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Alleged Dharmashala college gangrape : rumor or reality?

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DHARMSHALA- A lot of readers messaging us to inquire regarding a news of alleged brutal gang-rape in Degree College Dharmashala. These readers also told us that media isn’t covering it because the culprits belongs to a high profile family. The police is also being alleged of neglecting the case under the influence of family reputation.

The police and college authorities have denied any such incident in the college premises. However, according to a report in Punjab Kesari, the principal did accept that a girl had approached him on last Saturday with a complaint of sexual harassment and rape with her younger sister. The principal claims that when he asked her for a written complaint, the girl did not provide it and left the office.

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From past two days, the rumors have picked up pace and circulated to other parts of Himachal as well. There is hardly any mainstream media or a credible source that have confirmed this alleged case of gang-rape.

The allegations and reports also claimed that the victim and the complainer have disappeared after they tried to lodge the complaint.

Report on Hindustan Times said:

Meanwhile, the ABVP leaders alleged that the college authorities were trying to hush up the matter and trying to save the accused who belonged to influential families. Furious students raised slogans against the authorities and demanded to show the footage of close circuit television cameras (CCTV) installed at various points on the college campus.

Further HT reported that in between, two more girls came out claiming that the complainant had also met them and narrated about the incident that had happened with her sister. The girls said:

She met us and told that five youths had threatened her of dire consequences if she reported the matter to the college authorities or the police. She was also having the photograph of a youth whom she alleged was one of the accused and was student of the college,” the girls said, requesting anonymity. She also told us that the victim was in serious condition and was admitted to a local hospital,” said the girls, adding that the victim belonged to Chamba district and was living in a rented room near Dharamsala town.

Meanwhile, Tribune India reported,

Principal of Dharamsala Government College RP Chopra today lodged a complaint of molestation of a student with the district police.In his complaint to the police, the principal maintained that the sister of a student of the college came to her and reported that her sister had been molested and the police should inquire into the incident.Interestingly, the principal, who admitted that he had heard rumours of gang rape, had been maintaining for the past three days that no such incident had happened.The principal had to change his stand today after college students gheraoed him in his office. Girl students demanded an inquiry into the matter and alleged that efforts were being made to hush up the matter.

Dainik Bhasker in its report said that ABVP staged a protest on Monday following the incident and in a GHERAW of college principal RP Chopra the students expressed their distress for not taking any action despite complaint lodged by the elder sister of the victim. It further said that the protesting students were so angry that they could have manhandled the principal if security personals had not been there to prevent it.

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Another news update claimed it to be a case of brutal gang-rape similar to Nirbhaya case in Delhi. It also claimed that the victim is in critical condition and is admitted in a emergency ward of a private hospital.

According to NorthGazette,

The accused had brutally sexually assaulted the girl due to which she had suffered serious injuries and the doctors reportedly had to remove her uterus to save her life

, police sources said, adding that they were waiting for the victim to regain consciousness to record her statement.

Journalist Ajay Banyal’s FB status also supported these allegations. He scolded the police and authorities for their inefficiency in lodging a complaint against the offenders who belongs to a high profile family. Here is a screenshot of his status message:

Journalist Ajay Banyal

The police department and college authorities seem to have noticed the growing gossips regarding these serious allegation. According to Jagran, the part of the college premises where the alleged incident took place is under CCTV surveillance. The college authorities have ensured that they will search for evidences in CCTV recordings of the day.

Aam Admi Party and students have warned the authorities of aggressive protest if no action is taken against the complaint.

However, no one seems to be sure enough to comment anything regarding it. However, we can’t neglect the issue even if it’s a rumor. If the allegations are true, then it’ll be a shocker for a state like Himachal.

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 9 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 the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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UHF Nauni Bags Rs.25 Crore Funding, Set for Major Overhaul

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UHF Nauni gets IDI funds

Solan: The learning and teaching environment at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni is set for a major overhaul under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) National Agricultural Higher Education Plan (NAHEP) funded by the World Bank, informed the Public Relation Officer, Suchet Attri. He said that under NAHEP, UHF has been awarded the prestigious Institutional Development Project  (IDP). The total outlay of the three-year project is Rs 25 crore with ICAR share of Rs 20 crore and Rs 5 crore funded by the state.

He said that this is one of the biggest projects in UHF’s history and a major achievement for the university. It will help to provide a holistic learning and teaching environment to the students and faculty as scientists and students will be exposed to foreign universities to learn and exchange researchable ideas and issues. The University Vice-Chancellor is the project leader while Dr KK Raina, Professor and Head, Department of Business Management is the coordinator and Principal Investigator of the overall project, he informed.  

The main objective of the project entitled ‘Quality Education in Horticulture and Forestry to generate Human Resource’ is to revamp the university’s UG education through innovative and modern pedagogy, skill development, improving placement opportunities and catalyzing entrepreneurship through global thinking and input. He further said that under IDP, the university will look to strengthen collaborations with leading academia and industry for student exchange and faculty development programmes. 

He informed that around 150 UG students and 50 faculty members will be selected through a competition, to visit top-flight foreign universities for a period of 3-6 months. Organization of webinars and seminars, workshops and capacity building, and engaging industry experts as adjunct faculty is also included in the project. In addition to the creation of several student amenities, the university will establish UG and language labs for improving soft skills, eight smart and two virtual classrooms. He said that the project will also push green initiatives like the use of solar energy for cooking, lighting, use of battery-operated vehicles, solid waste management and recycling, campus landscaping and development of nature parks.

