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.
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.
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.
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.
Nauni varsity student to represent India in International Kickboxing championship in Argentina
Solan: While the youth of Himachal Pradesh is becoming infamous for the sudden surge in drug addiction it is witnessing currently, there are those who are bringing laurels to the State.
Lokesh Bhanot, a local from Solan district and a student of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni is all set to represent the country in the World Kickboxing Championship to be held at Buenos Aires, Argentina from November 5-10, 2018. The World Kickboxing Federation is organizing the championship, it was informed by the Public Relation Officer of the varsity Suchet Attri.
A fourth-year student of B Sc Forestry at the University’s College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri, Bhanot had bagged a bronze medal in the senior category (90-100 kg) in the National Kickboxing Championship held at Patna in 2016 and a Gold Medal in the 65-75 kg category at the National Championship held at Ghaziabad in 2012-13.
In addition, Bhanot has won several medals at the state and district level championships in different weight categories, said the PRO.
Hailing from Solan, Bhanot had previously represented India in Italy in 2013 where he became a black belt in the sport. In 2017, he was selected to participate in the World Kickboxing Championship in Sudan and Brazil, but could not participate due to his exams.
Not only has Bhanot excelled as a player, but in 2017 also became a World Kickboxing Federation accredited International referee in the sport by clearing the official exam. He is also an accredited national referee.
Bhanot credits his parents, coach and college teachers, and friends for their constant support for his success. The university has also recognized his achievements and awarded him with Outstanding Student and Sportsperson award at the University and College level.
While congratulating Bhanot for bringing laurels to the university and the College, Dr HC Sharma, UHF Vice-Chancellor said that the University has been encouraging sporting activities along with academics.
He added that this achievement will also motivate other students of the university. Dr PC Sharma, Dean of COH&F and faculty also congratulated Bhanot for his sporting achievements.
A pack of lies behind Viral Video of Sanjauli College
Shimla: Politics is a science but not for Indian ideological groups. The political parties lay more emphasis on cheap sentimental tricks or false propaganda, especially through the social media. However, the right wing has taken the concept of opportunistic manipulations of facts to a new level.
They have sensed the weakness of the media to fall easily and quickly to sensational news. The media publish hurriedly and it creates a noise in which facts struggle to be seen or heard.
The most recent and quite an ugly example was presented at the Centre of Excellence, Government Degree College Sanjauli.
A video of a quarrel between students appeared on the social media claiming it took place between two student organizations, Student Federation of India (SFI) and Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at the Sanjauli College. Within no time, it was on news websites. Some national Hindi dailies also covered it with the same claim.
By Thursday, ABVP claimed that some hostel students were allegedly attacked by students of left-wing ideology. By this statement, ABVP suggested that it was not involved in the clash directly but fought for the suspended students.
As a contrast to this statement, in the video, one student is seen being attacked by a group of about 20-25 students.
The video was not fake, and the brawl did take place inside the campus of the college.
Himachal Watcher had too published a report based on initial reports received from our sources including some media person. They also repeated more or less the same story. One of the dailies said the violence had broken out over the banner of a student organization, which was baseless.
ABVP even held a protest on Thursday to revoke the suspension of the students involved in the brawl. It alleged that some faculty members abused, slapped, kicked, and pushed them out of the office when they tried to reach the Principal to submit a memorandum against the one-sided action.
The ABVP, in its press statement issued on Thursday, called it an ‘aggressive protest’ that compelled the college administration to yield to its demand of revoking the suspension.
About 27 students took part in this ‘aggressive protest’, as shown in the picture below:
ABVP repeated the same allegations when HW reached its leaders. It said the college took one-sided action against some specific students while the left-wing supporters were spared.
The college revoked the suspension, which the ABVP termed as their victory.
After receiving critical comments from the readers and students, HW today talked to all concerned parties including the Principal, CB Mehta, Shimla Police, the injured student (red shirt), ABVP and SFI leaders.
Except for the ABVP, no one, not even the victim or eyewitnesses, told HW that it was a clash between ABVP and SFI or an assault by SFI on hostelers. The victim himself told HW that the incident had no relation to student politics or student organizations.
