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Finally, HPU gets rid of ADN Bajpai as VC, RS Chauhan to hold office till new appointment

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SHIMLA-Embroiled in controversies and corruption charges, the six year tenure of Prof. ADN Bajpai as the Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University has come to end. He hasn’t been given another extension as reports had suggested earlier. As per notification, Prof. R.S. Chauhan, Pro- Vice Chancellor, HPU, Shimla will hold the charge of the post with effect from 25 May. Prof. Chahuan will also continue to discharge his own duties till the appointment of new Vice Chancellor.

So far, last six years since appointment of Mr. Bajpai as VC has been toughest time for the HPU Campus. He was appointed during the Bhartiya Janata Party rule in 2012 despite his controversial past and pending case against him. His appointment was also challenged by the students. His decision to force drastic rise in fees on students, poor implementation of Rastriya Uchchatar Siksha Abhiyan (RUSA), and prohibition on direct elections to Student Central Association faced sever protest from the student organizations. Demand for his removal followed him during his entire tenure in HPU. The VC also remained in news for allegedly misusing his official position for personal benefits.

A petition filed in the State High Court, that was accepted, alleges that Mr. Bajpai caused a loss worth about Rs. 2.5 crore to varsity as he misused official staff and services at his official residence. The petition also alleged the VC of opening backdoor entries in recruitment and issuance of degree to non-eligible students.

The VC turned the campus into a police cantonment when the student protest grew aggressive. Police was openly allowed to unleash brutal force to repress the student protest. Two major organizations at HPU, Student Federation of India (SFI) and Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had even joined hands against Mr. Bajpai demanding rollback of massive fee hikes and RUSA. Several protesting students were detained and some spent months in jail for showing resistance.

Not just the VC displayed involvement in and association to political activities himself, but also encouraged same environment for all administrative staff. He even managed to sit over the report of review committee formed to assess the massive hikes in fees. The system also seems to have supported Mr. Bajpai in his endeavors well. 

Students are likely to take a sigh of relief now. But to recreate academic environment, HPU would now need a real educator and true visionary as its Vice-Chancellor, if government could spare this position from its political propaganda.

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Enraged Over Suspension of 10 Students, ABVP Stages Protest at HPU Campus, Alleges Varsity of One-Sided Action  

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ABVP Protest at HPU over suspension of members

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh University unit of Akhil Bhartiya Parishad today staged an aggressive protest at the campus over the suspension of its 10 members. The student organization alleged the university authority of one-sided action.

The unit secretary Ankit Chandel said that ABVP had held a protest at the campus on July 11, 2019 over delay and irregularities in the declaration of results of UG classes. For this protest, the varsity on Thursday suspended 10 students.
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Chandel alleged that when the employees hold protests outside the office of Vice-Chancellor, no action is taken. However, on the other hand, when a student organization stages protest, then its members are suspended in a biased manner.

Earlier, ABVP entered the office of VC to submit their demand to declare results of UG classes. The organization said that the results for the second and fourth semester of UG classes have not been declared. As many as 5000 students were facing problems in their admissions due to this delay, ABVP said. However, when students did not find the VC or any other staff at the office to attend to them, they shouted slogans against the administration for over two hours.

Chandel alleged that the varsity is adopting various tactics to suppress the voices protesting against the irregularities in the working of the administration.  While thousands of students are facing huge inconvenience due to delay and irregularities in the declaration of results, the varsity is leaving no stone unturned to give itself a pat on its back, he said.
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Chandel reminded that cases of irregularities in admissions to P.hD and MCA were reported about nine months ago. When students protested against it, their voice was suppressed instead of taking action.

ABVP has warned the varsity authority of not interfering with the working of the student organization and instead mind its own job.  The organization has also demanded to revoke the suspension of its members. Otherwise, it warned, a state-wide protest would be held against the varsity. ABVP also demanded to declare complete results of UG classes immediately.   

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HP University Offers Special Chance to Complete UG Degrees

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HPU Special Chance for UG Degrees

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh University on July 17, 2019, issued a notification offering special chance to complete BA/B.Sc/B.Com and Shashtri degrees to candidates who had enrolled for academic sessions between 2000 – 2012-13 but could not complete their course in the given time period.

Such candidates can avail this special chance by paying a fee of Rs 5000 per year. The examination will be held in March 2020 in accordance with the old syllabus (2012-13).

Similarly, the candidates, who had enrolled for academic sessions between 2000-2014, can avail this chance to complete their BCA/BBA degrees by paying a fee of Rs 20, 000 per year. The examination for these degrees will be held in September 2019 in accordance with the old syllabus (2013-14).

The notification was issued after a few amendments in decisions taken by the HPU Executive Council in its meeting held on May 31, 2019.       

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UHF Nauni Invites Applications for Self-Employment Vocational Training Course

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Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has invited applications for its one-year Vocational Training Course on Horticulture Management (Self-Employment) for the session 2019-20. The objective of the training programme is to train the youth from agriculture background to become self-employed in the production of fruits, vegetables, mushroom and beekeeping.

The training course will be run at the university’s Regional Horticulture Research and Training Stations and the Krishi Vigyan Kendras of the University from September 11. The total seats in the programme are 130, which will be offered at seven stations of the university.

The Regional Horticulture Research and Training Stations at Jachh in Kangra, Bajaura in Kullu, Sharbo in Kinnaur, Mashobra in Shimla and College of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri in Hamirpur will offer 20 seats each. The Regional Horticulture Research and Training Station at Dhaulakuan in Sirmaur and Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Chamba will be offering 15 seats each in this programme.

Candidates between the age of 17 to 30 years belonging to agriculture background and possessing minimum qualification of Class 10 are eligible to apply for this programme. Interested candidates can submit their application on a simple paper to the respective Associate Directors/ Coordinators on or before August 8.

The interviews will be conducted on August 19 at the office of the Associate Directors or Coordinator. The candidates will have to submit an affidavit saying that they will be taking up this as a vocation. Candidates will have to bring all the essential certificates along with photocopies including any category certificates (if applicable) at the time of the interview. No stipend will be paid during the course.

 

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