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Student rage roars in Himachal, police misued to fail the protest again

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SHIMLA- What happens when your own Government turns the whole state machinery to silence the protesting voices of restless people? What happens when the CM of the state use dictatorial practices against its own people, who dare to protest against him and his Govt.?

Today, we realized how the Govt. turns to cowardice and bullying tricks when the high rank chairs are shaken by the masses. Student community of Himachal Pradesh held a massive protest rally in front of HP Secretariat at Chota Shimla. After suffering police abuse and brutal lathicharge on 18 September, HPU students had made a call to every college and HPU students to take part in the rally, which was scheduled for today.

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Today, there was no ABVP, no SFI, but only angry student mob, surrounded by HP Police. As a cowardice act, the police put barriers on various points all over Himachal in every district, stopped the buses carrying students from other districts like Harmirpur, Mandi, Kullu, and Una.

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In Solan district, all students who were on their way to Shimla in a bus were reported to have been detained in order to prevent them from reaching Shimla. Police registered cases against all student under section 107. A huge number of students couldn’t reach Shimla. Please, listen what these students told us about their struggle to reach Shimla.

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However, about 800-1000 students managed to reach the spot. The student leaders shared the stage irrespective to their differences and bitterness. The anger was busting in insulting, humiliating as well as challenging comments for the Govt. headed by Virbhadra Singh with which these leaders addressed the students. There was no diplomacy in their speeches. The message was put in very clear words. Govt. will have to take back the fee hikes and conduct the SCA elections at HPU in democratic way. Take a look at this video and hear what you must.

The public, the passerbys, onlookers including Secretariat employees couldn’t ignore the protesting voices. For most of these onlookers, it was a matter of student politics or Dharna. They were least concerned about the danger that haunts their fundamental rights and freedom. The public is still living in an illusion, which the Governments has created with the support of flattering media, and that there should be no politics or protest rallies at HPU campus or by the students anywhere.

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These onlookers would only realize what the students are going through if their taxes are hiked by 1000-2000 % or their PF money, allowances etc. were deducted by the same percentage. It should have been, and it is, a matter of serious concern that Govt. is openly misusing the police to suppress the protest.

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Each and every student is against the ridiculous fee hikes made by the Govt. and incompetent Vice Chancellor of HPU, ADN Bajpai. The university entered into financial crisis and HPU is trying to make up for that from student-pockets. The VC banned the SCA elections so that protests against his anti-student and dictatorial attitude could be silenced, then the HP Police beats students like animals, student leaders were arrested overnight, the girls sitting on chain hunger strike were arrested in the cover of darkness at midnight, hostels are closed, and 144 was imposed at HPU campus, which still continuous.

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Near about seven battalion of HP Police are deployed at HPU campus only. Many of them are accommodated at HPU halls and rooms. Nowadays, the HPU appears to be training center of police.

Take a look at some of the hiked fees:

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When researchers approached the VC with a plea to reduce the fees, his statement was, “Quite HPU if you can’t pay the fee.”

When the CM was approached and asked how the student would afford such high fees, then he replied, “Students have Rs. 15,000 mobiles and spent over Rs. 200 daily at Shimla Mall. They can pay the fees.”

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Students in various colleges and in HPU protested peacefully, not once, but for months, they sat on chain hunger strikes for about 20 days before the last three girls were detained by the police.

To the disappointment of the HP Govt. and the VC, student did not step back after the brutal beating of police, but it just triggered bigger, aggressive protests. After today’s cowardice act of misusing police to stop students from entering Shimla to take part in the protest rally, the anger is fueled even more. It was a mistake, a big mistake. Now, the coming protests are going to be more aggressive.

The VC announced members of indirectly elected members, all of whom resigned within a couple of hours. Their resignation came as a tight slap as they mentioned in their resignation that no consent was taken from them before nominating them and that they support the student protest.

Take a look at the resignation letters of the meritorious students forcefully nominated for SCA:

Now, Virbhadra Singh’s statement on today’s protest said, “Some political leaders are provoking and misleading the student against his Govt.”

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A big question, which each of us should be concerned about, is that how can the Govt. snatch our right to protest? Under what laws the student buses were stopped and students were told not to take part in the protest? We are already feeling sorry for those who still haven’t realized that these corrupt politicians aren’t trustworthy, that they can turn the state machinery against its people to save their chair, and that they would even crush you like a crawling insect if they could.

