Connect with us

Campus Watch

Alleged Dharamshala College Gangrape : No clue of victim, ABVP alleges principal hiding CCTV footage

Published

on

DHARAMSHALA – It’s been four days that the news of a case of alleged gangrape in Degree College Dharamshala is spreading to every part of Himachal through social media like Facebook and WhatsApp. The dailies aren’t sure about what’s going on. All that reputed newspapers could confirm is the news of regular protest from student organizations.

Presently, Dharmshala campus and the office of the SP, Kangra, Kapil Sharma, is under heavy security with policemen all around. The students alleged that when they had approached the SP, the gate of the office was closed, so they had to stage a protest outside his office. But the gate was opened a little later.

Also, report are coming that an FIR will filed by police along with constituting a SIT to investigate the case. The police has also announced a reward of Rs. 25, 000 for anyone who will provide relevant information regarding the case.

The SP Kangra has handed over the investigations to SSP Shalini Agnihotri, however, it’s still clueless about location and identifications of the victim. The SP has ensured that appropriate and unbiased investigation will be done. However, police claims that no family member and relative of the victim ever appeared to lodge a complaint.

According to a report in Tribune India, the SP, Kangra, Kapil Sharma, said

We have also not been able to identify the victim. The Principal of the college, in a statement before the police, said a woman came to his office and complained that her sister had been molested. He also failed to identify the victim or sister

We have also not been able to identify the victim. The Principal of the college, in a statement before the police, said a woman came to his office and complained that her sister had been molested. He also failed to identify the victim or sister.

On the other hand protesting students alleged that the police department and the principal are trying to protect the culprits by hiding factual information. The principal confirms receiving a complaint of sexual harassment on Friday when the sister of the victim had approached him at his office. The principal claims that even the complainant did not verify the identification of the victim.

For everyone, the trickiest part of the allegation is a question; where did the victim and her sister disappeared and why no relative or family member has appeared to verify the allegations?

Secondly, what the hell police doing with CCTV footages from past four days? The police still claiming that it’s investigating the footage, but, we guess, it’s taking too long.

Dharmashala college gangrape victim missing, students protest.

#Dharmashala college gangrape victim missing, students protest. No latest developments on the story. http://himachalwatcher.com/?p=21361 #Himachal #DharmashalaGangRapeVideo:Dayandnightnews Chd

Posted by Himachal Watcher on Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Social media campaigns have begin demanding justice for the victim and student organizations have initiated series of protests in campuses. The student organizations sound sure about the confirmation of the allegation of extreme brutality and gangrape with an unidentified student.

The social media messages also alleged that culprits attempted to murder the victim at Tanda Medical College, where she was admitted in a very critical condition.

Himachal Watcher has also received these messages. Here is what is being circulated on social media and on some websites.\

Note: Himachal Watcher do not confirm any of these messages.

whats-app-social-media-dharamsala-gang-rape

It’s true that ABVP was the first to protest against the principal of the College alleging that he is trying to hush-up the factual information regarding the brutal gangrape with a first year college student. Now, SFI and NSUI have also begun staging protest in colleges. SFI staged a protest at Baijnath Degree College while ABVP again ‘Gheraoed’ the principal alleging that he had promised the students that the CCTV footage will be made available to them. However, the principal did not allowed them to view the footage, so they again ‘Gheraoed’ him.

The students also organized a protest rally in Dharamshala city and staged a protest outside the office of the SP, Kangra.

On the other hand, Amar Ujala confirms that the police claim that no such complaint was filed with them. No girl approached police station since the rumor of gangrape begin. While principal claims that when the sister of the victim had approached him with a complaint on Saturday, he had asked her to lodge a complaint with police too. However, the girl had replied that she had already been to police station but it did not filed a complaint as the culprits enjoy great political and financial influence.

Both or one of them, the police and the principal, is lying. If they aren’t lying, then there is no victim actually.

Meanwhile, police department has issues a press note requesting people not to fall for rumors on social media. Also, it requested people to come ahead with information and evidence if they have any. Here is complete press note:

Kangra Police Press Note
There are a few possibilities we can discuss here. One of them is that the gangrape did happen and the college authorities and the police and media are acting under the influence of high profile families of the culprits.

Second possibility hints that there is actually no victim because no one has come ahead to identify her. The girl, who claimed to be the sister of the victim, was not a student of the college. There must be someone who could, at least, identify a missing student in BA first year class. How tough is it? The college must have maintained records of all its students. There is a strong possibility that it can be rumor created for a purpose. The messages on social media appear to convey the same intensity as observed in case of ‘Nirbhaya’. May be, it’s intended to re-create a similar aggressive protest to disrupt law and order in the state.

However, at this point, it’s very hard to confirm validity of these messages being circulated on social media. So, please, try not to fall for them. We will keep you updated.

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.

Campus Watch

UHF Nauni’s 9th Convocation presided over by President, 462 students conferred degrees

Published

on

By

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.

View Photo Gallery

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.

Continue Reading

Campus Watch

HPU Teachers Association raises 15 demands including 5-day working, multi-story parking, retirement age enhancement

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Campus Watch

Nauni varsity admissions open for Horticulture, Forestry Programmes

Published

on

Nauni varsity admissions open

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.

Continue Reading

Trending