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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 7 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 world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Last date for Admissions to UHF Diploma extended

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Nauni University Admissions Date for Diploma

Solan: The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has extended the last date to apply for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and BakeryDiploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products, informed the Public Relation Officer, Suchet Attri.

The last date to apply for the diploma run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university has now been extended to January 29. Earlier the last date for application was January 17. The counselling for the diploma programme will now be held on January 31.

The PRO also informed that this year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme, he said.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website (www.yspuniversity.ac.in)

The PRO further informed that the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

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Two JRF among HP Varsity’s 11 disabled students who cracked UGC NET 2018

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Disabled HPU Students Clears UGC NET

Shimla-Crossing milestones in academics, disabled students of Himachal Pradesh continue to achieve what is otherwise considered insurmountable for them.

Eleven differently-abled students have cleared UGC’s National Eligibility Test (NET). Two of them qualified for the Junior Research Fellowship. Five of these students are visually impaired.

It’s important to mention that disabled students had to fight a legal battle to claim their right to higher education in Himachal Pradesh University. Even after ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill – 2016’ was passed, the students had to fight for its implementation as the government did not make it easy for them.

Two students who qualified for the JRF include Saveen Janha, an M.Phil in Hindi, and Pankaj Sharma, P.hD in Tourism Administration. Both are physically disabled, informed Ajai Shrivastava, a member of the State Advisory Board on Disability and HPU Executive Council (EC).

Indu Kumari, a visually impaired student, who is pursuing her M.A. in Political Science, cleared the NET examination in her very first attempt. Similarly, visually impaired Roma Negi, a resident of Rampur, has cleared the exam in History in her first attempt. She wants to pursue her P.hD from HP University.

Other names include Anuj Kumar (Economics), Vinod Sharma (Political Science), Jasbir Lubanand (Political Science), Vinod Sharma Yogacharya (Yoga), Priyanka Thakur (Law), Ajay Kumar (History). Some of these students have cleared the NET examination twice. Raj Kumar is a Ph.D in Education and has cleared the NET exam in the same. He had also passed the NET examination in History and this time cleared the exam in Political Science.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sikander Kumar has congratulated all these students and appreciated their hard-work despite facing hardships due to their disability. He said these students have brought laurels to the State.

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Nauni Varsity Admissions Open for Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery products

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Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has invited applications for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products. The diploma will be run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university.

This year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme.

In addition, the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. The last date of application is 17 January 2019 and the counselling will be held on 19 January.

A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website(www.yspuniversity.ac.in).

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