University News

Nauni, July, 2021

MOU signed for transfer of apple cider vinegar technology

The University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Shimla based food processing company for the production of apple cider vinegar, based on the technology developed by the scientists of the University's Department of Food Science and Technology (FST) under a DST project.

Dr. Ravinder Sharma, Director of Research signed the agreement on behalf of the university. Nanda Chhajta and Yashwant Chhajta, proprietors of RUHILL Food Processing Unit, Shimla were present on the occasion. The agreement was signed in the presence of Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal. Dr. Anju K Dhiman, Dean College of Horticulture; Dr. KD Sharma, Professor and Head, Department of FST and Dr. Rakesh Sharma, who is one of the scientists who helped develop this technology, were also present on the occasion.

This is the second startup that has signed a non-exclusive license agreement with the university for the transfer of this technology by paying a technology fee. Under this agreement, the company will use the university’s tech to manufacture and sell the cider vinegar and will also acknowledge it on the product label.

The university technology is an alternative to the traditional methods of making apple cider vinegar and can also be taken as an alternative approach for complete utilization of culled apples along with improving the farm income.

Congratulating the entrepreneurs and the scientists, Dr. Parvinder Kaushal said that it is great to see entrepreneurs coming forward and showing intent in developing their products on the university technologies. He said that the demand for apple cider vinegar has increased manifold in the past few years due to its several health benefits.

“A large quality of low-grade size and deformed apples go waste each year mainly due to the lack of appropriate processing technology in the production area. This technology can help to address the issue. The technology has optimized various factors involved in the production of vinegar as well as base wine and overcomes the problems of the traditional methods, which are slow and result in poor quality vinegar,” said Dr. Kaushal. He suggested that the company must explore the production and development of multi-products from apple so that the complete utilization of the fruit can be done.

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Nauni, July 2021 

KVK Shimla bags third position among 69 KVK in Zonal workshop

 

The Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) of district Shimla which is located at Rohru was adjudged third among all the KVK located in Zone 1. There are 69 KVKs located in Zone-1 which consists of Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. At the Zonal Level, the first position was bagged by KVK Kulgam while KVK Ropar stood second.

 

The award was announced at the Annual Zonal Workshop of Zone -1 organized by ICAR’s Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute(ATARI), Ludhiana. The workshop was organized virtually.

 

A presentation on the activities conducted by the KVK in the past year was given during the workshop by the KVK Programme Coordinator Dr. NS Kaith and was supported by the scientists Dr. Ibajanai Kurbah and Dr. Bandana. The KVK Shimla has taken many initiatives in the past several years to improve its outreach to the farmers. The initiatives of the introduction of coloured strains of apple for enhancing income in mid-hills under climate change scenario, crop diversification by introducing cultivation of dhingri and exotic vegetables and the publication of ‘Krishi Vaani’, a magazine of the Kendra along with extension activities for control of apple scab and other apple diseases are some of the important achievements of the KVK. The Kendra is also working towards doubling farmers' income and are promoting location-based crop diversification along with the development of entrepreneurs in bee-keeping and nursery production.

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Nauni, July, 2021

Van Mahotsav celebrated

The Department of Silviculture and Agroforestry of the university celebrated Van Mahotsav at the university campus on Thursday. The event was sponsored by the State Bank of India to mark the 66th anniversary of the bank. Over 1600 plants of bamboo, Bauhinia variegate (Kachnar),and Grewia Optiva (Beul) were targeted to be planted during this drive on the university campus.

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor said that it was important that we choose location-specific tree varieties during plantation drives so that they can grow properly in their local environment and high survivability can also be ensured. Dr. Kaushal said that in a state like Himachal, it was important that we carry out mass plantation in the winter months along with the rainy season. He said many fruit trees can be planted in the winter months and such activities on a mass scale must be promoted.

Dr Kaushal also called for promoting large-scale planting of wild species of fruits in the forests so that the animals can be provided food in their natural habitat. He said that the university will develop a plantation schedule for different seasons so that the green cover of the university can be increased. He congratulated the State Bank of India on its foundation day. Jawahar Kaul, Regional Manager SBI Solan said that it was a great occasion as two great institutions were collaborating to greening the environment. He said that the bank will contribute to more such activities under its corporate social responsibility.

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Nauni, July, 2021

Nauni varsity signs MOU with UK based platform for faculty training, 200 faculty to be trained

The university signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with United Kingdom-based ‘Qedex’ for training the faculty for improving the quality of teaching especially through the online mode. The MoU has been signed under the Institutional Development Plan (IDP) of ICAR’s National Agricultural Higher Education Project currently being implemented at the university. The MoU was signed at a virtual ceremony held at the university.

Dr. Ravinder Sharma, Director Research of the university signed the agreement on behalf of the university while Stuart Blacklock, CEO of QASPIR represented Qedex. The company has also tied up with the Association of Indian Universities to provide virtual training to faculty in higher education institutions for enhancing their competencies in teaching.

While welcoming the participants Dr. KK Raina, Principal Investigator of IDP informed that the purpose of the memorandum is to provide a virtual framework for faculty training. He said QEDEX will include virtual training to faculty members on topics of importance leading to delivery of quality education to students. Under the agreement, which has been signed for one year, 200 faculty of the university will be eligible to undergo a minimum of five courses each out of 300 courses offered on the platform. The faculty can do more than five courses also. The courses cover a wide array of topics ranging from online teaching, managing meetings, course planning, learning outcome, presentation skills, etc.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ravinder Sharma said that the pandemic has reshaped education worldwide and it has become very important that the skillset of the faculty is improved and they are equipped with the latest knowledge in modern teaching methodologies. He said that the agreement will immensely benefit the university in improving the quality of teaching and ensure its proper dissemination.

Stuart Blacklock said that the partnership will help to implement the New Education Policy 2020, which covers Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of teachers. He said Qedex through its various courses, will systematically cover the latest pedagogies regarding foundational literacy and numeracy, formative and adaptive assessment of learning outcomes, competency-based learning, and related pedagogies, such as experiential learning, arts-integrated, sports-integrated, and storytelling-based approaches, etc. Blacklock added that they will create a private micro-community for the university which will have access to courses, during a period of the agreement.

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