Former Himachal Pradesh NSUI presidents have hailed Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh decision for constituting a three-member independent committee under the chairmanship of retired Judge of High Court on fee hike and other issues related to Himachal Pradesh University.

Atul Sharma, HPSIDC Vice Chairman and former NSUI state president, Vivek Kumar and Yadupati Thakur, former State NSUI President, in their joint statement said that this show the commitment of the State Government to safeguard the interests of the students community and its resolve to provide academic atmosphere in the educational institutions. They said that some vested interests were trying to spoil the atmosphere of the educational institutions in the State in a bid to keep alive their political ambitions.

The former NSUI State Presidents said that no hike had been made in the tuition fee and hostel fee by the State Government. They said that since the State Government has nothing to do with the other fees charged by the University, as the Government believes in autonomy of institutions and does not like to unnecessary interfere in its matter, but still Chief Minister had taken this decision to ensure better academic atmosphere in the educational institutions in the State. They said that this Committee would submit its report within a month.

While strongly denouncing the assault on Vice Chancellor of the University, they said that this was totally uncalled for and needs to be condemned by one and all. They said that it was for the first time that a Vice Chancellor of the University was assaulted by so called student’s leaders. They said that this would go down as a black day in the annals of the Himachal Pradesh University. They said that infact those indulging in these activities were not even students, but were using the students to fulfill their political aspirations. They said that such activities not only bring bad name to the University, but also create an atmosphere of fear and terror.

Atul Sharma said that there was no place for violence in educational institutions, where students come to learn and not for hooliganism. They said that the University has already lost three students’ leaders in such violence and the State Government would not tolerate such activities in the State and would take stern action against those misleading and intimidating the students. They said that some elements were forcing the students to boycott classes and have forcibly closed some colleges, which would not be tolerated.

These leaders appealed to the students of the State to refrain from indulging in violence and not be misguided by some vested interests who were out there to spoil the academic atmosphere in the educational institutions in the State.

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