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HP University of Horticulture & Forestry says no to disable students despite HC orders

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SOLAN – A couple of days ago, Himachal was proud on Umesh Lubana, a completely blind HP university student, who created history as he became the first visually disable student who cleared the UGC NET and qualified for the Junior Research Fellowship.  However, the reality is that disabled students have still not found place in many educational institutes.

Against the orders of the Himachal Pradesh High Court that has given a deadline to government to ensure equal opportunity for education to disabled students, Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan has declined to provide free education to the disabled students.  The deadline has passed two and half months ago. The notification issued by the Registrar in this regard is rather against the interest of the disabled students.

The division bench comprising Justices Rajiv Sharma and Tarlok Singh Chauhan has passed a judgment on 4th June on the PIL filed by Umang Foundation (No. 30 / 2011). The bench had directed the Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF) Solan, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla and CSK Agriculture University, Palampur to provide free education to disabled children within a period of six weeks.

The H.P. University, obeying the orders, issued a notification on 25th July accordingly to provide free education to the disabled. The Agriculture University, Palampur has also proposed a full fee waiver in accordance with the court order but it has not been notified yet.

 

Taking strong exception, Ajai Srivastava, chairman of Umang Foundation, has termed it as “contempt of court”and gave a weeks’s time to the University to correct the rule or face the music in the court.

 

Ajai Srivastava said, the glaring example of deliberate defiance of High Court’s orders is of Horticulture University. Its notification dated 26th September says that no tuition fee shall be charged from the disabled students and only those candidates will avail this tuition -fee waiver who are admitted under 3 percent reservation quota.

Shrivastva raised questions over such apathetic and defiant attitude of the university authorities, and further said,

Interestingly, the tuition-fee waver is already available to the disabled students for the last so many years. The new notification, in place of mentioning free education to them, has only reiterated the old rules. It is a clear cut case of deliberate contempt of court. And and it is also deprives those disabled students from tuition fee waiver who will take admission after competing under general quota. Is this a sin to compete with general candidates and get admission?

 

Ajai Shrivastva has written a letter to the Registrar of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, has warned if the university does not provide free education as per court’s order, a contempt petition will be filed.

It’s not the first time that Ajai Shrivastva has taken up the issue of equal opportunity and education for disabled children. He has been fighting this battle with government for a long time. However, the government and university authorities do not consider it their responsibility to attend to the special needs of disabled students.

Surprisingly, in this case, Nauni University did not hesitate to ignore High Court of HP and clearly said no to disabled students.

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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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.  

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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Nauni varsity to host IAUA VCs Conference on alternative farming systems to double farmers’ income

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 The theme for the conference is ‘Alternative Farming Systems Involving Horticulture to Increase Crop Productivity and Doubling Farmers’ Income’.

Solan: The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF) is set to host the 9th Brain Storming Session-cum-Vice-Chancellors Conference at the University premises starting from May 3- May 4, 2018.

The Vice Chancellors of several agricultural and horticultural universities of the country will attend the two-day event where they will deliberate on increase crop productivity and doubling the income of the farmers’.

The conference is being held under the aegis of the New Delhi based Indian Agricultural Universities Association (IAUA). The theme for the conference is ‘Alternative Farming Systems Involving Horticulture to Increase Crop Productivity and Doubling Farmers’ Income’.

The Schedule

During the two days, five technical sessions and a plenary session have been planned. Deliberations on topics like Mechanization and High-Density Plantation, Biotechnological Approaches and Cultivar Development, Integrated Farming Systems and Marketing, Nutrient and Pest Management in Horticultural Systems and Natural/ Organic Farming for Sustainable Crop Production will be taken up for discussion.

Developing the strategies for doubling the farmers’ income in India by 2022 will remain the main purpose behind this brainstorming session,

said Dr HC Sharma, Vice Chancellor of the University.

He added that the hosting the conference was a proud moment for Himachal Pradesh and YSP UHF.

The inaugural event will be held at the university on Thursday.  The Minster for IPH and Horticulture Mahender Singh Thakur will be the Chief Guest. The Agriculture Minister Dr Ram Lal Markanda will attend the plenary session of the conference.

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