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LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE


STATE OF GOA

FIRST REPORT OF THE DEMANDS RELATED


AD HOC COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION,
SPORTS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

(2008)

Presented to the Hon’ble Speaker on 19th July 2008

GOA LEGISLATURE SECRETARIAT


NEW ASSEMBLY COMPLEX
PORVORIM – GOA

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CONTENTS
COMPOSITION OF THE COMMITTEE (iii)

INTRODUCTION (iv)

REPORT

CHAPTER DEMAND

1 DEMAND NO. 34: SCHOOL EDUCATION 1

2 DEMAND NO. 35: HIGHER EDUCATION 14

3 DEMAND NO. 36: TECHNICAL EDUCATION 22

4 DEMAND NO. 37: GOVERNMENT POLYTECHNIC,


ALTINHO 27

5 DEMAND NO. 38: GOVERNMENT POLYTECHNIC, BICHOLIM


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6 DEMAND NO. 39: GOVERNMENT POLYTECHNIC,


CURCHOREM 38

7 DEMAND NO. 40: GOA ENGINEERING COLLEGE 41

8 DEMAND NO. 41: GOA ARCHITECTURE COLLEGE 47

9 DEMAND NO. 42: SPORTS AND YOUTH AFFAIRS 53

10 DEMAND NO. 43: ART AND CULTURE 62

11 DEMAND NO. 44: GOA COLLEGE OF ART 71

12 DEMAND NO. 45: ARCHIVES AND ARCHAEOLOGY 75

13 DEMAND NO. 46: MUSEUMS 82

14 DEMAND NO. 56: INFORMATION AND PUBLICITY 85

15 DEMAND NO. 79: GOA GAZETTEER 92

16 DEMAND NO. 82: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 97

17 DEMAND NO. 50: GOA COLLEGE OF PHARMACY 104

APPENDIX – I 109
APPENDIX – II 110

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APPENDIX – III 111
APPENDIX – IV 112
APPENDIX – V 113

DEMANDS RELATED AD HOC COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SPORTS


AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

COMPOSITION

CHAIRMAN

SHRI ALEIXO REGINALDO LOURENCO

MEMBERS

1. SHRI DAYANAND MANDREKAR

2. SHRI RAJESH PATNEKAR

LEGISLATURE SECRETARIAT

SHRI R. KOTHANDARAMAN SECRETARY

SHRI YUVRAJ NAIK UNDER SECRETARY

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INTRODUCTION

I, the Chairman of the Demands related ad-hoc Committee on Education,


Sports and Information Technology having been authorized by the Committee to
present this Report, present it to the Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly.

2. The Committee examined the following Demands for Grants for the year
2008-09 in relation to the various departments of the Government of Goa.

Demand No. 34 : School Education


Demand No. 35 : Higher Education
Demand No. 36 : Technical Education
Demand No. 37 : Government Polytechnic, Altinho
Demand No. 38 : Government Polytechnic, Bicholim
Demand No. 39 : Government Polytechnic, Curchorem
Demand No. 40 : Goa Engineering College
Demand No. 41 : Goa Architecture College
Demand No. 42 : Sports and Youth Affairs
Demand No. 43 : Art and Culture
Demand No. 44 : Goa College of Art
Demand No. 45 : Archives and Archaeology
Demand No. 46 : Museums
Demand No. 56 : Information and Publicity
Demand No. 79 : Goa Gazetteer
Demand No. 82 : Information Technology
Demand No. 50 : Goa College of Pharmacy

3. The Committee addressed written questionnaires to the Secretaries of the


Departments concerned with the above Demands for Grants for furnishing
information. The Committee examined the replies furnished by the departments
and orally examined the representative concerned of the departments of
Government of Goa at its sittings held on 5 th May 2008 and 17th June 2008. Copies
of the minutes of the sittings held on 5th May 2008 and 17th June 2008 are at
appendices I & II.

4. The evidence so collected by the Committee for scruitiny of the said


Demands for Grants has been separately compiled for being laid on the Table of
the Legislative Assembly at the commencement of the next Assembly Session.

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5. The Committee considered and adopted the draft Report at its sitting held
on 19 July 2008. The minutes of the sitting held on 19th July 2008 is at Annexure
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III.

6. In accordance with Rule 242 C (9) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct
of Business of Goa Legislative Assembly, the Committee directs that all Action
Taken Replies on the recommendations contained in the Report is sent to the
Committee within 10 days from the date of receipt of this report by the
Secretaries of the departments concerned in the Government of Goa.

7. For ease of identification, the recommendations of the Committee have


been printed in bold and italicized letters in the report.

8. Excerpts from the book called “Practice and Procedure in Parliament”


by Kaul and Shakdher, which applies to the Legislative Assembly of the State
of Goa, is reproduced below for all concerned to take note for strict
compliance:

‘No reflection can be made by anybody on the recommendations of a


Parliamentary Committee. The Committees are entitled to the same respect as
Parliament. Therefore, if anybody casts reflection on the decisions or conduct
of the Committee, it is a breach of privilege of the House.’

9. The term “Government” used in this report denotes the


department(s)/offices concerned as well as the political executive and does not
necessarily denote the present political executive.

10. The Members of the Legislative Assembly who attended the sitting of the
Committee as special invitees and members of the media and the public who
attended/participated in the meetings of the Committee are shown at appendices
IV & V.

11. The Committee would like to place on record its deep appreciation of the
hard work done by Shri R. Kothandaraman, Shri Yuvraj Naik, Smt. Blandina
D’Sa, Shri Ramchandra Palekar, Shri Pravin Surjuse of the Legislature Secretariat
and the officers concerned of the various departments of the Government of Goa
in assisting the Committee to discharge its work.

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ASSEMBLY HALL ALEIXO REGINALDO LOURENCO
PORVORIM, GOA. CHAIRMAN

DATE: 19th JULY 2008


CHAPTER 1

DEMAND NO. 34
SCHOOL EDUCATION

ALLOCATION

1. The Government has allocated an amount of Rs 33853.76 lakhs for the


year 2008-09 of which Rs.26877.26 lakhs is for non-plan expenditure and Rs.
6976.50 lakhs is for plan expenditure.

2. The Directorate of Education deals with the organization, development


and regulation of School Education in the State of Goa under the provisions of
the Goa, Daman & Diu School Education Act, 1984 and rules made thereunder.
The educational structure of the State consists of pre-primary, primary, middle,
secondary and higher secondary education.

3. Goa has recorded a literacy rate of about 82%. The Government has
enacted the Compulsory Education Act (1995) to ensure that no child in the age
group of 6-14 years remains out of school. The Government strives to reinforce
its educational policy towards bridging regional and gender gaps, reducing drop
out rate, emphasizing skill development and vocational programmes to curb
unemployment, improving quality of education, infrastructure development in
schools, empowerment of teachers through orientation and training, computer
assisted education and upgradation of libraries.

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

4. This scheme provides for infrastructure in schools such as classrooms,


laboratory, library, toilets, water supply, electricity, computers, playgrounds,
benches and desks etc. Development of infrastructure as per minimum
prescribed standards within a certain time frame will be compulsory for all the
schools including Government aided schools. For this purpose it is proposed to
provide minimum infrastructure to every school in the State wherein the
proposed infrastructure development in Government schools is done by the

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Directorate of Education; and the Government aided schools are provided with
financial assistance in the form of grant/interest free loans.

5. A member of the public, Shri Suryakant Narvekar wanted to know about


the basic amenities like toilets and water connections provided to schools. He
was informed that where permanent toilets and water connections are not
available, the Government provides the school with temporary facilities.

6. The Committee is aware that the Government aims at providing the basic
infrastructure to the schools in the State but there are several schools spread in
the State which are lacking proper classrooms, electricity, toilets and water.
These basic amenities need to be provided without delay. It is desirable that the
Directorate of Education instructs the Assistant District Educational Inspectors
(ADEIs) at various block levels to conduct inspections in various schools
including Government schools and report upon the inadequacies. A status report
may be filed with the Committee for further comments and the same, also be
laid before the Legislative Assembly during its ensuing session.

ONE TIME GRANT SCHEME

7. The Government has proposed a scheme of providing a one time grant for
aided educational institutes/societies celebrating centenary/platinum jubilee.
However the scheme has not yet been implemented.

8. The Committee while appreciating the Government for the scheme, urges
upon it to put the scheme into practice in right earnest so that the scheme is not
reduced on paper.

QUALITY OF EDUCATION

9. Efforts are made to improve the quality of education at all levels which
requires new initiatives and multi pronged strategies. The objectives are –

1) to revise the curriculum based on local and global needs of the society
and inculcate the ability to think creatively and practically;
2) To develop an index for quality of education;
3) Special training programmes to teachers to ensure smooth transition
and new curriculum and improve quality of teaching;
4) Introduction of environmental sciences as a subject;
5) To promote theatre arts to promote the heritage of the State;

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To ensure cent percent enrolment of children in the schools;
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To relocate/amalgamate schools with low enrolment of students;
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To provide modern teaching and learning aids in schools;
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To bring content and examination reforms in keeping with the
demands of the new NCERT syllabus.
STATE COUNCIL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH & TRAINING (SCERT)

10. State Institute of Education has been upgraded to State Council of


Educational Research & Training (SCERT) to study, evaluate and implement the
educational needs of the State. SCERT has been entrusted with the curricular
reforms, teacher training etc. to enhance the quality of education.

11. The Government informed that 4 inspections were conducted by SCERT


in 2007-08. 23 training programmes were conducted in different subjects from
elementary to higher secondary teachers on techniques of evaluation.

12. The Committee notes with concern that inspections were conducted in
only 4 schools in the year 2007-08. Routine inspections should be conducted at
least once a year in all the Government and aided schools. Surprise inspections
should also be conducted as that will provide a clear picture of the actual
situation. As the Government is aware of the shortfalls in the quality of
teaching methodologies, orientation programmes and in service training with
innovative ideas have become imperative for the teaching community.

13. Smt. Madhavi Kamat, a member of the public wanted to know the action
taken by the Government when there were no students in a class for an academic
year. The Government informed that the division is asked to be closed down.

14. There are several Government schools especially primary schools which
do not have sufficient students. It has also been noted that in many schools two
classes are conducted by the same teacher in the same classroom at the same
time. This bares open the poor planning of location and permission to, schools
in the State. Establishment of schools in Goa must primarily be based upon
student availability and this factor appears to have been critically not kept in
mind while establishing the schools which draw poor student response.

15. Smt Madhavi Kamat also brought forth before the Committee that two
books for the SSC class were not available on the stands for a long time
hampering the studies of the students. She also requested the Government not to
adopt the NCERT Hindi syllabus for the SSC students as Goa belongs to a non -

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Hindi belt. Further she informed that children from Government High Schools
are not good at reading and writing skills in English. Shri Jose Carlos Lobo from
the public requested for correctness of the textbook information and Shri
Floriano Lobo suggested for a white paper on education in Goa.

16. The Committee concurs with the views of the public that the Government
has seriously failed to vet the contents of the text books by experts before
releasing for use in schools. The Committee is also sensitive to complaints
about politicization of syllabus, curriculum, contents of school text books etc.,
which will have serious repercussions on the growth of the present generation.
The imposition of Hindi and failure of the schools to produce students worthy of
basic skills in reading and writing also calls for urgent re-think on the State
Education Policy. The Committee, therefore, would like to agree with a member
of the public in demanding laying of “White Paper” on the shortfalls of the State
Education Policy.

RESEARCH AVENUES FOR TEACHERS

17. To a query by Shri Nagesh Sardessai, a member of the public, the


Government responded that it does not have avenues for High School and
Higher Secondary School Teachers to do research which is available for college
lecturers. The Committee deplores the state of affairs and strongly recommends
to provide research avenues and facilities to the High School and Higher
Secondary School teachers to promote their potentials.

EDUCATION TO GIRLS, ECONOMICALLY BACKWARD AND SOCIALLY


DISADVANTAGEOUS SECTIONS OF THE SOCIETY

18. The scheme proposes to ensure 100% enrolment and retentions of girl
students in schools. There is a gap of about 13% literacy between males and
females. The Government has attempted to provide the following facilities –
• supply of free text books, note books, uniforms and raincoats to
economically backward class students at primary stage;
• providing scholarship to meritorious students from rural and slum areas.;
• providing incentives of Rs. 200/- to girl student with an annular family
income of less than Rs. 25,000/-;
• providing cash incentives to parents of SC/ST students,
• making schools disabled-friendly so as to enable disabled children to
enrol in normal schools.

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• Scheme introduced for education of children with special needs providing
incentives to children as well as institutions.

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

19. Vocational stream of education has been established to develop


professional skills amongst the youth and make them capable of becoming wage
earners. 16 vocational courses are being imparted in 40 Higher Secondary
Schools across the State. The Government intends to upgrade the infrastructure
facilities for the existing courses and also start new courses. It is proposed to
have pre-vocational courses at selected schools in each taluka.

20. The Committee is of the opinion that the vocational courses introduced in
schools are not up to the mark to enable the students to gain employment in the
market. The vocational courses need to be powerfully reconstructed so that, on
completion of their school, the students are capable of meeting the requirements
of employment market. To motivate more students to vocational curriculum, it
is imperative that certain seats in Polytechnics and professional degree colleges
are reserved in favour of such studies.

21. The Committee adopts the suggestions made by Smt. Juliet Kamat, a
member of the public for setting up special vocational schools alongside the
coastal belt for training drop-outs and working children for shaping their
destinies in a better manner.

MID SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAMME

22. Hot cooked food items are provided to all Government and Government
aided primary schools in the State by the Government. For smooth functioning
of the scheme, each Taluka is divided into clusters of 15 to 20 schools with
strength of about 1000 to 1200 primary students.

23. Shri Avinash Bhonsale, a member of the public suggested that the PTA be
got involved in providing the mid-day meal. The Government stated that the
meal programme is being executed with the involvement of the PTA. The food
cooked is tasted and checked before being served to the students.

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Shri Damodar Naik, MLA tabled the following cut motion to the Demand:

24. “That the amount in the Demand No. 34 – Education be reduced to Re. 1
for failure to implement Mid Day Meal Scheme Policy”

The Government furnished the following reply to the cut motion:


25. “Under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme all students of Government and
Government aided primary schools of the State are supplied with hot cooked
food on working days during recess time of the school. This meal consists of
moong bhaji with bread, ushal bhaji with bread, vegetable pulao, upma, sheera,
and pohe. Each student is supplied with 100 grams of meal containing 300
calories carbohydrates and 8-12 grams of proteins. Approximately seventy six
thousand students studying in primary schools are benefited with the scheme.

26. For the smooth functioning of the Scheme, the schools of the Taluka are
divided into clusters (15-20 schools) with strength of approximately 1000 to 1200
students. 31 Self Help Groups are given contract to prepare and supply hot
cooked food to the students in their respective clusters.

27. Under the scheme, rice is allotted by the Ministry of Human Resource
Development, Government of India, New Delhi. It is lifted from Food
Corporation of India godown, Sada, Vasco every month. Further it is distributed
to the Self Help Groups through civil supplies godown of each Taluka. The
quantity/quality of rice collected from the F.C.I Quality Control Section. Samples
are collected and maintained with the Directorate of Education (Vocational
Section)

28. The Government has constituted a Steering and Monitoring Committee at


State/District/Taluka School level for the smooth implementation and monitoring
of Mid-Day Meal Scheme. An Officer from the Directorate of Education is
designated as State Nodal Officer to control the total scheme. Dy. Education
Officers of respective zones are designated as Zonal Level Nodal Officers. The
A.D.E.Is of respective Talukas are designated as Supervisory Officers at Taluka
level. Besides, Adult Education Supervisors posted in the Taluka office have
been directed to visit at least 5 schools per day and A.D.E.Is one school per day
to supervise the Mid Day Meal Scheme and submit reports. The consolidated
monthly report in this regard is submitted by the A.D.E.Is of respective Taluka.
Besides, other Officers of the Department who are on inspection of the schools
have also been asked to inspect the Mid Day Meal Scheme.

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29. In order to keep a check on quality control, before distribution of the meal
to the students, it is checked and tasted by the Head of the Institution, a teacher
of the school and the member of the P.T.A and only after their approval the meal
is distributed to the students to eat. Any malnutrition found is reported to the
respective A.D.E.I.
30. Principal of Goa College of Home Science has been requested to check the
nutritive value as per norms and submit the report to this office, if the report is
found below the required level this office takes necessary action against the
defaulting self help group by issuing warning letter, show cause notice and
imposing fine. This Department also checks the kitchen of the self help group
and the capacity of the group to deliver the food items.

The efficacy and benefits of the Scheme are as follows:-

31. Mid-Day Meal Scheme is significantly beneficial. From the opinion of the
teachers it is found that children look forward to the happy moments of the day.
It has been noted that the scheme has marked success in the rural economically
backward areas, slum areas, which is proven by regular attendance. There is a
substantial reduction in the number of school dropouts. Further, it is learnt that
in case of children from poor families attending school without breakfast, this
scheme provided nutritional supplement. This helps to increase concentration
in learning. Teachers also pointed out that before the implementation of the
scheme there were cases of children fainting due to hunger and now such
incidents have ceased to occur. Thus, Mid Day Meal Scheme has witnessed
tremendous success in the State in improving attendance, retention and lowering
dropout rates, besides supplementing nutrition.”

32. The meals served under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme is universal for all
students which thus, does not take into account certain delicate students who
may be allergic to certain constituents of the food so served. It is the
responsibility of the administrative/teaching staff to take note of these
exceptional students to serve them appropriate food, though within the cost and
structure of the Mid-Day Meals Scheme.

COMPUTER EDUCATION PLAN UNDER ICT @SCHOOL

33. This scheme provides for introduction of computer education in schools


for Std. VIII to XII as compulsory subject and ensures availability of computer
hardware, software and teaching facilities. The Central Government provides
75% of the financial assistance and the State Government provides for 25%. The

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Government of India, MHRD has approved the release of Central share of Rs.
1.00 lakh per school per year for 432 schools for implementing the scheme.

COMPUTER AIDED EDUCATION

34. This scheme of Computer aided education in the class-rooms will help
teachers to deliver various concepts on subjects in a simple and effective manner.
This will capture the interests of the students and help them understand clearly
and replace the present teaching methodology. The existing teachers in the
schools will be trained for Computer aided education.

35. This is an innovative method of teaching which is to be introduced in the


schools and the Committee is of the opinion that this should be implemented in
a systematic manner. The Committee desires that proper software be acquired,
teaching staff be suitably trained and their efficiency in these methods be
evaluated before they start using this aid in teaching.

EDUNET – I SCHEME

36. The Cyberage Scheme is now known as Edunet – I Scheme. It provides for
computer UPS, printer and other peripherals to all the students studying in Std.
XI for their personal use empowering them with IT knowledge.

37. Observations were made in the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor
General that in the guidelines there was no restriction for supply of one
computer per family. The Government has now made it mandatory for the
students and parents to give an undertaking that none of their brother/sister has
availed the benefit of computers under the scheme during the last two years.

38. This policy adopted by the Government of taking an undertaking from


parents, will not be able to be ascertained by the Government. Therefore this
precautionary measure alone will not hold good. The Committee feels that the
school may also be asked to make inquiries in this respect before forwarding the
applications to the Education Department. The Committee desires that the
Computers be delivered to the students during the academic year so also the
Government make serious efforts to see that complaints registered by the
students be attended to promptly by the suppliers/vendors. The Committee
would also like to know the outcome of the evaluation work of the scheme

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which has been given to the Directorate of Higher Education through NSS unit
of Colleges.

LAP TOP TO TEACHERS

39. During the course of the meeting, Shri Girish Sawaiker a member of the
public brought to the notice of the Government that the laptops given to teachers
are costly and higher than the market price. However, the Government
informed that the scheme is implemented through the GEDC which is
negotiating the prices with the five top laptop manufactures in the world.

40. The Committee desires that a detailed note indicating the tenders floated,
the cost of acquisition, list of distributors of laptops etc., be provided to it for
appropriately commenting upon it in the Action Taken Report.

SARVA SHIKSHA ABHIYAN

41. The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is an effort to universalize elementary


education by community ownership of the school system. It is response to the
demand for quality base education all over the country. It provides for useful
and relevant elementary education for all children in the age group of 6-14 by
2010. It also aims to bridge social, regional and gender gaps with the active
participation of the community in the management of schools.

42. Under this scheme the Girl Child Education Motivation Scheme is
implemented under which a girl child belonging to a weaker section of society
having a family income of less than one lakh a year will be provided a
motivation amount of Rs. 1000/- on passing standards V, VI and VII.

43. Smt. Madhavi Kamat, a member of the public wanted to know if the
privileges under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan could be extended to private schools
in the State. The scheme is functional under the guidelines of Ministry of Human
Resource Development, Government of India which focuses only on
Government and Government aided schools, therefore providing this facility is
beyond the scope of the State Government.

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44. This scheme provides for raincoats, notebooks, text books, project books,
school bags, learning kits to students upto Standard VIII in Government and non
Government schools.

45. The Committee appreciates the efforts made by the Government in


providing amenities to the children to make learning a joyful activity but this
purpose is lost when the children do not get their learning material on time. The
Government informed that the process was initiated only in February 2008. The
Committee is not satisfied with the efforts made by the Government. Supplying
text books to the students almost a month after schools reopen is deplorable.
This will have undesirable stress on the teachers as well as students and also
hamper their academic progress. The Committee therefore desires that the
Government pay more attention in providing declared amenities on time.

