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Cleanest school to best sanitation worker of Shimla, find out winners of Environment Week contest

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The New Website of the State Council for Science, Technology and Environment was launched by Governor Devvrat.

SHIMLA- Today State level World Environment Day was celebrated at the Gaiety Theatre at the Shimla Mall. About 400-students from various schools of the Shimla town took out rally from lakkar bazaar, Chaura Maidan, Panchayat maidan, Auckland House school and Chotta Shimla. The rally converged at Gaiety Theatre. The students were holding placards to spread awareness about the cleanliness, optimal use, reuse and recycle conservation of nature for future generation etc. This years’ United Nations theme for World Environment day is “Connecting with Nature”.

The State Council for Science, Technology and Environment had celebrated Environment week from May 29 to June 5 with school and college students, faculty members and community. During this week variety of activities like Swachta Abhiyan in School premises, Nature walk to Shimla water catchment area by school students and teachers, Painting Competition for school students, Eco Task Force,  Rolling Trophy for Clean and Green School Campus, and popular lecture series by eminent scientist and environment activities were held.

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The students of GSSS Lakkar Bazaar and DAV Senior Secondary School, New Shimla enthralled the audience with their skits. They also depicted how man’s greed had depleted the earth of its resources and it’s high time we take cognizance otherwise life on earth would be terrible not only for other creatures but also for the human beings.

Nature walk supporting the theme of UNEP was organised from May 30 to June 3, in which students were introduced to the floral and faunal diversity of Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary. They were also given guidance of nursery practices and plantation by Eco Task Force.

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Popular Lecture Series was also initiated where eminent environmentalists, scientists such as Dr. Rajendra Singh (Waterman of India) and Dr. Devender Sharma and Dr. Vikram Soni delivered lectures on Water conservation, traditional farming and Aravali Hills and Yamuna river.

Exhibition of paintings made by the students for Environment Day was displayed at Gaeity and also works of NCC Group Headquarter, WWF, 133 BTN, Eco Dogra Kufri, Forest Deptt. Publicity Wing, and NBPGR have also displayed their activities in the form of exhibition at Gaiety. All the schools who participated in the World Environment Day celebration were given a wooden bird house. This would be kept in school premises for the nestling of birds. These bird houses provide a snug and secure place for roosting and nesting for house sparrows.

The winners of all week long activities were given prizes by the Governor, Himachal Pradesh, Acharya Devvrat.

Winners of Painting Contest in Junior Category
1st Prize went to Deepak, Class 8th, Govt. Sen. Sec. School, Khalini, Shimla
2nd Prize to Arpan Chaudhary 8th Dayanand Public School, Shimla
3rd Prize to Raj, Class 6th, Govt. High School, Jakhu

Best Clean & Green School Competition

Government Schools
1st Prize went to Govt. Girls Sr. Sec. School, Portmore, Shimla
2nd Prize to Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Phagli, Shimla
3rd Prize to Central Tibetan School, Chotta Shimla

Private School
1st Prize went to Auckland House, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla
2nd Prize to DAV Public School, New Shimla
3rd Prize to Loreto Convent, Tara Hall, Kaithu, Shimla

Best Eco-clubs of the State

1st Prize went to Nature Care Eco-Club, Govt. Girls Sr. Sec. School Dehra, Distt.-Kangra
2nd Prize to Rose Eco-Club, Govt. Sr. Sec. School Bagla, Distt. –Mandi
3rd Prize Deodar Eco-Club, Govt. Sr. Sec. School Phagli, Distt.-Shimla

Green School Programme – Centre for Science & Environment (CM Rolling Trophy)

Govt. Sen. Sec. School, Majeoti, Distt. Shimla- Rank 1
Govt. Sen. Sec. School, Thailichakti, Distt. Shimla- Rank- 2
Govt. Sen. Sec. School, Jagatsukh,Distt, Kullu- Rank-3
Best Development Block formation of Biodiversity management Committees
First prize to Partap Chauhan, Block Dev. Officer, Rampur Bushashar

Clean & Green Ward Prize (Safai Karmchari) MC Shimla
First prize to Safai Karmcharies Paras Ram, Totu Ward

Nature Walk Report Prize

1st prize went to Govt High School Jakhu
2nd to Laureate Public School, Bharari
3rd to Govt. Sen. Sec. School, Phagli, Shimla
4th to Govt Middle School kanlog
5th to Govt Middle School, Chakkar
6th to Mr. Santosh, Forest Guard

Cultural Programme-SKITS & Sarswati Vandana

1st prize to DAV New Shimla
2nd to Govt. Girls Sr. Sec. School, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla
3rd to Govt. Girls Sr. Sec. School, Portmore, Shimla

Tarun Kapoor, cum Chairman, Additional Chief Secretary, Forests, Environment, Science and Technology addressed the students and emphasised on minimal and optimal use of environmental resources. He stressed that during his lifetime in Shimla from childhood to now he has observed Shimla changing from good to bad. Now, it is high time that during the lifetime of these young children they should revert it to the best. He also emphasized on Solid Waste Management so that the pure Himalayan Water do not get polluted.

