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Meet Govt.’s official ‘Gundas’ – HP Police & QRF

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In every video footage, you can hear QRF and Policemen kicking and spitting out vulgarity amidst continuously coming voices saying, “Maar Saale Ko ! Daal Daal Under Daal Ke Maar M****D ko, B****D ko.

SHIMLA- HP College and University students today approached the Victory Tunnel in Shimla city for a ‘Chakkajaam’ after their peaceful protests against unreasonable fee hikes and corrupt practices in HPU administration were completely ignored and suppressed using brutal Quick Reaction Force and HP Policemen.

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Today, again, they were dealt using force with a lot of vulgarly abusive language, kicks, drags, slaps, and, of course, they were beaten inside the vehicles after they were arrested. The arrested students include 42 boys and 5 girls from HPU and other colleges.

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After the students were arrested, they were roughed up beyond a common man’s imagination. These four students, Rahul Chauhan, Kewal, Sumit, and Dharmpal are reported to have gone through extreme torturous beating inside the vehicle while on their way to police station.

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We could not understand why HP Policemen kick them and abuse them when the protesting students do not retaliate at all. All they were trying to do was shouting slogan and sit on the road to hold a Chakkajaam. It’s the duty of the police to remove them so that the public do not suffer, but why they abuse them and personally beat them inside vehicles.

Watch the video carefully and you’ll see even the cloths of students were torn apart even after they were put inside the vehicle. The QRF men were trying to drag the students out of the police vehicles to beat them. Why? Do they enjoy being savages and treat their own people with such a ruthlessness?

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Even the girl students alleged that they were kicked by male policemen and QRF. Police snatched cellphones from the arrested students and beat them like slaves while they were being moved.

In every video footage, you can hear QRF and Policemen spitting out vulgarity amidst continuously coming voices saying, “Maar Saale Ko ! Daal Daal Under Daal Ke Maar M****D ko, B****D ko.

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QRF behaved like typical Gunda’s in dress, very desperate to abuse and beat the students.

Again, we remind you that students were not retaliating or using any counter force except grabbing each other while they were being removed.

When, a senior police officer was asked about this unnecessary cruel treatment and abuse, he said, “No one abused or beat anyone. Everything happened very peacefully”. Please, do take a look at the footage from the scene. You won’t hear anything other than vulgarity from the mouth of QRF and policemen with kicks and slaps.

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This time, media too came under assault and some of the media persons were grabbed and threatened while they tried to record their merciless, unfair treatment of protesting students. One of the HW members was also kicked a couple times with an effort to remove him from the spot.

Then the women squad of police tried to threatened onlookers and some students, who just stood in a corner watching the whole thing. One of the male policemen commented on girls, “Tujhe Jyada Garmi Hai?”

However, the police official’s statement said, “Sab kuch peacefully hua hai, kissi ko nahi maara gaya hai, kissi ne gaali nahi di”.

Meanwhile, we came across an over-drunk policeman, who was instantly taken away in SP police car at once to shred the scene, but an HW member did record it. Take a look.

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So, the policemen has been drinking and beating up students?

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About 26,00 students from various colleges in Himachal and University have been arrested in past one month. Now, there is no ABVP or SFI. The students are holding joint protests. Isn’t that a clear hint that students are in a great unrest? The university campus is filled with police battalions (Nahan, Pandoh, Junga). It’s been a month that students are suffocating due to unnecessarily imposed CrPC 144. The students were dragged out from library after the Vice Chancellor ordered to curtail the timings from 8 AM – 9 PM to 10 AM – 5 PM despite the fact that the examinations near HPU. What threat the student sitting inside library posed to anyone?

The Shimla Police SP seems to posses no sense of law and order himself, which reflects in the treatment which his policemen gave to the protesting students. The CM is blind and deaf. The opposition is supporting the Govt. and its brutal suppression of student protest.

The police didn’t followed the orderly standard procedures described for using force or other measures to disperse the students -no water cannons, no tear-gas, but the students are directly ‘Lathicharged’. Then, they are beaten behind locked doors of police buses and vehicles. The Govt. has gone lawless to crush the student protests, but the public is enjoying the show from a distance, unaware of the fact that this suppression isn’t only limited to the campus, but symbolizes mockery at democratic principles and rights of the protestors.

