Don’t allow parties to sway student body poll: Guv; Are the governor right?
Governor Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki asked higher education institutes to see that political parties do not influence the proposed students’ body elections.
Speaking at the inaugural function of a two-day conference of Vice-Chancellors and Registrars of all state universities here, Solanki said the sole purpose of the students’ elections was to inculcate leadership qualities in diverse fields.
“Elections at colleges and universities of Haryana are expected to be held soon. But it should be checked that political parties do not influence these elections. Students elections are not just about political opportunity, but also about nurturing the youth with qualities to be a more responsible citizen,” he said.
The conference is being organised by the Haryana State Higher Education Council (HSHEC). It will be addressed by the Chief Minister and Education Minister on Saturday.
Solanki said that with 29 points, Haryana was among the leading states in the highest Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education.
“Kurukshetra University and Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, are among the 21 state universities across the country that have been declared autonomous institutes by the UGC. Liberal grants by the Centre have been announced in recognition of their academic achievements,” he said.
Solanki asked the heads of various universities to make efforts to make their institutes world-class.
“In the ancient era, India was known for making contributions in the field of education. But today, none of our institutes ranks among the world’s best institutes of higher education. The Centre has started giving grants to strengthen infrastructure and research activities. The onus now lies with the universities to achieve higher targets,” he said.
Prof BK Kuthiala, chairperson, HSHEC, said the various groups of VCs, Registrars, Deans and Controller of Examinations would hold brainstorming sessions on improving the academic and financial system in the universities.
He said streamlining the examination system would be the thrust area for greater transparency and timely declaration of results.
ICAR to focus on raising agri education standard; Will the youth benefit from this?
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has formulated an ambitious five-year project starting from 2017-18 to raise the standard of agricultural education in the country to provide more jobs to students and to inculcate entrepreneurship in them.
This was stated by Dr P Ramasundaram, National Coordinator, National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, (ICAR), New Delhi.
While chairing the inaugural ceremony of a two-day workshop on incentivising dairy education through innovative learning approaches at NDRI here on Friday, he said that the project has a total outlay of Rs 1,100 crore and its cost would be shared on 50:50 basis between the World Bank and Government of India.
The project would be implemented by ICAR through its educational division and through component institutional development plan (IDP), he said.
Dr Ramasundaram said that the IDP component would be implemented across agricultural universities and is also being initiated at NDRI. Dr RRB Singh, Director, NDRI, said that the project would enhance the students’ soft skills and professional skills and would prepare NDRI students for Indian as well as the global dairy industry.
He said that under this project, greater emphasis would be given on creating more industry-oriented modules as well as linkages with industries to improve the problem-solving skills in the dairy graduates of the institute.
Further, international linkages would be strengthened -– both with academic as well as industrial houses to enhance student competence and also to prepare students for global career opportunities. He said that another objective of the project was to enhance the faculty competence though international linkages.
- A five-year project has been started by the ICAR to raise the standard of agricultural education in the country to provide more jobs to students and to inculcate entrepreneurship in them
- Under the project, greater emphasis would be laid on creating more industry-oriented modules and linkages with industries to improve the problem-solving skills in dairy graduates
No cut in players’ income, for now; Is this government's right decision after pressure?
The Haryana Government’s recent order, asking sportspersons employed in government departments and bodies controlled by the state to hand over one-third of their income from participation in professional events and endorsements, has sparked resentment.
Following criticism from all quarters, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced on Friday evening that the notification had been put on hold till further orders.
“I have asked for the file of the Sports Department in this regard. The notification has been put on hold till further orders. We are proud of the immense contribution of our sportspersons. I assure them of just consideration of all issues,” Khattar tweeted.
In a notification issued on April 30 by Ashok Khemka, Principal Secretary, Sports and Youths Welfare Department, the government ordered sportspersons from the state to hand over one-third of their income from participation in professional events and endorsements.
According to the notification, the amount was to be used for development of sports in the state and could go up to the entire earnings if the player had been granted leave with pay. The notification had triggered strong reactions from players and the Opposition.
Wrestler Geeta Phogat said the government move was not in the interests of sportspersons. Posted as DSP with the police, she said taking this step meant a slow death for sports in the state. “I appeal to the government to reconsider its decision,” she added.
Her younger sister Babita Phogat was more forthcoming in her criticism. “Perhaps the government does not realise how much hard work a sportsperson puts in to win medals for the country. How can it ask for one-third of our income? The government should have discussed it with sportspersons before framing such rules,” she said.
Olympian Sushil Kumar said the policy should be reviewed. Demanding immediate withdrawal of the policy, former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda alleged that the government had played a cruel joke on sportspersons.
