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HP University hosts 2-day CEC Educational Video Competition

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The CES Media Centre will allow students to access and download e-learning content prepared on selected topics from selected subjects. The students will not have to spend unnecessary time in searching material relevant to their courses.

Shimla: The obsolescence academic environment of the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, might soon receive some major digital upgrades to allow teachers and students to harness the enormous and unlimited power of e-learning.

In collaboration with the Consortium For educational Communication (CEC), the varsity has expressed its plans to establish a high-tech media centre and a digital library.

If the announcement made by the HPU VC at the event to be believed, the university will get a multi-faculty complex in a couple of years.  The complex will also provide digital infrastructure that will bring the entire e-learning content of 86 subjects of undergraduate courses to the desktop of the students. 

HPU Hosts Annual CEC Education Video Competition

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The CEC has collaborated with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), HPU, for its annual Educational Video Competition. The two-day event was kicked-off on October 5. It will feature 23 educational films divided into 10 different categories. The winners will be awarded.

Twenty three movies in ten categories will be screened at this two-day event. The winners will be awarded by the Governor Acharya Devvrat on the October 6 at the valedictory function,

informed Dr. VikasDogra, Chairman JMC.

On the occasion, Nageshwar Nath from CEC, New Delhi, was also present with the Chief Guest, the Vice Chancellor of HPU. The VC expressed his gratitude towards the CEC for giving the HPU an opportunity to organize such a useful event. He also congratulated the Dept. of JMC to be a part of the event.

This is the age of transformation towards a digital world. Now learning isn’t a matter of brick and mortar (infrastructure). It is the matter of Chips (storage device) and Fibre(Internet),

said Prof. Rajbir Singh, Director CEC.

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He further assured the HPU administration that the CEC will assist in every way to set up a digital library in the university premises that would make the learning an easier process.

Though HPU is late in adopting e-learning, the project would still mean a lot in a race to keep up with the modern world.

We will have to update ourselves; otherwise we will not survive in any sector let it be education or health,

said the VC.

What is CEC?

Luckily, the CEC is one of the Inter-University Centres set up by the University Grants Commission of India specifically to address the needs of higher education through the use of resources of mass communication like the Internet, Television, rapidly evolving information communication technologies (ICTs) etc.

It was the CEC that introduced some of the selected varsities/colleges to Media Centres aka Audio Visual Research Centres (AVRC) equipped with broadcast quality equipment and professional manpower.

The establishment of the CEC goes back to the “Countrywide Classroom” program that was first broadcasted on Doordarshan on August 15, 1984. The program later became the CEC in 1993. The program had begun with a motto of “upgrade”, “update” and “enrich the knowledge” of students, “broaden their mental horizons” and “stimulate their urge” to know more.

How is it different from searching study materials on Google or Journals?

If a student uses the Internet to search for e-learning content, he finds himself in an unending pool of credible and non-credible knowledge sources. Students struggle to find content that sticks to their course. Cluttered information causes confusion.

On the other hand, the CES will allow students to access and download e-learning content prepared on selected topics from selected subjects. The students will not have to spend unnecessary time in searching material relevant to their courses.

Further, the VC said that Himachal has a high-literacy rate of 87 percent and there are over 16000 educational institutions and several universities in the state. In India, Himachal has the maximum number of girls undertaking higher education courses. 

The varsity has achieved the goal of attaining expansion and has received awards for the inclusiveness, but is lacks excellence, said the VC. 

He said that Himachal has achieved 100 percent electrification and it will support the process of digitization.

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As major achievement, Nauni varsity scientists bag International project on oilseed research

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Solan: Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, was in news last week after Jagriti Thakur, a research scholar at the varsity, won US-based International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Scholar Award for the year 2018.

This week, in a major achievement, the scientists of Department of Plant Pathology at the UHF, have bagged an International collaborative project on developing cutting-edge technology for inducing biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in mustard rape for economic and environmental sustainability.

The University will work with nine leading research organisations of the country besides seven renowned research institutes of United Kingdom in the project. The three-year project has a total budget outlay of more than Rs 7.27 crore as Indian component, which will be distributed to the 10 Indian institutes, which are part of the project. Each Indian institute will work on a different aspect of the project with a researcher working on the same area in the UK.

The project has been sanctioned under the prestigious NEWTON BHABHA Fund UK- India Pulses and Oilseed Research Initiative (PORI). The fund has been created by BBSRC of the Government of the United Kingdom and the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI.

BBSRC which is a part of UK Research and Innovation, a body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations and government for promoting research and innovation is also making upto £3.5 million available to support the UK components of this research.

