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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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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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Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory

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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Nature Park

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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