All that we could make out on the bases of what we witnessed and researched regarding the whole issue is that Govt. is playing a game that directs HP Police and QRF to create a terror among students, so that they don’t dare to stand up again. The forces have full freedom to be as much as ruthless as they could. We fear, now, we need to approach

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Where would you go if the very institution that is meant to protect your rights and bring justice to you turns against you? The HPU is suffering from side-effects of ugly political vendettas and corruption.

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To the students, we would appeal to stand united and take a stand against the atrocities of the Govt. The unity is the only way to deal with such an ugly and highly politicized suppression of the Govt.

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Images/Videos: Tarun Sharma

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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HPU College Teachers Condemn Lowering Pass Percentage to Improve RUSA Results, Student Organizations in Favour

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh University appears to have succumbed to the pressure from students as it recently issued a notification announcing lowering the pass percentage from 45 percent to 40 percent. The university also withdrew the criteria of separately obtaining qualifying marks for the Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA) and scrapped the End Semester Examination (ESE). The announcement came following reports of poor results of Under-graduate Classes under RUSA system.

While the students and student organizations have welcomed this decision, the Himachal Pradesh College Teachers Association has condemned it. The teachers are of the view that reducing pass percentage alongwith withdrawing ESE and mandatory condition of obtaining 35% in CCA would only degrade the quality of education. The teachers termed lowering passing percentage as a very poor step to improve examination results. The teachers further complained that the university amended the provision without consulting all stakeholders and considering the negative implications of this decision.

The Association is of the opinion that the university is playing with the future of the students and the quality of education for the sake of improving results. The teachers also termed the decision contrary to the claims of the government to introduce quality in education.

Because now the students are required to obtain only 10 to 14 percent marks in the End Semester Exams instead of 35 percent, the teachers said, they would be under pressure to grant students 28 to 30 marks in CCA, which was decided based on three aspects: attendance, mid-term test, and overall assessment through assignment, tests, class seminars, and assignments.

On the other hand, student organization Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has welcomed this decision.

“ABVP welcomes this decision. Prior to the introduction of RUSA, the passing percentage used to be 35 percent, and the number of subjects was also lesser. But now, under RUSA, the passing percentage was 45 percent, and the number of subjects was also higher. Moreover, there was a mandatory condition of securing passing marks in theory and CCA separately,”

Yograj Dogra, the Campus President of ABVP told Himachal Watcher.

“Moreover, it was ABVP that had raised this demand of lower passing percentage and scrap mandatory condition of securing 35 percent in CCA,”

he further added.

The Student Federation of India has not released any statement regarding this decision so far. However, SFI has also been advocating lowering of pass percentage to improve the results.

In May, the students had approached the Vice-Chancellor with a plea to reduce the pass percentage arguing that 70 percent of students who had appeared in the examination of the fifth semester were flunked. About 2600 students had scored below 10 marks and 900 had scored zero. The students had complained that there is no provision of re-evaluation under RUSA. For re-checking, students were made to pay a hefty Rs. 400 fee per subject, which was termed as financial exploitation of the students.

On June 14, 2019, the University issued a notification stating that the Vice-Chancellor has approved changes in these conditions.

“The pass percentage for the students of Under-Graduate Classes under RUSA(CBCS) system for the academic session 2016 and 2017 onwards be reduced to 40 percent instead of 45 percent to maintain the uniformity with the Annual system. However, the rewards of Practical examinations shall be kept apart, and it will only be calculated after the candidate secures 40 percent marks in CCA and ESE,”

it said.

The notification further said,

“The criteria of qualifying marks (i.e. 35%) for CCA and End Semester Examinations separately shall be considered withdrawn.”

The Teachers’ Association is of the view that the university has taken this decision to benefit a handful of politically backed students. The long-term results would be fatal for the academic standards and the future of the students, the Association believes.

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Nauni Varsity Ranked Highest in NIRF Rankings for Past 3 Years as it Leads in Academics, Extension and Research

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Solan-The past three years have been highly successful for Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, and the university has made rapid strides on all the three fronts- academics, extension and research, informed the Public Relation Officer, Suchet Attri.

