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Himachal’s Skill Development Project benefiting lakhs of youth, B.Voc (vocational) courses in colleges soon: HP Govt.

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Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh presided over a Skill Conclave at Peterhoff and in his statement he informed State Govt.’s efforts and map to provide the youth of Himachal with necessary skills to find direct or indirect employment with leading industrial houses and open avenues of self employment.

He said that a budget outlay of Rs. 100 crore have been provided for the Skill Development Allowance Scheme for 2016-17. He said that State government has started vocational education in 500 schools where 35 thousand students are learning various trades.

In his statement, the CM said that State Government had established HP Kaushal Vikas Nigam to synergise skill and livelihood training programmes of different departments for the youth. The State government has also initiated Rs. 640 crore ADB funded HP Skill Development Project with an objective of improvement in employment opportunities for youth in the State..

I am happy to know that Kaushal Vikas Nigam has signed several memorandum of understanding on Skill development with various industrial organisations withan aim to increase employment opportunities

said Virbhadra Singh. .

The statement further said that one lakh youth in the State are being provided high quality industrial oriented training through various programmes linked with placement and self employment. 

Pilot Training Programme to Benefit 1080 youths from 6 Districts

The CM further briefed that present the HPKVN has rolled out its Pilot Training Programme, wherein 7 TSP’s that would provide training to about 1080 youths from 6 districts in the listed 8 sectors viz. the Kangra (Retail & Hospitality), Solan (Textiles & Life Sciences), Shimla (IT/ITes), Mandi (Furniture & Fittings), Nahan-Paonta (Automobile) & Kullu (Hospitality).

He said that Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam has developed a web based MIS system, for monitoring of daily attendance of students.

Later, Chief Minister interacted with the trainees and industrialists through Video-conferencing and those present in Peterhoff.

ACS (Finance &Planning), Shrikant Baldi said that Himachal Pradesh would be the first state to start B.Voc (vocational) courses in the colleges soon. High quality training would be imparted to ensure placement in industrial houses.

Four MoUs were signed with Habib International, Auto Sector Skill Council, with HRTC and KHKVN (Tripartite), Reliance (Retails) and Usha International today, for providing employment to trainees after  they complete their training.

MD, Kaushal Vikas informed that the Nigam is upgrading 52 ITIs from State Council for Vocational Training (SCVT) to National Council Vocational Training (NCVT) so that all the NSQF aligned training is given to the trainees.

The CM urged all industry members, associations and Sector Skill Councils to actively consider associating with Kaushal Vikas Nigam with them, so that the training efforts of the Nigam are seamlessly integrated to industrial requirements.

In his statement, the CM claimed that Skill Development Allowance Scheme are being successfully implemented in the State and has benefitted over one lakh youth.

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UHF Nauni Extends Admission Dates for UG, PG, PhD Till Oct 18

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Solan– Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has extended the last date for applying to various Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral programmes in Horticulture, Forestry, Biotechnology, Agribusiness and Business Management. Applicants can submit their complete online application on the university’s admission portal till 18th October.

The normal seats of BSc (Hons) Horticulture, BSc (Hons) Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology will be filled on the basis of scorecard of ICAR-AIEEA (UG) 2021.

Admissions to MSc, MBA (Agribusiness) and PhD (for normal and self-financing seats) will also be conducted on the scorecard of ICAR AIEEA (PG) and AICE-JRF/SRF respectively. Students who have appeared in the ICAR-AIEEA 2021 for UG and PG, or AICE-JRF/SRF examination and are interested in seeking admission, such students must fill the university online application form before 18th October. Undergraduate aspirants who have not appeared in the ICAR test can however apply for the self-financing seats for B Sc and B Tech Biotechnology programmes run by the university by filling the online application on the university website.

The university has also advised the registered candidates to submit complete online application forms along with online payment acknowledgement slip before the due date. The schedule for online counselling will be announced by the University on the website after the declaration of the ICAR examination result. Application forms other than online mode will not be accepted.

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Nauni Varsity Extends Dates For Applying to Various UG, PG, and Doctoral Programmes

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Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for applying to various Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral programmes in Horticulture, Forestry, Biotechnology, Agribusiness and Business Management for the academic year 2021-22.

The interested students can now submit their complete online application on the university’s admission portal till 30th September. The detailed prospectus for each programme can be downloaded from the university website. 

