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How safe is your child in Shimla schools?

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Shimla– Recently, parents of a pre-school child, enrolled in one of the most prestigious schools of Shimla, were exposed to the lack of trained counselors despite paying hefty fees.

The socio-economic environment and lifestyle have gone through a tremendous transformation. Children are most vulnerable to mal-adapt under the influence of complexities that came with modernization. Children are now exposed to more information than previous generations did.

In this case, parents narrated a peculiar and highly sensitive problem that required trained child counselors to deal with it appropriately.

The resident family of Shimla was shocked after what the mother discovered about her son. He had hardly spent two years in the pre-school, and from the parent’s perspective, he was in safe hands considering the reputation of the school.

One day, when the child returned home from school and the mother was giving him a bath, she noticed minute scars on his private parts. On taking a careful look, it appeared as teeth marks.

On being asked about it, the child initially showed reluctance in saying anything. However, the mother was able to persuade the child to speak. The child informed that a boy from higher class takes him to the pre-nursery classroom after they are empty and touches his private parts, and even makes him drop his pants sometimes.

The child also recalled a few occasions when he was taken to the bathroom by a boy.

I wasn’t able to believe that my child was facing abuse and bullying inside the premises of such a reputed school. He is just in pre-school. When my child told me the class in which that boy was reading, I received another shock

, told the mother to Himachal Watcher.

The boy, according to the child, was in Class I. It appeared impractical that a boy at such a tender age could intentionally molest another pre-school child.

The parents talked to a classmate of their son who also admitted that an elder boy takes him somewhere during lunch break and even recalled instances where the boy slapped and bullied him.

Parents approached the Principal of the school and narrated the story. Parents demanded CCTV footage as the pre-nursery classrooms had surveillance facility. The principal did show concern.

The boy was sent for, and he admitted practicing said behavior on being inquired.

When asked from where he had learned all this, the boy bewildered everyone by mentioning the name of his elder brother, who is a Class III student in the same school. The boy said his brother does the same with him at home.

The staff and the principle blamed greater exposure to electronic devices and the internet for the situation at hand. Free mobile services like Jio 4G has made it easier for children to access inappropriate content, they said.

When asked whether the school has a specific body to deal with such sensitive matters like child abuse and bullying, the Principal said there is no such facility. He admitted that the school does not have a regular child counselor.

When inquired about activities for children regarding awareness about good touch, bad touch, the principle could refer to one such event, and that for teachers only.

Teachers agreed that these children are too small to experience any psychological impact of it.

According to Ranjana Sharma, an experienced child counselor and a Ph.D. scholar in Psychology,

All three children need the attention of a trained professional. The victim child must be observed to dig out the possible psychological impact related to abnormal behavior he was exposed to.

She also suggested that a counselor needs to make a case study of such cases to find out the root cause behind the development of such behavior. The probability that a child has learned it by being exposed to it should never be ruled out.

Children have a new set of psychological problems now. It’s far easier for children to access to variety of information, even unwanted content, today. This access is difficult to restrict, but children can be guided to channelize it.

Moreover, the academic environment in the age of cutthroat competition is extremely hectic and stressful. This psychological stress is normally neglected while considering increasing cases of drug-addiction among schoolchildren.

Child counseling is a time consuming and very subjective matter related to problems that can’t be measured with any meter. The policy makers need to keep up with the need of the hour and think about making provision of child counselor mandatory for all educational institutes,

she said.

She further insisted that its well-established fact that family background, domestic environment, and treatment of a child in that particular environment plays a pivotal role in shaping the personality and perceptions of a child.

Most schools conduct regular parent-teacher meetings, which could be used as an opportunity for interaction between parents and counselors. It will prove as a huge assistance to teachers who struggle to deal with children with problematic behavior.

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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UHF Nauni’s 9th Convocation presided over by President, 462 students conferred degrees

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Solan: The ninth Convocation of Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry at Nauni in district Solan was held today and was presided over by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind.

This was the second instance when the President of India attended the convocation of the University. Former President R Venkataraman was the chief guest at the first convocation of the university held in the year 1988.

The University was founded in the year 1985 with the objective to promote education, research and extension education in the fields of Horticulture, Forestry and allied disciplines

The President presented Gold Medals to meritorious students on the occasion. He presented gold medals to Rajesh Kumar, Bharti, Neha Verma, Ankita, Chirag Bhatia, Kritika Sharma, Priyanka Chauhan, and Manvi Sharma.

He also presented SP Dhull Gold Medal to Ankita. He congratulated all the students receiving gold medals and degrees on the occasion.

Apart from the gold medals, degrees were also awarded to 462 students of B Sc, M Sc in Horticulture, Forestry and Biotech programmes from the College of Horticulture, College of Forestry and College of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri, MBA and PhD programmes

Addressing the graduating students, the President said that the goal of their education should not be limited to simply getting a job. They can start their own enterprises by using their skills and learning.

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There is immense potential in the field of fruit and vegetable processing. With their knowledge and enterprise, graduates of the University could help consumers in the country and abroad get better food products and help farmers get better value for their produce.

He urged the students to take advantage of various schemes and initiatives of the Union and state governments to set up their businesses in the agriculture sector.

The Governor awarded degrees to the students on the occasion. He said that since this University was the first Horticulture University of the country and the only horticulture university of the State, therefore the horticulturists have great expectations from the University.

He stressed on better coordination between the scientists and farmers so that the State could earn a special name in the production of fruits, vegetables, flowers and medicinal plants.

Further, the Chief Minister informed that the State Government was promoting Zero Budget Natural Farming. For this, the Government has made a budget provision of Rs 25 crore for the current financial year to promote natural farming.

He also congratulated the University for being adjudged amongst the best 100 Universities for continuous best performance in a survey conducted by the Government of India.

Vice Chancellor of the University Dr H.C. Sharma welcomed the President and other dignitaries and also read out the annual report on the occasion.

Deputy Director General (Education) Research and Extension Council, ICAR New Delhi Dr N.S. Rathore gave a discourse on ‘Higher Education in Agriculture’ on the occasion.

Speaker Vidhan Sabha Dr Rajiv Bindal, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr Rajiv Saizal, MP Prof. Virender Kashyap, former Minister and MLA Col. Dhani Ram Shandil, Vice-Chancellor of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University Palampur Dr Ashok Kumar Sarpal, faculty members of the University were present on the occasion among others.

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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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