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Shoolini Inks Research Pact with iHub-Data

In a significant step towards advancing research and skill development in higher education, Shoolini University, Solan, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with iHub-Data (TIH), Indian Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH).  

The collaboration aims to enhance the capabilities and resources of both institutions in the realms of data analytics and technology innovation. 

The MoU was signed by Shoolini University Founder Chancellor Prof PK Khosla and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of iHub-Data. The agreement emphasises a mutual commitment to develop translational research and create practical solutions to address societal needs. 

Prof Khosla highlighted the importance of this partnership in bridging the gap in translational research. Prof Khosla said, “This collaboration with iHub-Data will enhance our ability to translate research findings into practical applications, which is crucial in today's fast-evolving technological landscape. iHub-Data, under the auspices of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) at IIITH, has been making remarkable strides in data analytics. 

Shoolini University School of Core Engineering Dean Prof Virender Rihani highlighted the various skill-development activities planned under this MoU. “We look forward to facilitating faculty and staff exchanges, short-term training programmes, and workshops that will enhance the skills and knowledge of our academic community. This partnership will create a robust platform for innovation and learning,” he stated. 

Key faculty members, including Prof Pankaj Vaidya and Arvind Sharma from the Yogananda School of AI, Computers, and Data Science, expressed gratitude to the Director of IIITH, the CEO of iHub-Data, and CK Raju, Head of the Education Programme at iHub-Data, for their support. 
TOCFL Exam

Shoolini Hosts Inaugural TOCFL Exam with Taiwan Embassy

Shoolini University, in collaboration with the Embassy of Taiwan, conducted the first official Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) Mandarin exam in the Himachal Pradesh region. As many as 23 Shoolini students and three students from IIT Ropar took the exam. The presence of Taiwanese Mandarin teacher Xiao Jia-Feng and Chief Invigilator Ho Mei-Tzu, an officer from the TOCFL Mandarin exam centre of the Taiwan Embassy, added to the exam's credibility. Ho Mei-Tzu, who also teaches Mandarin at Bluebells International School in New Delhi, travelled to Shoolini University to oversee the examination process.

A notable highlight was the participation of three Shoolini students in the higher-level Band A exam for the first time. Achieving Band A certificates is expected to boost their career prospects within the Chinese-speaking world and with international companies.

The Taiwan Education Centre has committed to recommending these students for job interviews with leading Taiwanese firms, including Foxconn in India. Foxconn, known for manufacturing 70% of the world's iPhones, is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shoolini University in July. This MoU will allow Shoolini students to bypass the highly competitive initial document review stage in Foxconn's hiring process.

Additionally, students who participated in the TOCFL exam can now apply for the Annual MOE Mandarin Scholarships. These scholarships offer a generous stipend of 65,000 INR per month for two to three months to study Mandarin in Taiwan. Students achieving Band A level certificates may also qualify for extended scholarships of more than six months.

The Faculty of Liberal Arts and the Office of International Affairs (OIA) at Shoolini University organised the TOCFL exam. The dedicated Chinese language instructor at Shoolini, Chen Mong Chun, expressed confidence in the students' preparedness, highlighting the comprehensive measures taken to ensure their comfort and readiness before and during the examination.

The collaboration between Shoolini University and the Taiwanese Embassy sets a strong precedent for future language proficiency assessments, creating greater cultural and academic exchange. 

May 19, 2024

National Lok Adalat

Law Students Gain Practical Insights at National Lok Adalat

Students pursuing BALLB and LLB degrees at Shoolini University recently attended the National Lok Adalat, organised by the District Legal Services Authority at the District Court Complex in Solan. Here, they gained real-life experience in the practical aspects of legal proceedings. The aim was to familiarise students with the methods and techniques used by Lok Adalats to resolve disputes amicably.

Guided by Assistant Prof Vineet Kumar and Kusum Verma from the Faculty of Legal Sciences, the students delved into real-world applications of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Dean of the Faculty of Legal Sciences Prof Nandan Sharma emphasised that the initiative was a crucial part of the students' practical learning curriculum. “It offers them pragmatic insights into legal proceedings beyond the traditional courtroom setting,” he said.

