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St. Bede’s Biodiversity Conference (Day 2): Experts discuss biodiversity conservation and climate change



St bedes College Biodiversity Confrence 2016

SHIMLA- The second day of the International Conference on Biodiversity Current Scenario and Future Strategies organized at the St. Bede’s College, Shimla on October 7 began with Dr. Shweta Thakur’s brief introduction about the first day proceedings of the conference. The Technical Session-III in the started in the morning by the Chairperson of the session, Prof SP Bhardwaj, Ex-Vice Chancellor, Horticulture University, Nauni, Solan who invited the dignitaries to give their presentations.

The conference is sponsored by the State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, Himachal Pradesh and is being organized by the Departments of Zoology and Botany.

Read: St. Bede’s International Biodiversity Conference Day One: Experts debate current scenario and future strategies

Dr. Wayker from Aurangabad who presented a PPT on ‘Bee keeping and Bee Products: Boon for Human Health and Wealth’.

He emphasized on bees being the best pollinators and said that if there were no bees there will be no life on earth. This was followed by a presentation on Bee products and importance of beekeeping by Dr. Neelam Mattu from Bio Sciences Department,HPU She remarked that with every species being extinct we are losing a part of ourselves.

Dr. Kamlesh Asotra who gave a presentation on Sustainability of Freshwater Sport Fish Species in Northwestern Himalayas, where he emphasized on the importance of Fish sports. The session came to an end with felicitation of the delegates by Dr. Shramja Munjal.

The Technical session-IV was held at 11.30 p.m. in which the delegates gave their oral and poster presentations on Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Global Warming and Climate Change water related issues Wildlife and animal ethics.

In technical session-V with an invited talk by Dr SS Hundal who presented his PPT on Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Security. He talked about sustainable development and environment. The Chairperson for the session was Prof. Waykar from Department of Zoology, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad and the rapporteur was Dr G Vanishree Scientist CPRI, Shimla. The session ended with the felicitation of the delegates by Dr Shweta Thakur.

The Technical Session-VI started in afternoon in which the delegates again gave their oral and poster presentations on Biodiversity conservation global warming and climate change.

Another topic which was discussed in the parallel technical session was Role of Women in Biodiversity Conservation Wildlife and animal Ethics. The Chairperson for this Technical Session was Dr Neelam Mattu from Bio Sciences Department, HP University and the rapporteur for this session was Dr. Anjali Dewan, Head Of Home Science Department, St. Bede’s College, Shimla.

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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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