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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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After CBSE, Himachal Postpones Board and UG Exams Till May 1st

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Shimla-The ongoing examinations of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education and under graduate classes have been postponed, a spokesperson of the HP Government informed today. He said that the state government has taken the decision keeping in view the health concerns of the students and parents.

These exams included the ongoing board examinations for Class 10th and 12th and UG examinations starting on 17th April to 17th May, 2021.

The government said that the situation would be reviewed on 1st May, 2021, and further directions would be issued accordingly. In a separate notification, the HPBOSE said that the schools exams for the two board classes were postponed till May 17, 2021. The Board also relieved all the staff engaged in conducting examinations including Superintendents, Deputy Superintendents, Flying Squads, Invigilators and Peons except Chowkidards. 

The decision of the government came after the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) today decided to cancel the examinations for class 10 and postpone exams for Class 12 due to the ongoing surge in daily COVID-19 infections in the country. The Board said that there was a constant demand for postponing the exams from students, parents, and the state governments.

However, the state government in Himachal Pradesh had decided to go on with exams amid the peeking second wave of the pandemic.

“The pandemic situation in the country is seeing a resurgence of COVID 19 positive cases in many states, with a few states having been affected more than others. In this situation, schools have been shut down in 11 states. Unlike State Boards, CBSE has an all-India character, and therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country,” the Union Education Ministry today said.

Looking to the present situation of the pandemic and school closures, the Ministry decided that the Board Exams for Class XII to be held from May 4thto June, 14th, 2021 would be postponed. The situation will be reviewed on 1st June 2021 by the Board. A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations.

 The Board Exams for Class X to be held from 4thMay to June 14th, 2021 were  cancelled.

“The results of Class Xth Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board. Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams,” the Ministry said.

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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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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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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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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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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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