In a move likely to escalate the ongoing political row between the ruling Congress party and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Himachal cabinet decided to set up the main campus of the Central University at Dharamshala after addressing objections raised by the environment & forests ministry. The development comes after BJP leaders met HRD minister Smriti Irani in New Delhi, apprising her about the Himachal government's earlier decision to set to up the varsity's main campus in Dehra.
After the central government had announced the proposal to set a central university in the state, the Prem Kumar Dhumal government decided to set up two campuses - one in Dharamsala (Dhauladhar) and the other other in Dehra (Beas) campus. Currently the varsity is functioning from Government College, Shahpur.
At Friday's meeting, chaired by chief minister Virbhadra Singh, the cabinet cleared another proposal to set up an All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bilaspur, which enjoys proximity to five districts - Solan, Mandi, Hamirpur, Una and Shimla. Incidentally it also happens to be the hometown of central health minister Jagat Parkash Nadda.
In other decisions, the cabinet gave its nod to a proposal to revise the tenure the PTA (Grant-in-Aid) teachers from eight to seven years and take over their services on contract basis after they complete seven years instead of eight years of continuous service. The cabinet also decided to fill up all functional positions at the community health centre in Nankhari as well as upgraded the health sub centre in Kohbag 'gram panchayat' in Shimla district.
The cabinet also decided to shift administrative control of the IPH circle, Hamirpur from the IPH circle, Hamirpur to the IPH circle, Dharamsala in Kangra district. A decision was also taken to change the name of the Government Industrial Training Institute, Gagret in Amb tehsil in Una district to Government ITI Gagret, Bhaderkali. The institute is presently functioning in the Bahderkali 'gram panchayat'.
The cabinet also cleared a proposal to fill up one post of lecturer in the conservative dentistry & endodontics department at HP Government Dental College through the State Public Service Commission by direct recruitment. It also decided to fill two posts of lecturer in the medical and surgery specialty at the Government Nursing College in Shimla and to create and appoint 33 teaching and nonteaching staff at the Industrial Training Institute, Saliana in Kangra district.
The Cabinet also approved a proposal to create two positions for "senior scale" stenographers and one for a "junior scale" stenographer on "secondment/contract" basis at the HP Judicial Academyand to create one post of a law officer in the state health safety & regulation directorate on "secondment" basis.