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Himachal’s Nauni varsity ranked among NIRF’s top 100  



UHF Nauni ranking in India

Solan: The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, has been ranked at 71st in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2018 of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

As per the NIRF ranking released by Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, at Vigyan Bhawan, only one university from Himachal Pradesh made it to top 100 in the universities category.

In the overall category too, the university narrowly missed the list of top 100 institutions in the country by a mere .22 points, said the UHF.

This year, the Ministry carried out rankings for Overall, Universities, Engineering, Colleges, Pharmacy and Management categories. Medical, Architecture and Law were the new categories added this year.

The institutions were judged on parameters like Teaching, Learning and Resources, Research and Professional Practice, Graduation Outcome, Outreach and Inclusivity, and Perception with each having several other subheads.

This list was topped by the Indian Institute of Science which has a strength of 430 scientists and an annual expenditure of Rs 525 crores.

In comparison, for the same period, Dr YS Parmar University had a faculty strength of 218 and an operating budget of 124 crores. The research budget of UHF is far less and is largely managed through research projects from funding agencies like ICAR, DBT, DST, HPSTC, etc., said the UHF.

What is encouraging for the university is that it has been ranked at 24th position in the university list for Teaching Learning Resources. This parameter includes the students’ strength including Doctoral Students (SS), Faculty-Student Ratio, Combined and Financial Resources.

The university has scored full marks in Faculty-Student Ratio and Women Diversity (percentage of women). The university has also scored well in the Faculty, Qualification and Experience, and University Examination. 

The university has also increased its score from 39.54 to 40.30 this year. The university is placed at the seventh position among the 11 horticulture, agriculture and veterinary universities, which have found places in this top 100 universities list. 

Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma congratulated the faculty, students and staff for the impressive performance and urged them to work harder so that the university’s name figures in the top 25 institutions in the country in future ranking.

The university will examine the report closely and work on the parameters where the university has not done so well so that the university rankings can be improved in the future. To push for high rankings, we need to increase our faculty strength and need greater support for research from the state and central governments,

added Dr Sharma.


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Proposed HPBOSE Date-Sheets for 8th, 10th, 12th Exams 2021 Issued, Objections Invited till Feb 10



HPBOSE Exam Datesheet 2021

Shimla-Date-sheets for Class 10, 12, and 8 yearly examinations for the 2020-21 session have been released by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education yesterday. These schedules would apply to both regular and State Open School (SOS) students. 

These are proposed date-sheets, which have been uploaded on the official HPBOSE website and objections have been invited from teachers, students, and parents. Objections can be mailed on till 10 February 2021.

According to the proposed HPBOSE date-sheets, examinations for 10th class would be held from May 5 to May 20, 2021. For 12th class, exams would be held from May 4 to May 29. Exams for 8th class would be held from May 5 to May 19. While timings for class 10th and 8th would be 8:45 to 12 PM, class 12th exams would be conducted from 1:45 PM to 5 PM.

The Board has already decided that yearly examinations of HPBOSE for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 would not be conducted online. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties.

HPBOSE Class 12 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 10 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 8 Date-Sheet 2021

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Class 10th and 12th Yearly Exams Will Not be Conducted Online Due to Lack of Uniform Internet Connectivity in State: HPBOSE



hp bose board exams 2020-21

Dharamshala-Yearly examinations of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 will not be conducted online, informed Dr Suresh Kumar Soni, Chairman, HPBOSE. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties, he said.

It was decided after the Chairman held a video conference with Deputy Directors and school principals/headmasters to discuss the matter relating to the conduction of examinations.

He also informed that due to the pandemic schools remained closed and the Board could not conduct online practical exams and said that it is considering to allow the schools to conduct them at their level.  Further, to avoid crowding at schools, exams would be conducted in morning and evening sessions and more examination centres would be created. He informed that the Board is also considering to provide question papers for 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th classes to maintain uniformity in examinations across the state.  

Various aspects related to various classes are under consideration and would be forwarded to the Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur, he said. In accordance with Minister’s directions, the Board would try to resume regular examinations, the Chairman added.

Further, he informed that the Board is conducting examinations for 12th class (Science) in March 2020 and has invited applications from candidates. The candidates can apply online through nearest SOS centre between 28th December to 28th January.

HP SOS Examination Eligibility Criteria

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Himachal Shuts Down All Educational Institutes A Week After Re-Opening 



Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutes closed again

Shimla-A week after re-opening for regular classes, the Himachal Pradesh Government had to shut down all government and private schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and coaching institutes from 11th to 25th November 2020, for students, teaching and non-teaching staff amid alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held on November 10, 2020. It’s pertinent to mention that the state government had re-opened the school for the students of 9th to 12th from November 2. However, during the past few days, hundreds of teachers and several students tested positive in various schools, especially in Mandi district.

Meanwhile, the unpreparedness of the state government came to light as the largest medical facility – IGMC Shimla- ran out of space in isolation wards for COVID-19 patients. It’s packed to full capacity. Reportedly, another dedicated COVID-19 hospital – DDU Shimla- was also running out of space. The government has also failed to establish make-shift hospitals, which it had been promising for the past couple of months. However, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining in media statements that the government was prepared for all eventualities.

Questions have also been raised over the quality of protective gear provided to health staff as several officials tested positive at a COVID-19 hospital in Mandi district.

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