It turned out that this victim student who was attacked is a national level volleyball player, who has represented Himachal several times.
On July 31, I was sitting with my friends inside the campus when a group of students tried to assault one of the friends. I was not aware of the pre-existing grudges between these students but I intervened peacefully and tried to protect my friend,
the victim said.
However, I became the fresh target of the group, who thrashed me badly. I was punched and kicked repeatedly until I got back on my feet and retaliated,
I was left alone as my friends disappeared from the scene,
he said adding,
I am neither a goon nor do I belong to any student organization. I am mostly occupied by my daily basketball practice. But the video has casted a negetive impression not only on my senior players but anyone who saw it. The media too circulated the video with the pack of lies told to them.
The Principal, when asked about the matter, said,
The brawl was not associated with any of the organizations. Moreover, as the Principle, all of them were only students for me. However, some of the suspended students might have included those associated with ABVP. The protest and the allegations of the ABVP against the faculty members were most likely an effort to revoke the suspension of the students.
When asked about revoking the suspension of the students, he replied,
We did not revoke the suspension of the students due to a pressure from the organization or the protest but after speaking to their parents and receiving written apology regarding the violence,
As per the Police Station, Lakkar Bazaar, where the students were taken for questioning following the brawl, refuted the claim that the two parties decided to compromise. A complaint has been filed against the involved students, the police said.
HW also talked to SFI leaders, who termed it a false propaganda to defame student politics.
SFI has recently begun its protest over the demand of reviving direct elections to the Students Central Association, which were banned in 2014. Prior to the ban, the students always supported and elected SFI as their representative and ABVP had been facing defeat in the elections,
said an SFI leader adding,
It is a deliberate manipulation to defame the student politics, thus, give a reason to prevent the revival of the direct elections to the SCA.
SFI also shared screenshots of a post shared by ABVP on its Facebook page with alleged false information blaming the violence as hooliganism created by SFI.
The worst hit of the alleged false propaganda is the victim student, and the media owes him an apology. As per the account given by him, he had just tried to protect his friend and was dragged into this brawl, which was given a political colour.
He was worried that his mother would be in great distress if she came across this video. This is why HW has refrained from mentioning the name of the victim.
Shimla based startup to manufacture Nauni varsity’s spinach pasta
Solan: Soon people of the country will be able to cherish Pasta, which will not only satisfy their taste buds but also helps to keep them healthy. As part of its technology transfer initiative, the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has sold its two nutrient-rich pasta variants to ‘La Himalayan’ – a Shimla based startup.
It was informed today by Suchet Attri, the Public Relation Officer, UHF, Nauni.
He further informed that the two variants- Plain Pasta and Spinach Pasta, score high on the nutrient value as compared to normal pasta. These pasta variants are based on Semolina (Suji), which is easy to digest as compared to pasta based on refined flour (Maida). The spinach variant is rich in Iron and Zinc and will be nutritionally rich besides improving the ability to fight diseases.
The University’s Food Science and Technology Department has developed the two variants of this nutrient-rich pasta under the All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Post Harvest Engineering and Technology. Initially, the University carried out a survey where it was found that youngsters were more attracted towards instant foods, which at times lead to digestion-related ailments, Attri said.
For over six years, the University scientists conducted various research trials, which led to the development of these pasta variants. The department also conducted pilot testing of the products, he said.
A Shimla based startup, which had approached the university’s Incubator Center for expertise regarding cold storage, showed a keen interest in the two pasta variants.
Dr HC Sharma, UHF Vice-Chancellor said that the University has tied up with a company to manufacture the pasta variants.
The company has already deposited a sum of Rs 1 lakh with the university. For the next one year, the university will supply 20 quintals of pasta while the cost of raw materials will be borne by the company. In addition, it will also pay Rs 10 kg as making charges and Rs 2,000 as machine depreciation charges per month to the university. Thereafter the product will be manufactured by the company.
The company will also undertake the task of packaging and labelling along with nutritional profiling of the products. The university’s name will feature in the product details.
This is a part of the technology transfer initiative through which the technologies developed by the university is made available to the industry for commercial exploitation,
said Dr Sharma.
He added that efforts will be made to transfer more such technologies developed by the university to the people and the industry.
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