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Himachal’s politicians, bureaucrats, judges must also send their children to Govt. schools

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SHIMLA- About 200 state-run primary schools in Himachal Pradesh have no teacher at all. Fifty per cent of Class 5 students in government schools are not able to comprehend textbooks meant for Class 2 students and cannot solve three-digit problems, so say many of the state’s legislators.

Concerned over the declining standards of education at the primary and elementary levels, the legislators, cutting across party lines, have demanded in the assembly reforms in the education system to check further decline.

Hailing the Allahabad High Court judgment of August 18, two of them – one from the opposition BJP and other from the Congress – demanded that politicians, bureaucrats and judges must also send their children to government schools. This is the only way, the court said, that the pathetic state of government schools in the state could be improved.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who is known for his reforms in education, favours reviving the British system of carrying out inspections of educational institutions to improve the standard of education.

If BJP member Inder Singh, who moved the resolution that was later rejected by a voice vote, is to be believed, 107 primary schools in the state have only one or two students each. Likewise, 943 schools have a single teacher and 200 schools don’t even have a teacher. But that has not prevented the chief minister from going on a spree of opening new schools, he said.

“The percentage of children studying in government schools came down to 58 per cent last year from 90 per cent in 2003.”

The ex-serviceman-turned-politician believes the total ban on mid-term transfers, starting lower kindergarten and upper kindergarten classes in government schools, introducing English from Class 1 and re-introduction of the pass/fail system till Class 8 will help check a further dip.

“The Allahabad High Court has given a historic decision. It should be followed in the state too and then the standard of education will improve,” Inder Singh added.

The Congress’ Asha Kumar, a former education minister, said nobody wanted to serve in the remote areas. She suggested that the government also set up cluster and model schools with residential facilities.

Another former education minister, I.D. Dhiman of the BJP, suggested pre-primary schools that will help increasing enrollment in government schools.

Hailing the Allahabad High Court decision, Congress member and Deputy Speaker Jagat Singh Negi, who belongs to remote Kinnaur district, said it should also be made mandatory for the children of teachers and lecturers to get admission in government schools.

Only then, he said, would the standard of education improve.

Quoting a 2012 education report of NGO Pratham, the BJP’s Hans Raj, a former lecturer, said 50 per cent of Class 5 students in government schools are not able to comprehend textbooks meant for Class 2 students.

Replying to the resolution, which was rejected with a voice vote, the chief minister said there were inspectors of schools during the British days whose job was to do just that. “We need to have school inspectors. Their duties should be to test the students’ level of education and that of the educational institutions. They should conduct surprise checks,” he added.

Admitting that the country’s education system is not a role model, the chief minister, who is at helm for the sixth time, noted: “I can say education is much better than what it was before. I will like that in future the state should be an example for other states.”

Virbhadra Singh, who holds the education portfolio, said five schools would be developed and granted the status of smart schools. He said he did not mind opening a new school in far-flung areas, even if there were just two students.

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Selected for World Congress on Agroforestry 2019, France

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Krishan Lal Gautam of UHF Nauni in France

Solan: Krishan Lal Gautam, a doctorate student of Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has been selected to give a poster presentation at the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry, being held in Montpellier, France from 20-22 May 2019.

Based on the abstract the scientific committee of the Congress has selected Krishan Lal for receiving 1921 euros grant for attending the event. This includes 340 euros for registration and other fees while another 1,481 euros is being paid to facilitate travel, accommodation, visa and living expenses.

Krishan Lal has completed his B Sc (Hons) Forestry and M Sc Agroforestry from UHF. He is presently pursuing his doctorate in Agroforestry from the university. The title of the poster presentation is ‘Effect of different types of organic manure on the production of Lepidium sativum under Morus based agroforestry system’.

Dr HC Sharma, UHF Vice-Chancellor said that it was a great achievement for a student to be selected for an international academic event of such high repute. He hoped that Krishan Lal will not only represent the institution but also shine at the event. The Dean College of Forestry and the faculty also wished him success at the event.

The 4th World Congress on Agroforestry will see the participation of more than 1000 delegates and leading keynote speakers from all over the world to address a wide range of key agroforestry research issues. It will gather facts and figures from developing and developed countries and support a collaborative effort with broad social participation. Special attention will be given to vulnerable countries and populations.

The overall objective of the Congress is to contribute to the progress of agroforestry science and practice in order to bridge the science-policy gap. Some of the topics which will be covered during the congress are agroforestry and climate change, agroforestry, food security and nutrition, adoption of agroforestry, agroforestry policies etc.

