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Black day for HPU: Police brutally beats, humiliates students, over 300 arrested

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SHIMLA- Last night and following day, today was testing time for many HPU students. First the girls, who were sitting on chain hunger strike, were arrested at midnight along with other girls who were present with them. There was a lathicharge for which the only witnesses are the victims. Student leaders protested all day long, but they were arrested in the darkness of night only. Next morning, today, when the students came out on streets for mass arrest, they were not lathicharged, but trashed with such a brutality that witnesses shivered while they talked to us. Again, in afternoon, many students including research scholars were trashed by police. Near about 8-10 students sustained injuries including head injuries.

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A witness recited the horrible site of watching 10-15 policemen trashing arrested students inside the buses. Some of the readers even messaged us what they witnessed. Here is a message which we received from an eyewitness:

An eyewitness account of what happened today in HPU campus (cane charge on research scholars). More than 500 students from university library started their peaceful march towards Summerhill Chowk when they were stopped near Chemistry Department by police officials. We were told the police that we ready to be arrested (mass arrest). Several students sat on the road to contribute towards mass arrest. What happened after this would shatter you and eliminate any respect from your heart for HP Police and administration, if you have any. While students were sitting on the road, the police and QRT lathicharged them. None of the students counteracted (mark my words). Why they were lathicharged when they were sitting quietly? No one except DSP and SP knows about it. Then their attention turned towards a large group of around 350 students who were standing on the side. The police personals literally slapped the boys, cane charged the girls and spoke foul language against them. I saw some police personals giving ‘Gaalis’ to the girls. Even DSP was seen speaking foul words. Many girls were weeping but police kept on beating them. Girls were running for help, police chased them and beat them up. The drama went on for another 5 minutes where glasses of library were also broken and some of the students got injured in the process.

I would like to ask the police personals: “Kya apni maa behen ko bhi aisi galiyan niklate ho tum? Apni maa behen ko b aise dando se marte ho tum? Sharam aani chahiye aisi ghatiya harkat karte hue; beating up innocent students as if they are terrorists. And the so called VC (I am not using the word honorable), don’t you have guts to face the students of your university? 700% fee hike? Hamare maa baap roz mehnat majdoori isliye nahi krte k tumhare lalchi pet ko bhar sakein. Aur Mr CM, elections k time to bahut bade bade vaade kiye the aapne. Inhi students ne vote kiya tha aapko. Bhulna mat election har 5 saal baad aate hain! It’s not a matter of a particular student organization now. Don’t let this movement die. Stand for yourself. Stand for your rights. You cannot let these corrupt people enjoy on your hard earned money. Standdd! It’s now or never!

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HW also talked to ABVP members. The horror of police brutality reflected on their face while they talked about the gruesome site of brutal ‘lathicharge’ by police.

ABVP Protest in Front of DC Office, Shimla

The intensity was so high that ABVP decided to join SFI and fight shoulder to shoulder against massive fee hikes and Govt. repressive actions. ABVP also staged a protest in front of DC Office, Shimla today afternoon.

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HW tried to contact many students leaders, but their phones were switched off because police snatched them to devoid them of making any communication.

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All of this happened after the VC cried of being assaulted by students, which is a completely false statement. HW had posted a video clip in the previous article. According to the statement of VC, he was assaulted as soon as he got out of his car. Please, take a look at the video, which shows that VC himself came out of the car and walked back under the cover of police security. Students had just blocked the road so that they could make him face their questions, which the VC wasn’t attending otherwise.

No one touched the VC. There was a thick barricade of police which separated the VC from students who were trying to chase him before he fled from the campus. For last 20 days, the students were on chain hunger strike. Not only SFI, but ABVP members were also sitting on chain hunger strike. No one attended them, not even the Govt. The students had to block the road.

Click here to Read Previous Article of HW (The day the VC alleged he was assault)

The Vice Chancellor’s statement says that he was pulled by hand and punched in the back. HW was there at the spot and saw all the action. It’s a characterless and cowardice act to use such a huge lie as an excuse to impose 144 in the campus and compel police to resort to gruesome lathicharge.

Deputy Mayor of Shimla, Tikender Panwar, on brutal lathicharge on students and fee hike at HPU

It’s a very sad day for a nation which acquired its freedom after many revolutionary lives were sacrificed. The Govt. machinery is used against those whom it should have protected. Take a look at the percentage of fee hikes at HPU and decide for yourself whether it’s anywhere near a justifiable decision?

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The best thing about HPU, for which it received appreciation from many other states was its low fees, so students were able to get equal opportunity to access Govt. educational institutes.

What kind of ridiculous proposal is it? The fees are hiked by 1500% and even 2000% in some cases. What’s wrong with protesting against a decision which will cast a very negative impact on major portion of public? The parent pay the fees and HPU authorities have imposed a huge burden on them in just one go.

Another reader sent us the following message:

Dear Admin
No TV channel highlighted this matter (HPU Campus). I don’t know the reasons behind this. As I belong to a low middle class family of HP, I know the value of money in Pahadi family. With low sources of income it’s really tough for parents to provide higher education, but still our parents move against all odds.

As we all know youth is the power of any nation, and it’s also my hearty desire to see strong, united youth of Himachal. I support the HPU students protest but to make this protest successful. Please stick with Kangra Mandi, Hamirpur constituencies also. Please try to highlight these news also.

We wonder why our Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh, is silent on merciless repression of peaceful student protests? Why he isn’t bothered about the future of youth in the state? Why he isn’t moved by unrest among the students and their parents? How come he supported the proposal to hike fees by such high percentages?

HW is stunned by what it witnessed at HPU campus in last couple of days. We don’t claim ourselves journalists, but we do claim to have witnessed the real face of our own Govt. and our own police. We witnessed a conspiracy like we had seen in movies. The VC told a big lie, the newspapers and media published this lie and students were crushed for that. Some HPU officials filed their resignation by saying that they are not feeling safe and that they criticize the assault on the VC, which actually did not happened. It was made a legal point and good excuse to brutally trash and detain the students.

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However, it was a big mistake on the part of the VC, the Govt. and HP Police, especially Shimla SP and DSPs. Now, all student organizations have joined hands, people like the deputy mayor of Shimla, Tikender Panwar has come out against the Govt. and their hideous act of thrashing and arresting students at night, abusing, humiliating research scholars. All these student wanted was a relief from ridiculously hiked fees.

HW appeal to people to react and support thousands of students and their burdened parents in their fight against highly corrupt system. Let’s not tolerate, hence, encourage bullying attitude of our own Govt.

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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