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HP Govt. tricks students, continues playing delaying tactics on panel report

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There should have been a stay on hiked HPU fees as the decision was under review. However, students are still made to pay hiked fees and the Govt. and HPU VC aren’t disclosing the report. Does Govt. want to carry out another review on panel’s report?

SHIMLA- The delaying tactics adopted by the government on fee hike in Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) has put the students in a fix as some students have already paid the revised fee.

The authorities have failed to take a decision on the high-powered fee committee report even after six weeks.

The committee headed by former High Court Judge VK Sharma and comprising chairperson of Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission Sarojani Thakur and former Registrar of HPU AR Chauhan to review the fee hike following protests by students across the state was constituted on September 22. It submitted its report on October 20.

The agitating students were expecting reduction in fee on the basis of the recommendation of the fee committee, but the government has preferred to sit on the report and let the examinations of undergraduate and postgraduate classes commence from November 27, leaving the students in a lurch.

The committee held meetings with the parties and sought their viewpoint on fee hike. While the university representatives justified the fee hike, the representatives of student bodies dubbed it as unjustified and said that the university should look for other options to mobilise resource and the government should substantially increase the grant instead of putting burden of poor students, who would deprived of higher education in case the hike in fee was not rolled back.

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The government has not so far make the report public, but sources said that the committee tried to rationalise the fee structure and suggested “short term and long term” measures to give some relief to students.

The fee hike in some cases was more than 20 times. The students’ organisations suspended their stir for 10 days on October 16 in anticipation that the committee would do justice and reduce the fee structure but in vain.

The SFI and the ABVP student leaders said that the university authorities had taken advantage of the situation as the students were busy with examinations and instead of reducing the fee, the university and colleges are collecting “development fund” which was unjustified.

“We will resume the agitation and force the university to reduce the fees. We will also get the hiked fee charged from students refunded,” said SFI campus president Rahul Chauhan.

The SFI and the ABVP have criticised the HPU authorities for charging huge sum from the students in the name of development fund and said that development was a state matter and the students should not be burdened.

Credits:Bhanu P Lohumi (TNS)

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UHF Nauni Extends Admission Dates for UG, PG, PhD Till Oct 18

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Solan– Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has extended the last date for applying to various Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral programmes in Horticulture, Forestry, Biotechnology, Agribusiness and Business Management. Applicants can submit their complete online application on the university’s admission portal till 18th October.

The normal seats of BSc (Hons) Horticulture, BSc (Hons) Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology will be filled on the basis of scorecard of ICAR-AIEEA (UG) 2021.

Admissions to MSc, MBA (Agribusiness) and PhD (for normal and self-financing seats) will also be conducted on the scorecard of ICAR AIEEA (PG) and AICE-JRF/SRF respectively. Students who have appeared in the ICAR-AIEEA 2021 for UG and PG, or AICE-JRF/SRF examination and are interested in seeking admission, such students must fill the university online application form before 18th October. Undergraduate aspirants who have not appeared in the ICAR test can however apply for the self-financing seats for B Sc and B Tech Biotechnology programmes run by the university by filling the online application on the university website.

The university has also advised the registered candidates to submit complete online application forms along with online payment acknowledgement slip before the due date. The schedule for online counselling will be announced by the University on the website after the declaration of the ICAR examination result. Application forms other than online mode will not be accepted.

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Nauni Varsity Extends Dates For Applying to Various UG, PG, and Doctoral Programmes

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Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for applying to various Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral programmes in Horticulture, Forestry, Biotechnology, Agribusiness and Business Management for the academic year 2021-22.

The interested students can now submit their complete online application on the university’s admission portal till 30th September. The detailed prospectus for each programme can be downloaded from the university website. 

This year, the university is filling the normal seats of BSc (Hons) Horticulture, BSc (Hons) Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology on the scorecard of ICAR-AIEEA (UG) 2021. Admissions to MSc, MBA (Agribusiness) and PhD (for normal and self-financing seats) will also be conducted on the scorecard of ICAR AIEEA (PG) and AICE-JRF/SRF respectively. The ICAR entrance exam was conducted by the National Testing Agency earlier this month. 

