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HPU’s Disabled Students Denied Reservation and Basic Facilities Despite Court Orders

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Disabled Students and Youth Association, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla– It is not less than an embarrassment for the Himachal Pradesh Government and the HP University that even disabled students are compelled to fight for their rights. The apathy of the system is such that these students are not getting any relief despite orders of the State High Court to reserve no less than five percent seats for disabled at higher educational institutes.

This indifference toward such students is apparent from the fact that the accessible library for the disabled students of Himachal Pradesh University, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on July 22, 2019, doesn’t even have a washroom and students, especially visually impaired girls, are facing difficulties. It was revealed by the disabled students of HPU in a memorandum submitted to the Governor and Chancellor, Bandaru Dattatreya, on December 13, 2019.

It is not shocking then that the Chief Minister inaugurated a library facility for the disabled students without basic facilities because it was merely a formality performed in response to an order of the State High Court passed in a PIL filed by a disabled student, Banita Rana, in 2014.

Victims of this apathy on part of HPU’s administrative officials, the Disabled Students and Youth Association (DSYA), Himachal Pradesh,  approached the Governor. The Association alleged that the HPU Administration is blatantly violating not only the educational rights of the disabled students but also not following the orders of the State High Court issued in November 2018.

Research Scholars, Mukesh Kumar and Saveena Jahan, Convener and Co-Convener of DSYA respectively, alleged that the Registrar, HPU, Ghanshyam Chand, disregarded orders of the court to reserve five percent seats for the disabled students during admissions. He went on with admissions for the session 2019-20 without implementing the order in any of the courses, they alleged. The disabled students were also not given this reservation while allotting hostel facility.

A visually impaired student, Indu Kumari, native of Chamba, had filed a PIL, while hearing this petition on November 5, 2018, the court had directed all institutions of higher education to reserve five percent seats for the disabled students.

“Therefore, we dispose of this petition by directing that all institutions of higher education and other higher educational institutions receiving aid from the government in the State of Himachal Pradesh, shall not only reserve not less than 5% seats for persons with benchmark disabilities but said reservation to the extent of 5% shall be provided each time when the institution initiates the process of admission to academic courses,”

the court had directed in its judgement.

The Registrar was also a party in the said PIL, despite that, the Association said, the Registrar is not afraid of attracting contempt of court by not implementing the order.

Further, the Association also complained that the said accessible library lacks several basic and necessary facilities.

“This accessible library in its new shape was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on July 22, 2019. The disabled students who come to this section of the library are still deprived of the necessary equipment including talking software, Internet (LAN) connection, sufficient compute-chairs, tables, newspapers, e-journals of different subjects, periodicals, good quality heater and curtains on the windows,”

The Association also alleged that a budget to the tune of Rs 5 lakh, which was sanctioned and mandated to purchase talking software for visually impaired students, is about to laps since the Registrar did not make any purchase.

The Association also alleged that out of a total of 17 computers installed in the accessible library, only four computers are in working condition and have the necessary software installed.

The Association also complained that a Junior Office Assistant (JOA), who was appointed in the library to assist the blind and other visually impaired students, was transferred on September 24, 2019. Since the transfer, no replacement was provided and the library is without a JOA for the last three months.

The students alleged that the Registrar is not paying heed to the directions of the Vice-Chancellor as well.

The Association urged the Governor to look into the matter and protect the legal rights of the disabled students.

The Association also requested to provide a recourse room for the visually impaired students in the varsity where they can access reading devices, make recordings and books in Braille.

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Video: How HPBOSE Will Calculate and Allot Marks to Class 10 Students

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Shimla-The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has washed out another academic session and disrupted the academic calendars of institutes. A

The HPBOSE recently notified its detailed criteria for compilation of result and promotion of students to the next higher class while focusing on, what it called, “Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA)” and “Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)”.

The notification came following the cancellation of the Annual Examination of Matriculation and Senior Secondary (Plus Two) classes of HP Board of School Education in wake of the pandemic.

The formula is based on class 9 result of the student, Class 10 first and second term exams, pre-board result, paper of one subject held on April 13, internal assessment and practical marks.

Himachal Watcher has prepared this video to help you understand the process.

Subject wise weightage will be allotted to students depending on the distribution of subjects by HPBOSE. Visit this link to check the weightage of marks per exams

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HPBOSE Formula for Promotion of Class 10 Students Notified: Read How Marks Would be Allotted

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Dharamshala– The Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education’s formula for promoting the students of Class 10 to the next higher class has been notified on Monday.

The HPBOSE said it has formulated detailed criteria for compilation of result and promotion of students to the next higher class while focusing on, what it called, “Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA)” and “Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)”.

