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HP University gets “A” Grade from NAAC – A surprise for all

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SHIMLA- Himachal Pradesh University administration is patting its own back after the institute was granted “A” grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). A 13-member team had visited the varsity for inspection in October and assessed the varsity from all aspects for four days from 3 to October 6.

The Vice-Chancellor, AND Bajpai, in a statement, claimed that although he was expecting A+, but is still contented with A. The varsity has received 3.21 out of 4 points, claimed the VC. The chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor are the first to exchange greetings on this triumph. Rest, a lot of boasting about improvement in academic environment and hard work of teaching-non teaching staff is expected to follow. “A” grade will help the varsity to fetch more funds which would is supposed to help in boosting infrastructural development and quality education.

However, like recent declaration that Himachal Pradesh has become India’s first open defecation free Big State, “A” grade is a surprise considering the inadequate facilities, inadequate infrastructure, poor administration, politically charged varsity environment, shortage of teaching staff, indulgence of teachers in student politics, regular violence between student organization, overwhelmingly high fees, and disastrous consequences of poor RUSA implementation.

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Importantly, the varsity has implemented RUSA but has not fulfilled requirements like additional infrastructure as well as recruitment of additional 1,500 employees. The students are still troubled by delay in results and half-hazard and incomplete awareness provided to students and teachers by authorities regarding the functioning of RUSA system. It is unknown how the varsity justified this position to the NAAC team.

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The biggest joke was played a couple of months ago when the varsity manipulated the passing percentage defined under the system to enhance the result of first semester of third batch under RUSA. It is a mockery of academic standards that administration is running the varsity like a ‘halwai’ (sweet-vendor, arbitrarily changing rules after post announcement of results.

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Prior to that, the friction between student bodies and the administration has led to chaos. One of the student organizations were on a chain-hunger strike for over 150 days for their demands including scrapping of RUSA.

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Moreover, armed violence had erupted in varsity ahead of the NAAC visit and continued after its arrival. Teachers were caught carrying weapons in their cars into varsity campus to assist students in assaults and counter-assaults.

There is a long list of such issues that threatened reputation and standards of the varsity. However, the NAAC team found everything satisfactory and considered the varsity worth Grade “A”.

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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HIMCOSTE PLS: Eminent scientist & activist Dr Vandana Shiva to speak at Shimla on July 17

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Council for Science Technology and Environment (HIMCOSTE), Shimla is organising Popular Lecture Series (PLS) under its Science Popularisation programme.

This programme started under Science Popularisation since 2017 for Science students of Govt. Degree Colleges of all the Districts of Himachal Pradesh. The programme is funded by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, under the Science Day and Mathematics Day celebration.

Eminent speakers/scientists are invited to address students so that they are motivated for taking up Science & Technology and work for the betterment of the community.
This series of lectures will be organised in the first phase at the:

  1. Government Degree College (GDC), Sanjauli, Shimla on July 17
  2. GDC Bilaspur on August 1
  3. GDC Hamirpur on August 2
  4. GDC Nathan on August 8
  5. GDC Solan August 9

Following five renowned and eminent scientists and environmental activist will deliver lectures :

  1. Dr Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya
  2. Retd. Prof. PK Ahluwalia, Department of Physics HP University
  3. Dr Patrick Das Gupta, Department of Physics & Astrophysics University of Delhi
  4. Dr Kiran Katoch, Dr AS Paintal Chair (ICMR) IIHMR University, Jaipur
  5. Dr Ravi Chopra, Director Peoples Science Institute Dehradun
  6. Dr Rajeev Kumar Puri, Department of Physics University of Punjab

 

The second phase in other Districts would be organised in September and October 2018.

Dr Vandana Shiva at Sanjauli College on sustainable Mountain Agriculture & Organic Farming

The First lecture in this series would be delivered by Dr Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya – a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds and to promote organic farming and fair trade

For the last two decades, Navdanya has worked with local communities and organizations serving more than 5,00,000 men and women farmers. Navdanya’s efforts have resulted in conservation of more than 3000 rice varieties from all over the country and have established 60seed banks in 16 states across the country.

