Connect with us

Campus Watch

HPU students mark ‘Black Day’, break 144 as protest, 7 arrested

Published

on

DSP shiv chaudhary case

DSP shiv chaudhary case

After Govt. granted another 3-year term to ADN Bajpai as the HPU VC, students gathered at Campus to mark the the day as ‘Black Day’ and to break CrPC Sec 144 as a protest against this decision. Seven students were arrested and FIRs were registered against them for shouting anti-VC slogans.

SHIMLA- The 3-year tenure of ADN Bajpai as HPU Vice Chancellor has been the most controversial as compared to others. For the last six months or so, many illogical and unreasonable fee hikes were imposed on HPU students. There has been so much agitation, protests, lathicharges, arrests, rustications at HPU campus, and protesting students were subjected to QRF and HP Police brutality. ADN Bajpai has put the University into financial crisis owing to his incompetency in resource mobilization, but he hasn’t suffered from its consequences, but the employees and students have.

Majority of students demanded for his removal as HPU VC. Everyone criticized the massive fee-hikes, but he secured his second term as the VC of HPU very easily. Now, already deteriorating HPU is again in the hands of Mr. Bajpai till May 24, 2017 (that unless he gets another extension).

Newspapers and the Govt. appreciated him for his bluntness in imposing more fees, putting a ban on direct elections to SCA, and his suppression of the protest. The best part is where he openly lied that he was attacked by students in the campus, won sympathy of the public and encouraged misuse of police.

Students--HPU

Today, a group of students broke Sec 144 (prevalent in the campus for about two month now)  by gathering in front of the Library to address the students. The main leaders are already behind bars for more than two months. They weren’t granted bail by court. Murderers and rapist find it easier to get a bail than these students found for protesting against anti-student policies of HPU administration.

This sudden student gathering came as a surprise to the police deployed at campus under the command of DSP Shiv Chaudhary . The students, protesting as peacefully as they have in the past, made sure they gave arrest themselves to protest against the re-appointment of Mr. Bajpai as the VC.

DSP Shiv Chaudhary grabbed the award for Mr. ‘centre of attraction’ today. He was seen trying hard to manhandle the student who was addressing the gathering. DSP’s body language says all about is aggression.

shimla police at hpu

The DSP was reported to be abusive, using vulgar words  irrespective of the presence of female students around. The past of Mr. Chaudhary is already tainted, and that makes him a perfect candidate to serve the VC.

144 at hpu

 

He brought RUSA without considering infrastructural and administrative requirements for it, and it backfired. RUSA delayed the results, overburden existing staff, and caused a decrease in enrollments at higher educational institutes.

HPU university

When, the staff started exerting pressure on him as the payments of salaries, pensions etc. were stuck, the Vice Chancellor came out with an idea to create funds for university – the fees were hiked by hundreds and thousands percents. That means triple to 20 times of existing fees.

If you remember, a CAG reports had appeared in Newspapers confirming that Mr. Bajpai had transferred Rs 13.65 crore from students’ fund to corpus fund.

Cag reort on HPU audit

According to The Tribune:

“The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has revealed that Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) has irregularly transferred Rs 13.65 crore from students’ fund to corpus fund and its main fund and not maintained its annual accounts. The fund-starved university, under Vice-Chancellor ADN Bajpai, failed to utilise the Rs 2.50 crore grant from 2009-11 for infrastructure. The university granted Rs 2.04 crore as a contingent grant to its officials during 2010-13, but they were yet to be adjusted, the CAG report revealed.”

Then the elected SCA (Student Central Association) tried to expose many irregularities in the recruitment of non-teaching staff. A great load of political interferences were reported during his tenure. The SCA also forced HPU administration to take back unjustified fees on online admission forms.

The girl hostels remain overcrowded as usual. There isn’t any clue of funds granted for Wi-Fi facility. The campus remained devoid of even the most basic facilities. The toilets don’t have taps and doors.

Whole campus is surrounded in garbage. All waste is pushed down the hill into the forest from right infront of the VC office. There wasn’t campus beautification but just that of his office and residence.

