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Visually impaired student from Sirmour cracks UGC NET in first attempt

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Blind Himachal Student qaulifies UGC NET

SHIMLA- Umesh Lubana hails from Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh. He is completely blind with 100% visual impairment. However, his disability proved to be weaker than his will to educate himself. He is a second semester student at Himachal Pradesh University. He qualified for the UGC National Eligibility Test (UGC) for Lecturship in Political Science in his very first attempt.

Umesh has an incredible academic record. He is the topper of first semester in M.A. Political Science. He secured 81 percent marks both in 10th and 12th class, and was on 98th position in 10th class and 65th in 12th class in the State.

While his B.A. he received Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship for meritorious disabled students. In B.A., he had secured 74 percent marks.

But that’s not all for him. He is ambitious and aspires to achieve more. Talking of his future plans, he said,

Now this time I will try for Junior Research Fellowship of UGC. But the University should be made disabled friendly. At present it is very difficult for a blind student like me to study as there are no facilities for us.

He gives credit of his success to his parents and teachers, particularly Prof. Ramesh Chauhan and his friends.

Prof. Ramesh Chauhan, chairman of Political Science said,

Umesh Lubana is a genius student. I had no surprise when he got highest marks in first semester in his class. Lack of sight in eyes has become no hurdle for him in the study as he is doing optimum utilization of the latest technology.

The news was shared with Himachal Watcher by Ajai Srivastava, chairman of Umang Foundation.

While congratulating Umesh, Mr. Shrivastva said he is a very brilliant student and uses Laptop for preparing notes in the class. Umesh is a member of Umang Foundation and he thanked the organization for supporting him in the following words

I’m proud to be associated with the Umang Foundation for the last four years. They have been supporting me throughout in my struggle.

Umesh Lubana completed his 10th and 12th class education from GSSS for Boys, Nahan and B.A. from the Government College, Nahan. His father runs a small business in District Sirmour and mother is government employee. He aims to be a professor in University.

Umesh is really an inspiration for other students suffering from one or other type of physical disability. It’s very unfortunate that Himachal Pradesh Government never showed any interest in attending to the needs and facilities required to educate such children.

Recently, after taking note of the PILs filed by Mr. Shrivastava, the HP High Court had directed the state arrange and provide free education disabled students upto University level.

Before that, Mr. Shrivastava fought a series of battles with HP Govt. to provide secondary education, special teachers, and hostel facility to disabled students from around Himachal.

The condition of the school for blind children in Dhalli, Shimla is not hidden from anyone. So far, the HP Govt. has not given any serious thought to the special needs of disabled students.

Similarly, Home for Destitute Women in Mashobra is in pathetic condition and Ajai Srivastava had recently exposed inhuman treatment of inmates too.

Then, an RTI filed by an RTI activist,Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, revealed that HP government has not constructed even a single shelter for homeless despite allocation of funds from centre.

According to an Article in the Times of India:

The reply received from the PIO-cum-joint director urban development department has revealed that, as on date, not even a single shelter has been constructed in the state and that the state received Rs 6,04,45,000 as on March 30, 2015.

The article further adds that in total, Rs 1,08,00,000 was transferred to 10 municipal corporations in 10 districts. But the joint director, urban development, failed to provide information regarding the utilization of the remaining Rs 4,96,45,000.

So, what is troubling the government now? They have funds but still they are not attending to such critical issues that need immediate attention.

There is no clue about mental health facilities. A few days ago, we had published an story of two mentally challenged destitute persons wandering on Sundernagar roads and eating from garbage. Despite official requests and information from a social welfare organization in Mandi, the district administration has not even provided temporary shelter and food to them in two months.

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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UHF Nauni gets IDI funds

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-uhf nauni ug admissions 2020-21 session

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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HPBose Syllabus 2020-21

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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