Mansarovar pilgrim washed away in Kali river
give miss to computer classes
sensitive trek stretches in groups: ITBP
Hospital and Medical College project faces land hurdle
of Vidyapeeth into ayurvedic varsity opposed
university system viable alternative, says Alva
varsity welcomes freshers
Gunjiyal proves mettle on football field
Police blast Yankies 7-2
seek speedy formation of rafting policy
Kailash Mansarovar pilgrim washed away in Kali river
Pitthoragarh, July 12
“The body of the pilgrim is being searched by the rescue team which has been sent from the Dharchula base camp this morning,” said Navneet Pandey, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Dharchula.
“Jagtav (44), a resident of Pune in Maharashtra, might have slipped on the track alongside the Kali river which was in spate due to heavy rains in the area for the past 24 hours in this region,” said Pandey.
All other members of this batch have reached the Gala camp on their way to the Dharchula base camp. “The track route and motor road on the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is otherwise well except for some areas where there is a danger of shooting stones like Tintola and Chautaldhar,” said the SDM.
Councillors give miss to computer classes
Dehradun, July 12
The two computer trainers were sitting quietly in one corner as their students remained missing from the class.
The coaching classes were started at Mukhya Nagar Adhikari Indu Kumar Bodai’s behest when the councillors demanded laptops. Before ordering for laptops, he asked them to learn basic know-how to be able to work on laptops later on.
Seeing the cold enthusiasm of councillors, five computers, which otherwise are insufficient to cater to 60 councillors, seemed enough. Councillor Ganesh Dangwal said some councillors, who made it to the morning session, were most unlikely to return for the afternoon session.
Many justified their absence by saying that they were not informed of the beginning of the classes. Councillor Rajender Rawat said he got to know much later, which was why he could not attend the class. But he expressed a desire to attend regular classes from tomorrow onward.
It is yet to be seen how much rhetoric the councillors would translate into reality. Deepa said, “I want to learn the bare minimum and don’t feel the need to go into elaborate learning. Unlike the youth, at this age I don’t feel pull toward much computer learning”.
Verma quipped on the attitude of councillors saying what would they do with laptops if they knew nothing to handle these.
Mayor Vinod Chamoli, too, commented that the councillors should utilise the maximum benefit from the facility given to them on the premises itself.
Tread sensitive trek stretches in groups: ITBP
Pitthoragarh, July 12
According to the Commandant, the fourth batch pilgrim Sanjay Jagtav slipped possibly while crossing the most sensitive trek route between Lakhanpur and Malpa. He was travelling along with his wife. “This 3.5-km trek route runs parallel to the Kali river and is without railings on the river side and needs to be tread in a single file track as the route is merely 2-ft wide at this place,” said Nimbadia.
“We are always briefing pilgrims at our camp in Mirthi (Didihat) to be alert while crossing the trek route, specially that between the Gala and Bundi camps which is highly slippery,” said the ITBP Commandant, adding that the ITBP had written to the authorities concerned umpteen times to take care of eight highly sensitive points that needed widening of trek.
Even the 3.5 km track with 4,000 steps, constructed by pilgrims way back, requires renovation and railings on both sides as it becomes difficult for pilgrims to cross these steps downward from Zipti. It was also observed that due to the proposed construction of the Ghatiabagar-Lipulekh road, the trek route is not properly looked after by state PWD officials.
“We have deputed members of the ITBP rescue team who brief the pilgrims at every camp to cross the route carefully, but sometimes due to negligence such accidents occur,” said Nimbadia.
Ganga water contaminated
Haridwar, July 12
The incident came to light yesterday when pilgrims visiting the renowned Shukratal to perform rituals on the occasion of Ashaad Amawasya found the dead fish floating in large numbers.
Haridwar District Magistrate R Meenakshi Sundaram said those found guilty would be strictly dealt with and the final report of samples was awaited.
Meanwhile, Lakshar administrative officials have conducted sampling at factories in the area and sent the samples for laboratory analysis. SDM Bhagat Singh Fonia and Cirlce Officer PK Roy monitored the whole process.