46. During the deliberations, Shri Suryakant Narvekar, a member of the


public informed that raincoats for the year 2007-08 were distributed to the
children after the rains. The Government informed that due to the Model Code of
Conduct imposed there was a delay in obtaining Government approval.

47. Model Code of Conduct does not prohibit the operation of schemes
already in place. New schemes alone are not to be amended when the code is in
force. Therefore, the alibi of the Government appears to be a cooked up one. The
Committee expresses its total disenchantment with the Government for severely
subjecting the school students to hardship.

GRANTS FOR CHILDREN IN SPECIAL NEED

48. This scheme is designed to make children with disabilities economically


independent so that they need not be a liability to the family. Therefore the
educational status is improved by providing financial assistance to the parents of
such children and the school where the students study.

49. Smt. Jane Mathews, a member of the public spoke on dyslexic children
and wanted to know if the Government could extend grants to these children
studying in ICSE schools. However, the Government expressed its inability to
provide any services to private schools as it caters only to the children of
Government and Government aided schools in the State.

50. Smt. Gizelle Lobo of Jyot Society of parents with autistic children, Goa
was amongst the public who spoke on the draw backs faced regarding inclusive

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education and resource rooms. The suggestions made to aid the cause of
inclusive education are given below -

a) Government should appoint a cell for inclusive education;


b) Legalize the status of children in resource room;
c) Make the Individual Education Programme (IEP) a legal document;
d) Formalize the student teacher ratio in the resource room;
e) Start vocational training centres where training is imparted on the concept
of inclusive education for children above school going age.

The Government has informed that the matter will be examined.

51. Dr. Marita Adam, Smt. Pooja Chodankar,Shri Girish Sawaikar, Smt. Nadia
Fernandes, Smt. Perpetua Couto spoke of various aspects of inclusive education
such as -

a) Academic concessions for children with special needs;


b) Resource room for children with special needs;
c) Vocational choice of subjects at Board level;
d) Inspection of Resource Teachers;
e) Appointing special teachers in mainstream schools to be reconsidered;
f) Procedure for availing certificate from IPHB be made easy.

52. The Government has informed that concessions are given to physically
challenged students, resources rooms are available in 8 regular schools, a
resource room for dyslexic children is permitted on the request of the school,
they will conduct inspection of the resource teachers and the request for IQ
certificates from DDTE has been rejected by the IPHB.

53. The Committee appreciates the enthusiasm shown by the NGOs in this
regard. The Committee feels that the Government should give special attention
to these areas of inclusive education as they require the assistance of the
Government. The Committee is of the opinion that the Government conduct a
deep study on this in the light of the suggestions given and come with a clear cut
policy that will facilitate these children, their parents and the teachers. The
Committee also requests that necessary financial aid be provided to these
institutions in two installments as requested by them.

NON FORMAL EDUCATION, ADULT EDUCATION AND


ENVIRONMENTAL ORIENTATION

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54. This scheme proposes to identify children who are left out from the
system of formal education and make them literate under the system of non
formal education. They are mostly children of migrant labourers. Grants are
provided to super school complexes, Panchayats who desire to take up the
programme to eradicate illiteracy by identifying such children and adults in the
locality. Grants are also provided to Village Panchayats to start non formal and
adult centres.

55. Workshops/Orientation courses will be organized for students and


teachers to create awareness about environmental issues and its impact on
mankind.

CAREER GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING IN SCHOOLS

56. This scheme envisages assisting students to cope with the pulls and
pressures of modern world. It includes teaching yoga through trained teachers.
For inculcating the right social, moral and cultural values, the Parent Teachers
Associations and voluntary organizations will be involved. Career Guidance
Cell is opened under the School Complex scheme to train teachers of Secondary
and Higher Secondary Schools as resource persons.

ESTABLISHMENT OF SCHOOL COMPLEXES

57. School Complexes play an important role in the educational system by


breaking isolation of schools and establishing close linkage with neighbouring
schools for qualitative improvement in education by sharing of human and
material resources. Under the State level school complex, seven separate cells are
created to strengthen the activities of the schools which are:- (1) Resource
Development Cell (2) Career Guidance and Counselling Cell (3) Data Bank
Bulletin Cells (4) Minimum Programme Cell (5) Parent Awareness Cell (6)
Institutional Development Cell (7) Quality improvement Cell. There are 323
school complexes and 76 super school complexes in the State. Grants are
provided to school complexes for various activities.

58. Smt. Madhavi Kamat wanted to know the status of the integrated school
complex at Bambolim. The Government informed that the land has been
acquired and the matter is under consideration.

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59. The Committee appreciates the proposal of the Government in setting up
this integrated school complex at Bambolim as schools will have a good
complex with all the required facilities required for all round development which
is lacking in the city schools. The Committee desires that this proposal be
worked out systematically as it will be beneficial to the students.

60. The Committee has been informed that the scheme of Career Guidance is
still in the offing where two counsellors are to be provided to each of the coastal
Talukas.

61. The Committee is aware of the high drop out rate of students in coastal
areas but it would be unfair to completely leave out the other Talukas of the
State while providing cousellors for carrier guidance. The Committee desires
that this scheme be formulated and implemented immediately.

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CHAPTER 2

DEMAND No. 35
HIGHER EDUCATION

1. The expenditure on this Demand is both plan and non- plan. During the
current year a total grant of Rs. 5512.00 lakhs is made from which Rs. 2066.50
lakhs is for the plan expenditure and Rs. 3446.00 lakhs is for non-plan
expenditure.

2. The order of expenditure during the past five years is as follows:-


(in lakhs)
Year Plan Non-plan
2003-04 1501.79 2573.13
2004-05 4101.73 2422.65
2005-06 2216.81 2479.66
2006-07 2011.01 3084.94
2007-08 1996.22 3443.53

PLAN SCHEMES

3. The Government has informed that the following plan schemes are
operational under this Demand:-

1) Direction and Administration of Higher Education


2) Grants to Goa University
3) Establishment of Government Colleges
4) Recurring Grants to Non-Government Colleges
5) Development Fund to Aided Colleges
6) Interest Free Loan for Higher Education
7) Assistance under Higher Education Promotion Fund
8) Goa Scholars
9) Financial Assistance to aided Colleges for infrastructure development
10) Cyberage Scheme for Higher Education

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11) Goa College of Music
12) Free Education to female students upto degree level
13) Post Graduation Diploma in Computer Education Technology
14) Development of Assistance for Undergraduate Education by UGC

ADMINISTRATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION

4. The Directorate of Higher Education was set up in 1996 utilizing the staff
of the Secretariat and the Education Department. The posts filled as on date are
11 and 12 posts are vacant. The Directorate has informed that they are in the
process of changing the recruitment rules consequent to the implementation of
the UGC scales and also reviving posts that are lapsed.

5. The Committee is of the view that it is essential for the Directorate to


function smoothly so that all the educational institutions it serves are attended
to immediately. Therefore, it is important to frame recruitment rules
immediately and appoint requisite staff.

GOA UNIVERSITY

6. The Goa University was established in 1985 as an affiliating cum teaching


institution of higher learning under the Goa University Act, 1984. The University
comprises of 12 faculties including 23 Post Graduation Departments, 4 Centres
and 1 Academic Staff College. There are 47 affiliated Colleges (22 professional
and 23 non professional colleges) and 8 recognized Research Institutions. The
University has been assessed and accredited by National Assessment
Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a four star rating in March 2001.

7. Smt. Nirmala Sawant, ex-MLA proposed to the Government to increase


the payment of the teachers employed on lecturer basis. The Government
informed that this aspect is being examined by the Government for financial
liability. The Committee feels that the demand could be examined and its
feasibility be communicated.

CENTRAL UNIVERSITY

8. The Public were apprehensive about the proposal of the Government in


commencing a Central University and requested to have the State Education
Policy made available to the public. The Committee agrees with the anxiety of

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the public and recommends that the State Education Policy be drafted and made
available to the public to facilitate them in making their choice about the
advantages and disadvantages of having a Central University in Goa.

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP ON HISTORY OF GOA

9. The Committee concurs in the suggestion that came from Shri Floriano
Lobo to start a Research Fellowship on the History of Goa at the University
level. It is important to know and enrich the history of Goa through research
which would leave a legacy for the generations to come. The Government should
take steps towards the establishment of this project.

AGRICULTURE COLLEGE

10. Concern was expressed by Smt. Patricia Pinto, one of the members of the
public over the issue of not having an Agriculture College in Goa especially in
view of the looming food shortage; the Government was of the view that it did
not have plans of starting an Agriculture College but if the proposal came from
the public, it could be considered.

LOW STUDENT FACULTY RATIO IN GOA UNIVERSITY

11. Observations were made by the Comptroller and Auditor General that
certain departments in the University have very low student faculty ratio and
that these programs are not viable. The Government informed that the
continuance of the department is being looked into. However, a department
once established cannot be easily closed as they are engaged in certificate level
course, research activities, projects and consultancy. Basically the University is
not a revenue generating source but a facility for PG programme and research
and the Committee agrees with this reply and suggests that relaxations be made
in this respect.

LEASING OF LAND TO TATA ENERGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE AND


ELECTRONIC, TESTING AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE BY GOA
UNIVERSITY

12. The Committee does not approve of the actions of the University in
leasing about 10,000 sq mts. of its land to TERI (Tata Energy Research Institute),

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Telecommunications and ETDC (Electronic, Testing and Development Centre)
which was allocated to the University. This was done without the approval of the
Government. The University did not derive any benefit in academic and
research activities in Physics and Electronics Department from ETDC although
the organization had set up their establishment in the land allotted to them. The
Committee desires that a detailed note be presented to the Committee in regard
to this action, for further scrutiny by the Committee.

GOVERNMENT COLLEGES

13. There are 5 Government Colleges at the degree level in the faculty of Arts,
Science, Commerce and Home Science. The College of Music is also run by the
Government. The Government encourages degree Colleges coming up in remote
areas so that Higher Education is spread evenly even in backward areas.

GOA SCHOLARS

14. This Scheme is implemented with the sole aim to assist meritorious
candidates by way of scholarship to take up Post graduate studies in institutions
in India or abroad. This is given to ensure that economic conditions and
financial difficulties do not come in the way of their pursuits.

15. The Department informed that the criteria adopted by the Selection
Committee in selecting meritorious students for the courses in India or abroad, is
the necessity of Intellectual distinction but this is not a sufficient condition for
selection of a scholar. The Selection Committee chooses from the candidates a
person with excellence in qualities of mind. An allocation of Rs. 20.00 lakhs is
made for this scheme.

16. The number of students selected for scholarships is as follows:-

2005-2006 Five
2006-07 Six
2007-08 Five

17. The Committee notes that only few students were awarded scholarship
for further education but during the deliberations of the Committee, the
representatives of the Government informed that there was no upper limit on
grant of scholarships. The Committee desires that the norms for selecting

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meritorious students should be widened so that more students could avail this
scholarship as well as it would be an encouragement for further studies.

SCHEME FOR GRANT OF INTEREST FREE LOANS FOR HIGHER


EDUCATION

18. The aim of setting up this scheme is to promote pursuit of Higher and
Technical Education by younger population of Goa to ensure that economic
conditions and financial difficulties do not come in the way of such pursuits.
The candidates with the help of these interest free loans can undertake approved
degree and diploma courses at undergraduate and post graduate levels in India
or abroad. However, a person whose annual family income is less than 2.00 lakhs
can avail loan for education in India. In case education is pursued abroad, the
annual family income should not exceed 4.00 lakhs. These loans are given
through Goa Education Development Corporation.

19. The Committee feels that this loan should be accessible to the Goans and
therefore, the annual family income ceiling should be increased. The Government
informed that the scheme is amended and the income ceiling has been raised to 3
- 4 lakhs and 5 - 6 lakhs for studies in India and studies abroad. The Committee
desires that necessary notification to this effect be published for the knowledge
of all.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO AIDED COLLEGES FOR INFRASTRUCTURE


DEVELOPMENT

20. The scheme provides for loan to aided colleges for maintenance and
upgradation of the existing facilities. A College with a standing of 10 years and
more is entitled to Rs. 50.00 lakhs and with 5 years to Rs. 40.00 lakhs.

21 The Committee observes that there has been good response from the aided
institutions to this scheme and therefore it is of the opinion that the
Government could increase the amount of loan to assist the institution to
provide better infrastructural facilities to its students. The Government may on
the other side restructure the repayment plan to recover the principal sum
within a shorter span.

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GOA COLLEGE OF MUSIC

22. This College imparts professional training in Indian Classical Music such
as vocal, sitar, tabla, harmonium for four full years. It is a full time professional
degree course in Music leading to Bachelor of Performing Arts. A two year
professional Post Graduate Degree Course in Hindustani Classical Music
leading to Master of Performing Arts is conducted.

23. The Committee is desirous of knowing the future plans of expansion of


the College and whether they had plans to start a Degree Course in Western
Music. It was informed that there were no plans to start a Degree Courses in
Western Music on lines with Indian Music. But a certificate course of 3 years
duration has been started from 2007-08. However, they have lamented about
their infrastructure such as inadequate classrooms.

24. The Committee appreciates the courses conducted by the institution but it
would be in the interest of the students not to expand the curriculum till the
institution has proper infrastructure.

FREE EDUCATION TO FEMALE STUDENTS UPTO DEGREE LEVEL

25. The Government considers it necessary to provide financial support to


female population of Goa and therefore it proposes to introduce a new scheme to
provide free education to female students in Goa studying in degree courses of
Arts, Science, Commerce and Professional degree/diploma courses. The
Government informed that this being a new scheme, the financial liabilities are
being worked out and the feasibility of implementing the scheme would also be
drawn.

POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN COMPUTER EDUCATION


TECHNOLOGY

26. This scheme is formulated by the Government to provide interest free loan
to Computer teachers to acquire qualification of Post Graduate Diploma in
Computer Education Technology. It is a one time course and will seize after its
completion. It is a tailor made course only for the teachers teaching computer
course. One of the conditions to regularize these teachers is to get them trained
through this course.

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH (IISER)

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27. The Government announced its interest in starting the Indian Institute of
Science, Education and Research (IISER). The institute is specially designed to
promote pure science in India. Intention of starting this institution was
intimated to the PMO. However, during the deliberations of the Committee, it
was informed that the Government of India has not agreed to start the IISER in
Goa.

28. The Committee is of the opinion that the establishment of such an


institution would be prestigious to the Goans and the students would have the
opportunity of availing this education within the State. It therefore feels that
the Government should make efforts once again to impress upon the centre for
permission to start this institution.

29. Shri Mahadev Naik, MLA tabled the following cut motion to the
Demand:

“Failure to ensure that corruption and nepotism in Khandola


College is brought under control.”

30. The Government has given the following reply to the cut motion;

“The case of forgery and misappropriation of Government funds by Mr.


Pradep K. Patil, LDC (presently under suspension) of the Government College,
Khandola came to light on 11/02/2008 and the complaint was lodged on the same
day against him by the officiating Principal of the College at Ponda Police
Station. The case came to light when the Director, Directorate of Higher
Education, Panaji noticed that expenditure of Government College, Khandola
had exceeded the funds allocated by the Government. The culprit Mr. Pradeep
K. Patil admitted for having forged the signatures of the officials of the
Government College, Khandola including that of the Officiating Principal in the
presence of the Director, Directorate of Higher Education, Panaji, Mr. Deepak
Velip, Accountant, Government College, Khandola and Mr. Mayanath,
Accountant, Directorate of Higher Education, Panaji and the Officiating Principal
of Khandola College on 11/02/2008, when the Director of Higher Education had
made a surprise visit to Khandola College along with Shri Mayanath,
Accountant, Directorate of Higher Education on suspecting foul play by hitherto
unknown culprit. The suspected culprit had left no evidence of the forged FVC
bills in the office as the same was never processed by Khandola College.

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31. The suspected culprit Mr. Pradeep Patil, LDC was placed under
suspension in 1997 for a similar case of forgery by the then Principal,
Government College, Khandola.

32. Monthly expenditure statements are submitted to DHE by the respective


colleges on regular basis in the first week of the succeeding month and
subsequently DHE verifies and cross checks the expenditure with the figures
booked by the Directorate of Accounts, Panaji. In August, 2007 while
reconciliation of the expenditure figures it was noticed that the expenditure to
the tune of Rs. 1, 51,600/- was not shown by the Khandola College for the month
of June 2007 and this was intimated to Accountant of the concerned College
verbally. However, he told that such expenditure is not incurred by the College.
An investigation was conducted and the meeting of the Accountants of all the
Government Colleges was held three times to check the expenditure. It was
noticed that the expenditure shown against the Khandola College was less than
the actual expenditure booked by the Directorate of Accounts. The Director of
Higher Education alongwith the Assistant Accounts Officer and Accountant
made a spot inspection of College accounts. During the inspection and
subsequent cross checking with the Directorate of Accounts it was observed that
the total amount of forgery for the year comes to around Rs. 13, 96,910/-.

33. The Directorate has taken all proactive steps to control this case of forgery.
The matter is now referred to the Vigilance Department for necessary action.

34. It may be noted that other than this forgery case no other cases of
corruption and nepotism are brought to the notice of this Directorate. Khandola
College is doing very well on the academic front achieving the best results.
Hence the cut motion may not be accepted.”

35. The Committee is dismayed over the fact that the Governments reply is
as cloudy as the integrity of the official concerned who had been posted in the
same college despite serious case of embezzlement of public funds in 1997. The
Government is expected to be provided with pin-pointed details relating to the
case recently debated in February 2008. The Committee therefore directs the
Higher Education Department to give a detailed reply as to the action
taken/proposed to be taken against the delinquent official to prevent further
losses to the State.

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CHAPTER 3

DEMAND NO. 36

DIRECTORATE OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION

1. In the budget for 2008-09, Rs. 34.00 lakhs have been allocated for this
demand for non plan expenditure and Rs. 673.00 lakhs for plan expenditure.

2. The Directorate of Technical Education has been entrusted the work of


implementation of the various schemes for the upliftment of Technical Education
in the State of Goa since 1987. The Directorate of Technical Education exercises
administrative control over the following institutions:

1. Goa College of Engineering


2. Goa College of Architecture, Panaji
3. Goa College of Pharmacy, Panaji
4. Goa College of Art, Panaji
5. Government Polytechnic, Altinho
6. Government Polytechnic, Bicholim
7. Government Polytechnic, Curchorem
8. Fr. Agnel Polytechnic, Verna
9. Institute of Shipbuilding Technology, Vasco

PLAN SCHEMES

CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT OF DIRECTORATE OF TECHNICAL


EDUCATION

3. The Government proposes to renovate the 15 years old building by


undertaking works such as reconditioning and repairing of cracks, replacing
electrical wiring and electrical fixtures, internal and external painting. This
scheme also includes construction and development of office building, canteen,
gutter, gardening, faculty guest house, multipurpose hall for counseling etc. and
construction of an additional annexe building is also proposed.

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RELEASE OF GRANTS TO NGOs FOR QUALITY SEMINARS,
PUBLICATION AND CAREER FAIRS

4. The Scheme is intended to provide financial assistance to the NGOs for


organizing seminars, careers fairs etc., oriented towards career guidance. The
Government has informed that only one seminar on “Advances in Excavation
Technology for Surface Mining & Civil Construction” was conducted on 23 rd
December 2005 by Institution of Engineers Goa Local Centre in association with
Government Polytechnic, Bicholim. A sum of Rs. 20,000/- was financed for this
purpose. During oral examination it was revealed that Rs. 5.00 lakhs were
sanctioned under this scheme for the year 2002-03, which was reduced to Rs. 1
lakh during the subsequent years as the Government, was not able to utilize
amount. An amount of Rs. 12.00 lakhs is proposed under this scheme for the
Eleventh Five Year Plan.

5. The Committee feels that the Government’s efforts towards the


development of Goan youth are tardy and urges upon the Government to
identify sincere, dedicated and proven NGOs for conducting fruitful Seminars
and Career Fairs for the needy.

RELEASE OF GRANTS FOR PROMOTION OF EXCELLENCE AMONG


STUDENTS/STAFF

6. The Scheme envisages assistance to outstanding students and teachers in


participating in International seminars and conferences in order to bring in
innovations and creativity. An amount of Rs. 21 lakhs is proposed for this
scheme in the Eleventh Five Year Plan. No grants have been released to students/
teachers under this scheme and the Government is yet to devise the final scheme.
The Committee feels that the Government should earnestly make efforts to make
the schemes operational especially when funds have been allocated.

STRENGTHENING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION

7. This Scheme is implemented for uplifting the standard of technical


education in the State of Goa and exercising control over technical colleges under
the control of Directorate of Technical Education.

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8. The staff are also encouraged to attend summer and winter schools
conducted by the Indian Society for Technical Education and other prominent
institutions such as National Institute of Technology and Indian Institute of
Technology etc.

9. The Directorate with the help of Technical Education Quality


Improvement Programme (TEQIP) of the Government of India aims to improve
quality of technical education and enhance the existing capacity of institutions to
become quality conscious, efficient and responsive to rapid economic and
technological development. The Directorate in partnership with the Canada
India Institute Industry Linkage Project is focusing on the development,
implementation and evaluation of demand driven training.