He said that one of the highlights will be the development of Short-Term International Certificate course on temperate horticulture and forestry crops and the strengthening of Student Development and Career Development Cell by developing a proactive industrial interface to create job and internship opportunities. Remedial courses, special attention towards weak students, agri-incubation centres on hi-tech plant nursery, processed food and forest products for entrepreneurial and agribusiness skills will also be taken up during the course of the project.

He further informed that several works have already begun under the project, and initiatives like raising new plantations have been undertaken. The students are eagerly looking forward to this project and have been actively taking part in all activities. A review meeting of the core project team and the statutory officers under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor was held on Saturday. Director Extension Education Dr PK Mahajan, Deans Dr Bhupinder Gupta and Dr ML Bhardwaj also took part in the meeting. 

“This is a very proud moment for the university as we are among the national group that has got grants under this project. It will help us to improve the work culture and change the outlook of the students by providing a holistic learning environment. Besides, it will also help to enhance the quality of study and potential of the faculty will be fully utilized,”

said Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor.

He said that only a select few agricultural universities have managed to bag the project through nation-wide competition.

The university will further focus on skill enhancement of students through study programmes with international collaborations and provide an inclusive and equitable quality education for the students through the faculty development programme. Dr Kaushal added that under the project, the university will ensure the sustainability of quality education and system effectiveness through the strengthening of the University Alumni network and industry interface. 

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Nauni Varsity UG Admission Process Revised, No Entrance Exam, Seats to be Allotted on 10+2 Merit

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Solan-uhf nauni ug admissions 2020-21 session

Solan-Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has revised the admission process for its undergraduate programmes for the academic session 2020-21 in view of the COVID 19 pandemic. This year, the university will not be conducting an entrance test to fill the normal seats of UG programmes. The decision in this regard was taken during a special meeting of the Academic Council meeting held recently.

The basis of admission for normal seats would be merit drawn on basis of marks obtained at 10+2 level examination in four subjects-English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics plus weightage of participation in sports/ NCC, NSS, scouting, co-curricular activities (if any). The university offers three undergraduate programmes B Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B Sc (Hons) Forestry while B Tech Biotechnology is offered only at the COH&F Neri. 

The candidates have been advised to download the counselling proforma from the university website and fill it as per the instructions mentioned on it. Those students who want to be considered for both normal as well as self-financing seats need to fill two separate proformas. A single page pdf file must be created, containing scanned filled counselling proforma along with legible documents mentioned in the checklist as provided in the counselling proforma. No column must be left blank. The counselling proforma for normal seats and self-financing seats will be uploaded on the university website on 3rd August (afternoon) and 5th August (afternoon) respectively.

For normal seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent through email to [email protected] on or before 18th August, 2020.

For self-financing seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent by email to [email protected] on or before 20th August, 2020. Every candidate must submit the duly filled counselling proforma in order to be considered for the admission. The detailed notification can be downloaded from the university website.

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HPBOSE Syllabus to be Reduced by 30% for 2020-21 Session Following CBSE’s Lead

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HPBose Syllabus 2020-21

Dharamshala: The syllabus of Himachal Pradesh School of Board Education from 9th to 12th classes would be reduced by 30 percent following the lead of CBSE.  The Board today constituted a five-member committee for this purpose, informed Chairman of HPBOSE, Dr Suresh Kumar Soni. The step is being taken considering the disruption to regular classroom study of students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The committee comprises of Deputy Secretaries Anjali Saini and Sudarshan Kumar, and Anil Naag – the principal, Senior secondary School, Sulah, Kangra district-and Vijay Sharam- the principal, GSSS Daroh, Kangra. The fifth member would be Dimple Kanwar.

The Board also held a workshop in which experts in Hindi, Political Science, History, Geography, and Psychology subjects gave their opinion regarding the syllabus.

Further, the Chairman said that emphasis would be laid on reducing the syllabus for the board classes. Exclusion of topics from syllabus would be done in accordance with suggestions received from subject experts, he said.

The teachers should keep in mind that the students do not remain deprived of knowledge but at the same time keep the stress of syllabus off them, he said. He asked the teachers to not include any questions in exams from the topics which would be excluded from the syllabus. A proposal regarding it would be submitted to the state government for its approval, he informed.

Earlier this month, CBSE had announced a reduction in its syllabus for students of class 9 to 12. For class 11, CBSE had excluded chapters on federalism in the Constitution, political theory sections on citizenship, secularism and nationalism. For class 12, India’s relations with its neighbours, sections on social movement, regional aspirations, the changing nature of India’s economic development, and the Planning Commission were excluded.

For class 10, CBSE had excluded the chapter on forest and wildlife in contemporary India from social science. Besides it, chapters on democracy and diversity; gender religion and caste, popular struggles and movements, and challenges to democracy have also be removed. For science classes, the students would not have to study the human eye functioning, a section on concepts of evolution, several practical experiments, like tests on acetic acid, mounting a leaf peel, and studying the comparative cleaning capacity of soap in hard and soft, water were also removed from the syllabus.

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