State Regional Officer, Environment Conservation and Pollution Control Board, PK Joshi stated apart from factory chemicals, samples are also being taken of the Ban Ganga river.
A drain from a sugar mill in Lakshar discharges effluents into the Ban Ganga, which merges with another river at Solani Sangam, the source of water for the Shukratal.
Doon Hospital and Medical College project faces land hurdle
Dehradun, July 12
Despite the Chief Minister personally backing the project, it may take a while before the work begins on the upgrade of the District Doon Hospital, for expansion it would require around 10 or 15 acres more initially.
With several claimants for the Haridwar Road land that too would be utilised for the medical college project, the medical authorities have been forced to take a re-look into the process. In certain sections question marks are also being raised regarding the utility of a medical college when the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is coming up at Rishikesh.
The uncertainty has also put brakes on the expansion plan of the Doon Hospital, only rudimentary upgrade is being carried out there.
Though the government has initiated a formal procedure by submitting the token amount of Rs 3.5 lakh for the registration with the Medical Council of India (MCI) last year.
The project hit a road block when the red-faced Doon Hospital authorities could not furnish possession papers of the Doon Hospital during the last visit of members from the MCI.
The papers having been either lost or destroyed for good, efforts are on now to arrange them somehow. With the ushering of a new regime despite the tag of government hospital, there are several technical problems that have to be surmounted before work on the upgrade of the District Doon Hospital and District Women’s Hospital begins. The Deen Dyal Upadhyay Coronation Hospital will function as a speciality wing under the medical college.
“Reduction in land requirement from 25 acres to 20 acres for setting up a medical college in the country and in hilly areas this land can be in two parcels of 10 acres each encouraged the government to take the project forward,” said Dr Sudhanshu Bahuguna, Director (Hospitals).
The plan envisages amalgamation of existing Doon Hospital and Women’s Hospital premises and expanding further by acquiring the collectorate, treasury and other district offices functional on the Haridwar Road and a portion of land where the old jail existed, making the medical college and hospital one unit.
“As per the MCI guidelines, the medical college should be within 10-15 km area of the hospital. In addition it should have an Urban Health Centre and a Rural Health Centre within 50 km of the Medical College,” said Dr CP Arya, DG (Health).
Conversion of Vidyapeeth into ayurvedic varsity opposed
Haridwar, July 12
The Vidyapeeth management, alumni and students, supported by various organisations, for the past three weeks have been on an anti-ayurvedic university agitation. This has put the Chief Minister in a dilemma as the district BJP unit, too, has opposed any move of making Vidyapeeth an ayurvedic university.
Rishikul Vidyapeeth is termed as a learning epicentre of Sanskrit language in northern India. Founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in 1907, its main objective was to disseminate knowledge of Sanskrit language.
To carry forward this movement effectively, committees Rishikul Vidyapeeth Sangharsh Samiti and Rishikul Mukti Yagya Samiti (RMYS) have been formed which are leaving no stone unturned to make sure that the Chief Minister’s move to make the Sanskrit campus an ayurvedic hub is negated.
Speaking to The Tribune, Union State Minister in the UPA-led Central Cabinet Harish Rawat has also, in strong words, condemned the proposal to make Rishikul Vidyapeeth a full-fledged ayurvedic university. “Malviya had a vision while establishing Vidyapeeth in Haridwar. Sanskrit scholars churned out from the Vidyapeeth have been enlightening the country. But the state government on the one hand seems to be trying to demolish the Sanskrit centre and on the other boasting of giving it second official state language status,” said Rawat.
At present, a total of 318 students are enrolled in the Vidyapeeth learning various subjects in Sanskrit, Ved Puran to yoga, but for the past few years due to factionalism among the trustees as well as apathy from the respective governments is passing the once renowned Vidyapeeth into oblivion.
Coordinator of the Rishikul Mukti Yagya Samiti (RMYS) Karunesh Mishra terms the step as a deliberate attempt by the Chief Minister to provide benefits to a special section of people as they have been eyeing the huge Rishikul property which is at the very centre of Haridwar city.
Apart from this, samiti members cite that as the Vidyapeeth is situated at the midst of the city it has the utmost importance during the Maha Kumbh, Ardh Kumbh and Kanwar mela, religious festivals and even social-cultural programmes such as Haridwar Mahotsavs, its premises utilised as a temporary inter-state bus terminal.
