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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.

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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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HPU College Teachers Condemn Lowering Pass Percentage to Improve RUSA Results, Student Organizations in Favour

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh University appears to have succumbed to the pressure from students as it recently issued a notification announcing lowering the pass percentage from 45 percent to 40 percent. The university also withdrew the criteria of separately obtaining qualifying marks for the Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA) and scrapped the End Semester Examination (ESE). The announcement came following reports of poor results of Under-graduate Classes under RUSA system.

While the students and student organizations have welcomed this decision, the Himachal Pradesh College Teachers Association has condemned it. The teachers are of the view that reducing pass percentage alongwith withdrawing ESE and mandatory condition of obtaining 35% in CCA would only degrade the quality of education. The teachers termed lowering passing percentage as a very poor step to improve examination results. The teachers further complained that the university amended the provision without consulting all stakeholders and considering the negative implications of this decision.

The Association is of the opinion that the university is playing with the future of the students and the quality of education for the sake of improving results. The teachers also termed the decision contrary to the claims of the government to introduce quality in education.

Because now the students are required to obtain only 10 to 14 percent marks in the End Semester Exams instead of 35 percent, the teachers said, they would be under pressure to grant students 28 to 30 marks in CCA, which was decided based on three aspects: attendance, mid-term test, and overall assessment through assignment, tests, class seminars, and assignments.

On the other hand, student organization Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has welcomed this decision.

“ABVP welcomes this decision. Prior to the introduction of RUSA, the passing percentage used to be 35 percent, and the number of subjects was also lesser. But now, under RUSA, the passing percentage was 45 percent, and the number of subjects was also higher. Moreover, there was a mandatory condition of securing passing marks in theory and CCA separately,”

Yograj Dogra, the Campus President of ABVP told Himachal Watcher.

“Moreover, it was ABVP that had raised this demand of lower passing percentage and scrap mandatory condition of securing 35 percent in CCA,”

he further added.

The Student Federation of India has not released any statement regarding this decision so far. However, SFI has also been advocating lowering of pass percentage to improve the results.

In May, the students had approached the Vice-Chancellor with a plea to reduce the pass percentage arguing that 70 percent of students who had appeared in the examination of the fifth semester were flunked. About 2600 students had scored below 10 marks and 900 had scored zero. The students had complained that there is no provision of re-evaluation under RUSA. For re-checking, students were made to pay a hefty Rs. 400 fee per subject, which was termed as financial exploitation of the students.

On June 14, 2019, the University issued a notification stating that the Vice-Chancellor has approved changes in these conditions.

“The pass percentage for the students of Under-Graduate Classes under RUSA(CBCS) system for the academic session 2016 and 2017 onwards be reduced to 40 percent instead of 45 percent to maintain the uniformity with the Annual system. However, the rewards of Practical examinations shall be kept apart, and it will only be calculated after the candidate secures 40 percent marks in CCA and ESE,”

it said.

The notification further said,

“The criteria of qualifying marks (i.e. 35%) for CCA and End Semester Examinations separately shall be considered withdrawn.”

The Teachers’ Association is of the view that the university has taken this decision to benefit a handful of politically backed students. The long-term results would be fatal for the academic standards and the future of the students, the Association believes.

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Nauni Varsity Ranked Highest in NIRF Rankings for Past 3 Years as it Leads in Academics, Extension and Research

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Solan-The past three years have been highly successful for Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, and the university has made rapid strides on all the three fronts- academics, extension and research, informed the Public Relation Officer, Suchet Attri.

He said that Dr HC Sharma, who will be completing a successful term as university Vice-Chancellor on June 14, credits the whole university for this unprecedented success. Dr Sharma has thanked the government for its support in improving the financial situation of the university in the past three years. He informed that the sanctioned budget of the university has increased from Rs 64.25 cr to 90.5 crores and the domestic income rose from Rs. 19.79 crore in 2016-17 to Rs. 29.27 crores in 2018-19. This figure is expected to touch Rs. 32.6 crores in the current financial year. Owing to the improvement in the financial health, the university has been able to clear long pending dues (since 2011) of the employees and pensioners worth over Rs. 41.27 crores, he said.