The visit focused on enhancing students' understanding of Lok Adalat's role in harmonious dispute resolution. By witnessing these alternative mechanisms firsthand, students gained a deeper appreciation of their significance in the legal landscape.

District and Sessions Judge Arvind Malhotra, Additional District and Sessions Judge Vivek Khanal, and Chief Judicial Magistrate Ramnik Sharma were present during the proceedings. They motivated the students to take a practical approach to their legal education. The cases addressed during the Lok Adalat spanned various domains, including domestic violence, restitution of conjugal rights, and property disputes. This provided students with a multifaceted exposure to the complexities of real-world legal issues.

Another event highlight was the interaction between the students and Additional District and Sessions Judge Vivek Khanal. He generously offered them internship opportunities twice a year. This will provide invaluable practical exposure to aspiring legal professionals. 

May 14, 2024 

Shoolini Denefsa sign MoU

Shoolini, Denefsa Sign MoU for Corporate Partnership

Shoolini University and Denefsa Non-Profit Company Kft have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote knowledge exchange and collaboration between the two institutions. The MoU was signed by Shoolini University Pro Chancellor Vishal Anand and Denefsa Non-Profit Company Kft Founder Chairman Jay Caziraky.

This partnership is set to enhance the academic environment through student and faculty exchanges, curriculum development, joint research projects, and consultancy services. Highlighting the significance of this collaboration, Vishal Anand expressed enthusiasm about the positive impact it will have on the educational experiences of Shoolini University students.

The MoU lays the groundwork for a five-year collaboration, promising to adapt and expand its scope through mutual agreement, ensuring a dynamic and evolving partnership. This initiative represents a significant step in Shoolini University’s ongoing commitment to education and research excellence.
Varun Bhansali - Digital Media Session

Creative Director Varun Leads Digital Media Session

The School of Media and Communications at Shoolini University recently organised a session on Digital Media, featuring creative director Varun Bhansali as the key speaker.

With over 21 years of experience in the media industry, Bhansali inspired students with his deep understanding and practical experience. He emphasised adaptability and innovation, encouraging students to stay ahead of technological advancements and craft compelling narratives in the ever-evolving media landscape.

School of Media and Communications Assistant Professor Paarth Sharma coordinated the event. Bhansali has significantly contributed to platforms like NDTV, Zee News, and Republic Channel. He runs his production house, Mishi Media, headquartered in Jaipur. With 14 years of experience in promotions, reporting, producing, and writing, Mishi Media has become the third-largest digital agency in Rajasthan.

May 4, 2024

National Symposium Poster Making

Shoolinian Wins Best Poster Award at National Symposium

Arun Kumar, a PhD student from the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shoolini University, has won the American Chemical Society (ACS) Medicinal Chemistry Best Poster Award at the National Symposium RABMC-2024 (Recent Advances in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry).

The symposium, organised at Panjab University by eight premier institutes including CRICK, NIPER, IISER, PEC, IIT Ropar, IMTECH, INST, Panjab University, and CIAB, also awarded Arun Kumar a cash prize.

Arun Kumar is pursuing PhD under the supervision of Prof Deepak Kumar at Shoolini University, focusing on heterocyclic compounds for cancer drug discovery. Founder Chancellor Prof PK Khosla and Vice Chancellor Prof Atul Khosla congratulated Arun and his supervisor for this outstanding accomplishment.

May 2, 2024

Shoolini Summer Patent School

Summer Patent School is Back! Register Now

Shoolini University is opening its campus to the Summer Patent School, from June 10-14. This 4-day research experience program offers young minds a platform to explore intellectual property, critical thinking, and problem-solving amidst the scenic setting of Himachal Pradesh.    

The program aims to cultivate fearless researchers and innovative thinkers by providing a comprehensive learning experience. Students from diverse backgrounds across India gather to engage in research and innovation. The curriculum covers topics such as AI, industrial designs, research tools, and creative activities to stimulate innovation.   

A significant aspect of the program is personalised mentorship. Each student is paired with a faculty mentor and a fellow student mentor to guide them in refining their ideas and navigating the patent filing process. The program encourages students to present their ideas, refined through discussions and guidance.   