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Here, the Govt. isn’t dealing with illiterate, ignorant crowd. Rather, it’s the educated youth of Himachal, which deny surrendering their freedom and rights to the suppression of the Govt.

In coming days, Himachal will see more protests. The students have already announced the schedule for the upcoming protest rallies. The only way to escape facing this revolting and rebellious student community is to listen to them and consider their unrest and grievance.

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We would request the public to shed the fear of Govt. and it’s often used tool of suppression; the police. The police isn’t meant only to be a slave to the Govt. It’s meant to protect the rights of the citizens and ensure their safety. The Govt. isn’t meant to rule us, it’s just given the responsibility to manage the resources of the state and serve the public. The real ruler in a democracy is always the public, but here, we have witnessed ugliest level of politics by our own Govt. It’s time to wake up and remind the Govt. who is the real ruler.

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Video and Inputs: Kritika Sehgal, HPU

Photo Credits: Madan/Tarun Sharma, HPU

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 7 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture world around him in his DSLR lens.

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UHF Nauni’s 9th Convocation presided over by President, 462 students conferred degrees

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9th Convocation of the UHF Nauni

Solan: The ninth Convocation of Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry at Nauni in district Solan was held today and was presided over by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind.

This was the second instance when the President of India attended the convocation of the University. Former President R Venkataraman was the chief guest at the first convocation of the university held in the year 1988.

The University was founded in the year 1985 with the objective to promote education, research and extension education in the fields of Horticulture, Forestry and allied disciplines

The President presented Gold Medals to meritorious students on the occasion. He presented gold medals to Rajesh Kumar, Bharti, Neha Verma, Ankita, Chirag Bhatia, Kritika Sharma, Priyanka Chauhan, and Manvi Sharma.

He also presented SP Dhull Gold Medal to Ankita. He congratulated all the students receiving gold medals and degrees on the occasion.

Apart from the gold medals, degrees were also awarded to 462 students of B Sc, M Sc in Horticulture, Forestry and Biotech programmes from the College of Horticulture, College of Forestry and College of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri, MBA and PhD programmes

Addressing the graduating students, the President said that the goal of their education should not be limited to simply getting a job. They can start their own enterprises by using their skills and learning.

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There is immense potential in the field of fruit and vegetable processing. With their knowledge and enterprise, graduates of the University could help consumers in the country and abroad get better food products and help farmers get better value for their produce.

He urged the students to take advantage of various schemes and initiatives of the Union and state governments to set up their businesses in the agriculture sector.

The Governor awarded degrees to the students on the occasion. He said that since this University was the first Horticulture University of the country and the only horticulture university of the State, therefore the horticulturists have great expectations from the University.

He stressed on better coordination between the scientists and farmers so that the State could earn a special name in the production of fruits, vegetables, flowers and medicinal plants.

Further, the Chief Minister informed that the State Government was promoting Zero Budget Natural Farming. For this, the Government has made a budget provision of Rs 25 crore for the current financial year to promote natural farming.

He also congratulated the University for being adjudged amongst the best 100 Universities for continuous best performance in a survey conducted by the Government of India.

Vice Chancellor of the University Dr H.C. Sharma welcomed the President and other dignitaries and also read out the annual report on the occasion.

Deputy Director General (Education) Research and Extension Council, ICAR New Delhi Dr N.S. Rathore gave a discourse on ‘Higher Education in Agriculture’ on the occasion.

Speaker Vidhan Sabha Dr Rajiv Bindal, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr Rajiv Saizal, MP Prof. Virender Kashyap, former Minister and MLA Col. Dhani Ram Shandil, Vice-Chancellor of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University Palampur Dr Ashok Kumar Sarpal, faculty members of the University were present on the occasion among others.

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HPU Teachers Association raises 15 demands including 5-day working, multi-story parking, retirement age enhancement

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List of HPUTA Demands

Shimla: The members of Executive of Himachal Pradesh University Teachers Association (HPUTA) has placed a list of at least 15 demands before the Vice- Chancellor.  The HPUTA has requested the Vice Chancellor to accept these genuine demands immediately in the interest of the teaching community of the university.

The VC assured to take cognizance on their demands, which is on his purview. He further added that some of the demands would be raised before the government while some other will be settled on their own behalf.

