While presiding over the annual court meeting of Himachal Pradesh University at Shimla today, Governor Acharya Devvrat said that the teaching fraternity should refrain from student politics as it affects the educational environment in the campus. Emphasizing the importance of teachers in higher educational institutions, he said that they play significant role in channelizing the energy of the students in positive direction which ultimately helps in building a strong nation.Acharya Devvrat said that universities were institutions of intellectuals and they should give an impression of wisdom and learning. He said any educational institution could attain new heights provided one and all associated with it show strong will power, work honestly and share responsibility and accountability.“This University has given qualified and renowned person at all levels to the state and the country which we are proud of, but education does not only mean bookish knowledge. If the teacher is serious and conscious, the youth can be prepared for nation building and this is why their responsibility is more than others”, said Acharya Devvrat. It was our responsibility to give right direction to the youth and their constructive suggestions should be taken as well to improve the overall atmosphere of the educational institutions, he said.He added that the research work of scholars should not be confined to the shelves in the university but come to the field for the benefit of the society.
He said that teachers at the university level had depth knowledge of their respective fields and urged especially the faculty associated with tourism, economic, management and biological sciences to give important inputs and suggestions in the interest of the state so that their participation in development could be ensured and suggestions could be incorporated in the state policy making.The Governor said political activities at university level were uncalled for. The universities were centres of higher learning and human development, but unfortunately political activities in such institutions pollute the educational environment.He also asked the university administration, especially hostel warden, to regularly check cleanliness in the campus and in the hostels. He emphasized on collective effort to make this university of an international standard.Earlier, Prof. Sikander Kumar, Vice Chancellor welcomed the Governor on the occasion and detailed out the achievement of the University in various fields during the year.Registrar Ghanshyam Chand read out the agenda of the meeting.Rakesh Jamwal, MLA from Sunder Nagar unanimously was elected as Member of the Executive Council from the University Court during this occasion.The University court approved Annual Accounts for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 for placement on the table of HP Vidhan Sabha. Annual Report for the year 2016-17 has also been approved for placement on the table of HP Vidhan Sabha.Prof. Rajinder Singh Chauhan, Pro Vice Chancellor proposed vote of thanks.Dr. Shashikant Sharma, Advisor to Governor, Dean of Studies and University Court Members were also present in the meeting.