AMEU President, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac: “Be it the students who bypassed our official registration center or the employees who assisted them in the act, we will deal with them without any pity.”The administration of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) has said it will either suspend or expel individuals found culpable of robbing the institution by tampering with its online students’ registration program.AMEU President, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, told a news conference yesterday that an internal audit team has been mandated to properly investigate reports of alleged fraud committed by suspected students through the assistance of some instructors.Although Dr. Isaac did not name the employees allegedly linked to the fraud, he remains convinced that four of them (employees) have been identified and will be prosecuted. Those the court finds guilty will either be expelled or suspended depending on the gravity of their offense.“Be it the students who bypassed our official registration center or the employees who assisted them in the act, we will deal with them without any pity. We will ensure that they are prosecuted in keeping with the law,” Isaac angrily reacted.Due to the intensity of the scam, Dr. Isaac has with immediate effect invited the internal audit team to conclude its investigation and present findings to the administration in less than a month as of yesterday.“The illegal clients and their so-called benefactors who hacked into our system and transacted thereafter, will regret their action, because they are already confirmed suspects. Thank God that the technological system we are using was able to discover that something went wrong with our students’ registration process in recent semesters,” he said.Dr. Isaac said since his administration believes making the AMEU second to none, it will not tolerate any act that will bring it to public disrepute.In another development, Dr. Isaac said a fund raising program will be held on June 9 to raise US$150,000, while the Episcopal Church’s General Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia, USA is expected to also raise US$500,000.“The amounts,” he said “will be used to renovate some of the buildings.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The CMI has adopted Port Royal and is building a new basic school in the community. The institution has also offered scholarships to students from Port Royal. The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) is making a positive impact on the growth and development of the communities within its vicinity. Story Highlights The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) is making a positive impact on the growth and development of the communities within its vicinity.This is according to Executive Director of the institution, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, who was speaking in a recent interview with JIS News.“Many can attest to the impact of CMI on the surrounding communities. The institution is now transforming places like Port Royal, Harbour View, Bull Bay and western St. Thomas,” he noted.Dr. Pinnock told JIS News that Port Royal has been transformed into a university town, housing the institution’s residential facility, which has become an economic driver in the once-sleepy fishing village.Admiralty House, part of the Old Naval Dockyard in Port Royal, was transformed into a dedicated student residential facility through a public-private partnership.“A private-sector company came in and refurbished the property to take it up to international standards, and the students pay back for it through their rental,” Dr. Pinnock explained.He noted that the facility has outgrown its 168-student capacity, and the CMI is looking to identify space to add another 300 to 400 rooms.Dr. Pinnock argued that the Admiralty House housing project, plus the establishment of a campus in the community for training in customs and immigration management, has significantly contributed to the economic sustainability of Port Royal.He noted that the campus brings 600-800 students per day to the community, with each of them spending $500 to $1,000 daily.“That is sustainable development and a real investment in the town,” he added.The CMI has adopted Port Royal and is building a new basic school in the community. The institution has also offered scholarships to students from Port Royal.Dr. Pinnock said that the Harbour View and Bull Bay communities have also benefited significantly from the growth of CMI, by providing rentals to students. “That’s a market that persons have capitalised on. Return on investment in a Harbour View house has improved,” he said.He recommends that it would be smart to invest in Harbour View, noting that persons who have done so are doing well.“We have thousands of students renting homes… . We also have to rent homes for some of our overseas lecturers, so it’s a big demand,” he pointed out. Admiralty House, part of the Old Naval Dockyard in Port Royal, was transformed into a dedicated student residential facility through a public-private partnership.
Kolkata: State Finance and MSME minister Amit Mitra said on Tuesday that the state is ranked first in the country when it comes to bank lending in the MSME sector.”Bengal is top in the country when it comes to bank lending in MSME. In 2018-19 the MSME bank lending has been to the tune of Rs 56,458 crore. In 2017-18 this was Rs 44,049 crore,” Mitra said in response to a query from Trinamool Congress MLA Samir Kumar Jana at the state Assembly on Tuesday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMitra said since the present government assumed power for the first time in 2011, it has set targets in all State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) meetings and through constant monitoring has ensured smooth lending in the MSME sector. “In 2010-11, the lending in MSME was only Rs 7,236 crore, which we have increased eight times in 2018-19,” he added. Speaking about the various steps taken by the state in MSME, Mitra said that it has taken the initiative for holding MSME synergies across the state. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Business clusters have increased from 49 in 2011 to 520 in 2018. The first MSME conclave in Bengal was held in 2018 at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre this year, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 4,500 craftsmen like weavers, handicraftsmen etc. spread across the state took part in the conclave. “We have arranged training for skill enhancement and creating infrastructure for marketing products manufactured by the craftsmen,” Mitra maintained. He informed the House that the state is coming up with Asia’s first ‘Integrated Leather Complex’ at Bantala, the completion of which would generate 5 lakh jobs in near future. According to Mitra, several MSME projects are coming up at Howrah, which will also employ a good number of people in the state.