The notification came following the cancellation of the Annual Examination of Matriculation and Senior Secondary (Plus Two) classes of HP Board of School Education in wake of the pandemic.

The formula is based on class 9 result of the student, Class 10 first and second term exams, pre-board result, paper of one subject held on April 13, internal assessment and practical marks.

HPBOSE Objective Criteria for Promotion

  1. HP Board of School Education considering CCA and CCE is based on the following important indicators
  2. Practical Awards by the concerned Schools
  3. Internal Assessment by the concerned Schools
  4. Result of 9th class examination.
  5. Result of 1″ Terms Examination conducted by the schools. Result of 2nd   Terms Examination conducted by the schools.
  6. Result of Pre-Board Matriculation Examination conducted by HPBOSE.
  7. Marks obtained in Matriculation Hindi Paper conducted by HPBOSE on 13th April 2021.

Procedure for Assessment of Students and Weightage of Marks

  1. The students will be assessed out of a maximum of 100 marks for each subject as per the policy of the Board, which include INA, Practical and Theory awards.
  2. HPBOSE has conducted Practical Exams successfully and the marks given by the concerned Teachers will be honoured.
  3. Internal Assessment of 15 Marks in all the subjects has already been submitted by the Schools Marks of Theory Paper also vary from 25 to 85. The weightage will be uniformly moderated and quantified so that all the Subjects get equal moderated weightage
  4. Due to the cancellation of the Board Examination, the assessment of Theory marks will be done by the school, as per the following procedure

9th Class

If a candidate has secured 70% marks in the 9th class examination, weightage allotted against 9th class result will be awarded as 70% of 10 marks (maximum marks of weightage to 9th class result 70×10/100-=07 Marks. This weightage will be allotted against all the subjects of the 9th class. This method will also apply to other categories of subjects as mentioned (25 maximum marks for Theory Paper and weightage of 05 marks) accordingly.

1st Term Exams

Subject wise weightage will be allotted as per the actual performance of the candidate in 1st Term Exams. For example, if a candidate has secured 55% Marks in the subject of science in the 1st Terminal Examination, the weightage allotted against this subject will be awarded as 55% of 05 Marks (55×5/100 =2.75 rounded off to 03 Marks).  This method will be applied to all other subjects for the 1st Term examination.

In case the candidate remained absent or unsuccessful in a particular subject/subjects, he/she will be awarded minimum pass marks e 33% of the total allotted weightage.

The same methodology will apply to another category of subjects (85 maximum marks for Theory Paper and weightage of 15 marks) accordingly.

2nd Term Exams

Similarly, Subject wise weightage will be allotted as per the actual performance of the candidate in 2nd Term Exams. For instance, if a candidate has secured 55% marks in the subject of science in the 2nd Terminal Examination, weightage allotted against this subject will be awarded as 55% of 05 Marks (Maximum Marks of weightage allotted to 2ndTerm) (55×5/100-2.75 rounded off 03 Marks). This method will be applied to all other subjects for 2nd terms examination.

In case the candidate remained Absent or unsuccessful in a particular subject/subjects he/she will be awarded minimum pass marks (33%) of the total allotted weightage. The same methodology will apply to other categories of the subject (85 maximum marks for Theory Paper and weightage of 15 marks) accordingly.

Further, subject wise weightage will be allotted as per the actual performance of the candidate in Pre Board Examination. For instance, if a candidate has secured 55% Marks in the subject of science in the Pre Board examination, weightage allotted against this subject will be awarded as 55% of 35 Marks (Maximum Marks of weightage allotted to Pre Board) ( 55X35/100=19.25 rounded off to 20 Marks).  In case the candidate remained Absent or unsuccessful in a particular subject/subjects he/she. will be awarded minimum pass marks (33%) of the total allotted weightage. The same methodology will apply to another category of subject.

Annual Hindi Paper

Evaluation of Hindi paper conducted by HPBOSE in April, 2021 will be done by the concerned school. Based on marks obtained in the Hindi paper the weightage of allotted O5 marks will be carried out to all the subjects (including Hindi). For example, if a candidate has secured 60 marks out of 85 (71% in Hindi Paper) the weightage against Hindi paper will be 71Xx 5/100 = 3.55 round off to 04 marks. This weightage will be allotted to all other subjects for the compilation of the result.

If a candidate remains unsuccessful/absent in the Hindi paper, he/she will be awarded minimum pass marks. i.e. 33% of 05 Marks (weightage of Hindi paper) =1.65 rounded off 02 Marks for all subjects including Hindi

Instructions regarding the evaluation of Hindi paper will be issued separately. In all the above cases fraction of marks above .1 will be rounded off to the next digit e.g., 3.20 to 04 Marks. It will be subject to the condition that the total Theory Marks should not exceed minimum pass marks i.e. 33%. 

