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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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UHF Nauni Bags Rs.25 Crore Funding, Set for Major Overhaul

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Solan: The learning and teaching environment at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni is set for a major overhaul under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) National Agricultural Higher Education Plan (NAHEP) funded by the World Bank, informed the Public Relation Officer, Suchet Attri. He said that under NAHEP, UHF has been awarded the prestigious Institutional Development Project  (IDP). The total outlay of the three-year project is Rs 25 crore with ICAR share of Rs 20 crore and Rs 5 crore funded by the state.

He said that this is one of the biggest projects in UHF’s history and a major achievement for the university. It will help to provide a holistic learning and teaching environment to the students and faculty as scientists and students will be exposed to foreign universities to learn and exchange researchable ideas and issues. The University Vice-Chancellor is the project leader while Dr KK Raina, Professor and Head, Department of Business Management is the coordinator and Principal Investigator of the overall project, he informed.  

The main objective of the project entitled ‘Quality Education in Horticulture and Forestry to generate Human Resource’ is to revamp the university’s UG education through innovative and modern pedagogy, skill development, improving placement opportunities and catalyzing entrepreneurship through global thinking and input. He further said that under IDP, the university will look to strengthen collaborations with leading academia and industry for student exchange and faculty development programmes. 

He informed that around 150 UG students and 50 faculty members will be selected through a competition, to visit top-flight foreign universities for a period of 3-6 months. Organization of webinars and seminars, workshops and capacity building, and engaging industry experts as adjunct faculty is also included in the project. In addition to the creation of several student amenities, the university will establish UG and language labs for improving soft skills, eight smart and two virtual classrooms. He said that the project will also push green initiatives like the use of solar energy for cooking, lighting, use of battery-operated vehicles, solid waste management and recycling, campus landscaping and development of nature parks.

He said that one of the highlights will be the development of Short-Term International Certificate course on temperate horticulture and forestry crops and the strengthening of Student Development and Career Development Cell by developing a proactive industrial interface to create job and internship opportunities. Remedial courses, special attention towards weak students, agri-incubation centres on hi-tech plant nursery, processed food and forest products for entrepreneurial and agribusiness skills will also be taken up during the course of the project.

He further informed that several works have already begun under the project, and initiatives like raising new plantations have been undertaken. The students are eagerly looking forward to this project and have been actively taking part in all activities. A review meeting of the core project team and the statutory officers under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor was held on Saturday. Director Extension Education Dr PK Mahajan, Deans Dr Bhupinder Gupta and Dr ML Bhardwaj also took part in the meeting. 

“This is a very proud moment for the university as we are among the national group that has got grants under this project. It will help us to improve the work culture and change the outlook of the students by providing a holistic learning environment. Besides, it will also help to enhance the quality of study and potential of the faculty will be fully utilized,”

said Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor.

He said that only a select few agricultural universities have managed to bag the project through nation-wide competition.

The university will further focus on skill enhancement of students through study programmes with international collaborations and provide an inclusive and equitable quality education for the students through the faculty development programme. Dr Kaushal added that under the project, the university will ensure the sustainability of quality education and system effectiveness through the strengthening of the University Alumni network and industry interface. 

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Nauni Varsity UG Admission Process Revised, No Entrance Exam, Seats to be Allotted on 10+2 Merit

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Solan-Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has revised the admission process for its undergraduate programmes for the academic session 2020-21 in view of the COVID 19 pandemic. This year, the university will not be conducting an entrance test to fill the normal seats of UG programmes. The decision in this regard was taken during a special meeting of the Academic Council meeting held recently.

The basis of admission for normal seats would be merit drawn on basis of marks obtained at 10+2 level examination in four subjects-English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics plus weightage of participation in sports/ NCC, NSS, scouting, co-curricular activities (if any). The university offers three undergraduate programmes B Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B Sc (Hons) Forestry while B Tech Biotechnology is offered only at the COH&F Neri. 

The candidates have been advised to download the counselling proforma from the university website and fill it as per the instructions mentioned on it. Those students who want to be considered for both normal as well as self-financing seats need to fill two separate proformas. A single page pdf file must be created, containing scanned filled counselling proforma along with legible documents mentioned in the checklist as provided in the counselling proforma. No column must be left blank. The counselling proforma for normal seats and self-financing seats will be uploaded on the university website on 3rd August (afternoon) and 5th August (afternoon) respectively.

For normal seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent through email to [email protected] on or before 18th August, 2020.

For self-financing seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent by email to [email protected] on or before 20th August, 2020. Every candidate must submit the duly filled counselling proforma in order to be considered for the admission. The detailed notification can be downloaded from the university website.

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HPBOSE Syllabus to be Reduced by 30% for 2020-21 Session Following CBSE’s Lead

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Dharamshala: The syllabus of Himachal Pradesh School of Board Education from 9th to 12th classes would be reduced by 30 percent following the lead of CBSE.  The Board today constituted a five-member committee for this purpose, informed Chairman of HPBOSE, Dr Suresh Kumar Soni. The step is being taken considering the disruption to regular classroom study of students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The committee comprises of Deputy Secretaries Anjali Saini and Sudarshan Kumar, and Anil Naag – the principal, Senior secondary School, Sulah, Kangra district-and Vijay Sharam- the principal, GSSS Daroh, Kangra. The fifth member would be Dimple Kanwar.

The Board also held a workshop in which experts in Hindi, Political Science, History, Geography, and Psychology subjects gave their opinion regarding the syllabus.

Further, the Chairman said that emphasis would be laid on reducing the syllabus for the board classes. Exclusion of topics from syllabus would be done in accordance with suggestions received from subject experts, he said.

The teachers should keep in mind that the students do not remain deprived of knowledge but at the same time keep the stress of syllabus off them, he said. He asked the teachers to not include any questions in exams from the topics which would be excluded from the syllabus. A proposal regarding it would be submitted to the state government for its approval, he informed.

Earlier this month, CBSE had announced a reduction in its syllabus for students of class 9 to 12. For class 11, CBSE had excluded chapters on federalism in the Constitution, political theory sections on citizenship, secularism and nationalism. For class 12, India’s relations with its neighbours, sections on social movement, regional aspirations, the changing nature of India’s economic development, and the Planning Commission were excluded.

For class 10, CBSE had excluded the chapter on forest and wildlife in contemporary India from social science. Besides it, chapters on democracy and diversity; gender religion and caste, popular struggles and movements, and challenges to democracy have also be removed. For science classes, the students would not have to study the human eye functioning, a section on concepts of evolution, several practical experiments, like tests on acetic acid, mounting a leaf peel, and studying the comparative cleaning capacity of soap in hard and soft, water were also removed from the syllabus.

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