State Government has enacted a legislation to protect students' interests in private universities in the State and Himachal Pradesh University would be the only authority to affiliate any college in the State. This was stated by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, while addressing a mammoth public meeting in the Government Degree College campus at Shahpur, after he dedicated an impressive new degree college building, completed at a cost of Rs.9.41 crore to the students of the college, and laid foundation stone of additional accommodation of the college estimated to cost Rs. 144.22 lakh, and dedicated 30 meter span Lanjhni bridge over Banoi Khad on Upper Odder Vishnu road constructed at a cost of Rs. 145 lakhs to benefit 1500 population of adjoining villages and also laid foundation stone of remodelling of flood irrigation Bhogal Kuhal scheme estimated to cost Rs. 232.22 lakhs and irrigate 229 hectares of farm land in the area, today. He said that no private university would be authorised to affiliate any college in any part of the State and exploitation in any manner by any of the private higher educational institutions would be checked forthwith as per the legislative provisions.
Chief Minister said that the State had entered into an agreement with Patanjli Yog Peeth, Haridwar, to sell 15 herbal produce grown in the State for medicinal use. He said that the Patanjli would soon be opening up its Peeth at Sadhupul in district Solan to give boost to herbal cultivation and manufacture ayurvedic medicines. He said Patanjli Yog Peeth had agreed to purchase any quantity of the herbal produce from the State. He said that the State had recommended setting up of BSF Battalion at Shahpur by providing land available for the same. He said that Himachal Pradesh had won dozens of national level awards which was an unprecedented achievement for the State and there was hardly any major sector which had not acclaimed recognition at national level. He advised the official machinery of the state government to accord top priority to redressal of public grievances.
Prof. Dhumal said that Central University and NIFT had started functioning in Kangra district where national level educational and vocational education facilities would be available to the local youth. He said that Central University would start teaching from next week at temporary complex at Shahpur where students had taken admission from within and outside the state. He said that the State was poised to emerge ‘Hub of Knowledge’ in the country since the State had best climatic conditions for educational related pursuits. He said that private participation was also being encouraged to bring about quality change in the education system. He said that IIT classes had also been started at Mandi and ESI Medical College would also start it teaching activities by next financial year at Ner Chowk in Mandi district. He said that JP University was first private university opened in the state during previous BJP regime which had now global recognition and hundred percent placement facilities for its students.
Chief Minister said that the state government was endeavouring to create best of the basic amenities infrastructural facilities at village level to make rural life reasonably comfortable. He said that all gram panchayats were being connected with motorable road, potable drinking water being made available, health and education facilities provided at reasonable distance to facilitate the rural population. He said that the state had fixed its priority of Sadak-Shiksha-Swasthaya-Swarojgar-Swalamban-Swabhiman (road-education-health-self employment-self reliance- self respect).
Prof. Dhumal said that the State was implementing Pandit Deen Dayal Kisaan Baagwan Yojna at a cost of Rs. 353 crore to motivate farmers diversify their traditional farming practices and cultivate cash crops under controlled climatic conditions which could generate them vast income avenues. He said that every section of the society was eligible to draw subsidy upto 80 percent while the BPL families were eligible to draw subsidy upto 90 percent on bamboo based poly houses. He said that over 91 percent of the population of the state was inhabiting in the rural areas hence the state government was laying added emphasis on creating income generation avenues at their door steps in the avocations they had been carrying traditionally. He added that Rs. 300 crore Doodh Ganga Yojna was also under implementation to bring about white revolution in the state. He said that general category would be eligible to draw subsidy of 25 percent and SC beneficiaries to get subsidy of 33 percent over the loan taken while half of it was interest free. He said that it would save the milk consumers from drinking adultrated milk which was harmful for health.
Prof. Dhumal said that a number of projects foundation stones were laid by the leaders of previous government without making any budgetary provisions. He said that it was only on his coming to power that adequate budget was provided for completion of all such schemes. He said that balanced and uniform development of every area was being ensured by rising above all considerations. He assured local people that developmental activities would be speeded up in Shahpur segment to meet the demand of people.
Smt. Sarveen Chaudhary, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister and local MLA, welcomed Chief Minister to her home segment and thanked him for dedicating the fabulous college building to its students, bridge and laying foundation stone of another two developmental milestones relating to irrigation facilities and additional accommodation at Shahpur college. She said that it was during the regime of Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal that record number of link roads and bridges were constructed in Shahpur segment. She said that Khauli HEP phase II work was also started during BJP regime. She counted developmental milestones established under the leadership of Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal in her home segment during past 34 months. She also thanked CM for sanctioning tubewell and 160 hand pumps for her home segment. She urged CM for opening a PWD Division in Shahpur to oversee developmental projects in the area.
Dr. O.P.Sharma, Director of Education, welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries and thanked him for dedicating new building to the students of the college. He said that Central University had started admissions for various courses in the university and major faculty had also been recruited. He said that 18,000 teachers posts had been sanctioned and 142 percent hike in the infrastructural budgetary provisions had been made for current financial year. He said that the education sector was bound to witness a revolution in quality education activities.
A variety programme was organised by the school students to mark the function and CM announced Rs. 20000 from his discretionary fund to four participating schools of Shahpur area for the promotion of cultural activities.
Shri Ravinder Singh Ravi, IPH Minister, Shri Kishan Kapoor, Industries Minister, Shri Ramesh Dhwala, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister, Shri Rakesh Pathania, Shri Sanjay Chaudhary, MLAs, Shri Vidya Sagar Chaudhary, former Minister, Shri Des Raj Baggi, Chairman, Zila Parishad, Dr. Furkaan Qumar, Vice Chancellor, Central University, Shri R.S.Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, Shri Diljeet Thakur, SP, Shri Yogender Verma, OSD, Central University, Shri K.K.Gupta, Chief Engineer, PWD, Shri M.S.Kanwar, Chief Engineer IPH, other senior officers and prominent people of the area were present on the occasion.
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