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CEPT to CEPT Co. Pvt. Ltd. A man nurtures a neem sapling and it starts growing with his assistance.

With the passage of time the responsibilities of nurturing the growing tree is taken up by his decedents.. The man grows old and dies and the tree still continues to grow on its own accord and it acquires an identity of its own. The person who planted or his decedents who nurtured the tree mistakenly think that they have exclusive rights to the neem tree and can decide its fate or future as per their wish. And the tree remains at the mercy of the people who think they own the tree. In reality the person or his family acted as agents in the process who played a crucial role in the early development of the tree just like agents of pollination like birds, animals or bees or natural elements like wind and water. This same analogy can be applied to a child brought up in a family or community and also to the institutions. ....the story so far ....the sixties in Ahmedabad was the time of the birth of institutions like IIM, ATIRA PRL NID etc envisioned by visionaries like Dr.Vikram Sarabhai and others and with the support of the Ahmedabad Education Society (AES) for land and funds. Dr B V Doshi at that time was working in Paris at architect Le Corbusiers office, when he was made responsible for the design projects of few houses of the mill owners in Ahmedabad like the Sarabhais and the Shodhans to name a few and slowly his clients circle included the whos who of Ahmedabad.. Dr Doshi finally made Ahmedabad his home and also set up his office here and started working. In 1962 his dream was also realised when the school of architecture came into being with the support of the AES like the case of the other institutes. Doshi invited many eminent architects from India and abroad who came and helped him set up the school and strengthens its foundations. The idea was of an institute which was like a cauldron, a melting pot of different ideas beliefs faiths and ideologies coming together to inspire a new generation of students who were going to become the future architects of our country. As time years went by the institute acquired a life and spirit of its own. Here students were inspired to look and learn from the world around see what they had with them as the tradition offered and along with constant questioning of the existing practices theories and ideas, subsequently the result was a constant churning within which brought out some of the most creative of thinkers and practitioners. The world outside also was changing and with every batch of newly admitted students ushered in new ideas fresh thoughts which enriched the place even further. Our students and faculty and everybody else who together make the institute have earned name and fame in whatever they have been doing during the course of being connected to CEPT and after that too. Once a part of this institute one becomes a part of the spirit of the place and it becomes an inseparable part of our psyche; as is the case of many great institutions like for example alumni run Harvard. The above mentioned history is commonly known amongst us ceptians but what follows are few paragraphs giving a background to the same which is very important for us at CEPT to know. The Ahmedabad education society Ahmedabad Education Society was established in 1935, when there was only one college- Gujarat College- established by the British Raj was in existence giving higher education in Arts and Science faculties. The society was established under the inspiration of Late Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel the first Dy. Prime Minister of Independent India, as a part of freedom struggle on the education front. The other visionaries of AES include Shri G V Mavlanker (The first speaker of the Indian Parliament), Shri Kasturbhai Lalbhai (An Industrial Magnet and Philanthropist with Foresight) & Shri Amrutlal Hargovandas (An Eminent Industrialist).

The citizens of Ahmedabad had full faith in the leadership of these eminent personalities and their leadership and bestowed lavish contribution for a noble cause of education. Shri Kasturbhai Lalbhai was appointed as president of the Society in 1936 and the march towards progress made its beginning under his dynamic leadership. One after the other, colleges/ schools and institutes were established in spacious premises and excellent environment on the lands purchased by the Society. AES established the first engineering college in Gujarat in the name of L D Engineering College, which was subsequently handed over to the Government of Gujarat. A brief history of CEPT from its foundation till the 50th year of its being (source: http://www.cept.ac.in/5/6/about/cept-university) The AES established the Centre for Environment Planning & Technology (CEPT) in the year 1962 with the inception of School of Architecture (SA) through grantinaid from Government of Gujarat. The School of Planning (SP) was established in 1972 with financial support from Government of India (MHRD), Government of Gujarat and Ford Foundation. The other schools; School of Building Science and Technology (SBST) and School of Interior Design (SID) were established in 1982 and 1991 respectively with grantinaid from Government of Gujarat. Initially CEPT was established and run by AES. In 24th January 1994, a separate trust and a society were formed. Since inception CEPT has operated as an autonomous academic institution developing its academic programs but recognized by the State of Gujarat and the statutory regulatory body for technical courses the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). From 2002 2005, CEPT was affiliated to the Hemachandracharya North Gujarat University at Patan. Consequently, the students completing various programs at CEPT were awarded bachelors and masters degrees. CEPT became a University by the Gujarat State Legislature Act of 2005 with effect from April 12, 2005. CEPT University has been recognized by the University Grants Commission under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956 in February 2007. The University is recognized as Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). CEPT opens up and reaches out to the city at the time of calamity...... After the earthquake which struck Gujarat in 2001 the CEPT community , students, faculty, all the staff came together and came forward in all its capacities to support the city starting with teams going out for relief operations and sending food and supplies for the affected people. The institute was closed officially but students and faculty started working together voluntarily forming groups conducting damage assessments and providing immediate remedial measures and building awareness through pamphlets and reaching out to the public at large. A large scale training of engineers was conducted at CEPT in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation and the state government along with a comprehensive damage assessment work was conducted, when the schools reopened all the semesters and programs oriented themselves towards this disaster. The earth quake and the subsequent interaction with the agencies of the city with CEPT marked the beginning of the collaboration with the city and the Institute. The Government and the beaurcracy realised the capabilities of the Institute and the commitment it showed in working with them. Beginning with the consultancy offered to the various agencies of the city during the earthquake CEPT University has been carrying out research projects, consultancies, training programmes, and workshops for external agencies. Faculty members at CEPT are highly versatile, and often with professional experience of conducting their practices and bring these strengths to their activities. The range and depth covered by them is vast with much inter disciplinary cross taking place. To further synergize the efforts, a centralised research and consultancy unit was established in 2001 under the Director, CEPT. Now CEPT as it had been functioning from the beginning complete freedom was given to the faculty to bring in consultancy projects and run them with help of research assistants and trainees under various faculties at cept. CEPT Research and Development Unit (CRDU) was established CRDU undertakes a wide range of research, consultancy and training activities for Government and non-governmental sectors ably managed by CRDU Executive Committee and CRDU Standing Committee

