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Shimla school alleged of practicing untouchability, Students made to sit in separate rows during mid-day meals

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Castesim in Shimla school

SHIMLA- The issue of discrimination with school kids on the basis of caste has surfaced again in Himachal Pradesh. Children of a government primary school at Moolkoti in Mashobra near Shimla were allegedly made to sit in separate rows as per their caste when they were served mid-day meals.

Taking note of these incidents, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh had directed the schools to serve mid-day meals to children as per the roll numbers to avoid caste-based discrimination, but several schools in different areas have ignored the directions.

Sant Sri Ravidas Dharam Sabha state president Karam Chand Bhatiya said they received a complaint about discrimination around five days back. Along with Mashobra’s ward-8 panchayat samiti member Shanti Devi, they took up the issue with Himachal Pradesh governor Acharya Devvrat and presented him a memorandum.

The governor also assured us to set up an inquiry on the issue. Some officials from HP directorate of elementary education reached the school for an inquiry, but no action has been taken so far,

Bhatiya claimed.

He said after this incident was reported, people from Karsog and other areas have told them about similar issue. But these incidents don’t hog the limelight as these happen in far flung areas.

Even this incident was highlighted much later as some higher caste residents threatened dalits to stay quiet on issue or else face consequences,

he added.

Social activist and National Congress Party’s Shimla district president Ravi Kumar Dalit said it is not the Moolkoti school alone where teachers are discriminating with children, the practice of untouchability still exists in areas such as Junga, Rampur, Kotgarh near Shimla.

The incident was highlighted six days back, but no action has been taken yet. We want an FIR to be registered and the culprits practicing untouchability be punished,

he added.

Denying the allegations, Moolkoti school’s headmaster Mool Raj Verma said there was no truth in the claims.

An inquiry on the issue has been held. It will clear that we are not at fault and school has not practised any discrimination, he added.

Shimla deputy director (elementary education) Rakesh Vashishta said Mashobra block education officer (BEO) Pyare Lal Sharma visited the school after they receiving the complaint, but claims to have found any discrimination in the school after inquiry.

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Last date for Admissions to UHF Diploma extended

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Nauni University Admissions Date for Diploma

Solan: The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has extended the last date to apply for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and BakeryDiploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products, informed the Public Relation Officer, Suchet Attri.

The last date to apply for the diploma run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university has now been extended to January 29. Earlier the last date for application was January 17. The counselling for the diploma programme will now be held on January 31.

The PRO also informed that this year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme, he said.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website (www.yspuniversity.ac.in)

The PRO further informed that the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

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Two JRF among HP Varsity’s 11 disabled students who cracked UGC NET 2018

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Disabled HPU Students Clears UGC NET

Shimla-Crossing milestones in academics, disabled students of Himachal Pradesh continue to achieve what is otherwise considered insurmountable for them.

Eleven differently-abled students have cleared UGC’s National Eligibility Test (NET). Two of them qualified for the Junior Research Fellowship. Five of these students are visually impaired.

It’s important to mention that disabled students had to fight a legal battle to claim their right to higher education in Himachal Pradesh University. Even after ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill – 2016’ was passed, the students had to fight for its implementation as the government did not make it easy for them.

Two students who qualified for the JRF include Saveen Janha, an M.Phil in Hindi, and Pankaj Sharma, P.hD in Tourism Administration. Both are physically disabled, informed Ajai Shrivastava, a member of the State Advisory Board on Disability and HPU Executive Council (EC).

Indu Kumari, a visually impaired student, who is pursuing her M.A. in Political Science, cleared the NET examination in her very first attempt. Similarly, visually impaired Roma Negi, a resident of Rampur, has cleared the exam in History in her first attempt. She wants to pursue her P.hD from HP University.

Other names include Anuj Kumar (Economics), Vinod Sharma (Political Science), Jasbir Lubanand (Political Science), Vinod Sharma Yogacharya (Yoga), Priyanka Thakur (Law), Ajay Kumar (History). Some of these students have cleared the NET examination twice. Raj Kumar is a Ph.D in Education and has cleared the NET exam in the same. He had also passed the NET examination in History and this time cleared the exam in Political Science.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sikander Kumar has congratulated all these students and appreciated their hard-work despite facing hardships due to their disability. He said these students have brought laurels to the State.

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Nauni Varsity Admissions Open for Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery products

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Nauni varsity admissions for diploma

Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has invited applications for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products. The diploma will be run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university.

This year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme.

In addition, the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. The last date of application is 17 January 2019 and the counselling will be held on 19 January.

A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website(www.yspuniversity.ac.in).

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