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CM on back-foot after HPU Fee Hike decision backfire, still clings to political tricks

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The Congress Govt. is withdrawing now, but still it’s trying to collect credit for its representative student organization at HPU, NSUI.

SHIMLA- The HPU campus student protests were triggered as soon as RUSA was implemented very poorly by the HPU administration. Then, the massive and illogical hike in fees fueled it, and now, the brutality of HP Police on peacefully protesting students has sparked anger in the student community of Himachal.

The Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh, had declined every appeal from the students and had given a statement that clearly said, “In no way neither the decision of fee hike will be rolled back, nor the SCA elections will be reinstated”.

Now, when the anger is bursting among students in various colleges all over Himachal, the Govt. has declared that a three member committee, headed by retired Justice V.K. Sharma, will review the decision. The education bandh call given by the joint front of the SFI and the ABVP till September 25 affected teaching on the very first day in the State on Monday. The colleges in Mandi, Hamirpur, Nahan, Una are also burning in the flame of anger, and their protests are making headlines.

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The Congress Govt. is withdrawing now, but still it’s trying to collect credit for its representative student organization at HPU, NSUI.

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Today, the daily newspapers wrote that the decision to form a review committee was taken after NSUI approached the CM with an appeal to reduce the hiked fees. NSUI, which was nowhere to be seen from the time when all this turmoil begin at HPU campus, which did no more than signature campaigns, neither suffered the brutal lathis and kicks of police, has forced the Govt. to change its decision in just one day. SFI was protesting from past many months, then they were on chain hunger strike for 20 days, they were exposed to police brutality, but that did not move him and NSUI did this in a single attempt. It’s quite a good joke on the part of dailies publishing this news. Each one of us knows who deserves the credit here.

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Even ABVP was on chain hunger strike and they had also faced lathicharge by police when they had surrounded the HP Legislative Assembly. NUSI was nowhere to be seen except in daily newspaper headlines.

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Either, the newspapers are so innocent that they believe everything which is dictated to them by the Govt. or they are pimps.

The Congress Govt. doesn’t want to accept that the unexpected union of SFI and ABVP supported by CPI(M) and BJP has scared the CM. While he loses the battle he himself had started, the Congress Govt. trying to make up for the damage to its reputation.

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The newspapers are equally helping him to spread a manipulated story. The newspapers are deep into the abyss of corrupted politics. They are the medium to keep the public in delusional states, where they are told that they are free and they are the real rulers in a democratic state. The media is the best tool to exploit psychologically effective tricks.

Politics isn’t dirty itself, the people playing tricks of manipulation, and the slave media is. The real power is always in the hands of the people of any democratic state. It’s just that the politicians are manipulating it to turn this power against the public. ‘Divide and Rule’ is the most valuable asset that our politicians have inherited from British while they ruled India.

For example, HPU students are divided into groups called ABVP, SFI, NSUI, and remaining are categorized as neutral students. The biggest advantage that encouraged the Govt.’s brutal attempt to murder the righteous students protesting against the massive fee hikes in their courses was the lack of unity among students.

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After 18 September’s brutal assault on students by police, now, ABVP and SFI are compelled to come together and fight from one platform against the common enemy of the state and it’s only Govt. University.

Previous Article: Incongruous HP Police unites HPU student associations in one voice against suppressive forces

The political parties are the one who encourage young seeds of politics at educational institutes. It ensures that students always stand divided, which inflicts the unity, and as we all have read in our primary book, “Union is Strength”. Same is the case with whole India. The democracy is faulty just because a very essential prerequisite of a successful democracy is missing; unity in the people, the unity that should scare the Govt., and not the other way round.

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Ex-Chief Minister of Himachal, Dr. Prem Kumar Dhumal, critized the Govt. for its incapability of dealing with the student unrest. The unwanted environment at HPU campus is the creation of the Govt. itself. He commented:

“Police force is being used to silence the voice of students which is undemocratic. Instead of dealing students with lathis and sending them to jail, the government should treat them like their own sons and accept their demands before the situation becomes tense.” Further, Dhumal added, “In the session 2012-13, our government had given Rs 72 crore to Dr YS Parmar University of Forestry and Horticulture, Solan, and Rs 82 crore to Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, but the government had reduced it and given only Rs 48 crore and Rs 65 crore.”

First results under RUSA were declared after a prolonged delay. It took nine months for HPU to declare results. Out of 2.45 lakh award received in the first year of undergraduate courses, discrepancies were detected in 90,000 cases. There were colleges which could not generate the 14 digit roll number for conducting examinations.

One of the causes of this mess was the inefficiency of the examination branch, which is already reeling under staff crunch. Executive Council member Chaudhry Waryam Singh Bains said: “The employees are over burdened as 246 posts of teacher are lying vacant and 18 will retire next year. Not only this, 333 posts of non-teaching employees are vacant and 62 more will retire this year.”

Now, the people from other sections of the society are also coming out in support of the students. A social activist in Mandi district has threatened to go on an indefinite fast to protest the unprecedented fee hike by HPU and lathicharge on students in Shimla.

It’s time to be careful and critical while we go through any news in dailies or on news channels. If the media had really been unbiased and dutiful to the responsibility it was bestowed with, then India would have been a much better place. The fourth pillar of democracy need to be put back on track, and no other than the people themselves could do it.

The student organizations need to learn the real meaning of a protest. Lack of unity in any protest is the biggest advantage we could give away to the corrupt Governments. The present situation is an opportunity to test the power of unity, to shed the badges, and stand like one body.

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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