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Himachal Central University without permanent campus for 6 years, running in shifts



The centre university campus in by Kamaljeet.

The CUHP authorities have demanded that they should be handed over the building of the old regional centre of Himachal Pradesh University in government college, Dharamshala, the new building of the BEd college, tribal hostel of government college was virtually unoccupied

SHIMLA- Central University Himachal Pradesh (CUHP), which is embroiled in controversy and has been without a permanent campus for the last more than six years since its establishment in Kangra district, is being forced to work in shifts.

Presently, the CUHP has been established in government college building at Shahpur, about 20 km from Kangra. There are just seven proper lecture theatres in the college for 17 postgraduate, four undergraduate and two certificate courses being offered by the CUHP.

Yoginder Verma, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, CUHP, admitted that there was a shortage of space on the present campus. He, however, said the university was making optimum use of the space available with them.

We have partitioned many rooms in the college and even converted lab assistant room into lecturer theatre. Due to partitions, the number of lecture theatres in the temporary campus has been increased to 19. However, even this number is short for the university,

he said.

He said to make optimum utilisation of the space available with the university, 10 departments function from Monday to Friday, 10 from Tuesday to Friday and one department from Saturday to Monday.

Besides, there are two shifts in a day with one department functioning from 8.30 am to 11.30 am, while the other functioning after that,

he said.

A visit to the university revealed that the lack of infrastructure was taking a toll on the institute. Rooms of professors and associate professors have been reduced to small cabins that cannot provide an ideal environment to them for research. The space under the stairs has also been converted into a classroom.

Sources in the CUHP said due to the lack of space, the university was failing to attract senior faculty of the ranks of professor and associate professor. Even those who had joined the institute initially are now applying at other places looking from greener pastures.

Though the deadlock over the location of a permanent campus of the CUHP is continuing, the university authorities have requested the state government to provide them some buildings in Dharamshala so that they can decongest the campus at Shahpur and start some new courses.

The CUHP authorities have demanded that they should be handed over the building of the old regional centre of Himachal Pradesh University in government college, Dharamshala, the new building of the BEd college, tribal hostel of government college was virtually unoccupied and building of working women hostel is also lying vacant. The CUHP authorities have written to the Principal Secretary, Education, and the Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, for providing them the said building.

Minister for Urban Development Sudhir Sharma had said he would provide the said buildings to the CUHP at Dharamsala so that they could start new academic courses there. However, till date no decision has been taken on it.

The university authorities feel that the Union Government might contemplate shifting Central University from Himachal in case the issue of land was not resolved.

Photo: Kamaljeet

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Include Yoga as Compulsory Subject in Himachal’s Schools, Demands HPYSA



Yoga as Compulsory Subject in Himachal Schools

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Yogasana Sports Association (HPYSA), Chairman, Prof. GD Sharma, has urged the State Government to include Yoga as a compulsory subject at the school level and to teach it in colleges as well. While addressing a press conference very recently, he said that Yoga has been recognized as a sport by the government of India and sports quota in jobs will now apply to Yoga players.

GD Sharma said the inclusion of Yoga at schools and college would open new avenues for the youth as a career. He said that HPYSA has launched a statewide drive to connect youth in the Hill state with Yoga. It’s all set to organize the first online State level Yogasana Contest in March and winners, thereof, will participate in the national championship to be held from March 24 to 26.

HPYSA is affiliated with the National Yogasana Sports Association, a body recognized by the central ministry of youth affairs and sports, he added.

Sharma, a former professor of HP University, has been instrumental in promoting Yoga across the globe when he was posted in Indonesia by the government of India with a diplomat status from 1992 to 1997 

He said HPYSA will make all efforts to create job opportunities for youth through Yoga.

About Recognition of Yogasana as a Competitive Sport.

On December 17, 2020, the Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports had announced the formal recognition of Yogasana as a competitive sport.

The Government of India had said that Yogasana is an integral and important component of Yoga, which is psycho-physical in nature and popular across the globe for its efficacy in fitness and general wellness.

