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Solan LR Institute loses All-India Council for Technical Education approval after failing to fulfill criteria

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SHIMLA- With the Solan-based LR Institute of Professional Courses failing to fulfill the laid down criteria of employing adequate faculty strength and related infrastructure in its labs, library and classrooms, the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has withdrawn its approval for various professional courses like engineering, MBA and polytechnic for the academic session 2016-2017.

As per the April 19 letter issued by Director, AICTE, the institute has been directed not to admit any students in these courses for the current academic session as its infrastructure and faculty strength was barely 17.6 per cent than the required number.

This was the first professional institute in the state to face such a stringent action and despite being affiliated to the HP Technical University (HPTU) the series of deficiencies which had emerged had put a question mark on the state regulatory authorities.

The AICTE officials have directed the state government to shift the students studying in the institute to other colleges approved by the AICTE with immediate effect. A letter in this regard has been shot off to the Principal Secretary (Technical Education), Director, Technical Education and the Registrar of HP Technical University.

Director, Technical Education, Rajeshwar Goyal, while confirming the development, said they have directed the institute management to give semester and course wise-details of students studying in the institute within two weeks so that they could be adjusted in other institutes. They have also been directed to remit the fee received from the students to institutes where the students would be transferred.

The institute has only been allowed to admit students in its pharmacy courses though the student intake has been curtailed by 20 per cent and as against the earlier strength of 60 students only 48 students can be admitted.

Notably, the AICTE had directed its Chandigarh zonal office to inspect the institute for requisite facilities and faculty strength after receipt of a complaint. An inspection was conducted on March 28.

The inspection committee found that as against the required faculty strength of 170 only 30 staffers were working in the institute. Various deficiencies were found in the size of classrooms, labs, computer labs, absence of principals for various professional courses, lack of journals in the library, lack of common rooms for the students, etc.

The action of the AICTE has put a question mark on the working of the HPTU which, despite receiving complaints, had overlooked these deficiencies and had allowed the institute to function thus putting at stake the future of the students. The state government had failed to take note of a series of agitations which the terminated faculty members had undertaken since November last year and little punitive action was taken against the institute for violating laid norms despite receipt of complaints.

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IIM Sirmaur’s 2nd convocation ceremony held at Paonta Sahib

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Sirmaur: The second convocation ceremony of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) was held at Poanta Sahib in Sirmour district on April 13, 2018.  Thirty-five students graduated from this institution.

Padmanabh Adhikari was awarded Director’s gold medal while Somaya Depdass was awarded as the best all-around student award. Arushi Singh grabbed the Director Special Recognition award.

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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur distributed medals to these meritorious students of the Institution.

 The institution was in its initial stage but still, it has created a niche for itself among the premier institution of the country, said the Chairman, Governing Council, IIM Sirmour Ajay S. Sriram.

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Director, IIM, Dr Neelu Rohmetra while presenting the Director’s Report said that the institute was committed to producing the talent ready to meet the challenges of the modern era.

The institute was delivering a quality education to the students through highly qualified faculty and some of the best in the industry as guest faculty.

She said that the coming academic year would see main new initiatives by the institution.

The nation has great hope and expectations from the young professionals for making a New India,

the Chief Minister said while addressing the students and faculty.

The institution may have some limitation regarding infrastructure, but still, there was no dearth of talent and the students passing out from here would always cherish the memories of this institution and Himachal Pradesh as well, he further added.

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Nauni varsity scientist conferred ‘Bharat Shiksha Ratan’ award

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Solan: Dr. Divender Gupta, an entomologist working at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, Solan district, has bagged the prestigious Bharat Shiksha Ratan Award.

The award was given in recognition for his services in the field of agriculture education, research, and extension.

The Global Society for Health and Educational Growth presented the award to Dr Gupta at a ceremony held at the Vithal Bhai Patel House, New Delhi.

Dr. Gupta is presently working as a Principal Scientist in the UHF’s Department of Entomology. After a brief stint in the All India Agricultural Services, he joined the UHF in 1990 at its regional station in Jachh.

Upon shifting to the main campus, Dr Gupta got involved in academics in addition to research and extension activities.

Dr Gupta’s main work has been on fruit flies, which is a formidable pest of agro-horticultural crops causing losses to fruit and vegetable crops. He has provided solutions to a number of problems pertaining to fruit and vegetable entomology. Dr Gupta has also been a pioneer in studying population dynamics and management of fruit flies in the department.

He has devised management methods against fruit flies like the use of methyl eugenol based attractant traps using wooden blocks.

This has also been included in the Package of Practices of the University and Spray Schedule of HP Horticulture Department.

Dr Gupta has also evaluated a chemical, which helps in breaking of eggs inside the body of the fruit fly. He is undertaking further studies on this method. He presented this work at an International Seminar in Malaysia in 2016 in which participants from 20 countries took part.

Besides several research papers in reputed journals, Dr Gupta has five chapters, manuals and a number of bulletins to his credit.

He attributed his success to hard work, inspiration from teachers, and feedback from the farming community, and good wishes of family members, friends and students. UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma and other faculty congratulated Dr Gupta on bringing laurels to the University.

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Will spend Rs. 640 crores on TVET  modernization and special training to 65,000 youths: HP Govt

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Shimla: Government of India has signed a USD 80 million (Rs. 512 crores) loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB). As per the State government, the loan will be used to improve and modernizing Technical and Vocation Education and Training Institute (TVET) in Himachal Pradesh. 

With an estimated cost of USD 100 million (Rs. 640 crores), the government claim, the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

With this loan, the government has assured to set up basic institutionalised institutes at various levels in the state. A polytechnic for women, six city livelihood centres and seven rural livelihood centres will be set up under it.

Further, 10 employment exchanges will be upgraded as model career centres, said the government.

The loan will create awareness among youth about TVET programmers, modernization of training equipments, and implementation of MIS, enhanced partnership with private sector along with creating market-oriented training and livelihood opportunities for the youth.

The funds would be made available for short and long-term training programmes to the youth in the automobile, electronics, pharmaceuticals, tourism and hospitality, banking and financial services and health etc. sectors under the project, it was informed.

Under this project, approximately 65,000 youth of State will be imparted special trainings as per the standards of National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF), informed a spokesperson of the state government.

State Government will get 90 percent of the loan component as a grant from the government of India.

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