From design aspects to drafting and patent filing formalities, mentors and legal experts provide meticulous support at every step. Even if a student cannot identify a suitable patentable idea during the program, Shoolini University pledges continued assistance in filing a patent for their future innovative endeavours.   

The impact of the Summer Patent School extends beyond academic achievements; previous participants have received prestigious grants and secured admissions to renowned institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California San Diego.   

By nurturing curiosity and creativity, the Summer Patent School inspires the next generation of innovators who will shape the future of science and technology in India.    

Secure your spot and dive into the world of patents this summer. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity. Register Now!

Get ready to explore, innovate, and protect your ideas! For any inquiries, reach out to Program Head Vinmre Kaushal at: vinmre@shooliniuniversity.com/ WhatsApp – 6239614060.
Sanjauli University MoU

Shoolini and Govt College Sanjauli Sign MoU

Shoolini University has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Centre for Excellence, Government College, Sanjauli, Shimla, to enhance academic collaboration. The MoU was signed by Chancellor Prof PK Khosla of Shoolini University and Principal Bharti Bhagra of Government College, Sanjauli.   

The partnership grants Government College Sanjauli access to Shoolini University's advanced laboratories and comprehensive library resources, benefiting students and faculty members. Moreover, the agreement supports joint research projects between the two institutions, fostering collaborative efforts and promising significant advancements in various academic fields.   

Chancellor Prof Khosla emphasised the importance of the partnership, stating, "This collaboration marks a significant step forward in academic cooperation and the pursuit of research excellence. It exemplifies the commitment of both institutions to work together and highlights the value of interdisciplinary research in academia." 

April 27, 2024

IPR

Shoolini Hosts Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

To observe World Intellectual Property (IPR) Day, Shoolini University's Faculty of Legal Sciences, in collaboration with the Himachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority, hosted a seminar on 'Emerging Trends in Intellectual Property Rights: Issues and Challenges.' The event featured a series of activities, including a quiz and poster-making, to promote a deeper understanding of IPR.   

The seminar was inaugurated by Shoolini University Chancellor Prof PK Khosla, who emphasised the critical role of IPR in promoting innovation and protecting creators' rights. The event featured Prof Jyoti Rattan from Panjab University as the main speaker, who discussed the intersection of Intellectual Property with artificial intelligence and its implications for society.   

Assistant Professor Richika, an accomplished IP attorney, introduced the university's IPR cell, setting the stage for a day dedicated to intellectual exploration. The event also highlighted the talents of students through a quiz and a poster-making competition. Seema and Tanya, second-year BALLB students, won the quiz, while Manshi, a first-year BALLB student, took first place in the poster-making competition.   

The seminar concluded with a prize distribution ceremony, where Kusum Verma thanked the dignitaries, participants, and organisers. Prof Nandan Sharma, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Legal Sciences, closed the event by thanking the participants for their engagement and highlighting the importance of such initiatives in enhancing awareness of intellectual property rights. 

April 26, 2024

Green Giggles - Earth Day

Earth Day celebrations begin with ‘Green Giggles’

Shoolini University marked Earth Day with a unique event, 'Green Giggles', a presentation competition hosted by the School of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sciences on April 22. The competition brought together eight teams from various departments, promoting sustainability through humour and innovative ideas. 

The School of Media and Communications clinched first place, while the School of Agriculture secured second. The judging panel included Dean Research Prof Saurabh Kulshrestha, Associate Professor Rachna Verma, Assistant Professor Vihang Ghalasi, and Associate Professor Santanu Mukherjee. 

The event commenced with a keynote speech from Santanu Mukherjee from the School of Agriculture. He highlighted microplastics' environmental threats and the urgent need for collective global action to mitigate plastic pollution. 

Participants from the School of Biotechnology presented actionable sustainability strategies, advocating for reduced plastic usage, avoiding harmful chemicals in skincare, sustainable fashion, and overall eco-friendly lifestyle choices. 

The successful coordination of the event was led by Assistant Professor Nitika Thakur, Chandresh Kumari, Associate Professor Aditi Sharma, and Assistant Professor Shubhangi Sood. Earth Day is celebrated globally on April 22, focusing on environmental protection, with participation from over 193 countries. 

