SHIMLA- Umesh Lubana hails from Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh. He is completely blind with 100% visual impairment. However, his disability proved to be weaker than his will to educate himself. He is a second semester student at Himachal Pradesh University. He qualified for the UGC National Eligibility Test (UGC) for Lecturship in Political Science in his very first attempt.
Umesh has an incredible academic record. He is the topper of first semester in M.A. Political Science. He secured 81 percent marks both in 10th and 12th class, and was on 98th position in 10th class and 65th in 12th class in the State.
While his B.A. he received Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship for meritorious disabled students. In B.A., he had secured 74 percent marks.
But that’s not all for him. He is ambitious and aspires to achieve more. Talking of his future plans, he said,
Now this time I will try for Junior Research Fellowship of UGC. But the University should be made disabled friendly. At present it is very difficult for a blind student like me to study as there are no facilities for us.
He gives credit of his success to his parents and teachers, particularly Prof. Ramesh Chauhan and his friends.
Prof. Ramesh Chauhan, chairman of Political Science said,
Umesh Lubana is a genius student. I had no surprise when he got highest marks in first semester in his class. Lack of sight in eyes has become no hurdle for him in the study as he is doing optimum utilization of the latest technology.
The news was shared with Himachal Watcher by Ajai Srivastava, chairman of Umang Foundation.
While congratulating Umesh, Mr. Shrivastva said he is a very brilliant student and uses Laptop for preparing notes in the class. Umesh is a member of Umang Foundation and he thanked the organization for supporting him in the following words
I’m proud to be associated with the Umang Foundation for the last four years. They have been supporting me throughout in my struggle.
Umesh Lubana completed his 10th and 12th class education from GSSS for Boys, Nahan and B.A. from the Government College, Nahan. His father runs a small business in District Sirmour and mother is government employee. He aims to be a professor in University.
Umesh is really an inspiration for other students suffering from one or other type of physical disability. It’s very unfortunate that Himachal Pradesh Government never showed any interest in attending to the needs and facilities required to educate such children.
Recently, after taking note of the PILs filed by Mr. Shrivastava, the HP High Court had directed the state arrange and provide free education disabled students upto University level.
Before that, Mr. Shrivastava fought a series of battles with HP Govt. to provide secondary education, special teachers, and hostel facility to disabled students from around Himachal.
The condition of the school for blind children in Dhalli, Shimla is not hidden from anyone. So far, the HP Govt. has not given any serious thought to the special needs of disabled students.
Similarly, Home for Destitute Women in Mashobra is in pathetic condition and Ajai Srivastava had recently exposed inhuman treatment of inmates too.
Then, an RTI filed by an RTI activist,Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, revealed that HP government has not constructed even a single shelter for homeless despite allocation of funds from centre.
According to an Article in the Times of India:
The reply received from the PIO-cum-joint director urban development department has revealed that, as on date, not even a single shelter has been constructed in the state and that the state received Rs 6,04,45,000 as on March 30, 2015.
The article further adds that in total, Rs 1,08,00,000 was transferred to 10 municipal corporations in 10 districts. But the joint director, urban development, failed to provide information regarding the utilization of the remaining Rs 4,96,45,000.
So, what is troubling the government now? They have funds but still they are not attending to such critical issues that need immediate attention.
There is no clue about mental health facilities. A few days ago, we had published an story of two mentally challenged destitute persons wandering on Sundernagar roads and eating from garbage. Despite official requests and information from a social welfare organization in Mandi, the district administration has not even provided temporary shelter and food to them in two months.
HP University: Student Agitations Over Vaccination Intensify, Delay in Opening Hostels Adds to Their Woes
Shimla-While the Himachal Pradesh Government has put the vaccination of the 18-44 year age group on hold till July 9, voices demanding vaccination of all students and staff of Himachal Pradesh University are rising. Today a student organization demanded to open the varsity for all, including the hostels and library. In fact, students had been demanding the opening of the varsity library and hostels for some time now.
On Thursday, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had also met the Chief Warden, demanding opening of the hostels as students were compelled to spend on renting rooms or making alternate arrangements for stay to take their exams. It’s adding a financial burden on students, ABVP said.
The student body also highlighted the plight of students hailing from tribal areas where they don’t have Internet connectivity to carry on online learning.
The National Students Union of India is already on a chain hunger strike for nearly a week over its demand to vaccinate all students and staff before conducting exams. If it is not possible for the state government, then cancel the exams, the student body is demanding. NSUI had also been protesting against offline exams and demanding online exams for the students of the first and second years.
NSUI has taken to social media to mobilize students and had been posting videos/photos of students addressing the government and the people on the problems they are facing due to offline exams.
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Leaders of the Congress party, including the opposition leader, Mukesh Agnihotri and GS Bali, were seen supporting the student body by visiting their protest sites.
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“We know the entire world is suffering from COVID-19 and all educational institutions remained closed for more than one and a half year. But now all educational institutions should be opened for all as the situation is under control,” the Student Federation of India said in a memorandum submitted to the Vice-Chancellor today.