He said that Dr HC Sharma, who will be completing a successful term as university Vice-Chancellor on June 14, credits the whole university for this unprecedented success. Dr Sharma has thanked the government for its support in improving the financial situation of the university in the past three years. He informed that the sanctioned budget of the university has increased from Rs 64.25 cr to 90.5 crores and the domestic income rose from Rs. 19.79 crore in 2016-17 to Rs. 29.27 crores in 2018-19. This figure is expected to touch Rs. 32.6 crores in the current financial year. Owing to the improvement in the financial health, the university has been able to clear long pending dues (since 2011) of the employees and pensioners worth over Rs. 41.27 crores, he said.

He further informed that the university has been the highest ranked in the NIRF rankings in Himachal Pradesh for the past three years. The university achieved 80th position in the top 100 universities in the country and is the only one from the state to make it into the list. This year only nine agricultural horticulture universities from the country were in the top 100 list. In the ICAR State agriculture Universities ranking, UHF improved its ranking from 51 in 2016 to 38 in 2017. In the past three years, 44 positions of scientists and several posts of the non-teaching staff were filled by the university and 80 additional positions of scientists/assistant professors have also been approved by the Government, which will be filled up very soon. The student intake of the university also increased from 1250 in 2016 to 2250 in 2018/19.

The University has taken a great leap forward and a new College of Horticulture is being established at Thunag with a budget outlay of over Rs. 70 crores, he added. It is expected to give a major boost to horticulture and forestry activities in the area. The process of ICAR accreditation of the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri has also been completed and the college is expected to accredited soon.

The university has made significant progress in research and infrastructure development. During the past three years, the grant from ICAR and other central resources has increased significantly and the university received more than 10 crores assistance from ICAR over the past two years.  Several works like the Pavilion block and stadium (Rs. 1.20 Crores), gymnasium (Rs 25 lakh), Lab. for Soil Testing: (Rs. 45 lakh), Examination Halls (Rs. 2.00 Crores) Boys Hostel-(Rs. 2.50 Crores), Girls Hostel-VII – (Rs. 2.50 Crores) and other works worth several crores of rupees were commissioned and completed. On 1st December 2018, the Hon’ble Governor and Chancellor of the University inaugurated the newly constructed girls’ hostel at Nauni Campus, and one girls’ hostel and UG block constructed at Neri, were inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur in October 2018.

The crowning glory for the university, the PRO said, was the 9th Convocation of the university held on 21st May 2018, which was presided over by the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind. The Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur also graced the event. On the research front, scientists developed several varieties and technologies.

Varieties like Solan Giriganga in ginger, Solan Srijan in cucumber, Epicotyl grafting technique in walnut, high-density orchards of apple, guava, litchi, and mango were developed by the university. The university was successful in getting projects worth over Rs. 18.37 crores from various funding agencies in the past three years. Several technologies that were developed by the scientists were transferred to the entrepreneurs and the industry. The Botanical Survey of India signed an MoU with the University for opening up a Western Himalayan High Altitude Regional Circle at the university with a budget outlay of Rs 15 crore. The university has also been shortlisted for the Rs 30 crore project of the ICAR, which aims at strengthening undergraduate education in the university.

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Sanjauli College Himachal’s First to Offer Paperless and Cashless Facilities: Edu Minister

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Shimla-With the launch of its new website (www.gcsanjauli.com), the Centre of Excellence Government College Sanjauli has become the first college in Himachal Pradesh to provide paperless and cashless facility to its students. The website, however, redirects to sub-domain (https://gcsanjauli.highalteducation.in/) when students click on the button given for online admission portal.

The Education Minister, who launched the website, said that with this launch the college students will get an online registration facility. They will be able to fill up more than one form and will have the facility to update their forms online.

The students can also deposit their fees on this website by using HDFC payment gateway. The students can pay by various online payment methods including payment through debit and credit cards, e-wallets, Paytm etc.

The Principal Dr. C.B Mehta further informed that there are total 600 seats in Arts category, 20 in English Honors, 80 in Commerce, 140 in Medical, 140 in Non-Medical, 40 in BCA, 90 in Vocational Course (45 in Retail Management and 45 in Hospitality and Tourism). Other than these courses, the College is also offering a course in Journalism and Mass Communication from this session.

He also informed that several online application were received soon after the launch of the website.

The website was developed by a Shimla-based company.

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