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Right to Information – Master key to good governance

Campaign Manual prepared by Parivartan, Delhi

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 12, 2006

Campaign Manual  prepared by Parivartan, Delhi

What is Right to Information?

Right to Information Act 2005, which became effective in October 2005, empowers every citizen to

q       Ask any questions from the Government or seek any information

q       Take copies of any government documents

q       Inspect any government documents.

If the desired information is not provided within 30 days of application, the concerned officer becomes liable for a penalty of Rs 250 per day of default upto a maximum of Rs 25,000 per application. And if wrong information is provided, a penalty upto a maximum of Rs 25,000 can be imposed on the officer.

Some examples

Nannu is a daily wage earner. He lives in Welcome Mazdoor Colony, another slum habitation in East Delhi . He lost his ration card and applied for a duplicate one in January this year. He made several rounds of the local Food & Civil Supplies office for the next three months. But the clerks and officials would not even look at him, leave alone do his job or bother to tell him the status of his application. Ultimately, he filed an application under the Right to Information Act asking for the daily progress made on his application, names of the officials who were supposed to act on his application and what action would be taken against these officials. Within a week of filing application under Right to Information Act, he was visited by an inspector from the Food Department, who informed him that the card had been made and he could collect it from the office. When Nannu went to collect his card next day, he was given a very warm treatment by the Food & Supply Officer (FSO), who is the head of a Circle. The FSO offered him tea and requested him to withdraw his application under Right to Information, since his work had already been done.

Mrs Bakshi has a house in South Delhi. She rent a part of her house to someone, who was using it for commercial purposes. Therefore, a commercial water connection for that part of the house was taken. When the tenant vacated the house, she applied to Delhi Jal Board (DJB) for converting water connection back to domestic. She kept running around for several months. None listened to her. She was even told by some DJB men that the work would be done in no time if she paid a bribe. She refused. Her Neighbour, Saurav, one day told her about RTI and helped her in filing an application. She filed one and her job was done in the next few days.

Mr Sharma had to go to Germany. His daughter-in-law was expecting a baby. He needed a passport urgently. He applied for one. Acccording to the rules, it should be made in 45 days. For six months he kept running around. But no one listened. When he finally applied under RTI, his passport was made in a weeks time.

Pabitra is a Chartered Accountant, who refuses to pay bribes. There was a tax refund due to his client. Despite repeated letters and running around for a year, nothing happened. Pabitra suggested to his client that an RTI application be filed. Client agreed. Refund was received within a few days of filing RTI.

What did these people ask? How did this magic happen?

Nannu asked the following questions in his RTI application:

  1. I filed an application for a duplicate ration card on 27th January 2004. Please tell me the daily progress made on my application so far. i.e. when did my application reach which officer, for how long did it stay with that officer and what did he/she do during that period?
  2. According to the rules, my card should have been made in 10 days. However, it is more than three months now. Please give the names and designations of the officials who were supposed to take action on my application and who have not done so?
  3. What action would be taken against these officials for not doing their work and for causing harassment to the public? By when would that action be taken?
  4. By when would I get my card now?

In normal circumstances, such an application would be thrown in a dustbin. But this law says that the Government has to reply in 30 days. If they don't do that, their salary could be deducted. Now, it is not easy to answer these questions.

The first question is – please provide the daily progress made on my application. There is no progress made. But the government officials cannot write in these many words that they have not acted for so many months. Else that would be admission of guilt on paper. The next question is – please provide the names and designations of the officers who were supposed to take action on my application and who had not done so. If the government provides names and designations of the officials, their responsibility gets fixed. Any officer is most scared of fixing of responsibility against him in this manner. So, the moment one files such an application, his/her pending work is done.

What did Pabitra's client ask? He also asked similar questions:

  1. The appellate Commissioner decided an appeal in my favor which should result in refund of taxes to me. I have made written requests earlier for the same. Please tell me the daily progress made on my requests so far. i.e. when did my application reach which official, for how long did it stay with that official and what did he/she do during that period?
  2. According to the rules, the appeal effect should have been given in 30 days. However, it is more than a year now. Please give the names and designations of the officials who were supposed to take action on my application and who have not done so?
  3. What action would be taken against these officials for not doing their work and for causing harassment to the public? By when would that action be taken?
  4. By when would I get my refund now?