From Himachal World Environment Day Celebration

Dr. G.S Goraya, PCCF (Wild Life) addressed the participants by making them aware about the depleting natural water resources in and around Himachal and also early flowering of Rhododendron and change in rain cycle indicates that the environment has been adversely affected due to human indulgence. In order to conserve stern action by one and all to be taken throughout the year and it should become a habit.

He addressed the audience by introducing the theme of World Environment Day, 2017, ‘Connecting People to Nature’. He said Himachal is the only State in the country to celebrate the entire week as World Environment Week. He further elaborated on the activities conducted during the week which included participation of 450 students from various schools of the State through Swatchta Abhiyan and cleanliness rally.

New webiste of HP Council of Science and Environment

The New Website of the State Council for Science, Technology and Environment was launched by Governor Devvrat.

Governor addressed the children and stressed that we have inherited nature from our ancestors and one day we will have to hand it over to our children neither we create it nor we own it. We are here for a short time, we must preserve it and it hand it over to next generation.

He emphasized that natural resources should be used judiciously so that plenty of it is available for others. He asked the children to pledge that from now onward they will plant a tree on their own birthday, birthdays of their parents and in memory of their grandparents. They will also take care of their planted trees so as to ensure maximum survival and greenery all around. At the end he said all these activities should not get restricted to celebrations but it is the time we take right action and corrective measures.

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HPU College Teachers Condemn Lowering Pass Percentage to Improve RUSA Results, Student Organizations in Favour

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh University appears to have succumbed to the pressure from students as it recently issued a notification announcing lowering the pass percentage from 45 percent to 40 percent. The university also withdrew the criteria of separately obtaining qualifying marks for the Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA) and scrapped the End Semester Examination (ESE). The announcement came following reports of poor results of Under-graduate Classes under RUSA system.

While the students and student organizations have welcomed this decision, the Himachal Pradesh College Teachers Association has condemned it. The teachers are of the view that reducing pass percentage alongwith withdrawing ESE and mandatory condition of obtaining 35% in CCA would only degrade the quality of education. The teachers termed lowering passing percentage as a very poor step to improve examination results. The teachers further complained that the university amended the provision without consulting all stakeholders and considering the negative implications of this decision.

The Association is of the opinion that the university is playing with the future of the students and the quality of education for the sake of improving results. The teachers also termed the decision contrary to the claims of the government to introduce quality in education.

Because now the students are required to obtain only 10 to 14 percent marks in the End Semester Exams instead of 35 percent, the teachers said, they would be under pressure to grant students 28 to 30 marks in CCA, which was decided based on three aspects: attendance, mid-term test, and overall assessment through assignment, tests, class seminars, and assignments.

On the other hand, student organization Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has welcomed this decision.

“ABVP welcomes this decision. Prior to the introduction of RUSA, the passing percentage used to be 35 percent, and the number of subjects was also lesser. But now, under RUSA, the passing percentage was 45 percent, and the number of subjects was also higher. Moreover, there was a mandatory condition of securing passing marks in theory and CCA separately,”

Yograj Dogra, the Campus President of ABVP told Himachal Watcher.

“Moreover, it was ABVP that had raised this demand of lower passing percentage and scrap mandatory condition of securing 35 percent in CCA,”

he further added.

The Student Federation of India has not released any statement regarding this decision so far. However, SFI has also been advocating lowering of pass percentage to improve the results.

In May, the students had approached the Vice-Chancellor with a plea to reduce the pass percentage arguing that 70 percent of students who had appeared in the examination of the fifth semester were flunked. About 2600 students had scored below 10 marks and 900 had scored zero. The students had complained that there is no provision of re-evaluation under RUSA. For re-checking, students were made to pay a hefty Rs. 400 fee per subject, which was termed as financial exploitation of the students.

On June 14, 2019, the University issued a notification stating that the Vice-Chancellor has approved changes in these conditions.

“The pass percentage for the students of Under-Graduate Classes under RUSA(CBCS) system for the academic session 2016 and 2017 onwards be reduced to 40 percent instead of 45 percent to maintain the uniformity with the Annual system. However, the rewards of Practical examinations shall be kept apart, and it will only be calculated after the candidate secures 40 percent marks in CCA and ESE,”

it said.

The notification further said,

“The criteria of qualifying marks (i.e. 35%) for CCA and End Semester Examinations separately shall be considered withdrawn.”

