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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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Nauni Varsity UG Admission Process Revised, No Entrance Exam, Seats to be Allotted on 10+2 Merit

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Solan-Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has revised the admission process for its undergraduate programmes for the academic session 2020-21 in view of the COVID 19 pandemic. This year, the university will not be conducting an entrance test to fill the normal seats of UG programmes. The decision in this regard was taken during a special meeting of the Academic Council meeting held recently.

The basis of admission for normal seats would be merit drawn on basis of marks obtained at 10+2 level examination in four subjects-English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics plus weightage of participation in sports/ NCC, NSS, scouting, co-curricular activities (if any). The university offers three undergraduate programmes B Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B Sc (Hons) Forestry while B Tech Biotechnology is offered only at the COH&F Neri. 

The candidates have been advised to download the counselling proforma from the university website and fill it as per the instructions mentioned on it. Those students who want to be considered for both normal as well as self-financing seats need to fill two separate proformas. A single page pdf file must be created, containing scanned filled counselling proforma along with legible documents mentioned in the checklist as provided in the counselling proforma. No column must be left blank. The counselling proforma for normal seats and self-financing seats will be uploaded on the university website on 3rd August (afternoon) and 5th August (afternoon) respectively.

For normal seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent through email to [email protected] on or before 18th August, 2020.

For self-financing seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent by email to [email protected] on or before 20th August, 2020. Every candidate must submit the duly filled counselling proforma in order to be considered for the admission. The detailed notification can be downloaded from the university website.

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HPBOSE Syllabus to be Reduced by 30% for 2020-21 Session Following CBSE’s Lead

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Dharamshala: The syllabus of Himachal Pradesh School of Board Education from 9th to 12th classes would be reduced by 30 percent following the lead of CBSE.  The Board today constituted a five-member committee for this purpose, informed Chairman of HPBOSE, Dr Suresh Kumar Soni. The step is being taken considering the disruption to regular classroom study of students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The committee comprises of Deputy Secretaries Anjali Saini and Sudarshan Kumar, and Anil Naag – the principal, Senior secondary School, Sulah, Kangra district-and Vijay Sharam- the principal, GSSS Daroh, Kangra. The fifth member would be Dimple Kanwar.

The Board also held a workshop in which experts in Hindi, Political Science, History, Geography, and Psychology subjects gave their opinion regarding the syllabus.

Further, the Chairman said that emphasis would be laid on reducing the syllabus for the board classes. Exclusion of topics from syllabus would be done in accordance with suggestions received from subject experts, he said.

The teachers should keep in mind that the students do not remain deprived of knowledge but at the same time keep the stress of syllabus off them, he said. He asked the teachers to not include any questions in exams from the topics which would be excluded from the syllabus. A proposal regarding it would be submitted to the state government for its approval, he informed.

Earlier this month, CBSE had announced a reduction in its syllabus for students of class 9 to 12. For class 11, CBSE had excluded chapters on federalism in the Constitution, political theory sections on citizenship, secularism and nationalism. For class 12, India’s relations with its neighbours, sections on social movement, regional aspirations, the changing nature of India’s economic development, and the Planning Commission were excluded.

For class 10, CBSE had excluded the chapter on forest and wildlife in contemporary India from social science. Besides it, chapters on democracy and diversity; gender religion and caste, popular struggles and movements, and challenges to democracy have also be removed. For science classes, the students would not have to study the human eye functioning, a section on concepts of evolution, several practical experiments, like tests on acetic acid, mounting a leaf peel, and studying the comparative cleaning capacity of soap in hard and soft, water were also removed from the syllabus.

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HP University Issues UG Date-Sheet, Exams to be Held from Aug 17- Sept 8

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh University has finally issued tentative date-sheets for the Under-Graduate examinations for the current session. The exams will start on August 17 and end on September 8. These are tentative dates and instructions with date-sheets said that dates may vary according to the situation but the pattern of the date-sheet will remain the same.

The date sheets are available on the official website of the varsity.

The Controller of Examination, JC Negi, informed that students can obtain their admit cards from the official website of the varsity. Exams would be held in two session – morning and evening.

It’s pertinent to mention that according to the University Grant Commission (UGC) guidelines, it was mandatory to hold examinations for the last semester of UG classes. The Commission had given an option to conduct these exams online, but the HP varsity isn’t prepared for it at all. Therefore, the students would have to appear at examination centres physically.

A section of students has been protesting against the UGC guidelines to hold exams amid a pandemic and at a time when the state is witnessing a sharp increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Student Federation of India had even staged a protest outside the Directorate of Higher Education, HP, a week ago.

The students said it would not be wise to conduct exams when the state is witnessing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. The Federation demanded that the UGC should instead promote the students of final year/semester too. They said their marks should be calculated based on the performance in all previous exams and assessments.

SFI argued that the varsity was already late in conducting examinations and it has no infrastructure to conduct online exams. Further, it argued that not all students in the State are well connected to the Internet and would not be able to take online exams.

However, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is supporting the UGC and Government’s decision to conduct examinations.

Following instructions (unedited) were issued with the date-sheets:

  1. In view of the COVID – 19 pandemic the Principal and students are directed to keep updated for any changes in the date-sheets, if any, uploaded on the University website from time to time
  2. All the Principals are requested to hold the examinations strictly adhering to the guidelines and Standard Operating Procedure issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education vide its Memorandum dated 6th July 2020 for the conduct of examinations adopted by the Government of Himachal Pradesh vide letter No. EDN-B-B (14) – 12/2018 dated 13th July 2020 and further adopted by the Himachal Pradesh University vide Notification No. 16-18/79-HPU (Genl) dated 16th July 2020 which has been uploaded on the University website. 3.
  3. It has been decided to allow the candidate who may be stranded in their native place to appear in the examinations in nearby colleges. As such the Principals are requested to allow such candidates to take the examination in their colleges and intimate the University.
  4. All the Principals/Directors are requested to go through the date sheet and the same may be brought to the notice of the students. Objections if any regarding clash in papers in the same date and time, if any, may immediately be brought to the notice of the University through e-mail conduct.hpu {at}gmail.com. No objections shall be entertained after 30th July 2020.
  5. All the Principal(s) of the colleges concerned are requested to ensure that keeping in view the COVID – 19 pandemic the sufficient seating capacity to adjust the students is available on particular day in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and State Government from time to time. In case, the seating capacity is exceeding to their strength on a particular day, the same may be intimated to the University immediately before the commencement of the examinations.
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