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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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390 students attend St. Bede’s National Seminar ‘Celebrating Indian Science’

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St. Bede's National Seminar

Shimla: On Thursday, the Science Faculty of St. Bede’s College Shimla, in collaboration with Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Shimla Chapter, hosted a one day National Seminar entitled ‘Celebrating Indian Science: From Past to Future’.

Around 350 Science students of the college along with 140 students from various colleges and schools of Shimla attended it.

These institutes included Centre of Excellence, Govt. Degree College, Sanjauli, R.K.M.V, Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Degree College, Chaura Maidan, Convent of Jesus and Mary, D.A.V School, Lakkar Bazaar, St. Edward’s School, Loreto Convent, Tara Hall, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jakhu, Govt. School, Sanjauli, Monal Public School, Model School Summerhill and Chapslee school.

St. Bede's National Seminar 2

During the seminar, the students were shown a movie on ‘The Quantum Indians’ in the first technical session of the seminar, and it was followed by On the Spot Quiz.

In the second session, Prof. P.K. Ahluwalia delivered a lecture on the topic ‘Impact of Innovation on Human Development through Science and Technology: From Past to Future.’

St. Bede's National Seminar 3

In the second half, Prof. Subhash Gupta delivered a lecture on the topic ‘Our Journey of Science – Future Ahead.’

In the third session, Prof. Jaspreet Sambi from Panjab University Chandigarh delivered a talk on ‘Indian Science Looking Back and into Future.’

To stimulate the idea of controlling pollution and protecting the environment and to share and discuss issues relating to it, a Panel discussion on the topic ‘Can Scientific Interventions Help Overcome the Curse of Pollution’ was also organized.

Towards the end of the seminar, students asked questions related to their queries which were answered convincingly. It was followed by a live demonstration of experiments by Physics, Microbiology, Biotechnology departments. The Department of Botany and Zoology put up an exhibition on medicinal plants and insects.

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Training for farmers held at UHF Nauni under short term skill development programme

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Short term skill development program atUHF Nauni

Shimla: A short-term skill development training programme and demonstration to young aspiring entrepreneurs and farmers was organized at the Directorate of Extension Education of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni.

Twenty-five participants from Shimla and Mandi districts of the state took part in the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) sponsored training. Training coordinator and UHF’s Joint Director (Training) Dr Rajkumar Thakur said that the training focused on integrated production technology of horticulture crops.

Dr Rajkumar Thakur addressing the farmers

Dr Rajkumar Thakur addressing the farmers

The participants were apprised about the subtropical and temperate fruits like apple and citrus. Various aspects of beekeeping and mushroom cultivation were also discussed during the programmes due to the interest shown by the trainees. Besides lectures on insect-pest and disease management of pomegranate, apple, citrus and vegetables, practical demonstrations at kiwi, stone fruit and high-density apple plantation, apiary and canning unit of the university were also undertaken.

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The training curriculum was designed to address the agricultural training requirements of the participants and training kits, ‘Package of Practice’ of various crops along with other university literature on spices and floriculture were also distributed to them. On the last day, Dr Thakur gave away training certificates to the participants besides a training stipend of Rs 1400 each.

In July this year, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for one year for Rs 55 lakh was signed between UHF and SJVN. Under the agreement, the University will organize 32 trainings for farmers at its main campus and different research and training stations.

Over 800 farmers and orchardists will be trained under this initiative in one year. The SJVN Foundation will bear the total cost of these trainings.

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Nauni varsity student to represent India in International Kickboxing championship in Argentina

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Himachali Kickboxer Lokesh Bhanot

Solan: While the youth of Himachal Pradesh is becoming infamous for the sudden surge in drug addiction it is witnessing currently, there are those who are bringing laurels to the State.

Lokesh Bhanot, a local from Solan district and a student of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni is all set to represent the country in the World Kickboxing Championship to be held at Buenos Aires, Argentina from November 5-10, 2018. The World Kickboxing Federation is organizing the championship, it was informed by the Public Relation Officer of the varsity Suchet Attri.

A fourth-year student of B Sc Forestry at the University’s College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri, Bhanot had bagged a bronze medal in the senior category (90-100 kg) in the National Kickboxing Championship held at Patna in 2016 and a Gold Medal in the 65-75 kg category at the National Championship held at Ghaziabad in 2012-13.

In addition, Bhanot has won several medals at the state and district level championships in different weight categories, said the PRO.

Hailing from Solan, Bhanot had previously represented India in Italy in 2013 where he became a black belt in the sport. In 2017, he was selected to participate in the World Kickboxing Championship in Sudan and Brazil, but could not participate due to his exams.

Not only has Bhanot excelled as a player, but in 2017 also became a World Kickboxing Federation accredited International referee in the sport by clearing the official exam. He is also an accredited national referee.

Bhanot credits his parents, coach and college teachers, and friends for their constant support for his success. The university has also recognized his achievements and awarded him with Outstanding Student and Sportsperson award at the University and College level.

While congratulating Bhanot for bringing laurels to the university and the College, Dr HC Sharma, UHF Vice-Chancellor said that the University has been encouraging sporting activities along with academics.

He added that this achievement will also motivate other students of the university. Dr PC Sharma, Dean of COH&F and faculty also congratulated Bhanot for his sporting achievements.

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