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  • Renowned Indian film and television actor Sh. Parikshit Sahni visited the Institute in the month of November, 2010 and interacted with the research staff, faculty members of the university and students. Prof. S. P. Bansal, Director of the Institute welcomed Sh. Parikshit Sahni and honored him with traditional Himachali cap. Sh. Sahni assured that his own production house under the name of Balraj Sahni production is ready to undertake the task of preparing the documentaries with the Institute. He was of the view that the state of Himachal is rich in natural and cultural sources and these can be the themes of the documentaries which in turn can help the institute in generating funds and can help it in attaining a good name at national and international level.  
  • Prof. Hidenori Okahashi and Prof. Yoshimi from the Centre for the Contemporary India Studies, Hiroshima University, visited the Institute in the month of September 2010 with a proposal of joining hands for undertaking collaborative research and to find out analytical frameworks & research methods for a comprehensive understanding of contemporary India and its future prospects. A small workshop-cum-interactive session was organized with an objective to discuss the idea behind the project. Briefing about the agenda of the NIHU (National Institutes for the Humanities) Program “Contemporary India Area Studies”, Developing well-organized research networks, mutual exchanges among researchers, training young scholars, building research infrastructure, promoting academic-social networks and enhancing public opinion were the other main objectives of the programme. Both the institutes will exchange the information and conduct wide range of inter-disciplinary studies on contemporary India. The workshop concluded with an idea that both the Institutes will set up long term perspectives for undertaking “Integrated Area Studies
  • The Institute in collaboration with CMS VATAVARAN organized Energy Conservation Campaign in the month of June 2010. The Institute was chosen as the Knowledge partner of this event. One of the major objectives of Commonwealth Games 2010 was to create awareness on ‘Low Carbon Practices’ and this campaign was the part of the Commonwealth Games 2010. CMS VATAVARAN alsoorganizedEnvironment and Wildlife Traveling Film Festival & Environment Forum in Shimla city and its theme was Climate Change and Sustainable Technologies. Slogan writing & energy conservation idea competition, street play and short marathon were the main attraction of the campaign. These also acted as a relevant medium for spreading the message on low carbon practices. The Marathon was flagged of by Prof. C.L. Chandan, Prof. S.P. Bansal and Mrs. Madhu Sood. Students from different Government and Private schools, colleges and university participated in the two kilometers short marathon. Nearly 150 participants carrying the placards with slogans on Low Carbon Practices ran from the flagging off point to the destination. Short street play “Bhagirathi Prayas” was presented by the artists of Navnirman Welfare Society for the general public, student and employees of the university.

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  • Prof. Kapil Kumar, former Director of Indira Gandhi National Open University, interacted with the research staff of the Institute in the month of May, 2010 on emerging issues of concern which can be taken up for genuine research in the Himalayan region. Prof. Kapil said that demilitarization in the Himalayan region can help in solving the problems associated with environment. Infrastructure development and vehicular pollution are responsible for climate change in the region. He further touched upon current issues associated with changing market economy, declining tourism industry and social change. He emphasized on promoting the concept of eco-tourism. At the same time, he impressed hard upon the need of eco-sensitivity training of all those who are concerned with eco-tourism. Research should not remain confined to bookshelves but must reach common man. While citing examples, he said that even the tribal societies are undergoing transition and there is need of exploring the causes behind this. Interdisciplinary research is the need of the hour and Institute like Himalayan Studies should focus on research which is in reality can be beneficial for the Himalayan communities. In order to become self-reliant, the Institute should take up consultancies and give the academic input to the stakeholders, He said.
  • A three-day-long conference on Himalayan Environment: Issues and Challenges, was organized by the Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies (IIHS), Himachal Pradesh University and Mountain Forum Himalayan from 22-24th March, 2010.