Initially the major part of the consultancy work was related to rebuilding after the earthquake. The major projects starting from structural damage assessment, to disaster mangament measures, preparing guidlines for retrofitting and strengthening of buildings, rebuilding of schools and other public buildings etc . A huge number of projects started pouring in. Now this was a more than welcome thing for the practicing architects some who were in some or the other way connected to people in power at cept and who had the authority to delegate the projects which were coming in. Invisible to outsiders, a systematic power centre was getting created in the process. The major part of the consultancy projects were related to urban design and planning disciplines wherein the clients would be state governments, municipalities and other institutes. There was no democratic system of distributing or delegating projects to architects within CEPT. Suddenly it started becoming lucrative for practicing architects to be connected to the power centres at CEPT. The near and dear ones of the persons in power at CEPT started getting projects and this consequently angered other practitioners. Planning and urban design consultancy projects also started pouring in and with the setting up of the CEPT research and development unit a new chapter of consultancy opened up at cept. With the extra money which came in due to the consultancy services offered under the leadership of head of faculties at cept many development activities also could be funded within campus. But with all this many wrong practices also started taking place due to lack of proper regimentation in practice and professional rigour. Now with the planning and urban design consultancy at CEPT growing steadily in a decade, we started competing with big planning firms outside; all the more so when CEPT University ACT was passed and it became a University. The State Machinery and agencies always would have more faith in a University which offered consultancy rather than any private consultancy firm. Any huge project, be it the BRTS project, large scale planning and master planning projects in and out of the state also from all over the country started coming to CEPT. This irked many big consultancies around the city. One such consultancy is the HCPDPM headed by Dr.Bimal Patel and his father. About HCPDPM (as taken from http://www.hcp.co.in/29/profile) HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd. provides professional services in Architectural Design, Interior Design, Engineering Design, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Construction Management and Project Management. The practice was founded by Hasmukh C. Patel in 1960. Today, HCP comprises of over 175 persons. Over the last 50 years HCP has worked on the design of many types of facilities, for example, Education, Housing, Offices, Retail, Scientific Research, Manufacturing, Transport and Recreation. It has experience in preparing Feasibility Studies, Strategic Plans, Masterplans, Urban Development Plans, Town Planning Schemes and Statutory Listings. It also has considerable experience in procurement, project management and construction supervision for small and large-scale projects. HCPs projects are located across Gujarat, India and a few destinations abroad. Over the years HCP has contributed to the foundation and evolution of several allied organizations: Environmental Planning Collaborative, a not-for-profit organization for research and advocacy in public policy in urban development; Geographis Pvt. Ltd., a geographic information systems and surveying company; HCP Interior Architecture Pvt. Ltd., an interior architecture company, and; TDW Furniture Pvt. Ltd., a furniture design and manufacturing company. .....at 50 anniversary we declared that at CEPT we are a divided house CEPT was always a divided house. Starting with the petty differences amongst the students, groups of the locals versus the outstation students, groups among faculty members, Ideological differences, personal animosities, Differences of opinions, attitude differences, rifts and lobbys within each faculties, rifts between students and faculties of undergraduate & post graduate courses etc etc. All these things are very natural in any institute which brings together such diverse and strong minded teachers and professors together and where students who are being educated and inspired to have a questioning and a largely non conformist attitude would actually lead to more such divides. But like Wise Elders of a huge joint family consisting of fighting children, professor Doshi and Dr. Vakil had kept the family tied together. This happens in all great institutes all over the world. But what happened at the 50 Anniversary of CEPT was uncalled for and truly unfortunate.
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Leaving behind all their differences the faculty heads of all graduate and postgraduate programs at CEPT met for discussing what needed to be done for the upcoming Golden Jubilee celebrations of cept. All the Alumni also got together and the Alumni Association was also about to be formed whose first agenda was to take charge of the celebrations marking the golden jubilee of CEPT. Suddenly in the Middle of the meeting it was declared that it was not 50 years of CEPT and that it was Fifty years of the SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE and only architecture celebrates its 50 years. The meeting was immediately abandoned by most of the members and many including Dr. Vakil were pained by this statement. This came like a big blow on the head to all of us at CEPT who had come with a community feeling to celebrate the event. This was an open declaration in CEPT and to all the Alumni who had come together that we were a divided house. Nowhere in the history of any Institutions would such a thing have happened. The IIM-Ahmedabad also had celebrated its Golden Jubilee a couple of years back but there nobody said that on the course which began in 1961 would celebrate its 50 years rather the whole of IIM celebrated 50 years. How could such a thing come out from CEPT and why was it ever agreed upon by the majority. What resulted was no other Faculty or program participated and it never actually became a CEPT Celebration. If at all we had stayed together th and united like one family starting with the 50 year celebrations we wouldnt have had to go through all what has been happening since then. This was enough material for the people who have been searching inroads into the heart of CEPT. During the course of all these events Dr. Bimal Patel started taking keen interest in the Celebrations of the 50 year of SA as it was henceforth known, after the exclusion of the other members of the CEPT family. Not only did Dr. Patel contribute a good amount into the Corpus collected but also put in his team at office to work for the 50 year celebrations too. He was also very much aware of the divisions within our CEPT family; more so after the other schools were excluded from the preparation of the golden jubilee celebrations. Little did we know why all these efforts were being put in by Dr. Patel and his crew. Eventually it is becoming clear that SA 50 celebrations and the Alumni Association were to be just platforms used to facilitate or prepare him for his pre ordained journey to the post which he now occupies. There was already a lot of pressure from Shri Sanjay Lalbhai (one of the trustees of the Ahmedabad Education Trust till February 2012) on Dr. Vakil to step down from all positions he was holding at CEPT. But till Shri Shrenikbhai Lalbhai (who had complete faith in Dr. Vakil ) was the Chairman of the trust there was no real danger. Moreover with the majority of the voices being our Deans in the Board of Mangement we could resist the pressure. By mid February 2012 Shri Sanjay Lalbhai took over as chairman of the governing body of CEPT. After Shri Sanjay Lalbhai took over as Chariman of the governing body of CEPT, everyone knew that lot of things would change. And the first casualty was our Leader Himself. Dr. Vakil was unceremoniously relieved of his position. It is difficult to believe that Dr. Vakil who had such far reaching vision could not foresee what was coming. In the mean time Dr. Patel for reason that nobody could figure at that point of time relieved himself of the responsibilities he had taken up of the SA 50 celebrations and his attendance at the meetings reduced to almost nil. Well now we know why he did so. He was actually getting ready and preparing himself for the new set of duties he was to take up. .NEWS RN VAKIL OFFERS TO STEP DOWN FROM CEPT TOP POST
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Sunday, Feb 19, 2012, 15:52 IST | Place: Ahmedabad Niyati Rana

Newly appointed chairman Sanjay Lalbhai forms 3-member search committee for his successor. If there was one noticeable emotion amongst the cheer and enthusiasm at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT)'s 6th convocation on Saturday, it was of surprise. Many eyebrows were raised as the chairman of the institute Sanjay Lalbhai announced that the current president and the director, CEPT University, RN Vakil had proposed to step down from the two posts he holds in the board of governors meeting on Friday evening. Vakil's proposal to step down from the two prime posts comes after nurturing the excellence of the institute for the more than 28 years that he took charge of the institute as dean in 1986. It was in 2005, after the CEPT was given status of a University, that Vakil was appointed its president and director.

