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In a First, Himachal’s 9 blind girls get admission in Computer Course in ITI Sundernagar



SHIMLA– For the first time, girls with blindness in Himachal Pradesh have secured admission in the ITI at Sundernagar in a Computer course. Nine such girls are now pursuing one year course of Computer Operator and Programming Assistant (COPA).

The ITI was mandated to impart training to disabled youth, but blind candidates were never given admission in the institute. However, efforts of an NGO, Umang Foundation, made it possible.

Ajai Srivastava, chairman of Umang Foundation said that the blind girls from poor families who passed 12th class in first division from Portmore School, Shimla with the support of the foundation were motivated to join computer course. Unfortunately, no government institution in the state have facilities to impart training to the blind candidates. The Directorate of Technical Education, when approached by Srivastava, expressed their inability to provide admission to the blind girls as the Institute, established for the disabled, lacks necessary infrastructure.

He said, “We had prepared a PIL to get justice and before filing it in the High Court, got an assurance from Sanjay Gupta, Principal Secretary, Technical Education.” He took cognizance of NGO’s letter and ensured admission to nine blind girls.

“Anjna Devi, Nisha Thakur, Veena, Monika, Yahoda, Surdassi, Kamlesh, Poonam and Billo Kumari, all brilliant students who passed class 12th from Portmore School in first division. Now they have received a chance to persue job oriented computer course from ITI Sundernagar and have been provided hostel facilities in the government’s special school for blind and deaf girls. They will also get scholarship of Rs. 1000 per month. But right now, there are no computers with talking software and Instructor for blind students. The ITI has temporarily made arrangements for their training in central government’s Composite Regional Centre for the Disabled (CRC), Sundernagar,” said Ajai Srivastava.

He further added, “It was after the order of Himachal Pradesh High Court on his PIL in 2011, the government’s prestigious Portmore was opened for blind and deaf girls. Now four blind and 16 deaf girls are studying in the School. Umang Foundation is also sponsoring the education and hostel expenses of blind girls studying in local RKMV College after passing out from the Portmore School.”

Ajai Srivastava said that the computer education is a must for blind or visually impaired to make them employable in government and private sector and his organization is striving hard to make the government institutions open for them.

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St.Bede’s students get professional tips on Portfolio Development at Pearl Academy workshop 



St. Bede's shimla workshop with pearl academy

Shimla: St.Bede’s College, Shimla, today on March 19, 2018, organized a workshop on Portfolio development in collaboration with the Pearl Academy – a design, fashion, media, and business institute based in New Delhi.    

The workshop was specifically organized by the College’s Home Science Department. In the first session of the workshop, the resource persons Shashank Khandelwal and Ankur Kaushik briefed the participants on how to attain success and happiness in life.

Students should choose the career based on their curiosity and interest, which makes a person creative, they emphasized.

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They explained the basics of fashion designing to the students.

Later, the resource persons interacted with the students along with conferring prizes.It was followed by another session about dealing with challenges in one’s life.

One has to overcome fears and obstacles and enhance the level of motivation to achieve success,

said one of the resource persons.

Both traditional and new age careers are equally important, he added.

The resource persons highlighted the role of playfulness and doing what you like the most. They further discussed the important points to be included in the portfolio based on technical skills and creative interrogation.

 The workshop concluded with distribution of certificates to the participants. 

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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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