5 to 9 crores ( in 2007-08 hiked as most of it is spent on protracted litigation ) as compared to the funds that will flow once accorded Central University status.
f) the avowed policy of the erstwhile Portuguese regime which was to "teach the rich" that has percolated post liberation to be the policy of the GU set up in 1985 which the Central University status will reverse and make it accessible to the poor as well.
g) that a central University status in a state with a lone university of Goa would deprive the locals according to them is incorrect as safeguards can be provided for ensuring a certain percentage of seats for the locals from Goa as is done by the UT of Pondicherry, and the seven sisters the North Eastern states of Nagaland etc;
h) if the Executive and Academic Council are constituted of proper well meaning persons who will do justice to the field of education there is no fear of the University doing the bidding of the politicians as is the present case with the Goa University
i) what was thought suitable in 1984 need not necessarily mean that one should have a fossilised thinking and not be receptive to change in the fast changing global environment;

The Opponents of giving GU a Central status were Dr Jayant Budkuley ex Registrar of GU, Dr Uday Barad, Prof B D Desai and this stemmed from the fact according to them
a) that the issue of the Goa University either being a State University or Central University was well settled in 1984 that it would be a State University and hence there ought to be no change for it would deprive students from the mofussil areas to the seats of learning
b) in the situation of just one University in the state there is no guarantee that a Central University will fit in the aspirations of the State
c) that 90% of the present seats available to students from Goa in GU will be open for competition once granted a Central University
d) State government will lose its perogative of setting policy goals and perogative of the Government in nominations to the various bodies as it does at present
e) for the sake of saving the present 16 crores budget to the GU ( a debatable figure though ) given by the State Government the Central University offer of a higher amount does not justify the same if our say in matters of the University are lost
f) handing over 4000 crores assets of GU funded from scratch by the State Government to the Central University is a misnomer given that those from under privileged class and rural will suffer
g) faculty drawn from outside the State will not necessarily enhance quality education. A committed faculty is the need of the hour as even the present ratio of teaching staff from outside the state appears to be on the higher side as of now;
h) enhancement of retirement age for Vice Chancellor to 70 years and to teaching staff to 65 years should not be the bait for a Central university status
i) states like Goa Sikkim etc which are small and have just one University should not be accorded Central Unviersity status
j) no doubt the emoluments will stand hiked as it is Goa University has benefitted from Central scales owing to Goa's UT status hence only a few additional allowances should not make one succumb to the Central university status.
k) there was no transperancy in preparing the proposal mooted by the Vice Chancellor GU, the Head of the Directorate of Higher Education (fall guy ) and the CM the (fence sitter ) at the dictates of the PM why was the Academic and Executive council of GU not taken in confidence to discuss the issue threadbare?
l) even now is it possible that without the GU Act 1984 presently in force being abrogated can an ordinance by the Central Government conferring the Central University overide the Act?

Three special guest speakers Mr Ajit Shirodkar Prof Newman Fernandes Principal of Xaviers College Mapusa and Prof Afonso felt that what was primarily needed to be debated is a) whether the GU as it is today is imparting the knowledge to its students or is it going to improve in the future? Of the 9000 students that pass the XII (higher secondary school exams) in Goa nearly 1000 get into professional colleges and the others in the 22 colleges while the GU accomodates 1017 students of which most are from his college. In fact yet another debatable issue is what an ideal University should be like ? what infrastructure teaching facility needs to be provided?

It is clear that both the proponents had apparently raised useful points for debate but what the gathering concluded was that there was a lot of bankruptcy on the actual pros and cons of what a Central University would provide. It was therefore felt by the Moderator Prof M S Kamat there could not be any vote for or against and the general consensus was for a far wider debate.

Mr Floriano Lobo the Event Manager proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Miguel Braganza was also present

Sidelights of the event:

a) surprisingly all of the opponents were upper caste Brahmins, while the proponents of the Central University were from the minority and Bahujan Samaj community remarked a member of the audience
b) according to one of the Opponents who spoke to this writer it is the idea of the Vice Chancellor and a Prof from the Centre for Latin Studies that has mooted the idea for Central status when the PM came to inaugurate the BITS Pilani complex at Zuarinagar;
c) there was a personal attack on the ex Registrar of the GU by a proponent of the Central University when the ex Registrar is reported to have created an aggravating bureaucratic delay to his disertion while a student; the ex-Registrar preferred to clarify the issue after the function
d) Mr Manuel Caldeira an expartriate from Chandor put up exhibits to show the influx of Non Goans the social engineering that is taking place with the covet blessings of the 40 elected representatives of the GU.
e) it is clear that all is not well with the GU there is a need to have an indepth investigations into -- i) whether the GU is a sacred institution for teaching or a white elephant dying a slow death.
f) many of those present preferred that the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee committee constituted to look into the pros and cons should come out clearly on the issue notwithstanding a leak in the news media today that the state government favours continuance of GU as a state university

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In an inconclusive debate whether a) The Goa University should accept the Union Governments proposal for upgradation to the Central University status alongwith two others in MP and Chattisgarh in the XI V year Plan or b) maintain its present status as a State of Goa University; there were several unanswered questions that put the select gathering mainly of students faculty members of the teaching fraternity and some NGO's that assembled at the Institute Menezes Braganza Hall today 30th July, 2008 at 1707 hrs under a newly christened forum Citizens(of Goa) Initiative into suspicion and doubt.

The speakers for the proposition were Seby Rodrigues activist (recently branded by ex CM and now leader of the Opposition Mr Manohar Parrikar as a Naxalite) Jatin Naik(Adv) and student GU, Prof. Aureliano Fernandes, Prof Rafael Fernandes.

The proponents observations for a central university status stemmed from the fact that:
a) the concept that the State of Goa University would lose prime land was a figment of imagination of the opponents; as the Central Universities do not take claim of the land but the same remains with the State
b) the exhorbitant fees for studies in the GU even for the humanities was the prima causa for the low number of students in the several Departments notably French, Portuguese, Philosophy Centre for Latin American studies to name just a few; (except in Chemistry Commerce Computer Sc Physics and Konkani (in devanagari script to name a few)as compared to the fee structure of the Jawaharlal Nehru University which is nearly a tenth lower than the GU
c) opening the University for a student mix and faculty mix would widen the horizons of learning
d) the fear that students from Goa will not be able to seek admissions due to competitiveness at all India level was again believed to be a figment of imagination as according to one proponent Goa University students fared the best in TOEFL exam
e) the pittance that the GU gets from the state Government which is in the range of 5 to 9 crores ( in 2007-08 hiked as most of it is spent on protracted litigation ) as compared to the funds that will flow once accorded Central University status.
f) the avowed policy of the erstwhile Portuguese regime which was to "teach the rich" that has percolated post liberation to be the policy of the GU set up in 1985 which the Central University status will reverse and make it accessible to the poor as well.
g) that a central University status in a state with a lone university of Goa would deprive the locals according to them is incorrect as safeguards can be provided for ensuring a certain percentage of seats for the locals from Goa as is done by the UT of Pondicherry, and the seven sisters the North Eastern states of Nagaland etc;
h) if the Executive and Academic Council are constituted of proper well meaning persons who will do justice to the field of education there is no fear of the University doing the bidding of the politicians as is the present case with the Goa University
i) what was thought suitable in 1984 need not necessarily mean that one should have a fossilised thinking and not be receptive to change in the fast changing global environment;

