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Himachal’s top Campus Cultural Fests that’ll completely rock you

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SHIMLA- Golden period of life is mostly set in college and varsity campuses. Nostalgia of time spent in a campus is incurable. Cultural fests, fresher and farewell parties are most memorable and are like souvenirs to those who participated in them. These events make one of the few available vents to young, talented blood. So, Himachal Watcher thought to compile a list of top cultural fests in the top campuses of Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal is a hub of universities, medical colleges, dental colleges and engineering colleges. Some private universities have also come up in recent years. Most of these colleges have students studying from different parts of India, hence, offer very rich cultural environment. Each one of these campuses have their own traditions and holds different cultural and artistic activities every year. Most of these fests also offer cash prizes and gifts to winners depending upon their respective budgets.

But six of the following campuses are known to celebrate the most happening cultural fest:

We have used trailers, after-movies, pictures, and posters from previous events to give you a glimpse of these events.

Le Fiestus, JUIT Waknaghat


The Jaypee University of Information Technology in district Solan celebrates the one of the biggest socio-cultural fests. The three day event “Le Fiestus”is organized by the JUIT Youth Club. During all three days, students take to the stage to perform and compete in various activities from fashion parade to Rock Bands. Other competitions include photography, short-films, LAN Gaming, Beer Pong, Pinball, chat-show etc. Moreover, the lighting effects and laser shows are always impressive.

There are prom-nights, energetic performances from students as well as celebrity guest like Honey Singh, Crazy DJs, Benny Dayal, Schin Jigar, The Local Train etc.

The JUIT Youth Club maintains an active presence of social media through Facebook page, Youtube Channel, and Instagram. Before the event, organizers consistently share attractive posters and trailers. 

Hillffair, NIT-Hamirpur

NIT-Hamirpur campus celebrates a vibrant and electrifying three-day national level youth festival. The fest has featured artist such as Anuj Sharma (Indian-Idol) and celebrity comedians. Bubbling with energy, their spirits soaring high, students gather to bang their heads and shake their legs to the beats of music. The lively colors and the trendiest fashion parade are indeed a treat to the eyes. The wide variety of dance and drama set the mood for the audience. Other than rock bands, pahari and western dances, celebrity guests,a variety of other competitions including photography are held. Indeed, it’s a culmination of art & culture.

The organizers work hard to ensure good lighting effects. They keep posting attractive posters on social media. Along with Facebook page, Youtube Channel, the NIT also has its own Android App on Google Play Store. &Well, what’s the point of being at NIT if you can’t develop an app for your campus? Right?

Algorythm, Chitkara University, Baddi

The Chitkara University is celebrating its annual fest “Algorythm” since the establishment of the campus. The variety of cultural as well artistic activities is quite rich. The varsity has students from almost every part of India. To give you an exact idea of what sort of platform it is, take look at one of their after-movies

No need to mention that it’s an excellent chance for students to showcase their hidden talents. The campus has a Facebook page, Youtube Channel, and is also present on Instagram.

IIT Mandi Exodia

The Indian Institute of Technology in Mandi holds three-day cultural fest every year since 2012. Since then, the event has joined the list of some of the largest college festival organized by students. Perhaps, the most impressing and versatile, Exodia goes a step ahead of all with its competitions like Junkyard Wars, Androbot, and featuring of films. Even bikers get opportunity to perform their stunts. At least, that’s what was seen in one of its previous events. There are several technical events that complement the very purpose of an IIT. The fest is simply awesome.

IIT Mandi has strong social-footprints as compared to other campuses. Along with usual Facebook page of the event, ‘Exodia’ is also present on Twitter and Google+.

Stimulus, IGMC Shimla

Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital (IGMC) has also found a place in this list. The ‘Stimulus’ is another national level cultural fest that attract students from various medical and other colleges to compete and perform. From star nights, acoustic contest, fashion show to pahari nights, it’s always an unforgettable experience. It’s an extravaganza where medical students come out of their white coats to the world of colors, music, and art. The performances include regional, national, and western dance and music performances. 
As compared to others, social footprints are lesser, but the event is totally fun.

Emanation, Baddi UEST

Baddi University of Emerging Science and Technology campus also organizes a thrilling annual fest “Emanation”. Other than students from various varsities and campuses, the event also features performances by renowned, national artists. But the campus doesn’t invest much time in maintaining social media presence other than Facebook page.  That’s the reason, we don’t have much media to provide a better idea about the fest. 

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The Indian education system is, perhaps, a lengthy, tiring process that focuses on keeping youth busy in collecting certificates instead of employment. Himachal Pradesh, too, is bearing the brunt of it. Childhood and teenage is consumed by academic stress throughout school-time. Higher educational institutes, colleges, and varsities are no better but they provide some liberty to youth to freely think and act. Cultural fests provide the best platform for almost every talent.  After all, overall development of individual personality can’t be achieved in syllabus books only.

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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UHF Nauni Again Ranked Among Top 100 Universities of India

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UHF Nauni Among Top 100 universities of india

Solan-Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, has yet again been ranked among the top 100 Universities of the country in this year’s Ministry of Human Resource Development’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2019.

The university has been ranked at 80th position in the university category making it the only university in the top 100 from Himachal Pradesh. Only nine horticulture, agriculture and veterinary universities have found a place in this top 100 universities list.

However, UHF slipped from its last year’s rank of 71st position.

