SHIMLA- Student chain hunger strike has entered into 13th day, but instead of attending to the students, the administration seems to be more interested in oppressing the protest despite apparent failures of HP University administration in implementation of RUSA and against massive, unjustified fee hikes.
Today, in a meeting held at HP University under the Chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof. ADN Bajpai, administration discussed the demands mentioned in the Memorandum. On the demand of rollback of RUSA after the university failed to implement it properly and caused huge inconvenience to students, the VC said the demand cannot be considered. Regarding the delay in result, he threw another assurance saying the issue will be seriously addressed to in future. On massive fee hikes, the students were asked to submit their proposal.
The VC also declined attending the demand regarding revoking ban on students election and revoking of expulsion of seven students. Regarding the vacant positions of teaching and non-teaching employees, again like always, he claimed that the process is already underway. It was also informed that money has already sanctioned for the purchase of new buses for day scholars.
The VC also claimed that money has already been sanctioned for Wi-Fi facility in the campus and gave another assurance provide Wi-Fi facility soon.
Although, the condition of hostels and infrastructure is very poor, the VC claimed the administration is serious about the upkeep and maintenance of hostels, playground and the demand for indoor sports complex. Further, more assurances were made, like the cleanliness work has already been outsourced to Sulabh International, that the condition of University Gym will be improved and equipment will be provided as early as possible, possibility of providing M.I Rooms in girls’ hostels will be explored, sanction of money for smart class rooms for all the departments. The VC claimed that some departments already have library facility and the process will soon be initiated to provide this facility in rest of the departments. As per him, the demand for public toilets has been fulfilled.
Further, he emphasized on the need of oppressing student protest, especially the chain hunger strike by 21st April, 2016 on or before 5:00 PM. The meeting was attended by the Dean of Studies, Registrar, SCA President(HPU Campus), Representatives of ABVP, NSUI and SFI. In brief, none of the major demands were attended and the conclusion was mostly about assurances.
It’s very unfortunate that student community of Himachal had been continuously protesting for very genuine demands for past two years. However, their protests were brutally crushed on multiple occasions using police force. Now, again, the VC is more concerned about sending notices to students sitting on chain strike. Sadly, student activism is also dying in this hunt to discourage student politics, which is certainly not a good news for student community.
HPU’s disabled students demand stay on M.Phil, Ph.D entrance exam results
Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh University has scheduled the counseling for M.Phil for October 27, 2017. However, the disabled students, who had been demanding implementation of the reservation from some time, have opposed the move.
The Disabled Students Association (DSA) has written to the Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Devvrat and urged him to immediately prohibit the HPU of declaring the M.Phil and Ph.D entrance exams results.
Earlier, a delegation of the Association had met the Vice-Chancellor in September this year and submitted a memorandum demanding reservation of seats in MPhil and PhD under the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016.
However, it did not brought any relief to them.
Today, the distressed members of the association alleged the university of not implementing the five percent reservation quota provided under the new disability law despite the directions passed by the State High Court.
After the court passed its orders this August, the university implemented the provisions of the new Act and gave admission to the disabled students in M.A. and B.Ed courses.
However, the university is following the decades-old roster system while conducting admission in M.Phil and P.hD, which is contrary to law.
The DSA convener Mukesh Kumar wrote a letter to the Governor saying that it would attract the contempt of court if the disabled students are not accommodated in M.Phil and Ph.D as per the orders of the court.
The new disability law was supposed to be implemented across the country from April 19, 2017. When the university did not follow the Act, one of the blind students, Indu Kumari of Chamba, wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of the High Court, which was treated as a PIL
Thereafter, keeping in view the strict directions of the court, the university was compelled to enroll the disabled students in the PG classes, but is still reluctant to amend the old roster system for research classes.
The matter is listed in the High Court for hearing on 31st October, said the DSA.
Court compels HPU to implement 5% reservation quota for disabled students
The varsity had to deliver what it owed to these students. Now, the students have also been provided with hostel facility.
Shimla: A visually impaired girl of Himachal Pradesh knocked the doors of the State High Court in June this year after the HP University denied her admission in the post-graduate course despite provision for five percent reservation.
Indu Kumari was not the only one to face the apathy of the varsity administration. There were other disabled students like Ravinder Thakur, Jitender Kumar, and Vijay Kumar, who had paved their way upto college despite their disability but were sent back by the varsity.
