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Again HPU VC turns to ‘police misuse’ to conceal high-power committee report on fee hikes, 5 arrested

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Why HPU VC ADN Bajpai hiding ‘high-power committee report’ from public and students for last two years? Why was the committee even formed in the first place if it were to be kept confidential? How students are wrong in protesting against undemocratic and dictatorial attitude of the VC?

Again, HP University VC is onto misusing police to suppress student voices demanding release of high-power committee report on fee hikes. Again, 5 student leaders were targeted and slammed cases under various charges. Arrested students include Suresh Sarwal, Vivek Rana, Chandrakant Verma, Novel Thakur, and Vijay Rathor.

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Considering the nature of crisis at HPU campus, it is a matter of big worry that the VC is unlawfully concealing the finding of the committee report after two years of its submission. Surprisingly, media is also not interested in raising the actual issue and instead keep calling the aggressive nature of the protest “chatron ne kiya hungama” (students create nuisance).

The students have every reason to be infuriated considering the following facts:

For last 47 days HP University students are on 48 hour chain hunger strike asking the HP authorities to make the report of high-power committee that was formed to look into massive fee hikes implemented in 2013-2014. The Committee constituted by the State Government on 22nd September, 2014, under the Chairmanship of a retired judge of High Court V.K Sharma with Sarojini Ganju Thakur and A.R Chauhan as members, was asked to submit its report /recommendations within 30 days from the date of issue of notification. The committee was formed when the decision of fee hikes faced a massive protest from all sections of student community. All student organizations namely ABVP, SFI, and even NSUI, criticized such an abrupt decision to make sudden gigantic hikes in fees (200%-2000%) in just one step.

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The committee invited public and students to provide their views and suggestion about the decision taken on fee hikes. The committee submitted its report in October 2014 after considering the public feedback.

Also Read/See Picture/Video: Black day for HPU: Police brutally beats, humiliates students, over 300 arrested

However, the report was never made public, and students are still protesting after two years for their right – to make findings and recommendations of the committee public. While SFI still fueling its protest, other two students organizations have decided to be passive on the issue.

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During 2014-2015, ABVP and SFI had joined hands to support the movement. But growing protest was repressed misusing brutal police force and QRT. Student leadership was put behind bars to break the student protest. However, when the student community did not yield and give up protesting, brutal police assault was launched to terrorize students.

Students were beaten black-and-blue, treated like terrorists, and almost entire Shimla Police staff washed their hands, and didn’t hesitate to beat students in captivity.

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The girl students were insulted, dragged from hair, kicked and abused by male and female police persons at HPU Campus.

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Student leadership was denied bail saying that their freedom is threat to peaceful university environment. Fice students spent 52 days in jail for fighting their right – the right to know the findings of ‘high-power committee report’,. It’s was and is their right and the university authority is unlawfully holding the information back, and even the students were denied information under RTI saying the report is confidential.

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When students asked the varsity VC how the report of a committee that was formed by the government to provide its recommendations based on public suggestions could be confidential, they were replied in a highly undemocratic manner. The students were slapped with cases under various sections in order to discourage them from participating in protests.

However, the student community did not give up and are still fighting its battle against varsity authority for their rights.

Now, again, the varsity VC has turned to old trick to suppress revived student protest- using police force to file cases against student leaders and sent them behind bars in order to weaken the protest.

The beginning of police-misuse has further infuriated protesting students and they would continue with their chain-hunger strike. However, the VC is onto playing every trick to keep the report concealed at every cost.

Unfortunately, public is unaware of the actual situation at varsity campus and decaying standards of education and loot by administration. People believe the student are not supposed to protest but just to behave like ignorant, docile, and submissive creatures despite being most educated section of the society. Illiterate politicians are acceptable to people, but they consider protest of literates illogical.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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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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