.next series of events that followed Dr. Vakils removal (everybody was made to believe that he voluntarily stepped down from the post) At the facultys insistence with repeated letters addressed to the chairman, two more members were added to the search committee; one, by the chairman who proposed Kartikeya Sarabhai and the faculty proposed B V Doshi. These letters also raised the concern of choosing a person who might have conflicting interests with the schools. Conseqently a mock search was conducted for the new president for CEPT and announced in the press. The stepping down of Dr. Vakil and the announcement of the search committee for the new president all came in such a hurry that nobody could think further into what was happening. Divided as we were and as we had already announced at the beginning of the SA50th year celebrations we could only gather so much courage that we wrote a signed petition condemning the unceremonious removal of Dr. Vakil signed by the whole lot of professors who felt bad for Dr. Vakil which never ever got a reply. Faculty members after having to accept the decision still believed that there would be a democratic unbiased process of selection or search for the posts earlier occupied by Dr. Vakil. And when insisted by the faculty by repeated letters to the chairman two more members were added to the already rigged search committee. As expected Dr. Bimal Patel was chosen to take up the two Posts. When Dr. Bimal Patel came in most of us where relieved to see one of us and a senior alumnus being chosen to be the next president. Very few were suspecting these series of events. The rest of us who were already big fans of Dr. Patel and who were always awed by his dynamic personality and the kind of practice he had were happy inspite of feeling bad about what was done to Dr. Vakil. But we had at that time the New Chairman to be blamed. Also to many of us it was normal that when the new generation person comes to power replacing the older generation then the methods of working and biases towards the old school of thought would always show. 1) Analysis

Dr Vakil during his tenure as dean and especially after CEPT was given status of a University as the president and director had made many notable contributions to maintain the autonomy of CEPT which was the prime reason it could itself chart its success and take important decisions by itself. The former Chairman (Shri. Shrenikbhai Lalbhai) and Trustees of the Governing body and also held him in high esteem and were in agreement with the ideas put forward under the leadership of Dr. Vakil and the other members of the board of management.

When DNA asked Vakil why he chose to step down from the posts, he promptly said with a laugh, "Why not? You can say that it is time for a break and there is no other serious reason. I am happy and healthy," he said. However, senior faculties at the CEPT say that he had informed trusted bunch of faculties in the institute about his decision to step down from the posts. Vakil was one of the founder members of the CEPT 50 years back. With BV Doshi and KasturbhaI Lalbhai, he wanted to start an institute to create skills in architecture. Remembering Vakil's contribution to CEPT, a senior faculty said that when he joined the institute, it had only 2 Post Graduate Courses and now as he steps down, there are around 23 post graduate courses. It was because of his efforts, guidance and encouragement that CEPT is now a University. "When he joined, CEPT had only architecture and planning courses and now we have a variety of them. What is special is his way of functioning. He would encourage and motivate faculty and students to take up challenges, responsibility, create leadership in people," said a faculty. The chairman said that the board has accepted Vakil's proposal and formed a committee to hunt for his successor for the two p osts. Though a majority of the people were tight-lipped about the committee members, DNA has learnt that Sanjay Lalbhai would head the panel as chairman of the institute, and chairman and managing director of Symphony Limited, Achal Bakeri, and Indian Institut e of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) Prof Prem Pangotra who also worked as dean of a faculty at CEPT in the past, are said to be the other two members.

Any important decision concerning CEPT is to be passed by the board of management. This board consisted of the chairman of the CEPT Governing body (Also the Chairman of the Ahmedabad Education Trust which in 2009 became Ahmedabad University) the President & Director of CEPT now called the President & Acting Director of CEPT all the deans of the various faculties at CEPT and many other distinguished persons as one could see in the list given above. CEPT under the Directorship of Dr. Vakil grew with the increase in number of faculties and consequently the number of deans also increased which made our voice more powerful in the board of management also. Any decision which was not in the interest of CEPT and was brought to the table of the board of management would be declined with majority support. There had been immense pressure for control over the reins of the CEPT governance by the society promoters which was clearly impossible without reducing the strength in numbers of the Deans of CEPT and their leader Dr. Vakil who being a man of principles and honest to the core could never compromise his integrity and loyalty to CEPT. In him as a leader we had the true custodian of our spirit. Yes with this autonomy, freedom, and democratic approach where all were equal stake holders an all inclusive approach had some negative influences also creeping into the system. The governance was never authoritarian and neither was it of a regimental kind. Rather it was of a participatory democratic nature where all debates and differences in opinions were invited. To get people together on a common plane of thought was a task in itself. To reach a consensus on any issue in such a system was extremely difficult so decisions taken used to be delayed; but this was inevitable in such systems. From the beginning when Dr. B V Doshi had started the school with a small group of people the system was never a closed system operating for a common fixed goal. Rather what was developing was more of system open to influences from outside with diverse ideas and visions pitted against each other and a constant search for alternative paths to think act and go forward was what began. Such systems could be perceived as lacking order and tending more to chaos. But whatever was perceived from outside we all knew that in the midst of this perceived chaos there was some sense of order which was brought about by the connections to the city and the interactions with the life around. The institute from the beginning had teachers from abroad as well as from India. Similarly students came from all sections of society from all over India, from villages small towns cities and there was always an equal mix of local and outstate students. With affiliations and contacts with international universities there have been exchange programmes where international students would also have been part of the campus bringing in more to add to the culture of this place. All these aspects together created and developed a unique identity for this place and since the beginning CEPT had been attracting notice from the city around. ..until the first week of february 2012 the cept university management was as below MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNING BODY Shri Shrenikbhai Kasturbhai (Chairman) - supported the autonomy of CEPT having faith in Dr.Vakils leadership Dr. R. N. Vakil (Director, CEPT University) a custodian of the spirit of CEPT Shri Sanjay S. Lalbhai (Trustee) as a trustee in spite of wanting to gain control could not do much at those times Shri Sudhirbhai U. Mehta (Trustee) Shri Bhalchandra R. Shah (Trustee) Shri Prafullbhai Anubhai (Trustee) Shri Ashokbhai C. Gandhi (Trustee) Shri Naishadh I. Parikh (Trustee) Shri Saurabh Soparkar (Trustee) Role of the Governing Body The Governing Body is responsible for framing the board policy in relation to matters of the University. It has the power to obtain from the Board of Management the annual accounts audited report and the annual report of the University. It can ask for any information or explanation or any other thing in relation to the affairs of the University from the concerned authority of the University and may give directions to authorities of the University as it thinks fit. MEMBERS OF BOARD OF MANAGEMENT (where Deans who guarded the spirit of CEPT and their supporters were in the majority)

