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HPU VC claims poorly implemented RUSA, massive fee hikes, degraded academic standard as his achievements

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SHIMLA- Prof ADN Bajpai, who completed five controversial years as vice-chancellor, Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) on May 24, ruled out the restoration of direct elections to the Students Central Association (SCA) and roll back of RUSA and fee hike and said the agitation by students was politically motivated.

Despite decaying academic and campus standards, he expressed his satisfaction about his five-year tenure, and even listed his  achievements. He claimed Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), which not only caused trouble to the students but also to the staff, as his achievement and said that HPU was the first university in the country to implement RUSA. Truth is that last five years are, perhaps, the worst period in the history of HP University. The VC implemented RUSA to please his political masters without putting infrastructure and the staff in place. Also, HPU was also the only university to adopt RUSA without considering its feasibility.

He introduced new courses without proper training or deployment of the teachers.

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Also Read:  No place for HP University in 2016 HRD ranking list of top 100 Universities of India         

His policies only brought overburden to staff in university and colleges as he messed up the education system by implementing the RUSA in haste.  Massive fee-hikes were made to extract more money from parents when faced with financial crisis, like a private institution usually does. The university recovered about Rs. 4 crore of its financial loss in just one year and all of it was extracted from the pockets of parents of the students, which is completely undemocratic. The students were not responsible for the university’s financial crisis, the administration was. University failed to mobilize its income generating resources and instead went for unjustified fee-hikes. When students protested against it, instead of attending to them, the VC left no stone unturned to crush the protest.

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He said the ban on direct, democratic elections to SCA had helped in improving academic atmosphere in the university. The reality is that corruption was crawling into administrative department more swiftly than ever, and the only protest and resistance it faced was from directly selected official student body. Unfortunately, clashes between student organizations gave the administration opportunity to put a ban on student body elections.

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

 

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According to him students are now more inclined towards studies. About shortage of staff and vaccant faculty posts, he said the process of the recruitment of teachers and non-teaching employees was underway.

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Replying to a question on the areas where achievements of universities have been below the target, the VC  expressed his satisfaction.

About another campus of the university planned to come up near Ghanahatti,  he said the construction has not yet started.

The VC claimed that the university faced some problems related to examination results under the newly implemented RUSA system, which had been resolved, and results of exams were being declared on time.

He further said, a high-powered committee had been constituted to look into the problems faced by students. However, he didn’t mention why he is unlawfully concealing the report of high-power committee on student fee hike for past two years.

When asked about student unrest, long list of genuine demands, and ongoing chain hunger strike that is about to complete two months now the VC  called it student politics.

Asked why HPU did not make it into the list of  the top 100 universities in the country in the survey conducted by the UGC, the VC said varsity staff was busy and did not participate in the ranking.

For long time, the VC had been claiming to install biometric system to address the problem of punctuality of the staff, and that the campus will be completely Wi-Fi. But again, he gave assurance about it, like he always did during his tenure of five years,

 

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After CBSE, Himachal Postpones Board and UG Exams Till May 1st

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Shimla-The ongoing examinations of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education and under graduate classes have been postponed, a spokesperson of the HP Government informed today. He said that the state government has taken the decision keeping in view the health concerns of the students and parents.

These exams included the ongoing board examinations for Class 10th and 12th and UG examinations starting on 17th April to 17th May, 2021.

The government said that the situation would be reviewed on 1st May, 2021, and further directions would be issued accordingly. In a separate notification, the HPBOSE said that the schools exams for the two board classes were postponed till May 17, 2021. The Board also relieved all the staff engaged in conducting examinations including Superintendents, Deputy Superintendents, Flying Squads, Invigilators and Peons except Chowkidards. 

The decision of the government came after the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) today decided to cancel the examinations for class 10 and postpone exams for Class 12 due to the ongoing surge in daily COVID-19 infections in the country. The Board said that there was a constant demand for postponing the exams from students, parents, and the state governments.

However, the state government in Himachal Pradesh had decided to go on with exams amid the peeking second wave of the pandemic.

“The pandemic situation in the country is seeing a resurgence of COVID 19 positive cases in many states, with a few states having been affected more than others. In this situation, schools have been shut down in 11 states. Unlike State Boards, CBSE has an all-India character, and therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country,” the Union Education Ministry today said.

Looking to the present situation of the pandemic and school closures, the Ministry decided that the Board Exams for Class XII to be held from May 4thto June, 14th, 2021 would be postponed. The situation will be reviewed on 1st June 2021 by the Board. A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations.

 The Board Exams for Class X to be held from 4thMay to June 14th, 2021 were  cancelled.

“The results of Class Xth Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board. Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams,” the Ministry said.

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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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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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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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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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