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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’s disabled students demand stay on M.Phil, Ph.D entrance exam results

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh University has scheduled the counseling for M.Phil for October 27, 2017. However, the disabled students, who had been demanding implementation of the reservation from some time, have opposed the move.

The Disabled Students Association (DSA) has written to the Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Devvrat and urged him to immediately prohibit the HPU of declaring the M.Phil and Ph.D entrance exams results.

Earlier, a delegation of the Association had met the Vice-Chancellor in September this year and submitted a memorandum demanding reservation of seats in MPhil and PhD under the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016. 

However, it did not brought any relief to them.

Today, the distressed members of the association alleged the university of not implementing the five percent reservation quota provided under the new disability law despite the directions passed by the State High Court.

After the court passed its orders this August, the university implemented the provisions of the new Act and gave admission to the disabled students in M.A. and B.Ed courses.

However, the university is following the decades-old roster system while conducting admission in M.Phil and P.hD, which is contrary to law.

The DSA convener Mukesh Kumar wrote a letter to the Governor saying that it would attract the contempt of court if the disabled students are not accommodated in M.Phil and Ph.D as per the orders of the court.

He said,

The new disability law was supposed to be implemented across the country from April 19, 2017. When the university did not follow the Act, one of the blind students, Indu Kumari of Chamba, wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of the High Court, which was treated as a PIL

Thereafter, keeping in view the strict directions of the court, the university was compelled to enroll the disabled students in the PG classes, but is still reluctant to amend the old roster system for research classes.

The matter is listed in the High Court for hearing on 31st October, said the DSA.

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Court compels HPU to implement 5% reservation quota for disabled students

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The varsity had to deliver what it owed to these students. Now, the students have also been provided with hostel facility.

Shimla: A visually impaired girl of Himachal Pradesh knocked the doors of the State High Court in June this year after the HP University denied her admission in the post-graduate course despite provision for five percent reservation.

Indu Kumari was not the only one to face the apathy of the varsity administration. There were other disabled students like Ravinder Thakur, Jitender Kumar, and Vijay Kumar, who had paved their way upto college despite their disability but were sent back by the varsity.

The disabled students had to form the Disabled Students Association (DSA) to highlight the fact that hundreds of disabled students are being denied education in the state.

Apparently, the court pulled up the state government and the varsity and asked them to clarify why they failed to implement the new guidelines of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

As a result of this struggle and the directions of the court, the varsity had to deliver what it owed to these students. Now, the students have also been provided with hostel facility. Though the varsity had to do it unwillingly, still it has become the first state university in the northern India to reserve 5 percent quota in higher education to disabled students.

The division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel had directed the University to enroll the petitioner and consider the similar cases of some other students for admission and hostel facility.

The bench also directed the state government to implement the provisions of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

It is the responsibility of the government to ensure complete and proper implementation of the provisions of the Act. It is an obligation, coupled with duty, cast upon the government to ensure compliance of the statuary provisions,

the High Court had observed while hearing the PIL.

Ajai Shrivastava, faculty member and the additional charge of nodal officer (disability affairs) at HPU, expressed satisfaction and said that now more and more disabled students would get opportunity access higher studies.

Ajai Shrivastava also runs a non-profit organization, Umang Foundation. It was due to his guidance to these students that the varsity had to implement the enhanced disability quota. He had also warned the varsity of legal action if the quota was not reserved.

The students are thankful to Shrivastava for his efforts.

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CEC to help HPU setup an ‘e-learning Media Centre’  equipped with digital library

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CEC Educational Video Competition 2017 feature

Shimla: The two-day annual Educational Video Competition organized by the Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) concluded on October 6, 2017, at the Himachal Pradesh University campus in Shimla.

Total 23 films were featured in 10 different categories.  The Governor Acharya Devvrat awarded the winning entries and appreciated the varsity and the CEC for the organization of such a relevant event.      

(Scroll Down to View the List of This Year’s Winning Entries)   

With this event, the Vice-Chancellor of HPU has announced that an e-learning media centre including a digital library will be established at the campus in collaboration with the CEC.

Earlier, the varsity lacked infrastructure, but now the new under-construction multi-faculty educational complex has solved this problem, said the VC.  He further said the project might take a couple years before realization. 

The media centre will feature a digital infrastructure that will bring the entire e-learning content of about 86 subjects of undergraduate courses to the desktop of the students.

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The CES will allow students to access and download e-learning content prepared on selected topics from selected subjects. The students will not have to spend unnecessary time in searching material relevant to their courses.

 

The CEC is one of the Inter-University Centres set up by the University Grants Commission of India specifically to address the needs of higher education through the use of resources of mass communication like the Internet, Television, rapidly evolving information communication technologies (ICTs) etc.

The beginning of the CEC dates back to 1984.

This year, the CEC collaborated with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), HPU, for its annual Educational Video Competition. The two-day event was kicked-off on October 5.

Winning Educational Videos of 2017

Category Title  Language  Duration
Best Education Program of the Year  Lakkannavar – The Green Engineer for Farmers English 17m  
  Not in Fine Feathers  Bengali 22m  
         
  Special Mention      
  William Roxburgh -The Father of Indian Botay English 19m  
         
 
  • The Sacred Filament
English 20m 17s  
         
         
Best e-Content of the Year
  • Story Telling Pedogogical Perspecti
English 31m 52s  
  Special Mention      
 
  • Cell Cycle
Engilish 21m 11s  
  Cutivativation of edible Mushrooms English 21m 50s  
         
Best Formative Research Hauz Khas Hindi 14m 55s  
  Special Mention      
  A Narrative Documentary depicting the Normadic Life of Gaddi Tribe of Himachal Hindi 30m  
  Weeds of Future (Development English 22m 27s  
         
Best Script Lost Cinema Hindi 8m 30s  
  Special Mention      
  Sujbuj se Sanshodhan Hindi 15m  
         
Best Camera Work Wayandan Ramayanam Engilish 27m 25s  
  Special Mention      
  Saaz: The Evolution of Music in Kashmir Hindi 17m 13s  
         
Best Editing  Risk is not a Killer Disease Tamil 12m 50s  
  Special Mention      
  Seven Day (A Cute Story) English 4m 39s  
  Juggler Joker ya Janbaz Hindi 20m 24s  
         
Best Sound  After the Storm Bengali 27m  
         
Best Graphic/Animation/Special Effects Don’t Burn Leaves English 23m 32s  
         
Best Video Production of the Year The Less Lived English 09m 34s  
  Langoor Mela- Festivals of India English 11m 58s  
  Special Mention      
  Neer Namak Hindi 9m 29s  
         

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