10. The Committee notes with concern that many teaching and non teaching
posts in the educational institutions are lying vacant since long. The
Government has informed that a Centralized Selection Committee has been
constituted for recruitment of all contract lecturers for the five polytechnics to
ensure consistency in selection and availability of teachers at the start of
academic years. The Committee observes that despite having a committee for
selection of lecturers, many posts of lecturers in the technical institutions under
the control of DTE are vacant since the past many years. Aim of the Government
to make institutions efficient, quality conscious and responsive to rapid
technological development will not be achieved unless well qualified teaching
faculty are recruited in the technical colleges. The Committee feels that the
Government should advertise vacant faculty posts all over India by relaxing
recruitment rules, if necessary, especially the clause relating to knowledge of
local language.

GOA EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

11. Goa Education Development Corporation was established in November


2003, to secure and assist in rapid and orderly establishment and organization of
Educational Institutions in the Educational Areas and Educational Estates in
Goa. Steps were also taken to start Educational Estates in Goa, land was
identified in Dhargal constituency but could not be acquired.

12. Goa Education Development Corporation is under the direct control of


this Directorate. Some of the important schemes of educational
departments/directorates such as Interest Free Loan, Goa Scholar Scheme, and

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Cyber Age Scheme etc. are implemented through Goa Education Development
Corporation.

GOA COMMON ENTRANCE TEST

13. The Directorate of Technical Education conducts Common Entrance Test


for admissions to first year degree courses in Medical, Dental, Engineering and
Pharmacy.

14. The Committee desires to know the reasons for changes in the syllabus
for GCET and whether it was a policy decision. The Committee also desires to
know whether the GCET papers are set and corrected by IIT, Mumbai in
Mumbai or at Goa.

AICTE TUITION FEE WAIVER SCHEME

15. The Government has approved AICTE Scheme on tuition fee waiver for
women, economically backward and physically handicapped meritorious
students. Tuition fee waiver provided is upto 10% of sanctioned intake of
students or actual tuition fee waiver granted to institution, whichever is lower.

Distribution of waiver is as follows:

i. 50% for economically backward students


ii. 33% for women candidates
iii. 16.66% for physically handicapped persons.

16. Waiver is limited to tuition fee only and all other fees are to be paid by the
beneficiaries. In the event of non availability of students from specific category
the benefit will be given to other candidates of other categories mentioned above
according to merit.

IIT CAMPUS IN GOA

17. The Government of Goa has signed MOU with IIT, Mumbai for
upgradation of Technical Education in the State and giving competitive edge to
the people of Goa in the global scenario. The activities of the campus in the initial
phase will focus on short term courses catering to local needs and interest. In the
second phase Post Graduate level programmes such as IIT Diploma, Master’s

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Degree level programmes, certificate courses and doctoral programmes will be
developed and conducted.

INTERNET ACCESS IN KONKANI AND MARATHI LANGUAGES

18. This scheme is for the development of facility for providing internet access
in Konkani and Marathi Languages. A MOU has been signed with the IIT,
Mumbai for setting up a language highway to have access to National and
International Knowledge Communities both for education and trading purposes.
However, the purpose for constituting an expert group for development of
lexicology in Konkani and Marathi for universal networking language is yet to
be acted upon.

19. The Committee feels that the Government should initiate steps to form an
expert group for development of lexicology as soon as possible.

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CHAPTER 4

DEMAND NO. 37

GOVERNMENT POLYTECHNIC, ALTINHO

1. In the budget 2008-09, Rs. 386.30 lakhs have been allocated for this
demand for non plan expenditure and Rs. 267.40 lakhs for plan expenditure.

2. The Government has informed the following details of the courses


conducted and student intake to these courses during last five years:

Programme 02-03 03-04 04-05 05-06 06-07


Civil Engineering 38 29 22 40 40
Mechanical Engineering 67 66 63 65 49
Electrical Engineering 34 32 36 33 33
Electronics Engineering 53 49 51 51 47
Fabrication Technology 28 16 04 27 30
and Erection Engineering
Food Technology 07 14 10 04 07
Modern Office Practice 32 21 19 13 19
Instrumentation and Control 18 06 26 17 27
Architectural Assistantship 05 -- 0 -- 20
Garment Technology 32 36 31 28 34
Security and Investigation -- 29 18 04 --
Technology

3. Diploma in Computer Engineering was introduced from 2007-08 with


intake capacity of 20 students and 20 students have taken admission to this
course. The Government does not have plans to increase the courses in future.

PLAN SCHEMES ALLOCATION (in lakhs)

4. Government Polytechnic (NP) 384.30


Government Polytechnic (P) 118.55

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Community Polytechnic, Panaji 15.00
Testing Consultancy and Research Development 2.00
Polytechnic for persons with disability 5.00
Strengthening of Technical Education 66.45
Assistance for manpower development
in Food Processing Industries 12.40

DEVELOPMENT OF GOVERNMENT POLYTECHNIC

5. The Government has informed that computerization of polytechnic with


intranet and internet facilities is initiated, laboratories are upgraded, vacancy
position of teaching and non teaching staff is being taken up for filling on
regular basis, and ISO quality system is introduced to improve the quality of
delivering system. In order to improve the passout percentage the
intended/expected input/output on the part of teachers and students is
monitored regularly and efforts are made to enhance services and dedication on
the part of teachers and learners. The Committee is happy about the measures
adopted to improve the quality of education and feels extra/special classes
should be conducted for the average level students to improve their overall
performance.

6. The following posts of teaching and non teaching staff in the institution
are vacant:

Type of vacancy No. of vacant posts

Gazetted A Class Teaching

Head of the Department 10 posts


Lecturer 18 posts

Gazetted A Class Non-teaching

Store Keeper 1 post.

C Group Non teaching

Sr. Store Keeper 1


Technician 2
U.D.C 2

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L.D.C. 3
Library Assistant 1

D Group Non teaching

Library Attendant 1
Peon 3
Hamal 3
Watchman 1
Mali 1

7. The Committee is distressed to note that 10 posts of HODs and 18


Lecturers posts are vacant of which five posts of lecturers are vacant since their
creation. The senior most staff members from various departments are assigned
to look after the duties of the Head of department in addition to their own
duties. Lecturers are engaged on contract basis in order to cope up with the
teaching load. The Government has informed that vacancies are due to shortage
of qualified staff, non availability of candidates in reserved category etc. The
Government should realize that the technical institutions in Goa are not in a
position to obtain the accreditation from All India Council for Technical
Education or National Board of Accreditation as faculty strength is one main
criteria for obtaining accreditation. Besides that overloading the existing
faculty (both teaching and non teaching) with additional duties may make the
educational edifice crumble.

STRENGTHENING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION

8. Laboratories of Computer Department and Civil Engineering Department


have been modernized by purchasing equipment worth Rs. 30 lakhs. The
Government has informed that the institution is fully computerized, networked
with broadband internet facility and the following eight subjects are taught using
computers:

1. Auto CAD
2. Computer Techniques
3. Programming in C
4. Web Technology
5. Information Technology for Business I

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6. Computer Aided Office Management
7. Management Information System
8. Microprocessor I (8085) etc

9. The library has 45000 books, 19 journals and 18 magazines. There are 8657
books to be given under Book Bank facility to the economically backward
students. A budgetary allocation of Rs. 1,80,000/- for the year 2008-09 is made for
purchasing books for library and book bank.

10. Introduction of ISO quality system is initiated, to be followed by National


Board of Accreditation in at least three academic departments of this polytechnic.
Although the quality of delivering system is as per ISO standards, the
accreditation could not be obtained due to vacant faculty posts.

11. The Committee is happy about the measures adopted by the institution to
improve the quality of delivering system. However, the Committee feels that the
Government should try and fill the vacant posts of teaching faculties.

CAPITAL OUTLAY

12. The Government proposes to undertake the following works:

1. Providing waterproof treatment to roof slabs in buildings


2. Renovation of classrooms and guestroom
3. Provision of better sanitary facility in boys’ hostel
4. Painting of girls’ hostel
5. Phase wise renovation of boys’ hostel
6. Changing wiring of classrooms and laboratories

13. Although there is sufficient drinking water, there is need to redesign the
distribution network and storage tank. It is informed that on an average Rs. 75
lakhs are spent every year on infrastructure development of the institution. All
civil works are executed through PWD. The department has two buses of which
one was purchased last year. However, the two buses are not sufficient and there
is need to have one more. The Committee recommends that budgetary provisions
may be made for the purchase of extra bus.

POLYTECHNIC FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY

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14. The following formal and non formal courses are offered under this
Central Government sponsored Scheme for persons with disabilities with an
objective to provide wages/self employment to the disabled.

Formal Courses: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical


Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Fabrication Technology and Erection
Engineering, Food Technology, Modern Assistanceship, Garment Technology,
Instrumentation and Control, Architectural Assistantship, Security and
Investigation Technology and Computer Engineering

Non Formal Courses: Office Automation, Data Entry Operator, Computer


Graphics/Desk Top Publishing, Screen Printing, Soft Toys, Embroidery, Candle
Making and Mobile Repair, Plumbing, Maintenance of Electrical and Home
Appliances, Motor Winding, Tailoring, Fashion Designing, Fancy Cloth bag
making, party and festival decoration, computer hardware, book binding,
Automobile repair, beautician, agarbatti making, film editing and videography.

COMMUNITY POLYTECHNIC PROGRAMME

15. Under this Scheme Socio Economic Technological surveys are conducted
to assess/determine the needs and direction in which the rural development
must take place. Depending on the outcome of such surveys different short term
educational programmes are conducted through the extension centres to
promote self employment and to extend the benefit of technology to the rural
areas. Short term education programmes include fashion designing, cookery,
fruit and vegetable preservation, garment making, agarbatti making, fabric
painting, embroidery, soft toys making, artificial jewellery, pot designing,
bamboo craft, motor vehicle mechanic, bakery etc.

16. Under Transfer of technology, smokeless chullahs, solar lanterns and


kerosene stoves are supplied to the people at subsidized rates. People are trained
in mushroom cultivation and vermi composting. Under Technical Support
Services, training is provided on repairing smokeless chullahs, LPG use and
safety, grafting. Crop seeds are also distributed under this scheme. The
department appoints their own trainees for conducting the above courses or hire
trained people from rural areas thus providing employment.

17. The Community Polytechnic Scheme was discontinued by the


Government of India w.e.f. 2007. Now Government of Goa has taken over the
scheme. It is proposed to pay stipend to the trainees and enhanced rate to staff.

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The Government has informed that out of 680 students trained under
Community Polytechnic Scheme, only 83 are self employed and 2 are working
for private organization.

18. The Committee urges upon the Government to commission a study to


identify the reasons for large scale unemployment amongst those trained from
Polytechnics in order to expand the avenues for their employment/self
employment as well as to reorient the curriculum for market needs.

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CHAPTER 5

DEMAND NO. 38

GOVERNMENT POLYTECHNIC, BICHOLIM

1. The expenditure on this Demand is both plan and non-plan. In the budget
for 2008-09, Rs. 248.50 lakhs have been allocated for this demand of which Rs.
29.50 lakhs are for non plan expenditure and Rs. 219.00 lakhs are for plan
expenditure.

2. The details of the courses conducted by the institution and students


admitted to these courses during last five years are as under:

Course 02-03 03-04 04-05 05-06 06-07

Mining Engg., 3 -- -- -- 20
Civil Engg., 11 -- -- -- 20
Mechanical Engg., 46 44 45 47 48
Electronics &
Communication 43 44 45 44 37
Electrical Engg., -- -- -- -- 29

3. Admissions to Diploma in Mining Engineering and Diploma in Civil


Engineering were suspended in 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 due to lack of
candidates. These two diploma programmes were restarted in 2006.

PLAN SCHEMES

DEVELOPMENT OF POLYTECHNIC

4. The Government has informed that due to starting of new diploma in


electrical engineering, it has been felt necessary to have additional building
having six classrooms, six laboratories with seating arrangement for faculties and
HODs.

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Apart from these the following works are proposed to be executed:

1. Construction of administrative block


2. Development of ground
3. Construction of garage for buses of the institution
4. Replacement of existing windows of the old building and other
annual maintenance works.

5. The Committee strongly recommends to the Government to make


additional budgetary provision for the construction of new building as it has
become imperative for retaining the student population on the campus.

CREATION OF FACULTY POSTS

6. The Government has informed that due to starting of new diploma


programme in electrical engineering in 2006-07, 4 posts of lecturers, 1 post of
H.O.D. and 2 posts of non teaching staff are proposed to be created.

7. The details of the vacant posts of teaching faculty are as under:

Name of the post No. of posts vacant

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering 3


Lecturer in Electronics and Communication 4
Lecturer in Electrical Engineering 4
Lecturer in Civil Engineering 2
Lecturer in Geology 1
Lecturer in Computer Science 1
Lecturer in Physics 1
Lecturer in Workshop 1

8. The Committee observes that the sanctioned strength of teaching faculty


is 46 of which 17 are vacant. Lecturers are appointed on contract/visiting basis
to cope with the paucity of staff. However, only 7 lecturers are taken on contract
basis and five on visiting basis. There are 5 vacant posts against which lecturers
are neither taken on contract basis nor visiting basis. The Committee fails to
understand why new courses are started when there is already shortage of staff.
The Government is yet to create posts required for the diploma in electrical
engineering when the course has already started. The Committee recommends

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the Government to fill up the vacant faculty posts as soon as possible and create
new posts as desired.

LABORATORY DEVELOPMENT

9. The Government has informed that the laboratories are upgraded and
well equipped to cater to the needs of teachers and students. Latest computers
are purchased for computer laboratory and CAD/CAM laboratory.

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMMES

10. The teaching faculty is sent for higher education, to attend various
courses, seminars, workshops, and training in order to improve the quality and
ideas of teaching techniques.

11. The following lecturers were sent for higher education.

Sl. Name of faculty Qualification at Upgraded


No the time of joining qualification
1 Dr. Dipak C. S. Gaitonde M.Sc. Chemistry Ph. D.
2 Shri Ramkrishna Parsekar B.E. (Mech) Engg. M.E. Industrial Engg.
3 Shri Gajesh Usgaonkar B.E. (Mech) Engg. M.E. Industrial
4 Shri Balkrishna Chodankar B.E. (Mech) Engg. M. Tech. (Mechanical
Heat Power Engg.)
5 Shri Yellishetty Mohan B.E. (Mining) Engg. M. Tech.
Environmental Engg.
6 Shri Vijay Kumar B.E. (Mining) Engg. M. Tech.
Environmental Engg.
7 Shri Purnanand Savoikar B.E. (Foundation) Ph. D. under progress
Engg.
8 Shri Hymakar Reddy B.E. (Mining) Engg. M. Tech (Industrial
Safety Engg.)
9 Shri Atmaram V. Gaonkar B.E. (Electrical) Engg. M.E. (Control System)

12. The Committee observes that regular teachers are being sent for higher
education when already there is shortage of staff. Appointment of inexperienced

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lecturers on contract basis in place of staff deputed for higher education is not a
fair idea. This only worsens the quality of education.

13. The Committee suggests that every effort should be made to improve the
pass out percentage of the institution. The expenditure on professional training
of the teaching staff would turn out to be a mere abuse of public money and
formality unless the knowledge gained is practically put to use in the class room
teaching and learning process. Therefore, the input by the teachers who were sent
for higher education, to attend various courses; and the resultant output should
be monitored. If possible, special classes for the average level students and those
admitted under reserved category should be conducted so that they cope up with
the diploma.

DEVELOPMENT OF LIBRARY AND BOOK BANK

14. The Government has informed that the institute library has 8235 books,
958 books under book bank facility, 5 journals and 11 magazines. The
Committee is of the opinion that the 8235 books are too less for a technical
institution and therefore recommends the Government to make additional
budgetary provision for purchasing latest technical books for the library as well
as for the book bank facility.

15. The institution has been providing placements to most of its pass out
students. The remaining students either opt for higher education or self
employment.

COMMUNITY POLYTECHNIC SCHEME

16. Various short term certificate courses have been conducted under
Community Polytechnic Scheme sponsored by the Government of India.

Manpower Development

17. Courses such as Basics in computer application, electrician, motor


winding, plumbing, 2/3 wheeler mechanic, beautician, soft toys making, cookery,
bakery, thermacol carving, purse making, screen printing, office management,
fashion designing, flower making are organized in the rural areas for manpower
development.

Transfer of technology

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18. Short term educational programmes such as mushroom cultivation,
bonsai, drip irrigation, vermi compost are conducted under transfer of
technology. Solar lanterns, solar cookers are also provided on subsidy to rural
people under this scheme.

Self Employment

19. Special lectures on various Government Schemes, rural water


management, health and sanitation, entrepreneurship are held under this
scheme. Pamphlets and books giving information are also distributed during
such lectures. The Committee feels that emphasis should be laid on self
employment and if possible assistance for availing the benefit of various
Government schemes for self employment should be provided to the trainees.

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CHAPTER 6

DEMAND NO. 39

GOVERNMENT POLYTECHNIC, CURCHOREM

1. The allocations under this Demand are plan only. In the budget 2008-09,
the Government has allocated Rs. 149.00 lakhs for plan expenditure.

2. The courses conducted in the institution and the student intake for each
course for last five years is as under:

Programme 03-04 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08


Diploma in Mechanical Engineering 65 66 63 49 44
Diploma in Tool 07 -- -- -- --
and Die making
Diploma in Electronic Engineering -- 60 65 -- --
Diploma in Computer Engineering -- -- -- 40 50
Diploma in Electrical -- -- -- 51 47
and Electronics Engineering

3. Diploma in Electronics Engineering was discontinued in the year 2005 and


was replaced by Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with intake
capacity of 40. Diploma in Computer Engineering was started in the year
2006-07. Diploma in Tool and Die making run by Tool Room and Training
Centre, Kundaim Goa was closed due to administrative problems. The last batch
was of the year 2004. The programme is discontinued since then.

4. The institution has not received any accreditation from AICTE and
National Board of Accreditation.

PLAN SCHEMES

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DEVELOPMENT OF POLYTECHNIC

Vacancies of Teaching and Non- Teaching Staff

5. The following are the details of the vacant posts-

Designation No. of Posts Date since vacant

Principal 1 December 2005


Lecturer in Mechanics 3 January 2007
Lecturer in Electronics Engg 1 January 2007
Lecturer in Workshop 1 April 2003

Head Clerk 1 March 1999


UDC 1 January 2007
Storekeeper 1 January 2007
Peon 1 November 2007

6. The Committee feels that the Government has not taken serious steps to
fill the vacant posts some of which are vacant since 1999. The Government
should have realized the difficulty faced by the students due to non filling of the
regular teaching posts and the increase in work load on other office staff due to
vacant posts of Head Clerk, UDC, Store Keeper and Peon. The Committee
therefore recommends to the Government to fill up the vacant posts at the
earliest.

7. The Government has informed that two Heads of the Departments and
seven well qualified lecturers are appointed on regular basis, electronic and
mechanical laboratories are developed by purchasing modern equipment,
various teaching aids are procured, periodic seminars are conducted for faculty,
faculties are sent for short term courses in order to enhance their knowledge. The
Committee is happy to note that extra coaching is given to the students in order
to improve the passing percentage and the overall performance.

DEVELOPMENT OF LIBRARY

8. The institution library has 3011 books, and subscribe for 2 journals and
10 magazines. Total number of books with book bank facility is only 400. The
Committee feels that the number of books in the library are too less and
therefore recommends the Government to make extra budgetary provision to

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upgrade the library with latest books. Taking into consideration poor economic
background of students the Committee feels that the number of books under
Book Bank facility should be increased.

CONSTRUCTION OF POLYTECHNIC COMPLEX

9. The construction of polytechnic complex in five phases was approved at


an estimated cost of civil works (buildings) of Rs. 8.05 crores. The construction
of Phase I and Phase II was completed and occupied in February 2003 and
September 2005 respectively. Construction of third phase comprising of girls’
and boys’ hostels will be taken up in the financial year 2008-09. Fourth Phase
comprising staff quarters, construction of compound wall and landscaping will
be taken up in 2010-2011. The construction of Principal’s bungalow and play
ground will be taken up in the fifth phase in the year 2011-2012. Drawings for
proposed boys’ hostel have been completed and technical estimate is also
finalized. The infrastructural requirements as per the norms of the AICTE have
been achieved after the completion of first two phases. The Committee
recommends that extra budgetary provision may be made for infrastructure
development of the institution.

COMMUNITY POLYTECHNIC SCHEME

10. Under this scheme activities like socio economic technological surveys are
conducted in rural areas to determine the areas of development and accordingly
the following short term educational programmes are conducted:

Tailoring and embroidery, embroidery, thermacol carving, jewellery


making, agarbatti making, computer application, flower making, candle
making, beauticians course, cookery, purse making, zardosi and bead
work and fabric painting.

11. The Committee feels that the Government should encourage participation
of more and more people to the above courses for their self employment.
Assistance should be given to the trainees to avail benefit of various
Government schemes for self employment.

