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Bloody clash at HPU campus ahead of crucial NAAC team visit, 18 injured, 6 arrested

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HPU Sfi and ABVP Clash

An 11-member NAAC team has arrived at varsity on Monday, and is supposed to conduct detailed inspection of varsity in order to determine academic standard of the institute. Varsity will be ranked on the basis of this visit.

SHIMLA- Ahead of the three-day National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC)visit starting from October 3, Himachal Pradesh University campus turned into battle ground on October 2 as armed student groups clashed. Over about 18 students sustained injuries, some of which are admitted at the IGMC Shimla in serious condition. The bloody clash erupted on Saturday night at the Tagore Boys Hostel and continued on Sunday with student outfits flashing sharp-edged weapons, iron-rods, sticks etc. despite presence of police force that struggled to control the situation. On Monday, too, fresh clashes were reported.

So far, no source is able to confirm what exactly caused the violence, so both student organizations are putting the blame on each other and both have lodged FIRs. The sources suggest involvement of a section of tribal students too.

HPU SFI

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Six students of SFI (only), mainly leadership, have been arrested and hunt for others is in progress. Cases have been registered under various sections including attempt to murder.

According to reports, on Saturday night around 9:30 PM, members of Student Federation of India (SFI) and Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad(ABVP)clashed in one of the hostel in which many students sustained head injuries and some suffered fractured legs. As per report, it all begun after a research scholar was attacked and abused in his hostel room. Both organizations blame that a group of students belonging to their respective organizations were attacked by the rival outfit students armed with sharp-edged weapons and iron roads.

The students had to jump out of the hostel windows to escape. Several students took shelter in nearby forest, hiding till Sunday morning. It was also reported that belongings of students in the hostel including books were set on fire.

Shimla Police

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A delayed police response, as alleged by both ABVP and SFI, also facilitated this violence to go on for hours. Police took over two hours to approach the hostel, students alleged.

On Sunday morning, SFI banners/posters were burnt at Summerhill Chowk by ABVP workers that further fueled the tension between two groups. Allegedly, ABVP attacked SFI members at the Chowk in the presence of police. The bloody brawl reached varsity library which was ransacked too.

HP University ABVP

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On Sunday, two groups clashed multiple times in the presence of police. To prevent further clashes, Quick Response Team (QRT) was deployed in the campus. On Monday, the entire varsity was turned into a fortress keeping in view the NAAC visit.

An 11-member NAAC team has arrived at varsity on Monday as scheduled. The Council is supposed to conduct detailed inspection of varsity in order to determine academic standard of the institute. Varsity will be ranked on the basis of this visit.

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SFI has alleged that the clash was planned and was intended to present a negative image of varsity environment in front of NAAC team. This violent clash is also being associated with recent violence in Himachal’s other colleges.

It is noticeable that varsity had negotiated with SFI to end 153 day long student hunger strike and had appointed about 60 teachers in order to impress the NAAC. The violence has endangered reputation of the varsity. Deployment of QRT might prevent further clashes, but presence of such heavy force will speak for itself.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 7 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Watch: IIT Mandi Researchers Use ‘Pollutant Diesel Emissions’ For Water Treatment

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IIT mandi uses diesel soot sponge for water treatment

Mandi- Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology Mandi have used the soot emitted by diesel engines to mop up oil and other organic pollutants from water. Their work has been recently published in the journal – Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

Although diesel engines are known to be superior to other internal combustion engines in terms of lower fuel consumption and better energy release efficiencies, they are associated with significant amounts of particulate emissions.

 The particulates largely comprise soot, which is formed in the fuel rich regions of the burning diesel jets. Increasing environmental concerns and stringent emission standards require the development of both conventional and unconventional means for reducing soot.

 Studies in this area have focused on improving the engine design and incorporating special filters and treatment units at the exhaust end of the vehicle.

Dr. Rahul Vaish, Associate Professor, School of Engineering at IIT Mandi and his research students Vishvendra Pratap Singh and Moolchand Sharma have looked at this problem from a different perspective.

