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
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.