The rankings were released by the Hon’ble President Shri Ram Nath Kovind at New Delhi earlier on April 8, 2019. This year, the Ministry carried out rankings for Overall, Universities, Engineering, Colleges, Pharmacy and Management, Medical, Architecture and Law. The institutions were judged on parameters like Teaching, Learning and Resources, Research and Professional Practice, Graduation Outcome, Outreach and Inclusivity, and Perception with each having several other subheads.

In Research and Professional Practice, which includes Publications and the Quality of Publications, IPR and Footprint of Projects, and Professional Practice and Executive Development Programs, the university has improved its score from 5.81 in 2018 to 5.97 in 2019. Further, the university has also improved in the Perception parameter from 2.01 in 2018 to 2.41 this year. The university has also performed well in Graduation Outcomes and Teaching Learning and Resources.

Speaking at the event organized at the university on Thursday evening, Vice Chancellor Dr HC Sharma congratulated the scientists, staff and the students on being the highest ranked university in the state and among the select few from the agricultural field, which have made it to the top 100 list.

Stressing on the need to work harder to improve the rankings, Dr Sharma said,

We have improved our scores in the research and publications and perception, but there is still ample scope for improvement in all the parameters. In order to improve our rankings, we will be aggressively pushing our research and patent filing process and look to expand our international and national tie-ups for research and exchange.

He added that that the university has made several efforts under the technology transfer initiative and in the past few months several technologies developed by the university has been made available to the entrepreneurs. Dr JN Sharma, Director Research of the university explained the ranking methodology and called for making a collective effort to work on the areas where improvements can be made in the future.

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Nauni Varsity’s Apiculture Centre Judged as India’s Best Research Center, Bags Award

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Nauni Varsity’s Apiculture Centre bags award

Solan: The apiculture research centre of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has again bagged the ‘Best Research Center (2016-18)’ award. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) confers the award every year.  This is the second year in a row that the centre has bagged this award.

 University’s Department of Entomology runs the Solan centre of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Honeybees and Pollinators AICRP (HB&P).

Scientists from 27 AICRP centres from across the country participated in the meet and presented their work. Three scientists from the UHF centre; Dr Harish Kumar Sharma, Dr Kiran Rana and Dr Meena Thakur also attended the meeting.

The Principal Investigator Dr Harish Sharma said that the centre is engaged in research in diversified aspects of apiculture including managed honeybee pollination, bee botany, bee breeding, honeybee disease identification and their management, and standardization of technology for hive products.

This is the only centre in the country where bumblebee rearing and its utilization in protected cultivation has been standardized.

he said.

Elaborating on the work done by the entomology department of the university, HOD Dr Divender Gupta told that the centre has been working for the overall upliftment of apiculture in the state with special emphasis on pollination management.

In addition, the centre has been providing specialized training on queen breeding and bee breeding to beekeepers from across the country including the north-east. 

In order to establish bee breeders, the scientists have been providing technical backup for production of quality queens for increasing honey production and pollination efficiency,

he added.

The award was given at the Biennial Group Meeting of AICRP (HB&P) organized by ICAR at the School of Agricultural Sciences and Rural Development, Nagaland University last week.

Dr PK Chakravarti, ADG ICAR conferred the award at the plenary session of the workshop in the presence of eminent apiculturist and former national coordinators of the AICRP (HB&P) Dr RK Thakur and Dr RC Mishra. Dr RK Thakur, who is currently serving as the Joint Director (Communication) at UHF also delivered the lead lecture during the event.

UHF VC Dr HC Sharma and Dean College of Horticulture Dr Rakesh Gupta congratulated the whole team for bringing laurels to the university.

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Involve Modern Technology in Agriculture to Make it Respectable Profession Among Youth : UHF VC

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bimonthly NABARD DDM Meeting at UHF Nauni

Solan: The sixth bi-monthly meeting of the District Development Managers (DDM) of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) began today at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni.

The Punjab Regional Office of the bank in association with the Directorate of Extension Education of the university organized the meeting.

Twenty-five DDM from Punjab attended the two-day meet and learnt about the possibilities of horticulture in their state from the university scientists. The meeting is part of the bank’s initiative to expose their officers to the advancements and opportunities in horticulture and allied disciplines so that they can promote the schemes associated with it among farmers.

During the meet, the university scientists will be addressing the participants on various topics and apprise them on the various activities being done by the university.

Dr Hari Sharma, UHF Vice-Chancellor; Dr Vijay Singh Thakur, Director Extension Education; JPS Bindra, CGM, Mithleshwar Jha, DGM along with the university scientists attended the inaugural session of the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, JPS Bindra explained the working of NABARD and the role played by DDMs as the grassroots functionaries. While stressing on the need for diversification of agriculture, he said that area under horticulture and forestry in Punjab is quite less. Dr Vijay Singh Thakur, Director of Extension Education lauded the role played by NABARD in the upliftment of agriculture and infrastructural development. Dr Thakur was the view that there was a need to focus on the production of good quality food items.

Calling for making agriculture a respectable profession among the people especially the youth, Dr HC Sharma emphasized on involving modern technology to effectively communicate with the farmers. He said that there was a need for policy interventions for the planned utilization of agriculture produce for consumption and processing.  

He said that bank through its field officers should play a larger role in promoting simple interventions like solar drying of excess food produce and focus on producing export quality food products. Dr Sharma added that more efforts were required for the promotion of water conservation methods and maximizing the water use efficiency through modern farming technologies.

As part of the meeting, the delegates also attended technical lectures on hi-tech floriculture, natural farming and beekeeping and also visited the fields of the university.

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