HPU on ‘Clean India Campaign’ – Typical Indians at work
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.
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.
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.
The overgrown bushes were cut, collected and left on roadsides or thrown behind the university building blocks.
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.
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.
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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