Cancer Fund Collection Scam: No inquiry against culprit teachers and NGO despite proof
Students were offered prizes if they collect fat amounts. It could be a scam worth crores as no one knows how long these schools had been using students to collect funds. The Education department has banned this activity in Himachal’s government and private schools but no inquiry has been ordered against culprit teachers.
SHIMLA- The school teachers in government and private schools of Himachal have been found sending students out into localities to collect funds on the name of donation for cancer patients without any prior consent from the Department of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh. After the matter appeared in news, the Director, RN Vinta, issued immediate direction to the principals of all schools in Himachal to stop sending students for fund collection for NGOs or any organization. However, no inquiry has been ordered against the erring teachers, neither any FIR lodged against accused Uttar Pradesh-based NGO.
It could be a scam worth crores as no one knows how long these schools had been using students to collect funds. Shimla-based NGO, Umang Foundation has alleged that it could be an attempt to protect the culprit NGOs and school officials. The Fondation claimed that at least four NGOs of other states were collecting funds by using school children and Himachal Pradesh has been their easy target.
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As a solid proof, the Foundation had found students of Government Senior Secondary School Lalpani collecting the said funds. On being inquired, the students had confirmed that they were, like several other students, were directed by teachers to collect funds for the NGO. When the concerned NGO was contacted by Ajai Shrivastva, Chairman, Umang Foundation, seeking help for a little girl suffering from cancer, the NGO had denied help saying it spends the funds on only awareness. In other way, the NGO denied help saving a life of a cancer patient when it’s collecting funds on the name of same cause. No receipts were provided to the donor. Moreover, students were offered prizes if they collect fat amounts. The Education department, following his complaint, has banned such activities in the government and private educational institutions but no inquiry has been ordered.
The Foundation has written a letter to the chief minister Virbhadra Singh demanding immediate FIR against the UP-based NGO and erring schools of Himachal where children were exploited to collect fund in the name of a cause.
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.