HPU’s Strange Rule: No Entry in Hostels if Students Go to 24×7 Library Despite Warden’s Permission
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.
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.
Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France
Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.
She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity
Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.
Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.
HP University Extends College Admission Date for 2021-22 Session Till Oct 25
Shimla-Dates for admissions to undergraduate courses for the session 2021-22 in colleges affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University has been extended, which has come as a relief to not only those students who were seeking fresh enrollments in the first year but also to the students of the second and third year.
The varsity informed that the decision was taken after considering requests received from various students regarding the same.
Now, willing students can apply for enrollment in both government and private colleges till 5 PM, October 25, 2021.
This extension of date would benefit students who recently passed supplementary exams or those students of the second and third-year who had missed admission due to delay in declaration of their previous results.
UHF Nauni Extends Admission Dates for UG, PG, PhD Till Oct 18
Solan– Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has extended the last date for applying to various Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral programmes in Horticulture, Forestry, Biotechnology, Agribusiness and Business Management. Applicants can submit their complete online application on the university’s admission portal till 18th October.
The normal seats of BSc (Hons) Horticulture, BSc (Hons) Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology will be filled on the basis of scorecard of ICAR-AIEEA (UG) 2021.
Admissions to MSc, MBA (Agribusiness) and PhD (for normal and self-financing seats) will also be conducted on the scorecard of ICAR AIEEA (PG) and AICE-JRF/SRF respectively. Students who have appeared in the ICAR-AIEEA 2021 for UG and PG, or AICE-JRF/SRF examination and are interested in seeking admission, such students must fill the university online application form before 18th October. Undergraduate aspirants who have not appeared in the ICAR test can however apply for the self-financing seats for B Sc and B Tech Biotechnology programmes run by the university by filling the online application on the university website.
The university has also advised the registered candidates to submit complete online application forms along with online payment acknowledgement slip before the due date. The schedule for online counselling will be announced by the University on the website after the declaration of the ICAR examination result. Application forms other than online mode will not be accepted.