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Again HPU VC turns to ‘police misuse’ to conceal high-power committee report on fee hikes, 5 arrested

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Why HPU VC ADN Bajpai hiding ‘high-power committee report’ from public and students for last two years? Why was the committee even formed in the first place if it were to be kept confidential? How students are wrong in protesting against undemocratic and dictatorial attitude of the VC?

Again, HP University VC is onto misusing police to suppress student voices demanding release of high-power committee report on fee hikes. Again, 5 student leaders were targeted and slammed cases under various charges. Arrested students include Suresh Sarwal, Vivek Rana, Chandrakant Verma, Novel Thakur, and Vijay Rathor.

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Considering the nature of crisis at HPU campus, it is a matter of big worry that the VC is unlawfully concealing the finding of the committee report after two years of its submission. Surprisingly, media is also not interested in raising the actual issue and instead keep calling the aggressive nature of the protest “chatron ne kiya hungama” (students create nuisance).

The students have every reason to be infuriated considering the following facts:

For last 47 days HP University students are on 48 hour chain hunger strike asking the HP authorities to make the report of high-power committee that was formed to look into massive fee hikes implemented in 2013-2014. The Committee constituted by the State Government on 22nd September, 2014, under the Chairmanship of a retired judge of High Court V.K Sharma with Sarojini Ganju Thakur and A.R Chauhan as members, was asked to submit its report /recommendations within 30 days from the date of issue of notification. The committee was formed when the decision of fee hikes faced a massive protest from all sections of student community. All student organizations namely ABVP, SFI, and even NSUI, criticized such an abrupt decision to make sudden gigantic hikes in fees (200%-2000%) in just one step.

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The committee invited public and students to provide their views and suggestion about the decision taken on fee hikes. The committee submitted its report in October 2014 after considering the public feedback.

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However, the report was never made public, and students are still protesting after two years for their right – to make findings and recommendations of the committee public. While SFI still fueling its protest, other two students organizations have decided to be passive on the issue.

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During 2014-2015, ABVP and SFI had joined hands to support the movement. But growing protest was repressed misusing brutal police force and QRT. Student leadership was put behind bars to break the student protest. However, when the student community did not yield and give up protesting, brutal police assault was launched to terrorize students.

Students were beaten black-and-blue, treated like terrorists, and almost entire Shimla Police staff washed their hands, and didn’t hesitate to beat students in captivity.

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The girl students were insulted, dragged from hair, kicked and abused by male and female police persons at HPU Campus.

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Student leadership was denied bail saying that their freedom is threat to peaceful university environment. Fice students spent 52 days in jail for fighting their right – the right to know the findings of ‘high-power committee report’,. It’s was and is their right and the university authority is unlawfully holding the information back, and even the students were denied information under RTI saying the report is confidential.

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When students asked the varsity VC how the report of a committee that was formed by the government to provide its recommendations based on public suggestions could be confidential, they were replied in a highly undemocratic manner. The students were slapped with cases under various sections in order to discourage them from participating in protests.

However, the student community did not give up and are still fighting its battle against varsity authority for their rights.

Now, again, the varsity VC has turned to old trick to suppress revived student protest- using police force to file cases against student leaders and sent them behind bars in order to weaken the protest.

The beginning of police-misuse has further infuriated protesting students and they would continue with their chain-hunger strike. However, the VC is onto playing every trick to keep the report concealed at every cost.

Unfortunately, public is unaware of the actual situation at varsity campus and decaying standards of education and loot by administration. People believe the student are not supposed to protest but just to behave like ignorant, docile, and submissive creatures despite being most educated section of the society. Illiterate politicians are acceptable to people, but they consider protest of literates illogical.

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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IIM Sirmaur’s 2nd convocation ceremony held at Paonta Sahib

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Sirmaur: The second convocation ceremony of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) was held at Poanta Sahib in Sirmour district on April 13, 2018.  Thirty-five students graduated from this institution.

