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    Two RTI courses in Mumbai law college from this session


    Two RTI courses in Mumbai law college from this session
    As Reported in Yahoo! News on Fri, Jun 13 02:06 AM

    Mumbai's K C Law College, recognised by the Bar Council of India, will
    be the first law institute in India to introduce two courses on Right
    to Information.

    The courses, which will begin this academic session beginning July,
    are being offered at two levels - foundation and advanced.
    College principal Neelima Chandiramani, who is the brainchild behind
    these certificate courses says, the common man should be able to make
    good use of RTI and sloppily drafted applications will never yield
    information.

    While the syllabus of the foundation course will comprise history of
    the Act, its provisions and case studies, the advanced-level is
    designed for citizens who know the basics but need to learn certain
    'tricks' such as ways to ask for information when the government or a
    department tries to hoodwink a person by giving excuses.

    We want to train candidates in such a way that if they become
    information commissioners, they understand the problem," said
    Chandiramani, who took up this project together with RTI activist
    Shailesh Gandhi. Gandhi and information commissioner V V Kovlikar will
    be taking sessions during the weekend.

    The classes will run into five sessions, each three hours long and priced at Rs 2,000 for basic and advanced levels.

    Two RTI courses in Mumbai law college from this session - Yahoo! India News



  2. Re: Now, become a certified RTI activist in five sessions


    Quote Originally Posted by drjeme View Post
    can any body give contact detail 4 this course?
    Here are the details:

    KC Law College has announced a foundation course, as well as an advanced course to train citizens and government servants on using and implementing their Right To Information.

    Objectives of the course
    Foundation Course
    The course is designed for people who either have no prior exposure to the RTI or have used it casually. The focus will be on how to use RTI effectively.
    It will cover:
    History of RTI and rationale for it.
    Provisions of the RTI Act-with information on using RTI.
    Provisions of the RTI Act-focus on first and second appeals
    Interacting with some RTI users, activists and Public Information Officers.
    Tips on drafting applications and appeals and way forward Advanced Course
    The course has been designed for people who have been using the Act with some regularity and are now seeking to improve their understanding and skills. The course will also analyse some of the orders of the Informations Commissions and devote some time to understanding the work of Public Information Officers. This course aims to equip participants to draft appeals and some practical understanding of the hearings in appeals.
    It will cover:
    History of RTI, provisions of the Act and appeals.
    Tips on drafting RTI applications and appeals.
    Interactive session with PIOs, Information Commissioner (if possible) and activists.
    Discussing the interpretations of the contentious provisions.
    Interactive session to resolve problems/issues confronting participants. Eligibility
    Foundation Course
    A candidate who has passed the Bachelors' degree examination in any faculty/ discipline from the University of Mumbai or a corresponding degree examination of any other university recognised as equivalent thereto is eligible.
    Advanced course
    Using RTI for over six months. Filing of at least three RTI applications and one first appeal or a law degree; or experience as a Public Information Officer.
    Admission procedure
    A candidate seeking admission is required to apply in the prescribed format.
    The admission form and brochure is available at the college office from June 27 between 9 amand 5 pm on payment of Rs 100.
    The admission form duly filled in along with the prescribed fee should be submitted at the college office on or before July 26, 2008. Fee
    Every candidate shall pay Rs 2,000 in cash at the time of submitting the form. Fees once paid shall not be refunded.
    Course strength
    The course will only admit 50 participants at a time on a first come, first serve basis. A minimum of 30 participants must register for the course to commence.
    Commencement of courses
    Foundation course
    This shall commence on August 2, 2008, to be held every alternate Saturday.
    Advanced course
    This shall commence on August 9, 2008, to be held every alternate Saturday.
    The duration of both the courses will be of five sessions of three hours each; Lectures, Role Plays / Simulation Exercises and Seminar Presentations will be conducted on Saturdays from 4 pm to 7 pm.

    Assessment of the participants:
    There will be continual assessment of the participant on the basis of:
    Class Participation
    Assignments
    Role Play
    Research Projects
    Final written test Passing Standards and Award of Certificate
    A candidate shall be declared to have passed the Certificate Course and become eligible for the award of the Certificate if he/she secures 50 percent of marks each in class participation, research projects, presentations, role plays/ simulation exercises and written examinations.
    A candidate passing the examination by securing aggregate marks of:
    70 percent and above shall be declared to have passed with distinction.
    60 percent and above but less than 70 percent shall be declared to have passed with first division.
    50 percent and above but less than 60 percent shall be declared to have passed with second division.
    Below 50 percent shall be declared to have failed.
    Contact:
    HSNC Board's
    Kishinchand Chellaram Law College
    Phone: +91 (0)22 2282 2376
    Website: www.kclawcollege.com
    Source; How to use your Right To Information
    Defeat is not final when you fall down. It is final when you refuse to get up.

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    Re: Now, become a certified RTI activist in five sessions


    Most of us have been using the RTI Act for quite some time and I feel that this sort of professionalism will only bring commercial interest in this information seeking process. Paying Rs.2000/- just for learning how to file a RTI application is worth filing 200 applications.

    We need more forums like ours to help and educate people learn the art of seeking information from the Public Authorities rather than commercialising it.

  4. #28

    Re: Now, become a certified RTI activist in five sessions



    Now I wonder what will happen to these courses? Who will conduct these classes? Shailesh Gandhi cannot devote time to conduct these them. If the courses have already started then those who have enrolled must be feeling cheated.

