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Accept RTIs in Braille from blind, provide them info in accessible formats



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Organized jointly by the Disabled Students Association (DSA)and Umang Foundation, a Shimla-based Non-profit organization, a training workshop on Right to Information (RTI) was held for students with disabilities on September 17.

As many as 35 students participated in the workshop which was presided by Navneet Yadav, a UNDP consultant. According to Mukesh Kumar, spokesperson of DSA, it was the first RTI workshop for the disabled students in the state.

Ajai Srivastava, university’s Nodal Officer for Disability Affairs and Chairman of Umang Foundation, was the resource person in the workshop

The state government should change its rules to accept RTI applications in Braille and supply information to the blind persons in the format which is accessible to them including Braille and CD.

Newly enacted Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 has made it mandatory for the government to prepare all documents in an accessible format.

He said that the use of RTI was very effective in solving problems of the disabled students. The reservation quota in admission and hostels, accessibility, basic amenities, scholarship and non-implementation of disability laws are the main issues before the disabled students.

He said that the information collected through RTI can make a good story for journalists and also can be used to file PILs in the High Court

Impairments don’t make people disable but the lack of information,

he said

He quoted examples of insensitivity the government and educational institutions towards the disabled. He said filing RTI applications and using the information in an effective manner can solve their problems.

UNDP consultant Navneet Yadav said he was keen to work with Umang Foundation to prepare a training module on disaster management for Himachal’s disabled students.

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Himachal did pioneering work in managed pollination, still vast scope for improvement: UHF   



Beekeeping Development Seminar at UHF Nauni

Solan: The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, on March 23, 2018, organized a two-day state level seminar on awareness, motivation and technology transfer for Development of Beekeeping.

During the seminar, various aspects of beekeeping including the production of quality hive products, managed honeybee pollination, the importance of queen and mass queen rearing, pollination requirement of commercial vegetable and horticultural crops and safety of insect pollinators from pesticides will be taken up.

Experts will also apprise the participants about the economics of beekeeping, marketing opportunities, and value addition of hive products. The Department also exhibited beekeeping and the technologies used in it.

UHF exhibition on beekeeping

Explaining about the programme, Dr Anju Khanna, Head Department of Entomology and coordinator Dr Harish Sharma said that Himachal has done pioneering work in the area of managed pollination, but the scope for improvement in this field was vast.

 Dr Harish Sharma said that the focus of the seminar is to create awareness among the farmers on the huge potential and benefits of beekeeping and undertake technology transfer for its development in the state. He also shed light on the vital role played by bees in pollination and in increasing the production and quality of various crops.

In his address, UHF Vice-Chancellor and the Chief Guest Dr HC Sharma said,

Beekeeping is one enterprise in which one does not need much infrastructure for starting a new business.

He added that greater emphasis on improving the genetic diversity of the bees was need of the hour in order to derive better results.

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Asking the farmers to the take greater pride in their work, the Vice-Chancellor said,

We need to attract youngsters to agriculture and it can only be done when we take pride in the profession. Young agriculture graduates should become agricultural entrepreneurs and provide jobs to people.

Dr Rakesh Gupta, Dean College of Horticulture spoke on the scope of doubling farmers’ income through beekeeping.

He shared that the university has reserved 50 percent of the seats in its B Sc programme for students from the rural areas (those who have passed two exams (Class 8, 10 and 12) from government schools located in rural areas. It was to offer equal opportunity to students from rural background to study agriculture and implement their learning in their own fields.

UHF Beekeeping seminar 2018

All participants

The seminar was organized by the Department of Entomology of the university and was sponsored by the National Bee Board

Over 100 participants including farmers from nine districts of Himachal Pradesh are attending the seminar along with students and experts.


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St.Bede’s students get professional tips on Portfolio Development at Pearl Academy workshop 



St. Bede's shimla workshop with pearl academy

Shimla: St.Bede’s College, Shimla, today on March 19, 2018, organized a workshop on Portfolio development in collaboration with the Pearl Academy – a design, fashion, media, and business institute based in New Delhi.    

The workshop was specifically organized by the College’s Home Science Department. In the first session of the workshop, the resource persons Shashank Khandelwal and Ankur Kaushik briefed the participants on how to attain success and happiness in life.

Students should choose the career based on their curiosity and interest, which makes a person creative, they emphasized.

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They explained the basics of fashion designing to the students.

Later, the resource persons interacted with the students along with conferring prizes.It was followed by another session about dealing with challenges in one’s life.

One has to overcome fears and obstacles and enhance the level of motivation to achieve success,

said one of the resource persons.

Both traditional and new age careers are equally important, he added.

The resource persons highlighted the role of playfulness and doing what you like the most. They further discussed the important points to be included in the portfolio based on technical skills and creative interrogation.

 The workshop concluded with distribution of certificates to the participants. 

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Himachal varsity scientist to receive JP Verma Memorial Award 2018 for research



Dr Arvind Kumar Gupta

Solan: Dr Arvind Kumar Gupta, a senior professor of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been chosen for the prestigious JP Verma Memorial Award (2018). 

The award, given each year by the Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS), took into account Dr Gupta’s contributions to teaching and research in Plant Bacteriology. The society approved his name for the award during its 70thAnnual Meeting held in Assam last month.

Established in the year 1949, IPS is a professional society for promoting the cause of science of Phytopathology.

It focuses on the fields of Mycology, Plant Pathology, Bacteriology, Virology, Phytoplasmology and Nematology and provides a platform to the scientists working in the field of plant pathological related research to share their research achievements.

The society has its headquarters at the Division of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi

Dr Gupta is presently serving as the head of the Department of Plant Pathology at UHF. Born at Aligarh, Dr Gupta passed his B Sc (biology) from Rohilkhand University and M Sc (botany) with specialization in plant pathology from Agra University.

After completing his doctorate in botany (Mycology and Plant Pathology) from Jiwaji University, he had a short stint at IARI’s Directorate of Wheat Research.

Dr Gupta joined UHF in 1989 at Horticulture Regional Research Substation, Tabo, where he worked on bacterial diseases especially on stem, leaf and fruit gummosis of stone fruits. 

He is also the recipient of the KPV Menon award for the best poster research paper, instituted by the IPS.

His name has been included in Elsevier professional group and is credited with developing a sound protocol for isolation and identification of Agrobacterium radiobacter from rhizosphere soil.

In addition to the several research papers in leading journals of repute, Dr Gupta has also published 25 book chapters, extension articles, and bulletins. 

Dr HC Sharma, Vice Chancellor, UHF Nauni congratulated Dr Gupta for bringing laurels to the university.

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