Wednesday, February 22, 2017

HSIIDC invites application for allotment of 106 industrial plots

CHANDIGARH, FEB 22
The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) has invited online applications for allotment of about 106 industrial plots of different sizes under prestigious project category in various Industrial Model Townships (IMTs) and industrial estates.
          While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Corporation said that new provisions have been introduced by the Corporation under which there would be no forfeiture of interest and penal interest on surrender or resumption of plot. The minimum investment criteria is Rs 50 crore for category A estate, Rs 40 crore for category B estate and Rs 30 crore for category C estate.
          He said that the total industrial plots included 18 plots at IMT Rohtak Phase-I, two plots at Industrial Estate (I.E.) Bahadurgarh and Sector 16; one plot each at G.C. Saha Phase-I and EPIP, Kundli, Phase-III; four plots at I.E. Barhi, Phase I and III; one plot at Mega Food Park, Rai Phase-II; 18 plots at I.E. Panipat; four plots at I.E. Panipat (Textile HUB); 27 plots at IMT Faridabad, Sector 68 and 69; 26 plots at IMT Bawal; one plot at U.V. Gurugram, Sector 35, Phase-VII, Gurugram and three plots at IMT Manesar, Transport HUB. The tentative size of plots varies between one acre and five acres, he added.
          He said that the rate of interest on plot cost has been reduced from 12 per cent to 11 per cent. He said that there would be no enhancement after issuance of regular letter of allotment. No permissions would be required for mortgaging plots and self-certification of building plans. He said that there would also be reduction in minimum construction norms.
          The spokesman said that details of plots offered are available on geo reference mode given on the website www.hsiidc.org.in. He said that transparent procedures would be adopted for allotment of industrial plots. He said that the land requirement would be justified with value of land preferably not to exceed 60 per cent of total fixed capital investment. He said that the investment in machinery would not be less than 20 per cent of total fixed capital investment. In case, number of applications received for a particular size is more than the number of plots,
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Agri Leadership Summit in Surajkund

CHANDIGARH, FEB 22
With a view to implement the concept of peri-agriculture in the National Capital Region,  educate the farmers about the latest market strategies and infuse in them the qualities of leadership, the Haryana Government has decided to organize Agri Leadership Summit – 2017 at Surajkund in district Faridabad from March 18 to 20, 2017.
          The Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr O. P. Dhankar, who reviewed the arrangements being made to hold the three-day Agri Leadership Summit, here today, said that the Summit has been postponed by one day as earlier it was scheduled to begin on March 17.
          Mr Dhankar said that this summit would be organized as a part of Swarana Jayanti celebrations of the State. He directed the officers to invite international level agricultural economists, environmentalists, traders and farmers. He also suggested that Vice Chancellors and faculty members of Agriculture, Horticulture and Veterinary Sciences Universities in the State should also be invited to the summit so that the adverse affects on the crop cycle due to environment change could be discussed in detail to benefit the farmers. He said that the vision of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi to double the income of farmers by the year 2022 could only be achieved if the farmers were able to sell their produce directly to the farmers and increase their income through NABARD banking system and with the cooperation of the intellectual people. This should be the focus point of this Summit, he added.
          Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department Mr Abhilaksh Likhi said that during the summit, apart from holding five sessions of national level under the Skill Development Programme of Government of India, a session on Agriculture Skill Mission would also be organized. There would also be a separate session of international level, he added.
          The Minister said that with a view to motivate the farmers to  take up horticulture     and other cash crops, instead of traditional crops, the State Government has  a proposal to implement the concept of peri-agriculture in the National Capital Region so as to meet the demand of milk, fruits, flowers, vegetables, curd, eggs and other dairy products.
          Among those present in the meeting included Chairperson of Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board (HSAMB) Mrs Krishna Gahlawat, Chief Administrator, HSAMB Mr J. Ganeshan and other senior officers of the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department.
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Revised norms for opening new government schools

