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Alleged Dharamshala College Gangrape : No clue of victim, ABVP alleges principal hiding CCTV footage

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DHARAMSHALA – It’s been four days that the news of a case of alleged gangrape in Degree College Dharamshala is spreading to every part of Himachal through social media like Facebook and WhatsApp. The dailies aren’t sure about what’s going on. All that reputed newspapers could confirm is the news of regular protest from student organizations.

Presently, Dharmshala campus and the office of the SP, Kangra, Kapil Sharma, is under heavy security with policemen all around. The students alleged that when they had approached the SP, the gate of the office was closed, so they had to stage a protest outside his office. But the gate was opened a little later.

Also, report are coming that an FIR will filed by police along with constituting a SIT to investigate the case. The police has also announced a reward of Rs. 25, 000 for anyone who will provide relevant information regarding the case.

The SP Kangra has handed over the investigations to SSP Shalini Agnihotri, however, it’s still clueless about location and identifications of the victim. The SP has ensured that appropriate and unbiased investigation will be done. However, police claims that no family member and relative of the victim ever appeared to lodge a complaint.

According to a report in Tribune India, the SP, Kangra, Kapil Sharma, said

We have also not been able to identify the victim. The Principal of the college, in a statement before the police, said a woman came to his office and complained that her sister had been molested. He also failed to identify the victim or sister

We have also not been able to identify the victim. The Principal of the college, in a statement before the police, said a woman came to his office and complained that her sister had been molested. He also failed to identify the victim or sister.

On the other hand protesting students alleged that the police department and the principal are trying to protect the culprits by hiding factual information. The principal confirms receiving a complaint of sexual harassment on Friday when the sister of the victim had approached him at his office. The principal claims that even the complainant did not verify the identification of the victim.

For everyone, the trickiest part of the allegation is a question; where did the victim and her sister disappeared and why no relative or family member has appeared to verify the allegations?

Secondly, what the hell police doing with CCTV footages from past four days? The police still claiming that it’s investigating the footage, but, we guess, it’s taking too long.

Dharmashala college gangrape victim missing, students protest.

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Social media campaigns have begin demanding justice for the victim and student organizations have initiated series of protests in campuses. The student organizations sound sure about the confirmation of the allegation of extreme brutality and gangrape with an unidentified student.

The social media messages also alleged that culprits attempted to murder the victim at Tanda Medical College, where she was admitted in a very critical condition.

Himachal Watcher has also received these messages. Here is what is being circulated on social media and on some websites.\

Note: Himachal Watcher do not confirm any of these messages.

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It’s true that ABVP was the first to protest against the principal of the College alleging that he is trying to hush-up the factual information regarding the brutal gangrape with a first year college student. Now, SFI and NSUI have also begun staging protest in colleges. SFI staged a protest at Baijnath Degree College while ABVP again ‘Gheraoed’ the principal alleging that he had promised the students that the CCTV footage will be made available to them. However, the principal did not allowed them to view the footage, so they again ‘Gheraoed’ him.

The students also organized a protest rally in Dharamshala city and staged a protest outside the office of the SP, Kangra.

On the other hand, Amar Ujala confirms that the police claim that no such complaint was filed with them. No girl approached police station since the rumor of gangrape begin. While principal claims that when the sister of the victim had approached him with a complaint on Saturday, he had asked her to lodge a complaint with police too. However, the girl had replied that she had already been to police station but it did not filed a complaint as the culprits enjoy great political and financial influence.

Both or one of them, the police and the principal, is lying. If they aren’t lying, then there is no victim actually.

Meanwhile, police department has issues a press note requesting people not to fall for rumors on social media. Also, it requested people to come ahead with information and evidence if they have any. Here is complete press note:

Kangra Police Press Note
There are a few possibilities we can discuss here. One of them is that the gangrape did happen and the college authorities and the police and media are acting under the influence of high profile families of the culprits.

Second possibility hints that there is actually no victim because no one has come ahead to identify her. The girl, who claimed to be the sister of the victim, was not a student of the college. There must be someone who could, at least, identify a missing student in BA first year class. How tough is it? The college must have maintained records of all its students. There is a strong possibility that it can be rumor created for a purpose. The messages on social media appear to convey the same intensity as observed in case of ‘Nirbhaya’. May be, it’s intended to re-create a similar aggressive protest to disrupt law and order in the state.

However, at this point, it’s very hard to confirm validity of these messages being circulated on social media. So, please, try not to fall for them. We will keep you updated.

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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Nauni Varsity UG Admission Process Revised, No Entrance Exam, Seats to be Allotted on 10+2 Merit

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Solan-Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has revised the admission process for its undergraduate programmes for the academic session 2020-21 in view of the COVID 19 pandemic. This year, the university will not be conducting an entrance test to fill the normal seats of UG programmes. The decision in this regard was taken during a special meeting of the Academic Council meeting held recently.

The basis of admission for normal seats would be merit drawn on basis of marks obtained at 10+2 level examination in four subjects-English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics plus weightage of participation in sports/ NCC, NSS, scouting, co-curricular activities (if any). The university offers three undergraduate programmes B Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B Sc (Hons) Forestry while B Tech Biotechnology is offered only at the COH&F Neri. 

The candidates have been advised to download the counselling proforma from the university website and fill it as per the instructions mentioned on it. Those students who want to be considered for both normal as well as self-financing seats need to fill two separate proformas. A single page pdf file must be created, containing scanned filled counselling proforma along with legible documents mentioned in the checklist as provided in the counselling proforma. No column must be left blank. The counselling proforma for normal seats and self-financing seats will be uploaded on the university website on 3rd August (afternoon) and 5th August (afternoon) respectively.