The Opponents of giving GU a Central status were Dr Jayant Budkuley ex Registrar of GU, Dr Uday Barad, Prof B D Desai and this stemmed from the fact according to them
a) that the issue of the Goa University either being a State University or Central University was well settled in 1984 that it would be a State University and hence there ought to be no change for it would deprive students from the mofussil areas to the seats of learning
b) in the situation of just one University in the state there is no guarantee that a Central University will fit in the aspirations of the State
c) that 90% of the present seats available to students from Goa in GU will be open for competition once granted a Central University
d) State government will lose its perogative of setting policy goals and perogative of the Government in nominations to the various bodies as it does at present
e) for the sake of saving the present 16 crores budget to the GU ( a debatable figure though ) given by the State Government the Central University offer of a higher amount does not justify the same if our say in matters of the University are lost
f) handing over 4000 crores assets of GU funded from scratch by the State Government to the Central University is a misnomer given that those from under privileged class and rural will suffer
g) faculty drawn from outside the State will not necessarily enhance quality education. A committed faculty is the need of the hour as even the present ratio of teaching staff from outside the state appears to be on the higher side as of now;
h) enhancement of retirement age for Vice Chancellor to 70 years and to teaching staff to 65 years should not be the bait for a Central university status
i) states like Goa Sikkim etc which are small and have just one University should not be accorded Central Unviersity status
j) no doubt the emoluments will stand hiked as it is Goa University has benefitted from Central scales owing to Goa's UT status hence only a few additional allowances should not make one succumb to the Central university status.
k) there was no transperancy in preparing the proposal mooted by the Vice Chancellor GU, the Head of the Directorate of Higher Education (fall guy ) and the CM the (fence sitter ) at the dictates of the PM why was the Academic and Executive council of GU not taken in confidence to discuss the issue threadbare?
l) even now is it possible that without the GU Act 1984 presently in force being abrogated can an ordinance by the Central Government conferring the Central University overide the Act?

Three special guest speakers Mr Ajit Shirodkar Prof Newman Fernandes Principal of Xaviers College Mapusa and Prof Afonso felt that what was primarily needed to be debated is a) whether the GU as it is today is imparting the knowledge to its students or is it going to improve in the future? Of the 9000 students that pass the XII (higher secondary school exams) in Goa nearly 1000 get into professional colleges and the others in the 22 colleges while the GU accomodates 1017 students of which most are from his college. In fact yet another debatable issue is what an ideal University should be like ? what infrastructure teaching facility needs to be provided?

It is clear that both the proponents had apparently raised useful points for debate but what the gathering concluded was that there was a lot of bankruptcy on the actual pros and cons of what a Central University would provide. It was therefore felt by the Moderator Prof M S Kamat there could not be any vote for or against and the general consensus was for a far wider debate.

Mr Floriano Lobo the Event Manager proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Miguel Braganza was also present

Sidelights of the event:

a) surprisingly all of the opponents were upper caste Brahmins, while the proponents of the Central University were from the minority and Bahujan Samaj community remarked a member of the audience
b) according to one of the Opponents who spoke to this writer it is the idea of the Vice Chancellor and a Prof from the Centre for Latin Studies that has mooted the idea for Central status when the PM came to inaugurate the BITS Pilani complex at Zuarinagar;
c) there was a personal attack on the ex Registrar of the GU by a proponent of the Central University when the ex Registrar is reported to have created an aggravating bureaucratic delay to his disertion while a student; the ex-Registrar preferred to clarify the issue after the function
d) Mr Manuel Caldeira an expartriate from Chandor put up exhibits to show the influx of Non Goans the social engineering that is taking place with the covet blessings of the 40 elected representatives of the GU.
e) it is clear that all is not well with the GU there is a need to have an indepth investigations into -- i) whether the GU is a sacred institution for teaching or a white elephant dying a slow death.
f) many of those present preferred that the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee committee constituted to look into the pros and cons should come out clearly on the issue notwithstanding a leak in the news media today that the state government favours continuance of GU as a state university

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2008-07-30 17:18:46 UTC
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In an inconclusive debate whether a) The Goa University should accept the Union Governments proposal for upgradation to the Central University status alongwith two others in MP and Chattisgarh in the XI V year Plan or b) maintain its present status as a State of Goa University; there were several unanswered questions that put the select gathering mainly of students faculty members of the teaching fraternity and some NGO's that assembled at the Institute Menezes Braganza Hall today 30th July, 2008 at 1707 hrs under a newly christened forum Citizens(of Goa) Initiative into suspicion and doubt.

The speakers for the proposition were Seby Rodrigues activist (recently branded by ex CM and now leader of the Opposition Mr Manohar Parrikar as a Naxalite) Jatin Naik(Adv) and student GU, Prof. Aureliano Fernandes, Prof Rafael Fernandes.

The proponents observations for a central university status stemmed from the fact that:
a) the concept that the State of Goa University would lose prime land was a figment of imagination of the opponents; as the Central Universities do not take claim of the land but the same remains with the State
b) the exhorbitant fees for studies in the GU even for the humanities was the prima causa for the low number of students in the several Departments notably French, Portuguese, Philosophy Centre for Latin American studies to name just a few; (except in Chemistry Commerce Computer Sc Physics and Konkani (in devanagari script to name a few)as compared to the fee structure of the Jawaharlal Nehru University which is nearly a tenth lower than the GU
c) opening the University for a student mix and faculty mix would widen the horizons of learning
d) the fear that students from Goa will not be able to seek admissions due to competitiveness at all India level was again believed to be a figment of imagination as according to one proponent Goa University students fared the best in TOEFL exam
e) the pittance that the GU gets from the state Government which is in the range of 5 to 9 crores ( in 2007-08 hiked as most of it is spent on protracted litigation ) as compared to the funds that will flow once accorded Central University status.
f) the avowed policy of the erstwhile Portuguese regime which was to "teach the rich" that has percolated post liberation to be the policy of the GU set up in 1985 which the Central University status will reverse and make it accessible to the poor as well.
g) that a central University status in a state with a lone university of Goa would deprive the locals according to them is incorrect as safeguards can be provided for ensuring a certain percentage of seats for the locals from Goa as is done by the UT of Pondicherry, and the seven sisters the North Eastern states of Nagaland etc;
h) if the Executive and Academic Council are constituted of proper well meaning persons who will do justice to the field of education there is no fear of the University doing the bidding of the politicians as is the present case with the Goa University
i) what was thought suitable in 1984 need not necessarily mean that one should have a fossilised thinking and not be receptive to change in the fast changing global environment;

