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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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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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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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