Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mist persists on Mirambika imbroglio

Mirambika Institute of Science &Technology (MIST) is the same old rancid wine “Mirambika Research Centre of Integral Education and Human Values or MRICIEHV” bottled by Sri Aurobindo Education Society (SAES) in a new bottle. Read on.
  1. In early 2015,  SAES sought AICTE approval for setting up an Engineering college in the name of MRICIEHV.
  1. AICTE granted SAES approval for MRICIEHV vide communication dated 30th April,2015, despite complaints about concealment of material facts by SAES.
  1.  AICTE instituted a One Man Justice Committee, under the chairmanship of Justice Tiberwal, which submitted its report on 14th May,2015.
  1. The High Court of Delhi vide order dated 6.05.2015 ordered “Status quo” with regard to the building where Mirambika Free Progress School was housed prior to 14th April, 2015 as follows:
“In the meanwhile, the Respondents shall maintain status quo as to the premises in which the School was housed prior to 14.04.2015.”
  1. On 15th May, 2015, SAES filed an application in the High Court of Delhi praying that the Court
“a.Set aside, discharge and vacate the order dated 06.05.2015, to the extent the Respondents have been directed to maintain status quo with respect to the premises in which the school was housed prior to 14.04.2015.”
  1. SAES’ above application dated 15th May, 2015 was dismissed vide order dated 8th July, 2016 by the High Court of Delhi. Thus, the Status quo order dated 06.05.2015 is still in operation with respect to the premises in which the school was housed prior to 14.04.2015.
  1. These facts were brought to the knowledge of the concerned officials in AICTE.
  1. It now appears that SAES, in active connivance & collusion with the concerned AICTE officials has again applied to AICTE as a FRESH CASE UNDER THE NAME “MIST” for permission to set up an Engineering college, on the same site, in the same premises regarding which the Hon’ble High court has passed the Status quo order. As mentioned above, the Hon’ble Court has also dismissed SAES’ application to set aside, discharge and vacate the Status quo order dated 6.05.2015. Therefore, the entire process currently being undertaken by SAES with AICTE is fraudulent and requires investigated.
  1. On 18th March, 2017, SAES surreptitiously put up a hoarding of Mirambika Institute of Science & Technology or MIST on the wire meshed gate which connects three parcels of land (a) Sri Aurobindo Ashram, (b) Mother’s International school, and (b) Mirambika Free Progress School (the area under the Status quo order of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court) and got the same premises inspected by officials of AICTE and the GGSIP University.
  1. The said inspection violates and mocks (a) the Delhi High Court Status quo order dated 6th May,2015, (b) the Order passed by Delhi High Court on 8th July,2016 by which the application of SAES for vacation of the Status quo order dated 6th May,2015 was rejected, and (c) the Order dated 14th May, 2015 by One Man Justice Committee.
  1. It is clear that SAES has made an attempt to mislead AICTE and in active collusion and connivance with the key officials of AICTE violated the Status quo order passed by the High Court of Delhi.
  1. The building and land from where the Mirambika school was forcibly vacated by SAES, was to be used for MRICIEHV in 2015 and now, in a blatant attempt to circumvent the Delhi High Court Status quo order dated 06.05.2015, for MIST, which is nothing but a rechristened MRICIEHV.
  1. On 5th January, 2017, the Delhi Govt ordered:
(a) Physical inspection and document inspection of the building and land where the School is currently running, within two working days……………
(b) Withdrawal of affidavit, filed by Directorate of Education before the Delhi High Court; and
(c) Immediate suspension of concerned officer(s)….
  1. Thereafter, vide order dated 15th February, 2017, it was further directed by the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi to
  • Remove the nominees of the Directorate and the Advisory Board on the Management Committee of Mirambika school and replace them with new nominees;
  • Criminal investigation of the entire matter of the shift of premises of Mirambika School and the role played by officials of the Directorate of Education. The investigation should include (but not limited to) the following act of omission and commission: inspections of Mirambika School, providing information on Mirambika School in response to RTI application, filing the affidavits in Hon’ble High Court, approving the shift of students to Mother’s International School, formation of the inspection teams. Case to be referred to Central Bureau of Investigation for a fair, impartial and through investigation.