In 2004, she started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K.

Dr Shiva combines the sharp intellectual enquiry with courageous activism. She is equally at ease working with peasants in rural India and teaching in Universities worldwide.

Time Magazine identified Dr Shiva as an environmental “hero” in 2003 and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators of Asia. Forbes magazine in November 2010 has identified Dr Vandana Shiva as one of the top seven most Powerful Women on the Globe.

The topic of the talk by Dr Vandana Shiva would be “Sustainable Mountain Agriculture & Organic Farming” at Govt. Degree College, Sanjauli on July 17, 2018, where 1000 science students are expected to get benefitted by this talk. The Science faculty of Sanjauli College would attend this talk.

Kunal Satyarthi, IFS Member Secretary HIMCOSTE, will be present on the occasion.

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Counselling for Nauni varsity’s self-financed UG seats held today, to be held for M Sc on July 17

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Solan: The first counselling for the self-financed seats of undergraduate programmes offered by the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni was held at the university campus today. The counselling was held for admission to B Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B Sc (Hons) Forestry, and B Tech Biotechnology programmes at the three constituent colleges of the university.

Over 485 students from all over the country, who had scored 78 per cent and above in the Class 12 examination, were called for the counselling. Several students who had applied for these seats had scored well over 90 per cent in their Class 12, with the highest being 96.5 per cent.
Nauni varsity counselling

The university has a separate admission process for its self-financed seats and students from all over the country can apply for it. The merit list for these seats is decided based on the marks scored in the Class 12 examination. In total, 1309 students had applied for the self-financed seats.

The Counselling Committee today verified all the documents of the students along with taking their preference of course and college. The seat allotment list will be available on the website on July 13.

In addition to these seats, the university holds an entrance examination for its general seats, for which only students from Himachal Pradesh are eligible to apply.

This year over 5600 students had applied for general seats and the first counselling was held on July 4. The university will be holding the first counselling for its M Sc programmes on July 17, 2018.

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Van Mahotsav 2018: Nauni varsity plants over 500 trees at campus

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Solan: Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur today inaugurated the Van Mahotsav at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni.

He planted a sapling of an ornamental tree-Crape Myrtle, at the university’s main gate.

Later in the day, UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma addressed the university staff and students. He thanked the Chief Minister and other dignitaries for launching the plantation drive of the university.

Jai Ram Thakur on Van Mahotsav 2018

CM Jai Ram Thakur watering a newly planted tree at UHF Nauni

While explaining the importance of trees for the survival of humankind, Dr Sharma called for collective efforts to conserve existing forests and undertake plantation in newer areas. He said that Van Mahotsav was an event, which not only connected everyone with nature but was also an important requirement in today’s times.

Dr Sharma also called for the support of the all the university employees and students in ensuring the survivability of all the plants.

The participants undertook a plantation drive at the university campus in which over 500 trees of Melia Composita, a fast-growing tree was planted near the staff residences of the university.

The local branches of the State Bank of India and UCO Bank along with various societies also supported and took part in the programme.

Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr Rajeev Bindal, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar, Forest Minister Govind Thakur, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal and Member of Parliament Sh. Virender Kashyap also carried out plantation on the occasion.

Chief Minister presided over the 69th State Level Van Mahotsav at Churwadhar in Rajgarh area of Pachhad Assembly Constituency in Sirmour district.

He said that 15 lakh sapling would be planted in the 596 selected places in the State witan h active participation of the people. He said that although about 67 per cent area of the State was covered with forests still lot more needed to be done.

The State government was endeavouring that everyone adopts a tree as “Gotra Tree” and help to conserve and protect it. This would motivate the people particularly the younger generation to conserve our environment. He also urged the student to help in environmental conservation.

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