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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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UHF Nauni Bags Rs.25 Crore Funding, Set for Major Overhaul

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Solan: The learning and teaching environment at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni is set for a major overhaul under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) National Agricultural Higher Education Plan (NAHEP) funded by the World Bank, informed the Public Relation Officer, Suchet Attri. He said that under NAHEP, UHF has been awarded the prestigious Institutional Development Project  (IDP). The total outlay of the three-year project is Rs 25 crore with ICAR share of Rs 20 crore and Rs 5 crore funded by the state.

He said that this is one of the biggest projects in UHF’s history and a major achievement for the university. It will help to provide a holistic learning and teaching environment to the students and faculty as scientists and students will be exposed to foreign universities to learn and exchange researchable ideas and issues. The University Vice-Chancellor is the project leader while Dr KK Raina, Professor and Head, Department of Business Management is the coordinator and Principal Investigator of the overall project, he informed.  

The main objective of the project entitled ‘Quality Education in Horticulture and Forestry to generate Human Resource’ is to revamp the university’s UG education through innovative and modern pedagogy, skill development, improving placement opportunities and catalyzing entrepreneurship through global thinking and input. He further said that under IDP, the university will look to strengthen collaborations with leading academia and industry for student exchange and faculty development programmes. 

He informed that around 150 UG students and 50 faculty members will be selected through a competition, to visit top-flight foreign universities for a period of 3-6 months. Organization of webinars and seminars, workshops and capacity building, and engaging industry experts as adjunct faculty is also included in the project. In addition to the creation of several student amenities, the university will establish UG and language labs for improving soft skills, eight smart and two virtual classrooms. He said that the project will also push green initiatives like the use of solar energy for cooking, lighting, use of battery-operated vehicles, solid waste management and recycling, campus landscaping and development of nature parks.

He said that one of the highlights will be the development of Short-Term International Certificate course on temperate horticulture and forestry crops and the strengthening of Student Development and Career Development Cell by developing a proactive industrial interface to create job and internship opportunities. Remedial courses, special attention towards weak students, agri-incubation centres on hi-tech plant nursery, processed food and forest products for entrepreneurial and agribusiness skills will also be taken up during the course of the project.

He further informed that several works have already begun under the project, and initiatives like raising new plantations have been undertaken. The students are eagerly looking forward to this project and have been actively taking part in all activities. A review meeting of the core project team and the statutory officers under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor was held on Saturday. Director Extension Education Dr PK Mahajan, Deans Dr Bhupinder Gupta and Dr ML Bhardwaj also took part in the meeting. 

“This is a very proud moment for the university as we are among the national group that has got grants under this project. It will help us to improve the work culture and change the outlook of the students by providing a holistic learning environment. Besides, it will also help to enhance the quality of study and potential of the faculty will be fully utilized,”

said Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor.

He said that only a select few agricultural universities have managed to bag the project through nation-wide competition.

The university will further focus on skill enhancement of students through study programmes with international collaborations and provide an inclusive and equitable quality education for the students through the faculty development programme. Dr Kaushal added that under the project, the university will ensure the sustainability of quality education and system effectiveness through the strengthening of the University Alumni network and industry interface. 

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Nauni Varsity UG Admission Process Revised, No Entrance Exam, Seats to be Allotted on 10+2 Merit

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Solan-Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has revised the admission process for its undergraduate programmes for the academic session 2020-21 in view of the COVID 19 pandemic. This year, the university will not be conducting an entrance test to fill the normal seats of UG programmes. The decision in this regard was taken during a special meeting of the Academic Council meeting held recently.

The basis of admission for normal seats would be merit drawn on basis of marks obtained at 10+2 level examination in four subjects-English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics plus weightage of participation in sports/ NCC, NSS, scouting, co-curricular activities (if any). The university offers three undergraduate programmes B Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B Sc (Hons) Forestry while B Tech Biotechnology is offered only at the COH&F Neri. 

The candidates have been advised to download the counselling proforma from the university website and fill it as per the instructions mentioned on it. Those students who want to be considered for both normal as well as self-financing seats need to fill two separate proformas. A single page pdf file must be created, containing scanned filled counselling proforma along with legible documents mentioned in the checklist as provided in the counselling proforma. No column must be left blank. The counselling proforma for normal seats and self-financing seats will be uploaded on the university website on 3rd August (afternoon) and 5th August (afternoon) respectively.

For normal seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent through email to [email protected] on or before 18th August, 2020.

For self-financing seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent by email to [email protected] on or before 20th August, 2020. Every candidate must submit the duly filled counselling proforma in order to be considered for the admission. The detailed notification can be downloaded from the university website.

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HPBOSE Syllabus to be Reduced by 30% for 2020-21 Session Following CBSE’s Lead

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Dharamshala: The syllabus of Himachal Pradesh School of Board Education from 9th to 12th classes would be reduced by 30 percent following the lead of CBSE.  The Board today constituted a five-member committee for this purpose, informed Chairman of HPBOSE, Dr Suresh Kumar Soni. The step is being taken considering the disruption to regular classroom study of students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The committee comprises of Deputy Secretaries Anjali Saini and Sudarshan Kumar, and Anil Naag – the principal, Senior secondary School, Sulah, Kangra district-and Vijay Sharam- the principal, GSSS Daroh, Kangra. The fifth member would be Dimple Kanwar.

The Board also held a workshop in which experts in Hindi, Political Science, History, Geography, and Psychology subjects gave their opinion regarding the syllabus.

Further, the Chairman said that emphasis would be laid on reducing the syllabus for the board classes. Exclusion of topics from syllabus would be done in accordance with suggestions received from subject experts, he said.

The teachers should keep in mind that the students do not remain deprived of knowledge but at the same time keep the stress of syllabus off them, he said. He asked the teachers to not include any questions in exams from the topics which would be excluded from the syllabus. A proposal regarding it would be submitted to the state government for its approval, he informed.

Earlier this month, CBSE had announced a reduction in its syllabus for students of class 9 to 12. For class 11, CBSE had excluded chapters on federalism in the Constitution, political theory sections on citizenship, secularism and nationalism. For class 12, India’s relations with its neighbours, sections on social movement, regional aspirations, the changing nature of India’s economic development, and the Planning Commission were excluded.

For class 10, CBSE had excluded the chapter on forest and wildlife in contemporary India from social science. Besides it, chapters on democracy and diversity; gender religion and caste, popular struggles and movements, and challenges to democracy have also be removed. For science classes, the students would not have to study the human eye functioning, a section on concepts of evolution, several practical experiments, like tests on acetic acid, mounting a leaf peel, and studying the comparative cleaning capacity of soap in hard and soft, water were also removed from the syllabus.

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