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



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.


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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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Himachal did pioneering work in managed pollination, still vast scope for improvement: UHF   



Beekeeping Development Seminar at UHF Nauni

Solan: The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, on March 23, 2018, organized a two-day state level seminar on awareness, motivation and technology transfer for Development of Beekeeping.

During the seminar, various aspects of beekeeping including the production of quality hive products, managed honeybee pollination, the importance of queen and mass queen rearing, pollination requirement of commercial vegetable and horticultural crops and safety of insect pollinators from pesticides will be taken up.

Experts will also apprise the participants about the economics of beekeeping, marketing opportunities, and value addition of hive products. The Department also exhibited beekeeping and the technologies used in it.

UHF exhibition on beekeeping

Explaining about the programme, Dr Anju Khanna, Head Department of Entomology and coordinator Dr Harish Sharma said that Himachal has done pioneering work in the area of managed pollination, but the scope for improvement in this field was vast.

 Dr Harish Sharma said that the focus of the seminar is to create awareness among the farmers on the huge potential and benefits of beekeeping and undertake technology transfer for its development in the state. He also shed light on the vital role played by bees in pollination and in increasing the production and quality of various crops.

In his address, UHF Vice-Chancellor and the Chief Guest Dr HC Sharma said,

Beekeeping is one enterprise in which one does not need much infrastructure for starting a new business.

He added that greater emphasis on improving the genetic diversity of the bees was need of the hour in order to derive better results.

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Asking the farmers to the take greater pride in their work, the Vice-Chancellor said,

We need to attract youngsters to agriculture and it can only be done when we take pride in the profession. Young agriculture graduates should become agricultural entrepreneurs and provide jobs to people.

Dr Rakesh Gupta, Dean College of Horticulture spoke on the scope of doubling farmers’ income through beekeeping.

He shared that the university has reserved 50 percent of the seats in its B Sc programme for students from the rural areas (those who have passed two exams (Class 8, 10 and 12) from government schools located in rural areas. It was to offer equal opportunity to students from rural background to study agriculture and implement their learning in their own fields.

UHF Beekeeping seminar 2018

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The seminar was organized by the Department of Entomology of the university and was sponsored by the National Bee Board

Over 100 participants including farmers from nine districts of Himachal Pradesh are attending the seminar along with students and experts.


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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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