SHIMLA- With the Solan-based LR Institute of Professional Courses failing to fulfill the laid down criteria of employing adequate faculty strength and related infrastructure in its labs, library and classrooms, the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has withdrawn its approval for various professional courses like engineering, MBA and polytechnic for the academic session 2016-2017.
As per the April 19 letter issued by Director, AICTE, the institute has been directed not to admit any students in these courses for the current academic session as its infrastructure and faculty strength was barely 17.6 per cent than the required number.
This was the first professional institute in the state to face such a stringent action and despite being affiliated to the HP Technical University (HPTU) the series of deficiencies which had emerged had put a question mark on the state regulatory authorities.
The AICTE officials have directed the state government to shift the students studying in the institute to other colleges approved by the AICTE with immediate effect. A letter in this regard has been shot off to the Principal Secretary (Technical Education), Director, Technical Education and the Registrar of HP Technical University.
Director, Technical Education, Rajeshwar Goyal, while confirming the development, said they have directed the institute management to give semester and course wise-details of students studying in the institute within two weeks so that they could be adjusted in other institutes. They have also been directed to remit the fee received from the students to institutes where the students would be transferred.
The institute has only been allowed to admit students in its pharmacy courses though the student intake has been curtailed by 20 per cent and as against the earlier strength of 60 students only 48 students can be admitted.
Notably, the AICTE had directed its Chandigarh zonal office to inspect the institute for requisite facilities and faculty strength after receipt of a complaint. An inspection was conducted on March 28.
The inspection committee found that as against the required faculty strength of 170 only 30 staffers were working in the institute. Various deficiencies were found in the size of classrooms, labs, computer labs, absence of principals for various professional courses, lack of journals in the library, lack of common rooms for the students, etc.
The action of the AICTE has put a question mark on the working of the HPTU which, despite receiving complaints, had overlooked these deficiencies and had allowed the institute to function thus putting at stake the future of the students. The state government had failed to take note of a series of agitations which the terminated faculty members had undertaken since November last year and little punitive action was taken against the institute for violating laid norms despite receipt of complaints.
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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