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Student rage roars in Himachal, police misued to fail the protest again

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SHIMLA- What happens when your own Government turns the whole state machinery to silence the protesting voices of restless people? What happens when the CM of the state use dictatorial practices against its own people, who dare to protest against him and his Govt.?

Today, we realized how the Govt. turns to cowardice and bullying tricks when the high rank chairs are shaken by the masses. Student community of Himachal Pradesh held a massive protest rally in front of HP Secretariat at Chota Shimla. After suffering police abuse and brutal lathicharge on 18 September, HPU students had made a call to every college and HPU students to take part in the rally, which was scheduled for today.

View Photos & Read About Police Brutality at HPU Campus

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Today, there was no ABVP, no SFI, but only angry student mob, surrounded by HP Police. As a cowardice act, the police put barriers on various points all over Himachal in every district, stopped the buses carrying students from other districts like Harmirpur, Mandi, Kullu, and Una.

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In Solan district, all students who were on their way to Shimla in a bus were reported to have been detained in order to prevent them from reaching Shimla. Police registered cases against all student under section 107. A huge number of students couldn’t reach Shimla. Please, listen what these students told us about their struggle to reach Shimla.

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However, about 800-1000 students managed to reach the spot. The student leaders shared the stage irrespective to their differences and bitterness. The anger was busting in insulting, humiliating as well as challenging comments for the Govt. headed by Virbhadra Singh with which these leaders addressed the students. There was no diplomacy in their speeches. The message was put in very clear words. Govt. will have to take back the fee hikes and conduct the SCA elections at HPU in democratic way. Take a look at this video and hear what you must.

The public, the passerbys, onlookers including Secretariat employees couldn’t ignore the protesting voices. For most of these onlookers, it was a matter of student politics or Dharna. They were least concerned about the danger that haunts their fundamental rights and freedom. The public is still living in an illusion, which the Governments has created with the support of flattering media, and that there should be no politics or protest rallies at HPU campus or by the students anywhere.

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These onlookers would only realize what the students are going through if their taxes are hiked by 1000-2000 % or their PF money, allowances etc. were deducted by the same percentage. It should have been, and it is, a matter of serious concern that Govt. is openly misusing the police to suppress the protest.

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Each and every student is against the ridiculous fee hikes made by the Govt. and incompetent Vice Chancellor of HPU, ADN Bajpai. The university entered into financial crisis and HPU is trying to make up for that from student-pockets. The VC banned the SCA elections so that protests against his anti-student and dictatorial attitude could be silenced, then the HP Police beats students like animals, student leaders were arrested overnight, the girls sitting on chain hunger strike were arrested in the cover of darkness at midnight, hostels are closed, and 144 was imposed at HPU campus, which still continuous.

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Near about seven battalion of HP Police are deployed at HPU campus only. Many of them are accommodated at HPU halls and rooms. Nowadays, the HPU appears to be training center of police.

Take a look at some of the hiked fees:

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When researchers approached the VC with a plea to reduce the fees, his statement was, “Quite HPU if you can’t pay the fee.”

When the CM was approached and asked how the student would afford such high fees, then he replied, “Students have Rs. 15,000 mobiles and spent over Rs. 200 daily at Shimla Mall. They can pay the fees.”

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Students in various colleges and in HPU protested peacefully, not once, but for months, they sat on chain hunger strikes for about 20 days before the last three girls were detained by the police.

To the disappointment of the HP Govt. and the VC, student did not step back after the brutal beating of police, but it just triggered bigger, aggressive protests. After today’s cowardice act of misusing police to stop students from entering Shimla to take part in the protest rally, the anger is fueled even more. It was a mistake, a big mistake. Now, the coming protests are going to be more aggressive.

The VC announced members of indirectly elected members, all of whom resigned within a couple of hours. Their resignation came as a tight slap as they mentioned in their resignation that no consent was taken from them before nominating them and that they support the student protest.

Take a look at the resignation letters of the meritorious students forcefully nominated for SCA:

Now, Virbhadra Singh’s statement on today’s protest said, “Some political leaders are provoking and misleading the student against his Govt.”

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A big question, which each of us should be concerned about, is that how can the Govt. snatch our right to protest? Under what laws the student buses were stopped and students were told not to take part in the protest? We are already feeling sorry for those who still haven’t realized that these corrupt politicians aren’t trustworthy, that they can turn the state machinery against its people to save their chair, and that they would even crush you like a crawling insect if they could.

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Here, the Govt. isn’t dealing with illiterate, ignorant crowd. Rather, it’s the educated youth of Himachal, which deny surrendering their freedom and rights to the suppression of the Govt.

In coming days, Himachal will see more protests. The students have already announced the schedule for the upcoming protest rallies. The only way to escape facing this revolting and rebellious student community is to listen to them and consider their unrest and grievance.

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We would request the public to shed the fear of Govt. and it’s often used tool of suppression; the police. The police isn’t meant only to be a slave to the Govt. It’s meant to protect the rights of the citizens and ensure their safety. The Govt. isn’t meant to rule us, it’s just given the responsibility to manage the resources of the state and serve the public. The real ruler in a democracy is always the public, but here, we have witnessed ugliest level of politics by our own Govt. It’s time to wake up and remind the Govt. who is the real ruler.

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Video and Inputs: Kritika Sehgal, HPU

Photo Credits: Madan/Tarun Sharma, HPU

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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After CBSE, Himachal Postpones Board and UG Exams Till May 1st

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Shimla-The ongoing examinations of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education and under graduate classes have been postponed, a spokesperson of the HP Government informed today. He said that the state government has taken the decision keeping in view the health concerns of the students and parents.

These exams included the ongoing board examinations for Class 10th and 12th and UG examinations starting on 17th April to 17th May, 2021.