The Opponents of giving GU a Central status were Dr Jayant Budkuley ex Registrar of GU, Dr Uday Barad, Prof B D Desai and this stemmed from the fact according to them
a) that the issue of the Goa University either being a State University or Central University was well settled in 1984 that it would be a State University and hence there ought to be no change for it would deprive students from the mofussil areas to the seats of learning
b) in the situation of just one University in the state there is no guarantee that a Central University will fit in the aspirations of the State
c) that 90% of the present seats available to students from Goa in GU will be open for competition once granted a Central University
d) State government will lose its perogative of setting policy goals and perogative of the Government in nominations to the various bodies as it does at present
e) for the sake of saving the present 16 crores budget to the GU ( a debatable figure though ) given by the State Government the Central University offer of a higher amount does not justify the same if our say in matters of the University are lost
f) handing over 4000 crores assets of GU funded from scratch by the State Government to the Central University is a misnomer given that those from under privileged class and rural will suffer
g) faculty drawn from outside the State will not necessarily enhance quality education. A committed faculty is the need of the hour as even the present ratio of teaching staff from outside the state appears to be on the higher side as of now;
h) enhancement of retirement age for Vice Chancellor to 70 years and to teaching staff to 65 years should not be the bait for a Central university status
i) states like Goa Sikkim etc which are small and have just one University should not be accorded Central Unviersity status
j) no doubt the emoluments will stand hiked as it is Goa University has benefitted from Central scales owing to Goa's UT status hence only a few additional allowances should not make one succumb to the Central university status.
k) there was no transperancy in preparing the proposal mooted by the Vice Chancellor GU, the Head of the Directorate of Higher Education (fall guy ) and the CM the (fence sitter ) at the dictates of the PM why was the Academic and Executive council of GU not taken in confidence to discuss the issue threadbare?
l) even now is it possible that without the GU Act 1984 presently in force being abrogated can an ordinance by the Central Government conferring the Central University overide the Act?

Three special guest speakers Mr Ajit Shirodkar Prof Newman Fernandes Principal of Xaviers College Mapusa and Prof Afonso felt that what was primarily needed to be debated is a) whether the GU as it is today is imparting the knowledge to its students or is it going to improve in the future? Of the 9000 students that pass the XII (higher secondary school exams) in Goa nearly 1000 get into professional colleges and the others in the 22 colleges while the GU accomodates 1017 students of which most are from his college. In fact yet another debatable issue is what an ideal University should be like ? what infrastructure teaching facility needs to be provided?

It is clear that both the proponents had apparently raised useful points for debate but what the gathering concluded was that there was a lot of bankruptcy on the actual pros and cons of what a Central University would provide. It was therefore felt by the Moderator Prof M S Kamat there could not be any vote for or against and the general consensus was for a far wider debate.

Mr Floriano Lobo the Event Manager proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Miguel Braganza was also present

Sidelights of the event:

a) surprisingly all of the opponents were upper caste Brahmins, while the proponents of the Central University were from the minority and Bahujan Samaj community remarked a member of the audience
b) according to one of the Opponents who spoke to this writer it is the idea of the Vice Chancellor and a Prof from the Centre for Latin Studies that has mooted the idea for Central status when the PM came to inaugurate the BITS Pilani complex at Zuarinagar;
c) there was a personal attack on the ex Registrar of the GU by a proponent of the Central University when the ex Registrar is reported to have created an aggravating bureaucratic delay to his disertion while a student; the ex-Registrar preferred to clarify the issue after the function
d) Mr Manuel Caldeira an expartriate from Chandor put up exhibits to show the influx of Non Goans the social engineering that is taking place with the covet blessings of the 40 elected representatives of the GU.
e) it is clear that all is not well with the GU there is a need to have an indepth investigations into -- i) whether the GU is a sacred institution for teaching or a white elephant dying a slow death.
f) many of those present preferred that the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee committee constituted to look into the pros and cons should come out clearly on the issue notwithstanding a leak in the news media today that the state government favours continuance of GU as a state university

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In an inconclusive debate whether a) The Goa University should accept the Union Governments proposal for upgradation to the Central University status alongwith two others in MP and Chattisgarh in the XI V year Plan or b) maintain its present status as a State of Goa University; there were several unanswered questions that put the select gathering mainly of students faculty members of the teaching fraternity and some NGO's that assembled at the Institute Menezes Braganza Hall today 30th July, 2008 at 1707 hrs under a newly christened forum Citizens(of Goa) Initiative into suspicion and doubt.

The speakers for the proposition were Seby Rodrigues activist (recently branded by ex CM and now leader of the Opposition Mr Manohar Parrikar as a Naxalite) Jatin Naik(Adv) and student GU, Prof. Aureliano Fernandes, Prof Rafael Fernandes.

The proponents observations for a central university status stemmed from the fact that:
a) the concept that the State of Goa University would lose prime land was a figment of imagination of the opponents; as the Central Universities do not take claim of the land but the same remains with the State
b) the exhorbitant fees for studies in the GU even for the humanities was the prima causa for the low number of students in the several Departments notably French, Portuguese, Philosophy Centre for Latin American studies to name just a few; (except in Chemistry Commerce Computer Sc Physics and Konkani (in devanagari script to name a few)as compared to the fee structure of the Jawaharlal Nehru University which is nearly a tenth lower than the GU
c) opening the University for a student mix and faculty mix would widen the horizons of learning
d) the fear that students from Goa will not be able to seek admissions due to competitiveness at all India level was again believed to be a figment of imagination as according to one proponent Goa University students fared the best in TOEFL exam
e) the pittance that the GU gets from the state Government which is in the range of 5 to 9 crores ( in 2007-08 hiked as most of it is spent on protracted litigation ) as compared to the funds that will flow once accorded Central University status.
f) the avowed policy of the erstwhile Portuguese regime which was to "teach the rich" that has percolated post liberation to be the policy of the GU set up in 1985 which the Central University status will reverse and make it accessible to the poor as well.
g) that a central University status in a state with a lone university of Goa would deprive the locals according to them is incorrect as safeguards can be provided for ensuring a certain percentage of seats for the locals from Goa as is done by the UT of Pondicherry, and the seven sisters the North Eastern states of Nagaland etc;
h) if the Executive and Academic Council are constituted of proper well meaning persons who will do justice to the field of education there is no fear of the University doing the bidding of the politicians as is the present case with the Goa University
i) what was thought suitable in 1984 need not necessarily mean that one should have a fossilised thinking and not be receptive to change in the fast changing global environment;