Shri Shrenikbhai Kasturbhai , Chairman, GB,CEPT University - Chairman Dr. R.N. Vakil, Director, CEPT University Shri Bhalchandra Shah, Eminent Advocate Prof. Y. K. Alagh, Distinguished Professor, CEPT University Prof. B.V. Doshi, Dean Emeritus, CEPT University Prof. Shiv Vishwanathan, Professor, DAIICT Shri Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director CEE Prof. H.M. Shivanand Swamy, Associate Director & Dean, Faculty of Infrastructure Systems, CEPT University Prof. K.B. Jain, Chairman, Doctoral Programme, CEPT University Prof. N.H. Chhaya, Dean, Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University Prof. Utpal Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Planning & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities, CEPT University Prof S. P. Sapre, Dean, Faculty of Technology, CEPT University Prof. Krishna Shastri, Dean, Faculty of Design, CEPT University Dr. D.M. Pestonjee, Dean, Faculty of Technology Management, CEPT University Prof. Anjana Vyas, Dean, Faculty of Geomatics & Space Applications Dr. Sharavankumar Acharya, Dean, Faculty of Environmental & Climate Change Studies Dr. R. Parthasarathy, Dean, Faculty of Rural and Development Studies Prof. P.V.K. Rameshwar, Chairman, Graduate School, CEPT University Dr. Meenakshi Gopinathan, Nominee, University Grants Commission Director, (Ex Officio), Directorate of Technical Education Regional Officer & Member Secretary, CRC, AICTE The Principal Secretary, Higher & Technical Education, Government of Gujarat The Principal Secretary, Urban Development & Urban Housing Dept, Government of Gujarat Registrar, CEPT University, Non-member Secretary

Role of the Board of Management The Board is responsible for the general superintendence, direction and control of the affairs of the University, to constitute the Executive and the Academic and Research Councils; the Finance and Development Committee; and to delegate any of its powers to the Executive Council, President, Director, Deans, Registrar, or any other officer, employee or authority of the University or to a committee appointed by it; for more efficient management of the University. The Board also has the powers to review the acts of the Executive Council, the Academic and Research Council and the Finance and Development Committee .people Responsible for CEPT at present after Dr.Patel took over ( recently changed website http://www.cept.ac.in/5/79/about/people) Members of the Governing Body Shri Sanjaybhai Lalbhai (Chairman) ( Who after Starting the Ahmedabad University was on the lookout for a takeover) Shri Sudhirbhai U. Mehta (Trustee) Shri Bhalchandra R. Shah (Trustee Shri Prafullbhai Anubhai (Trustee) Shri Ashokbhai C. Gandhi (Trustee) Shri Naishadh I. Parikh (Trustee) Shri Saurabh Soparkar (Trustee) Dr. Bimal Patel (President & Act. Director, CEPT University who always considered CEPT as his companys rival) Members of the Board of Management Shri Sanjay Lalbhai , Chairman, Governing Body CEPT University (One how treats CEPT and ARVIND mills as the same) Dr. Bimal Patel, President & Act.Director, CEPT University, ( who always consideres CEPT as his companys rival) Shri Bhalchandra Shah, Eminent Advocate Prof. Y. K. Alagh, Distinguished Professor, CEPT University Prof. B.V. Doshi, Dean Emeritus, CEPT University (for CEPT and its AUTONOMOUS FREEDOM) Prof. Shiv Vishwanathan, Professor, DAIICT Shri Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director, Centre for Environment Education Prof. N.H. Chhaya, Dean, Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University (for CEPT and its AUTONOMOUS FREEDOM) Dr. Darshini Mahadevia, Dean, Faculty of Planning , CEPT University (Who was always against most of her colleagues at cept and had been looking for revenge which she ultimately lost at the cost of becoming Dr.Patel s stooge. Prof S. P. Sapre, Dean, Faculty of Technology, CEPT University (for CEPT and its AUTONOMOUS FREEDOM)

Prof. Krishna Shastri, Dean, Faculty of Design, CEPT University (for CEPT and its AUTONOMOUS FREEDOM) Ms. Manvita Baradi, Dean, Faculty of Management, CEPT University (Dr Patels previous Employee at HCPDPM) Dr. N. Natarajan ,Director, (Ex Officio), Directorate of Technical Education PS, Higher & Technical Education, Government of Gujarat PS, Urban Development & Urban Housing Dept, Government of Gujarat Dr. Meenakshi Gopinathan, Nominee, University Grants Commission Regional Officer & Member Secretary, CRC, AICTE Registrar, CEPT University, Non-member Secretary Analysis. Shri Sanjaybhai very well knew that removal of Dr. Vakil from the most influential of posts and putting in his man Dr. Patel was just the first step towards entering into the heart of CEPT and being able to control the reins. Soon it became evident that a lot of home work would have been required and that a well planned effort has been made to chart out all what is being carried out meticulously at CEPT at the pretext of cleaning up and organizing the system. Shri Sanjay bhai was already a member of the Governing body and a trustee before he took over as chairman and he very well understood the weaknesses and divides at CEPT which could be manipulated and used to get what he achieved. Dr. Patel was already well known to Shri Sanjaybhai. Shri Sanjaybhai knew that Dr. Patel being an alumni of the school and the rapport he had built with the fellow alumni also the dynamic professional and entrepreneur iconized by architecture and planning students he was he would be least suspected to have dubious intentions when chosen as a replacement for Dr. Vakil. The preparations for SA 50 celebrations and the formation of the SA Alumni Association which started one and a half years back before Shri Sanjaybhai took over as the Chairman which coincided with the year of the 50th anniversary of CEPT was a good excuse for Dr.Patel to enter CEPT to try and understand what was going on at CEPT. Using SA50 as a platform to understand the rifts and differences between the faculties Dr. Patel could easily understand the one to one dynamics between different faculty members too. The first major task to be undertaken by Dr Patel was trying to understand of the problem of lack of usable space within the existing premises which was a major problem we have been facing at CEPT. A whole team of professionals lead by a Senior Architect and a team of Associates with interior contractors have been hired for the task. All these contracts have been given to Dr. Patels acquaintances friends and agencies he has been working with through his firm. These works were awarded to agencies without any competitive bidding process and the chief architect hired by Dr.Patel happens to be a friend of his. The way in which students, research associates, even professors etc who have been asked to move or relocate during the process have caused trouble to many. But we shall not discuss that for the time being because there are many pressing issues to be discussed ahead. For the Chairman Shri Sanjaybhai who inspite of having the president and acting director as his confident needed to further reduce the strength in number of the deans at the board of management to weaken the voice from cept at the board. To do this he needed either to reduce the number of Deans and increase number of confidents who would be aligned with the president. This was done by having individual meetings with most of the faculty only to convince them of his vision and enlist support. No attempt was ever made to understand their views and if somebody presented a different opinion it was only viewed as difference of opinion. And, surely the faculty would be sidelined. Obviously democracy or plural opinions were a far cry and the strategy used was to divide and rule. Anybody would give any information on others were encouraged and this information opaquely collected would be used to victimise not only faculty but also students and research staff. Every day some new announcements would come and many of those would be changed according to Presidents whim.. CEPT was suddenly announced a Habitat university and many programs were cited not to be in congruence to the overall idea of Habitat.

