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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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Nauni Varsity UG Admission Process Revised, No Entrance Exam, Seats to be Allotted on 10+2 Merit

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Solan-Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has revised the admission process for its undergraduate programmes for the academic session 2020-21 in view of the COVID 19 pandemic. This year, the university will not be conducting an entrance test to fill the normal seats of UG programmes. The decision in this regard was taken during a special meeting of the Academic Council meeting held recently.

The basis of admission for normal seats would be merit drawn on basis of marks obtained at 10+2 level examination in four subjects-English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics plus weightage of participation in sports/ NCC, NSS, scouting, co-curricular activities (if any). The university offers three undergraduate programmes B Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B Sc (Hons) Forestry while B Tech Biotechnology is offered only at the COH&F Neri. 

The candidates have been advised to download the counselling proforma from the university website and fill it as per the instructions mentioned on it. Those students who want to be considered for both normal as well as self-financing seats need to fill two separate proformas. A single page pdf file must be created, containing scanned filled counselling proforma along with legible documents mentioned in the checklist as provided in the counselling proforma. No column must be left blank. The counselling proforma for normal seats and self-financing seats will be uploaded on the university website on 3rd August (afternoon) and 5th August (afternoon) respectively.

For normal seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent through email to [email protected] on or before 18th August, 2020.

For self-financing seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent by email to [email protected] on or before 20th August, 2020. Every candidate must submit the duly filled counselling proforma in order to be considered for the admission. The detailed notification can be downloaded from the university website.

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HPBOSE Syllabus to be Reduced by 30% for 2020-21 Session Following CBSE’s Lead

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Dharamshala: The syllabus of Himachal Pradesh School of Board Education from 9th to 12th classes would be reduced by 30 percent following the lead of CBSE.  The Board today constituted a five-member committee for this purpose, informed Chairman of HPBOSE, Dr Suresh Kumar Soni. The step is being taken considering the disruption to regular classroom study of students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The committee comprises of Deputy Secretaries Anjali Saini and Sudarshan Kumar, and Anil Naag – the principal, Senior secondary School, Sulah, Kangra district-and Vijay Sharam- the principal, GSSS Daroh, Kangra. The fifth member would be Dimple Kanwar.

The Board also held a workshop in which experts in Hindi, Political Science, History, Geography, and Psychology subjects gave their opinion regarding the syllabus.

Further, the Chairman said that emphasis would be laid on reducing the syllabus for the board classes. Exclusion of topics from syllabus would be done in accordance with suggestions received from subject experts, he said.

The teachers should keep in mind that the students do not remain deprived of knowledge but at the same time keep the stress of syllabus off them, he said. He asked the teachers to not include any questions in exams from the topics which would be excluded from the syllabus. A proposal regarding it would be submitted to the state government for its approval, he informed.

Earlier this month, CBSE had announced a reduction in its syllabus for students of class 9 to 12. For class 11, CBSE had excluded chapters on federalism in the Constitution, political theory sections on citizenship, secularism and nationalism. For class 12, India’s relations with its neighbours, sections on social movement, regional aspirations, the changing nature of India’s economic development, and the Planning Commission were excluded.

For class 10, CBSE had excluded the chapter on forest and wildlife in contemporary India from social science. Besides it, chapters on democracy and diversity; gender religion and caste, popular struggles and movements, and challenges to democracy have also be removed. For science classes, the students would not have to study the human eye functioning, a section on concepts of evolution, several practical experiments, like tests on acetic acid, mounting a leaf peel, and studying the comparative cleaning capacity of soap in hard and soft, water were also removed from the syllabus.

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HP University Issues UG Date-Sheet, Exams to be Held from Aug 17- Sept 8

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh University has finally issued tentative date-sheets for the Under-Graduate examinations for the current session. The exams will start on August 17 and end on September 8. These are tentative dates and instructions with date-sheets said that dates may vary according to the situation but the pattern of the date-sheet will remain the same.

The date sheets are available on the official website of the varsity.

The Controller of Examination, JC Negi, informed that students can obtain their admit cards from the official website of the varsity. Exams would be held in two session – morning and evening.

It’s pertinent to mention that according to the University Grant Commission (UGC) guidelines, it was mandatory to hold examinations for the last semester of UG classes. The Commission had given an option to conduct these exams online, but the HP varsity isn’t prepared for it at all. Therefore, the students would have to appear at examination centres physically.

A section of students has been protesting against the UGC guidelines to hold exams amid a pandemic and at a time when the state is witnessing a sharp increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Student Federation of India had even staged a protest outside the Directorate of Higher Education, HP, a week ago.

The students said it would not be wise to conduct exams when the state is witnessing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. The Federation demanded that the UGC should instead promote the students of final year/semester too. They said their marks should be calculated based on the performance in all previous exams and assessments.

SFI argued that the varsity was already late in conducting examinations and it has no infrastructure to conduct online exams. Further, it argued that not all students in the State are well connected to the Internet and would not be able to take online exams.

However, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is supporting the UGC and Government’s decision to conduct examinations.

Following instructions (unedited) were issued with the date-sheets:

  1. In view of the COVID – 19 pandemic the Principal and students are directed to keep updated for any changes in the date-sheets, if any, uploaded on the University website from time to time
  2. All the Principals are requested to hold the examinations strictly adhering to the guidelines and Standard Operating Procedure issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education vide its Memorandum dated 6th July 2020 for the conduct of examinations adopted by the Government of Himachal Pradesh vide letter No. EDN-B-B (14) – 12/2018 dated 13th July 2020 and further adopted by the Himachal Pradesh University vide Notification No. 16-18/79-HPU (Genl) dated 16th July 2020 which has been uploaded on the University website. 3.
  3. It has been decided to allow the candidate who may be stranded in their native place to appear in the examinations in nearby colleges. As such the Principals are requested to allow such candidates to take the examination in their colleges and intimate the University.
  4. All the Principals/Directors are requested to go through the date sheet and the same may be brought to the notice of the students. Objections if any regarding clash in papers in the same date and time, if any, may immediately be brought to the notice of the University through e-mail conduct.hpu {at}gmail.com. No objections shall be entertained after 30th July 2020.
  5. All the Principal(s) of the colleges concerned are requested to ensure that keeping in view the COVID – 19 pandemic the sufficient seating capacity to adjust the students is available on particular day in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and State Government from time to time. In case, the seating capacity is exceeding to their strength on a particular day, the same may be intimated to the University immediately before the commencement of the examinations.
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