“Apart from serving Sanskrit scholars, Rishikul comes handy to the administration and people during the Kumbh and other yearly religious-cultural functions. If turned into an ayurvedic university, it will be a blow to the Sanskrit education as well as leave the administration with no alternative within the main city area to provide space for these events,” said Hari Om Shastri of the samiti.
The Purohit Samaj, Brahman Sabha and Bajrang Dal, too, have lent their support to the RMYS and even tried to meet BJP national president Nitin Gadkari last week regarding this matter, but failed to do so as the police blocked their movement way ahead from the venue, where Gadkari was addressing party workers at BHEL.
Acharya Buddhi Ballabh Shastri of the Sangharsh Samiti informed that they were filing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in this regard in the Supreme Court as the state government was itself violating the traditions and norms to forcefully establish a university, irrespective of the base of Vidyapeeth.
“Ayurveda is in a way branch of Sanskrit. Vested interests of those involved in the Ayurveda Department are behind this entire episode. The Brahmin Sabha will do everything to preserve the integrity of Rishikul, we will stage a statewide agitation,” said RD Sharma, secretary of the Brahman Sabha.
As part of support, Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Harak Singh Rawat has also lent support to the movement with sitting on symbolic strike last week.
Open university system viable alternative, says Alva
Nainital, July 12
Addressing a conclave of Vice-Chancellors of state open universities of the country and the traditional universities of Uttarakhand through video-conferencing from the Raj Bhawan in Dehradun, Alva said even though higher education was extremely important to ensure the socio economic development of the country, the size of the population and the territorial vastness had put the conventional system of higher education beyond the reach of most of those who sought it. The open university system seemed to be the only viable alternative.
The conclave, organised by Uttarakhand Open University, is being held at Bhimtal.
The Governor said the highly limiting nature of the conventional pattern of higher education had made it difficult to achieve the targets and objectives of inclusive education. “On the other hand, the open university system possesses a great potential and possibilities to extend the reach of higher education to the unreached with less investment, infrastructure and personnel,” she asserted.
Alva said with numerous Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools available with them, the open universities could also reach out to learners located in remote areas. The ICT tools could be utilised for delivery of study material, evaluation of assignment, teaching through audio-video systems, including video conferencing, and carrying out evaluation at a much lower cost. These tools also helped ensure transparency and minimise corruption.
The Governor said Uttarakhand Open University was trying to reach out to students in the inaccessible and remote hill areas to prepare employable graduates and technicians.
Quoting the lines of Robert Frost which were dear to late Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, she said the conference was only a small beginning and that there was a difficult road ahead to be traversed.
She expressed the hope that the conclave would discuss important issues related to higher education such as effective deployment and integration of ICT, meet challenges in the execution of plans, programmes and projects, evolve mechanism to share knowledge, expertise and skills and develop a road map using a collaborative and consultative approach for holistic participation.
ICFAI varsity welcomes freshers
Dehradun, July 12
Prof GP Srivastava, Vice-Chancellor, in his welcome address specifically explained the innovative method of academic delivery being followed in the university. The highlight of the training involved a practical interaction with the industry, wherein students underwent an industrial training in their fourth year. He also highlighted the issue of corporate social responsibility wherein the students were exposed to working with NGOs for eight weeks in their IInd year.
The complete session of interaction was conducted in a homely atmosphere with assuring the students and their guardians the commitment of the university to impart valuable academic instruction so that they excelled in professional field ahead.
For the students, an opportunity was also given to them to improve their communication skills through a special language lab and also take part in other collective and individual activity, so as not only to make them excel in their professional areas, but also grow as good citizens of the country.
Pro SC Deorani welcomed the new students and exhorted them to strive and work hard so that they gained as much knowledge as possible during their tenure in the university.
Registrar Prof Loveraj Takru guided the students and the parents on their various administrative norms that the students would be required to follow.
On the issue of ragging, it was informed to all present that there would be no ragging on the campus.