The Teachers’ Association is of the view that the university has taken this decision to benefit a handful of politically backed students. The long-term results would be fatal for the academic standards and the future of the students, the Association believes.

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Nauni Varsity Ranked Highest in NIRF Rankings for Past 3 Years as it Leads in Academics, Extension and Research

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Solan-The past three years have been highly successful for Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, and the university has made rapid strides on all the three fronts- academics, extension and research, informed the Public Relation Officer, Suchet Attri.

He said that Dr HC Sharma, who will be completing a successful term as university Vice-Chancellor on June 14, credits the whole university for this unprecedented success. Dr Sharma has thanked the government for its support in improving the financial situation of the university in the past three years. He informed that the sanctioned budget of the university has increased from Rs 64.25 cr to 90.5 crores and the domestic income rose from Rs. 19.79 crore in 2016-17 to Rs. 29.27 crores in 2018-19. This figure is expected to touch Rs. 32.6 crores in the current financial year. Owing to the improvement in the financial health, the university has been able to clear long pending dues (since 2011) of the employees and pensioners worth over Rs. 41.27 crores, he said.

He further informed that the university has been the highest ranked in the NIRF rankings in Himachal Pradesh for the past three years. The university achieved 80th position in the top 100 universities in the country and is the only one from the state to make it into the list. This year only nine agricultural horticulture universities from the country were in the top 100 list. In the ICAR State agriculture Universities ranking, UHF improved its ranking from 51 in 2016 to 38 in 2017. In the past three years, 44 positions of scientists and several posts of the non-teaching staff were filled by the university and 80 additional positions of scientists/assistant professors have also been approved by the Government, which will be filled up very soon. The student intake of the university also increased from 1250 in 2016 to 2250 in 2018/19.

The University has taken a great leap forward and a new College of Horticulture is being established at Thunag with a budget outlay of over Rs. 70 crores, he added. It is expected to give a major boost to horticulture and forestry activities in the area. The process of ICAR accreditation of the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri has also been completed and the college is expected to accredited soon.

The university has made significant progress in research and infrastructure development. During the past three years, the grant from ICAR and other central resources has increased significantly and the university received more than 10 crores assistance from ICAR over the past two years.  Several works like the Pavilion block and stadium (Rs. 1.20 Crores), gymnasium (Rs 25 lakh), Lab. for Soil Testing: (Rs. 45 lakh), Examination Halls (Rs. 2.00 Crores) Boys Hostel-(Rs. 2.50 Crores), Girls Hostel-VII – (Rs. 2.50 Crores) and other works worth several crores of rupees were commissioned and completed. On 1st December 2018, the Hon’ble Governor and Chancellor of the University inaugurated the newly constructed girls’ hostel at Nauni Campus, and one girls’ hostel and UG block constructed at Neri, were inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur in October 2018.

The crowning glory for the university, the PRO said, was the 9th Convocation of the university held on 21st May 2018, which was presided over by the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind. The Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur also graced the event. On the research front, scientists developed several varieties and technologies.

Varieties like Solan Giriganga in ginger, Solan Srijan in cucumber, Epicotyl grafting technique in walnut, high-density orchards of apple, guava, litchi, and mango were developed by the university. The university was successful in getting projects worth over Rs. 18.37 crores from various funding agencies in the past three years. Several technologies that were developed by the scientists were transferred to the entrepreneurs and the industry. The Botanical Survey of India signed an MoU with the University for opening up a Western Himalayan High Altitude Regional Circle at the university with a budget outlay of Rs 15 crore. The university has also been shortlisted for the Rs 30 crore project of the ICAR, which aims at strengthening undergraduate education in the university.

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Sanjauli College Himachal’s First to Offer Paperless and Cashless Facilities: Edu Minister

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Shimla-With the launch of its new website (www.gcsanjauli.com), the Centre of Excellence Government College Sanjauli has become the first college in Himachal Pradesh to provide paperless and cashless facility to its students. The website, however, redirects to sub-domain (https://gcsanjauli.highalteducation.in/) when students click on the button given for online admission portal.

The Education Minister, who launched the website, said that with this launch the college students will get an online registration facility. They will be able to fill up more than one form and will have the facility to update their forms online.

The students can also deposit their fees on this website by using HDFC payment gateway. The students can pay by various online payment methods including payment through debit and credit cards, e-wallets, Paytm etc.

The Principal Dr. C.B Mehta further informed that there are total 600 seats in Arts category, 20 in English Honors, 80 in Commerce, 140 in Medical, 140 in Non-Medical, 40 in BCA, 90 in Vocational Course (45 in Retail Management and 45 in Hospitality and Tourism). Other than these courses, the College is also offering a course in Journalism and Mass Communication from this session.

He also informed that several online application were received soon after the launch of the website.

The website was developed by a Shimla-based company.

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