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Palampur: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has ranked CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University at eleventh place, and Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni was ranked at 12th position among all farm universities of the country.

The National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal, and the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, have been ranked at first and second places respectively in this rankings. GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar and Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar have bagged the third and fourth positions respectively. Panjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana are at seventh and eighth positions respectively.

The ICAR ranking was initiated in 2016 to improve the standard of higher agricultural education in the country. In all, 60 agricultural universities of India featured in the ranking this year. The universities were judged on parameters like student and faculty profile, publications and citations, research, technologies commercialized etc.

Earlier in the year 2016 ICAR ranking, Palampur University was placed at 23rd place and in the year 2017, it moved to 19th rank while for the year 2018 ranking released on 16 July 2019, the university ranking jumped to 11th rank.

Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while expressing his happiness at the ranking status of his university, gave credit of this great achievement to the faculty, non-teaching staff and the students and the new work culture created by them.

Making a significant improvement, the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry Nauni has been ranked at 12th position in the ranking of agricultural universities and research institutes. This year the university has improved 26 places in the list.

In 2016, Nauni University was placed at 51st position, which it improved to 38 in 2017. This year the university improved 26 places to bag 12th position in this ranking. The university has been continuously ranked among the top universities in the country. For the past three years, UHF has been the highest-ranked university in Himachal Pradesh in the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development’s NIRF rankings. This year, the university had achieved 80th position in the top 100 universities in the country and was the only one from the state to find a place in this list.
The University has performed quite well on various parameters including the performance of students in ICAR NET, JRF, SRF and other state and national level competitive examinations. The excellent placement of students in public and private enterprises, quality publications, technology transfer initiatives, implementation of ICAR Deans’ committee recommendations, timely release of grants from the state government and internal revenue generation were areas, which helped the university to register this big jump in rankings.

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Nahan: Indian Institute of Management, Sirmaur acted as co-host for 2 day Management Development Programme (MDP) on “Project and Risk Management” for the Russian government officials in association with IIPA (New Delhi).

The Programme was sponsored by Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. During the programme, the foreign officials visited IIM Sirmaur Permanent Campus at Dhaula Kuan, Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh for understanding the project intricacies in detail.

During the inaugural ceremony Professor Neelu Rohmetra, Director, IIM Sirmaur shared her experience of leading the project as the CEO under the guidance of Board of Governors, IIM Sirmaur. She shared IIM Sirmaur’s journey and narrated the pride of institutional building at national level. While speaking Prof. Rohmetra emphasised that a good leader experiments with conviction, testing the reality, which thus overpowers the risks of perception and stereotype. She further added that when dreams are big, challenges automatically become small in any kind of initiatives that involve risk. Over two days, the sessions were delivered by faculty of IIM Sirmaur and the corporate guests around the theme “Project and Risk Management”.

The participants were also acquainted with the various aspects of the Project management initiatives along the upcoming permanent campus at Dhaula Kuan site of IIM Sirmaur, with the estimated cost of Rs. 351.92crores in the phase 1.

Col. Dinkar Hiteshi, Project Consultant, IIM Sirmaur made presentation on the permanent campus development plans and responded to queries of the Russian government officials.

The two days programme involved the industry visit to Tirupati Wellness Ltd, Paonta Sahib, Distt. Sirmaur, coordinated by Prof. Sanjay Singh. Murali Sivaraman (Chairman and Director – Signify Innovations India Ltd.) delivered session on “Mitigating Financial Risks using Hedging Strategies”, while Partho Das Gupta, Corporate Advisor, IIM Sirmaur interacted with delegates. Prof. Pradipta Patra, Prof. Amrinder Singh, Prof. Anshu Agrawal and Prof. Vikas Kumar faculty of IIM Sirmaur acted as resource persons for the technical sessions and coordinated the programme.

Faculty IIPA (New Delhi) Dr. Pawan Taneja and Dr. Roma Mitra Debnath accompanied the Russian officials to IIM Sirmaur as part of the visit of their officials to Himachal Pradesh.

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Sawra-Kuddu hydroelectric project (111 MW) a run of the river project being constructed on river Pabber in Shimla District achieved milestone today by starting initial filling of barrage.

