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Himachal to introduce pre-primary classes in Govt schools

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HP Govt Pre-School classes

Shimla: Amidst drastic drop in enrolments in Himachal Pradesh’s government school due to the gradully deteriorating quality of education, the State government has expressed its plans to introduce pre-primary school classes.

The condition of government schools is such that private schools in the state are openly looting people by extracting access fees as parents don’t want to take a risk by enrolling their children in government institutes.

For instance, currently, privates schools in Shimla are selling prospectus for admission in pre-school classes for Rs. 1,000 to 2,000 with a non-refundable security of Rs. 2500 to 3,000.

So now, the government has come up with this decision to follow the trend of private school. To keep up with the private schools, the government had already made it mandatory to study Science, English, and Mathematics from class first.

The government believes it will enable children to grasp the lessons easily in primary classes.

Initially, the government is mulling over starting pre-school classes in 25 percent of the schools. It said all the districts can take the initiative to start pre-primary classes from the schools near the district headquarters.

The Chief Minister Virbhadra Sing has faced severe criticism from the opposition and intellectual section of the public for blindly opening several new schools while old ones are in tatters and short of teaching staff.

However, the Chief Minister always lauds its Education Department for its achievements and initiatives for improvement in the quality of education in government schools.

The Chief Minister appreciated the department for its ‘PRERNA’, and ‘PARYAS’ initiatives.

While PRENRNA aims to improve the learning level of students in reading, writing and numeracy skills of children in primary schools, PARYAS is meant to improve science and mathematics learning among 6th to 8th class students, he said.

The Chief Minister claimed that the Education Department has bagged two awards under ‘Skoch Order of Merit Award’. The first prize was for the timely delivery of the text books and the second for digitization of school assessment.

The Chief Minister provided this information during the HP State Advisory Council meeting on Right to Education Act, 2009 held on August 27.

AJV Prasad, the Additional Chief Secretary, Ghanshayam Chand, Director of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Balbir Tegta, Chairman of HP Board of School Education, B.L. Binta, Director of Higher Education, and Manmohan Sharma, Dr. Director of Elementary Education were also present at the meeting.

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390 students attend St. Bede’s National Seminar ‘Celebrating Indian Science’

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St. Bede's National Seminar

Shimla: On Thursday, the Science Faculty of St. Bede’s College Shimla, in collaboration with Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Shimla Chapter, hosted a one day National Seminar entitled ‘Celebrating Indian Science: From Past to Future’.

Around 350 Science students of the college along with 140 students from various colleges and schools of Shimla attended it.

These institutes included Centre of Excellence, Govt. Degree College, Sanjauli, R.K.M.V, Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Degree College, Chaura Maidan, Convent of Jesus and Mary, D.A.V School, Lakkar Bazaar, St. Edward’s School, Loreto Convent, Tara Hall, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jakhu, Govt. School, Sanjauli, Monal Public School, Model School Summerhill and Chapslee school.

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During the seminar, the students were shown a movie on ‘The Quantum Indians’ in the first technical session of the seminar, and it was followed by On the Spot Quiz.

In the second session, Prof. P.K. Ahluwalia delivered a lecture on the topic ‘Impact of Innovation on Human Development through Science and Technology: From Past to Future.’

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In the second half, Prof. Subhash Gupta delivered a lecture on the topic ‘Our Journey of Science – Future Ahead.’

In the third session, Prof. Jaspreet Sambi from Panjab University Chandigarh delivered a talk on ‘Indian Science Looking Back and into Future.’

To stimulate the idea of controlling pollution and protecting the environment and to share and discuss issues relating to it, a Panel discussion on the topic ‘Can Scientific Interventions Help Overcome the Curse of Pollution’ was also organized.

Towards the end of the seminar, students asked questions related to their queries which were answered convincingly. It was followed by a live demonstration of experiments by Physics, Microbiology, Biotechnology departments. The Department of Botany and Zoology put up an exhibition on medicinal plants and insects.

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Training for farmers held at UHF Nauni under short term skill development programme

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Short term skill development program atUHF Nauni

Shimla: A short-term skill development training programme and demonstration to young aspiring entrepreneurs and farmers was organized at the Directorate of Extension Education of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni.

Twenty-five participants from Shimla and Mandi districts of the state took part in the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) sponsored training. Training coordinator and UHF’s Joint Director (Training) Dr Rajkumar Thakur said that the training focused on integrated production technology of horticulture crops.

Dr Rajkumar Thakur addressing the farmers

Dr Rajkumar Thakur addressing the farmers

The participants were apprised about the subtropical and temperate fruits like apple and citrus. Various aspects of beekeeping and mushroom cultivation were also discussed during the programmes due to the interest shown by the trainees. Besides lectures on insect-pest and disease management of pomegranate, apple, citrus and vegetables, practical demonstrations at kiwi, stone fruit and high-density apple plantation, apiary and canning unit of the university were also undertaken.

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The training curriculum was designed to address the agricultural training requirements of the participants and training kits, ‘Package of Practice’ of various crops along with other university literature on spices and floriculture were also distributed to them. On the last day, Dr Thakur gave away training certificates to the participants besides a training stipend of Rs 1400 each.

In July this year, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for one year for Rs 55 lakh was signed between UHF and SJVN. Under the agreement, the University will organize 32 trainings for farmers at its main campus and different research and training stations.

Over 800 farmers and orchardists will be trained under this initiative in one year. The SJVN Foundation will bear the total cost of these trainings.

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Nauni varsity student to represent India in International Kickboxing championship in Argentina

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Himachali Kickboxer Lokesh Bhanot

Solan: While the youth of Himachal Pradesh is becoming infamous for the sudden surge in drug addiction it is witnessing currently, there are those who are bringing laurels to the State.

Lokesh Bhanot, a local from Solan district and a student of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni is all set to represent the country in the World Kickboxing Championship to be held at Buenos Aires, Argentina from November 5-10, 2018. The World Kickboxing Federation is organizing the championship, it was informed by the Public Relation Officer of the varsity Suchet Attri.

A fourth-year student of B Sc Forestry at the University’s College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri, Bhanot had bagged a bronze medal in the senior category (90-100 kg) in the National Kickboxing Championship held at Patna in 2016 and a Gold Medal in the 65-75 kg category at the National Championship held at Ghaziabad in 2012-13.

In addition, Bhanot has won several medals at the state and district level championships in different weight categories, said the PRO.

Hailing from Solan, Bhanot had previously represented India in Italy in 2013 where he became a black belt in the sport. In 2017, he was selected to participate in the World Kickboxing Championship in Sudan and Brazil, but could not participate due to his exams.

Not only has Bhanot excelled as a player, but in 2017 also became a World Kickboxing Federation accredited International referee in the sport by clearing the official exam. He is also an accredited national referee.

Bhanot credits his parents, coach and college teachers, and friends for their constant support for his success. The university has also recognized his achievements and awarded him with Outstanding Student and Sportsperson award at the University and College level.

While congratulating Bhanot for bringing laurels to the university and the College, Dr HC Sharma, UHF Vice-Chancellor said that the University has been encouraging sporting activities along with academics.

He added that this achievement will also motivate other students of the university. Dr PC Sharma, Dean of COH&F and faculty also congratulated Bhanot for his sporting achievements.

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