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HPU Convocation: Students Condemn Behavior of HRD Minister & Anurag Thakur Who Refuse to Meet Them

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HPU Convocation 2019

Shimla– The 25th Convocation of Himachal Pradesh University was held on November 29, 2019. As many as 448 Degrees and Gold Medals were awarded on the occasion to meritorious students, out of which 276 were females and 172 males. On the occasion, Vivek Kumar was awarded D.Litt Degree, whereas Afghan national Mohammad Sharif Shaheen was also awarded gold medal in Public Administration. 124 gold medals were also awarded today, out of which 87 gold medals are in the name of girls. Similarly, 189 girls are awarded PhD degree out of the total 323 students.

However, a large number of students who waited for the arrival of the Chief Guest, Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, and Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Anurag Thakur, were disappointed over the rude and indifferent behavior of these guests.

Not only HRD Minister spared no time to listen to the grievances and issues of the varsity students, but Anurag also ignored them, the student delegations said. The students said they were shocked to see that these Ministers directed police to repulsed them.

Students from both major student organizations, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Student Federation, who had been waiting since the morning to meet the Chief Guest, condemned such behavior on the part of the HRD Minister, Anurag Thakur, Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, and Governor and Chancellor Dattaterya Bandaru.

The students also condemned the behavior of police. ABVP said all that the students wanted was to bring some crucial issues like construction of hostels, IT labs, the establishment of a permanent campus for the central university etc. to the attention of the HRD Minister. They wanted to submit a memorandum regarding these issues. However, the Minister didn’t even listen to them, ABVP said.

“It’s evident from such an act on the part of Pokhriyal and Anurag Thakur that these leaders do not have any concern regarding the varsity or the issues of the students,”

ABVP said.

Enraged over this neglect, ABVP shouted slogans against the Ministers.

Student delegation of SFI was also repulsed by police when they tried to meet the HRD Minister to submit a memorandum containing grievance and other issues related to the university and the students. SFI alleged that Vice-Chancellor Dr Sikandar Kumar had assured the students that they would be allowed to submit a memorandum to the HRD Minister.

“We wanted to submit a memorandum to the Minister regarding the demands of the students to make the report of the high-powered committee public, the matter related to increase in number of subsidized seats, and holding direct elections to the Students Central Association,”

said Campus President, SFI, Ravinder.

“However, the delegation was repulsed using police force,”

he added.

SFI warned that in future any Union Minister visiting the varsity would be shown black flags. SFI also said that Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and Anurag Thakur were also present, but they did not raise any issue related to the varsity or the students.

SFI also staged a protest over use of police force on students of JNU protesting against hikes in fees. SFI said it’s a deliberate act of the government to hike fees in educational institutes across India to deprive socio-economically weaker sections of receiving education.

SFI held the State Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj responsible for forcing government’s outsourcing policy in the varsity.

SFI also protested against the Governor holding him responsible for the death of Rohit Vermula. SFI said it’s the same man who was booked under the Prevention of Atrocities Act in 2016.

 

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Include Yoga as Compulsory Subject in Himachal’s Schools, Demands HPYSA

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Yoga as Compulsory Subject in Himachal Schools

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Yogasana Sports Association (HPYSA), Chairman, Prof. GD Sharma, has urged the State Government to include Yoga as a compulsory subject at the school level and to teach it in colleges as well. While addressing a press conference very recently, he said that Yoga has been recognized as a sport by the government of India and sports quota in jobs will now apply to Yoga players.

GD Sharma said the inclusion of Yoga at schools and college would open new avenues for the youth as a career. He said that HPYSA has launched a statewide drive to connect youth in the Hill state with Yoga. It’s all set to organize the first online State level Yogasana Contest in March and winners, thereof, will participate in the national championship to be held from March 24 to 26.

HPYSA is affiliated with the National Yogasana Sports Association, a body recognized by the central ministry of youth affairs and sports, he added.

Sharma, a former professor of HP University, has been instrumental in promoting Yoga across the globe when he was posted in Indonesia by the government of India with a diplomat status from 1992 to 1997 

He said HPYSA will make all efforts to create job opportunities for youth through Yoga.

About Recognition of Yogasana as a Competitive Sport.

On December 17, 2020, the Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports had announced the formal recognition of Yogasana as a competitive sport.

The Government of India had said that Yogasana is an integral and important component of Yoga, which is psycho-physical in nature and popular across the globe for its efficacy in fitness and general wellness.

It had further added , “Yogasana becoming a sport will also ensure new technologies and new strategies being inducted into the disciplines, to benefit our athletes and officials towards building fruitful and fulfilling careers in this field”.

The government had also said that it was planning to include Yogasana as a Sport discipline in Khelo India and in the University Games and we will also pitch it at the National Games and in Olympics.

The AYUSH ministry had said that the sports discipline of Yogasana is likely to have 51 medals in 4 events & 7 categories. The proposed events for both men and women include Traditional Yogasana, Artistic Yogasana (Single), Artistic Yogasana (Pair), Rhythmic Yogasana (Pair), Free Flow/Group Yogasana, Individual All Round – Championship and Team Championship.

According to the AYUSH, following steps or activities will form part of the road map and the future development of Yogasana Sport:

  1. A pilot Yogasana Competition named as “National Individual Yogasana Sports Championship (Virtual Mode) to be held in early 2021.
  2. Launching of an Annual Calendar of competitions, events and programs of Yogasana sport.
  3. Development of Automated Scoring System for the Yogasana Championship.
  4. Courses for Coaches, Referees, Judges and Directors of competitions.
  5. Coaching camps for players.
  6. Launch of a League of Yogasana, to ensure a career and social status for performers, experts and practitioners, to create Sports Stars among Yogasana athletes.
  7. To introduce Yogasana as a Sport discipline in National Games, Khelo India and international sports events.
  8. Steps to create job opportunities for Yogasana athletes.

 

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HPBOSE Exam 2021: Schedule for Class 10th and 12th Exams Changed

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HP Board Exams 2021

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) would soon issue new date-sheets for yearly exams of Classes 10th and 12th as the state Department of Higher Education has asked it to re-schedule the exams. Instead of May, now, the examinations would be held from April 20, 2020, informed the Director of Higher Education, Amarjeet Kumar Sharma today.

He said the process of making changes in the schedule has been initiated. However, the Board had not released any official statement regarding the change till the time of writing.

The pre-board examinations for the board classes would be held from March 8 to March 20 in the morning session. Practical exams would be conducted from April 8 to April 17. Results of pre-board exams would be declared by March 25, and low-scoring students would be given extra classes till April 15.

The recommendations were made based on the opinion and suggestions received from parents and various teacher associations, the Director informed. As per these suggestions, conducting the board exams in May would cause a delay in starting the 2021-22 session.

The HPBOSE is expected to release new date-sheets during the next couple of days.

The Chairman, HPBOSE, Suresh Kumar Soni, today informed that the exams for Class 9th and 11th would be held from March 8 to March 20 in the evening session, and results would be declared by March 31. The new session is likely to begin from April 1, 2021.

Like every year, HPBOSE would provide questions papers to all government and private schools affiliated with the Board.  Principals/headmasters of these schools have been asked to submit the requirement for questions papers based on the number of students. The last date for submitting the required details is February 7, he informed. The Board has also asked the school heads to deposit Rs. 100 fee per student for question papers online.

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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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