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RUSA Result Blunder: HPU VC experimenting on students like rats in labs

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SHIMLA- About 3,000 Students of HP University and affiliated colleges were already in unrest because their results were late by 9-10 months, and now, when the results are finally announced, Himachal’s student community is shocked and surprised.  During his five year tenure, Vice Chancellor ADN Bajpai, has taken varsity standards to record low level.  The varsity has become a joke and students have become mice in the lab that the VC uses for his experimentation while Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and the Honorable High Court maintains their silence.

Also Read: Indian universities shut door on HPU students, not accepting admissions forms to PG courses

The result for first semester of third batch of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) have declared about 98 percent students fail, and have been given ‘F’ grade. Even meritorious students, who had obtained over 80 percent marks in plus two (+2) examination or were in merit list, are too declared fail in multiple subjects. On the top of it, varsity has given only five days to apply for re-checking.  Most likely, students will be charged additional fee for re-checking.

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

Protests have erupted among students in almost every college in Himachal Pradesh who are pursuing various undergraduate courses under HP varsity.

Students alleged that varsity is taking 9-12 months to declare the results, and when it did, the results declared record percentage of students (98%) fail, which is impossible.

The joke didn’t conclude here;   the high-power committee formed by the VC to inquire into the matter included same members who are responsible for this blunder, alleged angry students.  The committee includes the Dean, College Development Council, Prof SS Chauhan will be the chairperson of the committee with Dr JS Negi, Controller of Examination (COE), Dr Raja Ram, Principal Govt College, Kotshera (Shimla), Dr Ram Lal Sharma, general secretary, HP Government College Teachers Association CTA and Dr Mukesh Kumar, System Analyst of the Computer Centre of the university.

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

Colleges like Sanjauli and RKMV in Shimla have reported almost 100 percent failure rate which has enraged students over rampant corruption and irregularities in functioning of varsity. In a college in Sarkaghat in Mandi district, where only 4% of the total 600 where declared pass, students blocked Sarkaghat-Gumarwin highway for four hours. Local police were forced to take action and dispersed the agitators.

Enraged students of Sanjauli and RKMV Colleges in Shimla reached HP Varsity and staged protest and demanded re-evaluation of papers without any additional fee.

Hundreds of students of MCM DAV College also boycotted their classes on the second consecutive day and held protest against the varsity. The students boycotted classes and held a protest demonstration outside the college gate. They took out a protest march through the main market of the town and submitted a memorandum to Kangra SDM Debasweta Banik for onward transmission to the university authorities.

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

Similarly, students at the local Arya Government College also boycotted their classes as protest against such blunder.

The Vice Chancellor’s experiments with HP University by adoption of RUSA without necessary preparation and infrastructure have been backfiring since its implementation. Results are always late by many months and students even faced problems while applying in reputed universities outside Himachal as no other state have opted for RUSA.  RUSA had attracted criticism from every section of student community and every student organization staged several protests for last three years urging the government to consider apathy of the HP varsity VC Bajpai.

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

Public and government had encouraged the Vice Chancellor when he had forced massive, unjustified hikes in various fees.  People believed that hike in fee will boost the varsity’s education standards as well as help achieving basic facilities. However, the varsity seems to be heading towards a miserable future despite extraction of hiked fees. Students, who protested against fee hikes and irregularities in RUSA, were suppressed with brute police force. Students were detained, abused and beaten in custody with complete impunity.

Also Read: Tempted by Rs 100 crores fat funds, HPU joking with future of students by faulty implementation of RUSA in haste

Fed up with apathy of varsity administration, students have now warned administration of massive and aggressive protest including gherao of officials and ministers, chakka-jam etc. if varsity did not take immediate measures to correct the results before September 5, and stop playing with future of students.

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

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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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