The Mission statements on the CEPT website were also promptly changed and for the first time we see CEPT being called a Habitat university. Cept website since the first version which was designed in the year 2003 has undergone many changes with the mission statement mostly woven around the following theme: CEPT mission statement: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. To pursue Excellence in training, research and development in Design, Technology, Services and Management in areas concerning developed and natural environment for the human society. To impart to the students holistic value based education and equip them to deal successfully with a variety of challenges and opportunities. To develop and impart to the students and work pro-actively on societal issues in its areas of relevance. To become a Resource Centre in the service of the State and the profession by developing data- bases and reference materials and offering training programmes and continuing education courses as well as consultancy services. To become a Centre of Excellence in its areas of relevance and attract the best talents nationally and internationally.

All the changes on the cept website which have occurred till date since its inception in 2003 can be seen in the website captures at the following link: http://web.archive.org/web/query?type=urlquery&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcept.ac.in&Submit=Go+Wayback%21 The Habitat University theme is evidently chosen for some specific agenda. Now if one starts limiting CEPT to Habitat only then all the other areas of learning we have delved into over the years can easily show as not congruent to the theme. And slowly at this pretext courses or Consultancy which Dr. Patels Company is in conflict with can be easily removed. Subsequently one fine day Dr.Patel decides to close down two masters courses under the pretext that they were not congruent the Habitat theme he had introduced specially for the purpose. Courses Closed down at CEPT Course no 1: Masters in Climate Change Climate Change a course which had already 2 batches who had passed out and had earned good name outside CEPT was closed down without even informing the Dean Dr. Shravan Acharya. Dr. Acharya at that time was in the USA and he was dumbstruck when he received a letter from CEPT which said that as was discussed with him the Climate Change Faculty has been closed and he was relieved of his position as Dean. But it was actually never mentioned to him and on the contrary it came as a rude shock to the Dean as well as the already Enrolled Students who felt stranded suddenly after this announcement. The have really lost trust with the CEPT administration and have been asking for a clarification as to why this has been done. Course number 2: Masters in Technology Management Masters in Technology Management was first closed and a second Dean was also relieved from his duties. When a lot of unrest resulted amongst students due to the closure of the course its name was changed into Masters in Habitat Management and there was a Dean put incharge who happens to be a former employee at Dr. Patels firm who does not even have the required qualifications tobe eligible for the Coordinator or Dean position. Course number 3: Part Time MBA in Infrastructure Management was also closed down for no visible reason. Slowly it has become clear that the intention was the intention was to reduce the number of Deans who used to be in a strong majority in the CEPT governing body. The discontinuity of the program directly renders the degree to be of no value to the aspiring students Course number 4: B.Plan to be converted to B. Design Faculty of Geomatics: has been closed down

....the next important thing In another masterstroke strategy to put more of his people into the system Dr Patel redesigns the very Structure of the Organization and new method of management has been proposed and is being implemented. Under this pretext various coordinator positions for various programmes have been created giving them all the responsibilities of the Deans of the Respective Faculties but no authority. .analysis These new subordinate positions are supposed to report directly to the President. Most of these people were his own employees who would have worked at his family concerns at some time or the other and most of the junior faculty who are would always be in a subordinate position to Dr. Patel unlike all the previous Deans who were Senior Faculty who were senior to him would easily visualised his intensions and contradict him on controversial decisions and wouldnt have allowed him to have his way. Dr. Patel has appointed all his former employees and acquaintances to the many new positions which have been created under the guise of the new organizational structure. Set procedures for appointment of coordinators or Deans has not been followed All the Senior Faculty who were at Important Positions and were capable of countering this autocratic policies are being rendered powerless sidelined or removed clinically. All the young and aspiring middle order faculty who would never question Dr. Patels authority were promptly given important coordinator positions and loaded with so much of work that they have got themselves fully immersed and are happier with the better positions they have secured without doubting any malicious intentions. CEPT and its Organization Overview as Proposed and as is being implemented by Dr. Bimal Patel (source: http://www.cept.ac.in/5/80/about/overview)

NEWS CEPT UNIVERSITY REDESIGNS DUTIES OF TEACHERS .analysis Historically a larger section of both core Faculties and adjunct faculty positions at CEPT in the undergraduate courses have been occupied by Practicing Architects as well as Engineers. And faculty who were not practicing architects or engineers were pure theorists and most of them were specialists technically sound in their area of research work. This has been the strength of the institute. We students, aspiring practitioners and theorists have had ready inspiration in our midst through all stages of our study. This interactions between students, practising professionals & theorists have been beneficial to all the three individually also as a whole the institute benefited with the kind of talent it attracted in form of teachers and the talent produced in form of future technocrats. When the Masters programs started offering consultancy the whole game started changing. With the scale of projects coming in and the establishment of the CRDU & the RA Lab opportunities for students increased many fold to work in the institute itself while studying was an opportunity very few schools at masters level could boast of. The Faculty handling those projects also gained a lot of experience which gave them live cases to supplement their teaching. The freedom to conduct the consultancies was with the individual professors who brought in the projects. This freedom would have had led to certain bad practices to creep into the system and work or teaching would at times suffer too. The ideal method to be adopted in any such case would be identifying the defaulters or faulty methods and streamlining them. As against that completely controlling the incoming projects in a manner in which they eventually stop; mainly as a result of taking away the powers of the faculty to bring in projects themselves, then appointing a subordinate person over

