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HP University’s distant education centre loses recognition



HPU ICDEOL recognition cancelled

Shimla – As a setback for the Himachal Pradesh University and thousands of students the Distant Education Bureau (DEB) has cancelled the recognition of its International Centre for Distance Education and Open Learning (ICDEOL) for one year.

The ICDEOL failed to obtain qualifying grades and fulfil the norms required to maintain the recognition. The ICDEOL has been running for over past three decades.

Surprisingly, the varsity had received A Grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council that has inspected it in 2016. Despite it, the varsity could not gain required Grade of 3.26 which resulted in the cancellation of the recognition.

The ICDEOL won’t be able to introduce any new course or conduct admissions for the new batch.

As per the report, the DEB had found that the ICDEOL lacks sufficient teachers, doesn’t have a sufficient space for a library, and the delivery of the course material to the students was delayed despite obtaining the fees in advance.

The varsity said there is a glitch in issuing grading and that it would knock the doors of the UGC against the same. The varsity has approached the court. The court had asked the UGC to file an answer but did not receive any response so far. 

This threat was looming large over the varsity since the visit of the DEB. Moreover, the Centre had again run into a controversy over unlawful appointments against the set rules and by ignoring seniority of the faculty.

The HP University Teachers Association (HPUTA) had been condemning the appointment of Prof. Kulwant Singh Pathania, from the Commerce Department, as the Director of ICDEOL.

In a meeting of the Association held today under Chairmanship of Prof Roshan Lal Zinta, the teachers demanded that the appointment should be made only amongst the senior faculty members of the ICDEOL.

The teachers had also condemned the appointment of Dr Hoginder Saklani on the post of Assistant Director of the Academic Staff College, saying he was a very junior teacher.

The teachers had expressed a great concern for ignoring the criteria of seniority while appointing some teachers on other statutory posts.

The Association has already been warning the university to take effective and precautionary steps for protecting the recognition of the courses.

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



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 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



hp bose board exams 2020-21

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.

HP SOS Examination Eligibility Criteria

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



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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