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Ray of hope for Himachal’s disabled students as Governor directs HPU to reserve 5% seats

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Shimla: The fight of the disabled students of Himachal Pradesh for their right to education is still on as the university clearly denied admission to eligible students.

The students organized under the Disabled Students Association (DSA) and approached the administration after several disabled students faced disappointment during admission for the session 2017-18.

The students had also approached the Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Dev Vrat with a memorandum.

The Association was informed that the Government has directed the Himachal Pradesh University to reserve five percent seats for the disabled students as per the recently enacted Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act and to submit the action taken a report.

The demand was raised before the Governor by DSA in a memorandum submitted to him last month.

Satish Thakur, the convener of DSA, on August 24, said the university was supposed to implement the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2006 from the session 2017-18.

State Government didn’t implement it despite directions of the Central Government. The Act, passed on December 16, 2016, was supposed to be implemented across the country from April 19, 2017. However, the HP University didn’t adhere to the guidelines and failed to implement the new Act.

The Section 32 of the Act clearly defines that all government institutions and other institution of higher education “shall reserve not less than five percent seats’ for the disabled students. He said this quota shall be given each year in all courses and in hostel accommodation.

While other universities like the Jawahar Lal Nehru, Delhi, has implemented the Act, HPU still sticks to the old roster. Several disabled students faced disappointment as they were told the reserved seats were already full. The students were told the varsity has not yet implemented the new Act.

According to Satish, the university has been depriving the disabled students of their constitutional rights.

Some students were forced by the university to approach the High Court for admission and hostel accommodation, said Satish.

The main objective of our Association is to make university community aware of legal rights of the disabled students and create an atmosphere where disabled students are not discriminated,

said Satish.

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Himachal Shuts Down All Educational Institutes A Week After Re-Opening 

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Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutes closed again

Shimla-A week after re-opening for regular classes, the Himachal Pradesh Government had to shut down all government and private schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and coaching institutes from 11th to 25th November 2020, for students, teaching and non-teaching staff amid alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held on November 10, 2020. It’s pertinent to mention that the state government had re-opened the school for the students of 9th to 12th from November 2. However, during the past few days, hundreds of teachers and several students tested positive in various schools, especially in Mandi district.

Meanwhile, the unpreparedness of the state government came to light as the largest medical facility – IGMC Shimla- ran out of space in isolation wards for COVID-19 patients. It’s packed to full capacity. Reportedly, another dedicated COVID-19 hospital – DDU Shimla- was also running out of space. The government has also failed to establish make-shift hospitals, which it had been promising for the past couple of months. However, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining in media statements that the government was prepared for all eventualities.

Questions have also been raised over the quality of protective gear provided to health staff as several officials tested positive at a COVID-19 hospital in Mandi district.

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Nauni Varsity Session 2020-21: List of Selected Candidates for UG Courses Released

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UHF Nauni UG Course Selection list 2020-21

Solan: Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has released the college and discipline wise list of selected candidates, both for normal and self-financing seats for admission to BSc Horticulture, BSc Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology for academic session 2020-21. The list of selected candidates, college and discipline wise has been prepared on the basis of counselling proformas and the relevant reservation documents submitted by the candidates through email. 

The selected candidates have been advised to deposit the admission fee in the respective bank accounts of the colleges on any day between 9-12 November. Presently due to COVID, the concessional fee is being charged from the candidates. The candidates will have to send a copy of the bank receipt no/ screenshot of the fee deposited online on the email of the colleges mentioned in the notification. Non-deposit of the fee within the due date will result in the cancellation of the claim for admission.

The candidates are advised to go through the detailed notification uploaded on the university website. The concessional fee details, bank account numbers of respective colleges along with email address has been given in the list. In view of COVID, the classes of the students will be conducted through online mode till further orders.  

The selected candidates shall have to report to the dean of the concerned college along with original documents(list mentioned in the notification) as and when directed by the way of a notice on the university website.

 

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Himachal’s Schools/Colleges to Re-Open for Regular Classes from Today  

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Shimla-Schools in Himachal Pradesh are today re-opening for regular classes after remaining closed for over seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken to allow regular classes for the students of Class 9th to 12th  in the last meeting of the Cabinet. However, online classes would also continue. Regular classes would also be resumed in the colleges from today onwards.

The SOPs have also been issued in this regard. According to the SOPs, a written consent of parents to send their children to schools would be mandatory, and the students can opt to study online if they do not wish to attend the school physically.

Also, schools can’t enforce attendance on students. In case the number of students is more than that of the capacity of classrooms, then principals/headmasters have been given liberty to conduct classes on alternate days to maintain social distancing.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to tighten grip on the state as eight deaths were reported on November 1, 2020. Over two dozen staff including Dr Janak Raj, MS, also tested positive at the IGMC Shimla. Earlier, 22 school teachers in Mandi district and Education Minister had also tested positive.

Till November 1, 2020 (9 PM), the official statistics of the state Health Department showed the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to be 22264, of which 2973. A total of 320 persons had lost their lives due to COVID-19. 

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