St. Bede’s Biodiversity Conference (Day 2): Experts discuss biodiversity conservation and climate change
SHIMLA- The second day of the International Conference on Biodiversity Current Scenario and Future Strategies organized at the St. Bede’s College, Shimla on October 7 began with Dr. Shweta Thakur’s brief introduction about the first day proceedings of the conference. The Technical Session-III in the started in the morning by the Chairperson of the session, Prof SP Bhardwaj, Ex-Vice Chancellor, Horticulture University, Nauni, Solan who invited the dignitaries to give their presentations.
The conference is sponsored by the State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, Himachal Pradesh and is being organized by the Departments of Zoology and Botany.
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Dr. Wayker from Aurangabad who presented a PPT on ‘Bee keeping and Bee Products: Boon for Human Health and Wealth’.
He emphasized on bees being the best pollinators and said that if there were no bees there will be no life on earth. This was followed by a presentation on Bee products and importance of beekeeping by Dr. Neelam Mattu from Bio Sciences Department,HPU She remarked that with every species being extinct we are losing a part of ourselves.
Dr. Kamlesh Asotra who gave a presentation on Sustainability of Freshwater Sport Fish Species in Northwestern Himalayas, where he emphasized on the importance of Fish sports. The session came to an end with felicitation of the delegates by Dr. Shramja Munjal.
The Technical session-IV was held at 11.30 p.m. in which the delegates gave their oral and poster presentations on Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Global Warming and Climate Change water related issues Wildlife and animal ethics.
In technical session-V with an invited talk by Dr SS Hundal who presented his PPT on Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Security. He talked about sustainable development and environment. The Chairperson for the session was Prof. Waykar from Department of Zoology, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad and the rapporteur was Dr G Vanishree Scientist CPRI, Shimla. The session ended with the felicitation of the delegates by Dr Shweta Thakur.
The Technical Session-VI started in afternoon in which the delegates again gave their oral and poster presentations on Biodiversity conservation global warming and climate change.
Another topic which was discussed in the parallel technical session was Role of Women in Biodiversity Conservation Wildlife and animal Ethics. The Chairperson for this Technical Session was Dr Neelam Mattu from Bio Sciences Department, HP University and the rapporteur for this session was Dr. Anjali Dewan, Head Of Home Science Department, St. Bede’s College, Shimla.
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.