They rationalized that while it is impossible to bring down soot emissions to zero, it is possible to find a use for the soot produced.

 Carbon species such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, and candle soot have shown their potential in many fields,

says Dr. Vaish,

so why not automobile soot?

It is known that carbon species can absorb various organic pollutants in water. Carbon nanotubes, filter paper, mesh films, and graphene have been used for removing oil from water. Given that the typical carbon content of soot is between 90 and 98%, the team explored the possibility of using this pollutant as an adsorbent of oil and organic contaminants in water.

 There is a rapid increase in oil and chemical leakages from oil tankers or ships and industrial accidents with expansion in oil production and transportation in the last few decades,

the authors write in their recently published paper, justifying the need for new materials to mop up oil and prevent catastrophic environmental outcomes.

 In an earlier study, Dr. Vaish used candle soot to successfully remove two cationic dyes, rhodamine B and methylene blue from water, thereby showing the possibility of organic from water thereby showing the possibility of organic chemical removal by soot. Extending this earlier work, the research team incorporated diesel exhaust soot into polymer sponges to study their capability to adsorb oil and other organic materials from water. This hydrophobic sponge showed high absorption capacity for various oils, without the need for complex pretreatments.

The researchers found that the highest oil absorption capacity was 39 g/g for engine oil. An interesting observation was that the sponges were recyclable and retained 95% efficiency even after 10 cycles.

The diesel soot impregnated sponge could also absorb pollutants like methylene blue, ciprofloxacin, and detergent from the water. This has practical implications.

Apart from oil spills, organic pollutants such as traces of dyes and detergent coming from industries and households are a major contributor to water pollution,

says Dr. Vaish.

The soot impregnated sponge can help in developing cost-effective remediation processes for common domestic and industrial pollutants. Such a development would additionally serve to repurpose automobile waste.

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Last date for Admissions to UHF Diploma extended

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Nauni University Admissions Date for Diploma

Solan: The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has extended the last date to apply for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and BakeryDiploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products, informed the Public Relation Officer, Suchet Attri.

The last date to apply for the diploma run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university has now been extended to January 29. Earlier the last date for application was January 17. The counselling for the diploma programme will now be held on January 31.

The PRO also informed that this year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme, he said.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website (www.yspuniversity.ac.in)

The PRO further informed that the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

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Two JRF among HP Varsity’s 11 disabled students who cracked UGC NET 2018

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Disabled HPU Students Clears UGC NET

Shimla-Crossing milestones in academics, disabled students of Himachal Pradesh continue to achieve what is otherwise considered insurmountable for them.

Eleven differently-abled students have cleared UGC’s National Eligibility Test (NET). Two of them qualified for the Junior Research Fellowship. Five of these students are visually impaired.

It’s important to mention that disabled students had to fight a legal battle to claim their right to higher education in Himachal Pradesh University. Even after ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill – 2016’ was passed, the students had to fight for its implementation as the government did not make it easy for them.

Two students who qualified for the JRF include Saveen Janha, an M.Phil in Hindi, and Pankaj Sharma, P.hD in Tourism Administration. Both are physically disabled, informed Ajai Shrivastava, a member of the State Advisory Board on Disability and HPU Executive Council (EC).

Indu Kumari, a visually impaired student, who is pursuing her M.A. in Political Science, cleared the NET examination in her very first attempt. Similarly, visually impaired Roma Negi, a resident of Rampur, has cleared the exam in History in her first attempt. She wants to pursue her P.hD from HP University.

Other names include Anuj Kumar (Economics), Vinod Sharma (Political Science), Jasbir Lubanand (Political Science), Vinod Sharma Yogacharya (Yoga), Priyanka Thakur (Law), Ajay Kumar (History). Some of these students have cleared the NET examination twice. Raj Kumar is a Ph.D in Education and has cleared the NET exam in the same. He had also passed the NET examination in History and this time cleared the exam in Political Science.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sikander Kumar has congratulated all these students and appreciated their hard-work despite facing hardships due to their disability. He said these students have brought laurels to the State.

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