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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 Extends Admission Dates for UG, PG, PhD Till Oct 18

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Solan– Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has extended the last date for applying to various Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral programmes in Horticulture, Forestry, Biotechnology, Agribusiness and Business Management. Applicants can submit their complete online application on the university’s admission portal till 18th October.

The normal seats of BSc (Hons) Horticulture, BSc (Hons) Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology will be filled on the basis of scorecard of ICAR-AIEEA (UG) 2021.

Admissions to MSc, MBA (Agribusiness) and PhD (for normal and self-financing seats) will also be conducted on the scorecard of ICAR AIEEA (PG) and AICE-JRF/SRF respectively. Students who have appeared in the ICAR-AIEEA 2021 for UG and PG, or AICE-JRF/SRF examination and are interested in seeking admission, such students must fill the university online application form before 18th October. Undergraduate aspirants who have not appeared in the ICAR test can however apply for the self-financing seats for B Sc and B Tech Biotechnology programmes run by the university by filling the online application on the university website.

The university has also advised the registered candidates to submit complete online application forms along with online payment acknowledgement slip before the due date. The schedule for online counselling will be announced by the University on the website after the declaration of the ICAR examination result. Application forms other than online mode will not be accepted.

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Nauni Varsity Extends Dates For Applying to Various UG, PG, and Doctoral Programmes

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Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for applying to various Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral programmes in Horticulture, Forestry, Biotechnology, Agribusiness and Business Management for the academic year 2021-22.

The interested students can now submit their complete online application on the university’s admission portal till 30th September. The detailed prospectus for each programme can be downloaded from the university website. 

This year, the university is filling the normal seats of BSc (Hons) Horticulture, BSc (Hons) Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology on the scorecard of ICAR-AIEEA (UG) 2021. Admissions to MSc, MBA (Agribusiness) and PhD (for normal and self-financing seats) will also be conducted on the scorecard of ICAR AIEEA (PG) and AICE-JRF/SRF respectively. The ICAR entrance exam was conducted by the National Testing Agency earlier this month. 

Prashant Sirkek, UHF Registrar informed that those students who have appeared in the ICAR-AIEEA 2021 for UG and PG, or AICE-JRF/SRF examination held earlier this month and are interested to seek admission to the university, such students must fill the university online application before 30th September. 

He added that the UG aspirants who have not appeared in the ICAR test can however apply for the self-financing seats for BSc and B Tech Biotechnology programmes run by the university by filling the online application on the university website.

The Registrar added that as the candidates who fail to submit complete online application forms of the university along with online payment acknowledgement slip will not be considered for admission. Therefore, the Registrar has appeal to the registered applicants to fill the forms before the due date.

The schedule for online counselling will be announced by the University on the website after the declaration of the ICAR examination result. Application forms other than online mode will not be accepted.

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51 UHF Nauni Students to Work With Farmers to Learn Nuances of Hill Farming

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Solan-With an aim to familiarize students with the socio-economic conditions of farmers and their farming techniques, 51 final year B Sc (Hons) Horticulture students of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni will be attached to villages.

This will be a part of the four-week Rural Awareness Work Experience (RAWE) programme. RAWE is a compulsory part of the degree as per Indian Council of Agricultural Research norms and the students are paid a stipend during the programme.

The students, who have been divided into two groups, will be visiting all the four-agro climatic zones of the state. The Regional Research Stations/ Krishi Vigyan Kendras at Kullu, Jachh, Chamba and Kandaghat will be hosting each group for one week each. After a period of one week, the students will shift to a new climatic zone thereby covering all the zones in the stipulated period.

A group of villages under each zone has been selected and small sub groups from main groups will be attached to each village. The objective is to learn about rural social-cultural settings, rural development, topographical variations, climate change, animal husbandry, fruits, vegetables and cooperatives working along with understanding the culture. Scientist farmer’s interactions will also be a part of the programme.

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal interacted with the students after their departure for the one-month village attachment. He urged the students to make the most of this practical exposure.

“Go with an open mind, as this is a fantastic opportunity to learn from the people who are working on the fields. This will not only help to broaden your horizons as you will get to interact with the end users and the biggest stakeholders of the know-how and novel technologies developed in institutions like ours. Being ambassadors of the university, you must cherish this opportunity to interact with farmers, analyze their problems and look to provide easily applicable scientific solutions to them with consultation with experts,” said Dr Kaushal.

Dr. Kaushal added that the programme provides a unique opportunity to understand the rural setting in relation to horticulture and allied activities in different agro-climatic climatic zones. He asked the students to strictly follow all the COVID protocols in order to ensure the safety of the group and the villagers hosting them.

Programme Coordinator Dr. KK Raina said, “The programme aims at understanding rural situations, status of horticulture technologies adopted by the farmers along with prioritizing farmer’s problems, develop skills and attitude of working with the farm families for all-round development in rural areas.”

Dr. Anju Dhiman, Dean College of Horticulture said that due to COVID restriction, the practical aspect of the study was hampered but this present opportunity must be utilized to gain significant knowledge which will help to implement the knowledge gained in the classes into real world situations. She said that the knowledge gained during the programme will help the students to grow professionally.

Dr. Harish Sharma, Dr. MK Brahmi, Dr. Rasmi Chaudhary, Dr. Pramod Verma and Dr Aditika Sharma also addressed the students and shared tips with them.

In addition to familiarizing students with socio-economic conditions of the farmers and their problems with reference to horticulture development, RAWE would also help in imparting diagnostic and remedial knowledge relevant to real field situations through practical training.

Development of communication skills in students using extension teaching methods in transfer of technology and acquaint them with the ongoing extension and rural development programmes is another important aspect of RAWE. The students have already undergone a two-week orientation. After returning from village attachment, the students will also undergo industry attachment for 2 months after which each group will have to submit a report of the work undertaken.

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