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Defying the odds, this visually-impaired HPU student became Himachal’s Youth Icon for upcoming assembly polls

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Shimla: The Election Commission has elected a visually impaired girl as the ‘youth Icon’ for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly polls. Muskan Thakur, 22, is a singer and a student of music at the HP University. Muskan will be encouraging the youth of Himachal to participate in the polls and cast their precious vote.

The Chief Election Commissioner of India, A.K. Joti, awarded the Youth Icons Muskan along with the noted Pahari singer Vicky Chauhan at a function organized by Election Department at the Gaiety Theatre on September 26.

It is for the first time a special person is given such a responsibility, said Ajai Shrivastava, the HPU Nodal Officer for matters related to disabled students. He confirmed receiving an official letter regarding the selections of Muskan and termed the occasion as a historical event for the state.

Muskan hails from Chirgaon of Rohru region in Shimla district. After a legal battle over the right to education, the varsity has enrolled four visually impaired girls for the first time. Muskan is one of these four girls. Earlier, she had obtained her B.A. Degree in first division from the Rajkiya Kanya Maha Vidyalaya (RKMV) in Shimla.

It is pertinent to mention that she was also among those special students, who were hardly receiving any attention of the government until a Public Interest Litigation was filed by Ajai Shrivastava in the court to highlight apathy of the government. She made the best of this opportunity and defied odds to make her parents and state proud.

While Muskan remained the center of attraction at the festival, volunteers of Gian-Vigyan Smiti also presented drama show to highlight the importance of aware elector in the election for a stronger democracy. A film produced by election department for awareness of elector was also shown on this occasion.

The winners of various other competitions organized by election department include Pritam Kharka (Kullu) Jiwan Ram (Mandi), Alisha Rai (Kangra), Shalu Thakur and Manjula Verma (Shimla), Saijal (Hamirpur) and Jagmohan (Una) received prizes from the Chief Commissioner.

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UHF Nauni’s counselling for M Sc seats to be held on July 17 and 28

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Solan: The first session of counselling for the M Sc programmes of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni would be held on July 17, 2018.

This year over 900 students had applied for the various M Sc programmes of the university. Due to a large number of candidates, the university in its first session of counselling has called the applicants who have passed their B Sc Horticulture/ Forestry/ Agriculture or Biotechnology degrees from State Agricultural Universities under the ICAR-AU of education.

The remaining applicants will be called for the second counselling, which is to be held at the University’s LS Negi Auditorium on July 28 and the detailed information will be available on the university website on July 24. The procedure for admission has been explained in the university prospectus.

This year the university is offering M Sc in its College of Horticulture and College of Forestry located at the main campus at Nauni, and College of Horticulture and College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri.

The specializations are offered in College of Horticulture are Entomology, Floriculture and Landscape Architecture, Food Technology, Fruit Science, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Plant Pathology, Seed Science and Technology, Spices, Plantation and Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and Vegetable Science.

In College of Forestry, candidates have the option of pursuing M Sc in Agricultural Economics, Agroforestry, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Forest Genetic Resources, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Microbiology, Silviculture, Soil Science, Statistics, Watershed Management and Wood Science and Technology. In COH&F Neri, candidates can opt for Agroforestry, Entomology, Food Tech, Fruit Science, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Plant Pathology, Soil Science and Vegetable Science.

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HIMCOSTE PLS: Eminent scientist & activist Dr Vandana Shiva to speak at Shimla on July 17

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Council for Science Technology and Environment (HIMCOSTE), Shimla is organising Popular Lecture Series (PLS) under its Science Popularisation programme.

This programme started under Science Popularisation since 2017 for Science students of Govt. Degree Colleges of all the Districts of Himachal Pradesh. The programme is funded by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, under the Science Day and Mathematics Day celebration.

Eminent speakers/scientists are invited to address students so that they are motivated for taking up Science & Technology and work for the betterment of the community.
This series of lectures will be organised in the first phase at the:

  1. Government Degree College (GDC), Sanjauli, Shimla on July 17
  2. GDC Bilaspur on August 1
  3. GDC Hamirpur on August 2
  4. GDC Nathan on August 8
  5. GDC Solan August 9

Following five renowned and eminent scientists and environmental activist will deliver lectures :

  1. Dr Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya
  2. Retd. Prof. PK Ahluwalia, Department of Physics HP University
  3. Dr Patrick Das Gupta, Department of Physics & Astrophysics University of Delhi
  4. Dr Kiran Katoch, Dr AS Paintal Chair (ICMR) IIHMR University, Jaipur
  5. Dr Ravi Chopra, Director Peoples Science Institute Dehradun
  6. Dr Rajeev Kumar Puri, Department of Physics University of Punjab

 

The second phase in other Districts would be organised in September and October 2018.

Dr Vandana Shiva at Sanjauli College on sustainable Mountain Agriculture & Organic Farming

The First lecture in this series would be delivered by Dr Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya – a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds and to promote organic farming and fair trade

For the last two decades, Navdanya has worked with local communities and organizations serving more than 5,00,000 men and women farmers. Navdanya’s efforts have resulted in conservation of more than 3000 rice varieties from all over the country and have established 60seed banks in 16 states across the country.

In 2004, she started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K.

Dr Shiva combines the sharp intellectual enquiry with courageous activism. She is equally at ease working with peasants in rural India and teaching in Universities worldwide.

Time Magazine identified Dr Shiva as an environmental “hero” in 2003 and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators of Asia. Forbes magazine in November 2010 has identified Dr Vandana Shiva as one of the top seven most Powerful Women on the Globe.

The topic of the talk by Dr Vandana Shiva would be “Sustainable Mountain Agriculture & Organic Farming” at Govt. Degree College, Sanjauli on July 17, 2018, where 1000 science students are expected to get benefitted by this talk. The Science faculty of Sanjauli College would attend this talk.

Kunal Satyarthi, IFS Member Secretary HIMCOSTE, will be present on the occasion.

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Counselling for Nauni varsity’s self-financed UG seats held today, to be held for M Sc on July 17

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Solan: The first counselling for the self-financed seats of undergraduate programmes offered by the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni was held at the university campus today. The counselling was held for admission to B Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B Sc (Hons) Forestry, and B Tech Biotechnology programmes at the three constituent colleges of the university.

Over 485 students from all over the country, who had scored 78 per cent and above in the Class 12 examination, were called for the counselling. Several students who had applied for these seats had scored well over 90 per cent in their Class 12, with the highest being 96.5 per cent.
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The university has a separate admission process for its self-financed seats and students from all over the country can apply for it. The merit list for these seats is decided based on the marks scored in the Class 12 examination. In total, 1309 students had applied for the self-financed seats.

The Counselling Committee today verified all the documents of the students along with taking their preference of course and college. The seat allotment list will be available on the website on July 13.

In addition to these seats, the university holds an entrance examination for its general seats, for which only students from Himachal Pradesh are eligible to apply.

This year over 5600 students had applied for general seats and the first counselling was held on July 4. The university will be holding the first counselling for its M Sc programmes on July 17, 2018.

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