When, the SCA protest grew larger, and became a headache, he banned the direct student elections. His excuse was to prevent violence and root out student politics from HPU. Still, the students did not give up and their protest kept gaining momentum. At last, when students took to protest in front of HP Secretariat in Shimla and organized a ‘Gheraw’ of VC, HP Police was used to trash students. Not ones, but on many occasion. The photographs and videos of police menace at HPU confirm it.

hpu-girl-students-assault

It was made sure no further protest could be organized at HPU Campus, and therefore, CrPc 144 was imposed, which still continues after two months. There had been no violent incident of any such activity that justifies 144 at campus. HW had visited Shimla SP, DW Negi and tried to get explanation for such a pathetic behavior on the part of his men. Instead of being gentlemen, he rather behaved like a Nawab of the city. We would bring those clips to you some other time.

The trap became even tighter as examinations are nearing HPU. The students would find it hard to gather for protests. For now, Mr. Bajapi has the ball. It’s a blow for students who tolerated all the suppressive actions of authorities in a hope that the Govt. will hear their distressed voices.

Well, we don’t think that the Govt. or Mr. Bajpai give a damn to student distress or financial burden on the students. It’s not unexpected from Mr. Bajpai, but we wonder what happened to our CM, Virbhadra Singh?

 

Photos: Tarun Sharma

SFI-Shimla'

HPU-Stiudents

HP University protest

DSP shiv chaudhary

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.

Campus Watch

HP University: Student Agitations Over Vaccination Intensify, Delay in Opening Hostels Adds to Their Woes

Published

on

HP University Student Vaccination

Shimla-While the Himachal Pradesh Government has put the vaccination of the 18-44 year age group on hold till July 9, voices demanding vaccination of all students and staff of Himachal Pradesh University are rising. Today a student organization demanded to open the varsity for all, including the hostels and library. In fact, students had been demanding the opening of the varsity library and hostels for some time now.

On Thursday, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had also met the Chief Warden, demanding opening of the hostels as students were compelled to spend on renting rooms or making alternate arrangements for stay to take their exams. It’s adding a financial burden on students, ABVP said.

The student body also highlighted the plight of students hailing from tribal areas where they don’t have Internet connectivity to carry on online learning.  

The National Students Union of India is already on a chain hunger strike for nearly a week over its demand to vaccinate all students and staff before conducting exams. If it is not possible for the state government, then cancel the exams, the student body is demanding. NSUI had also been protesting against offline exams and demanding online exams for the students of the first and second years.

NSUI has taken to social media to mobilize students and had been posting videos/photos of students addressing the government and the people on the problems they are facing due to offline exams.

 

 
 
 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

A post shared by Nigam Bhandari (@nigambhandari_)

Leaders of the Congress party, including the opposition leader, Mukesh Agnihotri and GS Bali, were seen supporting the student body by visiting their protest sites.

 

 
 
 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

A post shared by Nigam Bhandari (@nigambhandari_)

“We know the entire world is suffering from COVID-19 and all educational institutions remained closed for more than one and a half year. But now all educational institutions should be opened for all as the situation is under control,” the Student Federation of India said in a memorandum submitted to the Vice-Chancellor today.   

Now, SFI has also included vaccination of university employees and students in its list of demands. 

SFI demanded that a permanent vaccination centre should be set up on the university campus.

“The only hope against the pandemic is vaccination. We demand setting up a permanent vaccination centre on the HP university campus so all students in summer could get vaccinated,” the student body said.

Other demands of SFI included issuing schedule for the pending recruitment exams  for the posts of non-teaching staff and Panchayat Sahayak, forms for which were invited in March 2020.

The student body said the varsity must conduct entrance exams for the admissions to postgraduate courses this year.

“Last year, we saw the university authority didn’t conduct entrance exams, which was against the varsity admission norms. The HP High Court had also declared it arbitrary and unethical. We demand that for the sake of quality of education, the varsity must conduct entrance exams for admission in postgraduate courses,” the student body said in its memorandum.

Further, the student body gave some suggestions to the varsity authority, which included strengthening the online mode of education, buy online web services/apps, like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet etc., and preparing for the third wave. 

