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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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Himachal Shuts Down All Educational Institutes A Week After Re-Opening 

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Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutes closed again

Shimla-A week after re-opening for regular classes, the Himachal Pradesh Government had to shut down all government and private schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and coaching institutes from 11th to 25th November 2020, for students, teaching and non-teaching staff amid alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held on November 10, 2020. It’s pertinent to mention that the state government had re-opened the school for the students of 9th to 12th from November 2. However, during the past few days, hundreds of teachers and several students tested positive in various schools, especially in Mandi district.

Meanwhile, the unpreparedness of the state government came to light as the largest medical facility – IGMC Shimla- ran out of space in isolation wards for COVID-19 patients. It’s packed to full capacity. Reportedly, another dedicated COVID-19 hospital – DDU Shimla- was also running out of space. The government has also failed to establish make-shift hospitals, which it had been promising for the past couple of months. However, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining in media statements that the government was prepared for all eventualities.

Questions have also been raised over the quality of protective gear provided to health staff as several officials tested positive at a COVID-19 hospital in Mandi district.

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Nauni Varsity Session 2020-21: List of Selected Candidates for UG Courses Released

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UHF Nauni UG Course Selection list 2020-21

Solan: Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has released the college and discipline wise list of selected candidates, both for normal and self-financing seats for admission to BSc Horticulture, BSc Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology for academic session 2020-21. The list of selected candidates, college and discipline wise has been prepared on the basis of counselling proformas and the relevant reservation documents submitted by the candidates through email. 

The selected candidates have been advised to deposit the admission fee in the respective bank accounts of the colleges on any day between 9-12 November. Presently due to COVID, the concessional fee is being charged from the candidates. The candidates will have to send a copy of the bank receipt no/ screenshot of the fee deposited online on the email of the colleges mentioned in the notification. Non-deposit of the fee within the due date will result in the cancellation of the claim for admission.

The candidates are advised to go through the detailed notification uploaded on the university website. The concessional fee details, bank account numbers of respective colleges along with email address has been given in the list. In view of COVID, the classes of the students will be conducted through online mode till further orders.  

The selected candidates shall have to report to the dean of the concerned college along with original documents(list mentioned in the notification) as and when directed by the way of a notice on the university website.

 

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Himachal’s Schools/Colleges to Re-Open for Regular Classes from Today  

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Himachal's schools re-open for regular classes

Shimla-Schools in Himachal Pradesh are today re-opening for regular classes after remaining closed for over seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken to allow regular classes for the students of Class 9th to 12th  in the last meeting of the Cabinet. However, online classes would also continue. Regular classes would also be resumed in the colleges from today onwards.

The SOPs have also been issued in this regard. According to the SOPs, a written consent of parents to send their children to schools would be mandatory, and the students can opt to study online if they do not wish to attend the school physically.

Also, schools can’t enforce attendance on students. In case the number of students is more than that of the capacity of classrooms, then principals/headmasters have been given liberty to conduct classes on alternate days to maintain social distancing.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to tighten grip on the state as eight deaths were reported on November 1, 2020. Over two dozen staff including Dr Janak Raj, MS, also tested positive at the IGMC Shimla. Earlier, 22 school teachers in Mandi district and Education Minister had also tested positive.

Till November 1, 2020 (9 PM), the official statistics of the state Health Department showed the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to be 22264, of which 2973. A total of 320 persons had lost their lives due to COVID-19. 

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