Devesh Kumar, Managing Director, H.P. Power Corporation Ltd., said that the start of filling of reservoir is a milestone for this hydroelectric project. He said that this project will start generation shortly inspite of all adverse conditions. He congratulated all the officers and employees of HPPCL for achieving this milestone.

The initial filing process of Barrage will continue for 15 days. In the initial 8 days the reservoir shall be filed in sequential manner and thereafter, will be observed for around 24 hours at full reservoir level before reservoir will be emptied in the same manner. During that period, hydraulic behaviour of Barrage and Intake structure including the hydro mechanical parts will be tested. The project is in the final stage of its completion and subsequent to reservoir filing and testing, the filing of water conductor system shall be undertaken.

The work of the Barrage was awarded to M/s Patel Construction Company and Head Race Tunnel was initially awarded to M/s Aban Coastal joint venture in June, 2007. The barrage was completed in time but due to dismal performance by M/s Aban Coastal joint venture the work contract was terminated in January, 2014. The balance works were subsequently awarded to M/s Hindustan Construction Company Ltd. in November 2014.

The main bottleneck in the construction of the project was excavation of 11.365 km head race tunnel, because of the adverse geological rock conditions encountered during the course of excavation. The project comprises a diversion barrage on river Pabbar near Hatkoti and underground power house on the left bank of river Pabbar near village Snail.

The project will generate 386 Million Units per annum in a 90 % dependable year. It has 11.365 km long, 5 m finished diameter head race tunnel (HRT) and three 37 MW Francis Turbines (3 X 37 MW).

After commissioning each project affected family will be provided 100 units of electricity per month for a period of 10 years. In addition 1% of revenue from power generation shall be contributed towards LADF during the operation stage.

Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd. has already commissioned two hydroelectric projects namely Sainj Hydroelectric Project (100 MW) and Kashang Hydro Electric Project Stage-1 (65 MW) in September, 2017. HPPCL has also commissioned a 5 MW Solar Power Project constructed at Berro Dol near Sri Naina Deviji Shrine in Bilaspur District.

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The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni will soon be establishing a dedicated task force for the propagation and promotion of Subhash Palekar Natural Farming. To chalk out a plan in this regard, a meeting of all the Associate Directors of Regional Horticulture Research and Training Stations and the Coordinators of Krishi Vigyan Kendras falling under the university was held under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Dr Parvinder Kaushal at the university campus on Monday.

During the meeting, the scientists from various stations shared their positive experiences of working on different crops at their respective stations. It was decided at the meeting that the university would soon establish demonstration models at all the Regional Research Stations and Krishi Vigyan Kendras of the university. The models will be established for different crops and will be used to educate the farmers.

The university has been continuously working towards popularizing this technique for the past over two years.

During the interaction, Dr Kaushal said that the natural farming model suits the environment of the state and the farmers can benefit from increased income due to low input cost. He asked the scientists to promote and speed up the work on this farming technique.

“We need to sensitize the scientists, farmers and all the workers associated with the various aspects of natural farming so that it’s systematic propagation can be carried out in the state”, said Dr Kaushal. He added that the university scientists will also work with the farmers to establish natural farming models at their fields. Dr Kaushal urged everyone to contribute to make Himachal a role model state in natural farming in the country. He added that as the farming model has been mentioned in this year’s budget speech, therefore it becomes even more important that this farming technique reaches the masses.

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Cabinet nod for HP State Direct Selling Guidelines, 2019


Shimla: In order to ensure optimum use of solar energy, the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has accorded approval to provide State subsidy of 30 percent of system cost including installation of solar water heating systems of capacities 100 LPD and 200 LPD only to all the domestic consumers in the state.

The Cabinet also decided to frame Himachal Pradesh State Construction and Demolition Waste Policy and Strategy to avoid, minimise, reuse, recycle and dispose-off construction and demolition waste and avoid and minimize construction waste through design and construction management.

The decision would help in checking the environmental problems that arise owning to open dumping of these wastes. Under the policy, suitable land would be provided for dumping of construction and demolition waste and further its processing through private operators/agencies or by Urban Local Bodies.

The Cabinet decided to approve the change of equity in favour of three power projects and also cleared a policy for imposing penalty in case of change of equity and name without the approval of the government. It also decided to give a period of 60 days when the project developer can get them approved without penalty.