The Opponents of giving GU a Central status were Dr Jayant Budkuley ex Registrar of GU, Dr Uday Barad, Prof B D Desai and this stemmed from the fact according to them
a) that the issue of the Goa University either being a State University or Central University was well settled in 1984 that it would be a State University and hence there ought to be no change for it would deprive students from the mofussil areas to the seats of learning
b) in the situation of just one University in the state there is no guarantee that a Central University will fit in the aspirations of the State
c) that 90% of the present seats available to students from Goa in GU will be open for competition once granted a Central University
d) State government will lose its perogative of setting policy goals and perogative of the Government in nominations to the various bodies as it does at present
e) for the sake of saving the present 16 crores budget to the GU ( a debatable figure though ) given by the State Government the Central University offer of a higher amount does not justify the same if our say in matters of the University are lost
f) handing over 4000 crores assets of GU funded from scratch by the State Government to the Central University is a misnomer given that those from under privileged class and rural will suffer
g) faculty drawn from outside the State will not necessarily enhance quality education. A committed faculty is the need of the hour as even the present ratio of teaching staff from outside the state appears to be on the higher side as of now;
h) enhancement of retirement age for Vice Chancellor to 70 years and to teaching staff to 65 years should not be the bait for a Central university status
i) states like Goa Sikkim etc which are small and have just one University should not be accorded Central Unviersity status
j) no doubt the emoluments will stand hiked as it is Goa University has benefitted from Central scales owing to Goa's UT status hence only a few additional allowances should not make one succumb to the Central university status.
k) there was no transperancy in preparing the proposal mooted by the Vice Chancellor GU, the Head of the Directorate of Higher Education (fall guy ) and the CM the (fence sitter ) at the dictates of the PM why was the Academic and Executive council of GU not taken in confidence to discuss the issue threadbare?
l) even now is it possible that without the GU Act 1984 presently in force being abrogated can an ordinance by the Central Government conferring the Central University overide the Act?

Three special guest speakers Mr Ajit Shirodkar Prof Newman Fernandes Principal of Xaviers College Mapusa and Prof Afonso felt that what was primarily needed to be debated is a) whether the GU as it is today is imparting the knowledge to its students or is it going to improve in the future? Of the 9000 students that pass the XII (higher secondary school exams) in Goa nearly 1000 get into professional colleges and the others in the 22 colleges while the GU accomodates 1017 students of which most are from his college. In fact yet another debatable issue is what an ideal University should be like ? what infrastructure teaching facility needs to be provided?

It is clear that both the proponents had apparently raised useful points for debate but what the gathering concluded was that there was a lot of bankruptcy on the actual pros and cons of what a Central University would provide. It was therefore felt by the Moderator Prof M S Kamat there could not be any vote for or against and the general consensus was for a far wider debate.

Mr Floriano Lobo the Event Manager proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Miguel Braganza was also present

Sidelights of the event:

a) surprisingly all of the opponents were upper caste Brahmins, while the proponents of the Central University were from the minority and Bahujan Samaj community remarked a member of the audience
b) according to one of the Opponents who spoke to this writer it is the idea of the Vice Chancellor and a Prof from the Centre for Latin Studies that has mooted the idea for Central status when the PM came to inaugurate the BITS Pilani complex at Zuarinagar;
c) there was a personal attack on the ex Registrar of the GU by a proponent of the Central University when the ex Registrar is reported to have created an aggravating bureaucratic delay to his disertion while a student; the ex-Registrar preferred to clarify the issue after the function
d) Mr Manuel Caldeira an expartriate from Chandor put up exhibits to show the influx of Non Goans the social engineering that is taking place with the covet blessings of the 40 elected representatives of the GU.
e) it is clear that all is not well with the GU there is a need to have an indepth investigations into -- i) whether the GU is a sacred institution for teaching or a white elephant dying a slow death.
f) many of those present preferred that the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee committee constituted to look into the pros and cons should come out clearly on the issue notwithstanding a leak in the news media today that the state government favours continuance of GU as a state university

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2008-07-30 17:18:46 UTC
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In an inconclusive debate whether a) The Goa University should accept the Union Governments proposal for upgradation to the Central University status alongwith two others in MP and Chattisgarh in the XI V year Plan or b) maintain its present status as a State of Goa University; there were several unanswered questions that put the select gathering mainly of students faculty members of the teaching fraternity and some NGO's that assembled at the Institute Menezes Braganza Hall today 30th July, 2008 at 1707 hrs under a newly christened forum Citizens(of Goa) Initiative into suspicion and doubt.

The speakers for the proposition were Seby Rodrigues activist (recently branded by ex CM and now leader of the Opposition Mr Manohar Parrikar as a Naxalite) Jatin Naik(Adv) and student GU, Prof. Aureliano Fernandes, Prof Rafael Fernandes.

The proponents observations for a central university status stemmed from the fact that:
a) the concept that the State of Goa University would lose prime land was a figment of imagination of the opponents; as the Central Universities do not take claim of the land but the same remains with the State
b) the exhorbitant fees for studies in the GU even for the humanities was the prima causa for the low number of students in the several Departments notably French, Portuguese, Philosophy Centre for Latin American studies to name just a few; (except in Chemistry Commerce Computer Sc Physics and Konkani (in devanagari script to name a few)as compared to the fee structure of the Jawaharlal Nehru University which is nearly a tenth lower than the GU
c) opening the University for a student mix and faculty mix would widen the horizons of learning
d) the fear that students from Goa will not be able to seek admissions due to competitiveness at all India level was again believed to be a figment of imagination as according to one proponent Goa University students fared the best in TOEFL exam
e) the pittance that the GU gets from the state Government which is in the range of 5 to 9 crores ( in 2007-08 hiked as most of it is spent on protracted litigation ) as compared to the funds that will flow once accorded Central University status.
f) the avowed policy of the erstwhile Portuguese regime which was to "teach the rich" that has percolated post liberation to be the policy of the GU set up in 1985 which the Central University status will reverse and make it accessible to the poor as well.
g) that a central University status in a state with a lone university of Goa would deprive the locals according to them is incorrect as safeguards can be provided for ensuring a certain percentage of seats for the locals from Goa as is done by the UT of Pondicherry, and the seven sisters the North Eastern states of Nagaland etc;
h) if the Executive and Academic Council are constituted of proper well meaning persons who will do justice to the field of education there is no fear of the University doing the bidding of the politicians as is the present case with the Goa University
i) what was thought suitable in 1984 need not necessarily mean that one should have a fossilised thinking and not be receptive to change in the fast changing global environment;

