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Project Beyond – Unique competition for schools in Shimla to encourage student-led social initiatives

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SHIMLA- What are the critical issues that urban youth of Himachal Pradesh is facing in today’s modernized world: delinquent behaviour, substance abuse, academic stress, and depression due to growing competition that often leads to suicidal attempts or suicides. The fact that substance abuse among Himachal’s youngsters has reached an alarming level isn’t a secret. The age of exploration for such subjects has dropped for school students. Himachal’s urban environment isn’t difference and children are taking a hit due it. Another loss that children face today is of sensitivity to moral and ethical values. The virtues of compassion and empathy hardly find any place in the academic race.

Keeping in mind all these issues, स्वAWAAZ, a Delhi based organisation, has initiated a unique competition for schools in and around Shimla. The initiative called Project Beyond is taken in association with Rotary Club Shimla Midtown. This is an inter-school competition to encourage social responsibility and community engagement in students. The participating school teams will include students of sixth to tenth standard. The teams will be required to plan and implement a social project on the competition theme ‘Kindness Matters’.

About 200 schools including both private and government schools in Shimla and Solan districts have been invited to participate in Project Beyond. The last date of registration is May 12, 2017. Schools have been provided with detailed guidelines and rules of the competition. Schools have about 45-50 days starting from May 1 till June 20 to plan and implement a social initiative on ‘Kindness Matters’, the theme of the competition.

A submission form along with supporting evidence in the form of either a write-up with photographs, a powerpoint presentation or a short video has to be submitted by schools till June 20. The best social initiatives will be awarded, the award ceremony for which will be held in July, 2017.

The organization and Rotary team are offering continuous support during the entire duration of the competition. Schools will soon have an online portal through which the teams will be able to regularly communicate and interact with the participating schools.

स्वAWAAZ believes that the focus in schools should shift from mere academics and marks-oriented learning to holistic development of students that will help in curbing these pressing issues.

As per the founders of the organization, the Project Beyond was evolved with the aim to enable a culture in schools and community that creates more thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs, change-makers who are responsible and perceptible individuals. The goal of Project Beyond is to create a thoughtful society by fulfilling key objectives like cultivating an environment of kindness, gratitude, empathy and respect, spreading social awareness through student-led social initiatives and enabling schools, teachers and students to be agents of change.

Recently, स्वAWAAZin association with Rotary Club Shimla Midtown, organised a seminar for school principals and teachers on ‘Impact of Innovative and Reflective Practices in Schools’. This was held on April 5, 2017 at Rotary Town Hall, The Mall, Shimla. Sh. Ghanshyam Chand (H.A.S.), State Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, Himachal Pradesh, was the Chief Guest. Over 45 delegates comprising school principals and senior teachers from several schools in and around Shimla attended the seminar.

The main purpose of the seminar was to orient schools about the need and impact of adopting innovative and reflective practices for holistic development of students. ‘Project Beyond’ was also introduced at the seminar.

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स्वAWAAZ, founded by experienced professionals, who works with varied types of schools across India. Their work involves school enrichment programs, teacher training and development, student workshops, child safety in schools, youth and community engagement programs.

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Nod to Hamirpur medical college admissions to 100 seats and Motor Vehicle Act amendment

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Hamirpur medical collage building

Shimla: The Cabinet of Himachal Pradesh Government, in a meeting, held on June 13, 2018. In this meeting, the Cabinet gave its nod to admitting 100 students to Dr Radha Krishanan Medical College, Hamirpur from academic session 2018-19.

With this, six medical colleges have become functional in the State with each college having admission capacity of 100 students, said the Cabinet.

The Cabinet also decided to restrict the quota of NRI seats in order to provide more merit-based admissions.

It accorded nod to engage 100 posts of Accountant-cum-Support Staff and 30 posts of Data Entry Operators at block level under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan.