He further informed that the university has been the highest ranked in the NIRF rankings in Himachal Pradesh for the past three years. The university achieved 80th position in the top 100 universities in the country and is the only one from the state to make it into the list. This year only nine agricultural horticulture universities from the country were in the top 100 list. In the ICAR State agriculture Universities ranking, UHF improved its ranking from 51 in 2016 to 38 in 2017. In the past three years, 44 positions of scientists and several posts of the non-teaching staff were filled by the university and 80 additional positions of scientists/assistant professors have also been approved by the Government, which will be filled up very soon. The student intake of the university also increased from 1250 in 2016 to 2250 in 2018/19.

The University has taken a great leap forward and a new College of Horticulture is being established at Thunag with a budget outlay of over Rs. 70 crores, he added. It is expected to give a major boost to horticulture and forestry activities in the area. The process of ICAR accreditation of the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri has also been completed and the college is expected to accredited soon.

The university has made significant progress in research and infrastructure development. During the past three years, the grant from ICAR and other central resources has increased significantly and the university received more than 10 crores assistance from ICAR over the past two years.  Several works like the Pavilion block and stadium (Rs. 1.20 Crores), gymnasium (Rs 25 lakh), Lab. for Soil Testing: (Rs. 45 lakh), Examination Halls (Rs. 2.00 Crores) Boys Hostel-(Rs. 2.50 Crores), Girls Hostel-VII – (Rs. 2.50 Crores) and other works worth several crores of rupees were commissioned and completed. On 1st December 2018, the Hon’ble Governor and Chancellor of the University inaugurated the newly constructed girls’ hostel at Nauni Campus, and one girls’ hostel and UG block constructed at Neri, were inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur in October 2018.

The crowning glory for the university, the PRO said, was the 9th Convocation of the university held on 21st May 2018, which was presided over by the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind. The Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur also graced the event. On the research front, scientists developed several varieties and technologies.

Varieties like Solan Giriganga in ginger, Solan Srijan in cucumber, Epicotyl grafting technique in walnut, high-density orchards of apple, guava, litchi, and mango were developed by the university. The university was successful in getting projects worth over Rs. 18.37 crores from various funding agencies in the past three years. Several technologies that were developed by the scientists were transferred to the entrepreneurs and the industry. The Botanical Survey of India signed an MoU with the University for opening up a Western Himalayan High Altitude Regional Circle at the university with a budget outlay of Rs 15 crore. The university has also been shortlisted for the Rs 30 crore project of the ICAR, which aims at strengthening undergraduate education in the university.

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Sanjauli College Himachal’s First to Offer Paperless and Cashless Facilities: Edu Minister

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Shimla-With the launch of its new website (www.gcsanjauli.com), the Centre of Excellence Government College Sanjauli has become the first college in Himachal Pradesh to provide paperless and cashless facility to its students. The website, however, redirects to sub-domain (https://gcsanjauli.highalteducation.in/) when students click on the button given for online admission portal.

The Education Minister, who launched the website, said that with this launch the college students will get an online registration facility. They will be able to fill up more than one form and will have the facility to update their forms online.

The students can also deposit their fees on this website by using HDFC payment gateway. The students can pay by various online payment methods including payment through debit and credit cards, e-wallets, Paytm etc.

The Principal Dr. C.B Mehta further informed that there are total 600 seats in Arts category, 20 in English Honors, 80 in Commerce, 140 in Medical, 140 in Non-Medical, 40 in BCA, 90 in Vocational Course (45 in Retail Management and 45 in Hospitality and Tourism). Other than these courses, the College is also offering a course in Journalism and Mass Communication from this session.

He also informed that several online application were received soon after the launch of the website.

The website was developed by a Shimla-based company.

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