April 23, 2024 

Shoolini Innovation Event

Educators Unite at Shoolini’s Innovation Event

Shoolini University’s Outreach Team recently concluded the third cohort of their event series titled ‘Unlocking Counsellors Toolkit through Research and Innovation’. The two-day event saw participation from 35 counsellors representing prominent educational institutions across India, such as Mayo College, Ajmer; Strawberry Fields High School, Chandigarh; JBCN International School, Mumbai; Sanskar Valley School, Bhopal; The Shri Ram School, Delhi; Legacy School, Bangalore; Shiv Nadar School, Noida; Kunskapsskolan, Lucknow; and Assam Valley School, Assam.

“If it had been possible, I would have brought back the 'Fiza and Mausam' to Lucknow, but I am definitely taking back loads of learning and some beautiful friendships," said Apurva, a counsellor from Kunskapsskolan School, Lucknow. Such was the impact of the event on the attendees.

The event featured an array of informative sessions covering various topics, including Shoolini’s Flagship Summit Research Program (SRP), insights into the University of Melbourne Dual Degree Program with Shoolini University, discussions on Artificial Intelligence, the significance of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and patenting, as well as an exploration into the evolving career landscape and prospects.

Director of Placements and Admissions, Avnee Khosla, expressed gratitude to all visitors for travelling from distant places. She said, “Your visit will help take research and innovation to every corner of the country and inspire children. Thank you for being a wonderful, excited, passionate, and knowledgeable group of educators."

The primary objective was to promote knowledge exchange and collaboration, and introduce educators to Shoolini University’s efforts in nurturing the next generation of leaders. Concluding the event, Senior Manager (Outreach) Vinmre Kaushal said, "Such events help us grow as a community and spread the idea of research.”

Vaishali Thakur

Photography Workshop

Photography Workshop Discusses Digital Imaging

The School of Media and Communications at Shoolini University recently hosted a workshop on Digital Photography Techniques. Renowned photographer Nitin Kumar Mengi, the guest speaker at the session, brought a fresh perspective to digital imaging. He has over 15 years of experience in academia and professional photography. Mengi received the Punjab Lalit Kala Academy State Award in 2011 for his skills in fine arts photography.

During the interactive session, Mengi emphasised the role of light in photography, describing it as the essence behind every captivating image. “Photography means drawing with light,” he said, while explaining the connection between light and the art of capturing moments.

Talking about the digital and mirror DSLR cameras, he detailed the technical and subtle differences between them. Next came a volley of questions from the audience. He clarified file size discrepancies and how the efficiency of the processor impacted the final output.

The state awardee urged participants to cultivate keen observation skills, recommending beginner-friendly devices for new photographers.
World Water Day

Students Paint Conservation Message on World Water Day

Shoolini University hosted an inter-departmental poster-making competition on World Water Day, where students participated with great enthusiasm. The aim was to raise awareness of critical issues related to the conservation and management of water. Participants created posters on three themes: ‘Sustainable Water Management’, ‘Impact of Water Pollution on Human Health’, and ‘Accountability in Addressing Water Pollution’.  

Appreciating students for their support and participation, Dean Student Welfare Poonam Nanda said, “The students did a very creative job of spreading awareness about water conservation.”  

Faculty Coordinators Geetansh and Mamta led the event along with Vipul and Pooja.  
Alopa Extempore Competition

Alopa Grabs First Place in Extempore Competition  

Alopa Verma from the School of Media and Communications won the extempore competition, ‘Shoolini Snap Speak’, organised by the Young Communicators Club (YCC). She spoke on ‘Manifestation’, which she created from the theme, ‘Magic’. Alopa was awarded a winning certificate and a gift voucher. Stuti Sharma and Sherry Singla bagged second prizes and Saloni Thakur won the third prize.

The judges included Prof Nasser Dasht Peyma, Dr Prakash Chand and Prof Geetansh. School of Media and Communications Director and Shoolini YCC Mentor Prof Vipin Pubby, and PRCI Senior Vice President Charanjeet Singh were also present. Over 30 students from different departments participated in the competition.  
Russian Scientists Research

Shoolini Hosts Russian Scientists for Research Collaboration

A delegation from the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State University visited the Shoolini University campus to collaborate on a DST-funded Indo-Russian joint research project focused on scientific advancement.