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CHAPTER 7

DEMAND NO. 40

GOA ENGINEERING COLLEGE

1. The expenditure on this Demand is both under plan and non-plan. The
Government has allocated Rs. 2073.35 lakhs for the year 2008-09 of which Rs.
638.20 lakhs are for non plan expenditure and Rs. 1435.15 lakhs are for plan
expenditure

2. The following courses are conducted by the institution viz.

Undergraduate Courses

1. Civil Engineering
2. Mechanical Engineering
3. Electrical and Electronics Engineering
4. Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
5. Computer Engineering
6. Information Technology Engineering

Post Graduate Courses

1. Industrial Engineering
2. Foundation Engineering

3. The post graduate courses were started during the Tenth Five Year Plan.
The college has received accreditation in three undergraduate programmes in
Civil Engineering, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering from National Board
of Accreditation. The process of taking accreditation in Electronics, Computer
and Information Technology Engineering is under process.

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4. Nearly 80% of the students passing out of the college are placed in various
companies such as Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., Wipro Technologies, Siemens
Information Systems Ltd., Tech Mahindra Ltd., MRF, HSBC Ltd., Crompton
Greaves Ltd., Reliance Energy Ltd., etc.

5. The Government has informed that the standard of education will be


upgraded further by upgrading the faculty standard, by modernizing and
removal of obsolescence from the laboratories. The College has been ranked at
64th place at all India Level as per the survey of Technical Schools made by Data
Quest.

PLAN SCHEMES

EXPANSION OF GOA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

New Part Time -, Post Graduate Courses and Annual Intake Capacity

6. The College is planning to start new undergraduate programme in


Instrumentation and Biomedical Engineering and post graduate programme in
Computer Science and Micro Electronics. There are also plans to start part time
degree courses for the benefit of diploma holders working in Industries in Goa to
improve their qualifications. With the introduction of these courses the intake
capacity will cross 1800 students.

7. The Government has informed that the part time degree courses are
deferred for time being till the faculty requirement is met. New faculty members
will have to be recruited for these part time degree courses.

CREATION OF POSTS

8. There are 32 posts of teaching and 34 posts of non teaching faculty that are
vacant since past many years. These posts are vacant due to non availability of
qualified staff. Certain posts are for reserved category but suitable candidates are
not available under these categories also. Some vacant posts are due to Voluntary
Retirement Scheme (VRS). Some of the above posts are temporarily filled by the
contract persons.

9. The College plans to create 45 posts in the teaching faculty and 52 posts in
the non teaching during XIth Five Year Plan taking into consideration the increase
in student strength on the introduction of new courses.

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10. The Committee is deeply anguished to note that several teaching posts
have lapsed. Non filling of the teaching posts for so many years must have
caused a great loss to the student community. The Committee is of the opinion
that Government should advertise the posts for general category if the suitable
candidates under reserved category are not available. The posts should be
advertised all over India by relaxing the restrictive clauses in the larger interest
of the student community.

DEVELOPMENT OF LIBRARY AND BOOK BANK

11. College has total 66066 books as per the accession register. Besides these,
technical and non-technical journals and general magazines are also purchased
by the institution.

12. Total number of books in the book bank is 20,000. A library committee is
constituted consisting of faculty members from each department which decides
on the types of books to be purchased. Books recommended by the staff and
Head of Departments are also purchased.

13. The college proposes to purchase 15000 books, 5000 soft copies and 80
journals. It is also planned to carry out the Data Entry and Bar Coding of the
library books and the work has been awarded to Goa Electronics Limited. An
amount of Rs. 58 lakhs is proposed for purchasing books during XI th Five Year
Plan.

14. The Committee is of the opinion that the Government should


substantially increase the number of books in book bank especially when change
in syllabus, revised editions etc. are taking place.

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME

15. The Government encourages teachers to join M.Tech. or Ph.D. programme


to ensure quality education. During the last five years the following faculty
members joined Ph. D. programmes.

Sl. Name of the Faculty Place of joining Period Programme


No
1 Shri G.R. Kunkoliker IISC – Bangalore 3 Ph. D.

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Lecturer years
2 Shri Rajesh Prabhu Gaonkar IIT - Mumbai 3 years Ph. D.
Lecturer
3 Shri Ganesh Hegde IIT - Mumbai 3 years Ph. D.
4 Shri Vikas Chodankar IIT - Mumbai 3 years Ph. D.
5 Shri Hassanali G. Virani IIT - Mumbai 3 years Ph. D.

16. The academic staff joining M.Tech. or Ph.D. programmes are granted 2
and 3 years leave respectively and salary is paid to them during the leave period.
The Government plans to depute 25 faculty members for higher education in the
XIth Five Year Plan.

17. The Committee feels that the Government should monitor the
performance of students in the subjects in respect of which the faculty have
availed the benefit under the quality improvement programme to ensure that the
knowledge gained is practically put to use in the class room teaching and
learning process.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES

18. The teaching staff are encouraged to upgrade their knowledge by


attending national and international conferences and to present research papers
related to technology development and engineering design such as on pollution
control, information security and optical communication.

COMPUTER FACILITY (MAINTENANCE) AND UPGRADATION OF


INTERNET FACILITIES

19. Under this scheme provision of Rs. 25 lakhs is made for annual
maintenance of 350 computers purchased during IXth Five Year Plan. During Xth
Five Year Plan, 400 computers were purchased.

20. Expansion of internet facility is proposed through leased line of 2 MBPS


bandwidth in order to serve all departments, hostels and residential area. An
outlay of Rs. 15.00 lakhs is proposed towards licence fee and maintenance for the
year 2008-09.

CENTRALLY SPONSORED SCHEME

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21. All India Council of Technical Education sanctions money for
modernization of laboratories in Civil Department and Telecommunication
Engineering. The college has purchased equipment under the above schemes.

22. Under the new scheme of Information Security Awareness Programme


sanctioned by the Government of India, the college has received HP High End
Server, HP Laptop, 10 nos HP Desktop, 2 nos of Wireless Access Ports, LCD
Projector Screen, Linux OS, HP Printer, Switch, Router, UPS. The college has
organized workshop on “Information Security Theory to Practical” and seminar
on IT security. Faculty members are also deputed for training on security aspects
under this scheme.

23. Under Research Promotion Scheme two research projects namely


Treatment of Pharmaceutical waste water and Developing Research Facility for
Micro Electronics were undertaken.

CAPITAL OUTLAY ON EDUCATION, SPORTS AND ART & CULTURE

BUILDINGS

24. Under this scheme the college has undertaken works for construction of IT
Block, Girls’ hostel and annexe building and renovation of boys’ hostel. These
buildings would be completed in the year 2008-09.

25. In addition to this construction of students’ activity centre, auditorium,


main gate security office, repairs of hostel and electricity substation are proposed
for construction during XIth Five Year Plan. A provision of Rs. 30.00 crores is
proposed for the above works.

CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT

26. Under this scheme of campus development replacement of the old, rusted
pipeline for water supply is proposed. The estimated cost of replacing the
pipeline is Rs. 33,22,920/-. An outlay of Rs. 20 lakh each is proposed for replacing
overhead electrical wires with underground cables and for setting up 33 KV
power station with new transformer of larger capacity in order to improve the
electricity supply. A standby diesel generator of 250 KV is also proposed to be
installed.

MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT

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27. The college proposes to modernize the existing laboratories by replacing
the old unserviceable and obsolete machinery with new advanced machinery
and equipment.

28. The college intends to start the following new laboratories for information
technology branch and the machinery for some of these laboratories are already
purchased:

1. Analog Electronic Laboratory


2. Digital Electronic Laboratory
3. Computer Network Laboratory
4. Web Technology Laboratory
5. Soft Computing Laboratory
6. IT – I Laboratory
7. IT – II Laboratory
8. Project Laboratory
9. Computer Centre

REPLACEMENT OF BUSES

29. The college has 4 buses for the transport of students from Ponda town to
college campus. Under this scheme the college proposes to condemn and replace
three buses, which are more than 25 years old and beyond economical repairs.
The proposed outlay for the annual plan 2008-09 is Rs. 50.00 lakhs.

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CHAPTER 8

DEMAND No. 41
GOA ARCHITECTURE COLLEGE

ALLOCATION AND EXPENDITURE

1. The Government has allocated an amount of Rs 257.10 lakhs for the year
2008-09 of which Rs. 54.10 lakhs is for non-plan expenditure and Rs. 203.00 lakhs
is for plan expenditure.

2. The order of expenditure for this Demand for the last five years was as
under:
(Rs. in lakhs)
Year Plan Non-plan
2003-04 60.66 29.17
2004-05 61.38 31.42
2005-06 65.40 32.00
2006-07 68.73 33.30
2007-08 78.81 47.20

STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS

3. The Goa College of Architecture is the only college offering Bachelor of


Architecture course in Goa which is recognized by the Council of Architecture,
All India Council for Technical Education and Indian Institute of Architects.
Selection of candidates to this 5 year course is done by the Directorate of
Technical Education. The intake capacity has been reduced from 40 to 30
students since the year 2001 due to want of infrastructural requirements of the
college including insufficient staff. The college has an intake capacity of 33
students. Out of these 33 seats, 27 are allocated for Goans and other 6 seats are

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for students from AIQ/other state applicants/Government of India. The seat
allocation is as below:

Category No. of seats

General Category 14
Schedule Caste 1
Schedule Tribes 3
Other backward class 5
Physically handicapped 1
Central/State Government Employees and persons in
Private occupation reserved for children 2
Ex-Servicemen 1
AIQ/other states applicants/Govt. of India 3+3 (6)
Total 33

4. The Committee desired to know about the reduction of student capacity


from 40 to 30 and the inadequacies of the Institution for this reduction and was
informed that the student capacity of the College is not reduced but has the same
intake capacity (30 + 3) for the last 7 years. There are no inadequacies observed
by AICTE. However, the Council of Architecture has made a case observing
deficiencies such as appointment of Principal, additional faculty members on
full-time basis, development of additional infrastructure and to have a
permanent campus for the College.

5. To overcome this situation the College with the help of the Directorate of
Technical Education has taken the following remedial steps –

a) Appointed full time faculty including post of Principal, Professor, and


Lecturers.
b) Filling up of vacant post of Asst. Professors are being processed.
c) Land is being allotted for permanent campus.

6. The Committee is concerned about the deficiencies pointed out by the


Council of Architecture and opines that it should be the endeavor of the
Government to strive hard to provide the basic requirements of an educational
institution. The institution should make the necessary efforts to fill in the posts
which are vacant for a considerable length of time.

ACADEMIC PROGRESS

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7. Statistics of the Admissions and passes of the College for Bachelor of
Architecture Course for the past three years is as follows:

Year Students Admitted Drop outs Students Passed

2004-05 21 - 15
2005-06 26 3 10
2006-07 15 - 19
8. The Committee observes that the admissions are much less than the
intake capacity and also the results are not impressive; it has been informed
that the admissions have dropped drastically due to the Council of Architecture
ordering ‘no admission’ based on Expert Committee Report which has been
challenged by the High Court.

9. The Government should in the first instance, strive hard to settle the
internal deficiencies so that the administration of the institution functions
smoothly. Thereafter only, confidence can be gained by the public to seek
admissions. It is essential to raise the standard of education, improvise the
infrastructural facilities, provide adequate teaching faculty, keep a check on the
quality of teaching, help students with placements and have a regular check on
the facilities provided.

ADDITIONAL COURSES

10. The Institution was asked whether Post Graduate Degree Courses would
be introduced in the College and the Government informed that the process has
been initiated for inducting faculty with specialization in areas such as Urban
Design, Conservation in order to eventually start electives in these areas in B.
Architecture programme as well as plan the introduction of post graduate
programs in these areas.

11. The Committee however, cautions the Government to create additional


infrastructure for meeting the requirements of additional courses.

TEACHING AND NON-TEACHING FACULTY

12. The strength of the non-teaching staff is 22 and the teaching staff is 22.
Besides there are 14 visiting lecturers and 2 lecturers on contract basis. It has

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been informed that 10 posts of teaching staff and 3 posts of non teaching staff are
vacant. They are as follows:-

Designation (Teaching faculty) Posts vacant


Assistant Professor 2*
Assistant Professor (Conservation) 1*
Assistant Professor (Urban Design) 1*
Lecturer 1*
Lecturer (Conservation) 1
Lecturer (Urban Design) 1
Lecturer (Fine Arts) 1
Lecturer (Civil Engineering) 1
System Analyst 1*
Total (Teaching faculty) 10

Designation (Non- teaching faculty) Posts vacant


Librarian 1
Library Assistant 1*
Library Attendant 1*
Total 3
* Initiated action for filling up posts

13. The Committee was informed that process of filling posts has been
initiated in only six posts in the teaching faculty and two in the non-teaching
faculty because only these posts are presently required to fulfill the faculty
requirements for an intake of 30 seats.

14. Inadequacy in the teaching faculty is a pathetic situation which speaks


volumes for the deficient infrastructure in core areas of faculty. During the oral
evidence, the representatives of the Government informed that recruitment takes
a long time through the GPSC therefore they prefer employing teachers on
contract basis. This cannot be the criterion for not initiating the process of
filling vacancies. Even though teachers are appointed on contract basis,
procedure should be initiated to recruit teachers on regular basis.

UPGRADATION OF EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES

15. During the Tenth Plan period, the College has utilized its funds on aspects
like reviewing and upgrading its resources, purchase of new computers,
software, opening of new wing of computer lab, workshop, providing carrels
and mezzanine floor to the college library.

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16. The College has proposed to upgrade its educational facilities during the
year 2008-09 as below:

1. To purchase 200 or more volumes of books for the library


2. To upgrade the carpentry and welding section by providing more
equipment
3. To upgrade the computer lab by providing new spares & accessories.
4. To purchase various types of software.
5. Purchase/replace survey instruments
6. To depute teaching staff to avail various types of quality improvement
program facilities at NIASA in Pune and other places
7. Conducting academic study tours to North & South India by students
along with faculties.
8. Conduct regular site trips within Goa along with the faculties.
9. To conduct series of lectures every week by inviting resource persons in
Architecture.
10. Faculty attends seminars, short term courses and QIP workshops
organized by NIASA, Pune and other Government agencies/institutions.
11. To conduct at least two workshops and one master class in some areas
connected with architecture such as sustainability energy efficient
architecture, housing etc.

PLACEMENTS

17. The College initially offered a structured placement programme where


campus interviews were held and its students got placement in various
organizations. But now that the passing out number of students is small and
demand for architects in the market being heavy, no placement is necessary
through college. However, as and when enquiries are made from some firms for
architects, the College circulates on e-mail network its alumni as well as
display on the College Notice Board. The Committee is of the opinion that the
College upgrade its standard of education and initiate campus interviews for its
students to give them a wide scope for employment.

LIBRARY COMPUTERIZATION AND EXPANSION

18. The library of the Goa College of Architecture is being computerized and
linked with the Goa University library network. The work was initiated by the
Goa University in the year 2006-07 with a Hyderabad based software company

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and work was taken up in 2006-07. The software provided requires to be
updated from time to time. The after sales service is not up to the mark.

19. The Department informed that only 500 entries in the catalogue cards
have been made due to shortage of personnel for making these data entries.
However, the Asst. Librarian and System Analyst attended a special workshop
on library cataloging and networking and now the work is in progress.

20. The work of computerization of library is going on at a very low pace.


The Institution should be committed to get the cataloging of the stock completed
immediately. The Committee desires that the vacant posts of librarian, library
assistant and library attendant be filled immediately to pace up the speed of
work so that the networking of the library can be completed without further
delay. The Committee recommends that the College of Architecture tie up with
the Goa University and take up the matter with the software company to get the
proper after sales service as well as tackle the problem of getting the software
updated.

HOSTEL FACILITIES

21. The institution does not have its own hostel. It is using the hostel of
Polytechnic students wherein a limited number of seats are provided to the
students of this College.

COLLEGE BUILDING

22. The College of Architecture is housed in the T. B. Cunha Educational


Complex which is being shared by the Goa Music College. It is informed that the
infrastructural facilities are just about adequate to meet the bare requirements for
running the programme as the building is not designed for the purpose of
Architecture College. Space available to this institution is approximately 2000 sq.
mts. which is barely adequate to run the B. Arch programme. In order to
provide adequate classrooms, design studios, workshops, seminar rooms, faculty
rooms, Auditorium, residential facilities for students and 1-2 guest
accommodation as well as post-graduate programs, approximately 8000 sq. mts
is required for this purpose. Due to this inadequacy, the Government has
allocated 18,400 sq. mts. of land at Dona Paula for the establishment of a new
Architecture College. Rs. 100.00 lakhs allocation has been made for the
construction of the new building as Phase I.

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23. It has been a long standing need for this institution to have its own
premises as it cannot provide adequate infrastructural facilities required for the
all round growth of its students so also expand its curriculum by commencing
post graduate and diploma courses. The Committee therefore recommends that
the new College of Architecture on the land meant for the purpose be built
expeditiously, may be on turn-key basis and until that time relocate its premises
to any other available building, may be on rent, to provide for itself adequate
space as well as to allow reassemble space for the Goa College of Music at the
T. B. Cunha Educational Complex.

CHAPTER 9

DEMAND No. 42

SPORTS AND YOUTH AFFAIRS

ALLOCATION

1. The Government has allocated Rs. 2703.95 lakhs for the year 2008 – 2009 of
which Rs. 1374.95 lakhs is for non–plan expenditure and Rs. 1329.00 lakhs for
plan expenditure.

FUNCTIONS UNDER THE DEMAND

2. The Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs was established in July, 1973
with view to provide special attention to the problems of development of Sports
and Games and also for executing various Schemes for achieving Programs,
Schemes etc. The performance of the State of Goa is amongst the leading States in
the Country in terms of availability of standard sports infrastructure.

3. The performance of Goa State teams at National & International level


competitions in various sports disciplines have shown significant progress as it is
evident from the performance of our talented Young Sports Persons who bagged
2 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals in Diving and 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze
Medals in Swimming in the 52nd National School Games Aquatic Championship
2006 – 2007 hosted at Campal - Panaji, Goa.

4. Dr. M. Modassir, Secretary, Sports, Dr. Susanne D’souza, Director of


Sports & Youth Affairs and Shri. V.M. Prabhudesai, Executive Director, Sports

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Authority of Goa (SAG) along with other Officers of the Government deposed
before the Committee.

MOBILIZATION OF RESOURCES FOR SPORTS

5. The Sports Authority of Goa promotes various sports and games and
provides incentives to the sportspersons by presenting them cash awards for
having excelled at the recognized National/International level tournaments and
for having brought laurels to the State of Goa and the country in team events as
well as individual sports events. The State Sports Associations were requested
by Sports Authority of Goa to submit authentic details of their sportspersons
who have won medals. Some of the State Sports Associations did not submit a
proper list of medal winners; therefore the finalization of prize money
requirement was delayed.

6. The Committee is dissatisfied with the present procedure adopted by the


SAG for finalizing the cash awards to deserving sportsmen. The procedure needs
to be streamlined and several tiers of information collection and decision-
making need to be replied by one single apical level for speedy decision-making
process. This alone would quicken the cash awards in favour of deserving
sportspersons thereby exhorting sports spirit and talents.

GOA SPORTS POLICY - 2007

7. S/Shri Anant Shet, Dayanand Sopte, Francis D’souza, MLAs tabled a cut
motion to the demand in the following terms:

8. “That the amount in the Demand No. 42 – Sports & Youth Affairs be
reduced to Re. 1 for failure to frame Sports Policy for the State”

The Government furnished the following reply to the cut motion:

9. “On the directions of the Government, the Draft Sports Policy document
has been forwarded to the Director of Education, Director of Higher Education
and Chairman, Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education on
24-3-2008 for their views on various provisions made in the Sports Policy as
regards its implementation. Again reminders have been sent to the above three
Officials on 9-4-2008 to expedite their replies to the SAG letter. After receipt of
their views and opinion, the Sports Policy will be submitted to Government for
adoption and implementation.”

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10. The Committee is surprised to note that the State of Goa, since its
evolution in 1987, is yet to frame a sports policy thereby rampaging a
coordinated approach to the development of sports and sportspersons in the
State. The Government’s efforts to have one, though appreciable, cannot be
deemed to be a sincere one in view of the bureaucratic web in which it is
currently caught up. Until the exercise bears fruition in its own time and way, a
tentative sports policy must be in place for expeditiously evolving proper sports
infrastructure and talents in the State.

NATIONAL GAMES 2011

11. The Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs has established a separate cell
for National Games 2011. This cell has already initiated necessary action for
acquisition of land in the village of Neura of Tiswadi Taluka for establishment of
a sports city inclusive of a state-of-art athletic stadium, a games village, a hockey
stadium, A.C. indoor hall etc. It is proposed to acquire 12 lakhs sq.mts of land at
Neura.

12. The Department has proposed creation of new sports and upgradation of
existing infrastructure for the National Games and the estimated cost of the same
has been envisaged to the tune of Rs. 57,000 lakhs.

13. S/Shri Anant Shet, Dayanand Sopte, Francis D’souza, MLAs tabled a cut
motion to the demand in the following terms:

14. “That the amount in the Demand No. 42 – Sports & Youth Affairs be
reduced to Re. 1 for failure to provide for building adequate infrastructure for
National Games 2011”

The Government furnished the following reply to the cut motion:

15. “The cell devised for National Games 2011 has already started the process
of land acquisition in different parts of the State. As soon as the required land is
taken in possession, the action will be initiated for building adequate
infrastructure for National Games 2011. The Department’s endeavour will be to
complete all the projects well in time prior to the commencement of the Games to
ensure the grand success of this prestigious mega event.”

