Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Member NITI Ayog, GoI & Ex-DG, DRDO Visits SMVDU

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SMVDU Katra: Dr. V. K. Saraswat, an eminent scientist and former Director DRDO, visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University and delivered a special talk to all faculty members on 8th March. He highlighted the path for transforming science for the growth of the nation. He emphasized that without upgrading the education as per the need and challenges of the future, the education is not worthwhile. This can be done by providing skills, technical knowledge and creating sets of people to find solution to the problems. Without upgrading the education for the 3.0 G (generation), we can’t bring our country to the forefront. Education for 3.0 G means student-centric education, field-centric education instead of classroom-centric education, problem solving-centric education, and project based teaching-learning leading to creation of sets of capable people. The economic growth of the nation depends upon putting the science and technology to the right direction. We need to take the demographic advantage of the country by training the youth and that can only be possible by a spirited teaching. A good teacher must not confine himself just to imparting information, but must equip himself for training students to meet the challenges. We have to relate our education to the emerging demands of service-centricity and e-centricity of market, economy or even education. We can’t educate students the same way we have been doing so far.

The education must be in tune with the 6th wave of innovation. He quoted Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who talked about a nano-mission for the nation. What we need is to be able to translate our research into innovation. People in India still lag behind in applying research to problem-solving of real life, real experimentation, design and manufacturing. Where we lack is the technology-readiness. In the present era of convergence of technology, our education must ensure technology-readiness; otherwise we shall not be able to take advantage of the demography. He also emphasized the sustainability question in terms of economy, society and environment and proposed that reuse and recycle technologies be invented and the motto of education should be “Education for Sustainability” which will in turn be sustainable education.

The talk was followed by extensive interaction and questionnaire session. Dr. Vandhana Sharma, Dr. Swarkar Sharma, Dr. Pabitra Jena, Dr. Ashutosh Vashishta engaged in dialogue with Dr. Saraswat. In answer to a question Dr. Saraswat emphasized the special ability of India, i.e., doing engineering in a frugal way, with less cost involvement as compared to some developed countries like USA. We need to recognize this strength. He substantiated his claim with examples of several missile projects, and India’s Mars Mission. He also emphasized on living in close communication with nature, a shastra-way of living that leads to sensitivity for protection and appreciation of nature. The Vice Chancellor felicitated him by presenting a memento. Prof. V. K. Bhat, Registrar, Prof. V. Verma, Prof. D. Mukhopadhyaya and all faculty members of the university were present. Dr. V. K. Tripathi presented vote of thanks.

 

Alumni Talk

 
 

Nikhil Sharma | B.Tech
- Dassault  Systems
- PLM Developer

SMVDU is an excellent place for learning with great faculty and State of the Art infrastructure in terms of practical knowledge in engineering sciences. This is the place where I inculcated all my academic and professional knowledge and face the challenges of a professional future.
"Salutes to my Alma Mater"

 

Anshuman Mishra | B.Tech
- IBM, Pune
- System Operation Lead Specialist

"At SMVDU, I have had the privilege to be taught by professors who really care about my academic progress, and I've benefitted from this immensely.Not only have I honed my professional skills at SMVDU but have grown more culturally aware. SMVDU provides the resources necessary for concretizing your goals and ambitions - whatever they may be. The opportunities I've been furnished with at SMVDU range from meeting diverse people and building solid, long-lasting friendships to enjoying the exciting scenic beauty. ...

 

Rahul Pandey | B.Tech
-Batch 2005-09
- Cleared Civil Services Examination 2010

"The alma mater of a student plays a defining role in his/her life. It is the place where the final touches to the personality of a young kid are given. SMVDU laid the foundation of my success in civil services as it provided the apt environment for achieving my aim. A lively environment on the campus, good guidance by teachers and an ideal environment for learning-that's what SMVDU is in my eyes ...

 

Gaurav Handoo | B.Tech
- Xalted Info. Systems
- Test Engineer

"I used to think that any university must have insufficient amenities as compared to IITs but at SMVDU I witnessed world class infrastructure coming into existence right in front of my eyes. Faculty members helped me gain academically as well as developing an all round personality...

 

Anup Rastogi | B.Tech
- Nokia Siemens Network
- Core (NSS) Engineer

SMVDU today is very well known as an premier instution and being at the university, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting people from all over the country, which has broadened my perspective and that’s the best thing about this place. It was so easy to develop closeness to the teachers and fellow students in a calm, seren environment but the academic grinding was intense...

 

Pratima Labroo | B.Tech
- University of Dundee, UK
- M.S (Biomedical Engineering)

. The course at SMVDU required hard work and some serious studying, that being said I enjoyed every minute of it; thanks to my classmates, teachers and especially working on projects each year enabled me in developing my skills. It prepared me and helped me identify what I really enjoyed doing and my future goals. After B.Tech completion I went on for a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering at University of Dundee, U.K. I am planning to follow up with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and establish my career in academics and research...

 

Supreet Lakhotia | B.Tech
- Forbes Marshall Ltd., Pune
- Marketing Engineer

SMVDU gave me the flexibility to explore my potential and my stay here has been a journey of self realization. The campus is serene, has excellent infrastructure and you can really enter neck deep in you preparations to fulfil your career aspirations. My Faculty Mentor helped me at every step including helping me getting placed with Forbes Marshall...

 

Ishaan Ratanpal | B.Tech
- Ogilvy & Mather
- Advertising Executive

Currently pursuing Branding & Advertising as a career, I believe the most important lesson that SMVDU has taught me is to keep striving for what you want to achieve with relentless passion, perseverance, honesty and hard-work. The faculty and the environment provided me the confidence to harness my hidden potential, which would not have been possible otherwise. ...

 

Ikhlaq Singh | B.Tech
- Accenture Consulting
- HR Executive

"At SMVDU, the location, the beautiful campus, hostels, friends and most important the 'Faculty'; everything was like 'the perfect fit'. The kind of culture that nourishes the students in the foothills of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is totally unrivalled. The level of education, both professional and personal is very high and the facilities are a class apart..

 

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