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HPU students expose fake mark-sheet scam, allege VC tempering with records

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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