The disabled students had to form the Disabled Students Association (DSA) to highlight the fact that hundreds of disabled students are being denied education in the state.
Apparently, the court pulled up the state government and the varsity and asked them to clarify why they failed to implement the new guidelines of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
As a result of this struggle and the directions of the court, the varsity had to deliver what it owed to these students. Now, the students have also been provided with hostel facility. Though the varsity had to do it unwillingly, still it has become the first state university in the northern India to reserve 5 percent quota in higher education to disabled students.
The division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel had directed the University to enroll the petitioner and consider the similar cases of some other students for admission and hostel facility.
The bench also directed the state government to implement the provisions of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
It is the responsibility of the government to ensure complete and proper implementation of the provisions of the Act. It is an obligation, coupled with duty, cast upon the government to ensure compliance of the statuary provisions,
the High Court had observed while hearing the PIL.
Ajai Shrivastava, faculty member and the additional charge of nodal officer (disability affairs) at HPU, expressed satisfaction and said that now more and more disabled students would get opportunity access higher studies.
Ajai Shrivastava also runs a non-profit organization, Umang Foundation. It was due to his guidance to these students that the varsity had to implement the enhanced disability quota. He had also warned the varsity of legal action if the quota was not reserved.
The students are thankful to Shrivastava for his efforts.
CEC to help HPU setup an ‘e-learning Media Centre’ equipped with digital library
Shimla: The two-day annual Educational Video Competition organized by the Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) concluded on October 6, 2017, at the Himachal Pradesh University campus in Shimla.
Total 23 films were featured in 10 different categories. The Governor Acharya Devvrat awarded the winning entries and appreciated the varsity and the CEC for the organization of such a relevant event.
(Scroll Down to View the List of This Year’s Winning Entries)
With this event, the Vice-Chancellor of HPU has announced that an e-learning media centre including a digital library will be established at the campus in collaboration with the CEC.
Earlier, the varsity lacked infrastructure, but now the new under-construction multi-faculty educational complex has solved this problem, said the VC. He further said the project might take a couple years before realization.
The media centre will feature a digital infrastructure that will bring the entire e-learning content of about 86 subjects of undergraduate courses to the desktop of the students.
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The CES will allow students to access and download e-learning content prepared on selected topics from selected subjects. The students will not have to spend unnecessary time in searching material relevant to their courses.
The CEC is one of the Inter-University Centres set up by the University Grants Commission of India specifically to address the needs of higher education through the use of resources of mass communication like the Internet, Television, rapidly evolving information communication technologies (ICTs) etc.
The beginning of the CEC dates back to 1984.
This year, the CEC collaborated with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), HPU, for its annual Educational Video Competition. The two-day event was kicked-off on October 5.
Winning Educational Videos of 2017
|Best Education Program of the Year||Lakkannavar – The Green Engineer for Farmers||English||17m|
|Not in Fine Feathers||Bengali||22m|
|William Roxburgh -The Father of Indian Botay||English||19m|
|Best e-Content of the Year||
|Cutivativation of edible Mushrooms||English||21m 50s|
|Best Formative Research||Hauz Khas||Hindi||14m 55s|
|A Narrative Documentary depicting the Normadic Life of Gaddi Tribe of Himachal||Hindi||30m|
|Weeds of Future (Development||English||22m 27s|
|Best Script||Lost Cinema||Hindi||8m 30s|
|Sujbuj se Sanshodhan||Hindi||15m|
|Best Camera Work||Wayandan Ramayanam||Engilish||27m 25s|
|Saaz: The Evolution of Music in Kashmir||Hindi||17m 13s|
|Best Editing||Risk is not a Killer Disease||Tamil||12m 50s|
|Seven Day (A Cute Story)||English||4m 39s|
|Juggler Joker ya Janbaz||Hindi||20m 24s|
|Best Sound||After the Storm||Bengali||27m|
|Best Graphic/Animation/Special Effects||Don’t Burn Leaves||English||23m 32s|
|Best Video Production of the Year||The Less Lived||English||09m 34s|
|Langoor Mela- Festivals of India||English||11m 58s|
|Neer Namak||Hindi||9m 29s|
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