The Opponents of giving GU a Central status were Dr Jayant Budkuley ex Registrar of GU, Dr Uday Barad, Prof B D Desai and this stemmed from the fact according to them
a) that the issue of the Goa University either being a State University or Central University was well settled in 1984 that it would be a State University and hence there ought to be no change for it would deprive students from the mofussil areas to the seats of learning
b) in the situation of just one University in the state there is no guarantee that a Central University will fit in the aspirations of the State
c) that 90% of the present seats available to students from Goa in GU will be open for competition once granted a Central University
d) State government will lose its perogative of setting policy goals and perogative of the Government in nominations to the various bodies as it does at present
e) for the sake of saving the present 16 crores budget to the GU ( a debatable figure though ) given by the State Government the Central University offer of a higher amount does not justify the same if our say in matters of the University are lost
f) handing over 4000 crores assets of GU funded from scratch by the State Government to the Central University is a misnomer given that those from under privileged class and rural will suffer
g) faculty drawn from outside the State will not necessarily enhance quality education. A committed faculty is the need of the hour as even the present ratio of teaching staff from outside the state appears to be on the higher side as of now;
h) enhancement of retirement age for Vice Chancellor to 70 years and to teaching staff to 65 years should not be the bait for a Central university status
i) states like Goa Sikkim etc which are small and have just one University should not be accorded Central Unviersity status
j) no doubt the emoluments will stand hiked as it is Goa University has benefitted from Central scales owing to Goa's UT status hence only a few additional allowances should not make one succumb to the Central university status.
k) there was no transperancy in preparing the proposal mooted by the Vice Chancellor GU, the Head of the Directorate of Higher Education (fall guy ) and the CM the (fence sitter ) at the dictates of the PM why was the Academic and Executive council of GU not taken in confidence to discuss the issue threadbare?
l) even now is it possible that without the GU Act 1984 presently in force being abrogated can an ordinance by the Central Government conferring the Central University overide the Act?

Three special guest speakers Mr Ajit Shirodkar Prof Newman Fernandes Principal of Xaviers College Mapusa and Prof Afonso felt that what was primarily needed to be debated is a) whether the GU as it is today is imparting the knowledge to its students or is it going to improve in the future? Of the 9000 students that pass the XII (higher secondary school exams) in Goa nearly 1000 get into professional colleges and the others in the 22 colleges while the GU accomodates 1017 students of which most are from his college. In fact yet another debatable issue is what an ideal University should be like ? what infrastructure teaching facility needs to be provided?

It is clear that both the proponents had apparently raised useful points for debate but what the gathering concluded was that there was a lot of bankruptcy on the actual pros and cons of what a Central University would provide. It was therefore felt by the Moderator Prof M S Kamat there could not be any vote for or against and the general consensus was for a far wider debate.

Mr Floriano Lobo the Event Manager proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Miguel Braganza was also present

Sidelights of the event:

a) surprisingly all of the opponents were upper caste Brahmins, while the proponents of the Central University were from the minority and Bahujan Samaj community remarked a member of the audience
b) according to one of the Opponents who spoke to this writer it is the idea of the Vice Chancellor and a Prof from the Centre for Latin Studies that has mooted the idea for Central status when the PM came to inaugurate the BITS Pilani complex at Zuarinagar;
c) there was a personal attack on the ex Registrar of the GU by a proponent of the Central University when the ex Registrar is reported to have created an aggravating bureaucratic delay to his disertion while a student; the ex-Registrar preferred to clarify the issue after the function
d) Mr Manuel Caldeira an expartriate from Chandor put up exhibits to show the influx of Non Goans the social engineering that is taking place with the covet blessings of the 40 elected representatives of the GU.
e) it is clear that all is not well with the GU there is a need to have an indepth investigations into -- i) whether the GU is a sacred institution for teaching or a white elephant dying a slow death.
f) many of those present preferred that the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee committee constituted to look into the pros and cons should come out clearly on the issue notwithstanding a leak in the news media today that the state government favours continuance of GU as a state university

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CORNEL DACOSTA
2008-08-06 09:48:56 UTC
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Dear Mr Godfrey Gonsalves
I am just catching up with Goanet mail in my Inbox but
want to thank you very much for providing a succinct
account re the above theme of central university
status or status quo.

I have a general interest in Goa University and your
account of competing interests and personalities has
clarified many issues for me.
Sincerly
Cornel DaCosta, London, UK.
Post by godfrey gonsalves
In an inconclusive debate whether a) The Goa
University should accept the Union Governments
proposal for upgradation to the Central University
status alongwith two others in MP and Chattisgarh
in the XI V year Plan or b) maintain its present
status as a State of Goa University; there were
several unanswered questions that put the select
gathering mainly of students faculty members of the
teaching fraternity and some NGO's that assembled at
the Institute Menezes Braganza Hall today 30th July,
2008 at 1707 hrs under a newly christened forum
Citizens(of Goa) Initiative into suspicion and
doubt...
Carvalho
2008-08-06 12:23:37 UTC
Permalink
For those Dubaikars who enjoyed Father Eusebius, here is another great man who has a special place in the hearts of Dubai Goans.

-------------------
My great-grandfather, Patricino Santimano,from the sleepy village of Colva, had a soft philanthropic bone. This tall, imposing man was instrumental in rallying the villagers of Colva to build the St. Anthony?s Chapel which rests there today. He was also known to lend money to those in need of an urgent loan for a dowry, wedding or funeral expense. Often, these loans had to be written off or were repaid in reciprocal acts of kindness. It so happened that Patricino had helped a neighbour with his education expenses and in return a job for his grandson was arranged in Kuwait. In January of 1958, my uncle, a gangly youth still in his teens sailed via Karachi to Kuwait onboard the S S Dwarka. Although we didn?t know it at the time, this journey would set in motion a series of events that would radically change our family fortunes.

In the same year, another relatively unknown man, Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, was being crowned the ruler of Dubai. At the time, Dubai was a tiny fishing village, unknown to the rest of the world of its own accord and only marginally noted in maps as part of the United Kingdom?s Trucial states. Its currency was the Indian rupee, issued by the Indian government, more commonly known as the Gulf rupee. Only in 1966, in conjunction with Qatar would it issue its own currency. But oil had been discovered in the region and it was steadily gaining in prominence.

In those days when Caltex used to transport its oil barrels on donkey-back, Sheikh Rashid was known to tour Dubai twice a day in his jeep, taking a personal interest in the men and women of his Sheikhdom. One of my uncle?s most treasured possessions is a yellowed photograph of him posing with Sheikh Rashid. The story of Goans in the Gulf cannot be told without paying homage to this man for he never relinquished those early ties with the people from the sub-continent.

By the mid-seventies, the predominantly Indian and Pakistani workforce was facing an acute housing shortage. Spiraling rents meant families had to repatriate their wives and children back home. Sheikh Rashid embarked on an ambitious project to alleviate the situation. He began construction on Al Shaab and Al Karama, housing colonies that enabled workers to live in decent yet reasonably priced accommodation, and share in Dubai?s booming prosperity.

When the Dubai World Trade Center, built by His Highness Sheikh Rashid, was inaugurated in 1979, be paid tribute to the Indian community in Dubai by incorporating the Mogul Room in its club house.

