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HPU’s Decision to Not Hold SCA Elections a Tactic to Keep Students From Resisting Against Corruption: ABVP, SFI

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HPU SCA Elections 2019

Shimla-Elections to the Students Central Association of Himachal Pradesh University would be held on a nomination basis, and there would be no direct elections. The decision was taken on the recommendations of the High-Power Committee on September 2, 2019.

This implies that no elections would be held and students would not be able to cast their vote to elect suitable leaders (members) for the SCA but the university authority would nominate them. Similarly, the Department Representatives would be nominated by the Chairpersons/Directors of the Departments.

This decision has come against the demands of the student organizations which have been demanding reinstation of direct elections to the SCA through a democratic voting method.

The SCA would be formed by September 12, 2019. The cut-off date to determine the age of the nominated representatives, the varsity has decided that for Post-Graduation classes the candidate should be 25-years-old on 31 July 2019. For candidates of M.Phil/Research Scholars, the candidate should be 28 years old on 31 July 2019.

The form would be available on the official website of the varsity. The candidates are required to submit forms, duly recommended by the Chairperson/Director of their respective departments, at the office of Dean Students’ Welfare by September 7, 2019, by 2:00 PM.

Both major student organizations, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Student Federation of India (SFI) have condemned this decision. They have termed it a tactic of the varsity authority and the state government to conceal ongoing corruption, lack of facilities, and deteriorating academic environment.

Enraged with this decision, ABVP said the varsity and the state government have been depriving the students of their democratic rights since 2014 by imposing a ban on the SCA elections.

“The only weapon that the students possess to raise their demands and raise their voice against corruption and irregularities was the SCA, and therefore, the varsity is not allowing democratic elections,”

ABVP said.

“The candidates nominated on the basis of merit have never been able to become the voice of the students, neither they could ever raise issues related to the interests of the students. This is the reason that today the students of the varsity are deprived of even basic facilities,”

ABVP further added terming this attitude as dictatorial.

ABVP further said that the organization has been demanding reinstation of SCA elections since last five years.

ABVP has warned the government that if the SCA elections were not reinstated, then a state-wide movement, similar to JP Narayan Movement of 1975, would be launched to curb the dictatorship of the varsity authority.

SFI also condemned this decision and said it is proof that the corruption and irregularities in the varsity are at their peak. The varsity authority and the state government fear resistance from the educated and intellectual section of the society, and they want to prevent any protests from the students.

“The government and the varsity know that if the SCA elections are reinstated, then the winning organization would be SFI, which would expose the ongoing corruption at the varsity,”

said Vikram Kayath, the State President of SFI.

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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 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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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.

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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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