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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 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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Nauni varsity student to represent India in International Kickboxing championship in Argentina

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Himachali Kickboxer Lokesh Bhanot

Solan: While the youth of Himachal Pradesh is becoming infamous for the sudden surge in drug addiction it is witnessing currently, there are those who are bringing laurels to the State.

Lokesh Bhanot, a local from Solan district and a student of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni is all set to represent the country in the World Kickboxing Championship to be held at Buenos Aires, Argentina from November 5-10, 2018. The World Kickboxing Federation is organizing the championship, it was informed by the Public Relation Officer of the varsity Suchet Attri.

A fourth-year student of B Sc Forestry at the University’s College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri, Bhanot had bagged a bronze medal in the senior category (90-100 kg) in the National Kickboxing Championship held at Patna in 2016 and a Gold Medal in the 65-75 kg category at the National Championship held at Ghaziabad in 2012-13.

In addition, Bhanot has won several medals at the state and district level championships in different weight categories, said the PRO.

Hailing from Solan, Bhanot had previously represented India in Italy in 2013 where he became a black belt in the sport. In 2017, he was selected to participate in the World Kickboxing Championship in Sudan and Brazil, but could not participate due to his exams.

Not only has Bhanot excelled as a player, but in 2017 also became a World Kickboxing Federation accredited International referee in the sport by clearing the official exam. He is also an accredited national referee.

Bhanot credits his parents, coach and college teachers, and friends for their constant support for his success. The university has also recognized his achievements and awarded him with Outstanding Student and Sportsperson award at the University and College level.

While congratulating Bhanot for bringing laurels to the university and the College, Dr HC Sharma, UHF Vice-Chancellor said that the University has been encouraging sporting activities along with academics.

He added that this achievement will also motivate other students of the university. Dr PC Sharma, Dean of COH&F and faculty also congratulated Bhanot for his sporting achievements.

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A pack of lies behind Viral Video of Sanjauli College

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Sanjauli college viral video

Shimla: Politics is a science but not for Indian ideological groups. The political parties lay more emphasis on cheap sentimental tricks or false propaganda, especially through the social media. However, the right wing has taken the concept of opportunistic manipulations of facts to a new level.

They have sensed the weakness of the media to fall easily and quickly to sensational news. The media publish hurriedly and it creates a noise in which facts struggle to be seen or heard.

The most recent and quite an ugly example was presented at the Centre of Excellence, Government Degree College Sanjauli.

A video of a quarrel between students appeared on the social media claiming it took place between two student organizations, Student Federation of India (SFI) and Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at the Sanjauli College. Within no time, it was on news websites. Some national Hindi dailies also covered it with the same claim.

By Thursday, ABVP claimed that some hostel students were allegedly attacked by students of left-wing ideology. By this statement, ABVP suggested that it was not involved in the clash directly but fought for the suspended students.

As a contrast to this statement, in the video, one student is seen being attacked by a group of about 20-25 students.

The video was not fake, and the brawl did take place inside the campus of the college.

Himachal Watcher had too published a report based on initial reports received from our sources including some media person. They also repeated more or less the same story. One of the dailies said the violence had broken out over the banner of a student organization, which was baseless.

ABVP even held a protest on Thursday to revoke the suspension of the students involved in the brawl. It alleged that some faculty members abused, slapped, kicked, and pushed them out of the office when they tried to reach the Principal to submit a memorandum against the one-sided action.

The ABVP, in its press statement issued on Thursday, called it an ‘aggressive protest’ that compelled the college administration to yield to its demand of revoking the suspension.

About 27 students took part in this ‘aggressive protest’, as shown in the picture below:

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About 27 students staging ABVP’s (aggressive) protest

ABVP repeated the same allegations when HW reached its leaders. It said the college took one-sided action against some specific students while the left-wing supporters were spared.

The college revoked the suspension, which the ABVP termed as their victory.

After receiving critical comments from the readers and students, HW today talked to all concerned parties including the Principal, CB Mehta, Shimla Police, the injured student (red shirt), ABVP and SFI leaders.

Except for the ABVP, no one, not even the victim or eyewitnesses, told HW that it was a clash between ABVP and SFI or an assault by SFI on hostelers. The victim himself told HW that the incident had no relation to student politics or student organizations.
It turned out that this victim student who was attacked is a national level volleyball player, who has represented Himachal several times.

