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HPU girl’s excellent reply to VC Bajpai’s ridiculous remarks about female participation in protests

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The student protest at HP University against anti-student policies, ridiculously massive fee hikes, poor implementation of RUSA, lack of basic facilities along with many other critical issues, is about to complete two months. Not just one student organization, but others are also protesting against the same. However, instead of considering the unrest among students, the Vice Chancellor ADN Bajpai made absurd comment when the girls joined the protest.

According to him, it’s unethical for girls to participate in protest.

ADN Bajpai comment on girl protestors

Here is what a girl has replied to the VC in a letter:  

Respected Sir,

Today, when I read the newspaper, I was amused with your statement which was published  in papers. It mentioned the concern that you have for the student community of this very University.

The newspapers stated that you care about your students a lot and you worry about there health and propriety as well. If this care, this worry is real then why was RUSA introduced? If this care is for real then why you have made massive hikes in fee Structure without providing facilities to the students? If you are really concerned about the health of students then why we do not have MI rooms in our hostels? Why there are no sanitation facilities?  Why the one and only dispensary of the university lacks sufficient staff and facilities?

Coming to the second part of the statement. It was stated that before taking part in any strike and protest, which according to you is unethical, students have to take permission of there parents?

In reply to this statement, I really have to ask a simple question: Have you ever taken into consideration the financial conditions of majority of parent before implementing this ridiculous fee hike?

Did you give a though to parent’s conditions, there job profile, there livelihood?.

As a matter of fact, I want to make it clear that all the university students are above above 18 years of age. We all have constitutional right to individually and independently vote and elect a government. If we have independent right to get married and start a family without the content of our parents, then why we do not have the right to take part in strikes and protests? Why according to you it mandatory for us girls to take permission of parents before participating in strikes?

The care you expressed in your second statement revolves specially around the girl students. You clearly said, “Girls should take permission of their parents before participating in protests and strikes.”

Being a girl, this special focus on girl students is very difficult for me to understand and to digest. Being a part of this intellectual environment provided by this university, we always talk about equality and parity. Then why this special Focus?

The orthodox society of ours says that – before marriage your parents are my world, and that you should always do things as they say. After marriage it is your husband who is in command of your life. Then comes your children, and that they are your world.

Throughout the lifetime we girls have to play different roles, wear different identities to please the society. Why we cannot be individuals and independent. Why our identity is always linked with the identity of our parents, husband and children?

It is said,

Education is the ultimate weapon with which we can eliminate this orthodox thinking,

When we enter the university, we girls have this dream of making our own identity.  This university is the place where we take our own decision, learn to stand out in the crowd,  make our own identity. But how can we expect to dream independently and live free when the highest authority, the Vice Chancellor of our university, is asking us to take permission from parents regarding each decision? How can we grow as individual in such environment? How can we strengthen our individuality if such statements on our freedom continue? It is something which is not at all expected from the Vice Chancellor of any university.

At the end, all I want to say is that if you really concerned about the students, then instead of giving statements in newspapers and showing vague concerns, take appropriate steps towards developing the university by upgrading the standard of education and work towards the welfare of students in reality.

With Regards

Aditi Guleria

MBA Dept

HP University

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Himachal’s Educational Institutions Closed Till April 4 Amid COVID-19 Case Surge, Pubic Holi Celebrations Prohibited, No Restriction on Tourism

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Himachal PRadesh closes Educationla institutes

Shimla– All the educational institutions in Himachal Pradesh, including Universities, Colleges, Technical Institutes and schools, would remain closed till April 4, 2021, as a precautionary measure keeping in view the spike in COVID-19 cases in the State, the government informed today. But schools would remain open for the classes having their examinations, it was informed.  

The decision was taken in a meeting held today that was presided by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.

“Last year the spike in cases was gradual, but this year this surge is very rapid. In the last 20-25 days, the number of new cases has spiked from 220 to 2000, which is a matter of great concern for the state,” Chief Minister told media.

On being asked about tourist movement from neighboring Punjab – a state with massive surge in daily cases- the Chief Minister said that for now no restriction would be imposed on tourists given the peak tourist season starting from April.

Also Read: Himachal Reports Over 300 New COVID-19 Cases With 2 Deaths, Second Wave Could Peak in April & Last for 100 Days, says Report  

“Last year, the peak season was completely foiled. Therefore, it would not be favourable for the economy of the state and livelihood of the people to restrict tourist movement,” Jairam Thakur said.

“But if the surge continued and picked up more pace, then the government would review the situation again,” he told media. But the hotels and homestays would have to follow the SOPs while operating, he said. 

Chief Minister said that schools having residential facilities need not close their hostels, however, they would have to comply with all the SOPs to keep these residential areas cut off and appoint Compliance Officer to comply with all the orders. He said that teachers and other school/college staff would continue to attend the institutions.

