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Himachal girl bags POSOCO Power System research award



Himachal girl bags POSOCO Power System research award

Pooja has completed her PhD in the field of Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay. She hails from Lajhiani village, 3 km from Bhoranj tehsil of Hamirpur district. She completed her B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from NIT Hamipur and M.Tech. from SLIET Longowal, Punjab.

SHIMLA – It is a great moment for Himachal as one of its young scientists, Dr. Pooja Sharma, has received the prestigious Power System Research Award during the function organized by Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO), a subsidiary of Power Grid Corporation at IIT Delhi on 17th March 2015. Dr. Pooja Sharma was second in the list of top ten students invited to present their work and also receive the prestigious research award. The award consisted of a citation certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 60,000.

This award has been instituted by POSOCO as an initiative to recognize and reward the innovative technical research excellence in the field of power system by discovering and encouraging fresh Doctoral/Masters research accomplishments in the field. The award is a joint venture of Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO), a subsidiary of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (POWERGRID) and Foundation for Innovation & Technology Transfer (FITT), IIT, Delhi.

The award was instituted with an aim to (a) Discover innovations in Power System (b) Reward excellence in the area of Power System & related fields (c) Motivate students to undertake further research & innovation in the power system (d) Collect and disseminate successful technologies for possible industry adoption.

Dr Pooja Sharma who has completed her PhD in the field of Electrical Engineering on Maximum power tracking from shaded photovoltaic modules in 2014 from IIT Bombay, was placed second in the overall merit list of the award indicating the level of innovativeness contribution of her research work to the field. The awardeeswere chosen by a panel of experts drawn from all over the country and they decided based on the contributions made by a PhD student towards the innovation in research, its application impact and improvement in the performance of various engineering systems.

Ms. Pooja Sharma, who hails from a non-decrepit village – Lajhiani, 3 km from Bhoranj tehsil of Hamirpur dist. has completed her B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from NIT Hamipur and M. Tech. from SLIET Longowal, Punjab. Subsequently, she joined for PhD in IIT Bombay and made significant contributions to the field of photovoltaic systems to efficiently generate electric power from solar energy. For her outstanding contributions in the field of electrical engineering, DrPooja Sharma was also awarded the ‘Excellence in PhD thesis award last year for best PhD thesis by IIT Bombay during the annual convocation.

Awards like POSOCO PhD thesis awardand Excellence in PhD thesis will motivate engineering students to pursue higher studies and carry out cutting edge research in the field to make India a progressive and self-sustainable country in the near future.

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Will deliver Rs. 1351 crore Bilaspur AIIMS in 2 years: CM Jairam



Bilaspur AIIMS Construction Progress

 Bilaspur-Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda performed the ground-breaking ceremony (Bhoomi Pujan) of AIIMS at Kothipura in Bilaspur district today.

Jai Ram Thakur said that this Rs. 1351 crore AIIMS would be completed within a period of two years and would have a bed capacity of 750 beds, out of which 300 beds would be for super speciality. There would be 100 MBBS seats and 60 nursing seats in the institute.

He blamed the previous State Government of causing an unnecessary delay in transferring the land for this institution.

Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said that the institute would have Affordable Medicine and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlets and Jan Aushadhi Kendra where medicine would be provided at highly discounted rates to the poor and needy.

He informed that the project would be executed by NBCC Ltd. and would have 15 operation theatres and 20 speciality and super speciality departments.  In addition, it would also have an AYUSH Department with 30 beds for providing treatment facilities in the traditional system of medicine.

Further, the Chief Minister announced shifting of PWD Division Number-II from Bilaspur to Kothipura, besides shifting Division Number -II of Shri Naina Devi Ji.

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Nauni Varsity Admissions Open for Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery products



Nauni varsity admissions for diploma

Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has invited applications for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products. The diploma will be run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university.

This year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme.

In addition, the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. The last date of application is 17 January 2019 and the counselling will be held on 19 January.

A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website(

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234 Ambulance Roads in Shimla City Declared ‘No Parking Zones’, Parking woes to Intensify



List of ambulance roads in Shimla City declared no parking zones

Shimla- The parking woes have intensified in Shimla City as the District Magistrate of Shimla, Amit Kashyap, issued an official notification on December 19, 2018, in which 234 ambulance roads in Shimla city were declared as “No Parking Zones.

As per the notification, based on the report received from the Superintendent of Police, Shimla, it was found that the residents, as well as outsiders, had turned link roads into unauthorized parking spaces, which results into huge traffic jam and inconvenience to the smooth passage of ambulances carrying patients along with the general the public.

Therefore, the District Magistrate declared all the following 234 ambulance roads as “No Parking Zones”:

He said the decision was taken keeping in view the necessity of smooth flow of traffic and passage to ambulances on ambulance roads in Shimla City.

As per the notification, the matter was highlighted as the local residents of the Middle Cemetery, upper Gahan, Bhatttakufar, Dhingu Bawari, Frud, Lower Gahan, and Nerridhar had requested to declare the ambulance roads leading from Dhigu Bawari to Lower Gahan and From PWD Workshop Bhattakuffer to Jai Moti Bhawan (Cemetary) as “No Parking Zone” as some of the people park their vehicles on these roads resulting in traffic jams and obstruct ambulances.

While the government has a policy to allow buying vehicles only if an applicant could provide evidence of having a parking space, there are a large number of cars which were either bought before the formation of this policy or are registered in other districts of the State.

A section of vehicle owners have expressed unrest against this decision and argued that it was not fair, as the government did not provide sufficient authorized parking spaces in localities.

Having a personal parking space doesn’t matter as soon as an individual drives to other parts of the city. Sufficient parking spaces based on the required capacity of a particular Ward or locality are needed to fix this problem, and it is apparently the government’s job

said a resident of Khalini, Shimla.

On the other hand, the majority of the general public has supported the decision expecting that it would make these roads more convenient and smoother for traffic.

However, the district police is likely to face a lot of resistance from local residents while ensuring compliance with the orders passed.

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