Barring a few controversies this year, 2013 was an eventful year for Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), with highlight being the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee in the convocation ceremony.
In February, a 17-member delegation led by vice-chancellor ADN Bajpai participated in a seminar organised by Indian Commerce and Management Organization, Sharjah in Dubai.
There was no change in the violent history of student politics on the campus as student bodies clashed in the month March, following which the administration banned rallies and demonstrations on the campus to the dismay of the student leaders. Instead, the university administration decided to hold meetings every last Saturday of the month to listen to students' grievances.
The big day came when university had a date with President Pranab Mukherjee on May 24, who attended the 22th Convocation of the varsity and conferred degrees on the students.
HPU decided to go ahead with new educational system - Rashtriya Uchtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) - for undergraduate courses and a varsity panel met government officials on June 17. In July, a meeting with principals of all private collages was held in HPU.
Amid protest of various student organisations, HPU went ahead and implemented RUSA in university and all colleges affiliated to it across the state, which is being monitored by Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the university.
Student organizations were raising the issue of lack of infrastructure in collages to fulfil the conditions of RUSA.
HPU celebrated 44th foundation day, in which Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi, union transport minister Oscar Fernandes and all India Imam organization president Umer Ahmad Ilyasi took part on July 22.
HPU successfully conducted the Student Central Association (SCA) elections in the month of August in which left-backed Student Federation of India (SFI) retained its supremacy, while right-oriented Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad stood second.
Consequent to the clashes and violence on October 3 involving activists of Student Federation of India and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad (ABVP), the university authorities initiated expulsion and suspension of students involved in clashes.
A new campus of HPU is proposed to be built at Ghanahatti, near Shimla, on about 40 acres of land for bachelor of business administration (BBA), bachelor of computer application (BCA), university institute of legal studies (UILS), and many more under graduate and post-graduate courses.