SHIMLA-After the blunder of re-appointing ADN Bajpai as the VC of Himachal Pradesh University, now another scandalous deed surfaced at campus yesterday. A student was issued a fake marksheet of B.A. III when he didn’t even appear in the exams. The student appeared in I and II years examination, but did not show up for the final year exams, still, he passed with flying 70% marks. Then, he applied for the post of clerk at HPU. That’s where it came to the notice of the officials when they sent his detailed mark-sheet to the examination branch for verification, where no record of it was found.
Now, this student is the son of Assistant Registrar of UG classes, B.K. Sharma. He was entered with a Roll No. 1139496 and enrolled at Kotshera College in Shimla. The marksheet was issued from HPU Computer branch on Nov 12. However, there is no record of this marksheet in the Examination Branch.
The students launched a sharp attack on HPU administration and obtained a copy of marksheet from the computer branch in the presence of Comptroller of Examination and other subordinate employees. The students demanded COE to show the records in Examination branch.
There isn’t any need to mention that the allegations involve re-appointed Vice Chancellor, ADN Bajpai, who allowed it to please his political patrons. Not only, the VC but the registrar and COE were also alleged by the students.
The case was brought to the notice of the VC, ADN Bajpai and the COE, about a week ago, but they did not take any action. Rather, the efforts to cover up the issue were initiated. The AR was transferred from the branch. The VC is re-shuffling the staff instead of reporting it to the police or vigilance itself? Why Mr. Vice Chancellor did not take any action?
However, as usual, a clerk or some other subordinate employees will be given to the public as the culprits, putting all blame on him/her. No one is going to touch the VC, the Registrar and COE.
That’s the way it works. It’s just one case. The public have no idea how many such frauds go unnoticed in every session. There are wealthy men who are always ready to throw 10-20 lacs for a degree. It’s a good side business for HPU administration.
Further, newspapers have published that the Vice Chancellor constituted a three-member committee to investigate it. It’s really absurd to hear that the one who is in the list of alleged culprits has formed a committee.
Did anybody mention the allegation on the VC and COE? The COE is captured in the video saying to police, “It’s ok. Everything is fine here”. How come he was so sure about it? His response should have been more concerned. He should have told students that the case will be investigated, but instead, he assured all that there is nothing wrong with the mark-sheet.
This issue was raised about seven days ago after which, like always, a committee was formed for the investigation of this fake marksheet scam. There have been hundreds of such instances when students exposed similar irregularities in administrative process, but they died somewhere in the process of investigation. It’s been more than a week now, and according to the students, right after the issue was raised, the high rank officials started tempering with documents in the Examination Branch and Evaluation Branch, which otherwise do not record any details regarding this marksheet.
The students demanded immediate judicial inquiry of the case, and not an investigation through a HPU body, which involves the very official who are responsible for such a corrupt act. The students had approached the Examination Branch yesterday in order to confirm the truth. They found no record against the mentioned Roll. No. However, today, no one was allowed to enter the branch and attempts were being made to temper with the records under the cover of Section 144 imposed at HPU campus.
The students also lodged a complaint with vigilance with request to investigate it and help punishing the culprits.
That was about what students exposed. Now, we would like to through some light on the course of action today. We have some video clips as well. Please, do take a little pain to watch them.
During the whole process, the COE didn’t speak a word on allegations against him. He appeared to escape the demand of students to verify the record in Examination Branch. However, the furious students weighed way too heavy on COE and even police was helpless.
At the end of the day, the students were denied any details in the examination branch. No media people were allowed inside the branch, so no footage available from inside. Why no media was allowed if everything was fine. The committee, which was formed to investigate the case should have taken no time to verify the marksheet if it was real. It’s simple. There will be a record of it in the examination branch. All they need to is to verify it. So, what’s taking them so long? Why the COE didn’t agree to verify it on the spot?
Do not take it lightly. That’s the trouble with people. They are told that HPU students are creating nuisance under the influence of external, political agents. But, what we witnessed shows us that it is otherwise – the administration is under influence, and that the students have always been shouting about the prevailing corruption at HPU. They received strikes of police canes and the kicks of QRF, their abuse and prison. That’s right. Students were rusticated and put behind bars, denied any bail. Their Dushera and Diwali were spent in Kaitho Jail. All they did was to raise voice against this corruption.
Take a moment to contemplate as to how these students dare to stand up again and again after all that police brutality and legal cases. We guess, now police has beaten them so much, registered cases against them in abundance that these students are no more afraid of it anymore. But the more unfortunate and ironic aspect of it is that the public still consider them a nuisance when they need our support.
Photos/Videos: Tarun Sharma
Nauni varsity student to represent India in International Kickboxing championship in Argentina
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.
A pack of lies behind Viral Video of Sanjauli College
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:
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,
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.
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.
Shimla based startup to manufacture Nauni varsity’s spinach pasta
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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