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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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HP University: Student Agitations Over Vaccination Intensify, Delay in Opening Hostels Adds to Their Woes

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Shimla-While the Himachal Pradesh Government has put the vaccination of the 18-44 year age group on hold till July 9, voices demanding vaccination of all students and staff of Himachal Pradesh University are rising. Today a student organization demanded to open the varsity for all, including the hostels and library. In fact, students had been demanding the opening of the varsity library and hostels for some time now.

On Thursday, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had also met the Chief Warden, demanding opening of the hostels as students were compelled to spend on renting rooms or making alternate arrangements for stay to take their exams. It’s adding a financial burden on students, ABVP said.

The student body also highlighted the plight of students hailing from tribal areas where they don’t have Internet connectivity to carry on online learning.  

The National Students Union of India is already on a chain hunger strike for nearly a week over its demand to vaccinate all students and staff before conducting exams. If it is not possible for the state government, then cancel the exams, the student body is demanding. NSUI had also been protesting against offline exams and demanding online exams for the students of the first and second years.

NSUI has taken to social media to mobilize students and had been posting videos/photos of students addressing the government and the people on the problems they are facing due to offline exams.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Leaders of the Congress party, including the opposition leader, Mukesh Agnihotri and GS Bali, were seen supporting the student body by visiting their protest sites.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“We know the entire world is suffering from COVID-19 and all educational institutions remained closed for more than one and a half year. But now all educational institutions should be opened for all as the situation is under control,” the Student Federation of India said in a memorandum submitted to the Vice-Chancellor today.   

Now, SFI has also included vaccination of university employees and students in its list of demands. 

SFI demanded that a permanent vaccination centre should be set up on the university campus.

“The only hope against the pandemic is vaccination. We demand setting up a permanent vaccination centre on the HP university campus so all students in summer could get vaccinated,” the student body said.

Other demands of SFI included issuing schedule for the pending recruitment exams  for the posts of non-teaching staff and Panchayat Sahayak, forms for which were invited in March 2020.

The student body said the varsity must conduct entrance exams for the admissions to postgraduate courses this year.

“Last year, we saw the university authority didn’t conduct entrance exams, which was against the varsity admission norms. The HP High Court had also declared it arbitrary and unethical. We demand that for the sake of quality of education, the varsity must conduct entrance exams for admission in postgraduate courses,” the student body said in its memorandum.

Further, the student body gave some suggestions to the varsity authority, which included strengthening the online mode of education, buy online web services/apps, like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet etc., and preparing for the third wave. 

It also suggested undertaking online assessments of the performance of students and teachers. The student body said that the varsity will have to prepare a proper pattern for the assessment of the students and offer an objective type alternate mode of examination.

Other suggestions included inviting the students for the practical examinations batch-wise and setting up face shields in the library to increase the capacity.

The student body also demanded extending library membership to all researchers and students till the completion of their courses.

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HPU Exams Without Vaccinating Students Opposed, If Online Classes Are Possible, Why Not Online Exams, Asks Student Body

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Shimla-Amidst the ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to hold exams for various Under Graduate classes.

The HPU has released the date sheet for B.Ed 1ST and 3rd-semester exams. The date sheet for M.Ed exams has also been released by the university. Final examination schedule for B.A., B.Sc., B.Com, Hons. and Shastri courses were also released on the University website on Monday.

However, ahead of the warming for the third wave, which is predicted to hit within the next 7-8 weeks, an HPU student body has opposed the decision citing the risk posed to students by offline examination in the middle of a pandemic.

Students have also taken to social media and have been demanding the cancellation of exams. Students had been Tweeting this demand with the hashtag #cancelhpuexams.

They also questioned why the government was not considering the safety of the college students while exams of school students were cancelled.

The NSUI state unit on Monday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Director of Higher Education demanding a statewide vaccination drive for students aged above 18 years before conducting the university exams. The student body also raised a demand for a reasonable reduction in the syllabus.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the student body raised three demands. The body has asked the Chief Minister to ensure vaccination of all students before conducting exams. It proposed conducting online examinations if the government can’t vaccinate all students in such a short span.

“If online classes are possible, then exams should also be conducted online,” said Chattar Singh, the NSUI state president.

The student body also asked the state government to find an alternative medium for conducting exams so that students are not put at risk. The student body urged the state government to not use the students as “experimental kits.”

ABVP, SFI Demand Re-Opening of University Library

The state unit of SFI (HPU) and ABVP(HPU) on Monday raised the demand to re-open the university library which remained closed for the students due to the pandemic induced restrictions. In separate memorandums submitted to the University Library in-charge, both the student bodies have said the state government had allowed the re-opening of libraries with a capacity of 50% students on June 19. Despite the notification, the University has not released any notice regarding the same.

Research scholars are unable to pursue and complete their research without access to libraries. Students preparing for various exams are suffering a loss, ABVP said.  

SFI also raised concern over keeping students deprived of the 24×7 library section.

“The university takes pride in mentioning that it has a 24×7 section in its library. But the same section remains closed for the last one year and seven months. Last year, when the library was re-opened, the 24×7 section was kept closed,” SFI said. The student body has demanded that this students shouldn’t be kept deprived of this essential facility. 

SFI expressed disappointment over the lackadaisical attitude of the varsity authorities towards the demands for basic facilities. It said that while the students had been demanding the replacement of furniture in the libraries which is in a very poor state, the university administration is “busy installing sculptures.”  Despite demands, the varsity authority hasn’t moved a muscle, it said.

The student union has demanded the replacement of broken furniture, maintenance of the library washrooms and frequent sanitization of the library.

The student bodies have warned of protests if the varsity authority still doesn’t pay attention to their demands.

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Video: How HPBOSE Will Calculate and Allot Marks to Class 10 Students

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Shimla-The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has washed out another academic session and disrupted the academic calendars of institutes. A

The HPBOSE recently notified its detailed criteria for compilation of result and promotion of students to the next higher class while focusing on, what it called, “Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA)” and “Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)”.

The notification came following the cancellation of the Annual Examination of Matriculation and Senior Secondary (Plus Two) classes of HP Board of School Education in wake of the pandemic.

The formula is based on class 9 result of the student, Class 10 first and second term exams, pre-board result, paper of one subject held on April 13, internal assessment and practical marks.

Himachal Watcher has prepared this video to help you understand the process.

Subject wise weightage will be allotted to students depending on the distribution of subjects by HPBOSE. Visit this link to check the weightage of marks per exams

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