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UHF Nauni Looks to Expand International Linkages and Start International Courses & Programmes

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ndia Africa Higher Education and Skill Development Summit

Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has set sights on achieving working international collaborations in the field of horticulture, forestry and allied disciplines to broaden the learning environment of students and faculty working in the university. The move is part of the university’s initiative to strengthen its global linkages and partnership in order to achieve its goal of competing with the leading institutions of repute in the field.

As part of this initiative towards forging new partnerships, a three-member team of the university lead by Vice-Chancellor Dr Parvinder Kaushal attended the India Africa Higher Education and Skill Development Summit held at New Delhi earlier this week. The summit was organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and was attended by over 75 delegates from 17 African countries. Several university and institutes from India also took part in the event.

Besides Dr Kaushal, the UHF team also included Dr Rajesh Bhalla and Dr Kulwant Rai, who held discussions with the delegates from several African countries and discussed the possibility of a formal tie-up for collaborative research, student and faculty exchange. Several countries including Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya and Sudan showed a keen interest in developing an alliance with the university for agri-horticulture, forestry and allied disciplines.

“International linkages are key to the development of any institution and the university has decided to strengthen this area and forge a new international partnership. The major areas for collaboration will be in the area of academic and research and students and faculty exchange,”

said Dr Kaushal.

He added that UHF received a very positive response in the summit with representatives from most countries showing keen interest to collaborate with the university.

 “The university will soon be getting in touch with the embassies of these countries in India for signing Memorandum of Understanding for collaborating in our many areas of expertise. The university will welcome any foreign partnership as it not only allows us to showcase our skills and expertise but also gives valuable exposure to our scientists and students. Further, to usher in a new era in international academic and research collaboration, the university will look to start certificate, diploma and degree level vocational courses and need-based region-specific international programmes to cater to the specific needs of any foreign partner”

said Dr Kaushal.

The university delegation also met the representatives from the National Skill Development Council and discussed the possibility of funding support for vocational courses. The NSDC members were of the view that funding support can be provided for trainer’s training with scope for introducing subjects of Horticulture and Forestry as skill development venture

 

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

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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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Nauni Varsity Session 2020-21: List of Selected Candidates for UG Courses Released

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UHF Nauni UG Course Selection list 2020-21

Solan: Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has released the college and discipline wise list of selected candidates, both for normal and self-financing seats for admission to BSc Horticulture, BSc Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology for academic session 2020-21. The list of selected candidates, college and discipline wise has been prepared on the basis of counselling proformas and the relevant reservation documents submitted by the candidates through email. 

The selected candidates have been advised to deposit the admission fee in the respective bank accounts of the colleges on any day between 9-12 November. Presently due to COVID, the concessional fee is being charged from the candidates. The candidates will have to send a copy of the bank receipt no/ screenshot of the fee deposited online on the email of the colleges mentioned in the notification. Non-deposit of the fee within the due date will result in the cancellation of the claim for admission.

The candidates are advised to go through the detailed notification uploaded on the university website. The concessional fee details, bank account numbers of respective colleges along with email address has been given in the list. In view of COVID, the classes of the students will be conducted through online mode till further orders.  

The selected candidates shall have to report to the dean of the concerned college along with original documents(list mentioned in the notification) as and when directed by the way of a notice on the university website.

 

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Himachal’s Schools/Colleges to Re-Open for Regular Classes from Today  

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Shimla-Schools in Himachal Pradesh are today re-opening for regular classes after remaining closed for over seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken to allow regular classes for the students of Class 9th to 12th  in the last meeting of the Cabinet. However, online classes would also continue. Regular classes would also be resumed in the colleges from today onwards.

The SOPs have also been issued in this regard. According to the SOPs, a written consent of parents to send their children to schools would be mandatory, and the students can opt to study online if they do not wish to attend the school physically.

Also, schools can’t enforce attendance on students. In case the number of students is more than that of the capacity of classrooms, then principals/headmasters have been given liberty to conduct classes on alternate days to maintain social distancing.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to tighten grip on the state as eight deaths were reported on November 1, 2020. Over two dozen staff including Dr Janak Raj, MS, also tested positive at the IGMC Shimla. Earlier, 22 school teachers in Mandi district and Education Minister had also tested positive.

Till November 1, 2020 (9 PM), the official statistics of the state Health Department showed the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to be 22264, of which 2973. A total of 320 persons had lost their lives due to COVID-19. 

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