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HPPERC Chairman Flees Office When HPU Students Try to Meet Him in Wake of ‘Fake Degree Scam’

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Himachal Fake Degree Scam

Shimla-Schools and higher education institutions are ‘temples’ where the future of children and youth is shaped. Imparting quality education is elementary to strengthen the society of a democratic state. But corruption has plagued the education system and evidence of the same have shown up in the rather docile state of Himachal Pradesh.

Instead of becoming accessible, education is becoming inaccessible due to the government’s ignorance and apathy. Failure of the governments to ensure quality education in government schools has left no other option for parents but to opt for private institutions, which are generally unaffordable. Parents are helpless and have to pay the hefty fees for the future of their children because they don’t have faith in the government institutions and their education system.

To complement the situation, now it is official that private institutes have been selling fake degrees without attracting any action from the state government or the HP Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission. Lakhs of fake degrees have already been sold.

A huge question arises over the intentions of the government as it did not take any action despite the information provided by the University Grants Commission through a letter.

UGC had written a letter to the Government of Himachal Pradesh on August 30, 2019, informing that two private universities have sold nearly five lakh fake degrees during the past seven years. These two private universities mentioned in the letter are the APG Shimla University and Manav Bharati University, Solan.

The letter clearly said,

“APG Shimla University, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, has not sold Degrees this year but has sold more than 15,000 Degrees for almost all the courses they are offering in the campus. Even the courses where seats are limited, they have sold the Degrees which are restricted by Statutory Bodies like AICTE, NCTE, BCI.”

Regarding the involvement of Manav Bharati University, the letter said,

“Manava Bharati University, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, has sold more than 4.5 lakh Degrees during the last 7 years with the help of Agents from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP, Bihar, Delhi, West Bengal and parts of South India. They never informed the HP Private Universities Regulatory Authority that they had sold so many Degrees.”

The letter further said,

“The Founder of this University made good money by selling the Degree of Jayasurya’s Open University for Complementary Medicine, Sri Lanka, by printing these Degrees himself without informing Lord Pandit Prof. Dr Anten Jayasurya.”

The Chairman of the Commission, KK Katoch, however, claims that he received this letter only in January 2020.

After the news broke out about a week ago, students affiliated to two major student organizations of HP University- Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and Student Federation of India- have come out to protest the failure of the state government to monitor and regulate private universities.

Both organizations wanted to question the Chairman as to why he did not take any action despite having the information regarding this scam. The matter was already brought to his notice seven months ago through a UGC letter, they claimed.

On February 25, ABVP staged a protest at the Office of Regulatory Commission, Shimla, against fake degree scam by the two private universities. The Chairman of the Commission, KK Katoch, ABVP said, fled the office to avoid questions. ABVP alleged that other officials at the Commission told them that they faced pressure from the Chairman and were unable to discharge their duties adequately.

ABVP has demanded removal of Katoch from the post of Chairman along with a warning of larger protest if no proper action is taken against the private universities.

ABVP Protest Against Fake Degree Case

On February 26, SFI also staged a protest at the Office of the Commission. The Chairman remained absent from the office. SFI leaders accused the Chairman of escaping questions regarding the scam. SFI pointed out that the Commission has not even inspected the private institutes for the past several years. The Commission isn’t willing to move a muscle, it added. This is why instead of the Chairman or other officials; we are instead seeing a heavy police force.

It is only after the protest from the student bodies that the Commission has asked the State Police to hold an inquiry. The Director-General of Police, SR Mardi has confirmed that records and preliminary inquiry report are sought from the Commission relating to the scam.

There would be no wonder if these universities still continued to operate. This is how the unending cycles of corruption works in India.

There is no dignity left either in politicians or wealthy investors who establish private educational institute only to make money through unethical means. The ruling governments of both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress have been seen standing on the side of private institutes and encouraging privatisation of education.

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News About Opening of Schools in Himachal From July 1 a Hoax: Edu Minister

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Shimla-Schools in Himachal Pradesh are not opening from July 1, 2020, the Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj confirmed today in a statement.

He condemned the news reports published by some media on June 23 claiming that the government has decided to open the schools from July 1. He termed these reports as fake news. 

He said that the number of COVID-19 cases is rapidly rising in Himachal, and the Government would never put the health and lives of children at risk by taking such a decision. He also informed that the State Government is still waiting for the Centre’s guidelines regarding the opening of schools.

Regarding asking teachers to come to schools in July, no decision has been taken so far. The decision regarding the same could be taken in July, Bhardwaj confirmed.

He said that holidays in schools could be extended if the situation doesn’t normalize.

Further, District Police, Shimla, also confirmed that the news is just a rumor and that no such decision to open school have been taken so far. 

सोशल मीडिया पर इस तरह की हेडलाइन चल रही हैं। इसे पढ़कर ऐसा लगता है जैसे बच्चे पहली जुलाई से स्कूल जाएंगे। इस तरह का प्रचार मिस्लीडिंग है। बच्चों के स्कूल जाने के बारे में अभी कोई निर्णय नहीं है।

Posted by Shimla Police on Wednesday, 24 June 2020

 

 

 

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UHF Nauni Admissions Open for Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery Products

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Solan-Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has invited applications for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products for the academic session 2020-21. The diploma is run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university. The programme aims to train students to start their enterprises in the field of food processing and bakery items.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. The last date of applying is 20th August. A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website (www.yspuniversity.ac.in)

The university charges a nominal fee of Rs 5,000, paid in two instalments, for the one-year programme. Besides, the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

The applicants need to attach copies of Class 10 and 12 detailed marks sheet, character certificate from the head of the school last attended or from a gazetted officer or concerned Gram Panchayat Pradhan, self-attested copy of reservation certificate(if applicable), bank draft (Rs 100 for general category and Rs 50 for SC/ST) along with the admission form. Application form along with other required documents must be sent by registered or speed post to the Deputy Registrar (Academic), Office of the Registrar, Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Nauni-Solan (HP)–173 230.

Applications can also be submitted by hand.

 

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Metric, Class 12 Students Can Apply for Supplementary Exams Till July 21: HPBOSE

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Dharamshala-The regular students of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) who have received compartment in annual examinations for metric and Class 12 conducted for the session 2019-20 can apply online for the supplementary examination to be held in August/September, informed Chairman, Suresh Kumar Soni on June 20, 2020.

Students can apply online starting from June 22 to July 21 with the fee. The Chairman said that no application would be accepted after July 21.  

On June 18, HPBOSE had declared the results for Class 12 examination in which a total of 86633 students had appeared in the exams, of which 65654 students passed it, and 9391 got compartment.

Also View: HP Board Class 12 Results Merit List/Toppers

Earlier, on June 9, the Board had declared the result for Class 10 examinations The overall pass percentage was reported to be 68.11 per cent. A total of 1.04, 323 students had appeared this year, of which 70,571 passed it, and 5,617 got compartment.

Also View: HPBOSE Class 10 Results Merit List

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