In order to regulate the business of direct selling and multi-level marketing and strengthen the existing regulatory mechanism on direct selling and multi-level marketing for preventing fraud and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of the consumers, the Cabinet decided to approve Himachal Pradesh State Direct Selling Guidelines, 2019.

The Cabinet decided to continue Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for procurement of apple during the current apple season to ensure remunerative prices to the apple growers. It also decided to enhance the procurement price under MIS from Rs. 7.50 to Rs. 8 per kg. As many as 279 procurement centres would be opened in different parts of the state to facilitate the apple growers.

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HIMCOSTE has roped in eight best research laboratories and academic institutions

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh government has bagged a major project of Rs. 4.5 crore on skill development from Government of India for a period of three years. The main aim of the sanctioned project is to provide quality training in tools and techniques in the area of biotechnology for plus two and graduates students in biotechnology.

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India has initiated a new Skill Vigyan Programme for providing high quality hands on training to educated youth in multi-disciplinary areas of Biotechnology. Himachal Pradesh is one of the six states in the country in which this programme is being implemented initially. The other states are Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Odisha, Punjab and Uttarakhand have been selected for implementation of this programme.

The State Council is working as an important link between the Union government and state government for implementing various programmes of related ministries. The council has a good track record in implementing various programmes through active collaboration of academic institutions, research and development organisations and NGOs in the state.

Member Secretary, HIMCOSTE D.C Rana said that it was a matter of great privilege that Himachal Pradesh was one of the six states where Skill Vigyan Programme of DBT has been launched. He further said that the programme would be implemented in collaboration with Life Science Sector Skill Development Council and the partnering institutes in the state and efforts would be made to provide jobs to the trained youth in relevant industries in and around HP.

For imparting skill training to Biotechnology & Life Sciences students, HIMCOSTE has roped in eight best research laboratories and academic institutions in HP. These include CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource & Technology (CSIR-IHBT) Palampur, ICAR- Central Potato Research Institute (ICAR-CPRI) & Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) in Shimla, Jaypee University of Information Technology Waknaghat, Shoolini University of Biotechnology & Management Sciences Solan, Baddi University of Emerging Sciences & Technologies Baddi, Himalayan Skill Development Centre Kala Amb and Eternal University Baru Sahib (Sirmour).

For Quality Control, two training of 3 months duration each will be conducted every year at IHBT, CPRI, HPU, JUIT and Shoolini University while one such programme will be conducted at Baddi and Eternal Universities.

Laboratory Technician/Assistant Training program would be also conducted twice a year in the affiliated institutes. Production/Machine Operator Training course would also be held at Himalayan Skill Development Centre, Sirmour and the students for various training programs will be selected on the basis of State Level Entrance Test. On the basis of their qualification and interest, applicants can select institutes in order of preference in the application form.

Through these skill development programs, students would be trained in various fields of Biotechnology. A large number of major industries for fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), food, pharmaceutical and beverages industries are located in Baddi-Baroti-Nalagarh, Paonta Sahib and Kala Amb. Some of these industries are already involved in imparting industrial skill training to students of some of the participating institutions.

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Kangra: Industries, Labour & Employment and Technical Education Minister Bikram Singh Thakur conducted surprise raid along with District administration including Additional SP (HQ) Kangra, Mining Officer Nurpur, DSP Nurpur, SHO Indora and other officials in Damtal, Majra and Tipri of Indora Tehsil and Jawali area of District Kangra today.

The Minister said that State government is commitment to develop state as a favourite investor destination and ensure implementation of rules and regulation regarding industrial sector in state. He said that the state government is making all efforts to strengthen the existing infrastructure to attract industrialists and entrepreneurs to set up their industrial units in the state.

He said that violation of rules will not be tolerated at all and those found guilty will be punished as per the laws of the state. He said that a high level meeting will be organized to curb illegal mining practices in the state.

Industries Minister inspected 18 crushers during the raid. He also inspected 12 Mining leases on the occasion. Violations of mining rules were observed in 8 granted lease area. He directed concerned authorities to fine the lease holders Rs. 50,000 each as per Rules.

