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HPU campus & nearby forests filled with garbage, Who is responsible?

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Fresh images show garbage heaps near VC office, in front of the Library and into the nearby forest. The trees are stabbed with tube-light rods and with strangled iron fences. Neither any student students nor SCA initiated any practical solution regarding Campus Beautification’. Why the revolutionary ghost inside SCA disappears when it comes to campus beautification and ecological issues?

SHIMLA- While the display of unity by HPU students against the anti-student policies of Vice Chancellor,ADN Bajpai, is admirable, their ignorance and a lack of efforts to find solution to some critical issues, which comes under the diameter of elected SCA’s responsibilities in the campus, are shocking.

Take a look at these pictures in the gallery below. It’s not just these days that the campus is becoming an ugly sight. It has always been more or less the same.

The pictures in the gallery are taken in front of the Vice Chancellor office (Shows the road right below HPU Administrative Block).

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These images show the area near HPU Library. The iron fences have began to penetrate the tree trunks and a slow death is inevitable if these are not removed before it’s too late. By the way, why these fences are even strangled around these trees including many other in the campus? Is it a sort of tree art thing? It’s completely ridiculous to see such a darkness in a place no less than a temple. The campus is mere a reflection of the state of mind of the students, staff and the administration.

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The trees are strangled for no reason. Please, take a look at these pictures in the gallery above, and tell us why the hell no one bothers about the ecology, the trees, and the greenery for which Himachal is known around the world.

Perhaps, the condition is worsening with time, and presently, it sounds like either the higher education failed to enlightened the students or the students failed the higher education.

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It’s an issue of a great concern that the highest educational institute, situated in the capital of the State, is in such a degraded condition. Don’t thrust it upon authorities alone. Yes, we are quite aware of the fact that the present VC, Prof. ADN Bajpai, is worthless, followed by Municipal Corporation of Shimla. We don’t doubt that. However, the elected SCA along with all the students, regardless of their affiliation to any particular student organizations, share the blame for turning HPU into such a ugly scene. We aren’t sure if SCA include ‘Campus Beautification’ as an issue in their manifesto or some individual student ever submitted written complaint to the authorities, but we noticed that the revolutionary ghost inside SCA disappears when authorities the students aren’t co-operating regarding these very issues. If SCA could chase away the eve-teaser to protect the girl students in HPU, then why not to maintain the same sense of duty when it comes to violators. We bet, slapping a guy caught littering around the campus makes a sense when he/she is ought to make use of the higher education and is expected to pass on some manners.

Shimla MC doesn’t surprise us anymore, but watching the educated section of the society littering around and accepting the stinking garbage heaps around them, did shock us. The varsity campus deserves to far more beautiful, pleasant, and more adorable so as to justify the the label of a higher educational institute.

If the authorities are worthless, then invite the students to contribute a Sunday fixing this mess themselves. HW will be more than glad to join the cause. We are sure that it’s not so difficult task for SCA to make a huge gathering within no time. They always do it for protest rallies, so there is a little doubt that the same can’t be done for the campus beautification.

If not beautification, then, at least try to aware the student community regarding these issues related to ecology and visual pollution. There is a lot that can be done to start a culture of maintaining the cleanliness and beauty of the campus.

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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HP University: Student Agitations Over Vaccination Intensify, Delay in Opening Hostels Adds to Their Woes

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Shimla-While the Himachal Pradesh Government has put the vaccination of the 18-44 year age group on hold till July 9, voices demanding vaccination of all students and staff of Himachal Pradesh University are rising. Today a student organization demanded to open the varsity for all, including the hostels and library. In fact, students had been demanding the opening of the varsity library and hostels for some time now.

On Thursday, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had also met the Chief Warden, demanding opening of the hostels as students were compelled to spend on renting rooms or making alternate arrangements for stay to take their exams. It’s adding a financial burden on students, ABVP said.

The student body also highlighted the plight of students hailing from tribal areas where they don’t have Internet connectivity to carry on online learning.  

The National Students Union of India is already on a chain hunger strike for nearly a week over its demand to vaccinate all students and staff before conducting exams. If it is not possible for the state government, then cancel the exams, the student body is demanding. NSUI had also been protesting against offline exams and demanding online exams for the students of the first and second years.

NSUI has taken to social media to mobilize students and had been posting videos/photos of students addressing the government and the people on the problems they are facing due to offline exams.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Leaders of the Congress party, including the opposition leader, Mukesh Agnihotri and GS Bali, were seen supporting the student body by visiting their protest sites.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“We know the entire world is suffering from COVID-19 and all educational institutions remained closed for more than one and a half year. But now all educational institutions should be opened for all as the situation is under control,” the Student Federation of India said in a memorandum submitted to the Vice-Chancellor today.   

Now, SFI has also included vaccination of university employees and students in its list of demands. 

SFI demanded that a permanent vaccination centre should be set up on the university campus.

