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