Dr HR Gautam, Professor and Head of Department of Plant Pathology informed that Dr Anil Handa, Professor of Plant Pathology will be the Principal Investigator and coordinator of this project while Dr Rajnish Sharma working in the Department of Biotechnology will act as the Co-Investigator.

He added that this achievement is one of the cherished moments in 55 years history of the department. Dr JN Sharma, UHF Director of Research, said that the University is making continuous efforts to get projects from various funding agencies and engage in collaborative work to strengthen the research capabilities and infrastructure.

India is one of the major producers and consumers of oilseeds crops in the world. The university scientists will work on ‘Genomics-led improvement of biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in mustard rape for economic and environmental sustainability’ by utilizing state-of-art advanced molecular approaches like CRISPER/Cas9 for mapping the genes conferring resistance to turnip mosaic virus (TuMV).

UHF Nauni Lab

The Plant Virology laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology

The Plant Virology laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology is an internationally acclaimed laboratory and has facilities for conducting molecular level research for determining the genetic diversity of TuMV in Northern India and developing a panel of Indian TuMV isolates for evaluating European and Indian sources of resistance.

Besides Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, the University of Delhi, South Campus; NIPGR, New Delhi; NBPGR, New Delhi; NRCPB, New Delhi; IARI, New Delhi; PAU, Ludhiana; CAZRI, Jodhpur; DRMR, Bharatpur and IIT Kharagpur will be a part of the project. The University of York, University of Hertfordshire, University of Warwick, University of Essex, Earlham Institute and Rothamsted Research will be the investigators from the United Kingdom.

While congratulating the scientists, UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma said that the project will go a long way in using the latest techniques in biotechnology for disease management to increase the productivity of oilseed crops. This project will also help train our students in using molecular markers for crop improvement.

Through this collaborative project, efforts are being made to encourage multi-institutional collaborations between UK and Indian researchers to undertake high-quality research aimed at increasing crop productivity, resilience, sustainability and quality of pulses and oilseeds grown for food or feed in India. Pulses and oilseeds are important crops in India.

Pulses are relatively under-used crops in the UK but are a major source of dietary protein in India. Oilseeds are grown in both countries and are a valuable source of oil for a variety of uses, as well as animal feed. This collaborative project aims to develop exploit genomic and bioinformatic resources to aid the development of improved varieties for sustainable crop production.

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Nauni varsity’s Jagriti among world’s 30 research scholars who bagged International Scholar Award

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Jagriti of UHF nauni get international Scholar award

Solan: Jagriti Thakur, a research scholar at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been conferred with the US-based International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Scholar Award for the year 2018. She is among the 30 research scholars from across the globe, who have been conferred with this prestigious award. Jagriti is a doctoral student at UHF’s Department of Soil Science and Water Management.

The IPNI award has been conferred on Jagriti for her PhD thesis research synopsis. The regional committees of IPNI scientific staff select the recipients for this award. The award carries a cash prize of 2,000 US dollars and a recognition certificate, which will be presented to Jagriti during a ceremony at the University by IPNI.

Hailing from Bhuntar in Kullu district, Jagriti has completed her BSc and MSc degrees from UHF and is presently pursuing her doctoral research on the topic, ‘Standardization of irrigation and fertigation schedules for apple under high-density plantation’. For the past one year, she has been conducting research at the university’s high-density apple plantations, raised under the Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Development Project (HP HDP).

Dr JC Sharma, her research guide at the university said,

Apple is a major cash crop in Himachal and therefore a lot of importance has been given to its high-density plantations under the HP HDP. The award recognizes our efforts and gives greater impetus to our research, which will help us to determine the water and nutrient requirement for apple under high-density plantation and ensure proper utilization of these resources.

Thanking her parents and University Professors for their guidance and support, Jagriti said that she will now work even harder to develop the irrigation and fertigation schedule for apple under high-density plantation which will be helpful for better utilization of resources and raising farm incomes. She is hopeful of developing the schedules within the next two to three years.

While congratulating the student and the research guide, Dr HC Sharma, UHF Vice-Chancellor said,

It is a proud moment for the university, as only 30 scholars were selected across the world for this honour. The award is a testimonial to the quality research being carried out at the university.

International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award

The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Board of Directors offers two awards of interest to graduate students and scientists working in plant nutrition and management of crop nutrients. Priority is given to the relevance of the proposed research in support of IPNI’s mission. Students in the disciplines of soil and plant sciences including agronomy, horticulture, ecology, soil fertility, soil chemistry, crop physiology, and other areas related to plant nutrition can apply for the award.

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

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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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