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Admissions Open for Nauni University’s Horticulture, Forestry Programmes

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Solan: The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry has released the admission schedule for its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Horticulture, Forestry, Biotechnology and Business Administration for the academic year 2019-20. The application process is online and interested students can apply by logging on the university website. The detailed prospectus can be downloaded from the university website.

In undergraduate programmes, the University is offering B Sc (Hons) Horticulture and B Sc (Hons) Forestry at its main campus and at the College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri. The university also offers B Tech Biotechnology programme at COH&F Neri. The B Sc (Hons) Horticulture programme will also be offered at the College of Horticulture and Centre of Excellence in Horticulture Research, Thunag in Mandi district, which is the fourth constituent college of the university.

The last date for receipt of the application for undergraduate programmes(without late fee) is 1st June, 2019 and with late fee of Rs 1000 is 7th June. The date of entrance test is 16th June, 2019. The test will be held in offline mode at the Solan, Sundernagar, Hamirpur, Palampur and Rampur Bushahr.

The university is also offering M Sc in its College of Horticulture and College of Forestry located at the main campus at Nauni and COH&F Neri. The specializations offered in Horticulture are Entomology, Floriculture and Landscape Architecture, Food Technology, Fruit Science, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Plant Pathology, Seed Science and Technology, Spices, Plantation and Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, and Vegetable Science. In Forestry, students can apply for M Sc in Agricultural Economics, Agroforestry, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Forest Genetic Resources, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Microbiology, Silviculture, Soil Science, Statistics, and Wood Science and Technology.

The university is also offering MBA and MBA (Agribusiness). The last date for receipt of online applications for M Sc Programmes and MBA (Agribusiness) programmes (without late fee) is 11th June and with late fee 18th June. The written test will be held on 27th June, 2019. The students interested to apply for MBA can fill in the application form by 6th July, 2019 but such candidates will also have to appear in HPCMAT conducted separately by the Himachal Pradesh University.

In addition to the normal seats, the university also offers the option of applying for self-financed seats in every discipline. The applicant will have to specify in the online form whether they want to apply for a self-financed seat.  In B Sc and M Sc, the candidates from Himachal are eligible for normal seats as well as self-financed. However, the candidates from other states are only eligible for self-financed seats in addition to ICAR seats.

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UHF Nauni’s 4-Day Inter College ‘Sports Meet and Youth Festival’ Kicks Off

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UHF Nauni Annual Inter College Sports Meet and Youth Festival 2019 5

Solan-The 4th Annual Inter College ‘Sports Meet and Youth Festival’ was kicked off on Wednesday at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni.

Aimed at the overall development of students, the four-day extravaganza is seeing the participation of the three constituent colleges of the University- College of Horticulture and College of Forestry from the main campus at Nauni and College of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri.

UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma was the Chief Guest for the inaugural function. Addressing the participants, Dr Sharma stressed on the need for every student to take part in extracurricular activities along with studies.

“Sports and other extra-curricular activities are an integral part of the university curriculum and help in the overall personality development of students which was necessary for succeeding in life. Sports play an important role in inculcating discipline and improving endurance,”

said Dr Sharma.

He added that the university has taken several steps like the construction of pavilion block and new running track at the University’s Major Dhyan Chand Sports Stadium, new synthetic badminton court, kabaddi mats and volleyball courts in every hostel to encourage students to excel in sports.

In his address Dr Kulwant Rai Sharma, Students’ Welfare Officer stressed on the need to uphold the sportsman spirit in all competitions. He informed that the university has instituted Dr Puran Anand Adhlakha award for Best Male and Female Athlete. Dr Adhlakha was the first principal of the College of Agriculture, Solan.

During the next three days, the students will be participating in both track and field events. In track events, boys and girls from the three colleges will participate in 100, 200, 400 and 800, 1500, 3000, 10000 meters races and team events like 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 meters relay.

Shotput, Javelin, Discus throw, long jump, high jump and triple jumps will make the field events. In addition, teams will also compete in Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Kabaddi, Badminton and Table tennis.

Competitions in the Youth Festival were also held at the university on Wednesday. The events for the festival are taking place in five categories- Music, Dance, Literary, Theatre and Fine Arts. Students are displaying their skills in events like group dance and song, elocution, debate and extempore, one-act play, skit, mime, mono acting, poster and rangoli making etc. 

Results (Day 1)

The sports meet got underway with the Volleyball (girls) match between College of Horticulture and College of Forestry, which the former won in two sets.

In football, College of Forestry completely outclassed College of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri with the final scoreline reading 5-1 in favour of the former.

Shiva from College of Horticulture stood first in the 200 meters race (boys) while Abhay and Maheswar from the College of Forestry came second and third respectively. Kritika Saklani and Sandhya Thakur

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