Connect with us

Campus Watch

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

Published

on

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.

 

Campus Watch

After CBSE, Himachal Postpones Board and UG Exams Till May 1st

Published

on

college and board exams in himachal pradesh postponed

Shimla-The ongoing examinations of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education and under graduate classes have been postponed, a spokesperson of the HP Government informed today. He said that the state government has taken the decision keeping in view the health concerns of the students and parents.

These exams included the ongoing board examinations for Class 10th and 12th and UG examinations starting on 17th April to 17th May, 2021.

The government said that the situation would be reviewed on 1st May, 2021, and further directions would be issued accordingly. In a separate notification, the HPBOSE said that the schools exams for the two board classes were postponed till May 17, 2021. The Board also relieved all the staff engaged in conducting examinations including Superintendents, Deputy Superintendents, Flying Squads, Invigilators and Peons except Chowkidards. 

The decision of the government came after the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) today decided to cancel the examinations for class 10 and postpone exams for Class 12 due to the ongoing surge in daily COVID-19 infections in the country. The Board said that there was a constant demand for postponing the exams from students, parents, and the state governments.

However, the state government in Himachal Pradesh had decided to go on with exams amid the peeking second wave of the pandemic.

“The pandemic situation in the country is seeing a resurgence of COVID 19 positive cases in many states, with a few states having been affected more than others. In this situation, schools have been shut down in 11 states. Unlike State Boards, CBSE has an all-India character, and therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country,” the Union Education Ministry today said.

Looking to the present situation of the pandemic and school closures, the Ministry decided that the Board Exams for Class XII to be held from May 4thto June, 14th, 2021 would be postponed. The situation will be reviewed on 1st June 2021 by the Board. A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations.

 The Board Exams for Class X to be held from 4thMay to June 14th, 2021 were  cancelled.

“The results of Class Xth Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board. Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams,” the Ministry said.

Continue Reading

Campus Watch

Himachal’s Educational Institutions Closed Till April 4 Amid COVID-19 Case Surge, Pubic Holi Celebrations Prohibited, No Restriction on Tourism

Published

on

Himachal PRadesh closes Educationla institutes

Shimla– All the educational institutions in Himachal Pradesh, including Universities, Colleges, Technical Institutes and schools, would remain closed till April 4, 2021, as a precautionary measure keeping in view the spike in COVID-19 cases in the State, the government informed today. But schools would remain open for the classes having their examinations, it was informed.  

The decision was taken in a meeting held today that was presided by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.

“Last year the spike in cases was gradual, but this year this surge is very rapid. In the last 20-25 days, the number of new cases has spiked from 220 to 2000, which is a matter of great concern for the state,” Chief Minister told media.

On being asked about tourist movement from neighboring Punjab – a state with massive surge in daily cases- the Chief Minister said that for now no restriction would be imposed on tourists given the peak tourist season starting from April.

Also Read: Himachal Reports Over 300 New COVID-19 Cases With 2 Deaths, Second Wave Could Peak in April & Last for 100 Days, says Report  

“Last year, the peak season was completely foiled. Therefore, it would not be favourable for the economy of the state and livelihood of the people to restrict tourist movement,” Jairam Thakur said.

“But if the surge continued and picked up more pace, then the government would review the situation again,” he told media. But the hotels and homestays would have to follow the SOPs while operating, he said. 

Chief Minister said that schools having residential facilities need not close their hostels, however, they would have to comply with all the SOPs to keep these residential areas cut off and appoint Compliance Officer to comply with all the orders. He said that teachers and other school/college staff would continue to attend the institutions.

Jai Ram Thakur said that no social and cultural events would be organized in the State by the Government and gatherings would be restricted to a maximum of 200 for indoor and 50 percent for outdoor events.

He said that nursing and medical institutions would continue to function as usual. He said that congregations and langers inside the temples would also be banned and other darshans would be allowed.

Chief Minister said that 3rd April would also be a holiday for all the offices in the State and there would be no public celebration of Holi.

He urged the people to celebrate Holi at their home with their family members only. He said that all the frontline workers would be sensitized to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest completing their second dose as per schedule.

It was also decided in the meeting that District Administration would take a judicious call on more restrictions keeping in view the positivity and fatality rate in their respective districts.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Additional Chief Secretaries R.D. Dhiman and J.C. Sharma, Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi, Mission Director NHRM Dr. Nipun Jindal and other senior officials were also present in the meeting.

Continue Reading

Campus Watch

UHF Nauni Gets New Labs Equipped with Latest Technologies, Nature Park for Students  

Published

on

UHF Nauni Soil and leaf analysis lab

Solan- Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, today dedicated four projects to the students and farmers at the university campus. 

Among the project inaugurated by Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor, UHF, was a state of the art Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory established with the financial assistance of Rs 4.55 crore (over seven years) from the World Bank-funded HP-Horticulture Development Project.

UHF Nauni Vice Chancellor

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor, UHF, Inaugurating Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory

The laboratory is equipped with the latest equipment like Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, CHNS Analyzer, Microwave digestion system, UV-VIS Spectrophotometers. It is well equipped to analyze the different soil properties including different macro and micronutrients and as per the analysis values, the recommendations are also given to the farmers.

NEW UHF nauni lab building

Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory

The samples received from different HP-HDP clusters of the state are being analyzed in the laboratory and ad-hoc recommendations for High-Density Planting on clonal rootstocks are given. A field laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology constructed for Rs 14.17 lakh met out of the pesticide testing scheme was also inaugurated today.NEW Labs in UHF nauni

Two projects- Nature Park and a Commercial plantation model of wild pomegranate developed under the ICAR National Agricultural Higher Education Project were also unveiled today.

Lab facility uhf nauniv

The nature camp developed by the Department of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture has been developed as a recreation cum activity area for the students and showcases different landscaping methods. Under NAHEP,a commercial model of wild pomegranate developed by the Department of Silviculture and Agroforestry was also dedicated to the students and farmers. 

UHF nauni nature park

Nature Park

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Parvinder Kaushal congratulated all the team members behind the completion of the projects. He said that both the laboratories will be immensely beneficial for conducting research. Speaking about the development of projects under the ICAR’s NAHEP, Dr. Kaushal said that the university is in process of developing more such plantation models which will not only be beneficial to the students but also help popularize new technologies among farmers. The statutory officers of the university, heads of all departments, coordinator and team members of NAHEP IDP, students and staff were present on the occasion. 

Continue Reading

Trending