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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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UHF Nauni Bags Rs.25 Crore Funding, Set for Major Overhaul

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Solan: The learning and teaching environment at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni is set for a major overhaul under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) National Agricultural Higher Education Plan (NAHEP) funded by the World Bank, informed the Public Relation Officer, Suchet Attri. He said that under NAHEP, UHF has been awarded the prestigious Institutional Development Project  (IDP). The total outlay of the three-year project is Rs 25 crore with ICAR share of Rs 20 crore and Rs 5 crore funded by the state.

He said that this is one of the biggest projects in UHF’s history and a major achievement for the university. It will help to provide a holistic learning and teaching environment to the students and faculty as scientists and students will be exposed to foreign universities to learn and exchange researchable ideas and issues. The University Vice-Chancellor is the project leader while Dr KK Raina, Professor and Head, Department of Business Management is the coordinator and Principal Investigator of the overall project, he informed.  

The main objective of the project entitled ‘Quality Education in Horticulture and Forestry to generate Human Resource’ is to revamp the university’s UG education through innovative and modern pedagogy, skill development, improving placement opportunities and catalyzing entrepreneurship through global thinking and input. He further said that under IDP, the university will look to strengthen collaborations with leading academia and industry for student exchange and faculty development programmes. 

He informed that around 150 UG students and 50 faculty members will be selected through a competition, to visit top-flight foreign universities for a period of 3-6 months. Organization of webinars and seminars, workshops and capacity building, and engaging industry experts as adjunct faculty is also included in the project. In addition to the creation of several student amenities, the university will establish UG and language labs for improving soft skills, eight smart and two virtual classrooms. He said that the project will also push green initiatives like the use of solar energy for cooking, lighting, use of battery-operated vehicles, solid waste management and recycling, campus landscaping and development of nature parks.

He said that one of the highlights will be the development of Short-Term International Certificate course on temperate horticulture and forestry crops and the strengthening of Student Development and Career Development Cell by developing a proactive industrial interface to create job and internship opportunities. Remedial courses, special attention towards weak students, agri-incubation centres on hi-tech plant nursery, processed food and forest products for entrepreneurial and agribusiness skills will also be taken up during the course of the project.

He further informed that several works have already begun under the project, and initiatives like raising new plantations have been undertaken. The students are eagerly looking forward to this project and have been actively taking part in all activities. A review meeting of the core project team and the statutory officers under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor was held on Saturday. Director Extension Education Dr PK Mahajan, Deans Dr Bhupinder Gupta and Dr ML Bhardwaj also took part in the meeting. 

“This is a very proud moment for the university as we are among the national group that has got grants under this project. It will help us to improve the work culture and change the outlook of the students by providing a holistic learning environment. Besides, it will also help to enhance the quality of study and potential of the faculty will be fully utilized,”

said Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor.

He said that only a select few agricultural universities have managed to bag the project through nation-wide competition.

The university will further focus on skill enhancement of students through study programmes with international collaborations and provide an inclusive and equitable quality education for the students through the faculty development programme. Dr Kaushal added that under the project, the university will ensure the sustainability of quality education and system effectiveness through the strengthening of the University Alumni network and industry interface. 

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Nauni Varsity UG Admission Process Revised, No Entrance Exam, Seats to be Allotted on 10+2 Merit

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Solan-Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has revised the admission process for its undergraduate programmes for the academic session 2020-21 in view of the COVID 19 pandemic. This year, the university will not be conducting an entrance test to fill the normal seats of UG programmes. The decision in this regard was taken during a special meeting of the Academic Council meeting held recently.

The basis of admission for normal seats would be merit drawn on basis of marks obtained at 10+2 level examination in four subjects-English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics plus weightage of participation in sports/ NCC, NSS, scouting, co-curricular activities (if any). The university offers three undergraduate programmes B Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B Sc (Hons) Forestry while B Tech Biotechnology is offered only at the COH&F Neri. 

The candidates have been advised to download the counselling proforma from the university website and fill it as per the instructions mentioned on it. Those students who want to be considered for both normal as well as self-financing seats need to fill two separate proformas. A single page pdf file must be created, containing scanned filled counselling proforma along with legible documents mentioned in the checklist as provided in the counselling proforma. No column must be left blank. The counselling proforma for normal seats and self-financing seats will be uploaded on the university website on 3rd August (afternoon) and 5th August (afternoon) respectively.

For normal seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent through email to [email protected] on or before 18th August, 2020.

For self-financing seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent by email to [email protected] on or before 20th August, 2020. Every candidate must submit the duly filled counselling proforma in order to be considered for the admission. The detailed notification can be downloaded from the university website.

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HPBOSE Syllabus to be Reduced by 30% for 2020-21 Session Following CBSE’s Lead

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Dharamshala: The syllabus of Himachal Pradesh School of Board Education from 9th to 12th classes would be reduced by 30 percent following the lead of CBSE.  The Board today constituted a five-member committee for this purpose, informed Chairman of HPBOSE, Dr Suresh Kumar Soni. The step is being taken considering the disruption to regular classroom study of students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The committee comprises of Deputy Secretaries Anjali Saini and Sudarshan Kumar, and Anil Naag – the principal, Senior secondary School, Sulah, Kangra district-and Vijay Sharam- the principal, GSSS Daroh, Kangra. The fifth member would be Dimple Kanwar.

The Board also held a workshop in which experts in Hindi, Political Science, History, Geography, and Psychology subjects gave their opinion regarding the syllabus.

Further, the Chairman said that emphasis would be laid on reducing the syllabus for the board classes. Exclusion of topics from syllabus would be done in accordance with suggestions received from subject experts, he said.

The teachers should keep in mind that the students do not remain deprived of knowledge but at the same time keep the stress of syllabus off them, he said. He asked the teachers to not include any questions in exams from the topics which would be excluded from the syllabus. A proposal regarding it would be submitted to the state government for its approval, he informed.

Earlier this month, CBSE had announced a reduction in its syllabus for students of class 9 to 12. For class 11, CBSE had excluded chapters on federalism in the Constitution, political theory sections on citizenship, secularism and nationalism. For class 12, India’s relations with its neighbours, sections on social movement, regional aspirations, the changing nature of India’s economic development, and the Planning Commission were excluded.

For class 10, CBSE had excluded the chapter on forest and wildlife in contemporary India from social science. Besides it, chapters on democracy and diversity; gender religion and caste, popular struggles and movements, and challenges to democracy have also be removed. For science classes, the students would not have to study the human eye functioning, a section on concepts of evolution, several practical experiments, like tests on acetic acid, mounting a leaf peel, and studying the comparative cleaning capacity of soap in hard and soft, water were also removed from the syllabus.

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