Paul John, TNN Jun 3, 2013, 06.40AM IST

AHMEDABAD: Cept University's board of management recently concluded after lengthy deliberations that the number of teaching h ours for every permanent member of faculty should be fixed every month. Further, students' feedback after every session of classroom teaching would be made important for improving the quality of teaching and making teaching accountable, the board said. For this, Cept University council is drawing a roadmap. The board of management has said in a policy document that faculty members would be required to spend at least 160 hours a month on teaching, research and academic administration on the campus. Of the total percentage of time spent on the campus, a fac ulty member would be required to spend 24 per cent in the classroom, 36 per cent on teaching, research and deepening knowledge and 15 per cent tending to various administrative responsibilities, the board has stated. Currently, Cept University deans hold posts for many years. To give every able faculty member this opportunity, the board has decided that deans will be chosen by a special five-member selection committee and the tenure of deanship will be three years. However, an extension of two years can be sought.The board has further suggested that a faculty member may engage in just 52 days a year in consultation, to support his or her teaching and research activities. This would ensure that the academic activities of the teacher do not take a back seat. The university also proposes to put a cap on the ancillary earnings of a faculty member. The extra earnings will be used to create a special fund which will be used to provide students fee waivers, improving facilities at the university and in meeting operational expenses. "The board is yet to decide on the cap on consultation as in-depth discussion on the issue is needed. But the overriding purpose of a cap is to lessen the university's dependence on government funding. Also, the funds would be useful in providing fee waivers to needy students, and improving library, lab and ICT facilities on the campus," said a senior faculty member at Cept University. "Another major change that is likely is Cept University following an academic calendar. This was not the case earlier. When students come to a university, they need a bit of certainty about the curriculum. For this, some of the world's best institutions follow an academic calendar. Cept will follow their example," said the faculty member.

the senior faculty who would become the face of this consultancy and to whom all the senior faculty would report too. After Dr. Patel has joined no new projects have been taken up at CEPT. .appointment of coordinators/ CEOs/ dummy Deans The CEPT Governing Body suddenly realised that a lot of time was spent on consultancy projects and that many Faculty were left with very less time for teaching after attending to the consultancy projects. It also accused few of the faculties of not transferring the required percentage of their consultancy income to the CEPT corpus. Instead of finding out who those persons were and putting an end to such practices. They have decided to completely segregate consultancy and teaching. The details of which we shall not discuss at this point. Position 1: CEO CRDF The more important thing being the appointment of a new CEO and registering a company called the CEPT research and development foundation (CRDF). This person was also personally appointed by Dr. Patel on the pretext of appointing an outsider who would be unbiased in his work. Why is he required? Faculty members used to get the project just on their work value most of the time without even needing to bid for the projects and this person has no qualification. How do you expect the senior faculty reporting to this person who is much less qualified. What used to happen earlier was very different. All our faculty who used to run the Consultancy Projects on behalf of CEPT were already well known and eminent persons in their own field. Projects coming to CEPT would mostly come to them and they would do it on behalf of CEPT. But now since the deans and faculty have been rendered powerless to accept any projects no new projects are coming in. Many of the research assistants have already been laid off as most of them sense the closure of consultancy from CEPT all together. Rs 2 lac per month is the salary of this CEO after whose inception no new projects have been taken and Dr Patels himself makes sure no other planning related or any big consultancy projects come into CEPT. On the other hand many research associates have not been receiving salaries for the last 5 months The following are other new positions created wherein of the seven posts listed only Prof. Pratyush Shankar, Prof. Meghal Arya and Prof. K.B Jain are the only persons not professionally connected earlier to Dr Bimal Patel through his firms. All the Rest of the people given these jobs had a professional connection with Dr. Patel at some point of time. 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) Coordinator, Academic Staff Office - Dr. Bhargav Adhvaryu Coordinator, UG Office - Prof. Pratyush Shankar Coordinator, PG Office - Prof. Rajan Rawal Coordinator, Doctoral Office - Prof. K. B. Jain Coordinator, Diploma /Certificate Office - Prof. Manjiri Akalkotkar Coordinator, Exchange Programs Office - Prof. Meghal Arya

removal of people from prime positions Stripping people of their Posts also has a certain procedure. Either the person at the helm is ignorant of the procedure or he is just using the power given to him to inflict maximum damage quickly so that before he is kicked out for the blatant flaunting and misuse of the position he has by violating several rules of the CEPT act he wants to damage the institution the most with this opportunity he has got. Moreover Shri Sanjaybhai also has dubious intentions of trying to weaken the institution and making it so weak from inside by planting this virus into it that by the end it is on oxygen and showing that it needs to be on life support he can merge it also to the new company he has started by the name ahmedabad University. After closing down few programs, removing the deans off their positions and by disrespecting them and by humiliating them their academic reputation has been put at stake. An academic institution has detailed service rules for the office th holder of the highest position. But in this case it seems the 50 year has landed us with a Dictator at the Drivers seat. The person at the helm thinks he is the boss of an American company where he has the authority to hire and fire anyone at will. A President and Acting Director of an academic institution together is a very powerful position which comes with a great amount of responsibility towards the institution.