During the raid, one mining lease in Jawali upstream and the Sidhatha head works granted in favour of Manav stone crusher was recommended for suspension keeping the safety of head works structures of IPH and complaints of IPH department regarding illegal mining near the public structure in consideration.

Total 4 cases of unauthorized mining activities were noticed out of which one tractor, one JCB and two tippers were impounded and also fined during the operation.

Bikram Singh Thakur said that no illegal mining activities will spared in the river bed which is leading to degradation of Environment and such operations will continue in future also and stringent action will be initiated against person involved in unauthorized mining activities.

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New Delhi: With a view to attract global investors to the proposed global investors meet being held in Dharamshala in the month of November, the state government held a meeting with the Ambassadors of 50 nations at New Delhi on Wednesday evening. The Ambassadors were detailed about the possibilities of investment in various sectors in the state and the state government also urged them to motivate and coordinate in inviting entrepreneurs, investors and trade unions of their countries for investing in sectors of their choice in Himachal Pradesh.

Minister of State for External Affairs V. Murlidharan, who was also present on the occasion, said that the initiative of the Himachal government to invite investors and traded union across the globe to this global investor’s meet being organized on 7-8 November in Dharamshala is unique and exemplary. He said the Union Ministry of External Affairs would play the role of felicitator for this meet. He appreciated the vision of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and policies of the state government for making Himachal Pradesh as favourite investment destination and to improve economy of the state.

The Union Minister said that India is on its way to become fastest growing economy of the world. The government of India has taken an effective initiative to further strengthen the economy of the nation by introducing programmes like ‘Make In India’ and ‘Start-up India’.

V. Murlidharan said that policy makers had been deliberating since long about improving the manufacturing sector and how India could be transformed into a global manufacturing hub. However, it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who introduced ‘Make in India’ campaign to realise this dream into reality. The aim of this campaign is to make investment convenient, boost the innovation, to increase the skill development, to provide security to intellectual property rights and to ensure best manufacturing infrastructure.

He said that the proposed global investors meet being organised at Dharamshala, which is situated in the lap of majestic Himalaya range, would also give boost to tourism as people from all over the world would witness the rich culture and traditions of the state. He expressed hope that efforts of the state government will bear fruits and Himachal would definitely emerge as a global investor’s destination on the world map.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the state government is committed to realise the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the investors meet. He said Himachal offers better infrastructure, investor friendly and peaceful environment and liberal policies of the state government to the global investors. The government is making all out efforts to making Himachal Pradesh as the best destination for global investors. The state government has developed better infrastructure and additional power is also available with the state. As a result of better policies and effective implementation of various schemes, the state today is poised to compete with other states for attracting global investment.

Jai Ram Thakur urged the Ambassadors of various countries present on the occasion to extend invitation of the state government to entrepreneurs of their respective countries to attend the global investors meet at Dharamshala.

Industries Minister Bikram Singh said that more than 50,000 manufacturing units are working actively in the state and around five lakh people have been given employment in these units. He said that various global brands are working in the state in the sectors like pharmaceutical, food processing, automobile, engineering products and cement etc.

Chief Secretary B.K Agarwal detailed about the potential of investment in Himachal Pradesh while Additional Chief Secretary, Industries Manoj Kumar apprised about the incentives being given to the entrepreneurs by the state government.

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Dr Parvinder Kaushal today took over as the new Vice-Chancellor of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni. The notification of his appointment was released by the Governor’s Secretariat, Himachal Pradesh. Dr Parvinder Kaushal, belongs from Kahnani Village of Nalagarh in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh.

Before joining, Dr Kaushal was serving as the Vice-Chancellor of Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi, Jharkhand. An alumnus of UHF Nauni, Dr Kaushal has completed his M.Sc. Forestry from the University. He got his doctorate in Forestry from University of Nancy, France.

Dr Parvinder Kaushal has been actively involved in teaching, research and development, extension and administration for the past 35 years during which he served different Institutions and universities in different capacities. Prominent among these are Indian Council for Forestry Research and Education Dehradun (1979-1981), Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana (1981-1992) as Assistant and Associate Professor and as Dean. Faculty of Forestry at Birsa Agriculture University, Ranchi, Jharkhand (2005-2009).