  1. Since the Mirambika school shifting matter is being probed by CBI, the SAES request for grant of approval by AICTE , in a different name (MIST), is malafide; if the approval sought by SAES is granted by AICTE ignoring the High Court of Delhi’s Status quo order dated 6.05.2015 and the CBI enquiry ordered by the Delhi Govt., concerned AICTE officials would be inviting serious troubles for themselves and their organisation.
  1. Removing references to Mirambika from shriaurobindoashram.net website which now only refers to two schools, MIS – Delhi and the other one in Kechla – Odisha;
  2. Banning the attendance and participation of the parents of Mirambika children in Sports Day activities;
  3.  Banning the attendance and participation of the parents of Mirambika children in  Thanksgiving Day activities;
  4.  Stopping food for Mirambika children from the Ashram kitchen/canteen;
  5.  Shifting the entrance of Mirambika to a gate from where the parents are not able to enter the parking are;
  6. Stopping the regular interaction between the Diyas and the parents;
  7. Taking undertakings / affidavits from parents of new Red Group children disclaiming SAES responsibility for de-recognition or closure of Mirambika (already denied by the DoE) without mentioning that it shifted Mirambika to an illegal building built on encroached public land;
  8. Getting Diyas to counsel parents of new Red Group children against the ongoing efforts of petitioner parents to restore Mirambika to its legitimate building and space;
  9. Getting MIS teachers to counsel parents of newly admitted children that the ongoing efforts of petitioner parents to restore Mirambika to its legitimate building and space are against MIS;
  10. Trying to alter Mirambika’s legitimate building and space to render it unsuitable for a school;
  11. Creating a situation where Diyas leave Mirambika and leave it resource-less;
  12. Trying to shut the Red Group last year;
  13. Shutting 9th – 10th classes last year;
  14. Trying to shut 6th – 8th classes this year;
  15. ………………………watch for more……………the list is growing like Pinocchio’s nose!
  1. Inviting a very senior AICTE official as Chief Guest to an Ashram function and filling his mind with false stories against petitioner parents to prepare the ground for AICTE approval for MIST (the Mirambika Institute for Science & Technology) despite the Delhi High Court’s status quo order covering the land and building where this Institute is proposed to be located.
  2. Hiring the son of a sitting Delhi HC judge to appear for SAES in the Delhi HC before his father’s brother judges in an attempt to blunt the case of the petitioner parents against SAES.
  3. Allegedly visiting a judge before the hearing to request him to drag the matter as long as possible and decide in favour of SAES.
  4. Allegedly tapping a senior judge to speak to his subordinate judge to work in favour of SAES – in vain.
  5. Exploiting the rift between the offices of the Delhi CM and the Delhi LG to delay the CBI enquiry and derail DoE actions.
  6. After the political change at the Centre, letting his Realtor & Financier friends from Haryana & West Bengal (who are now mired in controversies of their own) not be visible in and around the Ashram.
  7. Getting their lawyers to openly make statements against the Delhi CM and Deputy CM in the Court before a judge known for his anti – Aam Aadmi Party / Delhi Govt actions.
  8. Distancing from Congress, the main benefactor of the Ashram since its inception in the 1960s, which gave SAES the DDA land, etc where Mirambika existed, MIS exists and attempts are on to locate MIST.
  9. Using the politician aunt of a Mirambika parent to try and influence the present Central Govt and its think tank such that its politically committed appointees in various regulatory agencies ignore the merits of the case put forward by the petitioner parents.
  10. Dividing the Mirambika parents by selectively admitting some Mirambika children (of parents grovelling in PJ’s favour or spinelessly neutral) into MIS and using the Ashram’s influence over some bhakt grandparents and parents of Mirambika children.
  11. Threatening and politicising the junior-most groups of Mirambika parents, who have no experience or history with Mirambika, to join hands with those Mirambika parents who blindly support PJ and work against the petitioner parents.
  12. Completely marginalising Sulochana Didi and using other Diyas to defend PJ’s actions as they interact with Mirambika parents.
  13. Involving ex DDA and ex DoE bureaucrats, who have experience in lobbying with govt agencies and dealing with CBI investigations (at least one involving his own self) to meet the challenge posed by petitioner parents using RTI applications etc to bring out the correct facts before the Court and in the public domain.
  14. Altering the pre 14/4/2015 Mirambika building in an attempt to render it very difficult to be used for a school even when the Court orders restoration of Mirambika.
….BUT none of the above can take away the fruits of kukarma that PJ and Company shall taste in this very life.

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