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16. The Committee is of the opinion that the Government must constantly
monitor various construction works that will be undertaken such as athletic
stadium, multiplex indoor hall, games village etc. and review the applications of
moneys vis-à-vis targets achieved. The Committee urges upon the Government
to lay a status report on the works, moneys spent, targets achieved etc. before
the Legislative Assembly during its ensuing session

GRANT – IN – AID TO PANCHAYATS FOR PLAYGROUNDS

17. Under the existing scheme of Grant – in – aid to Panchayats for


playgrounds, the Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs releases grants to
Panchayats. The village Panchayats of Mayem-Vaiginim acquired land
admeasuring 15000 sq. mts. at Andhawada, Mayem under survey no. 95/2 and
the award was declared on 12-12-1988 for an amount of Rs. 85, 200. Subsequently
since the Panchayat could not develop the ground due to financial constraints,
the said village Panchayat decided to hand over the said land for further
development to the Department of Sports.

18. The Committee is totally dissatisfied with the attitude of the Department
in not developing the said ground despite handing it over for many years, which
shows that the Government is not concerned about setting up the playground in
the said village. The Committee therefore strongly recommends that immediate
steps be taken to develop the said ground at the earliest without further delay.

SPORTS INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

19. Under the existing scheme of Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs, the
construction of swimming pool at Ponda Sports Complex was undertaken. The
stipulated date of commencement of the project was 26th March, 2007 and the
stipulated date of completion is 26th March, 2008. The work is in progress and
only 50% (approximately) of the work has been completed till date. The
completion of work has been delayed despite the date of completion being 26th
March, 2008. The development works of the swimming pool at Ponda is
entrusted to the G.S.I.D.C. The Government has given reasons for the delay such
as blockage of approach to site due to culvert construction work by PWD which
restricted machinery movement, incessant rains, shortage of materials like
cement and steel.

20. The Committee feels that the delay in construction leads to cost and time
overruns thereby causing wasteful expenditure. The Committee recommends that

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the work of the construction of the swimming pool at Ponda may be undertaken
on war-footing.

21. S/Shri Anant Shet, Dayanand Sopte, Francis D’souza, MLAs tabled a cut
motion to the demand in the following terms:

22. “That the amount in the Demand No. 42 – Sports & Youth Affairs be
reduced to Re. 1 for failure to create sports infrastructure of international
standards ”

The Government furnished the following reply to the cut motion:


23. “The Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs is making all out efforts to
provide sports infrastructure of international standards. The prestigious Pt.
Jawaharlal Nehru stadium is testimony to the efforts of the Government in
developing sports infrastructure of international standards, as it is evident from
the fact that innumerable international and world class competitions in Football
and Cricket have been organized over the years and till date inclusive of
prestigious ODI Cricket matches and the NFL Football Tournaments

24. The 4 in one swimming complex at Campal, Panaji is one of the best in the
country. The multipurpose halls at Ponda, Campal-Panaji and Fatorda-Margao
are also developed as per the international standards which are under the
process of being upgraded in keeping with the modern trends.

25. Sincere efforts for providing international synthetic surfaces like Astroturf
for Hockey and athletic track is in the pipeline with Goa being entrusted with the
hosting of the National Games, 2011 the best and unique international standard
facilities are being planned.

26. It is indeed a pride to state that the dynamic Department of Sports and
Youth Affairs has left no stone unturned to provide our budding sportspersons
the much needed sports infrastructure of international standards inclusive of the
sports materials / kits and long term training on scientific lines, in all the nooks
and corners of Goa particularly in the tribal areas to ensure positive results at the
National and International level competitions.”

ESTABLISHMENT OF CENTER OF EXCELLENCE AND COACHING


(PLAN)

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27. With a view to providing long term training on scientific lines to the
budding sports talent in Goa, the Department has established the need based
State centre of excellence at Peddem Sports Complex, Mapusa with facilities of
an unique Sports Sciences and Research Centre inclusive of a high tech
performance enhancement – centre with bio feedback laboratory and
Psychodiagnostic Centre aimed at enhancing the level of performance of talented
sports persons. Besides this two conditioning halls one each for boys and girls
with latest fitness equipments, a full fledged physiotherapy and rehabilitation
centre, an audio visual centre, a library etc., have been duly established in this
centre.

FRAMING OF RECRUITMENT RULES

28. S/Shri Anant Shet, Dayanand Sopte, Francis D’souza, MLAs tabled a cut
motion to the demand in the following terms:

29. “That the amount in the Demand No. 42 – Sports & Youth Affairs be
reduced to Re. 1 for failure to frame recruitment rules for Sports Authority of
Goa”

The Government furnished the following reply to the cut motion:

30. “The Sports Authority of Goa has undertaken the exercise of preparing
Recruitment Rules for as many as 72 different posts existing in the Sports
Authority of Goa. A Committee of Officers is working overtime to complete the
task. These Recruitment Rules shall be placed before the General Body of SAG in
its ensuing meeting for adoption/approval. The exercise of preparation of
Recruitment Rules for various posts will be completed latest by 30-6-2008.”

31. The Committee notes with concern that failing to frame recruitment rules
in time hampers the functioning of the Sports Authority of Goa for want of
personnel who man the 72 different posts in various positions. The sportsmen
and youth of Goa are deprived of services of the Sports Authority of Goa.
Therefore the Committee recommends that the 72 vacancies in Sports Authority
of Goa be filled immediately to give impetus to the services rendered by Sports
Department.

32. Members of the public/media also expressed their views to the Committee
on matters falling under the demand. Notable amongst them were:

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i. Smt. Nirmala Sawant, ex-MLA
ii. Shri Herculano Dourado, ex-MLA

COMPOUND WALL AT OLD GOA

33. Smt. Nirmala Sawant, Ex-MLA suggested that the compound wall built by
SAG should be completed at Old Goa, to which the Government replied:

34. “About 10.00 meters of compound wall would not be constructed for the
reasons cited below:-

a) There were stiff resistances from about 3 families residing near the
alignment of the compound wall.
b) The reason was that these families were afraid that their age-old footpath
access to the main road would be cut off.

35. Because of this reason, SAG completed the work, leaving open the portion
objected to by these socially backward and economically weaker sections of
people residing in the alignment of the compound wall. In view of the above,
SAG could not complete the above work and may not do so in future as the
original contract stand closed.”

PROVISION OF COACH IN SCHOOLS

36. Smt. Nirmala Sawant, ex-MLA suggested there should be provision of a


coach in schools, to which the Government replied:

37. “The Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs has appointed qualified State
coaches in various sports disciplines who undertake to conduct regular training
for the school students at the regional coaching centers at the State Headquarters
at Panaji and at the various sub-centres in all the Talukas. The Sports
Authority of Goa on its part has appointed a good number of preliminary
coaches who are posted in different Talukas at the regional coaching centre and
some of them are attached to a good number of educational institutions.

38. The Committee laments that the suggestion given by Smt. Nirmala
Sawant, ex-MLA is in respect of the provision of coaches in the remote and rural
area schools. The Committee strongly urges the Government to provide coaches

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to these rural schools immediately for realizing the vision of the State in
development of sports.

39. She also suggested that the grounds at Old Goa, Chorao, Carambolim and
St. Estevem should be developed and that the ground in Old Goa which is 69
meters should be converted into hockey ground.

40. The Committee desires that the Government take note of this suggestion
of Smt. Nirmala Sawant, ex-MLA and respond.

EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC FROM USING GROUNDS

41. Shri Herculano Dourado, ex-MLA suggested that grounds are made by
the Government but the public is excluded from utilizing the same, to which the
Government responded as under:

42. “As regards turf grounds and stadiums maintained by SAG such as
Nehru Stadium, Fatorda; Tilak Maidan, Vasco; Assolna playground, Poryem
playground, Taleigao playground, there is restriction of entry because if
restriction is not imposed the turf gets damaged and the maintenance of ground
for playing standard matches subsequently becomes difficult. Grounds such as at
Chicalim, Benaulim, Utorda, Open Sports Complex, Fatorda, Campal ground etc.
are kept open for public in addition to grounds owned and maintained by
Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs in various centers.”

REQUIREMENT OF MORE GROUNDS

43. Shri Herculano Dourado, ex-MLA also suggested that more grounds are
required in Goa, to which the Government replied:

44. “SAG is endeavouring to develop more grounds, subject to Government


providing adequate funds to do so. The Government has provided only 100
lakhs to develop grounds for the year 2008-09.Various village Panchayats have
recently approached SAG to develop their grounds and the issue was discussed
in the general body meeting of SAG held on 25th June, 2008 and it was decided
not to take up the playground developmental works at village Panchayat
grounds at Raia, Palye, Mollem, Madkai, Shiroda, Priol, Davorlim, Nagmodem,

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Chimbel, Serula Communidade etc. since no funds are available with SAG to
take up these jobs. It was decided that, in future, SAG should first see if sufficient
funds are available or proportionate funds will be sanctioned or are sanctioned
by the Government and then only prepare the estimates for the execution of any
projects. ”

45. To the above contention the Committee particularly recommended that


more budget for capital outlay be allocated for the Sports and Youth Affairs
Department.

LEVY OF CHARGES FOR USE OF GROUND

46. Shri Herculano Dourado, ex-MLA also lamented that after developing the
grounds, charges should not be levied on youth to use the grounds.

47. The Committee agrees with the suggestions that no charges should be
levied for use of these grounds. The chairman said that developing and
maintaining of grounds is the foremost duty of the Sports Department and the
youth cannot be charged to recover the expenses.

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CHAPTER 10

DEMAND NO. 43

ART AND CULTURE

ALLOCATION

1. The expenditure on this demand is both plan and non plan. In the budget
2008-09, Rs. 762.00 lakhs have been allocated for this demand for non plan
expenditure and Rs. 2471.42 lakhs for plan expenditure.

ACTIVITIES UNDER THE DEMAND

2. The Directorate of Art and Culture implements various schemes for


promoting and developing cultural activities, promoting literary and performing
arts in the State through its network of institutions.

3. It also acts as Nodal Department for implementation of schemes of


Department of Culture, Government of India and National Institutions/Bodies
working in the field of culture, such as Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi;
Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi; West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur etc.

GRANTS TO INSTITUTIONS FOR PROMOTING ART & CULTURE

4. Kala Academy, Goa; Institute Menezes Braganza, Panaji and Rajiv Kala
Mandir, Ponda are the major Government set up organizations. These

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organizations strive to promote and develop the activities in the field of
performing art, visual arts and literature in the State.

a) Kala Academy

The Kala Academy runs faculties of music, dance, western music, theatre
etc. It organizes Tiatr Competitions, folk music competitions, music festivals,
bhajan competitions, drama competitions at Taluka and State Level and also
conducts Bal Natya Workshop and Kala Mahotsavs.

b) Institute Menezes Braganza

The Institute Menezes Braganza organizes seminars, exhibitions


sammelans, meetings, lectures and also undertakes publication of books on
important subjects. It also maintains exhibition rooms and conference hall, which
are given on rental basis for organization of exhibitions and cultural
programmes.

c) Rajiv Kala Mandir, Ponda

Rajiv Kala Mandir is an autonomous body set up by the Government. It


has an auditorium with a seating capacity of 880 audience, a conference hall,
administrative block, mini open air theatre, rehearsal room, art gallery, open air
stage etc. Regular programmes are organized by the Kala Mandir.

GRANTS TO CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS

5. Under this Scheme, grants are sanctioned to 100 to 120 cultural


organizations annually, working in the field of Art and Culture from all over the
State for development and encouraging organisation of cultural events.

6. The Government has a proposal to help voluntary cultural organizations


recognized by the Directorate of Art and Culture to acquire land/flats. The
Scheme shall cover all the organizations in the field of music, dance, drama, fine
arts, and literature other than religious institutions in the State working for more
than five years and registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860. The

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institutions applying for acquisition of land/purchase of flat shall have to bear
the expenditure from their own funds.

7. The Government has informed that financial help is provided to 50


schools every year, 25 in North Goa and 25 in South Goa to promote performing
arts. Each school is sanctioned Rs. 20,000/- towards purchase of cultural
equipment and Rs. 55,000/- is sanctioned towards the payment of remuneration
to the music teachers. In all, 213 schools have availed the benefit of this scheme
during the period from 2001- 2008. A provision of Rs. 165 lakhs is made under
this scheme to meet the expenditure on grants.

CONDUCT OF CULTURAL EXCHANGE/SHOWS/CELEBRATIONS

8. This scheme of cultural exchange is implemented to promote cultural


integration. Under this scheme troupe of folk artistes, musicians, dancers and
dramatists are deputed to visit other States and troupes from neighbouring
States are invited to present their programmes. An amount of Rs. 55 lakhs is
proposed for this for the year 2008-09.

9. Grants are also sanctioned to various groups/institutions/organizations to


organize cultural programmes at national level, State level, Taluka level and at
village level to promote cultural activities in the State and outside. The quantum
of assistance is Rs. 5 lakhs maximum or 80% of the proposed estimates
whichever is less. A provision of Rs. 70 lakhs is made for the year 2008-09.

10. The Committee notes with concern that every year assistance is provided
only to troupes winning first place at All Goa Mando Competition. The
Committee feels that assistance should be provided to troupes who win other
State level cultural competitions also and not only to winners of All Goa
Mando Competition.

11. The Government has also informed that an amount of Rs. 135 lakhs is
proposed to provide financial assistance to organizations for organizing the birth
and death anniversaries of eminent personalities/national leaders who have
sacrificed their lives for the preservation of cultural heritage of the country.

DIRECTION AND ADMINISTRATION

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12. Administrative and technical posts are being filled up for the department
to meet the manpower requirement for implementing various schemes and for
organizing activities. A provision of Rs. 60 lakhs is proposed to meet the
expenditure on their salaries.

13. The Government has informed the following details of the posts filled
during the year 2007-08.

Name of the Post No. of posts filled

Administrative Post

Store Keeper 2
Driver 2
Jr. Cultural Assistant 1

Technical Posts

Theater Manager 3
AC Operator 2
Generator Operator 2
Sound Operator 2
Stage Assistant 4
Door Keeper 4

14. A provision is also made to equip the department library with latest
publications like magazines, journals, newspapers, bulletins etc.

KALA SANMAN SCHEME

15. Under the Kala Sanman Scheme, 1514 artists are provided with Kala
Sanman financial assistance of Rs. 1250 per month under the general category
and 121 artists with Rs. 1600 per month under the category of State Cultural
Awardees. Also, 250 to 300 new cases are considered for sanction of assistance
every year. A provision of Rs. 165 lakhs is proposed for this scheme in the budget
for the year 2008-09.

16. The Committee is in receipt of complaints that the applications received


under Kala Sanman Scheme are being processed by adopting unfair procedures.
The Committee therefore urges upon the Government to evolve an objective and

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transparent process of screening applications for choosing the beneficiaries. The
revised guidelines may be framed and sent to the Committee for its further
evaluation.

GOA STATE CULTURAL AWARDS

17. The Goa State Cultural Award consisting of a momento, a certificate, a


shawl, a shreefal and cash of Rs. 20,000/- is awarded to meritorious personalities
in the field of culture in recognition of their meritorious services and valuable
contribution made in the field of Art and Culture. A maximum of 16 awards are
presented every year in the field of music, dance, drama, painting, craft, folk art,
literature, photography etc. A provision of Rs. 5 lakhs is proposed for this
scheme in the budget for the year 2008-09.
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, GOA

18. International Centre, Goa is an institution registered under Societies


Registration Act, 1860 and is organizing National and International Conferences/
Residential Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, Cultural Programmes etc.

19. Till date the Centre has been provided with funds to the tune of Rs. 3.98
crores. A token provision of Rs. 1.65 lakhs is made in the budget for the year
2008-09.

WEST ZONE CULTURAL CENTRE

20. Goa is one of the members of the West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur
consisting of the States of Rajasthan, Gujrat, and Maharashtra. Goa has
contributed Rs. 2 crores to the West Zone Cultural Centre as State share.

21. The Centre regularly organizes the programmes in this State and also
request participation of this State in their programmes. A provision of Rs. 20
lakhs is proposed in the budget and Rs. 1 lakh is provided as grant in aid for
2008-09.

CONDUCT OF CULTURAL COURSES/ CAMPS/ FESTIVALS/


COMPETITIONS

22. The Government proposes to organize two to four weeks courses for
Primary, Middle, Higher Secondary School’s (Government and Non
Government) teachers, to develop their talents in the field of music, drama,

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painting, craft etc. Integration camps/festivals/exhibitions for students, non
student youths will also be organized. A provision of Rs. 22 lakhs is proposed in
the budget 2008-09.

PROMOTION OF LITERATURE ON ART AND CULTURE OF LOCAL


AUTHORS/ ORGANISATIONS

23. The main objective of this Scheme is to encourage talented persons and
other organizations/institutions in the field of Art and Culture to write books on
the above subject. The authors will be given remuneration for writing their
books. Appropriate subsidy/grants will also be provided to organization,
institutions, interested in publishing literature on the above subject. The
Government proposes to publish two books every year. A provision of Rs. 6
lakhs is made in the budget for the year 2008-09.

KALA GAURAV

24. Kala Gaurav scheme has been formulated to felicitate the eminent artistes
from the State of Goa who have contributed in the field of Art and Culture. This
award consists of a momento, a shawl, a shreefal and cash of Rs. 5000/-. The
Government has informed that every year, 60 artistes are felicitated.

PURCHASE OF COSTUMES AND DRAPERY

25. This Scheme is formulated to provide financial assistance for purchasing


proper costumes and drapery to groups/institutions from Goa performing their
activities in the field of Arts and Culture.

26. The Committee is of the opinion that the financial assistance should be
provided only to the deserving and financially weak groups/institutions.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR LONG TERM PROJECTS

27. This scheme is formulated to release financial assistance to major cultural


institutions from Goa working in the field of Art and Culture. A provision of Rs.
25 lakhs is proposed for this scheme in the budget for 2008-09.

SUPPLY OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

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28. Under this scheme, the Government supplies bhajani equipment like
Harmonium, Pakhwaj, Cymbal pairs, Jamkhan and Choir instruments like
Keyboard, Violin, Guitar to Bhajani and Choir groups from Goa to present their
performances in a better way and to encourage the artistes. During the year
2007-08, 102 bhajani groups and 60 choir groups were provided with the musical
instruments. A provision of Rs. 22 lakhs is proposed in the budget for 2008-09.

STATE REWARD TO RECIPIENTS OF NATIONAL AWARD

29. This scheme is implemented to bestow the State Award to Goan artistes
who have received Sahitya Academy Award, Sangeet Natak Academy Award,
Lalit Kala Academy Award, Padma award. The award consists of a shreefal, a
shawl and cash prize of Rs. 50,000. A provision of Rs. 4 lakhs is proposed in the
budget for 2008-09.

YUVA SRUJAN PURASKAR

30. The Government proposes to implement new Yuva Srujan Puraskar to


honour the young individuals who have excelled in the field of art and culture.
Every year maximum 8 persons will be considered for this puraskar. A provision
of Rs. 1.50 lakhs is proposed in the budget for the year 2008-09.

SCHOLARSHIP TO THE STUDENTS

31. This new scheme has been formulated by the Government to provide
financial support in the form of scholarships to needy and deserving Goan
students who intends to take advanced education in the field of Art & Culture.
Rs. 16 lakhs are proposed for this scheme in the budget for the year 2008-09.

BEST CULTURAL INSTITUTION AWARD

32. This new scheme is designed by the Government to bestow award and
financial assistance to the institutions to recognize and appreciate their
contribution in the field of Art and Culture. A token provision of 1 lakh is made
in the budget for the year 2008-09.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO GOAN AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS

33. This new scheme is to promote Goan authors and publishers and to
provide them with financial support for writing, publication and printing their

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books. The Government will then purchase books from the publisher. An
amount of Rs. 20 lakhs is proposed in budget for the year 2008-09.

OTHER SCHEMES

34. The Government has also formulated various other schemes such as
Language Development, Film Culture, Implementation of Cultural Policy, Talent
Search Competitions, celebration of Shigmotsav and a provision of Rs. 290 lakhs
is made in the budget for the year 2008-09.

RAVINDRA BHAVANS

35. The Government has proposed to establish Ravindra Bhavans in each


taluka having facilities of training the youth in music, art, drama etc., well
equipped auditorium with seating capacity of 1000 in rural and urban areas and
also rest houses for the artistes. Steps are also taken to set up Kala Bhavans in
places like Mapusa, Sanguem, Mormugao, Valpoi, Pernem and Canacona.

36. The construction of Ravindra Bhavan at Margao is completed and the


same will be inaugurated on 20th July 2008. The construction of Ravindra Bhavan
at Sanquelim will be completed tentatively by next financial year. The land for
Mini Kala Bhavan at Mapusa has been identified and the feasibility report of the
land is awaited. The land for Ravindra Bhavan at Pernem has been identified.
The process of land acquisition at both the places have been initiated, once the
land is acquired construction of the project will be undertaken accordingly.

