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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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Proposed HPBOSE Date-Sheets for 8th, 10th, 12th Exams 2021 Issued, Objections Invited till Feb 10

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Shimla-Date-sheets for Class 10, 12, and 8 yearly examinations for the 2020-21 session have been released by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education yesterday. These schedules would apply to both regular and State Open School (SOS) students. 

These are proposed date-sheets, which have been uploaded on the official HPBOSE website and objections have been invited from teachers, students, and parents. Objections can be mailed on www.hpbose2011@gmail.com till 10 February 2021.

According to the proposed HPBOSE date-sheets, examinations for 10th class would be held from May 5 to May 20, 2021. For 12th class, exams would be held from May 4 to May 29. Exams for 8th class would be held from May 5 to May 19. While timings for class 10th and 8th would be 8:45 to 12 PM, class 12th exams would be conducted from 1:45 PM to 5 PM.

The Board has already decided that yearly examinations of HPBOSE for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 would not be conducted online. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties.

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Class 10th and 12th Yearly Exams Will Not be Conducted Online Due to Lack of Uniform Internet Connectivity in State: HPBOSE

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Dharamshala-Yearly examinations of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 will not be conducted online, informed Dr Suresh Kumar Soni, Chairman, HPBOSE. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties, he said.

It was decided after the Chairman held a video conference with Deputy Directors and school principals/headmasters to discuss the matter relating to the conduction of examinations.

He also informed that due to the pandemic schools remained closed and the Board could not conduct online practical exams and said that it is considering to allow the schools to conduct them at their level.  Further, to avoid crowding at schools, exams would be conducted in morning and evening sessions and more examination centres would be created. He informed that the Board is also considering to provide question papers for 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th classes to maintain uniformity in examinations across the state.  

Various aspects related to various classes are under consideration and would be forwarded to the Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur, he said. In accordance with Minister’s directions, the Board would try to resume regular examinations, the Chairman added.

Further, he informed that the Board is conducting examinations for 12th class (Science) in March 2020 and has invited applications from candidates. The candidates can apply online through nearest SOS centre between 28th December to 28th January.

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Himachal Shuts Down All Educational Institutes A Week After Re-Opening 

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Shimla-A week after re-opening for regular classes, the Himachal Pradesh Government had to shut down all government and private schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and coaching institutes from 11th to 25th November 2020, for students, teaching and non-teaching staff amid alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held on November 10, 2020. It’s pertinent to mention that the state government had re-opened the school for the students of 9th to 12th from November 2. However, during the past few days, hundreds of teachers and several students tested positive in various schools, especially in Mandi district.

Meanwhile, the unpreparedness of the state government came to light as the largest medical facility – IGMC Shimla- ran out of space in isolation wards for COVID-19 patients. It’s packed to full capacity. Reportedly, another dedicated COVID-19 hospital – DDU Shimla- was also running out of space. The government has also failed to establish make-shift hospitals, which it had been promising for the past couple of months. However, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining in media statements that the government was prepared for all eventualities.

Questions have also been raised over the quality of protective gear provided to health staff as several officials tested positive at a COVID-19 hospital in Mandi district.

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