“First, the government told sportspersons playing for other organisations that the prize money they get from their employers would be cut, forcing them to boycott the awards function. Now, the government has played another joke on them,” he said.
Randeep Surjewala, communications in charge of the AICC, said in a tweet, “Khattar government in Haryana comes up with bizarre ‘Tughlaki farmans’ on a daily basis. The BJP government in Haryana is in a race to outbid itself in issuance of obnoxiously perverse orders.”
Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Anil Vij justified the government move. He said there was nothing new as this clause had been included in the Haryana Services Rules, governing employees.
“According to rules, if a government employee earns any income, one-third of it has to be deposited with the government. This issue had come up when we gave permission to boxer Vijender Kumar to play as a professional. The matter was taken to the High Court, which asked us to frame rules in this regard,” he said.
The minister said the notification would apply only to those who earned by taking part in professional events and not to those playing in Olympic, Asian and Commonwealth events. He added that it would apply to amateurs earning from endorsements.
Taking this step means a slow death for sports activities in the state. I appeal to the government to reconsider its decision. — Geeta Phogat, wrestler
Perhaps the government does not realise how much hard work a sportsperson puts in to win medals for the country. How can it ask for one-third of our income? The government should have discussed it with sportspersons before framing such rules. — Babita Phogat, wrestler
Khattar government in Haryana comes up with bizarre ‘Tughlaki farmans’ on a daily basis. The BJP government in Haryana is in a race to outbid itself in issuance of obnoxiously perverse orders. — Randeep Surjewala, Congress leader
First, the government told sports persons playing for other organisations that the prize money they received from their employers would be deducted, forcing them to boycott the awards function. Now, the government has played another joke on them. — Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former Chief Minister
According to the rules, if a government employee earns any income, one-third of it has to be deposited with the government. This issue had come up when we gave permission to boxer Vijender Kumar to play as a professional. The matter was taken to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which asked us to frame rules in this regard. — Anil Vij, Sports Minister
CM: Power may cost less, conditions apply; Is Govt.; Is the government going to make electricity affordable?
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said if people help in bringing down line losses, the government may reduce power tariff in near future.
During a “Seedhi Baat” programme at Kaul village in the district on Friday, the CM urged the people not to indulge in power theft as it was adversely affecting the revenue of the power boards and ultimately, the honest consumer was to suffer.
Announcing a new scheme for the benefit of power consumers, the CM said that surcharge and interest of the defaulters would be waived if they apply for power connection and consumers would be given option to clear their outstanding bills in instalments so that such consumers could shed the habit of stealing power.
He announced Rs 5 crore for development works in Kaul and Pabnawa villages.
Sanctioning Rs 8.74 crore for development works in Dhand, the CM said that projects worth Rs 350 crore were under execution in Pundri Assembly segment. He said that the Kaithal-Karnal and Kaithal-Kurukshetra roads were being widened up to 10 metres and Falgu Tirath would be developed at a cost of Rs 5 crore. To have direct interaction with people, he had started “Seedhi Baat” programme for people living in villages, he said.
Abhay, Chander Mohan closeted for 40 minutes; Is there something goin on in both the leaders?
Leader of Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala’s visit to former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan’s residence on Tuesday fuelled speculation in political circles.
Abhay visited Chander Mohan’s residence in Panchkula and was closeted with him for over 40 minutes. Abhay and Mohan termed the visit as a courtesy call.
“I was not able to attend the wedding of Mohan’s son Sidharth Bishnoi in December 2016. On Tuesday, I was crossing the road separating Sectors 8 and 7 when I noticed his residence and stopped for a while to bless Sidharth,” said Abhay.
The former Deputy Chief Minister’s future political plans were at the centre of discussion between the two leaders.
Sources said Mohan made his intentions clear about staging a political comeback after a decade-long “exile” after Fiza “episode” and would contest the next polls even if he was not fielded by the Congress. “I will definitely contest the polls either from Kalka or Panchkula,” he told The Tribune.
“The Fiza episode was a conspiracy against me. My family and I suffered because of the episode. People who had voted for me for nearly two decades did not suffer. I will go to them again and seek their blessings in the upcoming elections,” he said.
Mohan had won from Kalka four times in succession and remained a Congress legislator from 1993 to 2009. He became Deputy Chief Minister under Bhupinder Singh Hooda in 2005.
Mohan was dropped from the Cabinet in December 2008 due to prolonged absence following his marriage to Anuradha Bali, alias Fiza, after embracing Islam and adopting the name Chand Mohammad.
The Congress did not field him in 2009. He contested on the Haryana Janhit Congress ticket from Nalwa in 2014, but lost.