As far as the course of Habitat Management is concerned they have fabricated such a course here under the pretext of CEPT being an exclusive habitat university. This course does not have a market .Indian Market as we all know today and in years to come does not and will not be able to have a standardised system of habitat services which has to be managed centrally. Do these services mean habitat utility management which may require formal systems. But for informal systems in India which are in place no one needs a utility manager. This is evidently done so as to remove one course and its Dean and then to implant one more former employee of HCPDPM who does not have the necessary qualifications for the Dean position of the said course and without following any proper procedure for appointment of the Dean of the faculty. the conflict of interest becomes evident as huge consultancy projects are rejected by the president. Recently an offer of offering consultancy for the design of the Metro Stations was made to one of the Senior Faculties. This project is a Rs.500 crore project which would have lasted for 5 years. Unlike earlier and as per the new set of rules the Professor could not commit for the project. He was promptly asked by Dr. Patel to decline the offer and finally CEPT wont be even bidding for the project. Similar is the case with all other Consultancy projects. Many inspiring and practicing architects and engineers who have been faculties in the School of Architecture and SBST have had to leave their teaching positions as they choose to continue their practice and could not follow the stringent number of hours of teaching vs number of hours allowed to practice. It is surprising that how all these rules do not apply to Dr. Patel himself!!!! The intension is pretty clear and the conflict of interest has now come out in open. Dr Bimal Patel in his tenure wants to end or control all the consultancy projects undertaken by CEPT and clear all Hurdles for His Company in the future. It is pretty clear now from all this that Dr. Patel has very smartly used the SA 50 Celebrations to come to power to understand the divide amongst the CEPT family and use it to his advantage to end all the competition which has been affecting his company starting from the prestigious BRTS project which he lost and many other projects his company has been losing due to CEPT consultancy. In the process of playing this game of Divide and Rule to gain power and work for his companys future sitting at CEPT he has managed to keep us in the dark by opening up selective information to selective people. Knowing pretty well that at CEPT people getting together to fight a common cause would be like a one in a million chance and being confident that none of us would ever get together and launch a protest he has played very efficient moves like not giving out a clear charter of what is being planned. All his so called meetings or discussions have been plain announcements of what has been decided. More like a proclamation or notice by the King to His subjects. There is another angle to look at all what has been happening. For that we will have to zoom out a little and include the Chairman Shri Sanjaybhai also in our zone of scrutiny. In July 2009 under the leadership of Shri Sanjay Lalbhai the Ahmedabad University a private university was established in Ahmedabad. It is a self-financed, non-affiliated private university promoted by Ahmedabad Education Society. When as we study what is being done to well reputed institutes like L M Pharmacy since the past few years we will realize the similar pattern in which CEPT is being dealt with. A whole new picture emerges from this understanding. These institutes have been centres of excellence in their own fields and have been growing on their own accord and have outgrown the reputation of the parent the Ahmedabad Education Society: In the sense that their reputation precedes that of the Education Society. And these steps taken when put into perspectives look as attempts to eventually merge all these premiere institutes into the newly formed Ahmedabad University. There is a very similar pattern in which Shri Sanjaybhai Lalbhai took over the reins of Arvind Mills (one of the companies owned by his family) from his father when compared to his taking over the chairmanship of the Ahmedabad Education Trust from his father Shri Shrenikbhai Lalbhai .......the 60% fee hike at cept and the proposal for it to become self financed NEWS

CEPT hikes fees for UG courses by 60%3 ......the analysis When Dr. Bimal Patel took over as president and acting director one of his main agendas or tasks given to him by the Governing Body and the Chairman was to eventually make CEPT completely self sustained without eventually requiring any grants required by the UGC or the Government. This time when the candidates were filling the entrance test forms till the last stage some how the parents did not get the information as to what the per semester fees would be and what the overall fee structure is. This was a regular feature in the admission forms and the booklets so that in advance when their wards are appearing for the entrance tests and hoping to get admission in CEPT they can determine and predict as to what the expenses would be for their ward to complete his or her graduations from CEPT. It was already planned and the new fee structure was decided but the admin and the staff interacting with the parents were strictly asked not divulge any information as to what the fees would be or any inquiries regarding the fees. Finally the fee structure was conveyed only before the registration and at the first payment of fees. Also 12-15 percent fee hike every year is to be expected. The following is the extrapolated figure of the fees the students would have to pay till they complete their study at cept: FEE PAYEMENT SCHEDULE JULY admission fee 125000; September winter school fee 20,000; December next semester fee 80000; march summer school fee 20000; July again next year fee 80,000 +15 percent......... NEWS NEW CEPT LOGO GETS DISLIKES4

Express News Service: Ahmedabad, Sun Jun 23, 2013, 03: 27 hrs.

Centre for Environment Planning and Technology (CEPT) University has hiked fees for its undergraduate courses by 60 per cent and post-graduate courses by five per cent. The fee hike was approved during a meeting of the CEPT board Friday. While UG fees has been hiked from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 per semester, the fees for PG courses, which is Rs 80,000 per semester at present, is now up by Rs 3,750. Anita Hiranandani, Registrar at the CEPT, said the fees had been hiked with an aim to making the university self-financed in five years. "We are switching to an 'inflation adjusted regime'. We want to reduce our dependence on grants," he said. The university has also decided to allow students to work as assistants on campus and earn. "We still have to work out the remuneration but PG students and PhD scholars can aid our faculty by taking classes," Hiranandani said.

Ahmedabad Mirror Bureau: Posted On Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 03:04:09 AM

Designed by team of designers on basis of brief by President, logo has invited criticism on Facebook pages from students and alumni

The changing spree at Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT), which started after Bimal Patel took over as president in July 2012, seems to continue. And the latest addition to the list is the much recognised logo of CEPT University. However, the new logo has come under much criticism as is evident from reactions on a social media site. The new logo was designed by a team of designers, including Assistant Professor Jay Thaker from Faculty of Design following a brief by Patel. The new logo is a typeface of CEPT University written on a white backdrop. The logo, designed to depict simplicity and honesty is in black and light green colour. The new logo, unveiled on the new website of CEPT University around 15 days ago, has invited criticism from the alumni and student body. One of the Facebook pages of CEPT University which is operated by CEPT students and alumni was bombarded with criticism on the new logo. On Tuesday, administrators of the Facebook page expressed their views on the homepage.

Analysis. .the LOGO of an institute is like a the flag of a nation with which all the citizens identify themselves with a symbol of its identity with which the world at large identifies it. In market terms as Dr.Patel and Shri. Sanjaybhai can very well think is a brands identity with which the brand is known. After inflicting comprehensive damage to CEPT internally using the divide as a means to their end the removal of the logo its symbol from the website of CEPT which Dr.Patel has been tampering with since the beginning has truly revealed what they intend. Consequently the logo will not be used for the Certificates and any other document which the graduate takes out with him and this certificate will have no recognition. Just imagine every new president of India trying to redesign the constitution and trying to change the flag at his own will and of the people in power who have propped him up to the position. That is the ultimate blow he has inflicted on our alma mater. This can never be allowed. Implications on different groups: students, faculty, RAs In a short span we realized that his intentions are doubtful and the process he was adopting the much needed restructuring of a 50 year old institutions are vindictive and vengeful. He made clear that CEPT will give away the grants and be a purely private University with freedom to charge more fees and to gain freedom from the State and Central Government agencies including Department of Education, AICTE, UGC, Council of Architecture and ITPI. In achieving this dubious goal the following are the reforms he has initiated much against the collective will.

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For Students An enormous student fee which would match the IIM in three years. Besides the tuition and establishment fees he has also introduced two additional Winter and Summer Schools mandatory for CEPT Students but would also have other students. For attending these schools, the students will have to pay full semester fees. The system now does not allow for reappearance for an exam if the student fails or does not attend due to any reasons even if valid. Instead such students will have to take classes in the next semester when the paper is offered and pay that semester fee to reappear. Similar is the case of students who are working on thesis. If they for whatever reason could not submit the thesis on the date scheduled will have pay another semester fee even if he submits the thesis on the first day of the new semester. In paying all these, a student might very well end up paying almost two times the fee charged for a course.

