The state government has a put break on dreams of teachers of the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) aspiring to make big in politics. The government will shortly enact a law to ban HPU teachers from participating in the political activities.
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh said the government was mulling to draw a new law to forbid HPU teachers from participating into politics.
Virbhadra observed teachers' participation in the political activities was vitiating academic environment on the HPU. “We'll shortly get a law to debar the HPU teachers from participating into the political activities, said the CM here on Thursday.
“Like other government employees, the HPU teachers will not be allowed to participate in the political activities,” said Virbhadra, adding in case any teachers want to contest election he would have to quit job first.
Recently, HPU vice-chancellor ADN Vajpayee had proposed to amend the university ordinance to debar teachers from the political activities. The proposed amendment was discussed in details by the university's supreme decision making body, the executive Council. V-C's decision had evoked sharp criticism from the teaching fraternity, which met governor Urmil Singh on Wednesday protesting against the university's decision.
Untill now, two HPU teachers Amarchand Pal and Pramod Sharma had contested elections to the state assembly. However, both the teachers joined back their job in the university after being defeated in the elections.
Virbhadra said he was not reluctant about participation of students in elections to the student body.
“During my college days, I myself was connected with student bodies. Elections during those times were different, they were all free from the violence” said the CM.
The HPU is already contemplating to ban the elections to Student Central association in the university and Central Student Associations in the college.