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Meet Govt.’s official ‘Gundas’ – HP Police & QRF

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In every video footage, you can hear QRF and Policemen kicking and spitting out vulgarity amidst continuously coming voices saying, “Maar Saale Ko ! Daal Daal Under Daal Ke Maar M****D ko, B****D ko.

SHIMLA- HP College and University students today approached the Victory Tunnel in Shimla city for a ‘Chakkajaam’ after their peaceful protests against unreasonable fee hikes and corrupt practices in HPU administration were completely ignored and suppressed using brutal Quick Reaction Force and HP Policemen.

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Today, again, they were dealt using force with a lot of vulgarly abusive language, kicks, drags, slaps, and, of course, they were beaten inside the vehicles after they were arrested. The arrested students include 42 boys and 5 girls from HPU and other colleges.

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After the students were arrested, they were roughed up beyond a common man’s imagination. These four students, Rahul Chauhan, Kewal, Sumit, and Dharmpal are reported to have gone through extreme torturous beating inside the vehicle while on their way to police station.

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We could not understand why HP Policemen kick them and abuse them when the protesting students do not retaliate at all. All they were trying to do was shouting slogan and sit on the road to hold a Chakkajaam. It’s the duty of the police to remove them so that the public do not suffer, but why they abuse them and personally beat them inside vehicles.

Watch the video carefully and you’ll see even the cloths of students were torn apart even after they were put inside the vehicle. The QRF men were trying to drag the students out of the police vehicles to beat them. Why? Do they enjoy being savages and treat their own people with such a ruthlessness?

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Even the girl students alleged that they were kicked by male policemen and QRF. Police snatched cellphones from the arrested students and beat them like slaves while they were being moved.

In every video footage, you can hear QRF and Policemen spitting out vulgarity amidst continuously coming voices saying, “Maar Saale Ko ! Daal Daal Under Daal Ke Maar M****D ko, B****D ko.

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QRF behaved like typical Gunda’s in dress, very desperate to abuse and beat the students.

Again, we remind you that students were not retaliating or using any counter force except grabbing each other while they were being removed.

When, a senior police officer was asked about this unnecessary cruel treatment and abuse, he said, “No one abused or beat anyone. Everything happened very peacefully”. Please, do take a look at the footage from the scene. You won’t hear anything other than vulgarity from the mouth of QRF and policemen with kicks and slaps.

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This time, media too came under assault and some of the media persons were grabbed and threatened while they tried to record their merciless, unfair treatment of protesting students. One of the HW members was also kicked a couple times with an effort to remove him from the spot.

Then the women squad of police tried to threatened onlookers and some students, who just stood in a corner watching the whole thing. One of the male policemen commented on girls, “Tujhe Jyada Garmi Hai?”

However, the police official’s statement said, “Sab kuch peacefully hua hai, kissi ko nahi maara gaya hai, kissi ne gaali nahi di”.

Meanwhile, we came across an over-drunk policeman, who was instantly taken away in SP police car at once to shred the scene, but an HW member did record it. Take a look.

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So, the policemen has been drinking and beating up students?

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About 26,00 students from various colleges in Himachal and University have been arrested in past one month. Now, there is no ABVP or SFI. The students are holding joint protests. Isn’t that a clear hint that students are in a great unrest? The university campus is filled with police battalions (Nahan, Pandoh, Junga). It’s been a month that students are suffocating due to unnecessarily imposed CrPC 144. The students were dragged out from library after the Vice Chancellor ordered to curtail the timings from 8 AM – 9 PM to 10 AM – 5 PM despite the fact that the examinations near HPU. What threat the student sitting inside library posed to anyone?

The Shimla Police SP seems to posses no sense of law and order himself, which reflects in the treatment which his policemen gave to the protesting students. The CM is blind and deaf. The opposition is supporting the Govt. and its brutal suppression of student protest.

The police didn’t followed the orderly standard procedures described for using force or other measures to disperse the students -no water cannons, no tear-gas, but the students are directly ‘Lathicharged’. Then, they are beaten behind locked doors of police buses and vehicles. The Govt. has gone lawless to crush the student protests, but the public is enjoying the show from a distance, unaware of the fact that this suppression isn’t only limited to the campus, but symbolizes mockery at democratic principles and rights of the protestors.

All that we could make out on the bases of what we witnessed and researched regarding the whole issue is that Govt. is playing a game that directs HP Police and QRF to create a terror among students, so that they don’t dare to stand up again. The forces have full freedom to be as much as ruthless as they could. We fear, now, we need to approach

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Where would you go if the very institution that is meant to protect your rights and bring justice to you turns against you? The HPU is suffering from side-effects of ugly political vendettas and corruption.

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To the students, we would appeal to stand united and take a stand against the atrocities of the Govt. The unity is the only way to deal with such an ugly and highly politicized suppression of the Govt.

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Images/Videos: Tarun Sharma

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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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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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.  

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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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