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UHF Nauni Scholar Attends One-Month ‘Food Safety and Security’ Programme in Israel

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UHF Nauni Scholar Nitesh Sharma

Solan-Nitesh Sharma, a doctoral scholar of Department of Entomology, Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, successfully completed the ‘Summer Institute for Food Safety and Security 2019 in Israel. The one-month programme was organized by Manna Centre for Food Safety and Security, Tel Aviv University.

Nitesh had received the Planning and Budgeting Committee fellowship worth over 3,575 US dollars to attend the programme in which 72 students from 11 countries namely India, US, China, Israel, Italy, Vietnam, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria and Liberia participated. He was among the 14 students from India who got a chance to attend the programme.

The programme provided an insight into the past and present agricultural conditions of Israel and how the country is readying itself to cope up with the challenges of rising population, global warming and water crisis.

UHF Nauni Doctarate Scholar Nitesh Sharma

The participants were exposed to various aspects of the production of agricultural commodities especially under the protected cultivation and growing crops in desert and saline conditions using modern approaches.

The desert conditions are not preventing the farmers from growing quality agricultural commodities in good quantity as they are using water efficiently along with adopting other precision agriculture techniques. 

The pest problems encountered like whiteflies, thrips and aphids, in various crops grown under the protected cultivation are also being managed by using precision agriculture. The participants were also apprised about the use of Good Agricultural Practices to make the food safer for the end-users. Visits to small startup companies to observe their working were also organized.

Nitesh is presently doing his PhD on the management of fruit flies under Dr Divender Gupta, Professor and Head, Department of Entomology. Fruit flies are a direct pest of several fruit and vegetables and has attained a status of ‘pest of international importance’.

Nitesh is using eco-friendly techniques to check the fruit fly population. He is hopeful that he can implement that the knowledge gained during the programme for the benefit of Indian farmers. 

Dr Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Rakesh Gupta, Dean Horticulture and Dr Divender Gupta congratulated Nitesh for attending the summer institute and representing the University in Israel.  

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St.Bede’s Shimla’s Tanika Tops M.Sc Geography IV Sem Exams

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St bede's girls top in hpu exam 2019

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh University recently declared the results of M.Sc Geography IV semester examination held in June 2019.

Students of St. Bede’s College, Shimla, has bagged first two positions.

Tanika Thakur topped the exams followed by Nirjala Chauhan on 2nd position.  Another student, Kritika Mokta secured the 6th position.

Along with their parents, all the three students gave credit for their achievement to the Principal of the College, Professor Nandini Pathania and former Head of Department Professor KD Chandel.

The students also expressed their gratitude towards other teachers of the Department. 

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Online Registration Dates for Centre/State Sponsored Scholarship Schemes Extended

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Date for NSP Scholar schemes online registration

Shimla– The dates for online students registration and submission of applications form on National Scholarship Portal (NSP) under the Centre and State-Sponsored Scholarship Schemes for the year 2019-20 has been extended. The scheme will be open till December 31, 2019, whereas the Defective Verification and Institute Verification will be open till January 15, 2020. It was informed by a spokesperson of the Higher Education Department recently.

The Scholarship Schemes include

  1. Centrally Sponsored Post Matric scholarship scheme for SC students
  2. Post Matric scholarship scheme for ST students
  3. Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for OBC students
  4. Centrally Sponsored Pre Matric Scholarship Scheme for SC students
  5. Pre Matric Scholarship Scheme for ST students
  6. Pre Matric Scholarship Scheme for OBC students
  7.  Dr Ambedkar Post Matric Scholarship for economically backward class (EBC) students.
  8. State-Sponsored Mukhya Mantri Protsahan Yojana
  9. State-Sponsored Maharishi Balmiki Chatravriti Yojana
  10. Integrated Rural Development Program (IRDP)
  11. Dr Ambedkar Medhavi Chatravriti Yojana for SC and OBC students
  12. Thakur Sen Negi Utkrisht Chatravriti Yojana, Swami Vivekanand Utkrisht Chatravriti Yojana
  13. Kalpana Chawla Chatravriti Yojana
  14. State-Sponsored Indira Gandhi Utkrisht Chatravriti Yojana

NSP would not provide any extension in dates for online application submission. The Head of Institutions would have to ensure that all eligible students apply within a stipulated time period.

For queries or redressal of problems, students can contact on 0177-2653120-226 and 0120-6619540 between 10 AM and 5 PM.

 

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Teacher in Shimla Booked, Suspended over Alleged Sexual Harassment of Eight Students, Remains Absconding

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Teacher in Shimla's rohru sexual harrasment case of students

Shimla-A teacher of Geography at Government Senior Secondary School, Tikkar, in Rohru, Shimla district, was booked by the local police for alleged sexual harassment of girl students. On Wednesday, the alleged lecturer was also suspended. The Director of Higher Education, Dr Amarjeet Kumar Sharma, confirmed the report.

The lecturer was identified as Sanjay Deshta- a national award winner. He was awarded in 2017 while he was posted at the Government Senior Secondary Boys School, Shimla, (Lalpani).

A case has been filed under Section 351 A of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on the complaint of the Principal and the Sexual Harassment Committee of the school.

Reportedly, on October 23, 2019, some girl students of the school had approached female teachers with a complaint that the said lecturer used to call them in the laboratory, take selfies with them forcefully, touch them inappropriately, and ask them to watch explicit multimedia content on his cellphone. The matter reached the principal, who referred the case to the sexual harassment committee of the school. The committee probed the case and received written complaints from eight students of different classes. Following it, the principal had informed the local police on October 25, 2019.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rohru, Sunil Negi, confirmed that a case has been filed against the teacher and efforts were being made to arrest him. However, the teacher was yet to be arrested as he remains absconding. In this case, the local police has been alleged of delay in filing an FIR despite the fact that the case was highly sensitive as it pertained to harassment of minor students. 

Along with the suspension, the Director has also ordered a probe by a high-level committee under the supervision of Deputy Director, Education. The committee would file its findings to the Director and the State government within three days.

The Director also said that a committee will also be formed to take a decision over striping the alleged lecturer of the awards he was conferred at the state and national level.

The safety of children, especially girls inside educational institutes still remain a critical problem that requires more attention from the state government. 

In May 2019, the principal of a government school in Badsar of Hamirpur district was booked over sexual harassment of a 16-year-old minor girl.

In May 2018, a teacher posted at the government middle school, Mayfield, Shimla, was dismissed from government services by the Department of Elementary Education after he was found guilty of sexual harassment of class-VI girl student. He was found to be a repeated offender. 

In April 2018, a chemistry teacher employed at a private college in Hamirpur district was booked under POCSO Act for alleged sexual assault on one of his minor students. A video of students thrashing the teacher was widely circulated on social media.

In September 2017, Himachal was shocked after three staff members -cook, clerk/accountant, and sweeper-  of a Balika Ashram (child protection home for girls) situation in Chilli of Tissa region in Chamba district were arrested for alleged sexual harassment of six girls 

Other than ensuring the safety of children, there is a dire need to recruit professional child counsellors. Traumatized minor victims of such cases always require counselling, which could involve several sessions. Also, counsellors offer a safer environment where children would be more comfortable to come ahead and speak of such sensitive problems. 

Recently, Centre’s Novodya Vidyalaya recruited professional counsellors for the majority of its schools in India, which is an appreciable step. The state governmnet in Himachal Pradesh should also consider doing the same in its government schools.

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