Prashant Sirkek, UHF Registrar informed that those students who have appeared in the ICAR-AIEEA 2021 for UG and PG, or AICE-JRF/SRF examination held earlier this month and are interested to seek admission to the university, such students must fill the university online application before 30th September. 

He added that the UG aspirants who have not appeared in the ICAR test can however apply for the self-financing seats for BSc and B Tech Biotechnology programmes run by the university by filling the online application on the university website.

The Registrar added that as the candidates who fail to submit complete online application forms of the university along with online payment acknowledgement slip will not be considered for admission. Therefore, the Registrar has appeal to the registered applicants to fill the forms before the due date.

The schedule for online counselling will be announced by the University on the website after the declaration of the ICAR examination result. Application forms other than online mode will not be accepted.

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51 UHF Nauni Students to Work With Farmers to Learn Nuances of Hill Farming

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Solan-With an aim to familiarize students with the socio-economic conditions of farmers and their farming techniques, 51 final year B Sc (Hons) Horticulture students of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni will be attached to villages.

This will be a part of the four-week Rural Awareness Work Experience (RAWE) programme. RAWE is a compulsory part of the degree as per Indian Council of Agricultural Research norms and the students are paid a stipend during the programme.

The students, who have been divided into two groups, will be visiting all the four-agro climatic zones of the state. The Regional Research Stations/ Krishi Vigyan Kendras at Kullu, Jachh, Chamba and Kandaghat will be hosting each group for one week each. After a period of one week, the students will shift to a new climatic zone thereby covering all the zones in the stipulated period.

A group of villages under each zone has been selected and small sub groups from main groups will be attached to each village. The objective is to learn about rural social-cultural settings, rural development, topographical variations, climate change, animal husbandry, fruits, vegetables and cooperatives working along with understanding the culture. Scientist farmer’s interactions will also be a part of the programme.

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal interacted with the students after their departure for the one-month village attachment. He urged the students to make the most of this practical exposure.

“Go with an open mind, as this is a fantastic opportunity to learn from the people who are working on the fields. This will not only help to broaden your horizons as you will get to interact with the end users and the biggest stakeholders of the know-how and novel technologies developed in institutions like ours. Being ambassadors of the university, you must cherish this opportunity to interact with farmers, analyze their problems and look to provide easily applicable scientific solutions to them with consultation with experts,” said Dr Kaushal.

Dr. Kaushal added that the programme provides a unique opportunity to understand the rural setting in relation to horticulture and allied activities in different agro-climatic climatic zones. He asked the students to strictly follow all the COVID protocols in order to ensure the safety of the group and the villagers hosting them.

Programme Coordinator Dr. KK Raina said, “The programme aims at understanding rural situations, status of horticulture technologies adopted by the farmers along with prioritizing farmer’s problems, develop skills and attitude of working with the farm families for all-round development in rural areas.”

Dr. Anju Dhiman, Dean College of Horticulture said that due to COVID restriction, the practical aspect of the study was hampered but this present opportunity must be utilized to gain significant knowledge which will help to implement the knowledge gained in the classes into real world situations. She said that the knowledge gained during the programme will help the students to grow professionally.

Dr. Harish Sharma, Dr. MK Brahmi, Dr. Rasmi Chaudhary, Dr. Pramod Verma and Dr Aditika Sharma also addressed the students and shared tips with them.

In addition to familiarizing students with socio-economic conditions of the farmers and their problems with reference to horticulture development, RAWE would also help in imparting diagnostic and remedial knowledge relevant to real field situations through practical training.

Development of communication skills in students using extension teaching methods in transfer of technology and acquaint them with the ongoing extension and rural development programmes is another important aspect of RAWE. The students have already undergone a two-week orientation. After returning from village attachment, the students will also undergo industry attachment for 2 months after which each group will have to submit a report of the work undertaken.

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