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Ceiling of tattered primary school in Chamba collapses, 3 kids seriously injured

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CHMABA- Owing to insensitivity on part of ministers and bureaucrats, roof of the government primary school Bhanoi, Chamba, which was in tatters and was due for maintenance since long, eventually collapsed due to thunderstorm, leaving many girl students injured.

Class four students, mostly girls, were in their classroom when the ceiling of the roof suddenly collapsed.  The teachers somehow rescued kids trapped under collapsed ceiling. Three of the injured kids were reported to have sustained serious injuries on their head. A pharmacist was called to provide first-aid to the injured kids and villagers also gathered after they heard screams.

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The roof collapsed during half-time and fortunately most of the kids were in playground then.

According to the HT Dharampal, the school wrote repeated letters to the BPEO informing about miserable condition of the roof, how it posed risk to kids, and had requested urgent repair. The school staff had clearly mentioned high probability of a collapse.

Apparently, the concerned officer and department ignored it multiple times to eventually let it collapse and injure students. When the BPEO was asked regarding the incident, he denied having any information about the school.

It’s a matter of utter shame for Himachal Pradesh Government and state’s lethargic, incapable and insensitive bureaucracy, which do not even care for lives of kids.

MLAs and ministers don’t take more than five minutes to pass bills proposing fat hikes in their own salaries, allowances and pensions. Both opposition and ruling government never had any debate about their salary bills. Himachal’s MLAs are given loan at just four percent interest rate to buy cars and bungalows.  But when it is about maintenance of public facilities or repair of government school buildings, the state is always under huge financial debt (a reason to avoid work).

Condition of government schools of Himachal both in terms of infrastructure and academic standards is not hidden from anyone. Himachal is heading towards becoming state with poorest school results. The officials don’t move a muscle despite the fact that news dailies have been reporting damaged school buildings in need of immediate maintenance across Himachal, especially those in rural areas.

However, government is clearly depriving children from economically weaker section of society and rural regions dependent on government schools from quality education. The government has just opened schools that it hardly cares to maintain, and washes its hands off without considering the fact that education means much more than just opening cowshed-like schools.

Further, it is actually true that bureaucrats rarely face any action even when they are responsible for deaths of people, such as in case of jaundice outbreak in Shimla. No higher official of IPH or Shimla MC responsible to check quality of supplied water was arrested or even stringently questioned. The contractor and others arrested in this case are out on bail. Then it goes without guessing that we will see any action taken on the BPEO in this regard.

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 7 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 world around him in his DSLR lens.

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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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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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