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St. Bede’s Shimla ‘prize distribution function’ and ‘office laying down ceremony’



St. Bede’s College Shimla (2)

SHIMLA- St. Bede’s College organized the “prize distribution function” and the ‘office laying down ceremony’ on 22nd April, 2016 which coincided with the Earth Day.

Earth Day 2016

Students were shown presentation of the Annual Report comprising of all the events, functions, achievements and activities of the students and the staff for the academic year 2015-16, followed by prize distribution by the chief guest,Prof. Girija Sharma, Dean of Studies, Himachal Pradesh, in which the students who excelled in academics as well as curricular and co-curricular activities throughout the year were honored. University toppers were given trophies and certificates for their academic achievements. Prizes were also given for the subject toppers of every class.

St. Bede’s College organized the “Prize Distribution function

An alumnus of the college Ms. Manju Sethn, president of the Ex-Bedeian society, sponsored the trophies for the best student as well as the second best student of the college. The trophies went to Ananya Seth and Ishita Kaith respectively. Aishwarya Khosla grabbed the ‘Rana Nayyar trophy’ for excelling in English Literature with a cash prize of Rs. 1100. Ankita Mehta received ‘R.S Pathania trophy’ for excellence in Botany Home Science and to Samriti Soni for Home Science.

Earth Day 2016

The Principal Dr. (Sr.) Beena John gave away the Bedeian Pins to the students who excelled in every field and worked with sincerity throughout their term in college. The Bedeian Pins were given to the following students of the final Semester:

1. Yashima Chauhan —–BCA
2. Itika Singh —–B.A (Geography)
3. Ishita Kaith —- B.Com
4. Anaya Seth —–B.A (English)

Prof. Girija Sharma, in her address, congratulated the prize winners and appreciated the bonding between the students and teachers. The St. Bede’s College upholds values like compassion, concern for environment which makes the world a better place to live in, she said.

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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  



Standardized Test with Pencil

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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