Speaking on the occasion Dr Kaushal thanked Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and the entire Cabinet of ministers for giving him this opportunity to server the agricultural community of the state and the country. He said that sincere efforts will be made to establish the university among the top institutions in the country through world class education, research and extension activities.

Dr Kaushal has published more than 100 research papers and technical reports, and has authored over 13 books chapters/manual. He has participated in 26 world congresses and international conferences and has handled 63 Projects. He is recipient of National Award for young scientist in 1989 and Himachal Shri Award in 2014. He was also awarded French Govt. Fellowship for Doctoral research 1984. In addition, he has visited several countries including France, Italy, United Kingdom, Mexico, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Estonia, Canada, Finland, Turkey, Malaysia and Sri Lanka for presentation of papers and in exposure visits.

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal has served as member of various important committees and groups including Regional Deans’ Committee for South Asia 2009; Member of National Core Group (ICAR) to review and restructure PG course curricula in Agricultural Sciences; Convener of Broad Subject Matter Area Committee (BSMA) in Forestry ICAR 2007; Member of Quinquennial Review Team (QRT), ICAR for Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums (IINRG) for the period 2001-2007; member of the Peer Review Team (ICAR Accreditation Board) for accreditation of Sher-e-kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Srinagar (2008); Member various UGC expert committees on Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry, Environment, Skill development etc. 2013-2016; Member Research Advisory Committee constituted by Indian Council For Agricultural Research for ICAR-Central Agro-forestry Research Institute Jhansi. UP (2015-17). Dr Kaushal has served as Deputy Leader of International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Research Group on ‘Forest Stand Establishment Operations and Techniques’ (2000-05). He had been Chairman of IUFRO Working Party on Plantations Establishment (1990-2000).

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Himachal Pradesh is making its name as adventure hub of India and has earned special identity at international level in adventure sports. The State has moved forward in the field of adventure sports and adventure tourism under the auspices of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute, Manali.

With an aim of enhancing the adventure sports and tourism activities the state the state government has founded Atal Bihari Vajpayee Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute at Manali 1961. Through this institute the government is offering specialized training courses for skiers, trekkers and mountaineers from across the country. They also assist government in conducting search and rescue operations in the snow-covered slopes and treacherous trekking routes under freezing condition as they have skilled manpower trained in rescue operations in high-altitude mountainous areas and its services are requisitioned whenever trekkers or tourists go missing.

Given to the climatic conditions and geography of Himachal Pradesh, the State Government is offering several adventure and recreational activities. The state offers once-in-lifetime adventures apart from the picturesque scenery and wonderful experiences. The adventure sports lovers can enjoy paragliding in toughing heights, rafting in rushing rivers, trekking in the lush rainforests, rock climbing in the abode of Himalayas and zorbing.

To promote adventure tourism the State Government has identified Tatapani and Larji dam for white water games for which Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute Manali is soon going to establish infrastructure and other facilities in both the areas. The tourists will be provided all the modern facilities like hydro-falling, water biking and Jet vetoes, at these points.

The state government has been continuously making corrective efforts to safeguard adventure sports in the state. Recently, a 14-day Rafting Exercise class of 25 people was organised by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute, Manali and the candidates who passed the test were issued rafting licenses.

To check the eligibility of paragliding pilot, a machine has been set up by the institute which checks the glider’s capacity. In addition to these activities, the institute is providing insurance facility to the customers at Rs. 150 for Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh to the pilot at Rs. 550.

To boost the adventure activities, the State Government organised a successful international level games event in March 2019 in which 40 teams from different parts of the world participated in various adventure sports like tracking, racing, mountain biking and rafting etc. These adventure races started from Manali and reached Shimla by covering a distance of 450 kms. This event helped in popularising the state as one of the favourite adventure sports destination.

The rafting team of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute represented the country in the World Rafting Championship organized by the World Rafting Federation in June 2019 at Turkey. CM Jai Ram Thakur has also expressed happiness over the achievement of the institute. The president of the world Rafting Federation wrote an appreciation letter to the CM regarding the performance of Indian team.

Youth Service Sports Minister Govind Singh Thakur said that Himachal Pradesh is going to represent State in Asian Rafting Championships cup next year.

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