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Tension fuels at HPU campus after ADGP’s controversial, factually incorrect media statement, students demand apology



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SHIMLA-Shimla Police’s attitude toward ongoing tension at Himachal Pradesh University campus and its response to series of assaults and violent clashes between two student outfits were already in question. Now, controversial and alleged defamatory statement by Additional Director General, Himachal Police AP Siddiki has infuriated student organization at HPU campus. The ADGP, in a statement given in a video byte, allegedly gave factually incorrect information regarding students arrested after Saturday night clash.

The state level committee of Student Federation of India (SFI) criticized the statement in which the ADGP said, “SFI activists were under the influence of liquor when they attacked other students.”

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Secondly, SFI leaders contended a part of the statement in which the ADGP claimed that after rustication of some SFI leaders were revoked by HPU recently, these students were consuming alcohol to celebrate the occasion.

SFI challenged the statement by claiming that none of these students were present at the scene on Saturday night, neither the medical report of arrested students mention liquor intoxication.Moreover, the statement came without any sort of inquiry into the matter, which poses question over working police department and irresponsible behavior by a high-rank police official.

The student body has challenged the ADGP to provide proof to verify his defamatory allegations on the SFI.

SFI leaders have claimed it a politicized statement based on wrong information that was mass communicated by the ADGP and has resulted in undeserved defaming of the student organization. Student leaders have warned the police department and have demanded apology from the ADGP for this statement. SFI has warned of statewide protest, and, if required, will approach the HP High Court against the official.

Violation of Right to Justice by Biased, One-Sided Police Action

The committee also questioned one-sided action by police in which only SFI-associated students are being arrested despite the fact that clashes had caused injuries to students of both outfit. So far, SFI alleged, 14 student associated with SFI have been arrested but not only single ABVP leader or activists is arrested while they carried out assaults in presence of police.

SFI also alleged that the incharge of Summerhill Police Chowki was an ABVP worker and is still a sympathizer of the organization. The official is manipulating facts and feeding incorrect information to media and higher officials to favor ABVP activists who are enjoying full immunity despite being equally responsible for the current tension and violent clashes.

SFI also alleged that the situation would have not worsened and this  violence could have been prevented if police had taken action on complaint lodged in Summerhill Chowki by tribal students on Sept 29, 2016 regarding casteist comments by ABVP activists.

Sexist Remarks and Life-threats to Girl Students


Two girl students of Law on Tuesday submitted a written complaint to the SP DW Negi and DIG Police alleging ABVP leaders of passing sexist remarks with life-threats in the presence of police force, which did not interfere or tried to save the girls.

Ruchika and Neha, both law students, alleged that ABVP leaders even tried to grab them when they tried to flee. They demanded protection from these miscreants as they pose threat to their life and freedom to move around at the campus.

The tension is only worsening and police seems to be sitting back and enjoying the situation. Despite presence of 11 member team of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which is on four-day visit to HPU to determine academic standards of the institution, administration and police department have allowed to go on this violent drama for last four days. On the top of it, ADGP has further created unrest among students by his controversial and questionable statement.

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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  



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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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