And within a few days of filing this RTI application, Pabitra's client got his refund.

What did Mr Sharma ask? He asked the following questions from the Passport Officer:

  1. I made an application for issue of a new passport (copy attached). Please tell me the daily progress made on my application so far. i.e. when did my application reach which officer, for how long did it stay with that officer and what did he/she do during that period?
  2. According to the rules, my passport should have been made in 45 days. However, it is more than six months now. Please give the names and designations of the officials who were supposed to take action on my application and who have not done so?
  3. What action would be taken against these officials for not doing their work and for causing harassment to the public? By when would that action be taken?
  4. By when would I get my passport now?

And he got his passport within the next few days.

What did Mrs Bakshi ask? She asked:

  1. I made an application for conversion of commercial connection to domestic on ________. Please tell me the daily progress made on my application so far. i.e . when did my application reach which officer, for how long did it stay with that officer and what did he/she do during that period?
  2. Please give the names and designations of the officials who were supposed to take action on my application and who have not done so?
  3. What action would be taken against these officials for not doing their work and for causing harassment to the public? By when would that action be taken?
  4. By when will my work be done now?

Where to file RTI application?

Every Government department has nominated one of its officers as a Public Information Officer (PIO). You should file your application with him/her. You have to deposit an application fee along with your application. In the case of Central Government Departments, the application fee is Rs 10. It is the same for many State Governments also. But many State Governments have fixed different fee. The fees fixed by different states are given in annexure. There is no fee for the people living below poverty line.

You could submit the application through following methods:

q       In person or by sending someone to the office of the PIO. You could deposit the fee in cash or by DD drawn in favor of the Department.

q       By post. You could deposit the fee in by DD drawn in favor of the Department.

q       In Post Offices. Several branches of Post Offices have been authorized to receive RTI applications. The list of these branches are available at the website ______. You just need to present your RTI application at any of these post offices. They will accept your fee in cash and give you a receipt of the money and the application. They will then deliver it to the concerned PIO at their own cost. If you deposit your application through a post office, the period for providing information increases to 35 days.

How to write an application?

Samples of application for Nannu and Mr Sharma are given in Annexure 1.

Why is it that this Act works when no other law seems to have worked in this country?

This is because of only one reason i.e. it says that if the concerned official does not give information in time, his salary could be deducted. This not only affects him financially, but also adversely affects his career. Therefore, every official tries to comply with this Act and provide information in time.

What if you do not hear anything in 30 days? Who would impose penalty on officials?

If you do not get information in 30 days (or 35 days, if you send your application through post office), you should file an appeal to the officer senior to the PIO. An appeal is nothing but a simple letter to the senior officer stating your grievance. He is required to listen to your grievance within 30 days of your appeal. If you do not get a satisfactory response from the senior officer also within 30 days, then you should file an appeal in the form of a simple letter to the Information Commission, specifically designated for this purpose. The Information Commissioners have the power to impose penalties on guilty officials.

The present Campaign

Though RTI can be used by people in several ways, like developmental works, rations, etc, however the present campaign is limited only to addressing those issues of the people, wherein they have to pay bribes to get their legitimate work done in any Government Department, either due to expectation of bribe or due to simple laziness of the concerned officials. The Campaign would start from 1 st June or 1st July (the date is yet to be finalized). It will be a 15 day campaign. Some national and regional newspapers and TV Channels would partner. In these 15 days, the following message will be aggressively promoted through advertisements and various programs:

"You need not pay bribes any more in this country. Now you have an effective alternative – Right to Information. Use RTI. Often, it works faster than bribes."

The people would be informed that if they want any help in using RTI, they could approach volunteers at such and such place in such and such city from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm during these 15 days – volunteers would be present at these addresses to provide on the spot assistance to the people. Therefore, we would need to have volunteers at as many places in the country as possible.