Now, SFI has also included vaccination of university employees and students in its list of demands.
SFI demanded that a permanent vaccination centre should be set up on the university campus.
“The only hope against the pandemic is vaccination. We demand setting up a permanent vaccination centre on the HP university campus so all students in summer could get vaccinated,” the student body said.
Other demands of SFI included issuing schedule for the pending recruitment exams for the posts of non-teaching staff and Panchayat Sahayak, forms for which were invited in March 2020.
The student body said the varsity must conduct entrance exams for the admissions to postgraduate courses this year.
“Last year, we saw the university authority didn’t conduct entrance exams, which was against the varsity admission norms. The HP High Court had also declared it arbitrary and unethical. We demand that for the sake of quality of education, the varsity must conduct entrance exams for admission in postgraduate courses,” the student body said in its memorandum.
Further, the student body gave some suggestions to the varsity authority, which included strengthening the online mode of education, buy online web services/apps, like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet etc., and preparing for the third wave.
It also suggested undertaking online assessments of the performance of students and teachers. The student body said that the varsity will have to prepare a proper pattern for the assessment of the students and offer an objective type alternate mode of examination.
Other suggestions included inviting the students for the practical examinations batch-wise and setting up face shields in the library to increase the capacity.
The student body also demanded extending library membership to all researchers and students till the completion of their courses.
HPU Exams Without Vaccinating Students Opposed, If Online Classes Are Possible, Why Not Online Exams, Asks Student Body
Shimla-Amidst the ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to hold exams for various Under Graduate classes.
The HPU has released the date sheet for B.Ed 1ST and 3rd-semester exams. The date sheet for M.Ed exams has also been released by the university. Final examination schedule for B.A., B.Sc., B.Com, Hons. and Shastri courses were also released on the University website on Monday.
However, ahead of the warming for the third wave, which is predicted to hit within the next 7-8 weeks, an HPU student body has opposed the decision citing the risk posed to students by offline examination in the middle of a pandemic.
Students have also taken to social media and have been demanding the cancellation of exams. Students had been Tweeting this demand with the hashtag #cancelhpuexams.
They also questioned why the government was not considering the safety of the college students while exams of school students were cancelled.
The NSUI state unit on Monday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Director of Higher Education demanding a statewide vaccination drive for students aged above 18 years before conducting the university exams. The student body also raised a demand for a reasonable reduction in the syllabus.
In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the student body raised three demands. The body has asked the Chief Minister to ensure vaccination of all students before conducting exams. It proposed conducting online examinations if the government can’t vaccinate all students in such a short span.
“If online classes are possible, then exams should also be conducted online,” said Chattar Singh, the NSUI state president.
The student body also asked the state government to find an alternative medium for conducting exams so that students are not put at risk. The student body urged the state government to not use the students as “experimental kits.”
ABVP, SFI Demand Re-Opening of University Library
The state unit of SFI (HPU) and ABVP(HPU) on Monday raised the demand to re-open the university library which remained closed for the students due to the pandemic induced restrictions. In separate memorandums submitted to the University Library in-charge, both the student bodies have said the state government had allowed the re-opening of libraries with a capacity of 50% students on June 19. Despite the notification, the University has not released any notice regarding the same.
Research scholars are unable to pursue and complete their research without access to libraries. Students preparing for various exams are suffering a loss, ABVP said.
SFI also raised concern over keeping students deprived of the 24×7 library section.
“The university takes pride in mentioning that it has a 24×7 section in its library. But the same section remains closed for the last one year and seven months. Last year, when the library was re-opened, the 24×7 section was kept closed,” SFI said. The student body has demanded that this students shouldn’t be kept deprived of this essential facility.
SFI expressed disappointment over the lackadaisical attitude of the varsity authorities towards the demands for basic facilities. It said that while the students had been demanding the replacement of furniture in the libraries which is in a very poor state, the university administration is “busy installing sculptures.” Despite demands, the varsity authority hasn’t moved a muscle, it said.
The student union has demanded the replacement of broken furniture, maintenance of the library washrooms and frequent sanitization of the library.
The student bodies have warned of protests if the varsity authority still doesn’t pay attention to their demands.
Video: How HPBOSE Will Calculate and Allot Marks to Class 10 Students
Shimla-The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has washed out another academic session and disrupted the academic calendars of institutes. A
The HPBOSE recently notified its detailed criteria for compilation of result and promotion of students to the next higher class while focusing on, what it called, “Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA)” and “Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)”.
The notification came following the cancellation of the Annual Examination of Matriculation and Senior Secondary (Plus Two) classes of HP Board of School Education in wake of the pandemic.
The formula is based on class 9 result of the student, Class 10 first and second term exams, pre-board result, paper of one subject held on April 13, internal assessment and practical marks.
Himachal Watcher has prepared this video to help you understand the process.
Subject wise weightage will be allotted to students depending on the distribution of subjects by HPBOSE. Visit this link to check the weightage of marks per exams
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