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HPU on ‘Clean India Campaign’ – Typical Indians at work

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Yesterday, an HW member visited HPU campus to see how the administration responded to the campaign, and what he found was a real unfortunate sight, which cries aloud of the hypocrisy of Indian people. At a higher educational institute we see heaps of garbage right in front of the VC Office, in front of the Library, and in almost every corner of the campus.

SHIMLA- HW had been pushing the public and the Govt. departments to take immediate steps regarding increasing littering behavior and rapidly developing garbage heaps around Shimla city and nearby areas. It’s more than six months now that HW had written to Shimla MC and HPU administrations regarding the heaps of garbage, poor condition of campus, and littering trouble at HPU campus.

Shimla MC had forwarded a notice to HPU authorities, however, the VC never mind ignoring such notices, especially when he is enjoying a strong political patronage. He seems to be answerable to no one, not even to the CM, Virbhadra Singh, who is ignoring student unrest.

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The condition of the campus only worsened. If you think the ‘Clean India Pledge’ on October 2 changed anything, then we would invite you to confirm the results.

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This year, the occasion of ‘October 2’ was well utilized to kick off a cleaning campaign. The PM of the nation did appear in images with broom in his hands, and so did many high rank officials at various Govt. departments and institutes including Himcahal Pradesh University.

We had shown our readers how committed and aware we found the employees at Shimla SDA Complex.

Now, we would show you the awareness level of the head of the only highest Govt. educational institute in Himachal – the Vice Chancellor of HP University. When asked, the Pro- VC, Public Relation Officer, and most of the other officers showered words of praise for ‘Clean India Campaign’ initiative, and told us very proudly that all the employees spent a full day to clean HPU campus. So, first take a look at the hard-work of the administration headed by the VC, ADN Bajpai. Please, do go through this video. It’ll take a few moments of your time, but is worth a watch.

Today, an HW member went on a round to see how HPU responded to the campaign, and what he found was a real unfortunate sight, which cries aloud of the hypocrisy of Indian people. At a higher educational institute we see heaps of garbage right in front of the VC Office, in front of the Library, and in almost every corner of the campus.

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On the day of Cleaning Campaign, the garbage moves but just to be reshuffled. It was collected and thrown nearby the campus premises or into the adjoining forest. At many spots, the garbage, which included mostly plastic waste, was burnt in open.

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The overgrown bushes were cut, collected and left on roadsides or thrown behind the university building blocks.

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Burning plastic waste in open cause a double harm to the ecology. Along with soil pollution, the toxic emissions contaminate the air. The rising carbon emission due to rapidly increasing traffic is already threatening the weather patterns in Shimla, and the malpractice of burning garbage is adding to it.

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We won’t comment on students, who share equal responsibility for the creation of such ugly scene at the campus, as the 144 prohibits any kind of co-operative activity that requires assembly of multiple people.

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The only answer we received from officers was that the VC isn’t here, and that only he has the authority to issue any orders regarding almost everything. On the other hand, the VC isn’t available to talk about any issues, grievances, and anything where he is expected to provide logical explanation on the question posed against his mismanagement and politically influenced policies.

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The present condition of the HPU campus is the reflection of the people holding various positions in the administration, and of course, their head-the VC- is their inspiration in matters of intentional negligence and false statements. The students and the staff is already suffering from poor management of the present VC. Himachal’s colleges and University is burning in the flames of student protest against unreasonable fee hikes and ban on SCA elections. During the tenure of last three years at HPU as the VC, ADN Bajpai, couldn’t even move the litter in front of his office. There is need to ask who is responsible for the mess in which HPU suffers today.

We don’t see any ray of hope regarding reforms in the attitude of HPU authorities or in most of the Govt. officials. They still believe that posing for a photograph with a broom in their hands is a enough favor to our democratic system.

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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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Proposed HPBOSE Date-Sheets for 8th, 10th, 12th Exams 2021 Issued, Objections Invited till Feb 10

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Shimla-Date-sheets for Class 10, 12, and 8 yearly examinations for the 2020-21 session have been released by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education yesterday. These schedules would apply to both regular and State Open School (SOS) students. 

These are proposed date-sheets, which have been uploaded on the official HPBOSE website and objections have been invited from teachers, students, and parents. Objections can be mailed on www.hpbose2011@gmail.com till 10 February 2021.

According to the proposed HPBOSE date-sheets, examinations for 10th class would be held from May 5 to May 20, 2021. For 12th class, exams would be held from May 4 to May 29. Exams for 8th class would be held from May 5 to May 19. While timings for class 10th and 8th would be 8:45 to 12 PM, class 12th exams would be conducted from 1:45 PM to 5 PM.

The Board has already decided that yearly examinations of HPBOSE for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 would not be conducted online. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties.

HPBOSE Class 12 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 10 Date-Sheet 2021

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Class 10th and 12th Yearly Exams Will Not be Conducted Online Due to Lack of Uniform Internet Connectivity in State: HPBOSE

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Dharamshala-Yearly examinations of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 will not be conducted online, informed Dr Suresh Kumar Soni, Chairman, HPBOSE. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties, he said.

It was decided after the Chairman held a video conference with Deputy Directors and school principals/headmasters to discuss the matter relating to the conduction of examinations.

He also informed that due to the pandemic schools remained closed and the Board could not conduct online practical exams and said that it is considering to allow the schools to conduct them at their level.  Further, to avoid crowding at schools, exams would be conducted in morning and evening sessions and more examination centres would be created. He informed that the Board is also considering to provide question papers for 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th classes to maintain uniformity in examinations across the state.  

Various aspects related to various classes are under consideration and would be forwarded to the Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur, he said. In accordance with Minister’s directions, the Board would try to resume regular examinations, the Chairman added.

Further, he informed that the Board is conducting examinations for 12th class (Science) in March 2020 and has invited applications from candidates. The candidates can apply online through nearest SOS centre between 28th December to 28th January.

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Himachal Shuts Down All Educational Institutes A Week After Re-Opening 

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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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