What are the types of issues, which could be taken up in this Campaign?

Wherever you have a legitimate work pending, you have filed all the documents, you have completed all formalities, you have a genuine case, which the official ought to do in his normal course of duty but is not doing either for expectation of bribe or merely laziness. We call it extortionist bribery. For instance,

q       Issue of passport

q       Issue of any type of license

q       Issue of various certificates like marriage certificate, death certificate, birth certificate, SC/ST certificate, OBC certificate etc

q       Inclusion of name in voters' list

q       Issue of voter ID card

q       Correction of water, electricity, telephone bills

q       Any legitimate problem with a department like change of faulty meter, providing new water or electricity connection, etc

q       Filing of FIR

q       Claiming various kinds of refunds or payments etc like tax refund, medical reimbursement etc

q        

Logistics of the Campaign

1.       We should train at least 40 volunteers at least 20 days before the start of Campaign. Each of these 40 volunteers should be willing to spend time during 9.00 am to 5.00 pm every day for the 15 day period of the Campaign. Since aggressive advertising is being done through TV, newspapers, helpline and website, we anticipate that people will come in large numbers. Therefore, there could be a need for 40 volunteers. However, on the first day, we could start with just 15 tables and chairs, which would form 15 counters. These would be manned by 15 volunteers. Rest of the volunteers would be in reserve. This number could be increased or decreased depending upon public response. If there is a huge response, we should be in a position to call the volunteers in reserve at a short notice. There should also be tables and chairs readily available to increase the number of counters at short notice.

2.       We should hire some hall at some central place for this purpose. We should have the address of this hall, preferably by 15 th June.

3.       There should be at least 3 volunteers, who have sufficient experience in the use of RTI, to supervise the entire operations. This is to assist any new volunteer who faces any difficulty in responding to any public query.

4.       We should have the list of trained volunteers, both at 1 and 3 above, ready by 15 th June.

5.       We, therefore, suggest that a list of 40 educated people should be prepared immediately. These could be students, retired people, or any other person willing to spare time from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm during this 15 day period. Such people should be preferred who are willing to be present for the entire period. These people may or may not be experts on RTI. We can easily train them through a workshop.

6.       We request that all new volunteers should be trained at least one and a half months in advance so that they are asked to file at least one application through every mode (cash, DD and through post office) and they receive some replies before the start of the Campaign. Wherever needed, they should also file the first appeal before the start of the Campaign. During training, each volunteer should be required to draft applications for the issues mentioned in Annexure 3. Many more such issues could be thought of and practice should be done for them.

7.       It is possible that some people would come up with issues other than the issue of extortionist corruption. We could decide to hold a separate workshop for all such people after the 15 day campaign is over, maybe on the 16 th July which is a Sunday at the same place. We could inform all such people to come for that workshop.

8.       Several people could also approach us to become volunteers. If these people are existing RTI users, they could either be immediately put on duty or they could be put in reserve. If they are not existing RTI users, we could use them for miscellaneous work during the Campaign and ask them to come for the workshop on the 16 th.

9.       This is not any one NGO's campaign. It is every one's Campaign and it would be projected thus. Wherever possible, credits would be given equally to all participating NGOs, groups, etc.

10.   Finances: This entire Campaign is not being funded by anyone. It also does not belong to any one NGO, or individual or any group. It is everyone's Campaign. Therefore, there is no funding available from any central source. Where could funding be required? To hire a hall, to give some stipend to the volunteers, to give lunch and snacks to volunteers everyday, to make arrangements at the hall like tables, chairs, banners etc. Each of these items would need to be worked out locally – is a hall available free of cost, can we get volunteers to work free (but they should be disciplined and should not skip work), is it possible to ask volunteers to get their lunch with the etc? Still some small amounts of money may be required to make arrangements on the spot, which would need to be raised locally.

11.   We would try and talk to the Director General (Post & Telegraph) if he could arrange that one official be deputed at each center to collect the money and applications from the people on the spot and send it to respective PIOs.

