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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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Govt Prepares Alternative Academic Calendar to Compensate Loss in Education Sector, No Decision on Opening Schools Till May 3

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Shimla-Education of students, especially in schools, is also hit by COVID-19 pandemic. Like several other sectors, the education sector is faced with a problem it never before came face to face.

In this regard, Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank presided over a video conference meeting with Education Ministers and Secretaries of School Education Department of all states and Union Territories to discuss various issues pertaining to the education sector in the country in the wake of coronavirus.

Education Ministers of 22 States and secretaries from 14 States and Union Territories attended the conference. Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy Smt Anita Karwal and senior officials of the Ministry participated in the meeting.

Pokhriyal said that whole efforts should be that our 33 crore students do not face any difficulty and can continue their education. For this, various efforts are being made to strengthen the online education platforms like DIKSHA, Swayam, SwayamPrabha, Vidyadaan 2.0, E-Pathshala, Educational TV Channel of Doordarshan, DishTV, Tata Sky, Jio, Airtel DTH etc. The Minister also said that apart from this, an alternative academic calendar has also been released by NCERT which states can adopt according to their local situation. Also, we have to prepare safety guidelines in case of opening of schools.

Mid-day meal scheme has also been continued during the summer vacation for students. Doordarshan is providing education curriculum content through various programmes with DTH services on 33 channels.

The Minister appealed to all the States to start the process of evaluation of answer sheets of Board exams and facilitate CBSE to evaluate answer sheets of the students in their respective States.       

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj while interacting with Union Minister apprised that distance learning initiatives are being taken up by the department through the Internet and Doordarshan Himachal. Now, DD Himachal is also available on Airtel DTH at channel number 406. He said 66 percent students from elementary classes and 72 percent students from higher classes are on board in distance learning initiatives.

The Minister said that efforts are being made for reaching out to students through All India Radio. 

The HP Board of school examination has conducted exams for all papers of class 10th. A plan is being prepared for a few papers left of plus two standards.  The textbooks have been distributed to all and mid-day meal is also being distributed. The State government is also preparing post-lockdown strategies for the education sector.

He urged the Union Minister to approve four Kendriya Vidyalayas in the state. He also demanded the mid-day meal facility for pre-primary classes.

Rest, the decision over the opening of schools and other educational institute is likely to be taken during the next Cabinet meeting scheduled for May 2. Also, the Prime Minister would take decision on the lockdown and state government would wait for his address on May 3 before taking any big steps.

The lockdown is likely to continue with relaxations and implementation of exist-plans in the green zones.

Moreover, the opening of schools would require facilitating public transport. Therefore, the Transport Department would also have a say in this matter.

Secretary Akshay Sood, Director, Elementary Education Rohit Jamwal,  Director, Higher Education Dr. Amarjeet Sharma and other senior officers of the Education Department were also present in the meeting.

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HP Govt to Teach School Students via Doordarshan, Whatsapp, Website, Radio 

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government today announced to launch the e-learning and teaching for 10th and 12th standard students of the state through Doordarshan. The online learning facility from home will be provided to students under Himachal Doordarshan Gyanshala programme from 17 April, 2020 onwards, it was informed.

 The education department has prepared programme according to the syllabus of HP School Education Board for 10th and 12th classes. The programme would be telecast from 17 April for three hours from 10 AM to 1 PM for different subjects as per the time table.

 The Government further informed that the ‘Learning from Home- Har Ghar Pathshala’, a home based teaching programme for the students from grades 9 to 12 is functional during the lockdown period of COVID-19.

 This programme would help the students to get access to online videos and worksheets from their homes on the Govt Website and Har Ghar Pathshala Website. This programme would start from 16 April, 2020 between 10 am to 1 pm daily till the regular opening of schools, informed the Government.

 Under this programme, the Government claimed, all the students would regularly receive daily videos and home work through WhatsApp groups with teachers on important topics.  Their homework would be regularly checked by the teachers and also provide feedback.

 Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that the education department is also planning to broadcast the study material on TV/Radio/FM to cater every student of the State.

 Secretary Information and Public Relations Rajneesh, Secretary Finance Akshay Sood, Special Secretary Education Hemraj Bairwa, Director Higher Education Dr Amarjeet Sharma, Director Information and Public Relations Harbans Singh Brascon and representatives of Doordarshan Shimla were present of the occasion.

 

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Shimla’s Private Schools Forcing Parents to Pay Fees Amid Lockdown Despite Govt Directions to Extend Dates

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Shimla-Already infamous for charging hefty fees of various sorts throughout the session, private schools in Shimla are still most concerned about their fees. The spread of COVID-19 and nationwide lockdown were not good enough reasons to refrain from compelling parents to submit fees from the beginning of the lockdown. Earlier, they were forcing parents to submit their fees by March 31st.  At that time, the government was still mulling over the period of relaxation in curfew and its frequency. On top of that, schools did not offer online service for depositing fees online, which implied that parents had to walk to the bank associated with the school.

Taking note of it, on March 27th, the Department of Higher Education directed the schools to stop forcing parents and extend the last date of depositing fees to April 30. The Education Minister also told the schools to facilitate parents during the lockdown and extend the last dates. But the administration has never been a deterrent for these schools. The schools continued to persuade parents to deposit fees despite the directions. Some parents accepted even violating lockdown to deposit fees.  

These schools claim they are taking online classes which included giving home-work and assignment through Whatsapp or some other apps. Now, some schools are experimenting with some applications that allow conducting online classes for a few hours.   

Now that the extension of the lockdown is almost inevitable, these schools again started to agitate parents for fees. They have been only asked to extend the date, not to exempt payment of fees. 

“Despite repeated reminders, some of the private school managements are forcing the parents of the students to deposit the school fees during countrywide lockdown/curfew in the state,”

the said a notification issued by the Directorate of Higher Education again on April 9.

“In view of the lockdown/curfew and the pandemic situation in the State the date of deposit of school fees of privately managed schools is hereby deferred till further orders and it is further directed not to force the parents of the ward to deposit the school fees during this period,”

the schools were further directed in the same notification.

The Department said it would take strict action against offenders. However, these schools are least worried about such directions because the students of government officials also study in these schools. On the other hand, the parents can’t come out to openly criticize the functioning of the school where their children are enrolled. Rest, the managements of private schools are well aware that the standard of education offered at the government schools leaves parents with no choice but to kneel in front of them. 

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