CHANDIGARH, FEB 22
The Haryana Government has revised the norms for opening of new government schools and upgradation of schools to the level of Government Middle School and Government Senior Secondary School in the area of district Mewat, Morni hills in district Panchkula and Hathin Block in district Palwal.
          While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Education Department said that for opening of branch primary school for Morni hills, it should have enrollment of 25, land 0.25 acres, two class rooms and one kilometer distance from nearest school. For upgradation from Primary to Middle School in Morni hills, the students’ strength should be 75, half acre of land, six class rooms and should be at a distance of two kilometers from the nearest school. If students are less than 75, the District Elementary Education Officer will arrange transport facility for the students to reach the nearest middle school or provide transport allowance.
          He said that in case of upgradation from Middle to Senior Secondary School in Morni hills, the students’ strength should be 105 with minimum 35 in Class VIII , one acre land,  ten class rooms and distance from nearest school should be five kilometers. If students are less than 105, the District Elementary Education Officer or District Education Officer would arrange transport facility for the students to reach the nearest Middle School or provide transport allowance.
          To open branch Primary School in Mewat district and Hathin Block in Palwal district, he said that there should be an enrollment of at least 25,half acre land for rural areas and 0.25 acre for urban areas. There should be five class rooms, one room for each class.
          Similarly for opening of Primary School for Mewat district and Hathin Block in Palwal district, enrolment should be between 150 and 300 for one school, 301 to 600 for two schools and between 601 and 900 for three schools and so on. The land required would be half acre with one kilometer distance from nearest school. Five class rooms would be required with a provision of one room for each class.
          He said that for upgradation of Primary to Middle school in Mewat district and Hathin Block, the student strength for all Primary Schools situated within two kilometre radius should be 150 with one acre of land. In addition, there should be eight class rooms with a provision of one room for each class.
          For upgradation from Middle to Senior Secondary School for girls in Mewat district and Hathin Block, the strength of girl students for all Middle Schools that is from Classes VI to VIII, situated within three kilometre should be 105. The land required would be two acres and there should be 14 class rooms with a provision of one room for each class.
          He said that for upgradation of High to Senior Secondary School in Mewat district and Hathin Block, the strength of girl student in all High Schools situated within three kilometre should be 75. The land required would be two acres and there should be 14 class rooms with a provision of one room for each class. For upgradation from Middle to Senior Secondary and from High to Senior Secondary Schools, only one school would be upgraded and the schools with highest strength of students would be given first preference for upgradation. The second preference would be given to land available in the school, he added.
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Teachers, students from J-K call on Haryana Governor

CHANDIGARH, FEB 22
 A group of teachers and students from Jammu and Kashmir today called on Haryana Governor, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki at Haryana Raj Bhawan here. The group is on a tour to various places of religious, cultural and historical significance in Chandigarh and nearby areas. Their tour has been organised by Jammu Kashmir Study Centre and Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development.
          Praying for bright future of the students, Prof. Solanki said that through such inspirational study tours, the students get information about rich cultural values and heritage of various areas in the country. The students also see for themselves the development taking place in different areas. Such tours also encourage students to become good citizens and realise their dreams with positive attitude, he added.
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Anil Vij to inaugurate Dialysis Centre in Panchkula

CHANDIGARH, FEB 22
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij will inaugurate Dialysis Centre in Sector 6, Panchkula on February 23, 2017.
          While stating this today, Director General, Health, Dr. Praveen Garg said that with the opening of this centre, people of the area would get the facility at an affordable price. Its trial has been started and so far 300 patients have availed of this facility. As compared to Rs 2,000 or more   being charged for dialysis facility in the market, this centre would provide it at a cost of Rs 959 and the fee for the tube would be Rs 272.
          MLA Panchkula, Mr. Gian Chand Gupta, MLA Kalka, Mrs. Latika Sharma and Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Mr. Rajan Gupta would also grace the inaugural function.
YOG CAMP IN KAITHAL:  The Haryana Government would organise a three-day State Level Yoga Competition at R.K.S.D College, Kaithal from February 28 to March 2, 2017. As many as 500 participants between the age   of eight and 25 years would participate from all districts of the state.
          While stating this here today, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Mr. Anil Vij said that only those yoga practitioners, who have won first, second or third place at district level would be allowed to participate in this competition. He said that 12 girls and 12 boys from every district would participate and they would be given track suits by the Department.
          The Additional Chief Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Dr. K.K. Khandelwal said that the participants would be divided into four age groups, that is, 8-12 years, 12-15 years, 15-19 years and 19-25 years. The participants would have to perform compulsory yoga asanas namely ‘Shirspada angusthasana’, ‘Paschimottanasan’, ‘Dhanurasna (simple)’, ‘Ardhamatsendrasan’ and ‘Sarvangasana’.
          He said that for participants of  age groups 8-12 and 12-15 years would have the option to perform ‘Uthit-ekpadasikandasan’ or ‘Dwipadshikandasan’, ‘Padangusth-Dhanurasan’ or ‘Dimbasan’, ‘Purnabhujangasan’ or ‘Purnaustrasan’ and ‘Suptgarbhasan’ or ‘Yognidra’. Similarly, for those in the age group 15-19 and 19-25 years, would have the option to perform ‘Dandayman Janusirasan’ or ‘Natrajasana’, ‘Dwipadasikandasan’ or ‘Omkarasan’, ‘Vibhaktpaschimottan’ or ‘Hanumanasan’ and ‘Vrischik’ or ‘Puran Salbhasan (feet on head)’. Apart from this, they would perform any one asana of their choice, he added.
          Dr. Khandelwal said that all the interested yoga practitioners would have to reach the R.K.S.D College, Kaithal on February 27. For the successful organisation of the competition, a meeting would be held in the office of District Sports and Youth Affairs Officer concerned and it would be mandatory for all yoga instructors to attend. The competition would be inaugurated on February 28, 2017, he added.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kuthiala panel recommends retirement of university teachers to 65; VCs to 70