Sheikh Rashid died on October 7, 1990. The General Assembly and the Security Council in the United Nations, observed a minute?s silence to honour the man. The silence in our hearts was much longer.

selma
CORNEL DACOSTA
2008-08-06 09:48:56 UTC
Permalink
Dear Mr Godfrey Gonsalves
I am just catching up with Goanet mail in my Inbox but
want to thank you very much for providing a succinct
account re the above theme of central university
status or status quo.

I have a general interest in Goa University and your
account of competing interests and personalities has
clarified many issues for me.
Sincerly
Cornel DaCosta, London, UK.
Post by godfrey gonsalves
In an inconclusive debate whether a) The Goa
University should accept the Union Governments
proposal for upgradation to the Central University
status alongwith two others in MP and Chattisgarh
in the XI V year Plan or b) maintain its present
status as a State of Goa University; there were
several unanswered questions that put the select
gathering mainly of students faculty members of the
teaching fraternity and some NGO's that assembled at
the Institute Menezes Braganza Hall today 30th July,
2008 at 1707 hrs under a newly christened forum
Citizens(of Goa) Initiative into suspicion and
doubt...
Carvalho
2008-08-06 12:23:37 UTC
Permalink
For those Dubaikars who enjoyed Father Eusebius, here is another great man who has a special place in the hearts of Dubai Goans.

-------------------
My great-grandfather, Patricino Santimano,from the sleepy village of Colva, had a soft philanthropic bone. This tall, imposing man was instrumental in rallying the villagers of Colva to build the St. Anthony?s Chapel which rests there today. He was also known to lend money to those in need of an urgent loan for a dowry, wedding or funeral expense. Often, these loans had to be written off or were repaid in reciprocal acts of kindness. It so happened that Patricino had helped a neighbour with his education expenses and in return a job for his grandson was arranged in Kuwait. In January of 1958, my uncle, a gangly youth still in his teens sailed via Karachi to Kuwait onboard the S S Dwarka. Although we didn?t know it at the time, this journey would set in motion a series of events that would radically change our family fortunes.

In the same year, another relatively unknown man, Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, was being crowned the ruler of Dubai. At the time, Dubai was a tiny fishing village, unknown to the rest of the world of its own accord and only marginally noted in maps as part of the United Kingdom?s Trucial states. Its currency was the Indian rupee, issued by the Indian government, more commonly known as the Gulf rupee. Only in 1966, in conjunction with Qatar would it issue its own currency. But oil had been discovered in the region and it was steadily gaining in prominence.

In those days when Caltex used to transport its oil barrels on donkey-back, Sheikh Rashid was known to tour Dubai twice a day in his jeep, taking a personal interest in the men and women of his Sheikhdom. One of my uncle?s most treasured possessions is a yellowed photograph of him posing with Sheikh Rashid. The story of Goans in the Gulf cannot be told without paying homage to this man for he never relinquished those early ties with the people from the sub-continent.

By the mid-seventies, the predominantly Indian and Pakistani workforce was facing an acute housing shortage. Spiraling rents meant families had to repatriate their wives and children back home. Sheikh Rashid embarked on an ambitious project to alleviate the situation. He began construction on Al Shaab and Al Karama, housing colonies that enabled workers to live in decent yet reasonably priced accommodation, and share in Dubai?s booming prosperity.

When the Dubai World Trade Center, built by His Highness Sheikh Rashid, was inaugurated in 1979, be paid tribute to the Indian community in Dubai by incorporating the Mogul Room in its club house.

Sheikh Rashid died on October 7, 1990. The General Assembly and the Security Council in the United Nations, observed a minute?s silence to honour the man. The silence in our hearts was much longer.

selma
CORNEL DACOSTA
2008-08-06 09:48:56 UTC
Permalink
Dear Mr Godfrey Gonsalves
I am just catching up with Goanet mail in my Inbox but
want to thank you very much for providing a succinct
account re the above theme of central university
status or status quo.

I have a general interest in Goa University and your
account of competing interests and personalities has
clarified many issues for me.
Sincerly
Cornel DaCosta, London, UK.
Post by godfrey gonsalves
In an inconclusive debate whether a) The Goa
University should accept the Union Governments
proposal for upgradation to the Central University
status alongwith two others in MP and Chattisgarh
in the XI V year Plan or b) maintain its present
status as a State of Goa University; there were
several unanswered questions that put the select
gathering mainly of students faculty members of the
teaching fraternity and some NGO's that assembled at
the Institute Menezes Braganza Hall today 30th July,
2008 at 1707 hrs under a newly christened forum
Citizens(of Goa) Initiative into suspicion and
doubt...
Carvalho
2008-08-06 12:23:37 UTC
Permalink
For those Dubaikars who enjoyed Father Eusebius, here is another great man who has a special place in the hearts of Dubai Goans.

-------------------
My great-grandfather, Patricino Santimano,from the sleepy village of Colva, had a soft philanthropic bone. This tall, imposing man was instrumental in rallying the villagers of Colva to build the St. Anthony?s Chapel which rests there today. He was also known to lend money to those in need of an urgent loan for a dowry, wedding or funeral expense. Often, these loans had to be written off or were repaid in reciprocal acts of kindness. It so happened that Patricino had helped a neighbour with his education expenses and in return a job for his grandson was arranged in Kuwait. In January of 1958, my uncle, a gangly youth still in his teens sailed via Karachi to Kuwait onboard the S S Dwarka. Although we didn?t know it at the time, this journey would set in motion a series of events that would radically change our family fortunes.

In the same year, another relatively unknown man, Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, was being crowned the ruler of Dubai. At the time, Dubai was a tiny fishing village, unknown to the rest of the world of its own accord and only marginally noted in maps as part of the United Kingdom?s Trucial states. Its currency was the Indian rupee, issued by the Indian government, more commonly known as the Gulf rupee. Only in 1966, in conjunction with Qatar would it issue its own currency. But oil had been discovered in the region and it was steadily gaining in prominence.

In those days when Caltex used to transport its oil barrels on donkey-back, Sheikh Rashid was known to tour Dubai twice a day in his jeep, taking a personal interest in the men and women of his Sheikhdom. One of my uncle?s most treasured possessions is a yellowed photograph of him posing with Sheikh Rashid. The story of Goans in the Gulf cannot be told without paying homage to this man for he never relinquished those early ties with the people from the sub-continent.

By the mid-seventies, the predominantly Indian and Pakistani workforce was facing an acute housing shortage. Spiraling rents meant families had to repatriate their wives and children back home. Sheikh Rashid embarked on an ambitious project to alleviate the situation. He began construction on Al Shaab and Al Karama, housing colonies that enabled workers to live in decent yet reasonably priced accommodation, and share in Dubai?s booming prosperity.

When the Dubai World Trade Center, built by His Highness Sheikh Rashid, was inaugurated in 1979, be paid tribute to the Indian community in Dubai by incorporating the Mogul Room in its club house.

