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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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Himachal’s Educational Institutions Closed Till April 4 Amid COVID-19 Case Surge, Pubic Holi Celebrations Prohibited, No Restriction on Tourism

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Shimla– All the educational institutions in Himachal Pradesh, including Universities, Colleges, Technical Institutes and schools, would remain closed till April 4, 2021, as a precautionary measure keeping in view the spike in COVID-19 cases in the State, the government informed today. But schools would remain open for the classes having their examinations, it was informed.  

The decision was taken in a meeting held today that was presided by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.

“Last year the spike in cases was gradual, but this year this surge is very rapid. In the last 20-25 days, the number of new cases has spiked from 220 to 2000, which is a matter of great concern for the state,” Chief Minister told media.

On being asked about tourist movement from neighboring Punjab – a state with massive surge in daily cases- the Chief Minister said that for now no restriction would be imposed on tourists given the peak tourist season starting from April.

Also Read: Himachal Reports Over 300 New COVID-19 Cases With 2 Deaths, Second Wave Could Peak in April & Last for 100 Days, says Report  

“Last year, the peak season was completely foiled. Therefore, it would not be favourable for the economy of the state and livelihood of the people to restrict tourist movement,” Jairam Thakur said.

“But if the surge continued and picked up more pace, then the government would review the situation again,” he told media. But the hotels and homestays would have to follow the SOPs while operating, he said. 

Chief Minister said that schools having residential facilities need not close their hostels, however, they would have to comply with all the SOPs to keep these residential areas cut off and appoint Compliance Officer to comply with all the orders. He said that teachers and other school/college staff would continue to attend the institutions.

Jai Ram Thakur said that no social and cultural events would be organized in the State by the Government and gatherings would be restricted to a maximum of 200 for indoor and 50 percent for outdoor events.

He said that nursing and medical institutions would continue to function as usual. He said that congregations and langers inside the temples would also be banned and other darshans would be allowed.

Chief Minister said that 3rd April would also be a holiday for all the offices in the State and there would be no public celebration of Holi.

He urged the people to celebrate Holi at their home with their family members only. He said that all the frontline workers would be sensitized to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest completing their second dose as per schedule.

It was also decided in the meeting that District Administration would take a judicious call on more restrictions keeping in view the positivity and fatality rate in their respective districts.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Additional Chief Secretaries R.D. Dhiman and J.C. Sharma, Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi, Mission Director NHRM Dr. Nipun Jindal and other senior officials were also present in the meeting.

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UHF Nauni Gets New Labs Equipped with Latest Technologies, Nature Park for Students  

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Solan- Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, today dedicated four projects to the students and farmers at the university campus. 

Among the project inaugurated by Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor, UHF, was a state of the art Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory established with the financial assistance of Rs 4.55 crore (over seven years) from the World Bank-funded HP-Horticulture Development Project.

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Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor, UHF, Inaugurating Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory

The laboratory is equipped with the latest equipment like Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, CHNS Analyzer, Microwave digestion system, UV-VIS Spectrophotometers. It is well equipped to analyze the different soil properties including different macro and micronutrients and as per the analysis values, the recommendations are also given to the farmers.

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Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory

The samples received from different HP-HDP clusters of the state are being analyzed in the laboratory and ad-hoc recommendations for High-Density Planting on clonal rootstocks are given. A field laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology constructed for Rs 14.17 lakh met out of the pesticide testing scheme was also inaugurated today.NEW Labs in UHF nauni

Two projects- Nature Park and a Commercial plantation model of wild pomegranate developed under the ICAR National Agricultural Higher Education Project were also unveiled today.

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The nature camp developed by the Department of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture has been developed as a recreation cum activity area for the students and showcases different landscaping methods. Under NAHEP,a commercial model of wild pomegranate developed by the Department of Silviculture and Agroforestry was also dedicated to the students and farmers. 

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Nature Park

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Parvinder Kaushal congratulated all the team members behind the completion of the projects. He said that both the laboratories will be immensely beneficial for conducting research. Speaking about the development of projects under the ICAR’s NAHEP, Dr. Kaushal said that the university is in process of developing more such plantation models which will not only be beneficial to the students but also help popularize new technologies among farmers. The statutory officers of the university, heads of all departments, coordinator and team members of NAHEP IDP, students and staff were present on the occasion. 

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Schools in Himachal to Open for Non-Board Classes from Next Month, Admissions for 2021-22 Session from April 1: Education Department

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Shimla-The Directorate of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh, has issued a notification announcing the opening of schools for non-board classes from April for session 2021-22. All educational activities would be resumed in all school across Himachal and students would begin receiving education from April 11, 2021, the notification said.

The decision came amid a sudden surge in new COVID-19 cases in the state and restrictions announced by the state government in wake of it.

Yesterday, the state reported 200 cases in various districts and three COVID-19 deaths. Today, the state reported 157 new cases and four fatalities till 7 pm. Also, expressing concerns over this surge, the state government had recently issued SOPs asking the district administrations and police chiefs to ensure strict compliance with preventive guidelines. Organization of fairs was prohibited and restrictions were imposed on number of persons in any indoor and outdoor social gatherings. 

Pertinent to mention that the Centre government had recently expressed fear of the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak as several states including Himachal’s neighboring state Punjab are reporting a massive spike in daily cases. Six States- Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu- are reporting a surge in daily new cases. They together account for 80.90% of the new cases (40,715) reported in the last 24 hours.

Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 24,645 (60.53%). It is followed by Punjab with 2,299 while Gujarat reported 1,640 new cases.

The schools would have to follow previously issued guidelines of the Centre Government. Students and teaching and non-teaching staff would have to ensure wearing masks, using sanitizers, and maintaining social distancing (2 meters).

The notification asked the school Principals/Headmasters to conclude yearly examinations of non-board classes by March 27, 2021, and declare the results by March 31. The admissions for the next session would be open from April 1.

For summer closing schools in Himachal Pradesh, the admissions would be open from April 5 and the these schools would remain shut from 1-4 April.  

Students who are taking board examinations of class 10, would be given provisional admissions to Class 11.

However, the notification mentioned “all students” and it’s not still clear whether these directions would also apply to primary classes or not.

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