The team was led by Prof Mikhail Vlaskin, head of the Laboratory at The Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and Prof Kiseleva Sophia from Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. They were joined by Prof Vinod Kumar, head of the Department of Food Science and Technology at Graphic Era University, Dehradun, India. Prof Pankaj Kumar Chauhan from the School of Bioengineering and Food Technology at Shoolini University extended a warm welcome to the delegates, emphasising the importance of collaboration for research excellence and innovation.

During their visit, the delegation engaged in meaningful discussions with Shoolini University's leadership, including Chancellor Prof PK Khosla, Vice Chancellor Prof Atul Khosla, Pro Chancellor Vishal Anand, and Director of Innovations and Learning at Shoolini University, Ashish Khosla.

They also met with the head of the School of Bioengineering and Food Technology and other senior faculty members. These interactions provided a platform for sharing insights and expertise across various research areas, enriching the academic dialogue, and laying the groundwork for future joint endeavours.

This scientific visit is an important step in enhancing international collaboration, academic discourse, and advancing knowledge across borders. “By bringing together experts from diverse disciplines and cultural backgrounds, Shoolini University and its Russian counterparts have set a precedent for global partnerships in research and education,” said Prof Pankaj Kumar Chauhan.

Solan, February 27

English Learning Program

Empowering International Voices with English Learning Program

Shoolini University is a top choice for students because it goes the extra mile to provide the best opportunities. A recent milestone includes the graduation of another batch from the English Learning Program (ELP) organised by the Chitrakoot School of Liberal Arts. The program, which started on November 1st, 2023, and concluded on January 31st, 2024, aimed to assist international students in mastering the basics of the English language. This program, successfully running for the past three years, ensures that their relocation to a different geographical location does not impact their standing in the job market.

The university firmly believes in the Sanskrit phrase ‘Atithi Devo Bhava,’ which means ‘The guest is equivalent to God.’ This philosophy guides their treatment of international students, who come from various countries like Syria, South Africa, Afghanistan, and more.

Understanding the language barrier that International students may face, Shoolini University launched the English Learning Program (ELP). This program starts three months before their session begins. Students enrol in the program to learn the basics of English and Hindi, making it easier for them to communicate with their peers on campus.

Professor Purnima Bali, Head of Chitrakoot School of Liberal Arts, shares that the initiative started three years ago in 2021. She says, “Teaching students from different parts of the world has been an enriching experience. They are eager to learn a new language, and the bond formed with each student is exceptional. The students also receive a certificate upon completion of the program.” This certainly lays a foundation for their educational journey ahead at Shoolini.
Jayanti Samaroh

Chancellor Honours Thakur Ram Singh’s Legacy at Jayanti Samaroh

At the 109th Jayanti Samaroh of Thakur Ram Singh, held at the Thakur Ram Singh Institute of History Research in Neri, Hamirpur, Shoolini University Chancellor Prof Prem Kumar Khosla commended Himachal Pradesh for its rich cultural heritage and intellectual legacy. He highlighted these attributes as sources of inspiration to the world.

As the chief guest, Prof Khosla highlighted the enduring impact of Indian civilisation on the global stage and expressed optimism for future generations' leadership abilities. He also released two books, ‘Smarika Varshik Prativedan’ by the Thakur Ram Singh History Research Institute and ‘Tribal Polity Society and Culture of Arunachal Pradesh’ by Narayan Singh Rao.

The event, organised by the Thakur Ram Singh History Research Institute, celebrated the visionary contributions of its founder. Prof Khosla and Saroj Khosla, Founder President and Trustee of the Foundation for Liberal Sciences and Business Management (FLSBM), were felicitated by Secretary Chet Ram Garg for their significant contributions to academia and society.

