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Shimla: The vice chancellors of universities in north India Saturday called for financial autonomy for varsities.
A two-day meeting of the Association of Indian Universities (north zone) that concluded here passed a “Shimla Declaration” that also advocated the need for financial support by the respective state governments.
Association president P.T. Pandey told reporters that nearly 80 percent of students were getting education in the state universities and they were facing financial crunch.
“Lack of finances has led to deterioration in the service conditions of teachers in the universities. This anomaly needs to be rectified at the earliest. The other issues that need to be addressed are retirement age of the teachers and the tenure of the vice chancellor,” he said.
Pandey said a corpus should be created with the help of the central government and corporate houses to support the older universities that have dilapidated infrastructure.
Association general secretary A.D.N. Bajpai also advocated the need for inter-university collaborations to avoid brain-drain.
“To achieve this, it is necessary that the universities should work together and share resources,” said Bajpai, who is also the vice chancellor of Shimla-based Himachal Pradesh University.
A total of 35 vice chancellors from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal participated in the meeting.
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that the central government’s announcement to setting up the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) at Ludhiana would give a much needed second push to the Green Revolution in the agriculture sector.
Thanking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar for establishing the BISA, Badal said that traditional agriculture had already reached a point of saturation in the agrarian state of Punjab.
Badal, in a statement here, said: “The setting up of this prestigious institute would be a real tribute to the Noble laureate and father of the Green Revolution, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, who was intimately associated with Punjab especially the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). People of our state still remember him with respect and affection.”
BISA will be set up in Ludhiana, where the PAU is located, at a cost of over Rs.500 crore.
Punjab, which alone contributes over 50 percent of the total foodgrain to the national kitty, had led the country in bringing about the Green Revolution for greater food grain production in the 1950s and 1960s.
The central government has announced the setting up of BISA in Punjab with satellite centers in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
“This would contribute significantly in improving the agriculture in the country in general and food security in particular,” Badal said here.
Badal hoped that the institute would help in diversification of agriculture by encouraging the value added crops like maize and oilseeds and help farmers to come out of the rut of wheat-paddy cycle.
Chandigarh: Punjab cabinet today approved creation of a new development block in Sangrur district, gave it nod for setting up a university in Talwandi Sabo and stamped the Right To Service Bill that is to be introduced in the state assembly.
Presided over by chief minister Prakash Singh Badal, the cabinets approved the bill which aims to make it mandatory for time bound delivery of public services.
A cabinet spokesman said that the proposed legislation intends to make delivery of 67 citizen centric services time bound under Right To Service Act.
The bill that will needs the houses nod has a provision for punishing civil servants who fail to comply with delivery of the public service within a stipulated timeframe.
The cabinet approved carving out of a new development block Dirba in Sangrur district.
The new block with a population of 99,177; having an area of 111,821 acres will encompass 44 villages, said the cabinet spokesman. Total number of blocks in the state has gone upto 143.
The cabinet also approved setting up of Guru Kashi University at Talwandi Sabo.
Dharamsala: Red Ribbon Club of Kangra has set out to have a ready blood donor directory that could be readily accessed by the needy for meeting out emergency requirements of patients and accidents victims.
The directory was launched at the Navrang youth festival at Dronacharya College, Rait by the HIV awareness club.
At the stall set up during the festival, more than 1200 young girls and boys from 25 colleges from the district visited the counter that had displayed out a red zero theme of AIDS Campaign, spreading the message of targeting Zero new HIV infections among youth through better awareness.
The Kangra ICTC led by Harbhajan Singh also conducted voluntary blood testing of the youth, in which 50 got their blood screening done.
At a quiz conducted about health awareness, especially which related to HIV, STI and blood donations, there were many participants.
In the inter-college painting contest held during the youth festival, Sumit won the second prize with AIDS as the theme of the water colour painting.
The frame showed AIDS as a giant snake threatening to engulf the entire earth, leaving behind a message for the viewer that despite all the progress made, there was no time for complacency.
Youth of Red Ribbon Club Gian Jyoti B Ed College Rajol presented a mime on HIV risk among youth, and gave the message that ignorance is a big challenge, so we should all talk openly.
Navrang Nitesh Rana, president of the club said that it helped to create an environment of openness among youth, which could help to discuss topics which otherwise they were shy of talking.
Charu Kaushal, nodal officer of the club advocated that mutual respect was important for having a discrimination free environment for HIV and AIDS infected to develop responsible and healthy relationships for them and society at large.