37. The Committee notes with concern that the construction of Ravindra
Bhavan at Sanquelim has not been completed which ought to have been
completed by May, 2008. The Government has miserably failed in completion of
the said project as also in acquiring the land for Mini Kala Bhavans at Mapusa
and Pernem. The Committee strongly recommends that the land acquisition for
Kala Bhavans at Mapusa and Pernem and the construction of Ravindra Bhavan
at Sanquelim be expedited.

CULTURAL POLICY

38. Government of Goa has come out with the State Cultural Policy which
includes various schemes for the promotion of art and culture. The Department

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has started implementing some of the schemes from this financial year and the
others will be implemented in due course of time.

39. The Committee notes with concern the poor progress of establishing
cultural complexes and insufficient allocation of funds. The Committee suggests
to examine whether money could be utilized from the Member of Parliament
Local Area Development funds for constructing such cultural complexes.

KALAKAR KRITADNYATA NIDHI SCHEME

40. Kalakar Kritadnyata Nidhi scheme is designed keeping in mind the Goan
artistes who are not in good financial condition. Under this scheme Goan needy
artistes are given lump sum grant for undergoing minor/major medical
treatment, for daughter’s marriage, for house repairs etc. An eligibility criteria is
that the applicant should be a Goan artiste. 55 persons have availed the benefit of
the scheme. An expenditure of Rs. 11.10 lakhs has been incurred under the
beneficiaries.

41. The Government has informed that no upper limit is fixed for the expenses
to be met in each category. However, the State Cultural Development Sub-
Committee decides as per the request of the artiste and the cause, the quantum of
assistance to be released. The Committee urges upon the Government to set the
upper limits of assistance to be provided at least for daughter’s marriage and
funeral expenses and assistance for medical expenses could vary depending on
the illness.

VIEWS OF THE MEMBERS OF PUBLIC

42. Smt. Nirmala Sawant, ex-MLA expressed her views to the Committee on
matters falling under the demand.

i. that the grants released to the groups going to other States for
competitions should be on par with drama group
ii. the hiring charges for costumes should be Rs. 100 per day and for
consecutive day it should be Rs. 50 every day and Rs. 20 for ironing
iii. that grants should be given to those artists who have passed out as
Bachelor of Fine Arts to promote their talent eg. Rs. 40,000 to 50, 000
could be given to them for holding exhibitions of their paintings etc.

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43. The Committee agrees with the suggestion of Smt. Nirmala Sawant that
the grants should be given to those artists who have passed out as Bachelor of
Fine Arts for holding exhibition of their paintings.

CHAPTER 11

DEMAND No. 44
GOA COLLEGE OF ART

ALLOCATION AND EXPENDITURE

1. The Government has made a budgetary allocation of Rs. 99.05 lakhs on the
non-plan side and Rs. 55.00 lakhs on the plan side working out to a total of Rs.
154.05 lakhs.

2. The order of actual expenditure on this demand for the past 4 years is as
follows:
(Rs. in lakhs)
Year Plan Non-plan

2004-05 20.65 74.17


2005-06 49.68 77.31
2006-07 17.62 77.79
2007-08 44.41 85.28

ACTIVITIES

3. The College of Art is the only professional College in Goa which imparts
Art education to the talented youth. The eligibility norms for admission to this
course are XIIth Std. in any stream. The candidates are selected on the basis of

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50% marks of the qualifying exam and 50% marks on the Aptitude Test
conducted by the College. It is a five year degree course imparting knowledge in
Fine Arts. The Bachelor of Fine Arts Course has two streams – The Applied Arts
and Painting. The Courses are approved by the All India Council of Technical
Education, New Delhi. The college has its own building complex at Altinho,
Panaji and is stated to be well equipped with various facilities like studios,
workshops, library and canteen.

4. As part of the academic programme, the College organizes various


workshops and seminars in painting, photography, audio visual, animation,
portraiture, mural and sculpture for the benefit of the students. These
workshops are conducted by experts who are invited from Goa as well as from
other States of India. The students participate in Art competitions held in Goa
and other States.

5. Extra curricular activities in the College are conducted keeping in focus


the academic requirements necessary to facilitate art education and to develop an
environment conducive to keeping students involved in the subjects of visual art
and other forms of art and encourage positive output in terms of their respective
subjects.

PERFORMANCE

6. The intake capacity for the painting course is 20 and for applied arts is 30,
but it is noticed that the admissions taken for painting are comparatively low.
There is a steep decline in the admissions of students from the second year
onwards. The institution informed that they have an intention to start certificate
courses in the interest of Art lovers in the society. However due to inadequate
infrastructure the same cannot be started immediately.

7. The Committee feels that the College should publicize the courses
conducted to attract the attention of the public to the potentials of these
courses. It should also strive to elevate the standards of education of this
institution as well as work out placements for its students. The Committee
supports the intentions of the Government in starting certificate courses but
would like the eligibility norms for admissions to be SSC so that students who
are attracted and have aptitude to this course but are not capable of pursuing
the degree course could take up this course and have a skill in hand. The
Committee recommends that the Government take action to provide the
requisite infrastructure for this purpose.

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STAFF STRENGTH

8. The teaching faculty allocation for this institution is as follows:-

Courses Sanctioned Posts Existing Posts Vacant Posts


Applied Art 9 6 3
Painting 9 6 3
Principal 1 1 -

Visiting/Contractual Appointments

B.F.A. Applied Art 2 Visiting & 1 Contractual


B.F.A. Painting 2 Visiting
Post still vacant in Painting 1 Visiting

9. The non teaching staff is 24 of which 14 are from group D category. The
Committee was informed that timely proposal was sent to the Government for
filling up the posts, but due to non availability of revised Recruitment Rules the
Department showed its inability to fill the posts and provide the Institution with
permission to appoint visiting faculty.

10. The Committee observes that some of the posts have been vacant since
the year 2000. The Committee finds it difficult to comprehend the reasons for
such a long delay in drafting recruitment rules. Inadequacy of teaching faculty
has adverse effects on the potential and progress of a student The Committee
therefore suggests that necessary recruitment rules be framed immediately and
the requisite teachers be appointed to give full justice to the education of the
students. The Committee is also surprised to note that the strength of the non-
teaching staff specially the Group ‘D’ Staff is quite huge in number compared to
the other staff. The Committee opines that an O & M study on requirements be
freshly conducted for rationalizing manpower.

UTILIZATION OF PLAN BUDGET

11. The Department informed that it would utilize its plan budget this year on
major work such as extension of two lecture halls, provision of gymkhana
facilities and construction of ‘A’ type Quarters would be taken up.

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REQUIREMENT OF EQUIPMENT

12. The Department informed that the following equipment would be


purchased for the institution during the year 2008-09:-

i) D.V. Camera for Applied Arts Department


ii) Mural Kiln/Furnace for painting Department
iii) Equipment for terracotta/Metal Crafts/Carpentry workshop in
Mural Studio and for Sculpture subject.

13. The Committee appreciates the works being taken up by the Government
in bringing in innovations to the College; but it would prefer that the institution
utilize its budgetary allocations to the optimum to bring in better facilities in
the College.

WEBSITE

14. During the deliberations it was revealed that the Department does not
have a web site. It is imperative to have a website in today’s world and
especially for an educational institution like the Goa College of Art. The
institution should immediately initiate steps to create a website to provide to
the public information about its institution, the courses conducted and other
relevant information.

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CHAPTER 12

DEMAND No. 45

ARCHIVES AND ARCHAEOLOGY

ALLOCATION AND EXPENDITURE

1. The expenditure on this Demand is both Plan and Non- plan. For the
year 2008-09, the Government has made a total allocation of Rs.1554.00 lakhs of
which Rs. 1418.00 lakhs is allocated for plan works and Rs. 136. 00 lakhs towards
non-plan works.

2. The following was the order of plan and non-plan expenditure during the
past four years:-
(Rs. in lakhs)
Year Plan Non-plan
2004-05 226.10 96.44
2005-06 75.03 100.03
2006-07 97.01 105.12
2007-08 163.77 121.40

OBJECTIVES OF THE DIRECTORATE

3. Archaeology – Aims at

a) Total preservation and conservation of Cultural Heritage of Goa in the


form of archaeological sites/monuments, archaeological finds, etc.

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b) To acquire and declare as protected the important archaeological sites/
monuments under the State Act.

4. Archives: Aims at -

a) Preservation, maintenance and publication of age-old documents so


that this precious heritage is preserved for posterity.
b) Servicing of records to public/scholars for consultation/research and
issuance of certified copies of documents and microfilms.
c) Acquiring age old records from creating agencies and centralizing
them at the Directorate.
d) Taking up programmes of computerization of all records as it would
envisage better source to documents seeking public/scholars.
e) Microfilming and computerization of all records.

5. The Archives Section of the Directorate holds the documentary heritage of


records for posterity. To attain this objective the Directorate has undertaken the
task of centralization of records from various creating agencies which will be
advantageous to scholars and public.

6. The Archives houses a collection of records of historical importance from


the sixteenth century onwards. Some of the other documents preserved and
available with the Directorate are as follows:-

Records of Civil Registrar-cum-Sub Registrar like baptism/birth records.


Death Records, Marriage Records, Land Registration Records, Books of
Deeds drawn by Notary, Records of Village Community, Records of
Directorate of Accounts, Military Records, Collector of Goa Panaji,
Documentos Para Viagem, Taluka Revenue, Judicial Records.

COMPUTERIZATION AND SERVICING OF RECORDS

7. The Directorate has made a firm commitment to technology and a


successful transition to the digital age in a planned and sustainable manner in
order to reap the rewards of information technology through Document
Management System. For proper preservation of the documentary heritage and
its fast retrieval, the work of computerization of the records such as birth and
death record, Documentos Para Viagem, Captain of Ports, Land Records etc. are
being undertaken. The works are contracted to an agency for scanning,
microfilming and computerization of approximately 22,40,000 folios of records.

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The work is likely to be completed by December 2009. Work of scanning of birth
records of all the talukas is complete. Indexing of Birth records (1914-1970) of
Tiswadi taluka is complete. Software for retrieval of records is also being
prepared with which the Government would be in a position to issue certificates
to public easily.

8. The priority list of works to be taken up for computerization is in the


following order:-
a) birth and death records of all talukas
b) Documentos Para Viagem
c) Captain of Ports
d) Land Records
e) Notary Records
f) All the other holding of the records in the reverse chronological
order.

9. As these records are of constant usage to the public, the works being
undertaken by the contractor should be monitored by the Government at regular
intervals. Secondly, efforts may be made to provide some assistance to the
contract in respect of data entry of the Portuguese documents. The checking of
the scanned documents should be taken up simultaneously. The Committee
opines that to hasten the work, a work schedule may be given to the contractor
and a status report may be obtained from him from time to time.

RESEARCH/SERVICING

10. Research facilities are extended to scholars in connection with their


research work. Members of the public are also assisted in the search of various
documents and certified photocopies of manuscripted documents, microfilms
etc. are provided. Non traceability/non availability of letters were issued to the
public to enable them to reconstruct their spoilt records.

11. The Committee desired to have information on the security of records


when accessed by the public to which the Department informed that –

There is no chance of documents being tampered with as there is strict


vigil kept by the officials of this Directorate in the Reading Hall where the
public consult the records. The user friendly procedure is adopted for the
same. The staff in the Reading Hall always remain vigilant and the

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Section Officer also sits in a glass cabin so as to enable him to keep a strict
watch on the public/scholars who consult the records.

12. The Committee took note that there were no surveillance cameras
installed in the Reading Room of the Archives for security of the documents and
the method of security implemented by the Department could not possibly
safeguard the records from being tampered and even destroyed by the public.
The Committee also feels that constant usage of records by different hands tends
to spoil the records very fast. The Committee feels that it would be
advantageous to all if the Departmental staff itself handle the documents.
Secondly, this office is in possession of priceless documents, it is imperative for
the Government to install surveillance cameras in the premises and exit points
so that these documents are protected.

TRANSLATION UNIT

13. About 98% of the archival holdings are in Portuguese which spread over
10 crore folios. As research facilities are extended to scholars it would be an
extended facility to assist the scholars in their work by initiating a translation
unit. The Committee desires that the Government should make efforts to
initiate a translation unit as it would be beneficial to the public and scholars.

PRESERVATION OF DOCUMENTARY HERITAGE

14. Records are preserved in three buildings in Panaji. However, the


Directorate has stated that the space allocated at the IPHB Building at Altinho is
not sufficient to house and store all documents of the State and a proposal is
made to procure more space for storage of archival records.

15. Preservation of the Archives is a highly specialized technical discipline


involving precise understanding of paper chemistry, entomology and other
related factors which contribute to the deterioration of the archival documents.
The National Research Laboratory, the International Centre for Conservation and
Study of Cultural property, Rome and other institutions are developing modern
techniques for preservation of Archives for posterity. The Archives of this State is
keeping itself abreast with the new technical developments in the field for
preservation and adopting certain techniques to suit the preservation of the
documentary heritage of the State.

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16. Preservation of records is of two categories i) Preventive preservation ii)
Repairs and rehabilitation of documents.

17. The oldest record book preserved in the Archives dates back to 1498. The
Directorate has developed high grade technical facilities for reprography by
equipping itself with Flat-Bed/Rotary Microfilming Cameras, Processors, and
Duplicating and Reading machines.

OFFICE IN SOUTH GOA

18. The Committee appreciates the proposal of the Government to start an


office in South Goa. It would be prudent to start the office in South Goa no
sooner the Directorate is fully computerized, so that without shifting material,
the software of the computerized data could be also installed in South Goa to
provide to the people the same facilities of obtaining certified photocopies of
manuscripted documents.

NEW BUILDING COMPLEX FOR ARCHIVES

19. The present Archives building is not suitable for holding this office in
accordance with archival norms in vogue all over the world as it does not have
a sufficient plinth level which is essentially required for construction on land
which is marshy. Moreover, more storage space is required as the office is
housed in three buildings. A proposal has been moved to the Government to
procure more space of about 15,000 sq. mts. for a new building complex. The
same has been administratively approved by the Government and the process of
land acquisition is going on. As this Directorate houses age old priceless
documents, the Government should take on this work of providing required
infrastructure expeditiously taking into consideration the prescribed norms for
housing these records and documents.

ARCHAEOLOGY

FUNCTIONS

20. The Directorate of Archaeology looks after ancient and historical


monuments and archaeological sites and remains in the State. A site which is
called an Archaeological site/monument has emotional, local, national, religious,

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historic, cultural and architectural importance and they are normally above 100
years old. The State Government has declared 51 monuments of State importance
which are being preserved, financed and controlled by the Directorate of
Archives and Archaeology. Several progressive activities are planned by the
Directorate to develop the protected archaeological sites/monuments as heritage
tourist spots, which could also attract more revenue from tourists.

21. The Government has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 1000.00 lakhs during
the current year and the Directorate intends to take up the following works:-

(in lakhs)
Sr. No. Project Amount

1. Repair to the house of Shri Kerkar, Ponda Rs. 10.00


2. Development of Porne Tirth, Diwar Rs. 164.00
3. Construction of Church St. Anne, Talaulim Rs. 226.00
4. Development of site of Mahalasadevi, Verna Rs. 225.00
5. Development of Fort Cabo-de-Rama, Canacona Rs. 170.00
6. Restoration/Conservation of Fortress, St. Estevam Rs. 75.00
7. Restoration/Conservation of Shri Saptakoteshwar
Temple, Khandepar Rs. 30.00
8. Development of the site of Rock Carving, Pansaimol Rs. 50.00
9. Fort of Marmugoa Rs. 10.00
10. Conservation of Chapel of Jeronimous, Chodan Rs. 10.00
11. Restoration of Jain-Basti, Bandora, Ponda Rs. 10.00
12. Fixing of Archaeological Notice Boards Rs. 6.00
13. Restoration of Narayandev Temple, Vichurnem,
Sanguem Rs. 14.00
Rs. 1000.00

22. As works of restoration, conservation and protection of several


monuments/sites of historical significance were to be undertaken; the
Directorate expressed its desire for more budgetary allocations along with
paraphernalia of staff. It was observed that moneys allotted for major works
have not been utilized within the stipulated time. A grant of Rs. 550.00 lakhs
earmarked for 2007-08 on major works was utilized only to the extent of Rs.
46.23 lakhs. The Committee feels that moneys sanctioned should be utilized at
the appropriate time especially when the Department is facing scarcity of funds

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in comparison with the works on hand. Works of Restoration and repairs
cannot be delayed due to some administrative malfunctioning. Such works have
to be taken care of on time. The Committee desires that the Government should
work in coordination to achieve its goal.

23. The Government desires to develop the protected archaeological


sites/monuments as heritage tourist spots, which would also attract more
revenue from tourists, but it is noticed that none of the sites are complete in
totality. The Committee is aware that many of the works are being taken up but
it would be beneficial if they are completed in totality so that it would bring in
some revenue to the State.

24. Smt. Nirmala Sawant, ex-MLA brought to the notice of the Government
that a five storey building was being constructed close to a heritage site in Old
Goa. But the Government informed that this site is protected by the Mini Circle,
Archaeological Survey of India. The Committee feels that no matter who deals
with the protection of the monuments, once it is brought to the notice of the
Government, the Government should take steps to bring it to notice of the
concerned authorities to take appropriate action.

25. A suggestion came from the public to look into the preservation work of
the Banastari Fort. The Government informed that there are no important
remains of either the Fort or the fortifications to declare it a protected site. The
Committee suggests that if possible the matter be examined and feasibility seen.

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CHAPTER 13

DEMAND No. 46

MUSEUMS

ALLOCATION

1. The Government has allocated an amount of Rs 146.75 lakhs for the year
2008-09 of which Rs.48.75 lakhs is for non-plan expenditure and Rs. 98.00 lakhs is
for plan expenditure.

2. The Museum was established in Goa in 1977 to preserve and protect the
rich historical and cultural heritage of Goa. However, the Directorate of
Museums was established in 1996 taking up the work of accumulating,
preserving, documenting and display of artifacts of historical and cultural
importance. It also visualizes the acquisition of maximum number of objects
scattered all over the territory and purchase the relevant collection from private
property, if necessary.

3. The Directorate of Museums has set up 14 galleries which are as under:

1) Sculpture Gallery
2) Christian Art Gallery
3) Printing History Gallery
4) Banerjee Art Gallery
5) Religious Expressions Gallery
6) Anthropology Gallery

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7) Contemporary Art Gallery
8) Numismatics Gallery
9) Goa’s Freedom Struggle
10) Institute Menezes Braganza Gallery
11) Furniture Gallery
12) Natural Heritage of Goa
13) Environment & Development
14) Geology Gallery

PRESERVATION OF ARTIFACTS

4. The Directorate undertakes preservation treatment such as spraying


insecticides, fumigation etc. for its artifacts/objects. However, no facilities are
available which provide treatment to objects made of wood, metal, paper which
are deteriorating and need chemical treatment. The Directorate does not have
professional assistance and guidance of trained and skilled staff as well as do not
possess a full fledged conservation laboratory. A Conservation Assistant has
now been appointed and sent for training to National Museum.

5. It is very important for Directorate to protect, preserve and restore the


antiques, artifacts etc. in its possession. The Committee observes that though
the Directorate was established in 1996, the Government has not made any
constructive attempts to protect its antiques, artifacts through establishment of
a Conservation Laboratory or appointing professional staff to safeguard these
pieces of art. The Committee therefore desires that remedial action in this
respect be initiated on priority basis.

AUDITORIUM

6. An auditorium had been constructed 12 years ago but due to lack of air-
conditioning, acoustic system, seating arrangements, projection equipment it
could not be put to use. It has been informed that these works were pending due
to administrative reasons. The works are now in progress.

7. The Committee is not satisfied with the flimsy reasons given by the
Government for its delay. Infrastructural works should be taken up earnestly
and necessary administrative approval should be obtained by pursuing the

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matters. It has also been noticed that the budgetary allocation made have not
been utilized to the optimum. The Committee desires that the auditorium works
be taken up and completed expeditiously. It also opines that the money
allocated be utilized to build the required infrastructure and bring in
modernization to this Directorate.

PUBLICITY

8. Efforts are made to give wide publicity throughout the State so that more
number of people/tourists visit the State Museum. To publicize the museum, the
following publications are brought out.

a) Booklet on museums
b) Citizens charter
c) Picture postcards
d) Big poster of museum
e) A catalogue of the remarkable sculptures in Goa State Museum.

9. The Museum provides service to the public especially scholars by way of


supplying them with the required information, photographs of the exhibits and
relevant books for reference. The Committee feels that the Museums should be
equipped with a very good library to facilitate the scholars and public with
their research and study. Required budgetary allocations should be earmarked
for this purpose.

10. The Museums week is celebrated every year and various programmes like
lectures, exhibitions, competitions, film shows etc are organized which receives a
good response from the students and public.

11. To create an awareness of the museum amongst students, the Directorate


has formulated a scheme wherein Rs. 1000/- is paid to the schools to encourage
them to bring their students to visit the museum. In order to obtain a feedback
of the visit, it is made mandatory that the students participate in an essay
competition organized by the Directorate for which prizes are given.

12. The Committee appreciates the incentives implemented to propagate the


awareness of museums amongst the students and public. In order to attract
more attention towards museums, the Committee desires that the State should
have an excellent museum. It is therefore, necessary to expand the museum by
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equipment and a Conservation Laboratory along with professional staff to
protect, conserve and restore the objects of art in the museum. A proper
surveillance system with adequate security and fire system should be installed.