“The only hope against the pandemic is vaccination. We demand setting up a permanent vaccination centre on the HP university campus so all students in summer could get vaccinated,” the student body said.

Other demands of SFI included issuing schedule for the pending recruitment exams  for the posts of non-teaching staff and Panchayat Sahayak, forms for which were invited in March 2020.

The student body said the varsity must conduct entrance exams for the admissions to postgraduate courses this year.

“Last year, we saw the university authority didn’t conduct entrance exams, which was against the varsity admission norms. The HP High Court had also declared it arbitrary and unethical. We demand that for the sake of quality of education, the varsity must conduct entrance exams for admission in postgraduate courses,” the student body said in its memorandum.

Further, the student body gave some suggestions to the varsity authority, which included strengthening the online mode of education, buy online web services/apps, like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet etc., and preparing for the third wave. 

It also suggested undertaking online assessments of the performance of students and teachers. The student body said that the varsity will have to prepare a proper pattern for the assessment of the students and offer an objective type alternate mode of examination.

Other suggestions included inviting the students for the practical examinations batch-wise and setting up face shields in the library to increase the capacity.

The student body also demanded extending library membership to all researchers and students till the completion of their courses.

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HPU Exams Without Vaccinating Students Opposed, If Online Classes Are Possible, Why Not Online Exams, Asks Student Body

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Shimla-Amidst the ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to hold exams for various Under Graduate classes.

The HPU has released the date sheet for B.Ed 1ST and 3rd-semester exams. The date sheet for M.Ed exams has also been released by the university. Final examination schedule for B.A., B.Sc., B.Com, Hons. and Shastri courses were also released on the University website on Monday.

However, ahead of the warming for the third wave, which is predicted to hit within the next 7-8 weeks, an HPU student body has opposed the decision citing the risk posed to students by offline examination in the middle of a pandemic.

Students have also taken to social media and have been demanding the cancellation of exams. Students had been Tweeting this demand with the hashtag #cancelhpuexams.

They also questioned why the government was not considering the safety of the college students while exams of school students were cancelled.

The NSUI state unit on Monday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Director of Higher Education demanding a statewide vaccination drive for students aged above 18 years before conducting the university exams. The student body also raised a demand for a reasonable reduction in the syllabus.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the student body raised three demands. The body has asked the Chief Minister to ensure vaccination of all students before conducting exams. It proposed conducting online examinations if the government can’t vaccinate all students in such a short span.

“If online classes are possible, then exams should also be conducted online,” said Chattar Singh, the NSUI state president.

The student body also asked the state government to find an alternative medium for conducting exams so that students are not put at risk. The student body urged the state government to not use the students as “experimental kits.”

ABVP, SFI Demand Re-Opening of University Library

The state unit of SFI (HPU) and ABVP(HPU) on Monday raised the demand to re-open the university library which remained closed for the students due to the pandemic induced restrictions. In separate memorandums submitted to the University Library in-charge, both the student bodies have said the state government had allowed the re-opening of libraries with a capacity of 50% students on June 19. Despite the notification, the University has not released any notice regarding the same.

Research scholars are unable to pursue and complete their research without access to libraries. Students preparing for various exams are suffering a loss, ABVP said.  

SFI also raised concern over keeping students deprived of the 24×7 library section.

“The university takes pride in mentioning that it has a 24×7 section in its library. But the same section remains closed for the last one year and seven months. Last year, when the library was re-opened, the 24×7 section was kept closed,” SFI said. The student body has demanded that this students shouldn’t be kept deprived of this essential facility. 

SFI expressed disappointment over the lackadaisical attitude of the varsity authorities towards the demands for basic facilities. It said that while the students had been demanding the replacement of furniture in the libraries which is in a very poor state, the university administration is “busy installing sculptures.”  Despite demands, the varsity authority hasn’t moved a muscle, it said.

The student union has demanded the replacement of broken furniture, maintenance of the library washrooms and frequent sanitization of the library.

The student bodies have warned of protests if the varsity authority still doesn’t pay attention to their demands.

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Video: How HPBOSE Will Calculate and Allot Marks to Class 10 Students

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Shimla-The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has washed out another academic session and disrupted the academic calendars of institutes. A

The HPBOSE recently notified its detailed criteria for compilation of result and promotion of students to the next higher class while focusing on, what it called, “Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA)” and “Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)”.

The notification came following the cancellation of the Annual Examination of Matriculation and Senior Secondary (Plus Two) classes of HP Board of School Education in wake of the pandemic.

The formula is based on class 9 result of the student, Class 10 first and second term exams, pre-board result, paper of one subject held on April 13, internal assessment and practical marks.

Himachal Watcher has prepared this video to help you understand the process.

Subject wise weightage will be allotted to students depending on the distribution of subjects by HPBOSE. Visit this link to check the weightage of marks per exams

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