CHANDIGARH, FEB 21
 The five-member University Review Committee constituted, under the chairmanship of Prof. B.K. Kuthiala, by the Haryana Government to look into the issues of autonomy, accountability and to improve the quality of higher education in the State today presented its report, along with its audio version, to Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, and Education Minister, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma. 
The recommendations of the Committee included, among others, increasing the retirement age of University teachers to 65 years and that of the Vice-Chancellor to 70 years, besides enhancing their tenure to five years. Other recommendations included following the recommendations of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan and constituting Uchchatar Shiksha Parishad, Haryana.
          The Committee, which includes Mr. Om Parkash Arya, Prof. Rajnish Arora, Prof. Yogesh Singh and Dr. Rakesh Gupta, carried out intensive study of the higher education system in Haryana over about eight months. The members also visited various Universities and interacted with a large number of teachers, students and officials.
The Committee has suggested that every University student must devote minimum 25 hours per week in the classroom or in the laboratory. Besides, all students graduating from University must have some skills other than their basic subjects of study.

The Committee has also recommended that work should be carried out in all Universities in the State in a uniform manner in accordance with a single Act, the draft outline of which has been presented by the Committee. The Committee has also recommended to constitute Uchchatar Shiksha Parishad, Haryana under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister through an Act by the Legislative Assembly, besides properly following the recommendations of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan. 
The Committee has also recommended that grant to Universities be declared in March, and had proposed a formula according to which each University would get grant depending upon the number of teachers, employees and the students. The Committee has also suggested that the Government should not discriminate between private and public Universities to promote research and innovations.
Those present in the meeting included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Rajesh Khullar, Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department, Dr. Mahavir Singh, Principal Secretary, Technical Education Department, Mr. Anil Malik, Director,  Higher Education Department, Mr. A. Sreenivas, Director, Technical Education Department, Dr. Saket Kumar, and other officers of the Education Department.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Haryana to set up Sanskrit university in Mundri

CHANDIGARH, FEB 19
Haryana Chief Minister Mahohar Lal said that with a view to promote Sanskrit language in the state, a Sanskrit university would be setup at village Mundri in Kaithal district. Also, a government recognized Sanskrit Gurukul College would be established at Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Complex in Panchkula.
          Mr. Manohar Lal was speaking at the centenary celebrations of Gurukul Indraprastha in Faridabad, today. Governor, Himachal Pradesh Acharya Devvrat was also present on the occasion. 
         The Chief Minister also announced to give Rs 21 lakh to Indraprastha Gurukul and Rs five lakh to Chandan Devi Gurukul, Pillukhera, Jind from his discretionary fund. He said that the road from Sarai Khawaja to Gurukul would be named as Swami Shradhanand Marg.  On the demand of organizers to give recognition to Shastri, Acharya and Shiksha Shastri at par with Bachelor of Arts (BA),   Master of Arts (MA) and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), the Chief Minister assured   that he would get the matter examined. He said that 1000 vyayam shalas would soon be opened in the State and coaches would also be recruited for the same.
          While describing the Gurukul education system as the centre of multifarious  activities, the Chief Minister said that in Gurukul, knowledge about various activities like education, physical development, yoga and Yajna was provided at a single place. He said that he had a long association with Gurukul Indraprastha which is a source of inspiration for him today also. He reminded that about 36 years ago in 1981, when he worked as Pracharak in Faridabad, he spent two days in this Gurukul and discussed the circumstances prevailing in the society, state and country that time. 
He said that Indraprastha Gurukul which was founded by Swami Shradhanand had been a centre   for the revolutionists like Neta Ji Subhash Chandra Bose Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Ashfaq Ullah Khan , Sukhdev and Rajguru where they used to conduct various revolutionary activities. He also appreciated the contribution of Arya Samaj in the field of women education and said that even today, the Gurukuls run by Arya Samaj were providing education based on high ideals and discharging selfless service to the society. 
          The Chief Minister said that Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi gave a clarion call for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao from Haryana and the Arya Samaj and other voluntary organizations  have supported the State Government in this noble cause. He said that as a result of the effective implementation of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme, the sex ratio in the State has reached   922 in January, 2017. The State Government is committed to take this figure beyond 950. He said that on one hand daughters of Haryana like Ms Deepa Malik and Ms Sakshi Malik have made the State and the country proud in the world in sports, Ms Kalpana Chawla had made her mark as Astronaut. 
Governor , Himachal Pradesh, Acharya Devvrat said that Arya Samaj heralds the women education in north India. He said that Indraprastha Gurukul was founded by Swami Shrathanand who had also played vital role in the freedom struggle. 
On this occasion,  Mr Manohar Lal and Governor, Himachal Pradesh Acharya Devvrat jointly released the first edition of booklet of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha  based on the history of Indraprastha Gurukul. Apart from this, they also released the monthly booklet “Yuva Nirman” of Arya Vir Dal, New Delhi. 
Among those present on this occasion included Industries Minister Mr Vipul Goyal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mrs Seema Trikha, Mayor, Faridabad Municipal Corporation Mrs Suman Bala and other prominence personalities.
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