In its first demand,  it was requested that the teachers appointed to examination, inspection, flying and other official duties for University and also the teachers coming for conducting viva voce examination from another university must be provided actual taxi fare or the university should arrange its own transport to perform such duties.

The Association also demanded that the teachers who travel by their own car for conducting entrance test be given at least Rs. 12/- per kilometre and Hotel Room rent must be provided to the teachers performing any official duty for the university within the state.  

Complete list of HPUTA Demands

 

Multi-storeyed Parking must be constructed within the campus. Separate Parking should be earmarked for the teachers within campus and teaching colony separately. The teacher must be issued stickers or vehicle pass so as to avoid inconvenience on the campus.

 

The Promotion under CAS should be made on a priority basis. Vacant posts of the teachers in the entire departments be filled at the earliest. Special attention should be given to those departments where there are acute shortages of teachers. 

 

Retirement Age must be enhanced from 60 to 65 years as per UGC and Central University norms.

 

Revised Pay Scale based on 7th Pay Commission must be provided to the teachers at an earliest possible. 

 

GPF must be deposited in the Nationalized Bank as per Chandan Committee recommendations. The teachers appointed after 15th May 2003 be covered under Old Pension Scheme. HRA should be at least 10% of the basic pay.

 

At least Rs. 2 crores (Two crores) must be deposited each year in the Corpus Fund. The government in this regard must be requested to sanction at least 20 (twenty) crore to tackle and facilitate the grave issues of the retired teachers. 

 

University budget should be increased up to 1.50 Crore by arranging talk to the Government. The UGC and government should be brought together to deal with the issue. 

 

Allotment of the houses to the teachers may be done on priority basis. The houses which have been allotted by the previous Vice-Chancellor arbitrarily should be reviewed according to the merit. The Vice-Chancellr is requested not to exercise his power arbitrarily on the house allotment.  

 

PhD increment should be granted to the teachers. Past services of the teachers may be counted as per UGC guidelines.

 

The remuneration rate to hold entrance test be revised as per rule. Chairmen and Directors should be provided equal and revised remuneration.

 

There should be five-day working in the university keeping in view the UGC rules and traffic conditions in the Shimla city.

 

Beautification of the campus must be made on a priority basis. Tarring and metalling work of the road within the campus, teaching colony and hostels may be done on priority basis. Construction, repair and maintenance work (whitewashing, CI/GI/PVC work) in the entire buildings may be done on priority basis. Demarcation and fencing of the university land may be done at an earliest. 

 

The Group Insurance should be increased from 200 to Rs. 1000/- Newly recruited teachers should be covered under the scheme. 

 

Untimely demise/death of teachers should be compensated with Rs. 5 Lakh from the teacher’s welfare funds.

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Nauni varsity admissions open for Horticulture, Forestry Programmes

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Solan: The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry has released the admission schedule for its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Horticulture, Forestry and Business administration.

The application process is online and interested students can apply by logging on the university website.

In undergraduate programmes, the University is offering B Sc (Hons) Horticulture and B Sc (Hons) Forestry at its main campus and at the College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri.

The university also offers B Tech Biotechnology programme at COH&FNeri.

The last date for receipt of application (without late fee) for undergraduate programmes is June 2, 2018. The date of entrance test is June 16, 2018. The test will be held at the Solan, Sundernagar, Hamirpur and Palampur.

The university is also offering M Sc in its College of Horticulture and College of Forestry located at the main campus at Nauni and COH&FNeri. The specializations offered in Horticulture are Entomology, Floriculture and Landscape Architecture, Food Technology, Fruit Science, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Plant Pathology, Seed Science and Technology, Spices, Plantation and Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and Vegetable Science.

In Forestry, students can apply for M Sc in Agricultural Economics, Agroforestry, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Forest Genetic Resources, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Microbiology, Silviculture, Soil Science, Statistics, Watershed Management and Wood Science and Technology.

The university is also offering MBA and MBA (Agribusiness). The last date for receipt of online applications (without late fee) for M programmes and MBA (Agribusiness) programmes is June 13 while the written test will be held on June 26. The students interested to apply for MBA can fill in the application form by July 6.

In addition to the subsidized seats, the university is also offering the option of applying for self-financed seats in every discipline.

The applicant will have to specify in the online form whether they want to apply for a self-financed seat at Undergraduate level.

In M Sc, the candidates from Himachal are eligible for normal seats as well as self-financed. However, the candidates from other states are only eligible for self-financed seats.

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