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HPU on ‘Clean India Campaign’ – Typical Indians at work

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Yesterday, an HW member visited HPU campus to see how the administration responded to the campaign, and what he found was a real unfortunate sight, which cries aloud of the hypocrisy of Indian people. At a higher educational institute we see heaps of garbage right in front of the VC Office, in front of the Library, and in almost every corner of the campus.

SHIMLA- HW had been pushing the public and the Govt. departments to take immediate steps regarding increasing littering behavior and rapidly developing garbage heaps around Shimla city and nearby areas. It’s more than six months now that HW had written to Shimla MC and HPU administrations regarding the heaps of garbage, poor condition of campus, and littering trouble at HPU campus.

Shimla MC had forwarded a notice to HPU authorities, however, the VC never mind ignoring such notices, especially when he is enjoying a strong political patronage. He seems to be answerable to no one, not even to the CM, Virbhadra Singh, who is ignoring student unrest.

Read Previous Story: HPU campus & nearby forests filled with garbage, Who is responsible?

The condition of the campus only worsened. If you think the ‘Clean India Pledge’ on October 2 changed anything, then we would invite you to confirm the results.

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This year, the occasion of ‘October 2’ was well utilized to kick off a cleaning campaign. The PM of the nation did appear in images with broom in his hands, and so did many high rank officials at various Govt. departments and institutes including Himcahal Pradesh University.

We had shown our readers how committed and aware we found the employees at Shimla SDA Complex.

Now, we would show you the awareness level of the head of the only highest Govt. educational institute in Himachal – the Vice Chancellor of HP University. When asked, the Pro- VC, Public Relation Officer, and most of the other officers showered words of praise for ‘Clean India Campaign’ initiative, and told us very proudly that all the employees spent a full day to clean HPU campus. So, first take a look at the hard-work of the administration headed by the VC, ADN Bajpai. Please, do go through this video. It’ll take a few moments of your time, but is worth a watch.

Today, an HW member went on a round to see how HPU responded to the campaign, and what he found was a real unfortunate sight, which cries aloud of the hypocrisy of Indian people. At a higher educational institute we see heaps of garbage right in front of the VC Office, in front of the Library, and in almost every corner of the campus.

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On the day of Cleaning Campaign, the garbage moves but just to be reshuffled. It was collected and thrown nearby the campus premises or into the adjoining forest. At many spots, the garbage, which included mostly plastic waste, was burnt in open.

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The overgrown bushes were cut, collected and left on roadsides or thrown behind the university building blocks.

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Burning plastic waste in open cause a double harm to the ecology. Along with soil pollution, the toxic emissions contaminate the air. The rising carbon emission due to rapidly increasing traffic is already threatening the weather patterns in Shimla, and the malpractice of burning garbage is adding to it.

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We won’t comment on students, who share equal responsibility for the creation of such ugly scene at the campus, as the 144 prohibits any kind of co-operative activity that requires assembly of multiple people.

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The only answer we received from officers was that the VC isn’t here, and that only he has the authority to issue any orders regarding almost everything. On the other hand, the VC isn’t available to talk about any issues, grievances, and anything where he is expected to provide logical explanation on the question posed against his mismanagement and politically influenced policies.

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The present condition of the HPU campus is the reflection of the people holding various positions in the administration, and of course, their head-the VC- is their inspiration in matters of intentional negligence and false statements. The students and the staff is already suffering from poor management of the present VC. Himachal’s colleges and University is burning in the flames of student protest against unreasonable fee hikes and ban on SCA elections. During the tenure of last three years at HPU as the VC, ADN Bajpai, couldn’t even move the litter in front of his office. There is need to ask who is responsible for the mess in which HPU suffers today.

We don’t see any ray of hope regarding reforms in the attitude of HPU authorities or in most of the Govt. officials. They still believe that posing for a photograph with a broom in their hands is a enough favor to our democratic system.

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Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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UHF Nauni Bags Rs.25 Crore Funding, Set for Major Overhaul

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Solan: The learning and teaching environment at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni is set for a major overhaul under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) National Agricultural Higher Education Plan (NAHEP) funded by the World Bank, informed the Public Relation Officer, Suchet Attri. He said that under NAHEP, UHF has been awarded the prestigious Institutional Development Project  (IDP). The total outlay of the three-year project is Rs 25 crore with ICAR share of Rs 20 crore and Rs 5 crore funded by the state.

He said that this is one of the biggest projects in UHF’s history and a major achievement for the university. It will help to provide a holistic learning and teaching environment to the students and faculty as scientists and students will be exposed to foreign universities to learn and exchange researchable ideas and issues. The University Vice-Chancellor is the project leader while Dr KK Raina, Professor and Head, Department of Business Management is the coordinator and Principal Investigator of the overall project, he informed.  

The main objective of the project entitled ‘Quality Education in Horticulture and Forestry to generate Human Resource’ is to revamp the university’s UG education through innovative and modern pedagogy, skill development, improving placement opportunities and catalyzing entrepreneurship through global thinking and input. He further said that under IDP, the university will look to strengthen collaborations with leading academia and industry for student exchange and faculty development programmes. 