12.   Lists of all State PIOs and Central PIOs with addresses should be available on the spot.

13.   Rules, forms, etc if any, for the state departments should also be available on the spot.

14.   Contact details of all those who file applications at these camps should be noted in some register. These people could be subsequently called for a workshop, say after one month and be helped to file appeals, wherever required.

15.   Whereas in most of the cases, the standard RTI application form annexed at Annexure 2 herewith would be sufficient and only blanks would need to be filled, however, volunteers could ask more questions specific to the case, which tend to nail down the authorities.

Annexure 1

RTI application of Nannu

To

The PIO,

Food & Supplies Department,

K Block, Vikas Bhavan,

I P Estate, New Delhi – 1

Sub: Application under Right to Information Act 2005

Dear Sir,

Please provide the following information under Right to Information Act 2005. Since I am a person living below poverty line (copy of my earlier ration card attached as a proof that I belong to BPL category), I am not depositing application fee:

1.       I filed an application for a duplicate ration card on 27th January 2004. Please tell me the daily progress made on my application so far. i.e. when did my application reach which officer, for how long did it stay with that officer and what did he/she do during that period?

2.       According to the rules, my card should have been made in 10 days. However, it is more than three months now. Please give the names and designations of the officials who were supposed to take action on my application and who have not done so?

3.       What action would be taken against these officials for not doing their work and for causing harassment to the public? By when would that action be taken?

4.       By when would I get my card now?

Yours sincerely,

(Nannu)

E Block, Welcome Colony,

Seelampur, Delhi-93

RTI application of Mr Sharma

To

The PIO,

Regional Passport Office,

Bhikaji Cama Place,

New Delhi

Sub: Application under Right to Information Act 2005

Dear Sir,

Please provide the following information under Right to Information Act 2005:

1.       I made an application for issue of a new passport (copy attached). Please tell me the daily progress made on my application so far. i.e. when did my application reach which officer, for how long did it stay with that officer and what did he/she do during that period?

2.       According to the rules, my passport should have been made in 45 days. However, it is more than six months now. Please give the names and designations of the officials who were supposed to take action on my application and who have not done so?

3.       What action would be taken against these officials for not doing their work and for causing harassment to the public? By when would that action be taken?

4.       By when would I get my passport now?

I am separately depositing Rs 10 as application fee.

Yours sincerely,

(S Sharma)

Annexure 2

Draft application form which would be used by the volunteers during camp and which could be used as a standard template for every one

Dated:

To

The PIO,

_____________________

_____________________

_____________________

Sub: Application under Right to Information Act 2005

Dear Sir,

I had made an application for the following reason (copy of application is attached) but no satisfactory action has been taken on my application so far.

Please provide the following information with respect to the same:

1.       Please indicate the daily progress made on my application so far. i.e. when did my application reach which officer, for how long did it stay with that officer and what did he/she do during that period?

2.       Please give the names and designations of the officials who were supposed to take action on my application and who have not done so?

3.       What action would be taken against these officials for not doing their work and for causing harassment to the public? By when would that action be taken?

4.       By when would my work be done now?

5.       .

6.        

I am separately depositing Rs 10 as application fee.

Yours sincerely,

Annexure 3

Some situations for which volunteers should draft RTI applications during training sessions

q       You made a complaint to the police but they are not registering FIR.

q       You want to know balance in your PF account. You have retired and want to claim your PF but the authorities are not responding to your letters.

q       You are a Government servant and have been transferred out against the transfer policy. The Government is not responding to your requests to transfer you back.

q       You are a Government servant. Your requests for claim of medical reimbursements are not being heeded to.

q       You have a faulty electricity meter in your house. But the authorities are not replacing it despite repeated requests.

q       The sewer is choked in your locality for some time but the authorities have not responded to repeated requests.

q         

Expectations from volunteers

Don't Pay Bribes Campaign by NDTV

Expectations from volunteers

The Campaign would start from 1st June or 1st July (the date is yet to be finalized). It will be a 15 day campaign. Some national and regional newspapers will also be partnered with. In these 15 days, the following message will be aggressively promoted through advertisements and various programs:

"You need not pay bribes any more in this country. Now you have an effective alternative – Right to Information. Use RTI. Often, it works faster than bribes."

