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HPU Violence Continues: Stone pelting in presence of police, 15 injured, 13 arrested




SHIMLA- Bloody student clash at Himachal Pradesh University campus between two student outfits that had begun on October 2 continued on Monday despite deployment of heavy police/QRT force. Even presence of higher police officials including the Additional Director General Police AP Sadiki and Superintendent Shimla Police DW Negi couldn’t prevent fresh clashes.

Unfortunately, the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) team, which is on inspection of varsity for determination of grade and academic standards, also witnessed the tension between students.

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

On Monday Morning, ABVP workers allegedly dragged two tribal students including the president of HPU Tribal Student Association Arun Rana and his friend out of a car and launched an assault in the presence of police. Two tribal students were going to receive the NAAC team when they were attacked at the Summerhill Chowk. Attackers hurled casteist comments with vulgar abuses and life-threats, injured Rana told Himachal Watcher over phone.

He also alleged that on September 29, 2016, tribal students had lodged a complaint at Summerhill Police Post regarding casteist commenting by ABVP activists.

Stone Pelting

This attack in the morning was followed by protests from both groups that turned into brawl and concluded with stone pelting near the Vice-Chancellor office in afternoon. About 13-15 students sustained injuries and created a bloody scene at the campus.

Four FIRs Lodged Since Saturday

About 13 students associated with SFI were arrested and cases were register under Sections 147, 148, 149, 307, 323 and 506 of IPC.

Meanwhile, SFI alleged that despite FIR registered by the attacked tribal students, no ABVP worker was arrested. Police had already arrested 10-12 SFI activists after initial clashes on Saturday night and Sunday. SFI has alleged one sided police action in the case.

So far, four FIRs including two on Saturday have been lodged. Both SFI and ABVP had lodged FIRs following violence on Saturday night.

Police Attitude Questionable

Considering the fact that NAAC team is on visit from October 3 to 6, Shimla Police officials didn’t seem much concerned with violence. As alleged by both ABVP and SFI, police force watched the brawl and violence like mute spectators . Earlier last year, when the students were protesting against massive fee hikes and poor implementation of RUSA, the SP, DW Negi, had unleashed QRT on students like hungry hounds. For about three months Section 144 was imposed at the campus to prevent further student protests. Now, when the NAAC team is at the varsity, a crucial visit on which future of varsity depends, SP Negi is silent. Armed students were seen flashing sharp-edged weapons since Sunday in the presence of police, which is surprising as well as questionable.

NAAC Team Visit Amid Violent Clashes

It is unfortunate for the varsity that during crucial four-day visit of NAAC team, students presented such an ugly image of campus environment, which is hardly acceptable. The NAAC team that had arrived at varsity on Monday carried out their inspection under heavy security. Entire varsity has been turned into a fortress with deployment of additional police and QRT forces like the varsity is located near LoC. Along with visiting various varsity facilities NAAC team interacted with the teaching and non-teaching staff and students to assess the facilities provided to them. NAAC team members did question the violence between students and expressed concern over its affect on academic environment.

Another considerable aspect of this violence is that it’s not ideological battle; rather it is taking a form of a vicious cycle of vengeance that will only bring more bloodshed. When the institute has become a hub of corruption, youth of Himachal should have united against administration. However, student organizations prefer to remain divided and shed blood of their own people.

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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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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  



Standardized Test with Pencil

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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