‘Shamed’ in road rage case, girl kills herself; Are the girls safe in Haryana?
Threatened by two youths with “sexual assault” after her scooter rammed into their bike, a 22-year-old student was so terrified that she returned home and committed suicide. Her body was found hanging in her room late Tuesday evening.
Fearing for the safety of his two surviving daughters, the victim’s father told the police he did not want to press the matter and that he blamed nobody. But her close friend told the police that shamed and threatened by the rowdy youths, she had taken the extreme step.
“She walked in and went straight to her room. We went looking for her after a while. To our utter shock, we found that she had hanged herself. We broke open the door and rushed her to a hospital but she was already dead. I suspect no one and want no action,” he told the police.
Her friend said that the youths started touching her inappropriately even as people gathered there. Enraged, she slapped one of them. He threatened to avenge the “insult” by humiliating her and her family. The police said they had not found a suicide note and a probe was on.
Rohtak principal ‘responsible’ for BEd paper leak, says panel; Will there be strong action against the guilty principal?
An internal committee of Jind-based Chaudhary Ranbir Singh University (CRSU) has held the principal of a private college in Rohtak responsible for ‘leak’ of a question paper of BEd (second year).
Confirming this, Dean of Colleges SK Sinha said the panel headed by him had recommended police action to scrutinise telephonic conservation between the principal of CR College of Education and her administrative staff for further details.
However, the committee opines that it was highly unlikely that the question paper reached other examination centres.
CRSU sources said an in-depth police probe could reveal from which mobile phone number the question paper was leaked out of the examination centre.
On June 23, the BEd second-year paper of ‘Knowledge and Curriculum’ conducted by the CSRU was spotted on the Twitter and other social media platforms within minutes of its start.
Taking note of the incident, Vice-Chancellor RB Solanki had immediately asked Sinha to initiate an internal probe.
Sinha said that the college principal could not give a satisfactory reply on why she demanded a softcopy when her office had already received a hard copy of the question paper.
“The CRSU has adopted the secure remote paper distribution technique. When demanded a softcopy, a one-time password (OTP) is sent only to the principal concerned about the examination centre. In this case also, she got access to the question paper after keying in the OTP. But then, the paper was found on the social media,” he said.
Sinha said he had also suggested the CRSU to ensure not to supply a soft copy to the college which had already been provided a hard copy.
Was spotted on social media
On June 23, the BEd second-year paper of ‘Knowledge and Curriculum’ conducted by the Chaudhary Ranbir Singh University was spotted on Twitter and other social media platforms within minutes of its start.
Taking note of the incident, Vice-Chancellor RB Solanki had immediately asked Dean of Colleges SK Sinha to initiate an internal probe.
Sirsa varsity don commits suicide; Can the cause of this suicide cause stress?
Dr Praveen Agamkar, Controller of Examination of Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, was found dead at his official residence on the university campus this morning.
His body was found hanging in the bathroom at about 11.
When he did not open the door of bathroom for long, the maid working in the house raised an alarm after which an employee of the university broke the door.
Agamkar was found hanging from the window grill with a dupatta. But no suicide note has been left behind by him.
He was rushed to the civil hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.
Sources said that he had come late on night from Delhi where he had gone for some official work.
SP Hamid Akhtar said that the police had gone to record the statement of the victim’s wife, but she was not in a condition to give her statement. He said that the police would proceed only after she gives her statement.
Dr Agamkar was the head of the physics department in the university and had held the additional charge of the Controller of Examinations for the past decade.
3,200 private schools in state face closure; Does this decision make education worse?
Education Dept yet to extend their temporary recognition
As many as 3,200 private schools in Haryana are on the verge of closure with the fate of nearly 10 lakh children enrolled in these schools hanging in balance, as the state’s Education Department is yet to extend the schools’ temporary recognition.
These schools have been awaiting permanent recognition from the government, although these have been in operation for decades. This is due to some deficiencies in buildings and other norms specified by the government.
Till now, the department had been issuing temporary recognition every year to these schools, but this time, their latest recognition, which expired on March 31, has not been renewed.
“Till we get recognition, we cannot apply to the Haryana School Education Board for affiliation. The last date for filing for affiliation from the board is July 6. We can, however, apply for it by paying a late fee of Rs 5,000 for the next 10 days. Our option will cease after that, endangering the future of lakhs of children,” said a school owner.
Till last year, temporary recognition was provided by deputy commissioners in the district. This year, the responsibility of providing recognition was taken away from deputy commissioners and committees were formed under the district education officers (DEOs) and district elementary education officers (DEEOs). However, the committees have failed to come up with their reports so far.
Kulbhushan Sharma, president of the National Independent School Association (NISA), claimed that the BJP government had promised permanent recognition to such schools after coming to power.
“The building and other norms of the government are grossly impractical. We have been demanding that the government should relax the norms and provide permanent recognition to all schools so that the hassle of applying temporary recognition every year comes to an end,” he said.
Sources said out of 3,200 private schools awaiting recognition, 2,161 provided high and senior secondary education. The rest 1,039 are middle schools.
As per the government norms, private schools up to Class X should have a land of 2,000 square meters in case of a single floor and 1,500 sq m for a double-storeyed building.
For senior secondary schools providing arts and commerce streams, the land requirement is 3,000 sq m for single-storeyed building and 2,250 sq m for the double-storeyed one. For senior secondary schools with the science stream, the requirement is 4,000 sq m and 3000 sq m for single and double story, respectively.
Besides, high schools need to have a minimum of 16 rooms. The senior secondary schools providing arts and commerce education should have 18 rooms, while those with the science stream should have 22 rooms.
Rajiv Rattan, Director, School Education, Haryana, said the department had sought reports from the DEOs regarding these schools, but these reports were awaited.
“The moment we receive the reports, we will take decision on the recognition and the schools will be provided time to apply for affiliation with the Board,” he added.
Cong workers protest water, power shortage; Is there a treamendous shortage of electricity-water for Haryana?
Congress workers led by state president Ashok Tanwar took out a procession here on Monday and broke empty pitchers and tubelights over scarcity of water and electricity in the state.
Raising slogans against the government, the protesters alleged that residents of the state had been facing shortage of drinking water and erratic power supply.
Tanwar said that the BJP government had failed on all fronts. The government was not serious in finding solutions to problems being faced by the residents.
Instead of providing regular electricity supply, the government was busy in increasing rates of power units.