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Call it student politics, but HPU young guns never say die

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Student representatives continue functioning of SCA to extend help to student community even after the VC dissolved it officially, student body meets Governor, requests justice and restoration of SCA , also hand over list of student grievances and VC’s doctorial, and politically biased anti-student policies.

SHIMLA- HPU student community doesn’t seem to has liked the way the Vice Chancellor tried to ignored their representative body, Students Central Association. After two massive protest rallies, as another effort to restore the functioning of Student Central Association, HPU students on Monday knocked the door of the Governor Himachal Pradesh, Urmila Singh, requesting her interference in the unchecked corrupt, dictatorial and politically biased policies of the Vice Chancellor, ADN Bajpai.

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Although, the student body was dissolved, this undemocratic decision doesn’t seem to have cast any effect on its spirit to represent and help student community in Himachal. The SCA continues to extend help to new students, who are flooding the campus to apply and seek admission in the new academic session for various courses. The SCA is providing them guidance, information, and even facilitating the submission of their applications. Also, free coaching for entrance exams remain intact like always. Mr. Bajpai’s expectations to find relief from student resistance ended up in huge disappointments. The SCA has not given up yet.

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If we take a look at SCA history, then it’ll tell us that the young guns of Himachal rarely gave up against any authority while fighting for student grievance and demands.

The students alleged that the HP University is struggling to maintain educational standards, and after Prof. Bajpai was handed over the responsible position of VC, the varsity students are even missing even the basic facilities. Rather, the powers vested in the high position of Vice Chancellors were misused to extend personal favors to the Govt. and to a specific cult, RSS, which Bajapi himself follows and preach.

Well, as a matter of fact Mr. Bajpai forced his decision to use Hindi as a language of official communication through paperwork. He himself speaks in Hindi, displaying impressive respect to his mother-tongue. It’s worth appreciation that a person sitting at such a prestigious position has so much love for Hindi language. That’s his personal choice and love for the language. But, we believe, it’s not in accordance with the principle of democracy to force personal affection on the subordinates in a democratically designed higher educational institute of a democratic nation.

Further, students handed over a list mentioning 11 examples of Mr. Bajpai’s mismanagement, misuse of funds meant for students, his involvement in corrupt practices under the influence of a particular ideological cult, neglecting the interests of the students and disregards to the Student Central Association, a student body which is elected by varsity students through democratic polls every year. The list of complaints also said that varsity funds were spent on buying personal facilities instead of investing them in the development of the institute. It also said that under Bajpai as VC, HPU failed to provide sufficient faculty, resulting in the degradation of educational standards in contrast to the needs of the present time. His implementation of RUSA turned out to be a mess due to his incompetence to premeditate the outcomes.

Then, the students alleged unjustifiable fee hikes without adding any new facility to HPU resources. Rather, students were asked to pay more when the existing facilities and standards had degraded in past three years.

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When the student representatives protested against all these issues, the VC tried to suppress it by misusing his powers and through the police like registering fake cases, extravaganza of surprised police raids in the HPU hostels, rustication of students by projecting even minor scuffles as major violent activities.

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However, it only annoyed the students and their aggression gradually grew to a point that the suffocation was no more bearable. The students refused to be enslaved, to be terrorized, and they began to unite under SCA. As an odd decision, the VC dissolved the SCA in a hope to end the resistance, which was preventing him to enjoy the privileges of power vested in the chair of VC. But, his decision seems to have backfired as it enraged the student community even more.

What is most noteworthy here is that the VC is making continuous efforts to erase a democratic student body when the students themselves chose it through a fare, democratic voting? Why he did not seek opinion of those who had actually elected it, and to those whom SCA actually represents. SCA isn’t a political group; it’s the representation of the choice of students.

Same goes with the national political groups with their particular ideologies. That’s the way it is in India. The political power and the pleasures of the wealth are interlinked. Everyone wants to gain the power vested in a chair, enjoy the position of a ruler instead of servant. The politicians are so much addicted to it that any resistance or protest is a nightmare for them. Take our words, they will not hesitate to terrorize and shed blood if cornered by the public. HPU isn’t just an educational institute. It’s much more than that. The student protests should be taken seriously. The student communities do deserve a thought from the public as well.