Sheikh Rashid died on October 7, 1990. The General Assembly and the Security Council in the United Nations, observed a minute?s silence to honour the man. The silence in our hearts was much longer.

selma
CORNEL DACOSTA
2008-08-06 09:48:56 UTC
Permalink
Dear Mr Godfrey Gonsalves
I am just catching up with Goanet mail in my Inbox but
want to thank you very much for providing a succinct
account re the above theme of central university
status or status quo.

I have a general interest in Goa University and your
account of competing interests and personalities has
clarified many issues for me.
Sincerly
Cornel DaCosta, London, UK.
Post by godfrey gonsalves
In an inconclusive debate whether a) The Goa
University should accept the Union Governments
proposal for upgradation to the Central University
status alongwith two others in MP and Chattisgarh
in the XI V year Plan or b) maintain its present
status as a State of Goa University; there were
several unanswered questions that put the select
gathering mainly of students faculty members of the
teaching fraternity and some NGO's that assembled at
the Institute Menezes Braganza Hall today 30th July,
2008 at 1707 hrs under a newly christened forum
Citizens(of Goa) Initiative into suspicion and
doubt...
Carvalho
2008-08-06 12:23:37 UTC
Permalink
For those Dubaikars who enjoyed Father Eusebius, here is another great man who has a special place in the hearts of Dubai Goans.

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My great-grandfather, Patricino Santimano,from the sleepy village of Colva, had a soft philanthropic bone. This tall, imposing man was instrumental in rallying the villagers of Colva to build the St. Anthony?s Chapel which rests there today. He was also known to lend money to those in need of an urgent loan for a dowry, wedding or funeral expense. Often, these loans had to be written off or were repaid in reciprocal acts of kindness. It so happened that Patricino had helped a neighbour with his education expenses and in return a job for his grandson was arranged in Kuwait. In January of 1958, my uncle, a gangly youth still in his teens sailed via Karachi to Kuwait onboard the S S Dwarka. Although we didn?t know it at the time, this journey would set in motion a series of events that would radically change our family fortunes.

In the same year, another relatively unknown man, Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, was being crowned the ruler of Dubai. At the time, Dubai was a tiny fishing village, unknown to the rest of the world of its own accord and only marginally noted in maps as part of the United Kingdom?s Trucial states. Its currency was the Indian rupee, issued by the Indian government, more commonly known as the Gulf rupee. Only in 1966, in conjunction with Qatar would it issue its own currency. But oil had been discovered in the region and it was steadily gaining in prominence.

In those days when Caltex used to transport its oil barrels on donkey-back, Sheikh Rashid was known to tour Dubai twice a day in his jeep, taking a personal interest in the men and women of his Sheikhdom. One of my uncle?s most treasured possessions is a yellowed photograph of him posing with Sheikh Rashid. The story of Goans in the Gulf cannot be told without paying homage to this man for he never relinquished those early ties with the people from the sub-continent.

By the mid-seventies, the predominantly Indian and Pakistani workforce was facing an acute housing shortage. Spiraling rents meant families had to repatriate their wives and children back home. Sheikh Rashid embarked on an ambitious project to alleviate the situation. He began construction on Al Shaab and Al Karama, housing colonies that enabled workers to live in decent yet reasonably priced accommodation, and share in Dubai?s booming prosperity.

When the Dubai World Trade Center, built by His Highness Sheikh Rashid, was inaugurated in 1979, be paid tribute to the Indian community in Dubai by incorporating the Mogul Room in its club house.

Sheikh Rashid died on October 7, 1990. The General Assembly and the Security Council in the United Nations, observed a minute?s silence to honour the man. The silence in our hearts was much longer.

selma
CORNEL DACOSTA
2008-08-06 09:48:56 UTC
Permalink
Dear Mr Godfrey Gonsalves
I am just catching up with Goanet mail in my Inbox but
want to thank you very much for providing a succinct
account re the above theme of central university
status or status quo.

I have a general interest in Goa University and your
account of competing interests and personalities has
clarified many issues for me.
Sincerly
Cornel DaCosta, London, UK.
Post by godfrey gonsalves
In an inconclusive debate whether a) The Goa
University should accept the Union Governments
proposal for upgradation to the Central University
status alongwith two others in MP and Chattisgarh
in the XI V year Plan or b) maintain its present
status as a State of Goa University; there were
several unanswered questions that put the select
gathering mainly of students faculty members of the
teaching fraternity and some NGO's that assembled at
the Institute Menezes Braganza Hall today 30th July,
2008 at 1707 hrs under a newly christened forum
Citizens(of Goa) Initiative into suspicion and
doubt...
Carvalho
2008-08-06 12:23:37 UTC
Permalink
For those Dubaikars who enjoyed Father Eusebius, here is another great man who has a special place in the hearts of Dubai Goans.

-------------------
My great-grandfather, Patricino Santimano,from the sleepy village of Colva, had a soft philanthropic bone. This tall, imposing man was instrumental in rallying the villagers of Colva to build the St. Anthony?s Chapel which rests there today. He was also known to lend money to those in need of an urgent loan for a dowry, wedding or funeral expense. Often, these loans had to be written off or were repaid in reciprocal acts of kindness. It so happened that Patricino had helped a neighbour with his education expenses and in return a job for his grandson was arranged in Kuwait. In January of 1958, my uncle, a gangly youth still in his teens sailed via Karachi to Kuwait onboard the S S Dwarka. Although we didn?t know it at the time, this journey would set in motion a series of events that would radically change our family fortunes.

In the same year, another relatively unknown man, Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, was being crowned the ruler of Dubai. At the time, Dubai was a tiny fishing village, unknown to the rest of the world of its own accord and only marginally noted in maps as part of the United Kingdom?s Trucial states. Its currency was the Indian rupee, issued by the Indian government, more commonly known as the Gulf rupee. Only in 1966, in conjunction with Qatar would it issue its own currency. But oil had been discovered in the region and it was steadily gaining in prominence.

In those days when Caltex used to transport its oil barrels on donkey-back, Sheikh Rashid was known to tour Dubai twice a day in his jeep, taking a personal interest in the men and women of his Sheikhdom. One of my uncle?s most treasured possessions is a yellowed photograph of him posing with Sheikh Rashid. The story of Goans in the Gulf cannot be told without paying homage to this man for he never relinquished those early ties with the people from the sub-continent.

By the mid-seventies, the predominantly Indian and Pakistani workforce was facing an acute housing shortage. Spiraling rents meant families had to repatriate their wives and children back home. Sheikh Rashid embarked on an ambitious project to alleviate the situation. He began construction on Al Shaab and Al Karama, housing colonies that enabled workers to live in decent yet reasonably priced accommodation, and share in Dubai?s booming prosperity.

When the Dubai World Trade Center, built by His Highness Sheikh Rashid, was inaugurated in 1979, be paid tribute to the Indian community in Dubai by incorporating the Mogul Room in its club house.

