Thursday, 1 November 2007


Apart from sexual harassment, here's another of SS Dempo's principal Dr Vaman Naik's talents we pricks have stumbled upon. It appears that plagiarism is also one of Dr Vaman Naik's forte... And we believe, his is the plagiarism of the worst sort... And before some of you guys jump up and cry 'character assassination' here's the proof...
You know, we always thought Herald editor Robin Abreu took the cake when it came to plagiarism. But Vaman here takes the icing and the cherry on top of it too. This guy not only plagiarises the answers in his career column, but the questions too...
This effectively means, Vaman actually fibs to his readers in his column CAREER QUERY that's published in The Navhind Times on Saturdays. We've picked up one example for you. You see the second question in this particular column... the one on the NET examinations. The same question appeared in the Hindu Education plus supplement of January 2006. While the answer is a complete copy, look at how Vaman plagiarises even the question and adapts it for his Goan readers.

This is the question which appeared in the Hindu a year and a half ago.

I have finished graduation in Commerce and am pursuing M.Com through distance education of Mangalore University. Am I eligible for NET exam conducted by UGC? -- Harish S.

And this is how Vaman twisted this question after plagiarising it... Vaman switched the universities from Mangalore to Osmania and re-christianed Harish S to Preetam Naik from Colva. This is the question that appeared in Vaman's column which we have reproduced.
I am doing MA in Economics through the Osmania university through distance education. Am I eligible for the NET exam conducted by the UGC. -- Preetam Naik, Colva

Well we have run the copy of the original question from the Hindu Q & A below. You guys could make the match if you want to...
And if you are convinced with what we’ve written out here, do call em up and speak your mind to them... Tell them to stop the con they've been selling to the readers in the name of 'career counselling'. Or you could also call them, if you want to listen to their side of the story... here are some numbers on which you could get the guys who are responsible for keeping the story from you... Arun Sinha -- Editor, The Navhind Times -- 0832-6651120 and 0832-6651123 (direct line) The Navhind Times news desk -- 0832-6651119 (Ask for Assistant Editor Arun Srivastva)
I have finished graduation in Commerce and am pursuing M.Com through distance education of Mangalore University. Am I eligible for NET exam conducted by UGC? -- Harish S.

The National Eligibility Test (NET) ( of the UGC does not discriminate between Post-Graduate qualifications attained by the campus mode and the distance education. Hence, you are eligible. However, you should have a minimum percentage of 55 in the two years of Post-Graduation. The UGC notifies two examinations that are conducted in June and December every year.
For a better understanding of the UGC-NET, get to know the eligibility conditions:
Only candidates who have completed/are pursuing a UGC-specified Master's degree are eligible to appear in NET.
Candidates who have secured at least 55 per cent marks (without grace or rounding off) in Master's Degree (or) equivalent examination from Universities/Institutions recognised by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this test. Fifty per cent is enough for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Physically Handicapped/Visually Handicapped category candidates.
Candidates who have appeared or will be appearing in the qualifying Master's degree examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose examinations have been delayed may also apply. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of JRF/Lectureship eligibility only after they have passed their Master's degree examination or equivalent with at least 55 per cent marks.
Such candidates must obtain their P.G. degree/marksheet within one year from the date of NET with required percentage of marks, failing which they will be treated as disqualified.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plagiarism is a disease that has ruined every section of Goan society.
Pricks are doing a great service unmasking these sophisticated thugs, at least the thugs are exposed and embarrased in public.

But what do they care.. they have sold their souls already...

I hope there will be many more whistle blowers from the press that will help expose the crooks and at least identify them in the eye of the public. And I-net is the media to do it, its irony though that the same people use the net to copy their stuff.
BTW, what sort of PHD this wamaneshwar has?? frankly I don't see any sex offender being punished in Goa as long as they are connected to DEMPOS.

1 November 2007 at 05:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The quality of journalism is absolutely pathetic. This isn't just my observation.

A pony tailed(dunno the name, but was shown on HCN) ad guy was talking to Std. XI kids and he mentioned that. Futher in the talk he claims the Marathi Gomantak has the largest readership in Goa. In an astonishing revelation he says that good ol terrestrial Doordarshan has about 57% viewership.

The bottom line being that articles appearing in that section of the media are not reaching as many people to make any significant impact.

1 November 2007 at 10:25  
Anonymous ajay said...

Your blog is pretty interesting. It's commendable that you guys take the trouble to put all this up while holding on to a regular job. I used to work with the NT between 2002 and 2005. Perhaps i've met some or all of you (I'm taking the liberty to assume Penpricks is a joint venture). I liked the use of 'chaplinesque' to describe good old Alex. I think 'Robbin' Abreu is common knowledge as are the glaring editing goofups. The 'thing of passe' was hilarious, but nothing beats Jamal's copies.
By the way, have you guys nothing to say about Illidio Noronha's Panjim Plus? Too small to merit attention, I guess.
Good luck,

1 November 2007 at 12:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apart from sexual harassment, here's another of SS Dempo's principal Dr Vaman Naik's talents we pricks have stumbled upon...

This one sentence takes a stand on 2 matters
1. Guilt in sexual harassment.

2. Guilt of plagiarism.

When Tehelka( did the sting about Gujarat 2002, they gave it in the words of the men who did it. The 3 November 2007 issue even gives video footage.

Are you guys in possession of even an audio recording of Vaman admitting anything?

What is your verdict on the guilt of Mrs. P. Salgaonkar in Shirish Naik, Dayanand Narvekar , cash for jobs scam?

1 November 2007 at 16:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I teach Constitutional Law, and one of the topics I teach is Fundamental Rights. In which there is the topic of Freedom of Expression. Would penpicks really mind if I used as an illustration in my classes, the fact that TNT removed the "(alleged)" sexual harasser Vaman's name from it's career column after your expose on the plagiarism issue It illustrates how having the freedom to speak out is so important in a democracy.After all you - a bunch of anonymous journalists - have been able to make the (word edited) (alleged) sexual harrasser and his millionaire supporter backtrack, with your revelations.
You know one day I'm going to feel sorry for vacuuous Vaman - saps like him get royally screwed while the really big fish can get away with murder. BTW, I said ONE DAY. Right now I believe the sexual harasser that Vaman is, officially still the Principal of the college.
(sentence edited) And remember that your success in getting Vaman's name off the columns proves that the mainstream media can be monitored and can be forced to tell the truth.
Satya Meva Jayate.
(comment edited)

5 November 2007 at 20:06  
Blogger Yan said...

I just dont understand one simple thing... When the National Womens Commission called Vaman for cross examination 3 times, he did not face it..

The Vishaka committe found him GUILTY.

Then the one man Dempo Commission was set up under the able guidance of MR SALKAR !!!!, even in that Vaman did not come forward for cross-examination.
The rigged one man dempo commission's report was hand written in Vamans favour !!!!..

So in all this.. where is proper justice and law in Goa.

Where is Ms Renuka Choudhry who normally cries hoarse on women issues.

15 July 2008 at 19:39  

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