CHAPTER 14

DEMAND No. 56

INFORMATION AND PUBLICITY

ALLOCATION AND EXPENDITURE

1. The Government has allocated a budget of Rs.1229.00 lakhs on plan and


non-plan expenditure for the year 2008-09 of which Rs. 197.00 lakhs is for non-
plan expenditure and Rs. 1032.00 lakhs for plan expenditure.

2. The expenditure on this demand for the past five years is as under:

(Rs. in lakhs)
Year Plan Non-plan
2003-04 177.75 136.00
2004-05 1415.82 145.19
2005-06 1373.61 155.78
2006-07 1272.17 132.32
2007-08 1376.81 161.81

3. The Department plays a pivotal role in the promotion of schemes and


policies that lead to a greater and better understanding between the Government
and the media and initiates measures to take the welfare schemes to the doorstep
of the people.

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4. Under this Demand, the plan schemes are as follows –

1. Strengthening of Administration
2. Goa State Information Commission
3. Production of Films
4. Grants to Entertainment Society of Goa
5. Advertising and Visual Publicity
6. Publications
7. International Film Festival
8. Field Publicity and Photo Services
9. Song and Drama Services
10. Loans to Journalists for purchase of computers/Laptops
11. Financial Assistance to indigenous journalists/ media persons
STRENGTHENING OF ADMINISTRATION

5. The Department has set up a Divisional Office in South Goa to give


extensive publicity to the schemes and policies of the Government and also to
give effective coverage of the Government programmes. The Office is headed by
an Information Assistant, T.V. technician, one LDC and one peon. The Office is
not well equipped to handle the publicity requirements of the Government and
therefore has expressed its need for a new office and upgradation of the entire set
up. Provisions to this effect were made in the budget.

6. Although the Government informed that efforts would be made to locate


new premises in South Goa and upgrade the overall set up. The Committee has
noticed that the funds were allotted since long for this purpose but have not
been utilized till date. This Department being a focal point in disseminating
information should stretch itself to attain this goal. The Department should
make a firm decision in locating the new premise as well as undertake the works
of upgrading the existing office in Margao along with sufficient manpower and
equipment. In order to make the public aware of the programmes and schemes of
the Government, the Government should set up offices in remote areas in Goa,
even the proposal to set up a North District Office as envisaged in the Tenth
Plan would strengthen the objectives of the Department.

7. Under the scheme ‘Knowledge is power’ the Government provided DTH


TV sets for community viewing but the Committee observed that the
Government did not acquire feed back from the public to access the efficiency of
the scheme and whether the objective of the scheme is being attained. It would

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be advantageous to all that the Government evolves a mechanism to evaluate
each of the schemes implemented to attain the best results.

GOA STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION

8. This Commission is constituted to implement the Right to Information


Act, 2005 to bring transparency and accountability in the Government Offices of
the State. The Committee was informed that the Commission did not have full
fledged financial powers. A proposal was moved to grant Head of Department
status as required under the Goa Delegation of Financial Powers Rules 1997, to
the Secretary of the Commission so that the Commission would function in an
autonomous manner.

9. The Committee is of the opinion that the Goa State Information


Commission should be an autonomous body. The Government could look into
the matter to bestow autonomy to this institution to make it independent.
However, it has been observed that out of the 19 posts in the State Information
Commission, 6 posts are vacant. Though the Commission is still in its infant
stage, it appreciates the seriousness and responsibility with which the
Commission has endeavoured to undertake its works. However, the Committee
urges upon the Government to fill in the vacant posts so that the Commission
can function smoothly, efficiently providing quick service.

10. The Status of appeals before the Commission is as under:

Appeals filed 150


Appeals disposed off 136
Appeals pending 62
Penalties imposed on
Public Information Officers 24 cases

11. The Commission has a website which is updated regularly and the
judgements are available on the website. A fine of Rs. 26.750/- was collected from
7 Information Officers during the year 2006-07. It was also informed that there
was no time limit set for disposing appeals pending before the Commission.

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12. The Committee appreciates the steps taken by the Commission in placing
its judgements on its website. However, it feels that the Commission should
strive to dispose cases within a time limit.

PRODUCTION OF FILMS

13. The Scheme provides financial assistance upto 50% of the cost on the
production of a film in Konkani or Marathi. A Selection Committee comprising
of 6 artists is constituted with the approval of the Government to examine the
documents and permit the financial assistance.

14. In order to obtain finance for a feature film, it should be originally


produced in Konkani or Marathi and a non feature film including tele-films,
short films and documentaries in Konkani, Marathi, English and Hindi. A
dubbed version of a pre-produced film is not eligible to claim benefit of this
scheme. Any remake of the film already produced in any other language, is not
eligible under this scheme. The scheme is applicable to films originated and
produced in Goa by Goan producers.

15. Financial assistance was given to produce two documentary films on a


well known writer Shri Ravindra Kelekar and Citizens facilitation Centre at
Margao during the year 2007-08.

16. The Committee commends the encouragement given to local film


producers to promote film culture. However, it is of the opinion that financial
assistance should be given to films of good standard. There should be
preliminary screening of films and those of good standard may be allowed to
apply for financial assistance. To attain a particular standard, the Government
should provide facilities like theatre arts/drama schools so that there is
professionalism in the field of acting. Technical expertise is essential to
evaluate the cost of production without which there can be misappropriation of
public funds. The Committee also recommends that the Government should plan
to produce documentary films on its own.

17. The Government was asked on the action taken on the resolution passed
in the House on 12th August, 2006 of giving Rs. 5.00 lakhs for the film winning
State Award. The Committee was informed that the matter is under process and
a suitable proposal to raise the award money from Rs. 1.00 lakhs to Rs. 5.00 lakhs
for the film winning State Award will be taken up with the Government shortly.

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18. The Committee observes that the Government has taken a very long time
in initiating this process. When any business is passed in the House, the process
of the work should be promptly initiated. The Committee desires that the
assurance be fulfilled immediately.

GRANTS TO THE ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY OF GOA

19. This Society is set up with the object of framing the Entertainment Policy
of Goa and make Goa an international entertainment hub. It organizes the
International Film Festival of India thereby providing direct and indirect benefits
to the Goans. It looks after the Development of Infrastructure for holding the
Film Festival in Goa. It is actively working towards making Goa a film shooting
destination. A media school is also being proposed to be set up. A proposal to
set up a film city in Goa is being considered. It also plans to promote local
language films and promote film culture in the State. Government has set up a
Media and Entertainment Advisory Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri
Shekar Kapur to advice the Government on formulating a comprehensive Media
& Entertainment Policy.

20. The Entertainment Society of Goa was to earn revenue by leasing out the
old GMC building. However due to public protest the same had to be stopped
and therefore the anticipated revenue for the Society was blocked. The
Government had to provide funds to the Society from the Contingency Fund to
go on with its programmes. A Sub-Committee has been constituted to look into
the problem of the Old GMC building and recommendation in this respect is still
awaited. The Society is now looking at the aspect of generating income through
private sponsorship. In addition the Society is to obtain income from hiring its
premises like theatres, press conference hall, etc., so also it obtains rental income
from the INOX leisure limited towards lease of the multiplex.

21. The Committee appreciates the efforts being made by the Entertainment
Society of Goa in striving to bring Goa on the world map by holding the
International Film Festival of India. It is therefore imperative that the Society
take up its work with earnestness in the formulation of the Media and
Entertainment Policy to materialize its plans. Merely organizing the IFFI
cannot be the only means of bringing Goa on the world map and making it an
international entertainment hub. Various infrastructural facilities will have to
be planned and provided; world class entertainment will have to be organized in
the form of exhibitions and programmes. The Committee strongly recommends

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that the Society has to foresee means of turning itself into a self sustaining and
self reliant Society.

PUBLICATIONS

22. The Department publishes a magazine ‘Nave Parva’ but it was found that
the magazine was discontinued. The Department informed that an Advisory
Council had been set up by the State Government which recommended that an
Editorial Board be set up to revive the magazine in the current year.

23. The publications that will be taken up during the current financial year
include Mhadei River, Eminent Goans, Goa Raj Bhavan, Nave Parva, Diaries and
Calendars, Telephone Directory – 2008 etc. A standing Committee will be
formed for scrutinizing the various manuscripts and to decide the publications to
be undertaken by the Department in future.

24. The Committee observed that the magazine which is the mouthpiece of
the Government had been discontinued on many occasions in the past. Now that
the Government has initiated steps to set up an Editorial Board, the Committee
desires that the publication works be taken up earnestly and the magazine
‘Nave Parva’ be brought out not only in Konkani but also in Marathi and
English.

SONG AND DRAMA SERVICES

25. This scheme is utilized for publishing through traditional media, print
media and electronic media, the schemes of the Government. It was however
observed that about 40 % of the grants were utilized for this purpose. The
Government attributed reasons for non utilization of grants to non finalization of
programmes for popularization of schemes and policies of the Government.
There is no approved scheme for undertaking various programmes under the
Song and Drama Services.

26. When a scheme is being formulated, every aspect of the scheme has to be
considered threadbare and made full proof. It is for these reasons that much of
the allocations made are rendered unutilized or underutilized. The Committee
therefore urges upon the Government to formulate the schemes of this
Department in a proper way and set the wheels of this Department in motion to
attain its objective.

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LOANS TO JOURNALISTS

27. A scheme was formulated to provide interest free loan to journalists for
purchase of computers/laptops. It was noticed that the scheme was non
operative. The Finance Department however suggested that the scheme should
be based on similar lines as per the existing scheme for purchase of computers by
Government servants. Accordingly, steps are being taken by the Department to
modify the scheme suitably and make it applicable to the journalists in the
current financial year. A budgetary allocation of Rs. 5.00 lakhs has been made in
the year 2008-09

28. When schemes are announced, the Government should be clear about its
plans, have prescribed norms and policies shaped to its satisfaction. It is
noticed that schemes are announced without knowing their feasibility. This
amplifies uncertainty thus damaging its own image and the confidence of the
people. The Government should endeavor to streamline its programmes, foresee
eventualities and work towards perfection.
WEBSITE

29. The Government informed that the website is presently shutdown due to
technical reasons. Efforts are underway for reviving the website and making it a
comprehensive website to serve publicity needs of the Government.

30. The Committee desires that the website be put into service immediately
as it is the focal point in disseminating information to the public about the
various schemes and programmes and policies of the Government.

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CHAPTER 15

DEMAND NO. 79

GOA GAZETTEER

ALLOCATION

1. The Government has allocated Rs. 19.50 lakhs for the year 2008-09 of
which Rs. 12.50 lakhs are for non plan expenditure and Rs. 7.00 lakhs are for plan
expenditure.

2. The Goa Gazetteer department deals with the work of compilation and
publication of the following:

1. State Gazetteer and District Gazetteer


2. Reprinting/Updating of old Gazetteer of Union Territory of Goa, Daman
and Diu
3. Source material for the history of Goa’s Freedom Movement
4. Computerisation of Who’s Who of Goa’s Freedom Fighters
5. Goa – History and Places of Interest
6. Standardisation of the spellings of places, names and railway station
names in Goa.

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PLAN SCHEMES

STATE GAZETTEER AND DISTRICT GAZETTEER

3. The Government has informed that the work of bringing out a State
Gazetteer and District Gazetteers for North and South Goa will be undertaken in
the Eleventh Five Year Plan. The State Gazetteer and District Gazetteer will
contain 12 and 19 chapters respectively, covering a multifaceted nature of
information and statistical data on important features in the directory of villages,
ancient sites, historical places and places of interest etc.

4. Articles on specialized subjects such as history, physical features, flora,


fauna, climate, customs and traditions, fairs and festivals written by eminent
scholars and experts in their respective field are proposed for inclusion in the
gazetteers. Information and statistical data collected from State/Central
Government Departments, Semi Government, Autonomous bodies, NGOs and
through field work will be incorporated after it is scruitinised by the Gazetteer
Editorial Board and in accordance with the guidelines of the All India State
Gazetteer Editors’ Conference.

5. To a question on the requirement of staff to undertake the works under


various schemes, the department submitted the following list.

Name of the Post Pay Scale No. of Posts

State Editor Rs. 12000-16500 1


Translators Rs. 4500-7000 2
(Konkani – English)
(Marathi – English)
Research Assistant Rs. 4500-7000 1
Computer Data Operator Rs. 4000-6000 1
L.D.C. Rs. 3050-4590 1

6. The Government has informed that the posts of Research Officer and
Assistant Research Officer are advertised through Goa Public Service
Commission.

REPRINTING/UPDATING OF OLD GAZETTEER OF UNION TERRITORY


OF GOA, DAMAN AND DIU

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7. Gazetteer of Goa, Daman and Diu was published in the year 1979 and
since then it has not been updated. The Government does not have copies of old
Gazetteers in stock and the old Gazetteer volume of Union Territory of Goa,
Daman and Diu is submitted to the Government Printing Press for reprinting.

8. The Government has informed that work of collection and compilation of


data in order to incorporate the dynamic changes that have taken place since the
publication of old Gazetteer of Goa, Daman and Diu in 1979 and rapid growth
witnessed at the administrative, political, economic, social and cultural fronts
since the Goa’s Statehood in 1987, will be taken up once the required research
and technical staff are appointed.

9. It is also proposed to translate the old Gazetteer in the official language of


the State and also to bring out CD versions of the old Gazetteer. So far no work
has been started in this regard and no CDs are ready.

10. The Committee is distressed to note that the old Gazetteer volume of
Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu has not been updated since its
publication in 1979. The Government has failed to update the basic information
sought by scholars, intellectuals and members of public and recommends setting
a time frame for updating the same.

11. The Committee suggests that the requisite manpower be created and
undertake translation of the old Gazetteers in the official language of the State
which would enable wider information dissemination on the basic facts of Goa.

SOURCE MATERIAL FOR THE HISTORY OF GOA’S FREEDOM


MOVEMENT

12. The Portuguese documents of the trial proceedings of the prominent


freedom fighters sentenced and exiled by the then Territorial Military Court, are
being translated into English and published. So far nine publications are
published and sold to the public at reasonable rates.

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Sl. Name of the Publication Volume Price
No.
1 Trial of T. B. Cunha I Rs. 90/-
2 Trial of Laximikanth V. P. Bhembre II Rs. 60/-
3 Trial of Rama Krishna Hegde III Rs. 60/-
4 Trial of Jose Inacio de Loyola IV Rs. 75/-
5 Trial of P. K. Kakodkar V Rs. 60/-
6 Trial of the Four VI Rs. 125/-
7 Trial of Anant Thali and Maria Calista Araujo VII Rs. 275/-
8 Trial of Upendra V. Sinai Talaulikar VIII Rs. 100/-
9 Trial of Balachandra alias Bala Kakodkar IX Rs. 26/-
& Suryakant V. Thali

13. Another five publications under this scheme will be brought out during
the current five year plan.

Sl. Name of the Publication


No.
1 Trial of Peter Alvares and Others
2 Trial of Venctexa Vishnu Vaidya
3 Trial of
i. Vasant Naik Velingkar
ii. Pandurang Xaba Kamat
iii. Sridora Trivicrama Naik Counto
iv. Sheik Abdula - all from Veling

4 Trial of Locximona Rau Sardessai, Savoi-Verem


5 Trial of Jorge Vas

14. Oral interviews of senior and elderly Freedom Fighters and Satyagrahis
are also being undertaken and tape recorded under “Oral History Project” to
provide new insight to the important phase of the History of Goa’s Freedom
Struggle. No separate volumes of these transcripts are published.

COMPUTERISATION OF WHO’S WHO OF GOA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS

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15. ‘Who’s Who of the Freedom Fighters of Goa, Daman and Diu was
published in two volumes. The Government now intends to undertake
computerization of the bio-data in respect of hundreds of Freedom Fighters,
Satyagrahis and Martyrs along with their photos for easy accessibility to the
scholars and public at large. The department has only one computer and there is
no proposal to purchase more. The Committee is surprised to note that the
department has only one computer and therefore recommends that some
additional budgetary provisions may be made to go in for full computerization.

GOA – HISTORY AND PLACES OF INTEREST

16. The main objective of this scheme is to bring out an illustrated volume
depicting rich historical and cultural heritage of Goa with coloured photographs.

17. The Government has informed that the necessary and relevant source
material on historical and cultural heritage of Goa are collected and compiled
departmentally. Besides, work of drafting articles will be entrusted to eminent
scholars after approval of the Government. The scholars will be paid for their
articles as per the rates stipulated by the Government from time to time.

18. The Committee recommends to the Government to prioritise their


publication works when there is insufficient manpower and accord top priority
to the updating of Goa Gazetteers.

STANDARDISATION OF THE SPELLINGS OF PLACES, NAMES AND


RAILWAY STATION NAMES IN GOA.

19. The department undertakes the work of standardization and correction of


spellings of place names and railway stations besides finalizing non-revenue
village place/railway station names. However, when asked to furnish names
standardized/corrected during the last five years, the department has informed
that the State Names Authority under the Chairmanship of Revenue Minister has
not held any meetings during the last five years.

20. The Committee notes this fact with concern and urges upon the
Government to reconstitute the State Names Authority with members who are
experts in the filed and who have time for the work to expeditiously complete
the task.

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CHAPTER 16

DEMAND NO. 82

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

ALLOCATION

1. The Government has allocated Rs. 6000.00 lakhs for plan expenditure for
the year 2008-2009.

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

2. The Department of Information Technology was created vide Notification


No. 23/1/87-GA & C(1) dated 3/5/1999 with the aim of promoting and developing
IT Industry in a planned manner and in order to keep pace with the rapidly

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growing IT industry. The Government aims to achieve its objective by making
best possible use of information & communication technologies to bring the
Government services to the doorsteps of citizens, business and other
stakeholders.

3. The major projects earmarked to meet this objective are as follows:

1. Goa Broadband Network (GBBN) Project;


2. Single Official Portal;
3. State Data Center;
4. Lok Seva Kendras (Integrated Citizen Service Centers);
5. IT Knowledge Centers;
6. Computerisation of more than 70 Departments to provide citizen centric
services.

GOA BROADBAND NETWORK

4. To provide easy access for citizens to all the services at one place, the
Government is planning to connect the State Head Quarters to District
Headquarters & Taluka Headquarters with 10 GBPS connectivity and connect
Taluka Headquarters with each and every village Panchayats with 1 GBPS
connectivity. All the households will be connected with 2-100 MBPS connectivity
depending on the need and demand. All the Government, semi-Government
organizations and corporations will be connected through 1 GBPS connectivity.
5. This project would help people in saving time and indirect cost of
traveling to Government departments. Other value added services such as cable
TV services, live distance education, video enabled medical services could also
be provided to the masses through GBBN.

6. The Government has informed that Goa Broadband Network Project is a


Public Private Partnership Model and an agreement was signed with M/s United
Telecom Limited, Bangalore on 6th November 2006 and the entire project was to
be completed in four phases. The cost of infrastructure is borne by UTL and the
Government has to pay Rs. 297 lakhs per quarter for the intranet bandwidth and
additional charges of internet usage.

Phase Milestone Time Expected date Penalty /


for completion week of
delay

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Phase Agreement T0 6th Nov 2006
0
Phase a. 10GBPS connectivity between T0 + 15 12th Feb 2007 Rs. 2 lakh
I State HQ and District HQ (Margao); weeks per week
b. 10 GBPS connectivity to all the
Talukas and Municipalities;
c. 1 GBPS connectivity to all Govt.
departments in Panaji;
d. To operationalise the network
operation center.
Phase Connectivity of 1 GBPS to Village T0 + 28 14th May 2007 Rs. 2 lakh
II HQ/Village Panchayats and weeks per week
commence connectivity to
households
Phase Last mile connectivity to village level T0 + 52 29th Oct 2007 Rs. 2 lakh
III households (wireless) weeks per week
Phase To provide wireless connectivity as T0 + till As per demand till None
IV required end of the end of
contract operational and
period maintenance phase

7. Till date only 50% of the work of Phase I has been completed by the M/S
UTL, Bangalore. However, 101 village panchayats have been provided with
GBBN connectivity but no services are started at village panchayat levels.

8. The Government has informed that Project Management Committee for


overall management of the project was not constituted. A show cause notice was
issued to M/s United Telecom Limited, Bangalore due to failure to meet the
implementation and timeliness of GBBN Project. The Government does not want
to comment on the termination of the contract.

9. The Committee feels that the Government should have entrusted the task
of establishing the statewide broadband network to reputed companies like
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) etc. This two year delay in providing the
broadband connections could have been prevented. The Committee desires that
Goa Broadband Network Project must expeditiously be made operational. A
detailed status report on the project be given to the Committee for appropriately
including it in its Action Taken Report.

STATE DATA CENTER

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10. The Government proposes to have a State Data Center with Disaster
Recovery Site (DRS), for single location for all the Government data & online
services and to host the various software applications of various Government
Departments. The State Data Center would reduce costs of infrastructure
creation, monitoring and data management for Government of Goa and its
constituent departments. Besides, it would also provide enhanced reliability and
security of information systems through centralized management of IT
infrastructure.