    At least Sh. Gandhi should devote some time to give guest lectures, IMHO.

  5. #29

    RTI Grads at your service


    RTI 'grads' at your service
    as reported by Kartikeya, 18 Sep 2008,TNN

    MUMBAI: Democracy, as embodied in the average citizen’s Right to Information, is striding ahead confidently. A group of Mumbaikars from various fields, armed with a certificate course in RTI, is ready to cut the masters of red tape to size, to jolt the sultans of sloth and bring the rajas of babudom down to earth.

    The 24 men and women who comprise this group have completed a certificate course from a south Mumbai college on how to use RTI professionally—they include businessmen, college professors, retired bankers and chartered accountants. All of them have now mastered the art of framing queries under the RTI Act to goad the civic authorities into action. With time, they hope to become advisors and consultants to the wider citizenry.

    "The act is no longer a mystery for us. We now know the process and how to use it," said Priyavadan Nanavati (73), a chartered accountant. That, according to most participants in the course, has been their biggest gain. Activists like Shailesh Gandhi have taught them that they are not ‘‘beggars’’ or supplicants for information. They are applicants for their rights.

    "For 14 years, the road outside my factory in Vithalwadi was lying unrepaired. While doing the course I filed a simple RTI query asking the concerned department about the status of the road and within no time, the repair work started," said Pradeep Raisinghani (39), a businessman. "We now know that getting the required information depends on framing the right questions," said Pervez Homi Lentin (61), a retired professor of physics. Participants realized that vague and abstract questions could easily be turned down by government departments and they have learnt to hone their skills in framing queries which will elicit the best response.

    "For instance, we now know it's better never to ask the BMC ‘when’ a particular piece of work will be completed. Rather, we demand information on the funds allocated for it, the officer utilising them and the progress reports submitted by him to his ward office," said Leann Almeida, a law student. Similarly, while seeking information about a file reported as lost, these experts will ask which officer reported it as lost and whether a police complaint was lodged or not. "These small things ensure that the officers cannot shirk their responsibility," Almeida added.

    Neelima Chandiramani, principal of the K C College of Law which conducted the course, said that in the long run she expected those who had done the course to play a larger role in society as specialists on RTI. ‘‘Pleas filed by those who did the course will never be vague or badly drafted. Moreover, most of them have been professionals in their own field and know how the system works. They will be able to advise others on how to go about their own queries,’’ Chandiramani added.

    In preparing for real-life difficulties in getting information from government departments which often try to block it, two of the participants conducted role-play exercises in which they acted as an applicant seeking information and an information officer denying it, while a third participant played out the role of the appellate authority.

    They thus re-created situations such as those they would have to face when they filed appeals before an information commissioner. ‘‘Thanks to all this training we now know that we cannot be denied information on frivolous grounds,’’ said Khorshed Nayak, a retired bank officer. ‘‘A beginning has been made and I will use my knowledge to help others who are made to run from pillar to post because they don’t know how to corner the officials,’’ said Najimuddin Chunawala (59), a Dongri-based businessman.

    RTI 'grads' at your service-India-The Times of India

  6. #30

    Re: Now, become a certified RTI activist in five sessions


    Today only a newspaper report appeared stating that someone asked for a copy of the famous 'Volkar Committee' report on the petrol scandal, for which he received a reply that the 'file is not traceable'. Now after the training he can ask "which officer reported it as lost and whether a police complaint was lodged or not".

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    Re: Now, become a certified RTI activist in five sessions


    Quote Originally Posted by taurus View Post
    Today only a newspaper report appeared stating that someone asked for a copy of the famous 'Volkar Committee' report on the petrol scandal, for which he received a reply that the 'file is not traceable'. Now after the training he can ask "which officer reported it as lost and whether a police complaint was lodged or not".
    Taurus,

    Please have a look at this thread:

    https://www.rtiindia.org/forum/7170-w...volcker+report

    Technically, the report is still "not lost".

    The RTI Application is just being tossed around for over 2 years, from one ministry to another and finally landed up in the lap of Directorate of Enforcement - an organisation exempted under Sec 24 of the RTI Act.

    To your suggested query, I just want to add a few more:

    1. How many copies of the report were submitted
    2. Names, Designations, Office address, Office Telephone numbers of all those to whom the report was submitted.
    3. Names, Designations,...... of all those officers who had the"custody" of the report after it was submitted.
    4. Certified copies of covering letters or file notes showing the movement of the file from one public authority to another - from the moment the report was submitted till it went missing along with the date of such movements

  8. #32

    Re: Now, become a certified RTI activist in five sessions


    I think that its our fundamental right to have assess to information from govt. We are having other fundamental rights , inspite of these, people are made to be in police stations without arrest, people have been shot dead in fake encounters, people does not allowed to speak, What I find as a surprise that we do not know how to use our fundamental rights, in the books i find these are our fundamental rights but do not know how to protect or whom to approach for. I think we should have aseparate ministry to deliver these fundametal rights at doorsteps of citizens as customer of this country or the privatisation should be done so that mnc can enter inthis lucrative field of bussiness. I am sure that we tenders will be out for these services again there will be some scam will unfold, in this way we can have wide publicity so that ultimately our citizens will be made aware of there Fundamental rights.

    thank u

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