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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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HP University: Student Agitations Over Vaccination Intensify, Delay in Opening Hostels Adds to Their Woes

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HP University Student Vaccination

Shimla-While the Himachal Pradesh Government has put the vaccination of the 18-44 year age group on hold till July 9, voices demanding vaccination of all students and staff of Himachal Pradesh University are rising. Today a student organization demanded to open the varsity for all, including the hostels and library. In fact, students had been demanding the opening of the varsity library and hostels for some time now.

On Thursday, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had also met the Chief Warden, demanding opening of the hostels as students were compelled to spend on renting rooms or making alternate arrangements for stay to take their exams. It’s adding a financial burden on students, ABVP said.

The student body also highlighted the plight of students hailing from tribal areas where they don’t have Internet connectivity to carry on online learning.  

The National Students Union of India is already on a chain hunger strike for nearly a week over its demand to vaccinate all students and staff before conducting exams. If it is not possible for the state government, then cancel the exams, the student body is demanding. NSUI had also been protesting against offline exams and demanding online exams for the students of the first and second years.

NSUI has taken to social media to mobilize students and had been posting videos/photos of students addressing the government and the people on the problems they are facing due to offline exams.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Leaders of the Congress party, including the opposition leader, Mukesh Agnihotri and GS Bali, were seen supporting the student body by visiting their protest sites.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“We know the entire world is suffering from COVID-19 and all educational institutions remained closed for more than one and a half year. But now all educational institutions should be opened for all as the situation is under control,” the Student Federation of India said in a memorandum submitted to the Vice-Chancellor today.   

Now, SFI has also included vaccination of university employees and students in its list of demands. 

SFI demanded that a permanent vaccination centre should be set up on the university campus.

“The only hope against the pandemic is vaccination. We demand setting up a permanent vaccination centre on the HP university campus so all students in summer could get vaccinated,” the student body said.

Other demands of SFI included issuing schedule for the pending recruitment exams  for the posts of non-teaching staff and Panchayat Sahayak, forms for which were invited in March 2020.

The student body said the varsity must conduct entrance exams for the admissions to postgraduate courses this year.

“Last year, we saw the university authority didn’t conduct entrance exams, which was against the varsity admission norms. The HP High Court had also declared it arbitrary and unethical. We demand that for the sake of quality of education, the varsity must conduct entrance exams for admission in postgraduate courses,” the student body said in its memorandum.

Further, the student body gave some suggestions to the varsity authority, which included strengthening the online mode of education, buy online web services/apps, like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet etc., and preparing for the third wave. 

It also suggested undertaking online assessments of the performance of students and teachers. The student body said that the varsity will have to prepare a proper pattern for the assessment of the students and offer an objective type alternate mode of examination.

Other suggestions included inviting the students for the practical examinations batch-wise and setting up face shields in the library to increase the capacity.

The student body also demanded extending library membership to all researchers and students till the completion of their courses.

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HPU Exams Without Vaccinating Students Opposed, If Online Classes Are Possible, Why Not Online Exams, Asks Student Body

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Shimla-Amidst the ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to hold exams for various Under Graduate classes.

The HPU has released the date sheet for B.Ed 1ST and 3rd-semester exams. The date sheet for M.Ed exams has also been released by the university. Final examination schedule for B.A., B.Sc., B.Com, Hons. and Shastri courses were also released on the University website on Monday.

However, ahead of the warming for the third wave, which is predicted to hit within the next 7-8 weeks, an HPU student body has opposed the decision citing the risk posed to students by offline examination in the middle of a pandemic.

Students have also taken to social media and have been demanding the cancellation of exams. Students had been Tweeting this demand with the hashtag #cancelhpuexams.

They also questioned why the government was not considering the safety of the college students while exams of school students were cancelled.

The NSUI state unit on Monday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Director of Higher Education demanding a statewide vaccination drive for students aged above 18 years before conducting the university exams. The student body also raised a demand for a reasonable reduction in the syllabus.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the student body raised three demands. The body has asked the Chief Minister to ensure vaccination of all students before conducting exams. It proposed conducting online examinations if the government can’t vaccinate all students in such a short span.

“If online classes are possible, then exams should also be conducted online,” said Chattar Singh, the NSUI state president.

The student body also asked the state government to find an alternative medium for conducting exams so that students are not put at risk. The student body urged the state government to not use the students as “experimental kits.”

ABVP, SFI Demand Re-Opening of University Library

The state unit of SFI (HPU) and ABVP(HPU) on Monday raised the demand to re-open the university library which remained closed for the students due to the pandemic induced restrictions. In separate memorandums submitted to the University Library in-charge, both the student bodies have said the state government had allowed the re-opening of libraries with a capacity of 50% students on June 19. Despite the notification, the University has not released any notice regarding the same.

Research scholars are unable to pursue and complete their research without access to libraries. Students preparing for various exams are suffering a loss, ABVP said.  

SFI also raised concern over keeping students deprived of the 24×7 library section.

“The university takes pride in mentioning that it has a 24×7 section in its library. But the same section remains closed for the last one year and seven months. Last year, when the library was re-opened, the 24×7 section was kept closed,” SFI said. The student body has demanded that this students shouldn’t be kept deprived of this essential facility. 

SFI expressed disappointment over the lackadaisical attitude of the varsity authorities towards the demands for basic facilities. It said that while the students had been demanding the replacement of furniture in the libraries which is in a very poor state, the university administration is “busy installing sculptures.”  Despite demands, the varsity authority hasn’t moved a muscle, it said.

The student union has demanded the replacement of broken furniture, maintenance of the library washrooms and frequent sanitization of the library.

The student bodies have warned of protests if the varsity authority still doesn’t pay attention to their demands.

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Video: How HPBOSE Will Calculate and Allot Marks to Class 10 Students

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Shimla-The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has washed out another academic session and disrupted the academic calendars of institutes. A

The HPBOSE recently notified its detailed criteria for compilation of result and promotion of students to the next higher class while focusing on, what it called, “Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA)” and “Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)”.

The notification came following the cancellation of the Annual Examination of Matriculation and Senior Secondary (Plus Two) classes of HP Board of School Education in wake of the pandemic.

The formula is based on class 9 result of the student, Class 10 first and second term exams, pre-board result, paper of one subject held on April 13, internal assessment and practical marks.

Himachal Watcher has prepared this video to help you understand the process.

Subject wise weightage will be allotted to students depending on the distribution of subjects by HPBOSE. Visit this link to check the weightage of marks per exams

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