The people would be informed that if they want any help in using RTI, they could approach volunteers at such and such place in such and such city from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm during these 15 days – volunteers would be present at these addresses to provide on the spot assistance to the people.

Therefore, we would need to have volunteers at as many places in the country as possible. In each city/place, there would be one central place, where a hall could be hired. To begin with, about 15 sets of tables and chairs would be put in that hall, which would act as counters. 15 volunteers would man these counters. As and when the people come, the volunteers would help them with their queries and help them in drafting applications under RTI. So, all these volunteers should be experts on RTI.

Number of counters could be increased or decreased depending upon the number of people who approach. So, in order to be prepared for a big rush, we propose that 40 volunteers should be trained in each city and they should be ready any time during this period.

We, therefore, suggest that a list of 40 educated people should be prepared immediately. These could be students, retired people, or any other person willing to spare time from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm during this 15 day period. Such people should be preferred who are willing to be present for the entire period. These people may or may not be experts on RTI. We can easily train them through a workshop.

It would be better if we could draw up our lists of 40 volunteers by 30 April. We hope to have training sessions during May.

For any further queries on this campaign, please contact Arvind at 011 20507339 or write at parivartan_india@rediffmail.com

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15 Responses to “Campaign Manual prepared by Parivartan, Delhi”

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  2. thanks for sharing

  3. Saurabh said

    Deear Arvind,

    Thanks from the bottom of my heart for sharing all this information making us RTI aware!

  4. SWAMINATHAN PATTABHIRMAN said

    sir,
    I have seen the articles and comments on the subject.

    India will always be No.1 as highly corrupted country among others and it is next to impossible to fight corruption in India.

    “Don’t Pay Bribes Campaign by NDTV or by any other media is only for publicity and to increase their viewer numbers.

    Which media has persued the corruption report after reporting as hot topic of the day. for example e.g. The Hindu has published about Bobor – what is the fate of it. The Hindu got the benefit of increasing their readers and nothing more.

    Indian citizens who have little sense will not fight against corruption or waste their time to get information under RTI Act.

    I have my personal experience. I have filed a complaint with CVC who have registered my complaint under CVC Ref:611/05/10 – this case involves several hundred cores on acaquiring TDV Vessels with Government Grants.

    CVC initially updated their public domain website stating”Administrative Action has been taken”, which subsequently altered/updated stating” Commission advised closure of the case”

    this is the fate.

    Anyone interested can obtain copy of my complaint from CVC (quoting their Ref:611/05/10) under RTI Act.

    My sincere advice is don’t waste time on unproductive work

    regards

    sincerely

    P.SWAMINATHAN
    12, 18th Street, Balaji Nagar Extention II, Puzhuthivakkam, Chennai-600091
    ph:044-22530059
    cell: 9840780885
    emai;: psnswaminathan@gmail.com; psnswaminathan@yahoo.com

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  7. Antony` said

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  10. NAVNEET DABRA said

    Subject: Confusion regarding the eligibility for Director/Principal of Engg./Technical Institutes