He informed that around 150 UG students and 50 faculty members will be selected through a competition, to visit top-flight foreign universities for a period of 3-6 months. Organization of webinars and seminars, workshops and capacity building, and engaging industry experts as adjunct faculty is also included in the project. In addition to the creation of several student amenities, the university will establish UG and language labs for improving soft skills, eight smart and two virtual classrooms. He said that the project will also push green initiatives like the use of solar energy for cooking, lighting, use of battery-operated vehicles, solid waste management and recycling, campus landscaping and development of nature parks.

He said that one of the highlights will be the development of Short-Term International Certificate course on temperate horticulture and forestry crops and the strengthening of Student Development and Career Development Cell by developing a proactive industrial interface to create job and internship opportunities. Remedial courses, special attention towards weak students, agri-incubation centres on hi-tech plant nursery, processed food and forest products for entrepreneurial and agribusiness skills will also be taken up during the course of the project.

He further informed that several works have already begun under the project, and initiatives like raising new plantations have been undertaken. The students are eagerly looking forward to this project and have been actively taking part in all activities. A review meeting of the core project team and the statutory officers under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor was held on Saturday. Director Extension Education Dr PK Mahajan, Deans Dr Bhupinder Gupta and Dr ML Bhardwaj also took part in the meeting. 

“This is a very proud moment for the university as we are among the national group that has got grants under this project. It will help us to improve the work culture and change the outlook of the students by providing a holistic learning environment. Besides, it will also help to enhance the quality of study and potential of the faculty will be fully utilized,”

said Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor.

He said that only a select few agricultural universities have managed to bag the project through nation-wide competition.

The university will further focus on skill enhancement of students through study programmes with international collaborations and provide an inclusive and equitable quality education for the students through the faculty development programme. Dr Kaushal added that under the project, the university will ensure the sustainability of quality education and system effectiveness through the strengthening of the University Alumni network and industry interface. 

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Nauni Varsity UG Admission Process Revised, No Entrance Exam, Seats to be Allotted on 10+2 Merit

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Solan-Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has revised the admission process for its undergraduate programmes for the academic session 2020-21 in view of the COVID 19 pandemic. This year, the university will not be conducting an entrance test to fill the normal seats of UG programmes. The decision in this regard was taken during a special meeting of the Academic Council meeting held recently.

The basis of admission for normal seats would be merit drawn on basis of marks obtained at 10+2 level examination in four subjects-English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics plus weightage of participation in sports/ NCC, NSS, scouting, co-curricular activities (if any). The university offers three undergraduate programmes B Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B Sc (Hons) Forestry while B Tech Biotechnology is offered only at the COH&F Neri. 

The candidates have been advised to download the counselling proforma from the university website and fill it as per the instructions mentioned on it. Those students who want to be considered for both normal as well as self-financing seats need to fill two separate proformas. A single page pdf file must be created, containing scanned filled counselling proforma along with legible documents mentioned in the checklist as provided in the counselling proforma. No column must be left blank. The counselling proforma for normal seats and self-financing seats will be uploaded on the university website on 3rd August (afternoon) and 5th August (afternoon) respectively.

For normal seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent through email to [email protected] on or before 18th August, 2020.

For self-financing seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent by email to [email protected] on or before 20th August, 2020. Every candidate must submit the duly filled counselling proforma in order to be considered for the admission. The detailed notification can be downloaded from the university website.

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HPBOSE Syllabus to be Reduced by 30% for 2020-21 Session Following CBSE’s Lead

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Dharamshala: The syllabus of Himachal Pradesh School of Board Education from 9th to 12th classes would be reduced by 30 percent following the lead of CBSE.  The Board today constituted a five-member committee for this purpose, informed Chairman of HPBOSE, Dr Suresh Kumar Soni. The step is being taken considering the disruption to regular classroom study of students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The committee comprises of Deputy Secretaries Anjali Saini and Sudarshan Kumar, and Anil Naag – the principal, Senior secondary School, Sulah, Kangra district-and Vijay Sharam- the principal, GSSS Daroh, Kangra. The fifth member would be Dimple Kanwar.

The Board also held a workshop in which experts in Hindi, Political Science, History, Geography, and Psychology subjects gave their opinion regarding the syllabus.

Further, the Chairman said that emphasis would be laid on reducing the syllabus for the board classes. Exclusion of topics from syllabus would be done in accordance with suggestions received from subject experts, he said.

The teachers should keep in mind that the students do not remain deprived of knowledge but at the same time keep the stress of syllabus off them, he said. He asked the teachers to not include any questions in exams from the topics which would be excluded from the syllabus. A proposal regarding it would be submitted to the state government for its approval, he informed.

Earlier this month, CBSE had announced a reduction in its syllabus for students of class 9 to 12. For class 11, CBSE had excluded chapters on federalism in the Constitution, political theory sections on citizenship, secularism and nationalism. For class 12, India’s relations with its neighbours, sections on social movement, regional aspirations, the changing nature of India’s economic development, and the Planning Commission were excluded.

For class 10, CBSE had excluded the chapter on forest and wildlife in contemporary India from social science. Besides it, chapters on democracy and diversity; gender religion and caste, popular struggles and movements, and challenges to democracy have also be removed. For science classes, the students would not have to study the human eye functioning, a section on concepts of evolution, several practical experiments, like tests on acetic acid, mounting a leaf peel, and studying the comparative cleaning capacity of soap in hard and soft, water were also removed from the syllabus.

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