Sheikh Rashid died on October 7, 1990. The General Assembly and the Security Council in the United Nations, observed a minute?s silence to honour the man. The silence in our hearts was much longer.

selma
CORNEL DACOSTA
2008-08-06 09:48:56 UTC
Permalink
Dear Mr Godfrey Gonsalves
I am just catching up with Goanet mail in my Inbox but
want to thank you very much for providing a succinct
account re the above theme of central university
status or status quo.

I have a general interest in Goa University and your
account of competing interests and personalities has
clarified many issues for me.
Sincerly
Cornel DaCosta, London, UK.
Post by godfrey gonsalves
In an inconclusive debate whether a) The Goa
University should accept the Union Governments
proposal for upgradation to the Central University
status alongwith two others in MP and Chattisgarh
in the XI V year Plan or b) maintain its present
status as a State of Goa University; there were
several unanswered questions that put the select
gathering mainly of students faculty members of the
teaching fraternity and some NGO's that assembled at
the Institute Menezes Braganza Hall today 30th July,
2008 at 1707 hrs under a newly christened forum
Citizens(of Goa) Initiative into suspicion and
doubt...
Carvalho
2008-08-06 12:23:37 UTC
Permalink
For those Dubaikars who enjoyed Father Eusebius, here is another great man who has a special place in the hearts of Dubai Goans.

-------------------
My great-grandfather, Patricino Santimano,from the sleepy village of Colva, had a soft philanthropic bone. This tall, imposing man was instrumental in rallying the villagers of Colva to build the St. Anthony?s Chapel which rests there today. He was also known to lend money to those in need of an urgent loan for a dowry, wedding or funeral expense. Often, these loans had to be written off or were repaid in reciprocal acts of kindness. It so happened that Patricino had helped a neighbour with his education expenses and in return a job for his grandson was arranged in Kuwait. In January of 1958, my uncle, a gangly youth still in his teens sailed via Karachi to Kuwait onboard the S S Dwarka. Although we didn?t know it at the time, this journey would set in motion a series of events that would radically change our family fortunes.

In the same year, another relatively unknown man, Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, was being crowned the ruler of Dubai. At the time, Dubai was a tiny fishing village, unknown to the rest of the world of its own accord and only marginally noted in maps as part of the United Kingdom?s Trucial states. Its currency was the Indian rupee, issued by the Indian government, more commonly known as the Gulf rupee. Only in 1966, in conjunction with Qatar would it issue its own currency. But oil had been discovered in the region and it was steadily gaining in prominence.

In those days when Caltex used to transport its oil barrels on donkey-back, Sheikh Rashid was known to tour Dubai twice a day in his jeep, taking a personal interest in the men and women of his Sheikhdom. One of my uncle?s most treasured possessions is a yellowed photograph of him posing with Sheikh Rashid. The story of Goans in the Gulf cannot be told without paying homage to this man for he never relinquished those early ties with the people from the sub-continent.

By the mid-seventies, the predominantly Indian and Pakistani workforce was facing an acute housing shortage. Spiraling rents meant families had to repatriate their wives and children back home. Sheikh Rashid embarked on an ambitious project to alleviate the situation. He began construction on Al Shaab and Al Karama, housing colonies that enabled workers to live in decent yet reasonably priced accommodation, and share in Dubai?s booming prosperity.

When the Dubai World Trade Center, built by His Highness Sheikh Rashid, was inaugurated in 1979, be paid tribute to the Indian community in Dubai by incorporating the Mogul Room in its club house.

Sheikh Rashid died on October 7, 1990. The General Assembly and the Security Council in the United Nations, observed a minute?s silence to honour the man. The silence in our hearts was much longer.

selma
CORNEL DACOSTA
2008-08-06 09:48:56 UTC
Permalink
Dear Mr Godfrey Gonsalves
I am just catching up with Goanet mail in my Inbox but
want to thank you very much for providing a succinct
account re the above theme of central university
status or status quo.

I have a general interest in Goa University and your
account of competing interests and personalities has
clarified many issues for me.
Sincerly
Cornel DaCosta, London, UK.
Post by godfrey gonsalves
In an inconclusive debate whether a) The Goa
University should accept the Union Governments
proposal for upgradation to the Central University
status alongwith two others in MP and Chattisgarh
in the XI V year Plan or b) maintain its present
status as a State of Goa University; there were
several unanswered questions that put the select
gathering mainly of students faculty members of the
teaching fraternity and some NGO's that assembled at
the Institute Menezes Braganza Hall today 30th July,
2008 at 1707 hrs under a newly christened forum
Citizens(of Goa) Initiative into suspicion and
doubt...
Carvalho
2008-08-06 12:23:37 UTC
Permalink
For those Dubaikars who enjoyed Father Eusebius, here is another great man who has a special place in the hearts of Dubai Goans.

-------------------
My great-grandfather, Patricino Santimano,from the sleepy village of Colva, had a soft philanthropic bone. This tall, imposing man was instrumental in rallying the villagers of Colva to build the St. Anthony?s Chapel which rests there today. He was also known to lend money to those in need of an urgent loan for a dowry, wedding or funeral expense. Often, these loans had to be written off or were repaid in reciprocal acts of kindness. It so happened that Patricino had helped a neighbour with his education expenses and in return a job for his grandson was arranged in Kuwait. In January of 1958, my uncle, a gangly youth still in his teens sailed via Karachi to Kuwait onboard the S S Dwarka. Although we didn?t know it at the time, this journey would set in motion a series of events that would radically change our family fortunes.

In the same year, another relatively unknown man, Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, was being crowned the ruler of Dubai. At the time, Dubai was a tiny fishing village, unknown to the rest of the world of its own accord and only marginally noted in maps as part of the United Kingdom?s Trucial states. Its currency was the Indian rupee, issued by the Indian government, more commonly known as the Gulf rupee. Only in 1966, in conjunction with Qatar would it issue its own currency. But oil had been discovered in the region and it was steadily gaining in prominence.

In those days when Caltex used to transport its oil barrels on donkey-back, Sheikh Rashid was known to tour Dubai twice a day in his jeep, taking a personal interest in the men and women of his Sheikhdom. One of my uncle?s most treasured possessions is a yellowed photograph of him posing with Sheikh Rashid. The story of Goans in the Gulf cannot be told without paying homage to this man for he never relinquished those early ties with the people from the sub-continent.

By the mid-seventies, the predominantly Indian and Pakistani workforce was facing an acute housing shortage. Spiraling rents meant families had to repatriate their wives and children back home. Sheikh Rashid embarked on an ambitious project to alleviate the situation. He began construction on Al Shaab and Al Karama, housing colonies that enabled workers to live in decent yet reasonably priced accommodation, and share in Dubai?s booming prosperity.

When the Dubai World Trade Center, built by His Highness Sheikh Rashid, was inaugurated in 1979, be paid tribute to the Indian community in Dubai by incorporating the Mogul Room in its club house.

Sheikh Rashid died on October 7, 1990. The General Assembly and the Security Council in the United Nations, observed a minute?s silence to honour the man. The silence in our hearts was much longer.

selma

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