    This representation is being send by us to clarify the confusion over the eligibility for the post of director/principal in technical ACITE insitute. Please read it carefully and the candidates from basic science and humanity backround must have to send the signed representation to the minister.
    Hon’ble Sir,
    Most humbly and respectfully, we would like to appreciate the initiatives taken by you in making the bodies like All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi and University Grants Commission, New Delhi more efficient and transparent. The transparency and fairness introduced has improved the images of both these regulatory bodies. We would like to draw your kind attention towards an issue that is becoming a controversy in all the academic institutions regulated by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi. The issue is regarding the eligibility for the post of Director/Principal of Engineering or Technical Colleges approved by AICTE.
    In this context, following points are brought to your kind notice:
    1. The eligibility for the post of Director/ Principal of Technical/Engineering Institutes as per AICTE norms both old as well as new is mentioned in attachments 1 & 2. As per these norms, the persons with Ph.D. in Applied Sciences, i.e., Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, and humanities are also eligible for this post. This fact is further established as per the information provided by AICTE under RTI Act ( Attachment 3).
    2. Currently many colleges are denying the above mentioned eligibility conditions for the persons with Ph. D. in applied sciences, for appointment of Principal/Director. Moreover, we fail to understand how the same norms could be interpreted differently by differently people. This confusion has been created by the persons who were responsible for posting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their replies on the AICTE official website. The applied sciences are integral part of all engineering branches. The posts of the Professors/Assistant Professors are sectioned in applied sciences on the same pattern as for engineering branches.
    3. The faculty of applied sciences is guiding almost all branches of engineering students for their Ph.D. degree in various institutes.
    4. It is pertinent to mention here that at least 30 to 40% Engineering Colleges approved by AICTE, New Delhi all over the country have persons with Ph.D. in these fields as Principals/Directors. Even in TTTIs/NITs persons with applied science background are eligible and occupying the position of director.
    5. To surmount this all the IITs which are the torch bearers of technical education in India have no objection in appointing persons having Ph.Ds in disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as their directors.
    Obviously some vested interests working in the engineering disciplines want to keep a closed network and do not want to allow the persons from other disciples to enter these institutions lest their monopoly is lost. They are suffering from a fear psychosis. In this world of multi-disciplinary teaching and research raising arbitrary barriers cannot save the system for a long time. We fail to understand how a Professor from the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics is lesser competent to head a technical institute as compared to a person from engineering discipline. Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, Professor C. V. Raman, Professor Vikaram Sarabai and Prof. P. C. Ray were from the disciplines of Physics/ Chemistry, but their contributions to technology is no less. Only a shortsighted person can overlook the contributions of these pioneers who were never having any engineering degree.
    Moreover, by no stretch of imagination persons having engineering degrees are sufficient in number to provide the required manpower to head all the Technical/Engineering Institutes all over the country. Thus, the resolution of this controversy and recognizing the persons available in disciplines like Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as eligible for the post of Directors/ Principals of the Engineering/Technical Institutes will serve the purpose on the one hand and give their due place to the well deserving and qualified persons on the other hand.
    In view of the above, your personal intervention is earnestly requested to sort out this matter which has potential of snowballing in a major controversy resulting in unnecessary litigations.

    With kind regards,
    Yours sincerely,

  11. NAVNEET DABRA said

    Subject: Confusion regarding the eligibility for Director/Principal of Engg./Technical Institutes

    This representation is being send by us to clarify the confusion over the eligibility for the post of director/principal in technical ACITE insitute. Please read it carefully and the candidates from basic science and humanity backround must have to send the signed representation to the minister.

