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HPU Exams Without Vaccinating Students Opposed, If Online Classes Are Possible, Why Not Online Exams, Asks Student Body

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Shimla-Amidst the ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to hold exams for various Under Graduate classes.

The HPU has released the date sheet for B.Ed 1ST and 3rd-semester exams. The date sheet for M.Ed exams has also been released by the university. Final examination schedule for B.A., B.Sc., B.Com, Hons. and Shastri courses were also released on the University website on Monday.

However, ahead of the warming for the third wave, which is predicted to hit within the next 7-8 weeks, an HPU student body has opposed the decision citing the risk posed to students by offline examination in the middle of a pandemic.

Students have also taken to social media and have been demanding the cancellation of exams. Students had been Tweeting this demand with the hashtag #cancelhpuexams.

They also questioned why the government was not considering the safety of the college students while exams of school students were cancelled.

The NSUI state unit on Monday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Director of Higher Education demanding a statewide vaccination drive for students aged above 18 years before conducting the university exams. The student body also raised a demand for a reasonable reduction in the syllabus.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the student body raised three demands. The body has asked the Chief Minister to ensure vaccination of all students before conducting exams. It proposed conducting online examinations if the government can’t vaccinate all students in such a short span.

“If online classes are possible, then exams should also be conducted online,” said Chattar Singh, the NSUI state president.

The student body also asked the state government to find an alternative medium for conducting exams so that students are not put at risk. The student body urged the state government to not use the students as “experimental kits.”

ABVP, SFI Demand Re-Opening of University Library

The state unit of SFI (HPU) and ABVP(HPU) on Monday raised the demand to re-open the university library which remained closed for the students due to the pandemic induced restrictions. In separate memorandums submitted to the University Library in-charge, both the student bodies have said the state government had allowed the re-opening of libraries with a capacity of 50% students on June 19. Despite the notification, the University has not released any notice regarding the same.

Research scholars are unable to pursue and complete their research without access to libraries. Students preparing for various exams are suffering a loss, ABVP said.  

SFI also raised concern over keeping students deprived of the 24×7 library section.

“The university takes pride in mentioning that it has a 24×7 section in its library. But the same section remains closed for the last one year and seven months. Last year, when the library was re-opened, the 24×7 section was kept closed,” SFI said. The student body has demanded that this students shouldn’t be kept deprived of this essential facility. 

SFI expressed disappointment over the lackadaisical attitude of the varsity authorities towards the demands for basic facilities. It said that while the students had been demanding the replacement of furniture in the libraries which is in a very poor state, the university administration is “busy installing sculptures.”  Despite demands, the varsity authority hasn’t moved a muscle, it said.

The student union has demanded the replacement of broken furniture, maintenance of the library washrooms and frequent sanitization of the library.

The student bodies have warned of protests if the varsity authority still doesn’t pay attention to their demands.

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HP University: Student Agitations Over Vaccination Intensify, Delay in Opening Hostels Adds to Their Woes

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Shimla-While the Himachal Pradesh Government has put the vaccination of the 18-44 year age group on hold till July 9, voices demanding vaccination of all students and staff of Himachal Pradesh University are rising. Today a student organization demanded to open the varsity for all, including the hostels and library. In fact, students had been demanding the opening of the varsity library and hostels for some time now.

On Thursday, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had also met the Chief Warden, demanding opening of the hostels as students were compelled to spend on renting rooms or making alternate arrangements for stay to take their exams. It’s adding a financial burden on students, ABVP said.

The student body also highlighted the plight of students hailing from tribal areas where they don’t have Internet connectivity to carry on online learning.  

The National Students Union of India is already on a chain hunger strike for nearly a week over its demand to vaccinate all students and staff before conducting exams. If it is not possible for the state government, then cancel the exams, the student body is demanding. NSUI had also been protesting against offline exams and demanding online exams for the students of the first and second years.

NSUI has taken to social media to mobilize students and had been posting videos/photos of students addressing the government and the people on the problems they are facing due to offline exams.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Leaders of the Congress party, including the opposition leader, Mukesh Agnihotri and GS Bali, were seen supporting the student body by visiting their protest sites.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“We know the entire world is suffering from COVID-19 and all educational institutions remained closed for more than one and a half year. But now all educational institutions should be opened for all as the situation is under control,” the Student Federation of India said in a memorandum submitted to the Vice-Chancellor today.   

Now, SFI has also included vaccination of university employees and students in its list of demands. 

SFI demanded that a permanent vaccination centre should be set up on the university campus.

“The only hope against the pandemic is vaccination. We demand setting up a permanent vaccination centre on the HP university campus so all students in summer could get vaccinated,” the student body said.

Other demands of SFI included issuing schedule for the pending recruitment exams  for the posts of non-teaching staff and Panchayat Sahayak, forms for which were invited in March 2020.

The student body said the varsity must conduct entrance exams for the admissions to postgraduate courses this year.

“Last year, we saw the university authority didn’t conduct entrance exams, which was against the varsity admission norms. The HP High Court had also declared it arbitrary and unethical. We demand that for the sake of quality of education, the varsity must conduct entrance exams for admission in postgraduate courses,” the student body said in its memorandum.

Further, the student body gave some suggestions to the varsity authority, which included strengthening the online mode of education, buy online web services/apps, like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet etc., and preparing for the third wave. 

It also suggested undertaking online assessments of the performance of students and teachers. The student body said that the varsity will have to prepare a proper pattern for the assessment of the students and offer an objective type alternate mode of examination.

Other suggestions included inviting the students for the practical examinations batch-wise and setting up face shields in the library to increase the capacity.

The student body also demanded extending library membership to all researchers and students till the completion of their courses.

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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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