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HPU bloodshed : Deadly attack on tribal student, Police register attempt to murder case

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SHIMLA- Last night Himachal Pradesh University campus witnessed bloodshed. Near about 11 PM, as reported by various sources, three students were attacked by a group seven people with sharp weapons. One of the students was severely injured.

 

A tribal student from Kinnaur, Jeet Singh Negi, sustained severe injuries on his shoulder and arm. A lot of blood can be seen split at Summerhill Chowk. Injured student was admitted at IGMC, Shimla.

The Facebook page ‘SCA Himachal Pradesh University‘ posted the following images:

The Tribal Student Association alleged that earlier the ABVP had been trying to bully tribal students of Shaheed Bhagat Singh hostel. The students also alleged that culprits have been creating nuisance in hostels after drinking.

Police has registered FIR in a attempt to murder case, however, no one is arrested so far. The police FIR said,

Sh. Prabhu Negi alongwith Yudhishtra & Jeeta Singh Negi were going to Lahaul function from hostel. When they reached at Summer Hill Chowk, Seven persons namely Pradeep, Mandeep, Naresh Dashta, Sunny Banyal, Amit Kumar, Kushal Kaundal & Vikrant came out from vehicle No HP-39A-2545 and attacked on them with sharp weapons with the intention to kill them.

The Association also alleged that ABVP goons enjoy patronage of hostel warden Chaman Lal Banga. The warden did not take action even after repeated complaints of bullying and ransacking of hostels by drunken ABVP students.

On the other hand, HPU unit of Student Federation of India alleged that these students were going to attend annul Lahual-Spiti event when a planned assault was launched by ABVP members.

At the same time, NSUI has found it another opportunity to invite more police security at campus. NSUI preferred to call it bloodshed in a mutual clash between ABVP and SFI. This statement goes against allegation made by tribal students and SFI that two students were assaulted by a group.

However,  ABVP alleged that the victim is not a student of HP University and that he was drunk. As a contrast to allegations made by Association, ABVP alleged that it was other way round and it was Jeeta Singh Negi who attacked ABVP students and smashed their car.

Amar Ujala is very sure with this point of view shared by NSUI. Amar Ujala claimed that many students clashed with sharp weapons at Summerhill Chowk and many of them sustained injuries.

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However, there is no response from ABVP in reply to these allegations. We aren’t sure why is so? The campus atmosphere is tense after this bloodshed. The Tribal Student Association and other students staged a protest at campus asking for a quick action against culprits.

While, most of the people have begun criticizing student politics at educational institutes, the actual reason isn’t clearly known yet.

Violence should be the last method to solve any conflict, but sometimes, it’s necessary for defense, for survival.

Meanwhile, student organizations defend political activity as their right for they belong to the sect of educated youth of Himachal. Somehow, it does make sense. After all, illiterate and visionless politicians can qualify for high-ranked positions in legislature and official ranks but youth with higher education is criticized when practices politics. People forget that politics is taught at colleges and universities as subject – political science. However, practicing it practically is prohibited. That doesn’t make sense.

Someone must stand against corruption in administration, which, indeed, is a truth. Student organizations have exposed many scandals and corrupt activities like issuing fake mark-sheets, back-door entry to some students, and various other grievances. Complete absence of student unions will only encourage corruption.

HPU authority has already put ban on SCA elections and had deployed massive police force for many months after regular student protests against massive fee hikes and lack of basic facilities. The administration, headed by the Vice Chancellor ADN Bajpai, has proved to be the most incompetent as compared to previous records. Perhaps, poor implementation of RUSA is his biggest achievement. Not just students, but employees and teachers have also opposed it.

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

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Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutes closed again

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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Nauni Varsity Session 2020-21: List of Selected Candidates for UG Courses Released

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UHF Nauni UG Course Selection list 2020-21

Solan: Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has released the college and discipline wise list of selected candidates, both for normal and self-financing seats for admission to BSc Horticulture, BSc Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology for academic session 2020-21. The list of selected candidates, college and discipline wise has been prepared on the basis of counselling proformas and the relevant reservation documents submitted by the candidates through email. 

The selected candidates have been advised to deposit the admission fee in the respective bank accounts of the colleges on any day between 9-12 November. Presently due to COVID, the concessional fee is being charged from the candidates. The candidates will have to send a copy of the bank receipt no/ screenshot of the fee deposited online on the email of the colleges mentioned in the notification. Non-deposit of the fee within the due date will result in the cancellation of the claim for admission.

The candidates are advised to go through the detailed notification uploaded on the university website. The concessional fee details, bank account numbers of respective colleges along with email address has been given in the list. In view of COVID, the classes of the students will be conducted through online mode till further orders.  

The selected candidates shall have to report to the dean of the concerned college along with original documents(list mentioned in the notification) as and when directed by the way of a notice on the university website.

 

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Himachal’s Schools/Colleges to Re-Open for Regular Classes from Today  

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Himachal's schools re-open for regular classes

Shimla-Schools in Himachal Pradesh are today re-opening for regular classes after remaining closed for over seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken to allow regular classes for the students of Class 9th to 12th  in the last meeting of the Cabinet. However, online classes would also continue. Regular classes would also be resumed in the colleges from today onwards.

The SOPs have also been issued in this regard. According to the SOPs, a written consent of parents to send their children to schools would be mandatory, and the students can opt to study online if they do not wish to attend the school physically.

Also, schools can’t enforce attendance on students. In case the number of students is more than that of the capacity of classrooms, then principals/headmasters have been given liberty to conduct classes on alternate days to maintain social distancing.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to tighten grip on the state as eight deaths were reported on November 1, 2020. Over two dozen staff including Dr Janak Raj, MS, also tested positive at the IGMC Shimla. Earlier, 22 school teachers in Mandi district and Education Minister had also tested positive.

Till November 1, 2020 (9 PM), the official statistics of the state Health Department showed the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to be 22264, of which 2973. A total of 320 persons had lost their lives due to COVID-19. 

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