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Over 100 HP University students court arrested from Scandal Point (Video)

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Have been on strike for 31 days; seek implementation of demands, The activists were taken to the BCS police station in Shimla. Even after hefty fee hike, the students are still fighting a battle for even the most basic facilities.

SHIMLA- Protesting against the insensitive attitude of the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) authorities towards students’ demands, as many as 100 SFI activists yesterday courted arrest from the Scandal Point on The Mall.

In an attempt to apprise the general public of their problems, the students gathered at the Scandal Point and started raising anti-university slogans.

They highlighted their grievances and also lashed out at the university administration for not paying heed to their demands, following which they were arrested by the police and taken to the women’s police station in BCS.

The students, who have been sitting on a chain hunger strike for the past 31 days to press for their 46 demands, lost their cool yesterday when Satish Kumar from the Hindi department fell unconscious and was admitted to the IGMC, Shimla.

SFI university campus president Noval Thakur said the students had been striking for the past 31 days. Even Satish’s condition could not move the authorities, he added.

Hostellers have been without water for the past five days.

We need water tankers and it is one of the basic demands for which we have been agitating,

he said, adding that the facility of the tanker was available for the VC office. The other demands included filling of 212 posts of teacher and 320 posts of non-teaching staff, making the report of the panel on fee hike public and restoration of the Students Central Association (SCA) elections so that the students could raise their voice.

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The students alleged that the basic facilities like toilets, Wi-Fi and water were not being provided to them. They asked how the university could increase the fee by 2,500 times when the students were deprived of even the basic facilities. The students said if all the problems related to the implementation of RUSA affecting the future of about 30,000 students were not resolved, they would resort to a statewide agitation.

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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 www.hpbose2011@gmail.com 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.

HPBOSE Class 12 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 10 Date-Sheet 2021

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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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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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