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Whom do you expect to guide the State towards a better future; the existing political culture or the educated section of the society grooming at a higher educational institute?

HPU SCA had already submitted a chargesheet containing allegation against the Vice Chancellor to Vigilance Department along with CM, Virbhadra Singh. SCA said that it will submit a separate chargesheet with solid evidences to the Governor as well. As far as the matter of hope from the Governor is concerned, most of us know how free Governor of the State is to take any decision independent from the political influence.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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HPU College Teachers Condemn Lowering Pass Percentage to Improve RUSA Results, Student Organizations in Favour

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh University appears to have succumbed to the pressure from students as it recently issued a notification announcing lowering the pass percentage from 45 percent to 40 percent. The university also withdrew the criteria of separately obtaining qualifying marks for the Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA) and scrapped the End Semester Examination (ESE). The announcement came following reports of poor results of Under-graduate Classes under RUSA system.

While the students and student organizations have welcomed this decision, the Himachal Pradesh College Teachers Association has condemned it. The teachers are of the view that reducing pass percentage alongwith withdrawing ESE and mandatory condition of obtaining 35% in CCA would only degrade the quality of education. The teachers termed lowering passing percentage as a very poor step to improve examination results. The teachers further complained that the university amended the provision without consulting all stakeholders and considering the negative implications of this decision.

The Association is of the opinion that the university is playing with the future of the students and the quality of education for the sake of improving results. The teachers also termed the decision contrary to the claims of the government to introduce quality in education.

Because now the students are required to obtain only 10 to 14 percent marks in the End Semester Exams instead of 35 percent, the teachers said, they would be under pressure to grant students 28 to 30 marks in CCA, which was decided based on three aspects: attendance, mid-term test, and overall assessment through assignment, tests, class seminars, and assignments.

On the other hand, student organization Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has welcomed this decision.

“ABVP welcomes this decision. Prior to the introduction of RUSA, the passing percentage used to be 35 percent, and the number of subjects was also lesser. But now, under RUSA, the passing percentage was 45 percent, and the number of subjects was also higher. Moreover, there was a mandatory condition of securing passing marks in theory and CCA separately,”

Yograj Dogra, the Campus President of ABVP told Himachal Watcher.

“Moreover, it was ABVP that had raised this demand of lower passing percentage and scrap mandatory condition of securing 35 percent in CCA,”

he further added.

The Student Federation of India has not released any statement regarding this decision so far. However, SFI has also been advocating lowering of pass percentage to improve the results.

In May, the students had approached the Vice-Chancellor with a plea to reduce the pass percentage arguing that 70 percent of students who had appeared in the examination of the fifth semester were flunked. About 2600 students had scored below 10 marks and 900 had scored zero. The students had complained that there is no provision of re-evaluation under RUSA. For re-checking, students were made to pay a hefty Rs. 400 fee per subject, which was termed as financial exploitation of the students.

On June 14, 2019, the University issued a notification stating that the Vice-Chancellor has approved changes in these conditions.

“The pass percentage for the students of Under-Graduate Classes under RUSA(CBCS) system for the academic session 2016 and 2017 onwards be reduced to 40 percent instead of 45 percent to maintain the uniformity with the Annual system. However, the rewards of Practical examinations shall be kept apart, and it will only be calculated after the candidate secures 40 percent marks in CCA and ESE,”

it said.

The notification further said,

“The criteria of qualifying marks (i.e. 35%) for CCA and End Semester Examinations separately shall be considered withdrawn.”

The Teachers’ Association is of the view that the university has taken this decision to benefit a handful of politically backed students. The long-term results would be fatal for the academic standards and the future of the students, the Association believes.

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Nauni Varsity Ranked Highest in NIRF Rankings for Past 3 Years as it Leads in Academics, Extension and Research

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Solan-The past three years have been highly successful for Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, and the university has made rapid strides on all the three fronts- academics, extension and research, informed the Public Relation Officer, Suchet Attri.

