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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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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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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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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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