11. The Government has informed that installation of IT, non–IT equipment
and infrastructure is completed along with the connectivity. The deployment of
various application softwares is in progress. The State Data Center will soon be
made operational.

SINGLE OFFICIAL PORTAL

12. The Government has planned to offer all informative, interactive,


transactional and collaborative services to the citizens and business. This portal
will act as a single Virtual Contact of the services offered by the Government and
make them available across the globe.

13. The Government has informed that Single Official Portal is ready and
presently hosted by NIC Data Centre, Delhi for testing and approval by the
concerned Head of Departments. The Single Official Portal will be operational
once the State Data Center is operational.

LOK SEVA KENDRAS (INTEGRATED CITIZENS SERVICE CENTERS)

14. The Government has informed that around 70 CSCs have already been set
up across the State with the requisite infrastructure to enable citizens and
businesses in the State to avail all the Government services at one place, instead
of approaching multiple departments for various services. The CSCs will soon be
made operational. Various services of Panchayats and Municipalities such as
issue of copies of birth and death certificates, collection of taxes such as property
tax, trade licence renewal fees, municipal rent will be launched through the
kiosks. Other Government services such as payment of water bills, electricity
bills, issue of form I and XIV, copies of Form ‘D’ and ‘B’, renewal of licences,
payment of various taxes etc. also will be launched.

IT KNOWLEDGE CENTERS

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15. This project is aimed at establishing IT Knowledge Centers which will
mainly focus achieving 100% e-literacy within the State of Goa and also help the
unemployed youths, housewives and other citizens to acquire the required
employable skills.

16. The objectives of the IT Knowledge Centre Project are:

a) to provide basic computer skills to the local youth, housewives and other
citizens
b) to provide various job oriented IT training courses including training for
the BPO operations/call center executives.
c) to provide structured training programmes depending on the need.
d) to make at least one person in each of families in the State IT literate.

COMPUTERISATION OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO PROVIDE


CITIZEN CENTRIC SERVICES

17. The Government has prepared its e-governance roadmap with a focus
towards Citizen Centric Services and have identified a total of more than 600
services to be offered to citizens and business.

18. To a query on computerization of the Government Departments, it is


replied that 40 major departments are under computerization which will offer
the services identified under e-governance road maps. Software development for
Department of Settlement and Land Records is completed and implemented.
Software development for other departments is completed and implementation
is in progress.

19. The Committee is surprised at the Government’s reply that the


departments are not yet computerized and that software for some is still being
developed. The Committee therefore strongly recommends to the Government to
make efforts to expedite computerization of all the Departments.

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

20. The Government is committed to create and improve infrastructure and


infotainment industry in Goa with a view to create gainful employment and
generate substantive revenue base for the people. The Government has therefore
initiated the following infrastructural projects:

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i. Rajiv Gandhi IT Habitat at Dona Paula
ii. Priyadarshani IT Park at Soccoro
iii. IT Resort at Mandrem

21. An area of 400 acres located at Mandrem, Chopdem, Agarwada plateau


was identified for establishing a Cyber City and IT Resort. The proceeding of
land acquisition was stopped due to public objection. The Government has
informed that an expenditure of Rs. 2,56,889/- for Cyber City and Rs. 1,23,693/-
for IT, Resort was incurred.

22. The Committee is distressed over the procedure followed by the


Government in establishing the Cyber City and IT Resort. The Government
should have invited suggestions from the public after identifying the land for
Cyber City and IT Resort in Mandrem. The loss incurred to the tune of Rs.
3,80,582 could have been averted.

IT PROMOTION

23. The Government feels there is a need to set up infrastructure for IT


industries in a bid to project Goa as an ideal /suitable IT destination for
investment and therefore proposes to take up the following programmes.

i. Organize IT events, seminars /exhibitions at national and international


level to be hosted in Goa.
ii. Undertake publicity/advertisement in print as well as in electronic
media
iii. Participate in IT events/exhibitions /conferences etc. in other parts of
India and abroad.
iv. Sponsor seminars organized by reputed private organizations.

SUBSIDY AS PER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY 2005

24. The Government announced its IT Policy in November 2005. A lot of


incentives/subsidies/reimbursement have been announced to attract IT industry
to establish their development centres in Goa.

25. It has been decided to accord maximum leverage in exemption wherever


possible, of NOC from pollution Board, within the environment laws and
regulations. Zonal regulations are sought to be relaxed so as to permit IT

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software and IT enabled commercial services in industrial and commercial zones,
residential areas. Concession from stamp duty is being formulized to attract
investors, involving rebate from payment of stamp duty on sale deed or lease
deed for premises for establishing IT software and IT enabled services in IT Park,
Hi-Tech Habitat established by Government Corporation or Government
approved private parks having minimum facilities like dedicated connectivity
and adequate back power.

CAPACITY BUILDING

26. It is proposed to set up an International Institute of Information


Technology Management (IIITM) to be modeled after the Indian Institute of
Technology having its own campus.

VIEWS OF THE PUBLIC/MEDIA

27. Shri Jason Keith Fernandes, member of the public also expressed his views
to the Committee on matters falling under the demand.

28. Shri Jason Keith Fernandes wanted to know i) whether all existing space
in existing industrial parks, especially the Verna industrial estate-intended to be
an electronic city, has been exhausted or is lying vacant, before the creation of IT
parks in the State and ii) whether a post-industrial developmental model such as
that of IT & ITES is appropriately supported through policy and whether the
infrastructure will be appropriate only for industrial development.

29. The Government has informed that the Info Tech Corporation of Goa
Limited constructed 5 buildings admeasuring approximately 12463 sq. mts and
allotted to companies for IT Software and IT enabled services.

REPLIES OF THE GOVERNMENT TO CUT MOTIONS TO THE DEMAND

30. S/Shri Dilip Parulekar, Milind Naik, MLAs tabled cut motions to the
demand:

a. “Failure to ensure that funds are properly used by I.T. Corporation for
the purpose the same is granted.”

The Government furnished the following reply to the cut motion:

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“Total funds received Rs. 42,54,01,443/- from the Directorate of
Information Technology, all the funds have been utilized and committed for the
purpose for which the funds have been given i.e. for the project of e-Governance
which includes developing application software and procurement of computer
hardware and other accessories, video conferencing/IT equipment to some of the
Government Departments etc. The computerization and video conferencing/ IP
Phones will improve the productivity of the Departments.”

b. “Failure to control corruption in allotment of plots in Rajiv Gandhi IT


Habitat.”

The Government furnished the following reply to the cut motion:

“Contents are denied.”

31. The Committee is anguished at the terse statement of the Government


against a serious allegation of corruption in allotment of plots in Rajiv Gandhi
IT Habitat. The Committee demands a detailed statement in response to the Cut
Motion to enable the Committee to further inquire into it.

CHAPTER 17

DEMAND No. 50

GOA COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

ALLOCATION AND EXPENDITURE

1. The budgetary allocation made for this demand for the year 2008-09 is Rs.
282.20 lakhs, out of which an amount of Rs. 147.70 lakhs is for non-plan
expenditure and Rs. 134.50 lakhs is for plan expenditure.

2. The expenditure incurred during the past five years is as follows:-


(in lakhs)
Year Plan Non-plan
2003-04 14.48 106.87
2004-05 53.10 118.05

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2005-06 157.33 125.31
2006-07 110.37 129.08
2007-08 77.80 147.01

CURRICULUM

3. The activities of the College are primarily teaching and carrying out
research.

4. The courses approved by the All India Council for Technical Education
and their intake capacity are given below:-

Sl. No. Courses Intake capacity


1. Bachelor of Pharmacy 60
2. Diploma in Pharmacy 60
3. Post Graduate Course in Pharmacy
i) Quality Assurance 13
ii) Pharmacology 5
iii)Pharmaceutical Chemistry 5
iv)Pharmacognosy 5

5. The Goa University has granted approval for conducting Ph.D. course in
the Goa College of Pharmacy. The Post Graduate Courses of Pharmaceutical
Chemistry and Pharmacognosy approved by the AICTE in the year 2002-03 have
not yet begun. As the recruitment rules to the posts have been recently framed,
appointment to the vacant posts could not be made. Government has informed
that these courses will commence from the academic year 2009-10. It is also
informed that the Institution proposes to approach the AICTE for approval to
start 3 PG courses in Pharmaceutics, Pharmacy Practice and Biotechnology, with
an intake capacity of 10 students for each course for duration of 2 years.

6. The Committee notes with displeasure that even after a period of 5 years
the College does not possess the prerequisites to commence the post graduation
courses of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy. The Committee is
happy that the College intends to start new courses, but recommends that
feasibility and requirements for the courses be ascertained and planned before
taking up the proposal. The Committee feels it important to educate the students
as well as public on the use and administration of drugs. It therefore suggests
that awareness programmes be conducted on the administration of drugs.

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7. Performance of candidates to the various courses for the academic years
2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 are given below:

Course Admissions Results____________


05 06 07 05 06 07
B. Pharmacy 62 62 64 43 46 66

M. Pharmacy
i) Quality Assurance 10 13 13 10 12 12
ii) Pharmacology 2 5 5 2 4 5

D. Pharmacy 61 60 46 45 47 38

8. It is observed that the results of the B. Pharm and D. Pharm courses are
not encouraging. Professional Colleges should always maintain high standards
of education. Teachers should boost the morale of the students and inculcate in
them the motive of all-round growth. The Teachers should be sent periodically
for refresher courses to keep them abreast with the latest technologies of
pharmaceutical sciences. This will result in the success of the students and
progress of the institution.

SANCTIONED STAFF STRENGTH

9. The teaching and non teaching faculty sanctioned for the College is as
follows:-
Sanctioned Exist Vacant Contract Part
Strength Regular time

Teaching 25 13 12 12 13
Non-teaching 64 59 5 - -
Total 89 72 17 12 13

Part time lecturers are appointed to teach specific subjects as per the
recommendations of AICTE for which work load is less.

10. The Government has informed that the 12 vacant posts comprise of 5
posts of professors, 3 posts of Assistant Professors, 3 posts of Lecturers and 1
Principal of which 8 posts are vacant for a period of around 10 years and the rest

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for a period of less than 5 years. The reason for vacancies is due to a Court case
and subsequent gazetting of new recruitment rules.

11. During the deliberations of the Committee, the Officials of the


Government have informed that offer of appointment to three posts of Lecturers
have been issued. It is expected that the posts of two professors and one
assistant professor and three lecturers will be filled around the beginning of the
academic year 2008-09. The post of Principal has been advertised by GPSC and
efforts are made by the Commission to recommend suitable candidates. Five
posts are vacant in the non teaching faculty and the Government is making
attempts to fill these posts. In a teaching institution there cannot be a
compromise on teaching faculty. Keeping teaching posts vacant for a period of
10 years would create a slack in the academic progress of a student. Therefore,
the Government should make all efforts to immediately recruit the required
teachers to give justice to the progress of the students. The Committee is of the
strong opinion that the Government should evolve some measures to intensify
the speed of clearing Court cases in respect of educational institutions by
diverting them to Fast Track Courts to be disposed off within a time span of one
year. The Committee disapproves recruiting teachers on contract basis for long
periods. The Committee desires that the Government expedite the filling of
regular teaching and non teaching staff so that the institution is capable of
giving its best to the students.

SCHEME FOR STRENGTHENING OF THE GOA PHARMACY COLLEGE

12. In order to keep abreast of the development of drug formulation and


manufacture, it is imperative that the institution imparting instructions has well
equipped laboratories and library and also to see that the staff improve their
knowledge and qualifications.

13. The Government has informed that provisions are made for the purchase
of instruments/equipments for conducting the four courses, subscription for
scientific periodicals, national and international purchase of books and for
salaries of staff of post graduate courses. The following machinery and
equipment is proposed to be purchased during the current year 2008-09: –

a) Gas Chromatograph approx. Rs. 15.00 lakhs


b) Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer approx. Rs. 12.00 lakhs
c) Multi purpose equipment for
Pharmaceutical Department approx. Rs. 30.00 lakhs

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14. The Government further informed that the laboratories and lecture halls
are upgraded and renovated to the present day need but more equipment is
required as upgradation is a continuous process. The hostels of the College are
insufficient to meet their demand. The renovations are being undertaken. The
library is well equipped with 6244 books and journals. The general laboratory
equipment purchased during the year 2007-08 amounts to Rs. 4, 90,018.

15. Books are a source of power and knowledge. This institution was
established in 1963 and the quantum of books with this educational institution
is very meager. Therefore, it would be in the best interest of the institution to
make extra budgetary allocation and acquire additional books, journals and
periodicals for the library.

SETTING UP OF CENTRALIZED INSTRUMENT ROOM

16. A budgetary allocation of Rs. 90.75 lakhs is made towards this scheme.
The funds will be utilized for the development of classrooms, hostel for boys and
girls and laboratories and for the purchase of sophisticated machinery and
equipment as per the AICTE guidelines.

17. As the trend is that more girls seek admissions for pharmacy courses than
boys, hostel arrangements should be suitably made.
18. The Government has informed that under the Post graduate Course in
Pharmacy which is a centrally sponsored scheme; those students joining post
graduate courses which have qualified the General Aptitude Text Examination
(GATE) in Pharmacy subjects are paid a stipend of Rs. 5000/-per student for a
period of 18 months.

PLACEMENTS

19. A senior teacher is appointed as placement Officer in the institution.


During oral evidence, the Government informed that there is always 100%
placement in the industry for the students. The institution sends to various
pharmaceutical companies the database of its students who are contacted and
employed. The Committee feels that this type of placement is not assured. In
the present scenario, good Companies always look upon institutions with high
standards as a recruiting ground of the best candidates. They turn to such
institution with excellence for campus recruitments. This institution should
upgrade its educational standards to attract such type of recruitment.

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APPENDIX – I

DEMANDS RELATED AD HOC COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SPORTS


AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (2008)

MINUTES OF THE FIRST MEETING OF THE DEMANDS RELATED AD


HOC COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SPORTS & IT HELD ON MONDAY,
5TH MAY, 2008.

1. The Committee met at 11.00 a.m. on Monday, 5th May 2008 in the Public
Accounts Committee Room, Assembly Complex, Porvorim, Goa.

2. The following were present:

COMMITTEE

1. Shri Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco … Chairman

LEGISLATURE SECRETARIAT

1. Shri R. Kothandaraman … Secretary


2. Shri Yuvraj Naik … Under Secretary

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENT

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3. Secretaries, Directors and other officers of the Government of Goa
representing the Departments of School Education, Higher Education, Goa
Architecture College, Goa College of Art, Pharmacy, Engineering, Technical
Education, Government Polytechnic, Panaji, Bicholim and Curchorem, Sports
and Youth Affairs, Information and Publicity, Information Technology, Art &
Culture, Archives & Archaeology, Museums and Goa Gazetteer.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

4. The Committee took oral evidence of the representatives of the


Government of Goa present on the occasion in relation to the demands for grants
under examination by the Committee.

5. The Committee received suggestions from the public in relation to the


demands for grants under examination by the Committee

6. A verbatim record of the proceedings was kept.

The Committee then adjourned.


APPENDIX – II

DEMANDS RELATED AD HOC COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SPORTS


AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (2008)

MINUTES OF THE SECOND MEETING OF THE DEMANDS RELATED AD


HOC COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SPORTS & IT HELD ON TUESDAY,
17TH JUNE, 2008.

1. The Committee met at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday, 17th June 2008 in the Public
Accounts Committee Room, Assembly Complex, Porvorim, Goa.

2. The following were present:

COMMITTEE

1. Shri Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco ... Chairman


2. Shri Dayanand Mandrekar … Member
3. Shri Rajesh Patnekar … Member

LEGISLATURE SECRETARIAT

1. Shri R. Kothandaraman … Secretary

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2. Shri Yuvraj Naik … Under Secretary

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENT

3. Secretaries, Directors and other officers of the Government of Goa


representing the Departments of School Education, Higher Education, Goa
Architecture College, Goa College of Art, Pharmacy, Engineering, Technical
Education, Government Polytechnic, Panaji, Bicholim and Curchorem, Sports
and Youth Affairs, Information and Publicity, Information Technology, Art &
Culture, Archives & Archaeology, Museums and Goa Gazetteer.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

4. The Committee took oral evidence of the representatives of the


Government of Goa present on the occasion in relation to the demands for grants
under examination by the Committee.

5. The Committee received suggestions from the public in relation to the


demands for grants under examination by the Committee

6. A verbatim record of the proceedings was kept.

The Committee then adjourned.

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APPENDIX – III

DEMANDS RELATED AD HOC COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SPORTS


AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (2008)

MINUTES OF THE THIRD MEETING OF THE DEMANDS RELATED AD


HOC COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SPORTS & IT HELD ON 19th JULY
2008.

1. The Committee met at 12.30 p.m. on 19th July 2008 in the Public Accounts
Committee Room, Assembly Complex, Porvorim, Goa.

2. The following were present:

COMMITTEE

1. Shri Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco ... Chairman


2. Shri Rajesh Patnekar … Member

LEGISLATURE SECRETARIAT

1. Shri R. Kothandaraman … Secretary


2. Shri Yuvraj Naik … Under Secretary

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3. The Committee considered and adopted the draft First Report on the
demands for grants (2008-09) coming under the jurisdiction of the Committee.
The Committee authorized the Chairman to present the same to the Speaker
under Rule 242 C of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Goa
Legislative Assembly.

The Committee then adjourned.

APPENDIX IV

MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY WHO ATTENDED THE


MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE AS SPECIAL INVITEES OF THE
DEMANDS RELATED AD HOC COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SPORTS
& IT HELD ON 17TH JUNE, 2008

1. Shri Damodar Naik, MLA

2. Shri Milind Naik, MLA

3. Shri Mahadev Naik, MLA

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APPENDIX V

PUBLIC THAT ATTENDED MEETING OF THE DEMANDS RELATED AD


HOC COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SPORTS & I. T. HELD ON
5TH MAY, 2008.

Sr. No. Names Address Contact Nos.


1. Shri Avinash Bhonsle Panaji, Goa 9822488029
2. Smt. Patricia Pinto Panaji, Goa 9822802629
3. Shri Suryakant Narvekar Smile Foundation 9822121007
4. Smt. Madhavi Kamat Panaji, Goa 9822147601
5. Shri Sudesh Gawde 9890461027
6. Shri Subhash Naik Mapusa, Goa 2250043
7. Jason Keith Fernandes Taleigao, Goa. 9764324074

MEDIA THAT ATTENDED MEETING OF THE DEMANDS RELATED AD


HOC COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SPORTS & I. T. HELD ON
5TH MAY, 2008.

Sr. No. Names Address Contact Nos.


1. Shri Joaquim Fernandes Sr. Reporter, Times of 9823367655
India
2. Shri Nilesh Khandeparkar Journalist, Gomantak 2422701
Times

PUBLIC THAT ATTENDED MEETING OF THE DEMANDS RELATED AD


HOC COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SPORTS & I.T. HELD ON
17TH JUNE, 2008.

Sr. No. Names Address Contact Nos.


1. Shri Suryakant Narvekar Smile Foundation 9822121007
2. Smt. Madhavi Kamat Panaji, Goa 9822147601
3. Smt. Jane Mathews Calangute, Goa 9422593483
4. Dipti A. Nagvekar Childrens’ Rights in 9822130029
Goa

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5. Amanda Britto Childrens’ Rights in 9850553830
Goa
6. Juliet Kamat Childrens’ Rights in 9763132056
Goa – Panaji.
7. Giselle Lobo Jyot Society, Saligao 9225902839
8. Smt. Eunice D’Souza Jyot Society, Saligao 9921341473
9. Shri Amar Shirodkar Siolim, Goa 9822154623
10. Shri Laxmikant Naik Siolim, Goa 9822387850
11. Shri Jose Carlos Lobo Mapusa, Goa 9822181294
12. Shri Floriano Lobo Moira, Goa 9890470896
13. Pooja Chodankar Porvorim, Goa 9923796252
14. Perpetua Couto Panaji, Goa 2295600
15. Rati Natekar Porvorim, Goa 9225906706
16. Soniya Phadte Porvorim, Goa 9422390071
17. Dr. Marita Adam Porvorim, Goa 9922410760
18. Nadia Fernandes Porvorim, Goa 9822024482
19. Lucy Martins Mumbai 9820467046
20. Shri Girish Sawaikar Porvorim, Goa 9422634615
21. Shri Francisco Noronha Taleigao, Goa 9881737479
22. Domnic D’Costa Borim, Goa 9881282787
23. Smt. Nirmala Sawant Marcela, Goa 9822101360
24. Dr. Gauri Divan Porvorim, Goa 2414916
25. Shri Herculano Dourado Vasco, Goa 9422634755

MEDIA THAT ATTENDED MEETING OF THE DEMANDS RELATED AD


HOC COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, SPORTS & I.T. HELD ON 17TH JUNE,
2008.

Sr. No. Names Address Contact Nos.


1. C.V. Korgaonkar Information & 2226047
Publicity, Panaji
2. Kiran B. Munankal Information & 2226047
Publicity, Panaji.
3. Smt. Suhasini Prabhugaonkar Gomantak, Panaji, Goa 9881097260
4. Shri Glen Costa Navhind Times, 9326111861
Panaji, Goa
5. Shri Ganesh Jawadekar Porvorim, Goa 9860610762

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