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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Award for Zagade, Marriott opening and seminar

Zagade gets award for administrative reforms

After receiving the Top Management Consortium (TMC) award for best administrative reforms, municipal commissioner Mahesh Zagade said he will continue his stride for civic reforms in Pune to make the administration more peoplefriendly. Veteran leader Mohan Dharia presented the award to Zagade.

TMC, a forum of government, public and private sectors, conferred the award on Zagade for the administrative reforms he had carried out during his tenure as chief executive officer in Sindhudurga, Nashik district collector, director general of Maharadhtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA), and most recently in Pune, as the municipal commissioner.

Even before the Right to Information Act was introduced, Zagade had introduced RTI in the state in 1998, in Sindhudurg. Four years later, the state enforced RTI, and the Act was brought into effect at the national level in 2005. As the Pune municipal commissioner, Zagade had initiated steps to open civic records for common citizens on Mondays.

As director-general of MEDA, Zagade took up the green initiative for development and the use of renewable energy sources. In 2009, he received the IEEMA Power Award 2009 — first prize in the category, “Excellence in Renewable Energy Development – Biomass” for Maharashtra — in New Delhi. Speaking to mediapersons, Zagade said, “In Pune, I have initiated steps to make administration more accountable. My efforts will be to make administration more accountable towards citizens.”

New Marriott Hotel opens on SB road

Marriott Hotels & Resorts recently opened the 416-room Pune Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre at Senapati Bapat road. "We always rely on good services. We have our customer base worldwide. Pune is an established educational and cultural centre. Now it is

Emerging as an IT and automotive capital as well. The location of our hotel is just three hours by superhighway of Mumbai which will attract the people to us," said J W Marriott Jr, chairman and chief executive officer of Marriott International. The Pune Marriott offers a 10,000-square-foot Quan Spa, with 13 treatment rooms and more than 100 indigenous treatments, a fitness centre with strength and cardiovascular equipment, an outdoor, heated

Swimming pool. The 40,000-square-feet of meeting space, including a 13,000-square-foot ballroom with 22-foot ceiling, three other ballrooms for receptions of up to 600 people each and eight meeting rooms are other features of the hotel.

Seminar on FDP in Modern College

Modern College on Ganeshkhind Road and ICFAI jointly organised a Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on ‘Teachers as Role Models’ recently.

The programme was organised in the Audio-Visual Hall of the college and was attended by almost 100 teachers of the college. The programme began with a welcome address by the principal of the college, Dr. Sanjay Kharat, who enumerated the need for such programmes to make better and responsible teachers.

He read out the preamble of the Indian Constitution that was adopted on 26th Nov 1949. He also requested everyone to pay homage to the heroes of ‘26/11’ by observing silence for a minuite.

The workshop was conducted by Prof M R Senapathy, Senior faculty of IFEN, who has over 700 FDPs to his credit. The programme saw the teacher actively participating and interacting, thereby making the session lively and interesting. Use of film clippings, questionnaires and anecdotes by Prof. Senapathy added value to the FDP.

The Vice-Principal of the three faculties helped in meticulous planning of the programme. The entire programme was coordinated and compared by Shampa Chakraborty, of the Department of English. Team members of ICFAI, Pune team helped in smooth conduct of the Faculty Development Programme.

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