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No place for HP University in 2016 HRD ranking list of top 100 Universities of India



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SHIMLA- In 2016 list of the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, five education institutions from Himachal Pradesh have find place in the top private and government institutions.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which has been the site of mass protests of late over charges of sedition levelled against some of its students, is the third best university in the country, a new ranking from the Ministry of Human Resource Development shows. Hyderabad Central University, which has also been rocked by student protests, has been ranked fourth best in the country.

Category Engineering

Name Rank
IIT (Madras) Ranked No. 1
IIT (Bombay) Ranked No. 2
IIT (Kharagpur) Ranked No. 3

Category Management

Name Rank
IIM (Bangaluru) Ranked No. 1
IIM (Ahmedabad) Ranked No. 2
IIM (Calcutta) Ranked No. 3

Category Universities

Name Rank
IISc Bangalore Ranked No. 1
Institute of Chemical Technology Ranked No. 2
JNU ranked no 3 Ranked No. 3

In the National Institutional Ranking Framework of the HRD Ministry, a first-of-its-kind indigenous ranking framework for higher education institutions, five universities from Himachal Pradesh have been inducted in the top 100 institutions. These universities include IIT Mandi, NIT Hamirpur (Engineering), Jaypee University of Information Technology, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences (University) and School of Pharmacy, Solan (Pharmacy). It is worth mentioning that Himachal Pradesh University, established in 1975, has failed to make in the list despite huge funding it receives from the state government and UGC.

In engineering discipline, IIT Mandi is ranked 20th while Hamirpur based National Institute of Technology (NIT) has secured 51st position.

In universities category Jaypee University of Information Technology Solan has secured 37th position, while Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences is ranked 66th.

In pharmacy category, School of Pharmacy, Solan is placed at 19th position. In management category, all institutions from the state have failed to find a place in top 100 management institutes.

The National Institutional Ranking Framework was launched by the HRD Ministry in September 2015 to evaluate higher educational institutions in Engineering, Management, Universities and Pharmacy categories.

The ranking was initiated in response to global rankings in which Indian universities and colleges’ usually don’t fare too well. Nearly 3,500 Universities and institutes accredited/affiliated to the AICTE/UGC had participated in the survey.

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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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