    Hon’ble Sir,
    Most humbly and respectfully, we would like to appreciate the initiatives taken by you in making the bodies like All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi and University Grants Commission, New Delhi more efficient and transparent. The transparency and fairness introduced has improved the images of both these regulatory bodies. We would like to draw your kind attention towards an issue that is becoming a controversy in all the academic institutions regulated by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi. The issue is regarding the eligibility for the post of Director/Principal of Engineering or Technical Colleges approved by AICTE.
    In this context, following points are brought to your kind notice:
    1. The eligibility for the post of Director/ Principal of Technical/Engineering Institutes as per AICTE norms both old as well as new is mentioned in attachments 1 & 2. As per these norms, the persons with Ph.D. in Applied Sciences, i.e., Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, and humanities are also eligible for this post. This fact is further established as per the information provided by AICTE under RTI Act ( Attachment 3).
    2. Currently many colleges are denying the above mentioned eligibility conditions for the persons with Ph. D. in applied sciences, for appointment of Principal/Director. Moreover, we fail to understand how the same norms could be interpreted differently by differently people. This confusion has been created by the persons who were responsible for posting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their replies on the AICTE official website. The applied sciences are integral part of all engineering branches. The posts of the Professors/Assistant Professors are sectioned in applied sciences on the same pattern as for engineering branches.
    3. The faculty of applied sciences is guiding almost all branches of engineering students for their Ph.D. degree in various institutes.
    4. It is pertinent to mention here that at least 30 to 40% Engineering Colleges approved by AICTE, New Delhi all over the country have persons with Ph.D. in these fields as Principals/Directors. Even in TTTIs/NITs persons with applied science background are eligible and occupying the position of director.
    5. To surmount this all the IITs which are the torch bearers of technical education in India have no objection in appointing persons having Ph.Ds in disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as their directors.
    Obviously some vested interests working in the engineering disciplines want to keep a closed network and do not want to allow the persons from other disciples to enter these institutions lest their monopoly is lost. They are suffering from a fear psychosis. In this world of multi-disciplinary teaching and research raising arbitrary barriers cannot save the system for a long time. We fail to understand how a Professor from the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics is lesser competent to head a technical institute as compared to a person from engineering discipline. Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, Professor C. V. Raman, Professor Vikaram Sarabai and Prof. P. C. Ray were from the disciplines of Physics/ Chemistry, but their contributions to technology is no less. Only a shortsighted person can overlook the contributions of these pioneers who were never having any engineering degree.
    Moreover, by no stretch of imagination persons having engineering degrees are sufficient in number to provide the required manpower to head all the Technical/Engineering Institutes all over the country. Thus, the resolution of this controversy and recognizing the persons available in disciplines like Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as eligible for the post of Directors/ Principals of the Engineering/Technical Institutes will serve the purpose on the one hand and give their due place to the well deserving and qualified persons on the other hand.
    In view of the above, your personal intervention is earnestly requested to sort out this matter which has potential of snowballing in a major controversy resulting in unnecessary litigations.
    With kind regards,
    Yours sincerely,

    Attachment I

    OLD Eligibility criteria for the post of Director/Principal

    FACULTY NORMS for Minimum qualification and experience prescribed for teaching post in technical institutions as mentioned in the earlier AICTE: Hand Book for Approval Process on page number 96.

    SL. No. CADRE PRESCRIBED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERINECE
    Director / Principal /
    Head of Institute

    QUALIFICATION & EXPE- RIENCE FOR CANDIDATES FROM TEACHING

    QUALIFICATION & EXPERIENCE FOR CANDIDATES FROM INDUSRTY & PROFESSION
    Professor in relevant discipline with total experience of 15 (fifteen) years in the field of Teaching / Industry / Research.

    The maximum age for holding the post of Director / Principal shall be 65 years.

    Attachment 2

    New eligibility criteria for the post of Director-Principal

    New Faculty Norms as mentioned and published in the GAZETTE OF INDIA: EXTRAORDINARY [PART III-SEC.4] under the head ALL INDIA COUNCIL FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION
    [Pay scaled, Services Conditions and Qualifications for the Teachers and other Academic Staff in Technical Institutions (Degree) Regulations, 2010] Notification (Page number 20-35)

    Faculty norm (Page number 34)

    Programme Cadre Qualification Experiences
    Principal/ Director Qualification as above that is for the posy of Professor, as applicable.

    Post PhD publication and guiding publications and guiding PhD students s highly desirable Minimum of 10 year experience in teaching/ Research/ Industry out of which at least 3 years shall be at the level of Professor.
    or
    Minimum of 13 years experience in teaching and/ or Research and/ or Industry.
    In case of research experience good academic record and books/ research paper publications/ IPR/ patents record shall be required as deemed fit by the expert members of the selection committee.
    If the experience in industry is considered, the same shall be at managerial level equivalent to Professor level with active participation record in devising/ designing, developing, planning, executing, analyzing, quality control, innovating, training, technical books/ research paper publications/ IPR/ patents, etc. as deemed fit by the expert members of the selection committee
    Flair for Management and Leadership is essential.
    In case of Architecture, Professional Practice of 10 years as certified by the council of Architecture shall also be considered valid.

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