The seventh Governor of Uttarakhand, Baby Rani Maurya will be completing one year in office today (August 26). Since assuming charge as the state’s governor, she has fulfilled her constitutional responsibilities gracefully along with giving importance to the fact that along with considering the constitutional limits and responsibilities an elected populargovernment in the State should get guidance.
Maurya has a long experience of administrative and public life which is reflected in the first year of her tenure.
She has been dedicated to the interests of women and children since the start of her public life. Within a week of taking charge of her office of the governor she visited all the districts of the State and met the people. She met the women, farmers and public representatives during her visit to the districts and observed the problems and possibilities both, at grass root level. The governor visited the Garhwal and Kumaon circles of the State extensively. She also took the meeting of various districts level officers and tried to know the State deeply. During the visits to the districts, governor Maurya visited the girls schools particularly and talked to the girl students. She met members of the women self help groups in the districts and saw their products. Maurya firmly believes that a big change might be possible in the economy of the mountainous regions by promoting self-employment for the women.
The governor also discussed various issues with the students and principals of various governmental and private schools during her Nainital visit. She took information about the efforts being taken by all the educational institutions to save the children from drug addiction and sexual assaults. Taking a progressive decision, she also stopped the use of titles like “Her Excellency” in addresses to her through a formal order.
Within a week of taking charge of office of the governor, she undertook a surprise inspection of Nari Niketan in Dehradun and gave necessary directions to the officials there. The governor has been serious in context of appointments of teachers, doctors and supporting staff in the schools and hospitals in the State and has directed the officials for this from time to time.
In her role as the chancellor of governmental Universities, she has remained sensitive towards higher education. She believes that universities should ensure active partnership with government and society and solutions to various social and economic challenges should be sorted out through research works. She also lays emphasis on the job oriented syllabus in the universities. She has been careful in context of appointment of Vice Chancellors in the universities. Vice chancellors have been appointed in six universities in the last one year. In a very important decision related to future of the students the governor has given authority to the executive council of universities as “One Time Solution” for the transparent resolution of the cases of pending affiliations of the colleges since many years. This will sort out the problems of the recognition of degrees of thousands of students who have completed their education.
Maurya also held the vice chancellor’s conference with the vice chancellors and higher officials of Government. She has not only continued the best traditions set up by former governors but also gave directions to make them more attractive and beneficial by taking personal interest. As in the past years, floral exhibition Vasantotsav was organised in the Raj Bhawan in Dehradun this year too. Products from the local small enterprises were given space along with flowers this time while extending the floral exhibition. Governor’s Cup Golfwas organised in Raj Bhawan Nainital. A competition category for school children was also held in this tournament. The governor also organised Best Research Award 2018 on April 25 this year. Local language- culture category has been added under the Governor Research Award this year. She also directed officials to increase the numbers of teachers of Sanskrit for Governor Teacher Award given every year.
Monday, 26 August 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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