Jai Ram Thakur said that no social and cultural events would be organized in the State by the Government and gatherings would be restricted to a maximum of 200 for indoor and 50 percent for outdoor events.

He said that nursing and medical institutions would continue to function as usual. He said that congregations and langers inside the temples would also be banned and other darshans would be allowed.

Chief Minister said that 3rd April would also be a holiday for all the offices in the State and there would be no public celebration of Holi.

He urged the people to celebrate Holi at their home with their family members only. He said that all the frontline workers would be sensitized to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest completing their second dose as per schedule.

It was also decided in the meeting that District Administration would take a judicious call on more restrictions keeping in view the positivity and fatality rate in their respective districts.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Additional Chief Secretaries R.D. Dhiman and J.C. Sharma, Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi, Mission Director NHRM Dr. Nipun Jindal and other senior officials were also present in the meeting.

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UHF Nauni Gets New Labs Equipped with Latest Technologies, Nature Park for Students  

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UHF Nauni Soil and leaf analysis lab

Solan- Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, today dedicated four projects to the students and farmers at the university campus. 

Among the project inaugurated by Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor, UHF, was a state of the art Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory established with the financial assistance of Rs 4.55 crore (over seven years) from the World Bank-funded HP-Horticulture Development Project.

UHF Nauni Vice Chancellor

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor, UHF, Inaugurating Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory

The laboratory is equipped with the latest equipment like Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, CHNS Analyzer, Microwave digestion system, UV-VIS Spectrophotometers. It is well equipped to analyze the different soil properties including different macro and micronutrients and as per the analysis values, the recommendations are also given to the farmers.

NEW UHF nauni lab building

Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory

The samples received from different HP-HDP clusters of the state are being analyzed in the laboratory and ad-hoc recommendations for High-Density Planting on clonal rootstocks are given. A field laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology constructed for Rs 14.17 lakh met out of the pesticide testing scheme was also inaugurated today.NEW Labs in UHF nauni

Two projects- Nature Park and a Commercial plantation model of wild pomegranate developed under the ICAR National Agricultural Higher Education Project were also unveiled today.

Lab facility uhf nauniv

The nature camp developed by the Department of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture has been developed as a recreation cum activity area for the students and showcases different landscaping methods. Under NAHEP,a commercial model of wild pomegranate developed by the Department of Silviculture and Agroforestry was also dedicated to the students and farmers. 

UHF nauni nature park

Nature Park

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Parvinder Kaushal congratulated all the team members behind the completion of the projects. He said that both the laboratories will be immensely beneficial for conducting research. Speaking about the development of projects under the ICAR’s NAHEP, Dr. Kaushal said that the university is in process of developing more such plantation models which will not only be beneficial to the students but also help popularize new technologies among farmers. The statutory officers of the university, heads of all departments, coordinator and team members of NAHEP IDP, students and staff were present on the occasion. 

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Schools in Himachal to Open for Non-Board Classes from Next Month, Admissions for 2021-22 Session from April 1: Education Department

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HP Govt School admissions 2021-22 session

Shimla-The Directorate of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh, has issued a notification announcing the opening of schools for non-board classes from April for session 2021-22. All educational activities would be resumed in all school across Himachal and students would begin receiving education from April 11, 2021, the notification said.

The decision came amid a sudden surge in new COVID-19 cases in the state and restrictions announced by the state government in wake of it.

Yesterday, the state reported 200 cases in various districts and three COVID-19 deaths. Today, the state reported 157 new cases and four fatalities till 7 pm. Also, expressing concerns over this surge, the state government had recently issued SOPs asking the district administrations and police chiefs to ensure strict compliance with preventive guidelines. Organization of fairs was prohibited and restrictions were imposed on number of persons in any indoor and outdoor social gatherings. 

Pertinent to mention that the Centre government had recently expressed fear of the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak as several states including Himachal’s neighboring state Punjab are reporting a massive spike in daily cases. Six States- Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu- are reporting a surge in daily new cases. They together account for 80.90% of the new cases (40,715) reported in the last 24 hours.

Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 24,645 (60.53%). It is followed by Punjab with 2,299 while Gujarat reported 1,640 new cases.

The schools would have to follow previously issued guidelines of the Centre Government. Students and teaching and non-teaching staff would have to ensure wearing masks, using sanitizers, and maintaining social distancing (2 meters).

The notification asked the school Principals/Headmasters to conclude yearly examinations of non-board classes by March 27, 2021, and declare the results by March 31. The admissions for the next session would be open from April 1.

For summer closing schools in Himachal Pradesh, the admissions would be open from April 5 and the these schools would remain shut from 1-4 April.  

Students who are taking board examinations of class 10, would be given provisional admissions to Class 11.

However, the notification mentioned “all students” and it’s not still clear whether these directions would also apply to primary classes or not.

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