Candidate who did not appeare in any assessment/examination

If any candidate has not appeared in any one or more subjects in a particular assessment/examination or Full assessment/examination conducted by the School/HPBOSE (1st, 2nd Terminal Examination, Pre-Board Examination or Annual Matriculation Hindi examination), he/she will be awarded 33% of the weightage.

For instance, if a candidate has not appeared in English subject in Terminal exams, 33% weightage allotted to English subject in 1st Terminal 33% of 10 Marks: 3.3 rounded off to 04 marks will be awarded to English subject.

Similarly, if a candidate has remained completely absent in 2nd Term exams, subject-wise 33% weightage will be awarded against 2nd Terms exams e,g. 33% of 15 marks 05 Marks will be awarded against all Theory paper with maximum marks of 85. 

Only the candidates who have appeared in any of the Assessments/Examination conducted either by School or Board will be eligible to be considered under this Policy.

Re-checking/Re-evaluation

As assessment has been done by the schools and the answer books of Terminal and Pre Board Examinations have been shown/handed over to the students by the school, therefore, the students will not be provided with the chance of re-checking/re-evaluation.

Result Tabulation Committee

To ensure subject wise fair evaluation, each school shall constitute a Result Tabulation Committee consisting of Principal/Headmaster and teachers of the concerned school to finalize the marks on award lists that will be provided by HPBOSE

Additional Subject

The student applied to take Exam in Additional Subject is 291 in numbers. Such students shall be awarded Minimum Passing Marks.

Compartment

There are 2654 students under this category. They will also be awarded Minimum Passing Marks

Improvement of Performance

There are 147 students under this category. Since no objective criteria are possible to judiciously determine the improvement of Score, hence, such students will not be covered under this policy of promotion of students to the next higher class as such students are already declared Passed.

HP State Open School Candidates

There are 14929 students enrolled under State Open School. There are five categories of candidates in HP State Open Schooling as follows:

  1. Direct Admission (Without TOC)
  2. Improvement of Performance
  3. Additional Subjects
  4. Re-Appear
  5. Full Subject (with TOC, Previously Regular)

Out of the above 5 categories, candidates appearing against Sr. No. 1-2, will not be promoted to the next higher class, however, the Board will conduct the examination of these students as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the examination. Since no objective criteria is possible to judiciously determine the Improvement of Score, hence, such students will not be covered under this policy.

Candidates appearing against category 3 i.e., Additional Subject, will be awarded Minimum Pass Marks

Since all candidates appearing against category 4 and 5 have already studied Matriculation class in the previous year(s), therefore, these candidates will be awarded Minimum Pass Marks and promoted to the next higher class However, Instructions regarding the evaluation of Hindi Paper will be issued separately.

Merit List

A merit list will also be drawn for March/April 2021 Matriculation Examination.

If a candidate is not satisfied with his/her result

Any candidate who is not satisfied with the Result/marks will be allowed to appear in the Improvement of Performance examination as and when the conditions become conducive to conduct the examination.

Pertinent to mention that the Annual Examination of Matriculation and Senior Secondary (Plus Two) classes of HP Board of School Education commenced on April 13, 2021. Only one exam of both the classes i.e. Hindi of Matriculation and English paper of Plus Two Examination was conducted smoothly on the said date. There was total 1,31,902 candidates (1,16,973 regular and 14, 929 SOS) appearing for Matriculation Examination.

The Government of Himachal Pradesh postponed the scheduled examination of both classes on April 14. Later Matriculation Examination was cancelled on May 6, 2021.

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Following Cancellation of CBSE Class 12 Exams, CISCE Scraps Exams Too

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New Delhi: Class 12 CBSE Board Exams have been cancelled. The decision came following a review meeting of the Central Government on Tuesday. The result will be compiled as per well defined objective criteria in a time bound manner, the government said. The announcement for cancellation of class 12 Boards came two days before the Supreme Court’s hearing on the plea seeking cancellation of exams.

“In view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders, it was decided that Class XII Board Exams would not be held this year. It was also decided that CBSE will take steps to compile the results of class XII students as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner,” said a statement issued by the Centre Government.

However, an option to appear in the examination would be provided by CBSE to any student who is not satisfied with the assessment as and when the situation becomes conducive, the statement said.

Shortly after CBSE announced the cancellation for Class 12 Boards, the Council For The Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) also scrapped its ISC examinations for this year. The students will be evaluated through an alternative scheme, informed CISCE.

Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gujjar also announced that the state would follow the Government’s decision on CBSE. Other states are yet to announce their decision on holding state board examinations. However it is being speculated that all the BJP ruled states are likely to follow Centre’s lead.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey welcomed Centre’s decision. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the decision is “a big relief.”

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