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State Govt. throws a bait, anything but HPU students to fall prey

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Life in the Himachal Pradesh University does not seem coming on track anytime in the near future, courtesy the political gimmick played by the State government, 144 in the campus and threats being received by student leaders.

The formation of Fee Review Committee – and the one month period it has been allotted to evaluate fee structure in the University, is nothing more than an eyewash. It is a ploy to win time, a pacifier for questioning media representatives, and halt to the student movement in a lingering political maneuver.

The unification of two prominent student unions (SFI and ABVP) that called for a Shiksha band (a complete ban on studies in colleges across the State), until September 25, has got chairs shaking in the political corridors. Students’ agitation, which began as a silent movement in HPU, has now spread like wildfire (after the police brutality in the varsity) to all parts of the State. HW has learnt of numerous arrests from different parts of HP and learns that the Shiksha band is being successfully marshalled pan Himachal.

Behind the cloud of fee hike, another more vivid student issue had taken a backseat, until today, when a trick turned on its head for the University management (a political backed move).

The merit-holders selected as new office bearer in the SCA immediately choose to resign from their positions within hours of their ‘forged selection’. The new selected President, General Secretory and Joint Secretory have filled their resignations – HW has scanned copies of the resignations (picture below), and we learn the other selected members will be resigning soon.

Now, I come back to the forged selection referred to in the previous paragraph. From their resignation letters, HW learns that students selected for the SCA were not informed before their selections and no confirmation from them was sought for the same by the University management. We further learn that the nomination forms of these students were not signed by the students themselves – then a question arises, who forged their signatures?

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Why is the State Government and the University management taking haste decisions? Why is there so much unrest and so many errors? Is there even a little motive to make some sense of the monstrous fee hike? Guess, it’s no way close!
Today, into the third day of the Shiksha band, students enrolled in various courses in the University were seen in the campus.

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Since, these students stand firmly in support for the Shiksha band – they were seen using the library or sitting in the open outside the classrooms. These students believe their University will soon have functional classrooms – but sadly the Fee Committee tactic has surly pushed this back by a month.

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With Photos and Inputs from Kritika Sehgal

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 Shuts Down All Educational Institutes A Week After Re-Opening 

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Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutes closed again

Shimla-A week after re-opening for regular classes, the Himachal Pradesh Government had to shut down all government and private schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and coaching institutes from 11th to 25th November 2020, for students, teaching and non-teaching staff amid alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held on November 10, 2020. It’s pertinent to mention that the state government had re-opened the school for the students of 9th to 12th from November 2. However, during the past few days, hundreds of teachers and several students tested positive in various schools, especially in Mandi district.

Meanwhile, the unpreparedness of the state government came to light as the largest medical facility – IGMC Shimla- ran out of space in isolation wards for COVID-19 patients. It’s packed to full capacity. Reportedly, another dedicated COVID-19 hospital – DDU Shimla- was also running out of space. The government has also failed to establish make-shift hospitals, which it had been promising for the past couple of months. However, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining in media statements that the government was prepared for all eventualities.

Questions have also been raised over the quality of protective gear provided to health staff as several officials tested positive at a COVID-19 hospital in Mandi district.

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Nauni Varsity Session 2020-21: List of Selected Candidates for UG Courses Released

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UHF Nauni UG Course Selection list 2020-21

Solan: Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has released the college and discipline wise list of selected candidates, both for normal and self-financing seats for admission to BSc Horticulture, BSc Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology for academic session 2020-21. The list of selected candidates, college and discipline wise has been prepared on the basis of counselling proformas and the relevant reservation documents submitted by the candidates through email. 

The selected candidates have been advised to deposit the admission fee in the respective bank accounts of the colleges on any day between 9-12 November. Presently due to COVID, the concessional fee is being charged from the candidates. The candidates will have to send a copy of the bank receipt no/ screenshot of the fee deposited online on the email of the colleges mentioned in the notification. Non-deposit of the fee within the due date will result in the cancellation of the claim for admission.

The candidates are advised to go through the detailed notification uploaded on the university website. The concessional fee details, bank account numbers of respective colleges along with email address has been given in the list. In view of COVID, the classes of the students will be conducted through online mode till further orders.  

The selected candidates shall have to report to the dean of the concerned college along with original documents(list mentioned in the notification) as and when directed by the way of a notice on the university website.

 

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Himachal’s Schools/Colleges to Re-Open for Regular Classes from Today  

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Himachal's schools re-open for regular classes

Shimla-Schools in Himachal Pradesh are today re-opening for regular classes after remaining closed for over seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken to allow regular classes for the students of Class 9th to 12th  in the last meeting of the Cabinet. However, online classes would also continue. Regular classes would also be resumed in the colleges from today onwards.

The SOPs have also been issued in this regard. According to the SOPs, a written consent of parents to send their children to schools would be mandatory, and the students can opt to study online if they do not wish to attend the school physically.

Also, schools can’t enforce attendance on students. In case the number of students is more than that of the capacity of classrooms, then principals/headmasters have been given liberty to conduct classes on alternate days to maintain social distancing.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to tighten grip on the state as eight deaths were reported on November 1, 2020. Over two dozen staff including Dr Janak Raj, MS, also tested positive at the IGMC Shimla. Earlier, 22 school teachers in Mandi district and Education Minister had also tested positive.

Till November 1, 2020 (9 PM), the official statistics of the state Health Department showed the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to be 22264, of which 2973. A total of 320 persons had lost their lives due to COVID-19. 

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