Dean Dr RC Ramola gave an insight of various programmes being conducted in the university that encouraged independent thinking, holistic perception, strong domain knowledge, contemporary skills sets and a positive approach.
SSP Gunjiyal proves mettle on football field
Haridwar, July 12
As captain of the district administration team against the combined SIDCUL corporate team, Gunjiyal netted two winning goals.
The SSP made the most of the touch pass from Chief Development Officer BK Sant in the initial stages. The SIDCUL players then tried to rely on big passes and eventually succeeded in bridging the goal deficit with Anshuman utilising the defence loophole of the administrative team.
Gunjiyal again showed his dribbling skill and on counter attack, rallied through the SIDCUL defence netting the winner. Thus, the district administration emerged winner by a margin of 2-1.
Spectators were all praise for the administration team especially for district police chief. “He (Gunjiyal) looked like a professional player, dribbled the ball, headed nicely, gave deft passes and was energetic specially on the counter attacks. Such games reveal the other side of the administrative and corporate honchos and should be held regularly,” opined Umesh, a spectator.
Uttarakhand Police blast Yankies 7-2
Dehradun, July 12
While for Yankies Manoj (56th and 58th minutes) was the lone fighter. He made some efforts to retaliate whereas his other teammates failed to click. Uttarakhand Police dominated throughout the match and scored the goals easily.
A good coordination and understanding among the teammates of the police team was witnessed. The opponent side could make a few goal attempts.
In another match, Cantt Blues and Gypsy played a 2-2 draw. Charchill (64th minute) and Arpan (50th minute) scored for former while Abhishek (20th minute) and Sunil (63rd minute) netted goals for the latter.
Vijay Cantt and Sports Hostel will play the tomorrow’s league match.
Sarvadaya Club blank Sunderwala Boys
The Sarvadaya Club and Sunderwala Boys registered 2-0 identical wins at the Lala Nemi Dass District Football League played on the Pavilion Ground here today.
The Sarvadaya Club blanked the Akranta Club 2-0 with Manoj Chamoli (16th minutes) and Mukesh Jugran (44th minutes) scoring a goal each.
Shubham scored a brace for Sunderwala Boys in beating the Roshni Club in the 50th and 61st minutes.
Companies seek speedy formation of rafting policy
Dehradun, July 12 Dinesh Bhatt, president, Sahasik Paryatan Sagarsh Samiti, said the new rafting policy for the state was very much needed to streamline the rafting activities in the region. He said the rafting policy would work to the benefit of both the forest authorities and the rafting companies. He said the lack of a rafting policy often brought rafting operators in a direct conflict with the state Forest Department leading to unnecessary hassles and disturbance in the conduct of rafting exercise. He yet again called upon the state authorities, particularly the state Forest Department, to come up with rafting friendly policies, as a large number of local youths was directly dependent on the promotion of rafting for survival. Rafting companies alleged that they would continue to oppose any autocratic decision on the part of the forest authorities whether it was linked to the issuance of permits or beach usage. Meanwhile, for the new season, the Forest Department has this time come up with detailed application forms. The forms, while extracting minutest details of the activities of the camp operators, have even asked them about the effort they would like to undertake to ensure minimum adverse impact of their activity in the Ganga river during rafting.
Dehradun, July 12
Dinesh Bhatt, president, Sahasik Paryatan Sagarsh Samiti, said the new rafting policy for the state was very much needed to streamline the rafting activities in the region. He said the rafting policy would work to the benefit of both the forest authorities and the rafting companies.
He said the lack of a rafting policy often brought rafting operators in a direct conflict with the state Forest Department leading to unnecessary hassles and disturbance in the conduct of rafting exercise.
He yet again called upon the state authorities, particularly the state Forest Department, to come up with rafting friendly policies, as a large number of local youths was directly dependent on the promotion of rafting for survival.
Rafting companies alleged that they would continue to oppose any autocratic decision on the part of the forest authorities whether it was linked to the issuance of permits or beach usage.
Meanwhile, for the new season, the Forest Department has this time come up with detailed application forms. The forms, while extracting minutest details of the activities of the camp operators, have even asked them about the effort they would like to undertake to ensure minimum adverse impact of their activity in the Ganga river during rafting.