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HP govt proposes bill to bar univ teachers entry into politics

PTI  Shimla, July 25, 2014
First Published: 21:12 IST(25/7/2014) | Last Updated: 21:14 IST(25/7/2014)

 The Himachal Pradesh government has proposed to soon bring a legislation to bar active participation of state university teachers in politics.
 
"Active participation of teachers in politics is vitiating the academic atmosphere in universities and I am determined to stop it. And the government would soon bring a bill to this effect", Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, today told reporters here.
 
Singh said that in case any teacher wants to contest Lok Sabha, assembly or any other election, he or she should resign first and quit the job. The privilege of availing leave to contest elections would no longer be allowed, he said.
 
The Executive Council of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) had already adopted a resolution, barring teachers' participation in politics by amending section 38 of the Statutes of the University's ordinance.
 
The teachers of HPU are not only allowed to take part in politics but also get leave for contesting elections and all the major political parties have their teachers cell in the University.
 
However, the teachers of two other state universities do not have the privilege to participate in electoral politics.
 
Meanwhile, referring to violence in the university campus due to Students Central Associations elections, Singh said, the government would explore possibilities of some changes in the election process.
 
The chief minister said he was not in favour of elections in the present form as it "triggered violence, indiscipline and clashes."
 
Singh said there have been certain educational institutions where the student body elections are done in the most peaceful manner and there is no enmity among the student groups, but Himachal Pradesh University has "seen a worst phase of violence" after the elections and during the polls.
 
He said the government is considering re-launching the state lottery and it would be an on-line lottery.
 
The state lottery was discontinued in 2002 during the BJP government.
 
Asked about relaxing norms for admissions to private technical institutions, Singh said the cabinet had considered the issue but did not take any decision as strict merit norms were enforced.
 
"We will see that all seats in the government institutions are filled on merit and thereafter if the private promoters come to the government with clean hands, the cabinet will review the decision", he added.

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