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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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HP University: Student Agitations Over Vaccination Intensify, Delay in Opening Hostels Adds to Their Woes

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Shimla-While the Himachal Pradesh Government has put the vaccination of the 18-44 year age group on hold till July 9, voices demanding vaccination of all students and staff of Himachal Pradesh University are rising. Today a student organization demanded to open the varsity for all, including the hostels and library. In fact, students had been demanding the opening of the varsity library and hostels for some time now.

On Thursday, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had also met the Chief Warden, demanding opening of the hostels as students were compelled to spend on renting rooms or making alternate arrangements for stay to take their exams. It’s adding a financial burden on students, ABVP said.

The student body also highlighted the plight of students hailing from tribal areas where they don’t have Internet connectivity to carry on online learning.  

The National Students Union of India is already on a chain hunger strike for nearly a week over its demand to vaccinate all students and staff before conducting exams. If it is not possible for the state government, then cancel the exams, the student body is demanding. NSUI had also been protesting against offline exams and demanding online exams for the students of the first and second years.

NSUI has taken to social media to mobilize students and had been posting videos/photos of students addressing the government and the people on the problems they are facing due to offline exams.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Leaders of the Congress party, including the opposition leader, Mukesh Agnihotri and GS Bali, were seen supporting the student body by visiting their protest sites.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“We know the entire world is suffering from COVID-19 and all educational institutions remained closed for more than one and a half year. But now all educational institutions should be opened for all as the situation is under control,” the Student Federation of India said in a memorandum submitted to the Vice-Chancellor today.   

Now, SFI has also included vaccination of university employees and students in its list of demands. 

SFI demanded that a permanent vaccination centre should be set up on the university campus.

“The only hope against the pandemic is vaccination. We demand setting up a permanent vaccination centre on the HP university campus so all students in summer could get vaccinated,” the student body said.

Other demands of SFI included issuing schedule for the pending recruitment exams  for the posts of non-teaching staff and Panchayat Sahayak, forms for which were invited in March 2020.

The student body said the varsity must conduct entrance exams for the admissions to postgraduate courses this year.

“Last year, we saw the university authority didn’t conduct entrance exams, which was against the varsity admission norms. The HP High Court had also declared it arbitrary and unethical. We demand that for the sake of quality of education, the varsity must conduct entrance exams for admission in postgraduate courses,” the student body said in its memorandum.

Further, the student body gave some suggestions to the varsity authority, which included strengthening the online mode of education, buy online web services/apps, like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet etc., and preparing for the third wave. 

It also suggested undertaking online assessments of the performance of students and teachers. The student body said that the varsity will have to prepare a proper pattern for the assessment of the students and offer an objective type alternate mode of examination.

Other suggestions included inviting the students for the practical examinations batch-wise and setting up face shields in the library to increase the capacity.

The student body also demanded extending library membership to all researchers and students till the completion of their courses.

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HPU Exams Without Vaccinating Students Opposed, If Online Classes Are Possible, Why Not Online Exams, Asks Student Body

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Shimla-Amidst the ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to hold exams for various Under Graduate classes.

The HPU has released the date sheet for B.Ed 1ST and 3rd-semester exams. The date sheet for M.Ed exams has also been released by the university. Final examination schedule for B.A., B.Sc., B.Com, Hons. and Shastri courses were also released on the University website on Monday.

However, ahead of the warming for the third wave, which is predicted to hit within the next 7-8 weeks, an HPU student body has opposed the decision citing the risk posed to students by offline examination in the middle of a pandemic.

Students have also taken to social media and have been demanding the cancellation of exams. Students had been Tweeting this demand with the hashtag #cancelhpuexams.

They also questioned why the government was not considering the safety of the college students while exams of school students were cancelled.

The NSUI state unit on Monday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Director of Higher Education demanding a statewide vaccination drive for students aged above 18 years before conducting the university exams. The student body also raised a demand for a reasonable reduction in the syllabus.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the student body raised three demands. The body has asked the Chief Minister to ensure vaccination of all students before conducting exams. It proposed conducting online examinations if the government can’t vaccinate all students in such a short span.

“If online classes are possible, then exams should also be conducted online,” said Chattar Singh, the NSUI state president.

The student body also asked the state government to find an alternative medium for conducting exams so that students are not put at risk. The student body urged the state government to not use the students as “experimental kits.”

ABVP, SFI Demand Re-Opening of University Library

The state unit of SFI (HPU) and ABVP(HPU) on Monday raised the demand to re-open the university library which remained closed for the students due to the pandemic induced restrictions. In separate memorandums submitted to the University Library in-charge, both the student bodies have said the state government had allowed the re-opening of libraries with a capacity of 50% students on June 19. Despite the notification, the University has not released any notice regarding the same.

Research scholars are unable to pursue and complete their research without access to libraries. Students preparing for various exams are suffering a loss, ABVP said.  

SFI also raised concern over keeping students deprived of the 24×7 library section.

“The university takes pride in mentioning that it has a 24×7 section in its library. But the same section remains closed for the last one year and seven months. Last year, when the library was re-opened, the 24×7 section was kept closed,” SFI said. The student body has demanded that this students shouldn’t be kept deprived of this essential facility. 

SFI expressed disappointment over the lackadaisical attitude of the varsity authorities towards the demands for basic facilities. It said that while the students had been demanding the replacement of furniture in the libraries which is in a very poor state, the university administration is “busy installing sculptures.”  Despite demands, the varsity authority hasn’t moved a muscle, it said.

The student union has demanded the replacement of broken furniture, maintenance of the library washrooms and frequent sanitization of the library.

The student bodies have warned of protests if the varsity authority still doesn’t pay attention to their demands.

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Video: How HPBOSE Will Calculate and Allot Marks to Class 10 Students

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Shimla-The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has washed out another academic session and disrupted the academic calendars of institutes. A

The HPBOSE recently notified its detailed criteria for compilation of result and promotion of students to the next higher class while focusing on, what it called, “Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA)” and “Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)”.

The notification came following the cancellation of the Annual Examination of Matriculation and Senior Secondary (Plus Two) classes of HP Board of School Education in wake of the pandemic.

The formula is based on class 9 result of the student, Class 10 first and second term exams, pre-board result, paper of one subject held on April 13, internal assessment and practical marks.

Himachal Watcher has prepared this video to help you understand the process.

Subject wise weightage will be allotted to students depending on the distribution of subjects by HPBOSE. Visit this link to check the weightage of marks per exams

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