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HPU’s Strange Rule: No Entry in Hostels if Students Go to 24×7 Library Despite Warden’s Permission

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh University is already in controversy for its poor results of the fifth semester under Rashtriya Ucch Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) system. About 70 percent of students were declared fail, 900 had obtained zero marks, and 2600 students had scored below 10 marks. The students had been alleging discrepancies in checking of answer-sheets and demanding free of cost re-checking.

Now, again the varsity is in controversy for depriving students of using the 24×7 library. The authority doesn’t allow students to enter their respective hostels if they go to the 24×7 library during night hours.

The authority argues that it has a new rule under which gates of the hostels for boys would be closed at sharp 10 PM. However, there is a large number of students who used to go to the 24×7 library to study during night hours. These students even took special permissions from the authority to continue their routine ahead of their Post Graduation and  NET/SET exams.  

The students alleged that despite permission they are not allowed to go to the library. In case they leave before 10 PM for the library, they are not allowed to enter their hostels. About five days ago, the students had to spend their nights outside the gates of their hostels after coming back from the library. The students were seen sleeping under the open sky as they were not allowed to enter their hostels.

This strange rule sparked a protest among the students. However, this protest was suppressed by imposing a ban on any kind of protest outside hostels, they alleged. However, the students are still fighting by holding silent protests.

HPU Student Sleeping Outside Hostels

They approached the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Warden with their grievance several times. However, no one is attending to them, the students alleged. The students have been protesting for at least the last five to six days now.

The varsity authority is silent over this decision. The only conclusion that could be drawn is that this rule was imposed after ABVP members along with RSS workers clashed with SFI in March, leaving several students injured. The clash was over holding an RSS shakha near the boys’ hostel.

It’s pertinent to mention that before May 2019, there was no such rule to close the gates of hostels for boys at 10 PM. A large number of students, who had developed their habit of studying during the night, used to utilize the 24×4 library. In fact, this library was meant to facilitate these students. The students alleged that the authority is using police force to impose this rule on them, which is not justified at all. Moreover, these students had obtained special permission to go to the 24×7 library from their wardens.

The students are questioning the purpose of the 24×7 library if they can’t use it. There is no provision of a library at hostels. These students are determined to continue their protest until they are heard by the authorities.

Other than this controversy, the students have been alleging the varsity authorities of unlawfully offering admissions to candidates in PhD. They alleged the varsity of flaunting rules and regulations including those provided under University Act and Ordinance in doing so. The section of students who were protesting against it was harassed by sending letters with false allegations to their parents, the students alleged.

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

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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 www.hpbose2011@gmail.com 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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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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