Padmanabh Adhikari was awarded Director’s gold medal while Somaya Depdass was awarded as the best all-around student award. Arushi Singh grabbed the Director Special Recognition award.

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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur distributed medals to these meritorious students of the Institution.

 The institution was in its initial stage but still, it has created a niche for itself among the premier institution of the country, said the Chairman, Governing Council, IIM Sirmour Ajay S. Sriram.

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Director, IIM, Dr Neelu Rohmetra while presenting the Director’s Report said that the institute was committed to producing the talent ready to meet the challenges of the modern era.

The institute was delivering a quality education to the students through highly qualified faculty and some of the best in the industry as guest faculty.

She said that the coming academic year would see main new initiatives by the institution.

The nation has great hope and expectations from the young professionals for making a New India,

the Chief Minister said while addressing the students and faculty.

The institution may have some limitation regarding infrastructure, but still, there was no dearth of talent and the students passing out from here would always cherish the memories of this institution and Himachal Pradesh as well, he further added.

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Nauni varsity scientist conferred ‘Bharat Shiksha Ratan’ award

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Solan: Dr. Divender Gupta, an entomologist working at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, Solan district, has bagged the prestigious Bharat Shiksha Ratan Award.

The award was given in recognition for his services in the field of agriculture education, research, and extension.

The Global Society for Health and Educational Growth presented the award to Dr Gupta at a ceremony held at the Vithal Bhai Patel House, New Delhi.

Dr. Gupta is presently working as a Principal Scientist in the UHF’s Department of Entomology. After a brief stint in the All India Agricultural Services, he joined the UHF in 1990 at its regional station in Jachh.

Upon shifting to the main campus, Dr Gupta got involved in academics in addition to research and extension activities.

Dr Gupta’s main work has been on fruit flies, which is a formidable pest of agro-horticultural crops causing losses to fruit and vegetable crops. He has provided solutions to a number of problems pertaining to fruit and vegetable entomology. Dr Gupta has also been a pioneer in studying population dynamics and management of fruit flies in the department.

He has devised management methods against fruit flies like the use of methyl eugenol based attractant traps using wooden blocks.

This has also been included in the Package of Practices of the University and Spray Schedule of HP Horticulture Department.

Dr Gupta has also evaluated a chemical, which helps in breaking of eggs inside the body of the fruit fly. He is undertaking further studies on this method. He presented this work at an International Seminar in Malaysia in 2016 in which participants from 20 countries took part.

Besides several research papers in reputed journals, Dr Gupta has five chapters, manuals and a number of bulletins to his credit.

He attributed his success to hard work, inspiration from teachers, and feedback from the farming community, and good wishes of family members, friends and students. UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma and other faculty congratulated Dr Gupta on bringing laurels to the University.

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Will spend Rs. 640 crores on TVET  modernization and special training to 65,000 youths: HP Govt

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Shimla: Government of India has signed a USD 80 million (Rs. 512 crores) loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB). As per the State government, the loan will be used to improve and modernizing Technical and Vocation Education and Training Institute (TVET) in Himachal Pradesh. 

With an estimated cost of USD 100 million (Rs. 640 crores), the government claim, the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

With this loan, the government has assured to set up basic institutionalised institutes at various levels in the state. A polytechnic for women, six city livelihood centres and seven rural livelihood centres will be set up under it.

Further, 10 employment exchanges will be upgraded as model career centres, said the government.

The loan will create awareness among youth about TVET programmers, modernization of training equipments, and implementation of MIS, enhanced partnership with private sector along with creating market-oriented training and livelihood opportunities for the youth.

The funds would be made available for short and long-term training programmes to the youth in the automobile, electronics, pharmaceuticals, tourism and hospitality, banking and financial services and health etc. sectors under the project, it was informed.

Under this project, approximately 65,000 youth of State will be imparted special trainings as per the standards of National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF), informed a spokesperson of the state government.

State Government will get 90 percent of the loan component as a grant from the government of India.

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