On July 31, I was sitting with my friends inside the campus when a group of students tried to assault one of the friends. I was not aware of the pre-existing grudges between these students but I intervened peacefully and tried to protect my friend,

the victim said.

However, I became the fresh target of the group, who thrashed me badly. I was punched and kicked repeatedly until I got back on my feet and retaliated,

he explained.

I was left alone as my friends disappeared from the scene,

he said adding,

I am neither a goon nor do I belong to any student organization. I am mostly occupied by my daily basketball practice. But the video has casted a negetive impression not only on my senior players but anyone who saw it. The media too circulated the video with the pack of lies told to them.

The Principal, when asked about the matter, said,

The brawl was not associated with any of the organizations. Moreover, as the Principle, all of them were only students for me. However, some of the suspended students might have included those associated with ABVP. The protest and the allegations of the ABVP against the faculty members were most likely an effort to revoke the suspension of the students.

When asked about revoking the suspension of the students, he replied,

We did not revoke the suspension of the students due to a pressure from the organization or the protest but after speaking to their parents and receiving written apology regarding the violence,

As per the Police Station, Lakkar Bazaar, where the students were taken for questioning following the brawl, refuted the claim that the two parties decided to compromise. A complaint has been filed against the involved students, the police said.

HW also talked to SFI leaders, who termed it a false propaganda to defame student politics.

SFI has recently begun its protest over the demand of reviving direct elections to the Students Central Association, which were banned in 2014. Prior to the ban, the students always supported and elected SFI as their representative and ABVP had been facing defeat in the elections,

said an SFI leader adding,

It is a deliberate manipulation to defame the student politics, thus, give a reason to prevent the revival of the direct elections to the SCA.

SFI also shared screenshots of a post shared by ABVP on its Facebook page with alleged false information blaming the violence as hooliganism created by SFI. 

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Post shared by ABVP on Facebook

The worst hit of the alleged false propaganda is the victim student, and the media owes him an apology. As per the account given by him, he had just tried to protect his friend and was dragged into this brawl, which was given a political colour.

He was worried that his mother would be in great distress if she came across this video. This is why HW has refrained from mentioning the name of the victim. 

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Shimla based startup to manufacture Nauni varsity’s spinach pasta

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Naun varsity past sold to shimla-based start-up

Solan: Soon people of the country will be able to cherish Pasta, which will not only satisfy their taste buds but also helps to keep them healthy. As part of its technology transfer initiative, the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has sold its two nutrient-rich pasta variants to ‘La Himalayan’ – a Shimla based startup.

It was informed today by Suchet Attri, the Public Relation Officer, UHF, Nauni. 

He further informed that the two variants- Plain Pasta and Spinach Pasta, score high on the nutrient value as compared to normal pasta. These pasta variants are based on Semolina (Suji), which is easy to digest as compared to pasta based on refined flour (Maida). The spinach variant is rich in Iron and Zinc and will be nutritionally rich besides improving the ability to fight diseases.

The University’s Food Science and Technology Department has developed the two variants of this nutrient-rich pasta under the All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Post Harvest Engineering and Technology. Initially, the University carried out a survey where it was found that youngsters were more attracted towards instant foods, which at times lead to digestion-related ailments, Attri said. 

For over six years, the University scientists conducted various research trials, which led to the development of these pasta variants. The department also conducted pilot testing of the products, he said. 

A Shimla based startup, which had approached the university’s Incubator Center for expertise regarding cold storage, showed a keen interest in the two pasta variants.
Dr HC Sharma, UHF Vice-Chancellor said that the University has tied up with a company to manufacture the pasta variants.

The company has already deposited a sum of Rs 1 lakh with the university. For the next one year, the university will supply 20 quintals of pasta while the cost of raw materials will be borne by the company. In addition, it will also pay Rs 10 kg as making charges and Rs 2,000 as machine depreciation charges per month to the university. Thereafter the product will be manufactured by the company.

The company will also undertake the task of packaging and labelling along with nutritional profiling of the products. The university’s name will feature in the product details.

This is a part of the technology transfer initiative through which the technologies developed by the university is made available to the industry for commercial exploitation,

said Dr Sharma.
He added that efforts will be made to transfer more such technologies developed by the university to the people and the industry.

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