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Indian universities shut door on HPU students, not accepting admissions forms to PG courses




SHIMLA- Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) has taken the credit of becoming the first university to implement the Rashtriya Uchhtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for undergraduate courses, but the future of graduates is at stake as their forms for admissions to postgraduate courses are not been accepted by universities in other states.

Alisha, Ayushi and Ankit Joshi, B.Sc students of Government College, Sanjauli, with chemistry as the major subject, had applied in Delhi University, Panjab University and Banaras Hindu University for admissions to master courses.
But their forms have been rejected because B.Sc with “pure sciences” is a must for admission to master course. It implies that with chemistry as major subject, the minor subjects should be physics and mathematics or physics or botany or zoology.

Forms of several students of sixth semester, who had applied for MA and MSc courses outside the state, have been rejected and six students of Sanjauli college have brought it to the notice of teachers and the administration.
Introducing Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) from the 2013 academic session, HP University allowed students with chemistry as main subject to opt for mathematics or physics as first minor subject and further gave the option to choose public administration, geography, sociology or any other subject as second minor subject.

Himachal Government College Teachers Association general secretary Dr RL Sharma said being a stakeholder, the association had informed the state government of the situation. It had expressed apprehensions about the fallout of hasty implementation of RUSA in 2013 also, but no heed was paid.

Sharma said utter confusion prevailed over the credit points under the CBCS system in the undergraduate courses as the credit points which were earlier 120 (including 56 major, 40 minor, 9 compulsory, one hobby and 14 additional) have been reduced to 106 (which include 48 major, 48 minor, nine compulsory and one hobby). Now, it is uncertain that the students who have taken 40 minor would be given the degree or not. Moreover, there is ambiguity over eligibility of these students for admission to B.Ed courses, he added.

Pro Vice-Chancellor of HPU Prof Rajinder Chauhan, who was apprised of the issue today, said the problem cropped up as other universities had not switched over to the new system.

We would take up the issue at the meeting on RUSA on February 24 and meeting of the Academic Council on February 25, besides informing the Education Secretary about it,

he said, adding that the students of the sixth subject, who had taken non-science subjects as minors, would be asked to take science subject as minor in the last semester to avoid any complications.

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Himachal varsity scientist to receive JP Verma Memorial Award 2018 for research



Dr Arvind Kumar Gupta

Solan: Dr Arvind Kumar Gupta, a senior professor of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been chosen for the prestigious JP Verma Memorial Award (2018). 

The award, given each year by the Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS), took into account Dr Gupta’s contributions to teaching and research in Plant Bacteriology. The society approved his name for the award during its 70thAnnual Meeting held in Assam last month.

Established in the year 1949, IPS is a professional society for promoting the cause of science of Phytopathology.

It focuses on the fields of Mycology, Plant Pathology, Bacteriology, Virology, Phytoplasmology and Nematology and provides a platform to the scientists working in the field of plant pathological related research to share their research achievements.

The society has its headquarters at the Division of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi

Dr Gupta is presently serving as the head of the Department of Plant Pathology at UHF. Born at Aligarh, Dr Gupta passed his B Sc (biology) from Rohilkhand University and M Sc (botany) with specialization in plant pathology from Agra University.

After completing his doctorate in botany (Mycology and Plant Pathology) from Jiwaji University, he had a short stint at IARI’s Directorate of Wheat Research.

Dr Gupta joined UHF in 1989 at Horticulture Regional Research Substation, Tabo, where he worked on bacterial diseases especially on stem, leaf and fruit gummosis of stone fruits. 

He is also the recipient of the KPV Menon award for the best poster research paper, instituted by the IPS.

His name has been included in Elsevier professional group and is credited with developing a sound protocol for isolation and identification of Agrobacterium radiobacter from rhizosphere soil.

In addition to the several research papers in leading journals of repute, Dr Gupta has also published 25 book chapters, extension articles, and bulletins. 

Dr HC Sharma, Vice Chancellor, UHF Nauni congratulated Dr Gupta for bringing laurels to the university.

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UGC makes changes in NET exam pattern and age limit, exam to be held twice a year  



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The changes approved by the Commission have also been intimated to CBSE on January 2018.

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made some changes in the examination pattern and age limit for candidates appearing in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), UGC-NET, 2018.

The changes were made based on the recommendations of the NET Review Committee.

As per the UGC Update, following changes are made in the UGC-NET, 2018:

  1. The UGC-NET examination will be conducted twice a year.
  2. The upper age limit for appearing in JRF has been raised by two years, i.e. from the existing upper age limit of 28 years to 30 years. There is five years relaxation in age for candidates belonging to Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe/ Persons with Disabilities/ Other Backward Class (Non-Creamy Layer) categories and for women candidates.
  3. The first two papers continue to be of objective type with multiple-choice questions.
  4. The first paper of General Awareness consists of 50 compulsory questions of two marks each. The choice of 10 questions in Paper-I has been done away with.
  5. The duration of Paper-I has been reduced from the present 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour. The paper continues to be of 100 marks.
  6. Paper-II and Paper-III are both of the same discipline and have been merged together to be termed as Paper-II containing 100 compulsory objective type questions of two marks each from the subject selected by the candidate with two hours duration.

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Dr  Satya Pal Singh on March 12, 2018, in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.  The changes approved by the Commission have also been intimated to CBSE on January 2018.


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120 research papers presented at MELOW-18 Conference in Dharamshala




Dharamshala: The 17th Conference of the Society of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the World (MELOW) on Space, Place and Landscape in Literatures of the world was held at the Department of English and European Languages, the Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUHP) in Dharamshala from March

 At the three-day MELOW-2018 Conference, literators and scholars from various parts of the country deliberated on the issues pertaining to space, place and landscape in present scenario and how it is reflected in the literature of the world and what they convey about the world we live in.

CUHP Melow 2018 Conference at Dharamsala

Scholars focused on the diverse concepts and approaches related to the core theme touching the theoretical issues, nature and literature, cityscapes, nostalgia and the politics of place. Total 120 research papers were presented at the conference and about 200 delegates across the world participated in the conference. 

Secretary, MELOW, Manju Jaidka, speaking on the occasion thanked the CUHP for providing support to organize the conference.

With a diverse range of ideas, approaches and participants, the horizons are broadened and that is the real purpose of the conference and successfully we managed to do that in these three days,

she added. 

She further asked the participants and the young scholars to pursue their work in the academic and professional manner by taking their work to the outer world.

The Dean, Department of English, and European Languages, CHU, Dr Roshan Lal Sharma, sharing his experiences as a host on the occasion thanked MELOW for providing the opportunity to host MELOW-2018.

Giving a brief about the outcome of the three days conference, Dr Sharma said,

Lots and lots of possibilities of viewing, perceiving and evaluating the text through diverse lenses of interpretation has been learnt and the message will be carried forward. 

The conference provided a wonderful opportunity to the students to learn new perspectives, which they can carry forward through their scholarly work, he further added. 

In the valedictory session, Neepa Sarkar received Issac Memorial Award for Best Paper Presentation with a cash prize of Rs. 5000 for her work titled “Mnemonic Maps of an Imagined Home: Exploring Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities”.

 Dr. Hemraj Bansal was awarded the ‘Certificate of Merit’ for his work titled “Salvaging Troubled Space and Place: Longing for Belonging of the Black-White Man in David Malouf’s Remembering Babylon”.

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