He said that Dr HC Sharma, who will be completing a successful term as university Vice-Chancellor on June 14, credits the whole university for this unprecedented success. Dr Sharma has thanked the government for its support in improving the financial situation of the university in the past three years. He informed that the sanctioned budget of the university has increased from Rs 64.25 cr to 90.5 crores and the domestic income rose from Rs. 19.79 crore in 2016-17 to Rs. 29.27 crores in 2018-19. This figure is expected to touch Rs. 32.6 crores in the current financial year. Owing to the improvement in the financial health, the university has been able to clear long pending dues (since 2011) of the employees and pensioners worth over Rs. 41.27 crores, he said.

He further informed that the university has been the highest ranked in the NIRF rankings in Himachal Pradesh for the past three years. The university achieved 80th position in the top 100 universities in the country and is the only one from the state to make it into the list. This year only nine agricultural horticulture universities from the country were in the top 100 list. In the ICAR State agriculture Universities ranking, UHF improved its ranking from 51 in 2016 to 38 in 2017. In the past three years, 44 positions of scientists and several posts of the non-teaching staff were filled by the university and 80 additional positions of scientists/assistant professors have also been approved by the Government, which will be filled up very soon. The student intake of the university also increased from 1250 in 2016 to 2250 in 2018/19.

The University has taken a great leap forward and a new College of Horticulture is being established at Thunag with a budget outlay of over Rs. 70 crores, he added. It is expected to give a major boost to horticulture and forestry activities in the area. The process of ICAR accreditation of the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri has also been completed and the college is expected to accredited soon.

The university has made significant progress in research and infrastructure development. During the past three years, the grant from ICAR and other central resources has increased significantly and the university received more than 10 crores assistance from ICAR over the past two years.  Several works like the Pavilion block and stadium (Rs. 1.20 Crores), gymnasium (Rs 25 lakh), Lab. for Soil Testing: (Rs. 45 lakh), Examination Halls (Rs. 2.00 Crores) Boys Hostel-(Rs. 2.50 Crores), Girls Hostel-VII – (Rs. 2.50 Crores) and other works worth several crores of rupees were commissioned and completed. On 1st December 2018, the Hon’ble Governor and Chancellor of the University inaugurated the newly constructed girls’ hostel at Nauni Campus, and one girls’ hostel and UG block constructed at Neri, were inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur in October 2018.

The crowning glory for the university, the PRO said, was the 9th Convocation of the university held on 21st May 2018, which was presided over by the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind. The Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur also graced the event. On the research front, scientists developed several varieties and technologies.

Varieties like Solan Giriganga in ginger, Solan Srijan in cucumber, Epicotyl grafting technique in walnut, high-density orchards of apple, guava, litchi, and mango were developed by the university. The university was successful in getting projects worth over Rs. 18.37 crores from various funding agencies in the past three years. Several technologies that were developed by the scientists were transferred to the entrepreneurs and the industry. The Botanical Survey of India signed an MoU with the University for opening up a Western Himalayan High Altitude Regional Circle at the university with a budget outlay of Rs 15 crore. The university has also been shortlisted for the Rs 30 crore project of the ICAR, which aims at strengthening undergraduate education in the university.

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Sanjauli College Himachal’s First to Offer Paperless and Cashless Facilities: Edu Minister

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Shimla-With the launch of its new website (www.gcsanjauli.com), the Centre of Excellence Government College Sanjauli has become the first college in Himachal Pradesh to provide paperless and cashless facility to its students. The website, however, redirects to sub-domain (https://gcsanjauli.highalteducation.in/) when students click on the button given for online admission portal.

The Education Minister, who launched the website, said that with this launch the college students will get an online registration facility. They will be able to fill up more than one form and will have the facility to update their forms online.

The students can also deposit their fees on this website by using HDFC payment gateway. The students can pay by various online payment methods including payment through debit and credit cards, e-wallets, Paytm etc.

The Principal Dr. C.B Mehta further informed that there are total 600 seats in Arts category, 20 in English Honors, 80 in Commerce, 140 in Medical, 140 in Non-Medical, 40 in BCA, 90 in Vocational Course (45 in Retail Management and 45 in Hospitality and Tourism). Other than these courses, the College is also offering a course in Journalism and Mass Communication from this session.

He also informed that several online application were received soon after the launch of the website.

The website was developed by a Shimla-based company.

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