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AP Goyal University Shimla told to refund security, hostel fee to student



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SHIMLA- The Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission (HPPEIRC) has directed the AP Goyal University Shimla to refund security and other hostel charges to a student of MCA, who stayed in the hostel as well as in the university for one day.

Varsha Salve in her complaint filed online alleged that she had taken admission in AP Goyal University in MCA on September 11, 2014, and was allotted hostel but due to “non-providing” of facilities as informed, she left the university as well as the hostel on the next day.

She said the university refused to entertain her request for refund of security amounting to Rs 10,000 and hostel charges amounting to Rs 20,000.

The regulator sent a notice to the university on October 27, 2014, and sought reasons for not refunding the security and other charges but it did not respond. Later, a reminder was sent on December 8, 2014. The Registrar on January 5, 2016, appeared on the behalf of the university and the complainant was also present in person.

The regulator pointed out that the university had not clearly mentioned in the receipt and also noted that quantum of the hostel fee was not in conformity to any quantum of charges mentioned against approved “hostel charges” head. The government had not allowed fee to be charged as “others” head and the university has clearly deviated from the approved fee structure issued by the government by charging Rs 20,000 against “hostel fee” and Rs 1,000 against “others” heads.

The commission in its order said that Varsha Salve left the university on the ground that there were no facilities-amenities available as boasted by the university which discouraged her to continue with her studies in the university and held that she is entitled for the refund of Security amount of Rs 10,000.

Further it can be safely presumed that the hostel charges included Rs 5,000 as the hostel security and of the remaining amount of Rs 15,000, the university may retain Rs 2,000 as the complainant only spent one night and that too allegedly without electricity.

The regulator in its order clearly said that

I am of the firm view that the amount of caution money of Rs 10,000 and hostel fee of Rs 18,000 are refundable and direct the respondent university to pay the entire amount of Rs 28,000 to the complainant within 10 days.

Varsha Salve stated before the regulator that

on the basis of facilities shown in prospectus and information available at internet, I came to Shimla from Mumbai and took admission in AP Goyal University and deposited Rs 31,000 in cash towards hostel fee,security and for tuition fee.

She said that she stayed for one day in APG Hostel but no facilities like water and light were available and left the APG University without attending any class and took admission in Bahra University where she is doing MCA.

Photo: AP Goyal University

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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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