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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 9 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 the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Himachal Shuts Down All Educational Institutes A Week After Re-Opening 

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Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutes closed again

Shimla-A week after re-opening for regular classes, the Himachal Pradesh Government had to shut down all government and private schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and coaching institutes from 11th to 25th November 2020, for students, teaching and non-teaching staff amid alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held on November 10, 2020. It’s pertinent to mention that the state government had re-opened the school for the students of 9th to 12th from November 2. However, during the past few days, hundreds of teachers and several students tested positive in various schools, especially in Mandi district.

Meanwhile, the unpreparedness of the state government came to light as the largest medical facility – IGMC Shimla- ran out of space in isolation wards for COVID-19 patients. It’s packed to full capacity. Reportedly, another dedicated COVID-19 hospital – DDU Shimla- was also running out of space. The government has also failed to establish make-shift hospitals, which it had been promising for the past couple of months. However, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining in media statements that the government was prepared for all eventualities.

Questions have also been raised over the quality of protective gear provided to health staff as several officials tested positive at a COVID-19 hospital in Mandi district.

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Nauni Varsity Session 2020-21: List of Selected Candidates for UG Courses Released

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UHF Nauni UG Course Selection list 2020-21

Solan: Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has released the college and discipline wise list of selected candidates, both for normal and self-financing seats for admission to BSc Horticulture, BSc Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology for academic session 2020-21. The list of selected candidates, college and discipline wise has been prepared on the basis of counselling proformas and the relevant reservation documents submitted by the candidates through email. 

The selected candidates have been advised to deposit the admission fee in the respective bank accounts of the colleges on any day between 9-12 November. Presently due to COVID, the concessional fee is being charged from the candidates. The candidates will have to send a copy of the bank receipt no/ screenshot of the fee deposited online on the email of the colleges mentioned in the notification. Non-deposit of the fee within the due date will result in the cancellation of the claim for admission.

The candidates are advised to go through the detailed notification uploaded on the university website. The concessional fee details, bank account numbers of respective colleges along with email address has been given in the list. In view of COVID, the classes of the students will be conducted through online mode till further orders.  

The selected candidates shall have to report to the dean of the concerned college along with original documents(list mentioned in the notification) as and when directed by the way of a notice on the university website.

 

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Himachal’s Schools/Colleges to Re-Open for Regular Classes from Today  

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Himachal's schools re-open for regular classes

Shimla-Schools in Himachal Pradesh are today re-opening for regular classes after remaining closed for over seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken to allow regular classes for the students of Class 9th to 12th  in the last meeting of the Cabinet. However, online classes would also continue. Regular classes would also be resumed in the colleges from today onwards.

The SOPs have also been issued in this regard. According to the SOPs, a written consent of parents to send their children to schools would be mandatory, and the students can opt to study online if they do not wish to attend the school physically.

Also, schools can’t enforce attendance on students. In case the number of students is more than that of the capacity of classrooms, then principals/headmasters have been given liberty to conduct classes on alternate days to maintain social distancing.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to tighten grip on the state as eight deaths were reported on November 1, 2020. Over two dozen staff including Dr Janak Raj, MS, also tested positive at the IGMC Shimla. Earlier, 22 school teachers in Mandi district and Education Minister had also tested positive.

Till November 1, 2020 (9 PM), the official statistics of the state Health Department showed the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to be 22264, of which 2973. A total of 320 persons had lost their lives due to COVID-19. 

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