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Thousands of Himachal’s disabled denied scholarship, No budget, says Govt: DSA

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HP Disabled Students Association

Shimla: The disabled students in Himachal Pradesh are facing a hard time in claiming their rights to equality and equal opportunities in the field of academics. Despite claims of the state government, the welfare of the disables remains confined to official government files.

It is a matter of shame for the government that even the disables are forced to fight for their constitutional rights.

Earlier, the disabled students were denied admission in HP University for the session 2017-18. The varsity had sent several disabled students back saying the varsity has not implemented the new provisions of five percent reservation for disabled students under the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016.

When a blind student approached the State High Court with this complaint, the State government and the varsity were ordered to enroll the students as per the provision.

As a tight slap on the face of the University and the State Government, the court had also asked them to explain the reasons for not ensuring five percent quota in higher educational institutes for the disabled students despite provisions.

Now, the Disabled Student Association has alleged the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment of withholding scholarships of the thousands of disables studying at the government educational institutes.

The list also includes HP University students.

As per the legal provision and orders of the State High Court, there is a provision of Rs.1750 per month as scholarship to the disabled students studying at higher education institutes. This amount is Rs. 3000 per month for student living in hostels.

However, these students were denied the scholarship.

Scholar Ship to disabled students in Himachal

From HP High Court Orders, 2011

The DSA said when these students approached the Directorate of Scheduled Cast, OBC, and Minority Affairs; they were told that there is no budget for their scholarship.

It said Yoga Devi (MA), Priyanka Devi (LLM), Mukesh (B.Ed), Mira Devi and Neha (both MA Political Science), Hem Singh (M.Com), Vikesh Kumar (MA History), and Mohit Kapor (MA Music) have not received their scholarships.

Majority of these disables belong to economically weaker sections of the society and arrived from remote regions in hope of higher education.

The Association also alleged the state government of neglecting disabled students on every level from primary schools to varsities.

The state government was dragged to court several times by disabled students, NGOs like Umang Foundation, and Students Disabled Association over negligence of the state government to facilitate their education from primary to higher education through the implementation of various Centre and State schemes.

The State High Court had also ordered the government to ensure free education to disabled students and enhance the amounts of their scholarships in schools, colleges, and universities.

The DSA recently wrote a letter to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh with a plea to intervene and order the release of pending scholarships to these students.

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Proposed HPBOSE Date-Sheets for 8th, 10th, 12th Exams 2021 Issued, Objections Invited till Feb 10

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HPBOSE Exam Datesheet 2021

Shimla-Date-sheets for Class 10, 12, and 8 yearly examinations for the 2020-21 session have been released by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education yesterday. These schedules would apply to both regular and State Open School (SOS) students. 

These are proposed date-sheets, which have been uploaded on the official HPBOSE website and objections have been invited from teachers, students, and parents. Objections can be mailed on [email protected] till 10 February 2021.

According to the proposed HPBOSE date-sheets, examinations for 10th class would be held from May 5 to May 20, 2021. For 12th class, exams would be held from May 4 to May 29. Exams for 8th class would be held from May 5 to May 19. While timings for class 10th and 8th would be 8:45 to 12 PM, class 12th exams would be conducted from 1:45 PM to 5 PM.

The Board has already decided that yearly examinations of HPBOSE for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 would not be conducted online. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties.

HPBOSE Class 12 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 10 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 8 Date-Sheet 2021

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Class 10th and 12th Yearly Exams Will Not be Conducted Online Due to Lack of Uniform Internet Connectivity in State: HPBOSE

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Dharamshala-Yearly examinations of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 will not be conducted online, informed Dr Suresh Kumar Soni, Chairman, HPBOSE. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties, he said.

It was decided after the Chairman held a video conference with Deputy Directors and school principals/headmasters to discuss the matter relating to the conduction of examinations.

He also informed that due to the pandemic schools remained closed and the Board could not conduct online practical exams and said that it is considering to allow the schools to conduct them at their level.  Further, to avoid crowding at schools, exams would be conducted in morning and evening sessions and more examination centres would be created. He informed that the Board is also considering to provide question papers for 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th classes to maintain uniformity in examinations across the state.  

Various aspects related to various classes are under consideration and would be forwarded to the Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur, he said. In accordance with Minister’s directions, the Board would try to resume regular examinations, the Chairman added.

Further, he informed that the Board is conducting examinations for 12th class (Science) in March 2020 and has invited applications from candidates. The candidates can apply online through nearest SOS centre between 28th December to 28th January.

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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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