The commemoration saw participation from students, researchers, and academicians from various government and private universities and colleges, who paid tribute to Thakur Ram Singh. Kismat Kumar, Professor at the Ambedkar Centre, Central University of HP, and Gautam Sharma, a noted Hindi scholar and historian, presided over the event. The discussion on ‘Social Thinking and Philosophy of Thakur Ram Singh’ shed light on the region's intellectual legacy.
Puri Science Fellowship

Prof Puri Receives Prestigious Science Fellowship

Prof Sunil Puri, the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Registrar at Shoolini University was honoured with the prestigious Honorary Fellowship of the Punjab Academy of Sciences. This esteemed recognition was bestowed upon him at the valedictory function of the 27th Punjab Science Congress on February 9 at Desh Bhagat University in Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab.

The Honorary Fellowship is a distinguished award, recognising individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of science and academia. The Academy has awarded honorary fellowships to 100 eminent scientists from both India and abroad for substantial contributions to advancing innovation in the fields of Science and Technology.

Being recognised by the esteemed organisation highlights Prof Puri's accomplishments and elevates his standing within the scientific community. As a distinguished academician and researcher, Prof Puri has published 189 papers and authored 13 books. His work comprises diverse topics such as stress physiology, land use systems, climate impacts, agroforestry, biofuel, and energy conservation.

Further, Prof Puri's initiatives in education, including the introduction of innovative programs at Shoolini University and the establishment of the MSc Agroforestry program at Haryana Agricultural University, have enriched the academic landscape. His efforts have not only shaped the curriculum but also influenced teaching methodologies, benefiting students and institutions alike.

Prof Puri's contributions extend beyond academia, encompassing practical solutions for sustainable land management and environmental conservation. His work on biomass production, carbon storage, and species selection under agroforestry practices has practical implications for mitigating climate change and enhancing ecosystem resilience.

Expressing gratitude, Prof Puri stated, “I am honoured by the recognition from the Punjab Academy of Sciences. My accomplishments are largely due to Shoolini University, and especially our Chancellor, Prof PK Khosla, whose mentorship has been invaluable. I am humbled to follow in his footsteps.”
Shoolini IPB

Shoolini Partners with IPB for MBA Program

Shoolini University has signed an MoU with the Institute of Professional Banking (IPB) to launch an MBA program in Banking and Financial Services at Shoolini University. Prof Ashish Khosla, President of Innovation and Marketing and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology at Shoolini University, and Gursimran Singh Oberoi, Managing Director, and founder, Institute of Professional Banking (IPB), signed the MoU in the presence of notable attendees.

Prof Ashish Khosla said, “Youngsters are inclined towards careers in banking and finance, which is why we plan to equip Shoolini students through online and distance education. They can pick up relevant skills for successful placement and roles in this sector. We want to be the most preferred university for skilling banks, NBFCs, and fintech companies. Prof Khosla, with his background as a senior banker at top global banks, seeks to lead Shoolini University's online MBA students into the dynamic banking and finance sector.

Oberoi viewed the collaboration as a milestone for academic and professional development in banking and finance, setting the stage for nurturing industry-ready leaders. The initiative, led by Tarun Gupta, Director of Operations at the Shoolini University Centre for Distance and Online Education (SCDOE), signifies a strategic blend of education and industry expertise.
SDG Awareness

Shoolini Drives SDG Awareness in Villages

The Centre of Excellence in Energy Science and Technology (CEEST) at Shoolini University recently hosted a workshop titled 'Implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for Local Village Communities'. This event was a collaborative effort with the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and the Dean of Student Welfare at Shoolini University, Solan. The workshop saw participation from approximately 30 representatives, including those from Development Block Solan, Project Officers, Block Development Officers (BDOs), Panchayat Secretaries, Engineers, and Panchayat Presidents (Pradhans) and Members from Gram Panchayats Sanhol, Sultanpur, and Shamti.

Shoolini University Founder Chancellor Prof PK Khosla inaugurated the workshop. He announced the university's initiative to adopt four local panchayats — Sanhol, Sultanpur, Oachghat, and Shamti — in the Solan Block. "This initiative will implement Sustainable Development Goal 7, focusing on providing modern, clean, and affordable energy. The plan includes the development of passive solar designs for houses under the PM Awas Yojna," he added.

