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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.

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.

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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 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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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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Himachal PRadesh closes Educationla institutes

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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Schools in Himachal to Open for Non-Board Classes from Next Month, Admissions for 2021-22 Session from April 1: Education Department

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Shimla-The Directorate of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh, has issued a notification announcing the opening of schools for non-board classes from April for session 2021-22. All educational activities would be resumed in all school across Himachal and students would begin receiving education from April 11, 2021, the notification said.

The decision came amid a sudden surge in new COVID-19 cases in the state and restrictions announced by the state government in wake of it.

Yesterday, the state reported 200 cases in various districts and three COVID-19 deaths. Today, the state reported 157 new cases and four fatalities till 7 pm. Also, expressing concerns over this surge, the state government had recently issued SOPs asking the district administrations and police chiefs to ensure strict compliance with preventive guidelines. Organization of fairs was prohibited and restrictions were imposed on number of persons in any indoor and outdoor social gatherings. 

Pertinent to mention that the Centre government had recently expressed fear of the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak as several states including Himachal’s neighboring state Punjab are reporting a massive spike in daily cases. Six States- Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu- are reporting a surge in daily new cases. They together account for 80.90% of the new cases (40,715) reported in the last 24 hours.

Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 24,645 (60.53%). It is followed by Punjab with 2,299 while Gujarat reported 1,640 new cases.

The schools would have to follow previously issued guidelines of the Centre Government. Students and teaching and non-teaching staff would have to ensure wearing masks, using sanitizers, and maintaining social distancing (2 meters).

The notification asked the school Principals/Headmasters to conclude yearly examinations of non-board classes by March 27, 2021, and declare the results by March 31. The admissions for the next session would be open from April 1.

For summer closing schools in Himachal Pradesh, the admissions would be open from April 5 and the these schools would remain shut from 1-4 April.  

Students who are taking board examinations of class 10, would be given provisional admissions to Class 11.

However, the notification mentioned “all students” and it’s not still clear whether these directions would also apply to primary classes or not.

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