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Teacher in Shimla Booked, Suspended over Alleged Sexual Harassment of Eight Students, Remains Absconding

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Shimla-A teacher of Geography at Government Senior Secondary School, Tikkar, in Rohru, Shimla district, was booked by the local police for alleged sexual harassment of girl students. On Wednesday, the alleged lecturer was also suspended. The Director of Higher Education, Dr Amarjeet Kumar Sharma, confirmed the report.

The lecturer was identified as Sanjay Deshta- a national award winner. He was awarded in 2017 while he was posted at the Government Senior Secondary Boys School, Shimla, (Lalpani).

A case has been filed under Section 351 A of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on the complaint of the Principal and the Sexual Harassment Committee of the school.

Reportedly, on October 23, 2019, some girl students of the school had approached female teachers with a complaint that the said lecturer used to call them in the laboratory, take selfies with them forcefully, touch them inappropriately, and ask them to watch explicit multimedia content on his cellphone. The matter reached the principal, who referred the case to the sexual harassment committee of the school. The committee probed the case and received written complaints from eight students of different classes. Following it, the principal had informed the local police on October 25, 2019.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rohru, Sunil Negi, confirmed that a case has been filed against the teacher and efforts were being made to arrest him. However, the teacher was yet to be arrested as he remains absconding. In this case, the local police has been alleged of delay in filing an FIR despite the fact that the case was highly sensitive as it pertained to harassment of minor students. 

Along with the suspension, the Director has also ordered a probe by a high-level committee under the supervision of Deputy Director, Education. The committee would file its findings to the Director and the State government within three days.

The Director also said that a committee will also be formed to take a decision over striping the alleged lecturer of the awards he was conferred at the state and national level.

The safety of children, especially girls inside educational institutes still remain a critical problem that requires more attention from the state government. 

In May 2019, the principal of a government school in Badsar of Hamirpur district was booked over sexual harassment of a 16-year-old minor girl.

In May 2018, a teacher posted at the government middle school, Mayfield, Shimla, was dismissed from government services by the Department of Elementary Education after he was found guilty of sexual harassment of class-VI girl student. He was found to be a repeated offender. 

In April 2018, a chemistry teacher employed at a private college in Hamirpur district was booked under POCSO Act for alleged sexual assault on one of his minor students. A video of students thrashing the teacher was widely circulated on social media.

In September 2017, Himachal was shocked after three staff members -cook, clerk/accountant, and sweeper-  of a Balika Ashram (child protection home for girls) situation in Chilli of Tissa region in Chamba district were arrested for alleged sexual harassment of six girls 

Other than ensuring the safety of children, there is a dire need to recruit professional child counsellors. Traumatized minor victims of such cases always require counselling, which could involve several sessions. Also, counsellors offer a safer environment where children would be more comfortable to come ahead and speak of such sensitive problems. 

Recently, Centre’s Novodya Vidyalaya recruited professional counsellors for the majority of its schools in India, which is an appreciable step. The state governmnet in Himachal Pradesh should also consider doing the same in its government schools.

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News About Opening of Schools in Himachal From July 1 a Hoax: Edu Minister

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Shimla-Schools in Himachal Pradesh are not opening from July 1, 2020, the Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj confirmed today in a statement.

He condemned the news reports published by some media on June 23 claiming that the government has decided to open the schools from July 1. He termed these reports as fake news. 

He said that the number of COVID-19 cases is rapidly rising in Himachal, and the Government would never put the health and lives of children at risk by taking such a decision. He also informed that the State Government is still waiting for the Centre’s guidelines regarding the opening of schools.

Regarding asking teachers to come to schools in July, no decision has been taken so far. The decision regarding the same could be taken in July, Bhardwaj confirmed.

He said that holidays in schools could be extended if the situation doesn’t normalize.

Further, District Police, Shimla, also confirmed that the news is just a rumor and that no such decision to open school have been taken so far. 

सोशल मीडिया पर इस तरह की हेडलाइन चल रही हैं। इसे पढ़कर ऐसा लगता है जैसे बच्चे पहली जुलाई से स्कूल जाएंगे। इस तरह का प्रचार मिस्लीडिंग है। बच्चों के स्कूल जाने के बारे में अभी कोई निर्णय नहीं है।

Posted by Shimla Police on Wednesday, 24 June 2020

 

 

 

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UHF Nauni Admissions Open for Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery Products

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Solan-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 2020-21. The diploma is run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university. The programme aims to train 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 applying is 20th August. 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 university charges a nominal fee of Rs 5,000, paid in two instalments, 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, self-attested copy of reservation certificate(if applicable), bank draft (Rs 100 for general category and Rs 50 for SC/ST) along with the admission form. Application form along with other required documents must be sent by registered or speed post to the Deputy Registrar (Academic), Office of the Registrar, Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Nauni-Solan (HP)–173 230.

Applications can also be submitted by hand.

 

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Metric, Class 12 Students Can Apply for Supplementary Exams Till July 21: HPBOSE

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Dharamshala-The regular students of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) who have received compartment in annual examinations for metric and Class 12 conducted for the session 2019-20 can apply online for the supplementary examination to be held in August/September, informed Chairman, Suresh Kumar Soni on June 20, 2020.

Students can apply online starting from June 22 to July 21 with the fee. The Chairman said that no application would be accepted after July 21.  

On June 18, HPBOSE had declared the results for Class 12 examination in which a total of 86633 students had appeared in the exams, of which 65654 students passed it, and 9391 got compartment.

Also View: HP Board Class 12 Results Merit List/Toppers

Earlier, on June 9, the Board had declared the result for Class 10 examinations The overall pass percentage was reported to be 68.11 per cent. A total of 1.04, 323 students had appeared this year, of which 70,571 passed it, and 5,617 got compartment.

Also View: HPBOSE Class 10 Results Merit List

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