Shimla: Having secured its position about fetching good placements for its students of computer science at Himachal Pradesh University, top information technology companies this year also have already picked eight students by way of campus placement from the department.
Department chairman, Arvind Kalia said that seven final year student with Master of Computer Sciences (MCA) program, through a campus recruitment program have been picked up by Infosys, a reputed Bangalore based IT company.
One student, Ridhima Chandel has been selected by Oracle, another reputed IT company, he said.
Those offered job placement by Infosys are Aashish Vashisht, Amit Chauhan, Iteeka Sephia, Manisha Thakur, Mukesh Gautam, Neha Jhangta and Vanita Sharma, said Kalia.
Placement coordinator Jawahar Thakur said the students had been offered a starting package of Rs 3.25 Lakhs per annum.
More companies are scheduled to visit the campus and the department is hopeful to get a 100% placement for its MCA students, he added.
Hamirpur: Having remained with an institute head for almost a year, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur got a new director, with Dr Rajnish Shrivastav joining duty on Tuesday (18.10.2011).
Dr Shirvastav takes charge from Dr RL Sharma, a senior professor, who was holding charge in absence of a regular director at the reputed institute.
Prior to joining his new assignment, Dr Shrivastav had remained director of NIT Jamshedpur for three years.
He said been appointed as Director NIT Hamirpur by Human Resource Development ministry for a five year term.
The post had fallen vacant in November, 2010 when the last director retired. Since then the institute had been suffering because of the prevailing uncertainty.
Mumbai: As many as 32 leading varsities will take part in the US Universities Fair here Sunday (13th November) in a bid to attract more Indian students, an official said.
The fair is being organised by the United States-India Education Foundation (USIEF) in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, a non-profit organisation.
Representatives from 32 US universities will offer detailed information about their institutions and academic programmes at undergraduate and graduate levels at the fair being held in JW Marriott Hotel, Juhu, north-west Mumbai.
“The USIEF is committed to helping Indian students find accredited US universities that are best fit for their academic and professional needs. We welcome Indian students to obtain genuine and relevant advice from us through these fairs, which have gained tremendous popularity over the years,” said USIEF executive director Adam J. Grotsky.
Students will be able to have one-on-one sessions with admissions officers, who will provide authoritative information about their college and university programmes.
New Delhi : Nearly 33 percent of the teaching posts in Delhi’s premier Jawaharlal Nehru University are lying vacant, Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeshwari said Friday.
In reply to a written question in the Rajya Sabha, the minister said the University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed the JNU for filling the vacant posts as per University Grants Commission (UGC) regulations.
“The UGC has informed that it has directed the university vide its communication dated 21/9/2011 to fill up the vacant teaching posts as per the UGC’s regulations,” Purandeshwari said.
The minister also said that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG’s) comment in its report for relaxing criteria for appointing officials in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was dropped after a reply from the university.
The CAG in its draft performance audit report for 2011-12 commented on relaxing the eligibility criteria for appointment of deputy registrar, assistant registrar and other posts.
“However, on being satisfied with the reply of the university, the CAG had dropped the comment from its final performance audit report,” the minister said.
Shimla : Newsense , a lab journal was launched Monday by the journalism department of Himachal Pradesh university,Shimla .
“The journal was formally launched by the university vice chancellor ADN Bajpai . Later copies of the journal were distributed ,” said Vikas Dogra, assistant professor , HPU journalism department .
“With Newsense we are trying to explore the working of a real-life newspaper ,” Dogra told the Hill Post .
Chandigarh : A National Culinary Institute (NCI), the first of its kind in north India, would soon be set up at Haryana’s Pinjore to boost employment opportunities in tourism sector, an official said Thursday.
State Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Tourism, Dhanpat Singh told reporters at the Yadvindra Gardens at Pinjore, 20 km from Chandigarh, that the union tourism ministry had already accorded in-principle approval to the Rs.5 crore project.
The project will be located close to the Mughal-era gardens for which Pinjore is famous.
“For this purpose, seven acres of land had been acquired from horticulture department. The institute would be funded by the central government and it would be maintained by Haryana Tourism,” Singh said.
He said that students would be imparted training about cookery and also advanced training in different cuisines like Indian, continental, Chinese, Thai and other recipes.
He said that those already associated with the field of tourism could also get advanced training in this institute to further widen their scope in the tourism industry.
The institute will start functioning next year.