Government Asks UGC, AICTE To Frame Safe Guidelines For Excursion Trips

New Delhi: In a statement on the recent accident in Himachal Pradesh the Union HRD Minister Smriti said that the Government has asked the Regulators the University Grants Commission and the All India Council for Technical Education to frame guidelines on enforcing student’s safety when they are on excursion/study trips.


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{/googleAds} As per the information furnished by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) based on the report from the Institute, 24 students were washed away in the Beas River in Himachal Pradesh during an educational/industrial tour.

Immediately upon hearing the news of the incident Minister of Human Resource Development got in touch with the Government of Himachal Pradesh including the concerned Technical Education Minister for ensuring that rescue operations are taken up immediately. The Minister of Human Resource Development also visited the site of accident immediately and not only offered to bear the cost of such operation etc. but also extended the assistance required in deploying Indo-Tibet Border Police, the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), divers and rescue teams from the Indian Navy and Indian Army etc.

The State Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana also deputed their ministers/highest level officers to the site of accident to monitor the rescue and search operation being carried out by various State/Central agencies under the coordination of Himachal Pradesh Government and the local administration. The Governments together helped in bringing parents of the students to the accident site and also provided all boarding and lodging arrangements during rescue and search operation. After the recovery of the bodies of the students the Administration also helped in transporting them to their respective native places.

This information was given by the Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question Wednesday.


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