It also suggested undertaking online assessments of the performance of students and teachers. The student body said that the varsity will have to prepare a proper pattern for the assessment of the students and offer an objective type alternate mode of examination.

Other suggestions included inviting the students for the practical examinations batch-wise and setting up face shields in the library to increase the capacity.

The student body also demanded extending library membership to all researchers and students till the completion of their courses.

Continue Reading

Campus Watch

HPU Exams Without Vaccinating Students Opposed, If Online Classes Are Possible, Why Not Online Exams, Asks Student Body

Published

on

Cancel HPU Exams

Shimla-Amidst the ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to hold exams for various Under Graduate classes.

The HPU has released the date sheet for B.Ed 1ST and 3rd-semester exams. The date sheet for M.Ed exams has also been released by the university. Final examination schedule for B.A., B.Sc., B.Com, Hons. and Shastri courses were also released on the University website on Monday.

However, ahead of the warming for the third wave, which is predicted to hit within the next 7-8 weeks, an HPU student body has opposed the decision citing the risk posed to students by offline examination in the middle of a pandemic.

Students have also taken to social media and have been demanding the cancellation of exams. Students had been Tweeting this demand with the hashtag #cancelhpuexams.

They also questioned why the government was not considering the safety of the college students while exams of school students were cancelled.

The NSUI state unit on Monday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Director of Higher Education demanding a statewide vaccination drive for students aged above 18 years before conducting the university exams. The student body also raised a demand for a reasonable reduction in the syllabus.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the student body raised three demands. The body has asked the Chief Minister to ensure vaccination of all students before conducting exams. It proposed conducting online examinations if the government can’t vaccinate all students in such a short span.

“If online classes are possible, then exams should also be conducted online,” said Chattar Singh, the NSUI state president.

The student body also asked the state government to find an alternative medium for conducting exams so that students are not put at risk. The student body urged the state government to not use the students as “experimental kits.”

ABVP, SFI Demand Re-Opening of University Library

The state unit of SFI (HPU) and ABVP(HPU) on Monday raised the demand to re-open the university library which remained closed for the students due to the pandemic induced restrictions. In separate memorandums submitted to the University Library in-charge, both the student bodies have said the state government had allowed the re-opening of libraries with a capacity of 50% students on June 19. Despite the notification, the University has not released any notice regarding the same.

Research scholars are unable to pursue and complete their research without access to libraries. Students preparing for various exams are suffering a loss, ABVP said.  

SFI also raised concern over keeping students deprived of the 24×7 library section.

“The university takes pride in mentioning that it has a 24×7 section in its library. But the same section remains closed for the last one year and seven months. Last year, when the library was re-opened, the 24×7 section was kept closed,” SFI said. The student body has demanded that this students shouldn’t be kept deprived of this essential facility. 

SFI expressed disappointment over the lackadaisical attitude of the varsity authorities towards the demands for basic facilities. It said that while the students had been demanding the replacement of furniture in the libraries which is in a very poor state, the university administration is “busy installing sculptures.”  Despite demands, the varsity authority hasn’t moved a muscle, it said.

The student union has demanded the replacement of broken furniture, maintenance of the library washrooms and frequent sanitization of the library.

The student bodies have warned of protests if the varsity authority still doesn’t pay attention to their demands.

Continue Reading

Campus Watch

Video: How HPBOSE Will Calculate and Allot Marks to Class 10 Students

Published

on

hp board marks calculation formula for promotion

Shimla-The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has washed out another academic session and disrupted the academic calendars of institutes. A

The HPBOSE recently notified its detailed criteria for compilation of result and promotion of students to the next higher class while focusing on, what it called, “Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA)” and “Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)”.

The notification came following the cancellation of the Annual Examination of Matriculation and Senior Secondary (Plus Two) classes of HP Board of School Education in wake of the pandemic.

The formula is based on class 9 result of the student, Class 10 first and second term exams, pre-board result, paper of one subject held on April 13, internal assessment and practical marks.

Himachal Watcher has prepared this video to help you understand the process.

Subject wise weightage will be allotted to students depending on the distribution of subjects by HPBOSE. Visit this link to check the weightage of marks per exams

Continue Reading

Trending