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HPU Teachers Association raises 15 demands including 5-day working, multi-story parking, retirement age enhancement



List of HPUTA Demands

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 Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery



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Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has invited applications for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products for the academic session 2019-20.

The diploma is run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university. The main objective of the programme is to train the students to start their enterprises in the field of food processing and bakery items.

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 September 16, 2019, and the counselling will be held on September 18 at 11:00 am in the office of the Dean, College of Horticulture, Nauni.

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

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To enable more applicants to apply for the diploma programme, the university charges a nominal fee of Rs 5000 for the one-year programme. Besides, 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 applicants need to attach copies of Class 10 and 12 detailed marks sheet, character certificate from the head of the school last attended or from a gazetted officer or concerned Gram Panchayat Pradhan and self-attested copy of reservation certificate(if applicable) along with the form.


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ABVP Locks Down Main Gate of Solan College, Burns CM’s Effigy, Demands Restoration of SCA Elections



Solan-The voices of student organizations seeking restoration of direct elections to the Students’ Central Association are getting lauder. Today, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged an aggressive protest at Solan Degree College. The students locked down the main gate of the college at 9:30 AM over the demand of restoring SCA elections and for declaration of pending results. ABVP said that it is a democratic right of the students and state government and HPU authority are deliberately depriving them of it.

ABVP Solan COllege Protest 2

The students also burnt an effigy of the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur. ABVP alleged that prior to elections, Bharatiya Janata Party had made a promise to restore SCA elections after coming to power. However, it did not keep its words.

ABVP Solan COllege Protest

The gate was opened at 12:00 PM only after the Sub-Divisional Officer, Solan, Tehsildar, and Deputy Superintendent of Police arrived at the college and convinced the students.

The President of ABVP’s Solan unit, Shubham Rathore, warned the state government that if no positive step was taken in regard to restoring SCA elections, more aggressive protests would be organized across the state.

All major student organizations, ABVP, SFI, and NSUI, have been demanding direct elections to the SCA, which were banned in 2014.

However, on September 2, 2019, on the recommendations of the High-Power Committee, the HPU authority decided that elections would be held on a nomination basis, and there would be no direct elections.

ABVP Solan COllege Protest 3

It implied that no elections would be held and students would not be able to cast their vote to elect suitable leaders (members) for the SCA but the university authority would nominate them. Similarly, the Department Representatives would be nominated by the Chairpersons/Directors of the Departments.

Both SFI and ABVP had been alleging that corruption has reached at its peak at HPU campus and voices of the students were being suppressed through various tricks and gimmicks. The varsity has adopted a dictatorial attitude and imposing its Tughlaqian orders on students.

The organizations alleged that this the main reason that the varsity does not want to hold direct elections. SCA elected by students would resist and expose the ongoing corruption, irregularities in administrative working, and lack of facilities at the varsity.

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ABVP HPU Demands Additional Buses for Day Scholars and Replacement of Old Ones



ABVP HPU Demands New Buses for day scholars

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh University unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Wednesday gheraoed the pool officer over shortage of bus facility for day scholars.

ABVP warned the varsity administration that if additional buses were not provided for day scholars, then no vehicles of officials and teachers would be allowed to enter the campus.

Unit Secretary Ankit Chandel said the varsity buses are being overloaded and some of the buses like ‘Neel’ have completed run of over 2 lakh kilometres. Still, these old buses are in operation, which is a joke with the lives of the students, Ankit said.

With the introduction of new courses at the varsity, the number of students has also increased, which is resulting in overloading in institute’s buses, he said.

He also said that the varsity buses are running without conductors, which makes them vulnerable to accidents.  

ABVP demanded that new buses are purchased as soon as possible. Meanwhile, services of  HRTC buses are availed temporarily.  The Organizations warned that it will not tolerate any compromise with the safety of the studetns. It would not hesitate in launching a massive protest if the demands are not met.

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