What does the student gets in return?

They wrote, In spite of our best efforts to dissuade the administration (read: Dean of CEPT University), the university has taken a call to retain the new logo to represent CEPT. As this is an official decision there is nothing the student body or alumni can do about it. We can only share the grief of having to accept a mediocre typeface as the official logo of a multifaceted design university. However, wherever possible, we vow to ensure that the logo as ascribed on the page (old logo) be used to promote CEPT on social media platforms. Remember, if you see this logo, let it remind you that this is the stand against the autocracy of an administration which has decided to pay no heed to the voice of its populace. CEPT University Registrar Anita Hiranandani said, We have introduc ed a new logo as the face of CEPT University but currently it is being used only on its revamped website. The decision to use the logo on stationery and other platforms is pending. The new logo designed by a team of designers from the institute has been introduced to make the visual identity simple and cl ear. But the new logo has not gone down well with the some of the professors, students and alumni. The community had also attempted to garner opinion on the old and new logos on an open forum. But sadly, according to the administrators of the page, the university authorities turned a deaf ear to all the views and opinions against the new logo. Speaking on condition of anonymity, an alumna said, Change should always be for good, but changes here seem to be indescribable. The logo was our identity which has been snatched. The old logo reminded us of our university since its inception. It was the symbol of ou r journey from a college to university. A comment on the Facebook page stated, I think whoever has made proposal for the new, need to spend some more time on it as there is no thought behind it apart from removing those extra strokes and resizing the fonts. Simplicity and change is required but one cant leave the essence the Sanskrit words made. The new logo is horrible. The whole point of designing a new logo would be a was te unless there is a clear stand on what the logo should be. The new logo is ugly and disproportionate. Sad representation for an institute that has symbolised creativity in liberal thinking since years, said another alumna.


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As discussed before, in the last year many programmes have been closed and a few changed. Because of RTI and newspaper reports it was recently put up on the website that Climate Change has been merged with Planning. How this is possible is not clear and in any case there is no course on Climate Change in Faculty of Planning has been announced. Under the new curriculum the number of courses that a programme offers has been cut down to four from the earlier six or even seven. Without even consulting the faculty members who were offering the courses some courses were merged and many were dropped. The time table and the calendar will reflect that the number of classes per week is kept to 10 or 12 with vacant slots for meetings. Why ever faculty will need to meet two times a week? This is only waste of time. As a result the students would get to meet the faculty only on appointed hours like US universities resulting in huge gaps between the students and teachers. This work culture will effectively end the many projects which students and teachers work on closely together. Since only students who will be able to afford can come to CEPT University because of the fee, all courses which we used to have like English language are shut down.

How are the teachers treated? 2. a. Faculty Members teaching, Research and Consulting Since the number of Faculty has been cut from 12 to 5; many programs have been closed; the number of courses in a program has been reduced to 4 on paper and the faculty being counted as surplus. In line of previous discussion, what happens to the repute of these faculty. This surplus is also a result of change in working hours per year to 1920 hours, which means 48 weeks of working in a year. Over and above this faculty are being asked to take up consulting assignments up to 52 days in a year, where to find this 6.8 weeks in the new accounting When asked how faculty would pursue research and consulting work they are being asked to move to the new company at CEPT. Senior faculty are forced to work in the company after taking year off or resigning from the University. BRTS has moved to the company and the senior professor working on the BRTS is with the company!! So called American University model is being followed but no American University treats Faculty members like this and worse says that teaching is only thing a Professor should do and that too for 1920 hours in a year!! Allegation against faculty is that they are making money out of consultancy and private practice. It may be true that some do so but this happens in all management schools including IIM. Architects need to practice like doctors else they will be dated. All of them do bring the cases to the classes and students do benefit from the latest that is in practice. The programs we have are professional courses. Still if these need to be tightened they must be but to ban it all together or seprate them will harm the teaching, profession and practice. Many of the people working on the university projects are the alumnus and students of cept who gain immensely in terms of experience. For some based in Ahmedabad, this is one of the best opportunities in the city when they come back at senior levels after having worked outside while for freshers, its the handson training, grooming and learning environment before embarking upon into the profession outside. Now, many of them are being denied salaries, proper place to work so that they eventually leave CEPT. It is now clear that the purpose doing this reform is to make senior people leave so that Dr. Bimal Patel can achieve his not so secret goal. What are his goals? 3. a. Dr. Bimal Patels Benefits due to Conflict of Interest As all of us know he, his wife, his father and his sister owns companies whose businesses are Architecture, Construction, Design and Planning consultancy. These are the four main pillars of CEPT University. His first design is to close the related projects and consultancy at CEPT so that he and his family companies could benefit. One way of doing is to prevent Faculty members from practicing and undertaking projects. It is for this reason he has formed a company within CEPT University and secondly he also gathers information about tenders and projects to share them with his companies. It is for this reason he has also changed the logo of CEPT University and due to opposition from students and alumni he has put this on hold. He has never informed anybody in CEPT University that he has changed the logo. We came to know only from newspapers. He is also making CEPT University pay for his company staff to come and teach at CEPT at the same time telling his faculty members that there is surplus staff at the University. He has also recruited so many of his friends who does not even have paper qualifications. 1. When we already have a qualified librarian, there is a Director Library Services who does not have any relevant experience or qualification.


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A new Director of Research and Consulting has been recruited who does not have any qualification or experience in research. He has been only a business development executive in a private company. 3. Likewise there are four other Directors who all have only qualification of being his friends or have worked in his companies. 4. The best of the case is his appointment of Dean for his new program on Habitat Management. The Dean is a part time appointee!! And has neither a management degree nor a PhD degree. She has been selected in spite of two other qualified candidates attending the interview. But the two others are not his friends. All the posts he fills up with his friends and violating the CEPT University ACT of the Government of Gujarat. He is now going to select Dean for Architecture and we request you that he follows due procedure. He also wanted to change this Act and we request you not to allow him to do whatever he wants. He is a Dictator and thats what one of the alumni commented in the Facebook. Please see CEPT University Facebook for all the comments. So much of construction and re designing the campus work he is doing. For these crores worth projects only his business friend is given the contract and there has been tender. This is a serious situation at CEPT University which is like the IPL case in India.

Whenever we had opposed these he is very arrogant and replies that he has built offices and houses from the C M to the Ministers and IAS officials. He is threatening us that none will support us and he has all the powers. The students and their parents are also very annoyed that for all this he has planned to charge exorbitant fees for teaching fewer subjects. He has also made the degrees they have got so far useless by closing down programs. There are many students who have quit or are planning to leave the courses.