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HP Govt. tricks students, continues playing delaying tactics on panel report

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There should have been a stay on hiked HPU fees as the decision was under review. However, students are still made to pay hiked fees and the Govt. and HPU VC aren’t disclosing the report. Does Govt. want to carry out another review on panel’s report?

SHIMLA- The delaying tactics adopted by the government on fee hike in Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) has put the students in a fix as some students have already paid the revised fee.

The authorities have failed to take a decision on the high-powered fee committee report even after six weeks.

The committee headed by former High Court Judge VK Sharma and comprising chairperson of Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission Sarojani Thakur and former Registrar of HPU AR Chauhan to review the fee hike following protests by students across the state was constituted on September 22. It submitted its report on October 20.

The agitating students were expecting reduction in fee on the basis of the recommendation of the fee committee, but the government has preferred to sit on the report and let the examinations of undergraduate and postgraduate classes commence from November 27, leaving the students in a lurch.

The committee held meetings with the parties and sought their viewpoint on fee hike. While the university representatives justified the fee hike, the representatives of student bodies dubbed it as unjustified and said that the university should look for other options to mobilise resource and the government should substantially increase the grant instead of putting burden of poor students, who would deprived of higher education in case the hike in fee was not rolled back.

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The government has not so far make the report public, but sources said that the committee tried to rationalise the fee structure and suggested “short term and long term” measures to give some relief to students.

The fee hike in some cases was more than 20 times. The students’ organisations suspended their stir for 10 days on October 16 in anticipation that the committee would do justice and reduce the fee structure but in vain.

The SFI and the ABVP student leaders said that the university authorities had taken advantage of the situation as the students were busy with examinations and instead of reducing the fee, the university and colleges are collecting “development fund” which was unjustified.

“We will resume the agitation and force the university to reduce the fees. We will also get the hiked fee charged from students refunded,” said SFI campus president Rahul Chauhan.

The SFI and the ABVP have criticised the HPU authorities for charging huge sum from the students in the name of development fund and said that development was a state matter and the students should not be burdened.

Credits:Bhanu P Lohumi (TNS)

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Last date for Admissions to UHF Diploma extended

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Solan: The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has extended the last date to apply for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and BakeryDiploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products, informed the Public Relation Officer, Suchet Attri.

The last date to apply for the diploma run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university has now been extended to January 29. Earlier the last date for application was January 17. The counselling for the diploma programme will now be held on January 31.

The PRO also informed that this year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme, he said.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website (www.yspuniversity.ac.in)

The PRO further informed that the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

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Two JRF among HP Varsity’s 11 disabled students who cracked UGC NET 2018

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Disabled HPU Students Clears UGC NET

Shimla-Crossing milestones in academics, disabled students of Himachal Pradesh continue to achieve what is otherwise considered insurmountable for them.

Eleven differently-abled students have cleared UGC’s National Eligibility Test (NET). Two of them qualified for the Junior Research Fellowship. Five of these students are visually impaired.

It’s important to mention that disabled students had to fight a legal battle to claim their right to higher education in Himachal Pradesh University. Even after ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill – 2016’ was passed, the students had to fight for its implementation as the government did not make it easy for them.

Two students who qualified for the JRF include Saveen Janha, an M.Phil in Hindi, and Pankaj Sharma, P.hD in Tourism Administration. Both are physically disabled, informed Ajai Shrivastava, a member of the State Advisory Board on Disability and HPU Executive Council (EC).

Indu Kumari, a visually impaired student, who is pursuing her M.A. in Political Science, cleared the NET examination in her very first attempt. Similarly, visually impaired Roma Negi, a resident of Rampur, has cleared the exam in History in her first attempt. She wants to pursue her P.hD from HP University.

Other names include Anuj Kumar (Economics), Vinod Sharma (Political Science), Jasbir Lubanand (Political Science), Vinod Sharma Yogacharya (Yoga), Priyanka Thakur (Law), Ajay Kumar (History). Some of these students have cleared the NET examination twice. Raj Kumar is a Ph.D in Education and has cleared the NET exam in the same. He had also passed the NET examination in History and this time cleared the exam in Political Science.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sikander Kumar has congratulated all these students and appreciated their hard-work despite facing hardships due to their disability. He said these students have brought laurels to the State.

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Nauni Varsity Admissions Open for Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery products

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Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has invited applications for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products. The diploma will be run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university.

This year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme.

In addition, the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. The last date of application is 17 January 2019 and the counselling will be held on 19 January.

A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website(www.yspuniversity.ac.in).

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