For normal seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent through email to [email protected] on or before 18th August, 2020.

For self-financing seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent by email to [email protected] on or before 20th August, 2020. Every candidate must submit the duly filled counselling proforma in order to be considered for the admission. The detailed notification can be downloaded from the university website.

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HPBOSE Syllabus to be Reduced by 30% for 2020-21 Session Following CBSE’s Lead

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HPBose Syllabus 2020-21

Dharamshala: The syllabus of Himachal Pradesh School of Board Education from 9th to 12th classes would be reduced by 30 percent following the lead of CBSE.  The Board today constituted a five-member committee for this purpose, informed Chairman of HPBOSE, Dr Suresh Kumar Soni. The step is being taken considering the disruption to regular classroom study of students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The committee comprises of Deputy Secretaries Anjali Saini and Sudarshan Kumar, and Anil Naag – the principal, Senior secondary School, Sulah, Kangra district-and Vijay Sharam- the principal, GSSS Daroh, Kangra. The fifth member would be Dimple Kanwar.

The Board also held a workshop in which experts in Hindi, Political Science, History, Geography, and Psychology subjects gave their opinion regarding the syllabus.

Further, the Chairman said that emphasis would be laid on reducing the syllabus for the board classes. Exclusion of topics from syllabus would be done in accordance with suggestions received from subject experts, he said.

The teachers should keep in mind that the students do not remain deprived of knowledge but at the same time keep the stress of syllabus off them, he said. He asked the teachers to not include any questions in exams from the topics which would be excluded from the syllabus. A proposal regarding it would be submitted to the state government for its approval, he informed.

Earlier this month, CBSE had announced a reduction in its syllabus for students of class 9 to 12. For class 11, CBSE had excluded chapters on federalism in the Constitution, political theory sections on citizenship, secularism and nationalism. For class 12, India’s relations with its neighbours, sections on social movement, regional aspirations, the changing nature of India’s economic development, and the Planning Commission were excluded.

For class 10, CBSE had excluded the chapter on forest and wildlife in contemporary India from social science. Besides it, chapters on democracy and diversity; gender religion and caste, popular struggles and movements, and challenges to democracy have also be removed. For science classes, the students would not have to study the human eye functioning, a section on concepts of evolution, several practical experiments, like tests on acetic acid, mounting a leaf peel, and studying the comparative cleaning capacity of soap in hard and soft, water were also removed from the syllabus.

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HP University Issues UG Date-Sheet, Exams to be Held from Aug 17- Sept 8

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HP University UG Exams Date Sheet

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh University has finally issued tentative date-sheets for the Under-Graduate examinations for the current session. The exams will start on August 17 and end on September 8. These are tentative dates and instructions with date-sheets said that dates may vary according to the situation but the pattern of the date-sheet will remain the same.

The date sheets are available on the official website of the varsity.

The Controller of Examination, JC Negi, informed that students can obtain their admit cards from the official website of the varsity. Exams would be held in two session – morning and evening.

It’s pertinent to mention that according to the University Grant Commission (UGC) guidelines, it was mandatory to hold examinations for the last semester of UG classes. The Commission had given an option to conduct these exams online, but the HP varsity isn’t prepared for it at all. Therefore, the students would have to appear at examination centres physically.

A section of students has been protesting against the UGC guidelines to hold exams amid a pandemic and at a time when the state is witnessing a sharp increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Student Federation of India had even staged a protest outside the Directorate of Higher Education, HP, a week ago.

The students said it would not be wise to conduct exams when the state is witnessing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. The Federation demanded that the UGC should instead promote the students of final year/semester too. They said their marks should be calculated based on the performance in all previous exams and assessments.

SFI argued that the varsity was already late in conducting examinations and it has no infrastructure to conduct online exams. Further, it argued that not all students in the State are well connected to the Internet and would not be able to take online exams.

However, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is supporting the UGC and Government’s decision to conduct examinations.

Following instructions (unedited) were issued with the date-sheets:

  1. In view of the COVID – 19 pandemic the Principal and students are directed to keep updated for any changes in the date-sheets, if any, uploaded on the University website from time to time
  2. All the Principals are requested to hold the examinations strictly adhering to the guidelines and Standard Operating Procedure issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education vide its Memorandum dated 6th July 2020 for the conduct of examinations adopted by the Government of Himachal Pradesh vide letter No. EDN-B-B (14) – 12/2018 dated 13th July 2020 and further adopted by the Himachal Pradesh University vide Notification No. 16-18/79-HPU (Genl) dated 16th July 2020 which has been uploaded on the University website. 3.
  3. It has been decided to allow the candidate who may be stranded in their native place to appear in the examinations in nearby colleges. As such the Principals are requested to allow such candidates to take the examination in their colleges and intimate the University.
  4. All the Principals/Directors are requested to go through the date sheet and the same may be brought to the notice of the students. Objections if any regarding clash in papers in the same date and time, if any, may immediately be brought to the notice of the University through e-mail conduct.hpu {at}gmail.com. No objections shall be entertained after 30th July 2020.
  5. All the Principal(s) of the colleges concerned are requested to ensure that keeping in view the COVID – 19 pandemic the sufficient seating capacity to adjust the students is available on particular day in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and State Government from time to time. In case, the seating capacity is exceeding to their strength on a particular day, the same may be intimated to the University immediately before the commencement of the examinations.
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