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HPU on ‘Clean India Campaign’ – Typical Indians at work

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Yesterday, an HW member visited HPU campus to see how the administration responded to the campaign, and what he found was a real unfortunate sight, which cries aloud of the hypocrisy of Indian people. At a higher educational institute we see heaps of garbage right in front of the VC Office, in front of the Library, and in almost every corner of the campus.

SHIMLA- HW had been pushing the public and the Govt. departments to take immediate steps regarding increasing littering behavior and rapidly developing garbage heaps around Shimla city and nearby areas. It’s more than six months now that HW had written to Shimla MC and HPU administrations regarding the heaps of garbage, poor condition of campus, and littering trouble at HPU campus.

Shimla MC had forwarded a notice to HPU authorities, however, the VC never mind ignoring such notices, especially when he is enjoying a strong political patronage. He seems to be answerable to no one, not even to the CM, Virbhadra Singh, who is ignoring student unrest.

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The condition of the campus only worsened. If you think the ‘Clean India Pledge’ on October 2 changed anything, then we would invite you to confirm the results.

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This year, the occasion of ‘October 2’ was well utilized to kick off a cleaning campaign. The PM of the nation did appear in images with broom in his hands, and so did many high rank officials at various Govt. departments and institutes including Himcahal Pradesh University.

We had shown our readers how committed and aware we found the employees at Shimla SDA Complex.

Now, we would show you the awareness level of the head of the only highest Govt. educational institute in Himachal – the Vice Chancellor of HP University. When asked, the Pro- VC, Public Relation Officer, and most of the other officers showered words of praise for ‘Clean India Campaign’ initiative, and told us very proudly that all the employees spent a full day to clean HPU campus. So, first take a look at the hard-work of the administration headed by the VC, ADN Bajpai. Please, do go through this video. It’ll take a few moments of your time, but is worth a watch.

Today, an HW member went on a round to see how HPU responded to the campaign, and what he found was a real unfortunate sight, which cries aloud of the hypocrisy of Indian people. At a higher educational institute we see heaps of garbage right in front of the VC Office, in front of the Library, and in almost every corner of the campus.

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On the day of Cleaning Campaign, the garbage moves but just to be reshuffled. It was collected and thrown nearby the campus premises or into the adjoining forest. At many spots, the garbage, which included mostly plastic waste, was burnt in open.

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The overgrown bushes were cut, collected and left on roadsides or thrown behind the university building blocks.

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Burning plastic waste in open cause a double harm to the ecology. Along with soil pollution, the toxic emissions contaminate the air. The rising carbon emission due to rapidly increasing traffic is already threatening the weather patterns in Shimla, and the malpractice of burning garbage is adding to it.

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We won’t comment on students, who share equal responsibility for the creation of such ugly scene at the campus, as the 144 prohibits any kind of co-operative activity that requires assembly of multiple people.

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The only answer we received from officers was that the VC isn’t here, and that only he has the authority to issue any orders regarding almost everything. On the other hand, the VC isn’t available to talk about any issues, grievances, and anything where he is expected to provide logical explanation on the question posed against his mismanagement and politically influenced policies.

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The present condition of the HPU campus is the reflection of the people holding various positions in the administration, and of course, their head-the VC- is their inspiration in matters of intentional negligence and false statements. The students and the staff is already suffering from poor management of the present VC. Himachal’s colleges and University is burning in the flames of student protest against unreasonable fee hikes and ban on SCA elections. During the tenure of last three years at HPU as the VC, ADN Bajpai, couldn’t even move the litter in front of his office. There is need to ask who is responsible for the mess in which HPU suffers today.

We don’t see any ray of hope regarding reforms in the attitude of HPU authorities or in most of the Govt. officials. They still believe that posing for a photograph with a broom in their hands is a enough favor to our democratic system.

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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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Last date for Admissions to UHF Diploma extended

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Nauni University Admissions Date for Diploma

Solan: The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has extended the last date to apply for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and BakeryDiploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products, informed the Public Relation Officer, Suchet Attri.

The last date to apply for the diploma run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university has now been extended to January 29. Earlier the last date for application was January 17. The counselling for the diploma programme will now be held on January 31.

The PRO also informed that this year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme, he said.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website (www.yspuniversity.ac.in)

The PRO further informed that the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

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Two JRF among HP Varsity’s 11 disabled students who cracked UGC NET 2018

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Disabled HPU Students Clears UGC NET

Shimla-Crossing milestones in academics, disabled students of Himachal Pradesh continue to achieve what is otherwise considered insurmountable for them.

Eleven differently-abled students have cleared UGC’s National Eligibility Test (NET). Two of them qualified for the Junior Research Fellowship. Five of these students are visually impaired.

It’s important to mention that disabled students had to fight a legal battle to claim their right to higher education in Himachal Pradesh University. Even after ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill – 2016’ was passed, the students had to fight for its implementation as the government did not make it easy for them.

Two students who qualified for the JRF include Saveen Janha, an M.Phil in Hindi, and Pankaj Sharma, P.hD in Tourism Administration. Both are physically disabled, informed Ajai Shrivastava, a member of the State Advisory Board on Disability and HPU Executive Council (EC).

Indu Kumari, a visually impaired student, who is pursuing her M.A. in Political Science, cleared the NET examination in her very first attempt. Similarly, visually impaired Roma Negi, a resident of Rampur, has cleared the exam in History in her first attempt. She wants to pursue her P.hD from HP University.

Other names include Anuj Kumar (Economics), Vinod Sharma (Political Science), Jasbir Lubanand (Political Science), Vinod Sharma Yogacharya (Yoga), Priyanka Thakur (Law), Ajay Kumar (History). Some of these students have cleared the NET examination twice. Raj Kumar is a Ph.D in Education and has cleared the NET exam in the same. He had also passed the NET examination in History and this time cleared the exam in Political Science.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sikander Kumar has congratulated all these students and appreciated their hard-work despite facing hardships due to their disability. He said these students have brought laurels to the State.

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Nauni Varsity Admissions Open for Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery products

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Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has invited applications for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products. The diploma will be run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university.

This year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme.

In addition, the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. The last date of application is 17 January 2019 and the counselling will be held on 19 January.

A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website(www.yspuniversity.ac.in).

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