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related infrastructure in its labs, library and classrooms, the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has withdrawn its approval for various professional courses like engineering, MBA and polytechnic for the academic session 2016-2017.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.
Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France
Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.
She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity
Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.
Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.
HP University Extends College Admission Date for 2021-22 Session Till Oct 25
Shimla-Dates for admissions to undergraduate courses for the session 2021-22 in colleges affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University has been extended, which has come as a relief to not only those students who were seeking fresh enrollments in the first year but also to the students of the second and third year.
The varsity informed that the decision was taken after considering requests received from various students regarding the same.
Now, willing students can apply for enrollment in both government and private colleges till 5 PM, October 25, 2021.
This extension of date would benefit students who recently passed supplementary exams or those students of the second and third-year who had missed admission due to delay in declaration of their previous results.
UHF Nauni Extends Admission Dates for UG, PG, PhD Till Oct 18
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.