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Miraculous union of, ABVP, NSUI, SFI at HPU campus againt deferring of SCA elections

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SHIMLA- The student protest row against implementation of RUSA system at HPU and the sudden and exaggerated fee hike isn’t ending from the past many months. Now, the decision of EC to defer HPU Student Central Association (SCA) elections after the violent assault on students, that occurred on Sunday at one of the varsity hostels, has fueled the anger among all three major student unions, SFI, ABVP, and NSUI.

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On Wednesday, all three student organizations held a joint protest in front of the library against HPU authorities, warning them to withdraw their decision to defer the SCA elections, take back the fee hikes or face complete boycott of classes, hunger strikes and blockage of roads. Representatives from all three organizations put their opinion regarding the deferring of elections.

In return of these warnings, the Vice Chancellor has also threatened to suspend the classes for the session. Well, that’s interesting. The VC wants students to surrender and vice versa. Both, the VC and the student organizations are threatening to boycott the academic operations. They found a common interest, haven’t they?

In place of direct elections, now, the Vice Chancellor decided to elect SCA members through nomination from the pool of extraordinary achievers in various fields like education, sports etc.

According to the HPU EC, the main reason is, of course, the violent student politics, which is claimed to be a great nuisance in an otherwise peaceful HPU campus. The excuse behind deferring the elections is to restore the peaceful academic atmosphere.

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However, all the student organizations are in favor of holding SCA elections, all of them are protesting against the bad implementation of RUSA system, all the organizations are not in favor of the fee hike, all of them aren’t happy with the incompetence of the Vice Chancellor to provide even the basic facilities in varsity and hostels.

Not only students, but no one else associated with HPU, in one way or other, were ever observed to be happy with the authorities, the HPU and the colleges are short of faculty, the pensioners, and the staff is frustrated with Mr. AND Bajpai’s incapable management of resources and his extravagance. While students have continuously staged protests, handed over memorandums to the EC, the Chief Minister, and the Governor, and the Govt. is keen to go all the way against student interests.
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It’s been a long time that protesting voices are echoing every other day at HPU campus. The Vice Chancellor ADN. Bajpai definitely relied more on increasing the police troops when he should have listened to the democratically elected SCA and the student representative from all organizations. Now, owing to his negligence towards student interests, the situation is heading towards even worse consequences.

According to the VC, the student violence isn’t tolerable at a higher educational institute. Everyone would agree with that statement. The careers of the students who indulge in aggressive politics, booked, sentenced by courts, suspended from the varsity for assaults are on stake. Politics is such an ugly game.

However, we need to take a closer look at the reasons which lead to violent activities. Presently, the political interference and corruption in administration is almost at its peak. Students are protesting against it, but they get nothing but the cane charge of police in return. Still, the student organizations aren’t giving up. They are trying hard to protect and preserve the ideology of their political patrons at HPU campus and in the affiliated colleges, and so is going on within the organizational level. Like a national political party, each student organization strives to preach the ideology they follow. The student do come for polling and they do select SCA every year inspite the student protests and clashes.

About student politics, we wonder why a 21 years graduate is eligible for a high bureaucratic post through Civil Services Exams but not free to express his political views, unite with other students who share the same political views, and hold democratic elections for an official student body (SCA). But why should they be worried about political ideologies at all? Can’t these all students unite to fight together if they care for common interest of students like unfair fee hikes, student grievances, corrupt practices in administration and even admissions in varsity courses? What’s the need to work under the patronage of national political parties? Why to follow political ideologies at all? What’s the logic of holding separate protests against a common issue like recent fee hike at HPU? The strength of protestors always yields advantage in lobbying with the administration.

Again, we aren’t talking against the existence of student unions, but it’s against the student politics. There could be indirect elections through nomination of DRs, who will then elect the candidates for the SCA. There isn’t any need of more than one student-body, hence, there will be no violence at all.

So, it appears to be a decent idea to go for indirect election of SCA. The student of a each department would nominate an eligible candidate as Departmental representative, and these representatives would elect the panel for SCA.

But, does it follow that it would end all the politics and violent activities. The student unions would not cease to exist, neither the clashes between them would come to a halt. Still, these groups would try to lure and lobby for voting in their favor.

The nomination method would collect achievers from various fields like music, sports, academics etc. However, it doesn’t ensure that a gold medal winner in sports or that in music would make an efficient and visionary student representative and leader.

Many men and women, while sitting at home with newspapers in their hands, would suggest a complete ban on elections. But, what about the rising corruption within HPU administration, student grievances, and many relevant demands which otherwise the authorities always ignore.

Although, deferring elections makes a well deserved punishment for violence is no good, but it would not calm down the political influence on these student organizations. They’ll still roam in groups, protest separately.
The biggest strength of revolution is to stand united on one single platform, and be able to convince others for the same. Truth is sufficient as an ideology to follow. Why to make it complex mixture of religion, regionalism, and nationalism?

Sadly, it’s almost impossible to keep student activism alive when the students face political powers in response to their protests. There is HPU’s employee union, which is completely political. The faculty member, if not all, then most of them do show inclination towards their favored ideology. How come the students would remain untouched by political influence when they are completely surrounded and submerged in it? The absence of student activism would only hike the corruption within HPU administration and dictatorial attitude of the Vice Chancellor.

Meanwhile, the student organizations are gearing up for huge protests all over Himachal, and the HPU authorities have already deputed police security to counter them.

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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