It had further added , “Yogasana becoming a sport will also ensure new technologies and new strategies being inducted into the disciplines, to benefit our athletes and officials towards building fruitful and fulfilling careers in this field”.

The government had also said that it was planning to include Yogasana as a Sport discipline in Khelo India and in the University Games and we will also pitch it at the National Games and in Olympics.

The AYUSH ministry had said that the sports discipline of Yogasana is likely to have 51 medals in 4 events & 7 categories. The proposed events for both men and women include Traditional Yogasana, Artistic Yogasana (Single), Artistic Yogasana (Pair), Rhythmic Yogasana (Pair), Free Flow/Group Yogasana, Individual All Round – Championship and Team Championship.

According to the AYUSH, following steps or activities will form part of the road map and the future development of Yogasana Sport:

  1. A pilot Yogasana Competition named as “National Individual Yogasana Sports Championship (Virtual Mode) to be held in early 2021.
  2. Launching of an Annual Calendar of competitions, events and programs of Yogasana sport.
  3. Development of Automated Scoring System for the Yogasana Championship.
  4. Courses for Coaches, Referees, Judges and Directors of competitions.
  5. Coaching camps for players.
  6. Launch of a League of Yogasana, to ensure a career and social status for performers, experts and practitioners, to create Sports Stars among Yogasana athletes.
  7. To introduce Yogasana as a Sport discipline in National Games, Khelo India and international sports events.
  8. Steps to create job opportunities for Yogasana athletes.


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HPBOSE Exam 2021: Schedule for Class 10th and 12th Exams Changed



HP Board Exams 2021

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) would soon issue new date-sheets for yearly exams of Classes 10th and 12th as the state Department of Higher Education has asked it to re-schedule the exams. Instead of May, now, the examinations would be held from April 20, 2020, informed the Director of Higher Education, Amarjeet Kumar Sharma today.

He said the process of making changes in the schedule has been initiated. However, the Board had not released any official statement regarding the change till the time of writing.

The pre-board examinations for the board classes would be held from March 8 to March 20 in the morning session. Practical exams would be conducted from April 8 to April 17. Results of pre-board exams would be declared by March 25, and low-scoring students would be given extra classes till April 15.

The recommendations were made based on the opinion and suggestions received from parents and various teacher associations, the Director informed. As per these suggestions, conducting the board exams in May would cause a delay in starting the 2021-22 session.

The HPBOSE is expected to release new date-sheets during the next couple of days.

The Chairman, HPBOSE, Suresh Kumar Soni, today informed that the exams for Class 9th and 11th would be held from March 8 to March 20 in the evening session, and results would be declared by March 31. The new session is likely to begin from April 1, 2021.

Like every year, HPBOSE would provide questions papers to all government and private schools affiliated with the Board.  Principals/headmasters of these schools have been asked to submit the requirement for questions papers based on the number of students. The last date for submitting the required details is February 7, he informed. The Board has also asked the school heads to deposit Rs. 100 fee per student for question papers online.

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Proposed HPBOSE Date-Sheets for 8th, 10th, 12th Exams 2021 Issued, Objections Invited till Feb 10



HPBOSE Exam Datesheet 2021

Shimla-Date-sheets for Class 10, 12, and 8 yearly examinations for the 2020-21 session have been released by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education yesterday. These schedules would apply to both regular and State Open School (SOS) students. 

These are proposed date-sheets, which have been uploaded on the official HPBOSE website and objections have been invited from teachers, students, and parents. Objections can be mailed on till 10 February 2021.

According to the proposed HPBOSE date-sheets, examinations for 10th class would be held from May 5 to May 20, 2021. For 12th class, exams would be held from May 4 to May 29. Exams for 8th class would be held from May 5 to May 19. While timings for class 10th and 8th would be 8:45 to 12 PM, class 12th exams would be conducted from 1:45 PM to 5 PM.

The Board has already decided that yearly examinations of HPBOSE for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 would not be conducted online. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties.

HPBOSE Class 12 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 10 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 8 Date-Sheet 2021

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