Panel wants stu­dents sub­mit­ting fake cer­tifi­cates should be fined and booked Med­i­cal seats for only big games par­tic­i­pants TS SPORTS BODY TOLD TO PRE­PARE PRI­OR­ITY LIST

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY -

From this aca­demic year, only sportsper­sons who have par­tic­i­pated in the Olympics, Youth Olympic Games, World Cham­pi­onships in se­nior, youth, ju­nior and sub ju­nior cat­e­gories, Asian Games and Youth Asian Games can claim med­i­cal seats un­der sports quota, ac­cord­ing to a rec­om­men­da­tion made by an in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee that is look­ing into the seats scam.

In its rec­om­men­da­tions sub­mit­ted to the Chief Min­is­ter’s Of­fice, the com­mit­tee said stu­dents sub­mit­ting fake cer­tifi­cates should be fined and booked. These rec­om­men­da­tions are be­ing con­sid­ered as fi­nal and an or­der could be is­sued soon, a se­nior of­fi­cer said

The CMO drew up fresh guide­lines for MBBS/BDS seats un­der sports quota af­ter it re­viewed a re­port sub­mit­ted by the com­mit­tee. It has framed new rules keep­ing in view the nature of sport, level of con­tri­bu­tion to the game and medals se­cured.

A se­nior of­fi­cer said the pro­posed eval­u­a­tion com­mit­tee would be headed by the sec­re­tary, youth af­fairs, tourism, sports and cul­ture and have the vice-chair­man and manag­ing di­rec­tor of Sports Author­ity of Te­lan­gana State as con­vener.

The com­mis­sion­ers of health and fam­ily wel­fare and agri­cul­ture, the reg­is­trars of Kaloji health uni­ver­sity, Prof. Jayashankar agricultural uni­ver­sity, JNTU, Os­ma­nia Uni­ver­sity and pres­i­dent of the Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion of TS as mem­bers. The com­mit­tee has rec­om­mended that penal­ties should be im­posed and crim­i­nal cases reg­is­tered against the stu­dent and the par­ents if false cer­tifi­cates are sub­mit­ted. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the sports quota scam in med­i­cal seats re­vealed how cer­tain can­di­dates se­cured cer­tifi­cates in chess.

“These can­di­dates de­serve it as they have a high rat­ing. How­ever, in three cases it was found that un­de­serv­ing play­ers se­cured a seat. The as­so­ci­a­tion has ar­gued with the Sports Author­ity-TS to pri­ori­tise merit cer­tifi­cates while al­lo­cat­ing list for sports quota,” TS Chess As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber said.

The as­so­ci­a­tion holds tour­na­ments un­der dif­fer­ent age cat­e­gories, (un­der 719 age and un­der 25). A Jain statue be­long­ing to the 9th Cen­tury has been dis­cov­ered in­side a cave on the Ag­gala­iah Gutta hillock in Hanamkonda. The hillock is al­ready fa­mous in the city for the 35-foot carv­ing of a Digam­bar Jain Tirthankara, and `1.3 crore has been al­lot­ted for set­ting up a ‘Jaina vanam’ un­der the HRIDAY scheme and the work has also be­gun.

The statue was dis­cov­ered on the north-west side of the hillock over­look­ing Ra­jput Street. It had re­mained hid­den in­side a cave ob­scured by bushes. Only a very few lo­cals knew about the statue.

Shambhu Dayal Singh Thakur, a lo­cal res­i­dent, took this correspondent to see the statue. It is of a Digam­bar Jain Thirthankar four-and-a-half feet tall with sev­eral carv­ings on its sides and bot­tom. Ele­phants and fol­low­ers called ‘Paricharikalu’ can be seen on either side. The base of the statue com­prised the head of a hu­man be­ing with a lion on either side.

Noted his­to­rian, au­thor and epigraphist, Sri­ramoju Haragopal said the statue is of the 24th Tirthankara of Jain­ism, Ma­havir.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Haragopal, the pres­ence of the Jain carv­ings and caves sug­gests that the place was once a ‘Jaina ara­mam’ or a place of med­i­ta­tion. “It can be con­cluded from the carv­ings seen on the statue that it is in­deed Ma­havir. How­ever, more re­search is re­quired to know more about the statue. The statue has ev­i­dently lost its orig­i­nal colour over the years. A ‘Thristhala chakram’ ex­plain can be seen above the head of the statue. The sym­bol of Ma­havir, that a lion, can be found below. Among the Jain stat­ues found across Te­lan­gana, those of Shan­thi­natha, Prash­vanatha, Ma­havira and Rishab­hanatha are found in more num­bers,” he said.

Shambhu Dayal Singh Thakur has ap­pealed to the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion to take no­tice of the statue and see to it that proper steps are taken to in­clude it as part of the Jain Vanam un­der con­struc­tion on the hillock.

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