The Cabinet approved the guidelines to start ‘Akhand Shiksha Jyoti, Mere School Se Nikle Moti, as per the ‘Swarnima Himachal Drishti Patra’ to honour pass out students from the government schools who had made a mark in their life. Under this scheme, names of such personalities would be inscribed on the display board of concerned schools.

The Cabinet also approved an amendment in Rule-69A of Motor Vehicle Act, 1999 for rationalization of fee structure for contract carriages from other States. The government is expected to hike the tax paid by the carriage vehicles entering into Himachal from other states.

The Cabinet also decided to enhance the honorarium of part-time Water Carriers working on contract basis in Education Department from Rs. 1900 to Rs. 2200 from April 1, 2018.

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Nauni Varsity all set for entrance exam with 50% reservation for rural Govt school students

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UHF Nauni Entrance Test details

Solan: This year, over 5600 students from all over Himachal Pradesh will appear in the entrance test for three undergraduate programmes of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni.

The entrance test for admission to B Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B Sc (Hons) Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology programmes will be held on June 16 at 11:00 am at four cities in Himachal.

The test is being held to fill up 150 seats including 58 reserved seats for various categories in the three constituent colleges of the university. The admission in these courses under the self-financed mode is open till June 30 (without late fee).

Test Centers

At Solan, the test centres have been established at College of Forestry and College of Horticulture at the University campus and at Government Degree College, Solan.

 In Palampur, the test will be held at KLB DAV College for Girls. In Sundernagar, the test venues will be Polytechnic College, Jawaharlal Nehru Government Engineering College and Government Senior Secondary School (Boys).

The Government Degree College, Hamirpur and UHF’s College of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri, will be the test venues at Hamirpur.

The university has followed an online system for applying to various courses run by the university at Nauni and Neri. The admit cards were auto-generated once an applicant finished his online application process. The students who have not yet downloaded the admit card can do so from their email addresses also, as a copy of it has been mailed on it,

said Rajesh Kumar, Registrar of the University.

The university has also set up a helpline number 01792 252009 on which the student can contact regarding their queries. The helpline service will be operational from 10 am to 5 pm. O On the day of the test day, it will be active from 8:00 am onwards. The students have also been advised to reach the examination venue before 10:15 am.

Increased seats for wards of Defence personnel

From this academic session, the university has also doubled the reserved seats for wards of serving and retired Defence and Central Armed Police personnel wanting to pursue higher studies in Horticulture and Forestry from the university.

 The total number of reserved seats for such students in all disciplines has now gone up to 14.

In addition, the university from the last academic session has reserved 50 percent seats in its undergraduate programme for the students of Government Schools located in rural areas of Himachal

 Any student who has completed any two of the three examinations (8th, 10th or 12th) from any government school located in the rural areas of Himachal is eligible for seats under this category.  

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76 Nauni Varsity students qualify ICAR NET this year

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Nauni Vasity ICAR NET

Solan: As many as 76 postgraduate students of Nauni based Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry have qualified the Indian Council for Agricultural Research National Eligibility Test (ICAR NET), thereby establishing the university’s position among the top agricultural universities in the country.

Out of the total, 58 students are from the College of Horticulture while 19 students are from the College of Forestry of the university. This number has seen a jump over the last year’s figure when 68 students from the university had cleared the exam.

This is a great achievement for us. The increase in the number of students clearing the national examination strengthens our resolve to excel in the field of education and confirms our position among the top agricultural universities of the country,

said UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma, Deans and faculty of the University.

The students who have qualified the NET examination will be eligible for the selection to the post of Assistant Professors in various agricultural universities in the country.

The selected students belong to varied streams like Forest Products, Soil Science, Silviculture and Agroforestry, Basic Sciences, Environmental Science, Fruit Science, Floriculture and Landscape Architecture, Entomology, Vegetable Science, Biotechnology, Seed Science, Social Sciences, Plant Pathology and Management Sciences.

Over the years, the students of the university have performed well at the state and national level examinations. In addition, many of the students have gone on to occupy top positions in national and international organizations and companies.

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