On December 15, 2016, the then Samajwadi Government flouted a notification for the recruitment of 12,460 assistant teachers from the 54 districts of UP. The deadline for filling the online application was between December 28, 2016, to January 19, 2017.
The counselling dates were also declared. For the first phase of counselling, the date that was fixed was March 18, 2017, and March 20, 2017. After the first round of counselling, the selected candidates would have to go through a second round which was scheduled to be held on March 25, 2017.
The second round of counselling was for the seats that were left after first part of the round of counselling was over. All the candidates who qualified scheduled to be given their appointment letters on March 31, 2017. At least this is what the course of action should have been.
The newly appointed UP government stopped all the ongoing recruitment process indefinitely through a letter on March 23, 2017, without giving any reason. The appointment letters were supposed to be issued on March 31 as per the schedule.
The people who sat for the first round of counselling and were selected for the second round approached the Allahabad High Court against that letter and on November 3, 2017, the High Court directed the government to complete the recruitment within two months.
The government then filed a special appeal in a double bench on December 5, 2017, against the order of the HC.
Eligibility criteria changed mid-way
On December 13, 2017, the government said that they had amended the rules i.e. 20th amendment of service rule and they are checking the justification of the said amendment for 12,460 teachers’ recruitment.
The vacancy notification was based on 15th and 16th amendment of service rule. According to 20th amendment, 10% of 10th, 12th, graduation and will be taken and rest 60% will be of assistant teachers after the recruitment examination. But the 15th and 16th amendment say that depending on the marks of 10th, 12th, graduation and BTC(Basic Training Course) /Urdu BTC/ Special BTC/Special D.Ed./4 year B.el.Ed would be eligible for the recruitment.
The Supreme Court has said that the rules cannot be changed midway. The transition from the 15th, 16th amendment to 20th could not be when the recruitment process initially began with the first two amendments. The Logical Indian spoke to Anwar Ali, one of the eligible candidates who applied for the said post. He says that many candidates are suffering because of the government’s laxity.
The eligible applicants have protested in Lucknow and Allahabad asking the government to start the process but it has been 9 months and still no action has been taken by the authorities. The government has only been delaying the process. In the wake of a job crisis in India, the future of 12,460 candidates are at stake.
Even at 76, Pradip Burman, the zestful chairman of Mobius Foundation radiates a contagious enthusiasm when he is talking about sustainability. The environmental crusader, better known to many as the great-grandson of Dabur founder Dr S.K.Burman, has devoted substantial attention towards promoting the concept of sustainability in all aspects of life. He refuses to conform to the convenience and comfort in today’s world which ultimately adds on to the adverse effects of climate change.
Talking to The Logical Indian, Burman emphasised why sustainability as a concept is indispensable for us. “We ought to be aware of what lies ahead of us. Soon we will finish the oil, iron, tin, and coal, and our next generations will be left with nothing. Recycling, banning plastics, stop felling trees for paper… This should become a part of everyone’s lifestyle,” he urges.
Traditional wisdom and modern research
A mechanical engineer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, Burman had always nurtured a keen interest in helping the society, as evident from his graduation project of designing a sonic aid for the visually challenged, which detected obstacles in the way using ultrasonic wave signals.
As an executive for the nature-centric company Dabur, Burman has always opted for natural alternatives to solve his everyday problems like taking Ayurvedic medicine to cure his Arthritis. He later launched the veterinary wing for Dabur – Ayurvet – which provides nature-friendly solutions for animal health care.
A patron of the ancient scientific wisdom of India, Burman always hailed the confluence of “traditional knowledge and modern research”, which he advocated as the Ayurvet motto.
As part of the CSR initiative of Dabur, Pradip Burman founded SUNDESH (Sustainable Development Society) which has been tirelessly working for last 25 years in remote villages for uplifting the rural communities in an environmentally sustainable way.
An advocate of sustainability
Burman believes that sustainability is the indispensable mantra for the world at present. Due to uncontrolled utilisation of the planet’s resources by human beings, the world today stands at a juncture of destabilisation. Today the human race has reached the pinnacle of progress but the advancement is happening in a very unsustainable manner.
Through energy-efficient use of everyday essentials like transport, communication, altered habits of diet, clothing and daily living, some crusaders of sustainability try to reduce their carbon footprint. Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is one of the forerunners toward sustainability goals.
Mobius Foundation aims to change the sustainability dynamics
In 2015, Burman paved the way for the start of Mobius Foundation, focused on sustainability. Named after 18th-century German mathematician August Ferdinand Mobius, the famous Mobius strip has an important philosophical significance. The extraordinary shape symbolises balance and union.
Similar is the essence of Mobius Foundation which wishes to enhance the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” principle to a widespread basis in India, helping generations to come.
Founder Pradip Burman wishes to achieve notable development in education, population stabilisation and renewable energy projects.
A dream school in the making
At Coorg, Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is constructing the World Environment School, Coorg (WESc) where the curriculum will surpass the boundaries of books and classrooms, with a special focus on hands-on learning in close collaboration with the environment. Amidst the pristine natural beauty of Coorg, the school will nurture young minds to grow up into future green leaders. As of now, the school will be open to teenagers, welcoming students from standards 6 to 12.
Needless to say, World Environment School will be the first-of-its-kind not only in India but also in entire South Asia. The school is expected to start from March 2020.
The school promises to nurture the responsible behaviour of citizens of our future.
The Sustainability Conference of 2019
In 2019, the Mobius Foundation has planned an international conference, on the lines of the celebrated earth summits over the past decade. The 2019 International Conference on Sustainability Education (ICSE 2019) aims to bring together environmental activists, practitioners of sustainable development as well as climate change experts to help develop a sustainability-focused curriculum.
It is surmised that the conference will give a platform to innovative concepts of Sustainability Education including an essential change in the existing education system ensuring a wholesome personal development for a student.
The Sustainability crusader
The Mobius founder strongly believes that it is high time to sprout sustainability awareness among a society drowning in consumerism and unknowingly doing irreparable harm to the planet, every second. The best way to achieve this goal is through education which is available to all. At present, the education system is predominantly career-oriented, making the learners a victim of materialism, and thus, their dreams are also outlined in those colours.
Living beyond the limits
When asked about his wish to attain the age of hundred, he strongly asserts that more than becoming a centurion, he wishes his life and work continue to better the society even in his absence. “I have lived my life. I wish that whatever I start before I go, will continue – for the betterment of my country,” says Mr Pradip Burman.
He is also a trustee of the Climate Reality Project – India (affiliated to Mr. Al Gore of the Climate Reality Project Foundation, USA). Climate Reality Project, India, has been actively engaged igniting the spark and spreading the message of climate change amongst educators, policy makers and civil society. The India branch looks after more than 500 trained Climate Leaders, and more than 900 volunteers spread all over the country.
In his journey, Pradip Burman has been a beacon of hope for millions, motivating many to join the movement for sustainability. We wish he continues his tireless efforts for promoting sustainability awareness and inspire generations to come.