This year, the university is filling the normal seats of BSc (Hons) Horticulture, BSc (Hons) Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology on the scorecard of ICAR-AIEEA (UG) 2021. Admissions to MSc, MBA (Agribusiness) and PhD (for normal and self-financing seats) will also be conducted on the scorecard of ICAR AIEEA (PG) and AICE-JRF/SRF respectively. The ICAR entrance exam was conducted by the National Testing Agency earlier this month. 

Prashant Sirkek, UHF Registrar informed that those students who have appeared in the ICAR-AIEEA 2021 for UG and PG, or AICE-JRF/SRF examination held earlier this month and are interested to seek admission to the university, such students must fill the university online application before 30th September. 

He added that the UG aspirants who have not appeared in the ICAR test can however apply for the self-financing seats for BSc and B Tech Biotechnology programmes run by the university by filling the online application on the university website.

The Registrar added that as the candidates who fail to submit complete online application forms of the university along with online payment acknowledgement slip will not be considered for admission. Therefore, the Registrar has appeal to the registered applicants to fill the forms before the due date.

The schedule for online counselling will be announced by the University on the website after the declaration of the ICAR examination result. Application forms other than online mode will not be accepted.

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51 UHF Nauni Students to Work With Farmers to Learn Nuances of Hill Farming

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Solan-With an aim to familiarize students with the socio-economic conditions of farmers and their farming techniques, 51 final year B Sc (Hons) Horticulture students of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni will be attached to villages.

This will be a part of the four-week Rural Awareness Work Experience (RAWE) programme. RAWE is a compulsory part of the degree as per Indian Council of Agricultural Research norms and the students are paid a stipend during the programme.

The students, who have been divided into two groups, will be visiting all the four-agro climatic zones of the state. The Regional Research Stations/ Krishi Vigyan Kendras at Kullu, Jachh, Chamba and Kandaghat will be hosting each group for one week each. After a period of one week, the students will shift to a new climatic zone thereby covering all the zones in the stipulated period.

A group of villages under each zone has been selected and small sub groups from main groups will be attached to each village. The objective is to learn about rural social-cultural settings, rural development, topographical variations, climate change, animal husbandry, fruits, vegetables and cooperatives working along with understanding the culture. Scientist farmer’s interactions will also be a part of the programme.

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal interacted with the students after their departure for the one-month village attachment. He urged the students to make the most of this practical exposure.

“Go with an open mind, as this is a fantastic opportunity to learn from the people who are working on the fields. This will not only help to broaden your horizons as you will get to interact with the end users and the biggest stakeholders of the know-how and novel technologies developed in institutions like ours. Being ambassadors of the university, you must cherish this opportunity to interact with farmers, analyze their problems and look to provide easily applicable scientific solutions to them with consultation with experts,” said Dr Kaushal.

Dr. Kaushal added that the programme provides a unique opportunity to understand the rural setting in relation to horticulture and allied activities in different agro-climatic climatic zones. He asked the students to strictly follow all the COVID protocols in order to ensure the safety of the group and the villagers hosting them.

Programme Coordinator Dr. KK Raina said, “The programme aims at understanding rural situations, status of horticulture technologies adopted by the farmers along with prioritizing farmer’s problems, develop skills and attitude of working with the farm families for all-round development in rural areas.”

Dr. Anju Dhiman, Dean College of Horticulture said that due to COVID restriction, the practical aspect of the study was hampered but this present opportunity must be utilized to gain significant knowledge which will help to implement the knowledge gained in the classes into real world situations. She said that the knowledge gained during the programme will help the students to grow professionally.

Dr. Harish Sharma, Dr. MK Brahmi, Dr. Rasmi Chaudhary, Dr. Pramod Verma and Dr Aditika Sharma also addressed the students and shared tips with them.

In addition to familiarizing students with socio-economic conditions of the farmers and their problems with reference to horticulture development, RAWE would also help in imparting diagnostic and remedial knowledge relevant to real field situations through practical training.

Development of communication skills in students using extension teaching methods in transfer of technology and acquaint them with the ongoing extension and rural development programmes is another important aspect of RAWE. The students have already undergone a two-week orientation. After returning from village attachment, the students will also undergo industry attachment for 2 months after which each group will have to submit a report of the work undertaken.

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