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Watch: Electrifying trailer of IIT-Mandi’s techno-cultural fest ‘Exodia 2k17’




MANDI-Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mandi in Himachal Pradesh is gearing up for its annual ‘cultural cum technical’ event – Exodia 2k17. The trailer is ready and well composed. The annual event has already set a standard for itself among other North-Indian campuses. But the trailer suggest, this time it’s going to be even better. Take a look:


Don’t underestimate it just as another annual fest; it’s much more than that. In fact, Exodia had already found a place in Himachal Watcher’s list of top campus fests in Himachal published a few months ago. Even sponsors find it an excellent opportunity to associate with event.

For three days, starting from April 7, the campus will not just sing and dance but will also feature technical contests which include everything from building robots to exploring Internet of Things (IoT). The event isn’t contained to indoor auditorium but is taking performers to field. I-Magination – a photography contest has already kicked-off and entries are pouring in.

A few glimpses from Exodia 2k16:

Moreover, to keep up the enthusiasm of contestants, organizers offer impressive monetary awards to winners.

These cultural events represent true spirit of their respective institutes. Students get a chance to show-off their talent and they make full of it. It’s the time when student find vent to release their academic stress. The quality of environment provided by an institute clearly reflects through its cultural event.

Here is an overview of the events and contests to be held this year:

IIT-Mandi Exodia

There about 19 different events including clash of music bands, battle of robots, mega gaming concert, street play, fashion show and some online events too.

Not just the performers, but the event also tests management skills of the organizer teams. The organizers of Exodia 2k17 are working hard and leaving no stone unturned to spread the word. The entries for contestants is open. To facilitate registration, IIT has developed a special website which is worth surfing through. All the information about events and details for registration are available on the official Exodia website as well on social media platforms. The event website deserves compliment for its neatness and amusing design. 

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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.

St. Bede's shimla workshop with pearl academy 2

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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