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Indian universities shut door on HPU students, not accepting admissions forms to PG courses

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SHIMLA- Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) has taken the credit of becoming the first university to implement the Rashtriya Uchhtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for undergraduate courses, but the future of graduates is at stake as their forms for admissions to postgraduate courses are not been accepted by universities in other states.

Alisha, Ayushi and Ankit Joshi, B.Sc students of Government College, Sanjauli, with chemistry as the major subject, had applied in Delhi University, Panjab University and Banaras Hindu University for admissions to master courses.
But their forms have been rejected because B.Sc with “pure sciences” is a must for admission to master course. It implies that with chemistry as major subject, the minor subjects should be physics and mathematics or physics or botany or zoology.

Forms of several students of sixth semester, who had applied for MA and MSc courses outside the state, have been rejected and six students of Sanjauli college have brought it to the notice of teachers and the administration.
Introducing Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) from the 2013 academic session, HP University allowed students with chemistry as main subject to opt for mathematics or physics as first minor subject and further gave the option to choose public administration, geography, sociology or any other subject as second minor subject.

Himachal Government College Teachers Association general secretary Dr RL Sharma said being a stakeholder, the association had informed the state government of the situation. It had expressed apprehensions about the fallout of hasty implementation of RUSA in 2013 also, but no heed was paid.

Sharma said utter confusion prevailed over the credit points under the CBCS system in the undergraduate courses as the credit points which were earlier 120 (including 56 major, 40 minor, 9 compulsory, one hobby and 14 additional) have been reduced to 106 (which include 48 major, 48 minor, nine compulsory and one hobby). Now, it is uncertain that the students who have taken 40 minor would be given the degree or not. Moreover, there is ambiguity over eligibility of these students for admission to B.Ed courses, he added.

Pro Vice-Chancellor of HPU Prof Rajinder Chauhan, who was apprised of the issue today, said the problem cropped up as other universities had not switched over to the new system.

We would take up the issue at the meeting on RUSA on February 24 and meeting of the Academic Council on February 25, besides informing the Education Secretary about it,

he said, adding that the students of the sixth subject, who had taken non-science subjects as minors, would be asked to take science subject as minor in the last semester to avoid any complications.

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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 [email protected] 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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