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Poor education standard in HP Govt. schools, state failed to utilize Rs 129.80 crore (37%) of total received funds : CAG

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Himachal Pradesh Education Department

The class 10 results during the years 2011-15 were very poor, as 16 government schools in the state had zero results, and 232 had results of less than 25%. In class 12, 10 schools had zero result, and 48 had less than 25% results.

SHIMLA- The Himachal Pradesh government’s boasting of improved quality of education has been proved wrong in the recent report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, which clearly reveals the poor level of education in government schools, where a large percentage of students have failed in classes 10 and 12. The government has also failed to utilize funds of Rs130 crore received from the Centre, which were to be spent on education.

In Himachal Pradesh, there are a total of 15,327 government schools, among which 879 are up to class 12, 1,608 up to class 10, 2,130 up to class 8, and 10,710 up to class 5.

In 2015, there were around 1,83,048 students studying in class 10, and 1,82,015 in class 12, informed the Directorate of Education. As per the CAG report, 50 per cent of students in 20% of these government schools had failed in their class 10 exams, and 14% schools had failed their class 12 exams.

The class 10 results during the years 2011-15 were very poor, as 16 government schools in the state had zero results, and 232 had results of less than 25%. In class 12, 10 schools had zero result, and 48 had less than 25% results.

The CAG questioned the centrally-funded Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), launched in 2009, that the state could not utilize Rs129.80 crore, which is 37% of the total received funds of Rs348.47 crore. The report also pointed to the acute shortage of teachers in schools. Even though HP chief minister Virbhadra Singh considers the filling of teaching posts among his top priorities, around 5,000 posts are lying vacant in the state. As per a policy of the state government in 2010 for identifying reasons of poor results, teachers in schools responsible for less than 25% results were to be fined, but as per CAG, the department could not take any action against such teachers.

The RMSA and Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan state project director Ghanshyam Chand said he had no idea about the non-utilization of funds in RMSA, as they were still examining the matter.

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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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