Ceiling of tattered primary school in Chamba collapses, 3 kids seriously injured
CHMABA- Owing to insensitivity on part of ministers and bureaucrats, roof of the government primary school Bhanoi, Chamba, which was in tatters and was due for maintenance since long, eventually collapsed due to thunderstorm, leaving many girl students injured.
Class four students, mostly girls, were in their classroom when the ceiling of the roof suddenly collapsed. The teachers somehow rescued kids trapped under collapsed ceiling. Three of the injured kids were reported to have sustained serious injuries on their head. A pharmacist was called to provide first-aid to the injured kids and villagers also gathered after they heard screams.
The roof collapsed during half-time and fortunately most of the kids were in playground then.
According to the HT Dharampal, the school wrote repeated letters to the BPEO informing about miserable condition of the roof, how it posed risk to kids, and had requested urgent repair. The school staff had clearly mentioned high probability of a collapse.
Apparently, the concerned officer and department ignored it multiple times to eventually let it collapse and injure students. When the BPEO was asked regarding the incident, he denied having any information about the school.
It’s a matter of utter shame for Himachal Pradesh Government and state’s lethargic, incapable and insensitive bureaucracy, which do not even care for lives of kids.
MLAs and ministers don’t take more than five minutes to pass bills proposing fat hikes in their own salaries, allowances and pensions. Both opposition and ruling government never had any debate about their salary bills. Himachal’s MLAs are given loan at just four percent interest rate to buy cars and bungalows. But when it is about maintenance of public facilities or repair of government school buildings, the state is always under huge financial debt (a reason to avoid work).
Condition of government schools of Himachal both in terms of infrastructure and academic standards is not hidden from anyone. Himachal is heading towards becoming state with poorest school results. The officials don’t move a muscle despite the fact that news dailies have been reporting damaged school buildings in need of immediate maintenance across Himachal, especially those in rural areas.
However, government is clearly depriving children from economically weaker section of society and rural regions dependent on government schools from quality education. The government has just opened schools that it hardly cares to maintain, and washes its hands off without considering the fact that education means much more than just opening cowshed-like schools.
Further, it is actually true that bureaucrats rarely face any action even when they are responsible for deaths of people, such as in case of jaundice outbreak in Shimla. No higher official of IPH or Shimla MC responsible to check quality of supplied water was arrested or even stringently questioned. The contractor and others arrested in this case are out on bail. Then it goes without guessing that we will see any action taken on the BPEO in this regard.
Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France
Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.
She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity
Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.
Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.
HP University Extends College Admission Date for 2021-22 Session Till Oct 25
Shimla-Dates for admissions to undergraduate courses for the session 2021-22 in colleges affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University has been extended, which has come as a relief to not only those students who were seeking fresh enrollments in the first year but also to the students of the second and third year.
The varsity informed that the decision was taken after considering requests received from various students regarding the same.
Now, willing students can apply for enrollment in both government and private colleges till 5 PM, October 25, 2021.
This extension of date would benefit students who recently passed supplementary exams or those students of the second and third-year who had missed admission due to delay in declaration of their previous results.
UHF Nauni Extends Admission Dates for UG, PG, PhD Till Oct 18
Solan– Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has extended the last date for applying to various Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral programmes in Horticulture, Forestry, Biotechnology, Agribusiness and Business Management. Applicants can submit their complete online application on the university’s admission portal till 18th October.
The normal seats of BSc (Hons) Horticulture, BSc (Hons) Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology will be filled on the basis of scorecard of ICAR-AIEEA (UG) 2021.
Admissions to MSc, MBA (Agribusiness) and PhD (for normal and self-financing seats) will also be conducted on the scorecard of ICAR AIEEA (PG) and AICE-JRF/SRF respectively. Students who have appeared in the ICAR-AIEEA 2021 for UG and PG, or AICE-JRF/SRF examination and are interested in seeking admission, such students must fill the university online application form before 18th October. Undergraduate aspirants who have not appeared in the ICAR test can however apply for the self-financing seats for B Sc and B Tech Biotechnology programmes run by the university by filling the online application on the university website.
The university has also advised the registered candidates to submit complete online application forms along with online payment acknowledgement slip before the due date. The schedule for online counselling will be announced by the University on the website after the declaration of the ICAR examination result. Application forms other than online mode will not be accepted.