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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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Nauni University Extends Last Date for Admissions, Read New Schedule  

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Himachal Pradesh UHF Nauni Admission Dates Extended

Solan-Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date of submission of online admission forms for its undergraduate, M Sc and MBA Agribusiness programmes for the academic year 2020-21. The university has taken this decision in view of the hardships faced by students and parents due to COVID-19.

In undergraduate programmes, the University is offering B Sc (Hons) Horticulture and B Sc (Hons) Forestry at its four constituent colleges i.e. College of Horticulture and College of Forestry at the main campus, College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri and College of Horticulture and Centre of Excellence in Horticulture Research (CEHRE), Thunag. The university also offers B Tech Biotechnology programme at COH&F Neri. The last date for receipt of application for undergraduate programmes has now been extended till 15th July for normal seats and 31st July for self-financing seats.

The last date for receipt of online applications for M Sc and MBA (Agribusiness) programmes has also been extended till 15th July. The university offers M Sc at its main campus and COH&F Neri. The specializations offered in 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 Forestry, students can apply for M Sc in Agricultural Economics, Agroforestry, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Forest Genetic Resources, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Microbiology, Silviculture, Soil Science, Statistics, and Wood Science and Technology.  The entrance examination for undergraduate and MSc/ MBA Agribusiness programmes will be notified at a later date.

The admission schedule for MBA and doctoral admissions shall remain unchanged. The last date for applying for MBA and PhD is 17th July and 15th July respectively. The application process is online and interested students can apply by logging on the university website. The detailed admission notice with total seats for each programme can be viewed on the website.

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Govt Prepares Alternative Academic Calendar to Compensate Loss in Education Sector, No Decision on Opening Schools Till May 3

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HP Govt Decision on Opening schools after may 3

Shimla-Education of students, especially in schools, is also hit by COVID-19 pandemic. Like several other sectors, the education sector is faced with a problem it never before came face to face.

In this regard, Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank presided over a video conference meeting with Education Ministers and Secretaries of School Education Department of all states and Union Territories to discuss various issues pertaining to the education sector in the country in the wake of coronavirus.

Education Ministers of 22 States and secretaries from 14 States and Union Territories attended the conference. Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy Smt Anita Karwal and senior officials of the Ministry participated in the meeting.

Pokhriyal said that whole efforts should be that our 33 crore students do not face any difficulty and can continue their education. For this, various efforts are being made to strengthen the online education platforms like DIKSHA, Swayam, SwayamPrabha, Vidyadaan 2.0, E-Pathshala, Educational TV Channel of Doordarshan, DishTV, Tata Sky, Jio, Airtel DTH etc. The Minister also said that apart from this, an alternative academic calendar has also been released by NCERT which states can adopt according to their local situation. Also, we have to prepare safety guidelines in case of opening of schools.

Mid-day meal scheme has also been continued during the summer vacation for students. Doordarshan is providing education curriculum content through various programmes with DTH services on 33 channels.

The Minister appealed to all the States to start the process of evaluation of answer sheets of Board exams and facilitate CBSE to evaluate answer sheets of the students in their respective States.       

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj while interacting with Union Minister apprised that distance learning initiatives are being taken up by the department through the Internet and Doordarshan Himachal. Now, DD Himachal is also available on Airtel DTH at channel number 406. He said 66 percent students from elementary classes and 72 percent students from higher classes are on board in distance learning initiatives.

The Minister said that efforts are being made for reaching out to students through All India Radio. 

The HP Board of school examination has conducted exams for all papers of class 10th. A plan is being prepared for a few papers left of plus two standards.  The textbooks have been distributed to all and mid-day meal is also being distributed. The State government is also preparing post-lockdown strategies for the education sector.

He urged the Union Minister to approve four Kendriya Vidyalayas in the state. He also demanded the mid-day meal facility for pre-primary classes.

Rest, the decision over the opening of schools and other educational institute is likely to be taken during the next Cabinet meeting scheduled for May 2. Also, the Prime Minister would take decision on the lockdown and state government would wait for his address on May 3 before taking any big steps.

The lockdown is likely to continue with relaxations and implementation of exist-plans in the green zones.

Moreover, the opening of schools would require facilitating public transport. Therefore, the Transport Department would also have a say in this matter.

Secretary Akshay Sood, Director, Elementary Education Rohit Jamwal,  Director, Higher Education Dr. Amarjeet Sharma and other senior officers of the Education Department were also present in the meeting.

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HP Govt to Teach School Students via Doordarshan, Whatsapp, Website, Radio 

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HP Govt school to teach online and via doordarshan

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government today announced to launch the e-learning and teaching for 10th and 12th standard students of the state through Doordarshan. The online learning facility from home will be provided to students under Himachal Doordarshan Gyanshala programme from 17 April, 2020 onwards, it was informed.

 The education department has prepared programme according to the syllabus of HP School Education Board for 10th and 12th classes. The programme would be telecast from 17 April for three hours from 10 AM to 1 PM for different subjects as per the time table.

 The Government further informed that the ‘Learning from Home- Har Ghar Pathshala’, a home based teaching programme for the students from grades 9 to 12 is functional during the lockdown period of COVID-19.

 This programme would help the students to get access to online videos and worksheets from their homes on the Govt Website and Har Ghar Pathshala Website. This programme would start from 16 April, 2020 between 10 am to 1 pm daily till the regular opening of schools, informed the Government.

 Under this programme, the Government claimed, all the students would regularly receive daily videos and home work through WhatsApp groups with teachers on important topics.  Their homework would be regularly checked by the teachers and also provide feedback.

 Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that the education department is also planning to broadcast the study material on TV/Radio/FM to cater every student of the State.

 Secretary Information and Public Relations Rajneesh, Secretary Finance Akshay Sood, Special Secretary Education Hemraj Bairwa, Director Higher Education Dr Amarjeet Sharma, Director Information and Public Relations Harbans Singh Brascon and representatives of Doordarshan Shimla were present of the occasion.

 

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