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Kotshera College Principal Faces Severe Backlash from Students for Allegedly Patronizing Saffron Agenda

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Shimla-On July 23, 2019, a violent scuffle broke out between students of Student Federation of India and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in the campus of Kotshera College in Shimla. SFI alleged that at least five students linked to ABVP entered the college premises in an intoxicated state and assaulted some members of SFI with a sharp-edged weapon. While three of them fled the scene, two of them were caught. SFI had also released a video clip showing two students being rounded up by police and college authorities.

It was also alleged that ABVP had threatened some students and misbehaved with a female student on July 22, which was reported to the college authority. It was after this complaint that infuriated ABVP activists assaulted SFI members, SFI had alleged.

SFI also alleged that instead of taking action against the intoxicated students, the principal took the side of ABVP and expelled SFI activists.

ABVP, on the other hand, claimed that the scuffle broke out after SFI tore apart their banners and assaulted its members. In this assault, ABVP alleged, some of their members sustained injuries. ABVP alleged that this assault was pre-planned and that SFI keeps creating such nuisance and environment of violence often. It also alleged that SFI is agitated over ABVP’s membership campaign in which a large number of students were showing immense interest.

After the matter reached the police and the college authorities, SFI alleged that one-sided action was taken and SFI members were expelled.

On Monday, SFI organised a protest demonstration against the Principal of Kotshera college. This protest demonstration was organised over a few demands, which included revoking the suspension of two SFI leaders and to take strict disciplinary actions against five ABVP activists who had created nuisance in the college campus in an intoxicated condition, SFI said.

The organization further alleged that the principal is an RSS activist and is taking one-sided decisions against SFI activists and was trying to implement the agenda of saffronisation in the college campus. The principal was alleged of openly patronizing ABVP. On July 9, when ABVP was celebrating its foundation day, the Principal was seen participating in it, SFI alleged. 

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Thousands of activist from the college, SFI Shimla town committee, and SFI HPU Unit sieged him. After the protest demonstration of nearly four hours, the Principal was compelled to attend to the leadership of SFI and had to revoke the suspension of SFI leaders. He also assured that disciplinary actions would be taken against the ABVP activists involved in the alleged nuisance in college under intoxicated situations.

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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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Himachal's schools re-open for regular classes

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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