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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.

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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.

Previous Story: Do we have to live like this – crushed beneath Police Boots, Under the terror of HP Govt.?

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.

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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 7 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 world around him in his DSLR lens.

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HPU’s disabled students demand stay on M.Phil, Ph.D entrance exam results

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Disabled Students Association of Himachal Pradesh

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.

He said,

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.

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Court compels HPU to implement 5% reservation quota for disabled students

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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.

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CEC to help HPU setup an ‘e-learning Media Centre’  equipped with digital library

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CEC Educational Video Competition 2017 feature

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

Category Title  Language  Duration
Best Education Program of the Year  Lakkannavar – The Green Engineer for Farmers English 17m  
  Not in Fine Feathers  Bengali 22m  
         
  Special Mention      
  William Roxburgh -The Father of Indian Botay English 19m  
         
 
  • The Sacred Filament
English 20m 17s  
         
         
Best e-Content of the Year
  • Story Telling Pedogogical Perspecti
English 31m 52s  
  Special Mention      
 
  • Cell Cycle
Engilish 21m 11s  
  Cutivativation of edible Mushrooms English 21m 50s  
         
Best Formative Research Hauz Khas Hindi 14m 55s  
  Special Mention      
  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  
  Special Mention      
  Sujbuj se Sanshodhan Hindi 15m  
         
Best Camera Work Wayandan Ramayanam Engilish 27m 25s  
  Special Mention      
  Saaz: The Evolution of Music in Kashmir Hindi 17m 13s  
         
Best Editing  Risk is not a Killer Disease Tamil 12m 50s  
  Special Mention      
  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  
  Special Mention      
  Neer Namak Hindi 9m 29s  
         

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