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Lovely Professional University is a private semi-residential university in India created under the state government private university act. LPU claims to be the largest private university in India in terms of number of students on a single campus and is situated on 600+ acres of green area on NH-1 at the entry of Jalandhar city. The university has more than 25,000 students from 28 states and 26 countries around the world. It is recognized by UGC under Section 2 of UGC Act 1956.LPU is a residential university with separate hostels for boys and girls housing more than 15,000 students. The university provides education through more than 150 doctorate, post graduate, graduate and diploma programmes in a variety of disciplines. They have also tied with international universities for twinning programs and international exposure programs.The University, which was awarded with the title of “Best Private University of the Year -2013” by PallamRaju, Minister HRD- Govt. of India, has more than 25000 students, 3500 faculty and staff members and offers higher studies through more than 200 programmes. LPU has connections with more than 35 Universities worldwide , and international students from more than 28 countries. Wikipedia.

Patel S.,Lovely Professional University
Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology | Year: 2011

L. camara is a terrible weed, exerting huge detrimental effect on biodiversity. Its leaves and flowers contain toxins, lantadene A and B, so unfit for herbivory by ruminants. This weed stunts the growth of neighbouring plants owing to the allelopathic effect of its root leachate. The seeds tide over adverse period and germinate when favourable conditions prevail. Further, pruning makes the thicket denser. Almost all removal strategies of this weed have been unsuccessful so far. So, management of this weed by utilization is required. Recent studies have reported that L. camara improves soil quality by enriching it with nitrogen, exhibits termiticidal effect, acts as lignocellulosic substrate for cultivation of edible mushrooms, acts as potential insecticide and fumigant for grains storage against weevils, antifungal agent, herbicide against water hyacinths. L. camara has bioactive ingredients exhibiting anticancer, antiulcerogenic, hypolipidemic, larvicidal and anti-inflammatory activity. L. camara fibre has been reported to be suitable candidate as reinforcement in biomaterials. Also, this plant extract is effective in bovine dermatophilosis therapy. L. camara has also immense industrial importance, as a source of oleanolic acid and carboxymethylcellulose. L. camara biomass can be implicated as a substrate for bioethanol and biogas production. This invasive weed can also serve as livelihood options, as the woody twigs can be utilized for aesthetic and durable furniture making apart from the use as firewood. The latest published papers on the novel uses of L. camara have been reviewed, with the objective of providing a thrust to weed management by utilization. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Patel S.,Lovely Professional University
Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology | Year: 2012

Fruit and vegetable wastes produced in astronomical quantities from food processing and agriculture industries often cause nuisance in municipal landfills owing to their high biodegradability. Biosorption by these waste-based adsorbents can be used as a cost effective and efficient technique for the removal of toxic heavy metals and dyes from wastewater. Recently, many papers claiming the feasible use of these biosorbents for water decontamination, treatment of industrial and agricultural wastewater and valuable metal recovery have been published. The organic waste-based adsorbents, characterized by good uptake capacity and rapid kinetics are expected to be economically and ecologically viable. This paper presents a judicious and pragmatic review depicting the key advances in implications of the fruit and vegetable wastes in pollution mitigation, the underlying mechanisms, major challenges and the future implementations. This compilation is expected to provide an impetus to the bioremediation research and promote green technology. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Patel S.,Lovely Professional University
Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology | Year: 2012

Psidium cattleianum Sabine or strawberry guava is an exotic tropical plant belonging to Myrtaceae family. Generally, this ornamental shrub is prized for its aesthetic value. However, this low-profile plant is an untapped source of therapeutically relevant phytochemicals, evident from the structural investigations. The delicious tart ripe fruits can be eaten fresh, made into a plethora of food products and pectin can be extracted from the pulp. Ameliorative attributes of this shrub viz. antioxidant, antimicrobial and antiproliferative have been reported in recent times. On the other hand, this shrub has emerged as a habitat-altering pest in Hawaii, threatening the rare endemic flora. Releasing biocontrol agents into the wilderness to hinder the unchecked proliferation of this hardy shrub is being speculated and conducted, without any obvious success till now. In this mini review the industrial and pharmaceutical prospect of this little known plant will be discussed. It is believed that, this review will serve as a useful reference and encourage future research on hitherto unknown potential of this exotic plant. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Ansari K.R.,Banaras Hindu University | Quraishi M.A.,Banaras Hindu University | Singh A.,Lovely Professional University
Corrosion Science | Year: 2014

Three Schiff's bases namely (3-phenylallylidene) amino-5-(pyridine-4-yl)-4H-1,2,4-triazole-3-thiol (SB-1), 3-mercapto-5 (pyridine-4-yl)-4H-1,2,4-triazole-4-yl) imino) methyl) phenol (SB-2) and (4-nitrobenzylidene) amino)-5-(pyridine-4-yl)-4H-1,2,4-triazole-3-thiol (SB-3) were synthesized and investigated as corrosion inhibitors for mild steel (MS) in 1M HCl. SB-1 exhibited best inhibition performance (96.6 η%) at 150mgL-1. The studied inhibitors follow Langmuir adsorption isotherm. Potentiodynamic polarization data suggests mixed-mode of corrosion inhibition. The effect of molecular structure on inhibition efficiency was investigated by theoretical calculations using density function theory (DFT) methods. Surface analysis supports the formation of a protective inhibitor film on the mild steel surface. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Patel S.,Lovely Professional University
Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology | Year: 2013

Opuntia (prickly pear) is a genus of xerophytes belonging to the Cactaceae family, growing luxuriantly in the arid parts of the world. Recently, the pears of Opuntia have been discovered to contain a plethora of biologically active compounds. Owing to their high nutritional value, in terms of dietary fiber, polyunsaturated fatty acid-rich oil, minerals, protein, and an assortment of other phytochemicals, the pears are gaining popularity as exotic, gourmet diet. Multiple health benefits viz. antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiuretic, hypocholesterolemic, antidiabetic, antiproliferation, immunostimulatory and antiulcerogenic activity have emerged. The review summarizes the nutraceutical aspects of the pears and the possible strategies to minimize their postharvest loss. Rich in functional ingredients, these pears are expected to revolutionize the processed foods industry and solve food scarcity in developing countries. However, no significant attempt has yet been made to benefit from this potential nutritive storehouse. This review is prepared with a vision to bolster its status as a viable food and drug supplement. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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