The government said that the situation would be reviewed on 1st May, 2021, and further directions would be issued accordingly. In a separate notification, the HPBOSE said that the schools exams for the two board classes were postponed till May 17, 2021. The Board also relieved all the staff engaged in conducting examinations including Superintendents, Deputy Superintendents, Flying Squads, Invigilators and Peons except Chowkidards. 

The decision of the government came after the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) today decided to cancel the examinations for class 10 and postpone exams for Class 12 due to the ongoing surge in daily COVID-19 infections in the country. The Board said that there was a constant demand for postponing the exams from students, parents, and the state governments.

However, the state government in Himachal Pradesh had decided to go on with exams amid the peeking second wave of the pandemic.

“The pandemic situation in the country is seeing a resurgence of COVID 19 positive cases in many states, with a few states having been affected more than others. In this situation, schools have been shut down in 11 states. Unlike State Boards, CBSE has an all-India character, and therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country,” the Union Education Ministry today said.

Looking to the present situation of the pandemic and school closures, the Ministry decided that the Board Exams for Class XII to be held from May 4thto June, 14th, 2021 would be postponed. The situation will be reviewed on 1st June 2021 by the Board. A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations.

 The Board Exams for Class X to be held from 4thMay to June 14th, 2021 were  cancelled.

“The results of Class Xth Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board. Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams,” the Ministry said.

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Himachal’s Educational Institutions Closed Till April 4 Amid COVID-19 Case Surge, Pubic Holi Celebrations Prohibited, No Restriction on Tourism

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Shimla– All the educational institutions in Himachal Pradesh, including Universities, Colleges, Technical Institutes and schools, would remain closed till April 4, 2021, as a precautionary measure keeping in view the spike in COVID-19 cases in the State, the government informed today. But schools would remain open for the classes having their examinations, it was informed.  

The decision was taken in a meeting held today that was presided by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.

“Last year the spike in cases was gradual, but this year this surge is very rapid. In the last 20-25 days, the number of new cases has spiked from 220 to 2000, which is a matter of great concern for the state,” Chief Minister told media.

On being asked about tourist movement from neighboring Punjab – a state with massive surge in daily cases- the Chief Minister said that for now no restriction would be imposed on tourists given the peak tourist season starting from April.

Also Read: Himachal Reports Over 300 New COVID-19 Cases With 2 Deaths, Second Wave Could Peak in April & Last for 100 Days, says Report  

“Last year, the peak season was completely foiled. Therefore, it would not be favourable for the economy of the state and livelihood of the people to restrict tourist movement,” Jairam Thakur said.

“But if the surge continued and picked up more pace, then the government would review the situation again,” he told media. But the hotels and homestays would have to follow the SOPs while operating, he said. 

Chief Minister said that schools having residential facilities need not close their hostels, however, they would have to comply with all the SOPs to keep these residential areas cut off and appoint Compliance Officer to comply with all the orders. He said that teachers and other school/college staff would continue to attend the institutions.

Jai Ram Thakur said that no social and cultural events would be organized in the State by the Government and gatherings would be restricted to a maximum of 200 for indoor and 50 percent for outdoor events.

He said that nursing and medical institutions would continue to function as usual. He said that congregations and langers inside the temples would also be banned and other darshans would be allowed.

Chief Minister said that 3rd April would also be a holiday for all the offices in the State and there would be no public celebration of Holi.

He urged the people to celebrate Holi at their home with their family members only. He said that all the frontline workers would be sensitized to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest completing their second dose as per schedule.

It was also decided in the meeting that District Administration would take a judicious call on more restrictions keeping in view the positivity and fatality rate in their respective districts.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Additional Chief Secretaries R.D. Dhiman and J.C. Sharma, Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi, Mission Director NHRM Dr. Nipun Jindal and other senior officials were also present in the meeting.

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UHF Nauni Gets New Labs Equipped with Latest Technologies, Nature Park for Students  

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UHF Nauni Soil and leaf analysis lab

Solan- Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, today dedicated four projects to the students and farmers at the university campus. 

Among the project inaugurated by Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor, UHF, was a state of the art Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory established with the financial assistance of Rs 4.55 crore (over seven years) from the World Bank-funded HP-Horticulture Development Project.

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Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor, UHF, Inaugurating Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory

The laboratory is equipped with the latest equipment like Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, CHNS Analyzer, Microwave digestion system, UV-VIS Spectrophotometers. It is well equipped to analyze the different soil properties including different macro and micronutrients and as per the analysis values, the recommendations are also given to the farmers.

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Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory

The samples received from different HP-HDP clusters of the state are being analyzed in the laboratory and ad-hoc recommendations for High-Density Planting on clonal rootstocks are given. A field laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology constructed for Rs 14.17 lakh met out of the pesticide testing scheme was also inaugurated today.NEW Labs in UHF nauni

Two projects- Nature Park and a Commercial plantation model of wild pomegranate developed under the ICAR National Agricultural Higher Education Project were also unveiled today.

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The nature camp developed by the Department of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture has been developed as a recreation cum activity area for the students and showcases different landscaping methods. Under NAHEP,a commercial model of wild pomegranate developed by the Department of Silviculture and Agroforestry was also dedicated to the students and farmers. 

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Nature Park

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Parvinder Kaushal congratulated all the team members behind the completion of the projects. He said that both the laboratories will be immensely beneficial for conducting research. Speaking about the development of projects under the ICAR’s NAHEP, Dr. Kaushal said that the university is in process of developing more such plantation models which will not only be beneficial to the students but also help popularize new technologies among farmers. The statutory officers of the university, heads of all departments, coordinator and team members of NAHEP IDP, students and staff were present on the occasion. 

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