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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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As major achievement, Nauni varsity scientists bag International project on oilseed research

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Nauni varsity scientists bags international project

Solan: Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, was in news last week after Jagriti Thakur, a research scholar at the varsity, won US-based International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Scholar Award for the year 2018.

This week, in a major achievement, the scientists of Department of Plant Pathology at the UHF, have bagged an International collaborative project on developing cutting-edge technology for inducing biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in mustard rape for economic and environmental sustainability.

The University will work with nine leading research organisations of the country besides seven renowned research institutes of United Kingdom in the project. The three-year project has a total budget outlay of more than Rs 7.27 crore as Indian component, which will be distributed to the 10 Indian institutes, which are part of the project. Each Indian institute will work on a different aspect of the project with a researcher working on the same area in the UK.

The project has been sanctioned under the prestigious NEWTON BHABHA Fund UK- India Pulses and Oilseed Research Initiative (PORI). The fund has been created by BBSRC of the Government of the United Kingdom and the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI.

BBSRC which is a part of UK Research and Innovation, a body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations and government for promoting research and innovation is also making upto £3.5 million available to support the UK components of this research.

Dr HR Gautam, Professor and Head of Department of Plant Pathology informed that Dr Anil Handa, Professor of Plant Pathology will be the Principal Investigator and coordinator of this project while Dr Rajnish Sharma working in the Department of Biotechnology will act as the Co-Investigator.

He added that this achievement is one of the cherished moments in 55 years history of the department. Dr JN Sharma, UHF Director of Research, said that the University is making continuous efforts to get projects from various funding agencies and engage in collaborative work to strengthen the research capabilities and infrastructure.

India is one of the major producers and consumers of oilseeds crops in the world. The university scientists will work on ‘Genomics-led improvement of biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in mustard rape for economic and environmental sustainability’ by utilizing state-of-art advanced molecular approaches like CRISPER/Cas9 for mapping the genes conferring resistance to turnip mosaic virus (TuMV).

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The Plant Virology laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology

The Plant Virology laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology is an internationally acclaimed laboratory and has facilities for conducting molecular level research for determining the genetic diversity of TuMV in Northern India and developing a panel of Indian TuMV isolates for evaluating European and Indian sources of resistance.

Besides Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, the University of Delhi, South Campus; NIPGR, New Delhi; NBPGR, New Delhi; NRCPB, New Delhi; IARI, New Delhi; PAU, Ludhiana; CAZRI, Jodhpur; DRMR, Bharatpur and IIT Kharagpur will be a part of the project. The University of York, University of Hertfordshire, University of Warwick, University of Essex, Earlham Institute and Rothamsted Research will be the investigators from the United Kingdom.

While congratulating the scientists, UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma said that the project will go a long way in using the latest techniques in biotechnology for disease management to increase the productivity of oilseed crops. This project will also help train our students in using molecular markers for crop improvement.

Through this collaborative project, efforts are being made to encourage multi-institutional collaborations between UK and Indian researchers to undertake high-quality research aimed at increasing crop productivity, resilience, sustainability and quality of pulses and oilseeds grown for food or feed in India. Pulses and oilseeds are important crops in India.

Pulses are relatively under-used crops in the UK but are a major source of dietary protein in India. Oilseeds are grown in both countries and are a valuable source of oil for a variety of uses, as well as animal feed. This collaborative project aims to develop exploit genomic and bioinformatic resources to aid the development of improved varieties for sustainable crop production.

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Nauni varsity’s Jagriti among world’s 30 research scholars who bagged International Scholar Award

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Solan: Jagriti Thakur, a research scholar at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been conferred with the US-based International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Scholar Award for the year 2018. She is among the 30 research scholars from across the globe, who have been conferred with this prestigious award. Jagriti is a doctoral student at UHF’s Department of Soil Science and Water Management.

The IPNI award has been conferred on Jagriti for her PhD thesis research synopsis. The regional committees of IPNI scientific staff select the recipients for this award. The award carries a cash prize of 2,000 US dollars and a recognition certificate, which will be presented to Jagriti during a ceremony at the University by IPNI.

Hailing from Bhuntar in Kullu district, Jagriti has completed her BSc and MSc degrees from UHF and is presently pursuing her doctoral research on the topic, ‘Standardization of irrigation and fertigation schedules for apple under high-density plantation’. For the past one year, she has been conducting research at the university’s high-density apple plantations, raised under the Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Development Project (HP HDP).

Dr JC Sharma, her research guide at the university said,

Apple is a major cash crop in Himachal and therefore a lot of importance has been given to its high-density plantations under the HP HDP. The award recognizes our efforts and gives greater impetus to our research, which will help us to determine the water and nutrient requirement for apple under high-density plantation and ensure proper utilization of these resources.

Thanking her parents and University Professors for their guidance and support, Jagriti said that she will now work even harder to develop the irrigation and fertigation schedule for apple under high-density plantation which will be helpful for better utilization of resources and raising farm incomes. She is hopeful of developing the schedules within the next two to three years.

While congratulating the student and the research guide, Dr HC Sharma, UHF Vice-Chancellor said,

It is a proud moment for the university, as only 30 scholars were selected across the world for this honour. The award is a testimonial to the quality research being carried out at the university.

International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award

The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Board of Directors offers two awards of interest to graduate students and scientists working in plant nutrition and management of crop nutrients. Priority is given to the relevance of the proposed research in support of IPNI’s mission. Students in the disciplines of soil and plant sciences including agronomy, horticulture, ecology, soil fertility, soil chemistry, crop physiology, and other areas related to plant nutrition can apply for the award.

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390 students attend St. Bede’s National Seminar ‘Celebrating Indian Science’

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St. Bede's National Seminar

Shimla: On Thursday, the Science Faculty of St. Bede’s College Shimla, in collaboration with Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Shimla Chapter, hosted a one day National Seminar entitled ‘Celebrating Indian Science: From Past to Future’.

Around 350 Science students of the college along with 140 students from various colleges and schools of Shimla attended it.

These institutes included Centre of Excellence, Govt. Degree College, Sanjauli, R.K.M.V, Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Degree College, Chaura Maidan, Convent of Jesus and Mary, D.A.V School, Lakkar Bazaar, St. Edward’s School, Loreto Convent, Tara Hall, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jakhu, Govt. School, Sanjauli, Monal Public School, Model School Summerhill and Chapslee school.

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During the seminar, the students were shown a movie on ‘The Quantum Indians’ in the first technical session of the seminar, and it was followed by On the Spot Quiz.

In the second session, Prof. P.K. Ahluwalia delivered a lecture on the topic ‘Impact of Innovation on Human Development through Science and Technology: From Past to Future.’

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In the second half, Prof. Subhash Gupta delivered a lecture on the topic ‘Our Journey of Science – Future Ahead.’

In the third session, Prof. Jaspreet Sambi from Panjab University Chandigarh delivered a talk on ‘Indian Science Looking Back and into Future.’

To stimulate the idea of controlling pollution and protecting the environment and to share and discuss issues relating to it, a Panel discussion on the topic ‘Can Scientific Interventions Help Overcome the Curse of Pollution’ was also organized.

Towards the end of the seminar, students asked questions related to their queries which were answered convincingly. It was followed by a live demonstration of experiments by Physics, Microbiology, Biotechnology departments. The Department of Botany and Zoology put up an exhibition on medicinal plants and insects.

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