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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.