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HPU student raise voice against increasing RSS effect on education and its privatization

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SHIMLA- The series of HPU student protests is marked by so many events that by now, it sounds like regular news to see these student shouting slogans, sometimes at HPU campus and other times in front of DC office. Their voices were unheard by the people and suppressed by the Govt.

Still, they aren’t giving up. Call them nuisance if you find the bliss of ignorance sweet, but be worried if you seek the truth and justice for Himachal’s youth.

Today, about 100 students staged a protest in front of Shimla DC Office against, as they allege, against the privatization and communalization of education by the Centre Govt. Students criticized the increasing RSS influence on education policies or say ‘Hindukaran’ of syllabus books.

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At a time when University is reeling under heavy financial crises, the Centre has cut the UGC grant to institution by 32%. It’s a disgraceful sign for any democratic state which can’t even provide education to its youth, if not free, then at least, at minimum possible cost. Educational and health institutes mustn’t be turned into profit generation bodies. It’s the responsibility of the Govt., and clearly the our CM is failing it completely.

More than that, the students are agitated over the concealment of the report submitted by the review committee from public – the report of the committee which was created to investigate the fairness of huge hikes in HPU fees. The committee has already submitted the report to the Govt. about 10 days ago, but it’s not yet released for public to view.

Some sources are of the opinion that the report of the committee, more or less, takes the side of the protesting students. What’s taking so long for the Govt. to consider the report when the committee was formed by the Govt. itself, for a fair evaluation of the fee hike decision?

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Political influence on HPU administration wasn’t ever missing, but the arrival of new Vice Chancellor, Prof. ADN Bajpai proved to be a catalyst in this regard. The ugly game of politics almost reached its peak during last 3-4 months. Everyone witnessed the ruthless misuse of HP Police. There isn’t any doubt that Shimla is missing its previous SP, Abhishek Dullar. Many students and even policemen agree that he would have handled the situation with more decency and efficiency as compared to the new SP, DW Negi.

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It’s been more than two months that HPU campus is turned into police cantonment. The section 144 still prevails at campus. There has been no violent incident or even any sign of such probability, but the Govt. isn’t withdrawing 144. The students are blamed and held responsible for it, which is completely ridiculous. Many students are still in jail and aren’t being granted bail. They are considered more as terrorists who pose threat to the VC and students. It’s a shame that when the Govt. couldn’t face the student protest, it turned to misuse of state machinery.

A couple of days ago, the wall of HPU blocks were painted with slogans opposing fee hike and asking for the removal of the VC. HPU administration declared red alert over the issue. A meeting was conducted, FIRs were lodged, and the hunt for the culprit was initiated.

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However, we guess, the administration headed by the VC, must focus on holding meeting to address the cause of such distress among students. Police force isn’t the solution. A Govt. in a any democracy must consider the grievance of its pubic, and must not impose what majority of public rejects.

The students won’t give up so easily. Today, they again warned the Govt. to behave of to face more protest from Himachal’s student community.

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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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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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