In a shocking move, Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) have made changes to the Wilson grading formula in selecting lecturers. The HPU have reduced marks for research publication and marks attained in plus two and graduate level. The HPU also removed marks for prior teaching experience. Late Dr. Anil Wilson during his tenure as Vice Chancellor had formed a grading system for selecting lecturers.
HPU actions in the past can put to shame any of the most notorious universities of the cow belt. This is a highly politicised university right from students to teachers to the babus. Student parties operate like mafia gangs and like gang wars, clashes among them is a common occurrence. Just before the SCA elections, the campus here was turned into garrison because of daily clashes. Couple of years back PMT papers were sold and the High Court had to step in to save the affected students.
With such background of this ‘coveted’ University, the recent step of doing away with the Wilson formula is not surprising. It is being alleged this step has been taken to adjust the party faithful into HPU. Years spent at HPU does not create excellence but mediocrity and after all the faithful have to be rewarded! So this move.
No wonder, very few at HPU have their work published in a journal of repute anywhere. The HPU website has a message from it’s VC saying, The teaching departments have carried out specialized and socially responsive interdisciplinary research in areas of Bio-Technology, Ethno-Bio-Sciences, Industrial Chemistry, Tribal Studies, Special attention has been given to areas relating to the State’s economy and its resource base, hill development, demography and human geography. Strangely, there is no profile of the the faculty on the website nor is there any link to the research carried out by the University. What is termed as research paper here is probably articles published in magazines and newspapers.
In the coming years no one will touch students from this University. HPU is an inch shorter to be termed as a failed institution. Coming years will definitely bridge this distance.