Prof Khosla emphasised that CEEST, known for its significant contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), will spearhead the implementation of renewable energy technologies in these panchayats. This will be done following a comprehensive survey, in collaboration with the BDO of Solan.

CEEST Director Prof SS Chandel outlined an action plan focusing on renewable technologies for sustainable village development. He highlighted the potential of low-cost solar technologies in rural areas. Solan BDO Rajni Gautam praised Prof Khosla's initiative to establish model villages demonstrating sustainable practices aligned with Shoolini University's goals.

During the workshop, participants visited the university's solar energy facilities. Rahul Chandel showcased the concentrated solar-powered communal steam cooking system capable of serving 500 people and a 400 kWp grid-connected solar photovoltaic power plant installed across various university buildings and parking sheds.
Mindfulness

FDP on Mindfulness Wraps Up with Positive Impact

The Centre of Happiness at Shoolini University recently held a highly successful 6-Day Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on 'Mindfulness: The Seed of Happiness'. As many as 65 faculty members, including Chancellor Prof PK Khosla, participated in the event.

Prof Saamdu Chetri, Director of the School of Ancient Indian Wisdom and Yogic Studies, and Director of the Centre of Happiness conducted the FDP. As the keynote speaker and facilitator, Prof Chetri explored the deep and transformative concept of mindfulness. The participants engaged in various mindfulness practices, which included breathing with verses, visualisation techniques, body awareness and the five senses, mindful movements, and sound meditation (AUM Chant). These teachings were designed to foster happiness through mindfulness, enriching and inspiring the participants.    Prof PK Khosla and Chief Learning Officer Dr Ashoo Khosla presented certificates to the participants. Assistant Professor Apar Kaushik and the dedicated Happiness team played a pivotal role in coordinating the FDP.
Lawmaking Demystified

Lawmaking Demystified at Guest Lecture

Shoolini University's Faculty of Legal Sciences recently hosted a guest lecture on 'Legislative Processes of the Parliament'. Speaker Raghab Dash, Joint Secretary of the Rajya Sabha, Government of India, and Advisor to the Ministry of Education, delivered a talk about parliamentary systems among students, faculty, and attendees, demystifying lawmaking.

Dash talked about the legislative processes, explaining key concepts, structures, and functions of the legislative branch, offering clarity on how it operates within a government.

The lecture covered various aspects of a parliamentary system, including comparisons between bicameral and unicameral models, the distinct roles of upper and lower houses, and the importance of parliamentary committees in scrutinising legislation. Additionally, Dash detailed the journey of a bill from introduction to enactment, encompassing stages such as committee scrutiny, debates, voting, and eventual passage. He also addressed challenges like transparency, accountability, and legislative gridlock.

Faculty of Legal Sciences Associate Dean Nandan Sharma noted that this lecture was a part of the faculty's knowledge-sharing series. He commended the guest speaker for thoroughly covering critical aspects of constitutional law. The event wrapped up with a dynamic question-and-answer session.
ABHA Card Drive

Health in Action as Students Lead ABHA Card Drive

Shoolini University students spearheaded the Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) Card campaign, a health initiative by the Department of Health and Family Welfare. Over 30 committed students actively participated in the drive, focusing on raising awareness and enhancing enrollment, especially among fellow students. 

After comprehensive training sessions by health department officials, these students became effective ambassadors for the ABHA Card program. The Department of Health and Family Welfare praised the students for their exceptional leadership and rare proactive engagement in health awareness. 

Vice Chancellor Prof Atul Khosla received a letter of appreciation from the health officials, acknowledging the contributions of the Dean Students Welfare office and the participating students.
Blood Donation Camp

Blood Donation Camp Marks World AIDS Day

Shoolini University marked World AIDS Day with a successful Blood Donation Camp organised by the Dean Students Welfare. The event saw active participation from Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), with six doctors aiding the cause. The camp drew 130 donors, including many first-timers, supported by dedicated student volunteers for a smooth experience.

The event also featured an educational stall by students, providing vital information about HIV/AIDS and, challenging myths and enhancing understanding. Additionally, the presence of DATRI (an organisation dedicated to facilitating stem cell donations) was notable for their stem cell donation drive, with students contributing saliva samples for future matches.