Vice President of India addresses Fourth Convocation


The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari addressed the fourth convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in the Matrika Auditorium on 8th February, 2014. Jenab Omar Abdullah, the Chief Minsiter of J&K and Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Hon’ble Union Minister, New and Renewable Energy were Guests of Honor. Hon’ble Governor of J&K Sh. N.N. Vohra and Chancellor SMVDU declared the convocation open. Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor of the university gave highlights of the university activities, research and infrastructure development in his report. A total of 751 students were awarded degrees. students were awarded with the Chancellor’s Gold Medal, Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Award for Excellence and the University Silver Medal.


In his convocation address, Sh. Ansari said that the funding of the University by the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine Board is a particularly welcome initiative. It emulates similar initiatives elsewhere in the country. The Vice President said that creating a responsible citizenry is a task which cannot be left only to the government. It needs to begin at the school level. Education should reaffirm our commitment to the concept of equality amidst diversity. It must promote values that foster justice, peace, humaneness and tolerance in a multi-cultural society. These values, imbued with a scientific temper, creativity and curiosity amongst our young, can be inculcated and carried forth in primary, middle and senior school levels and beyond it to college and university. This endeavour would also require the cooperation and support of parents, guardians and the wider community. Asking the passing out graduates and post-graduates from the higher institutions of learning and universities to venture in the new phase of their life with confidence, resolve and firm belief of making their mark in the fields they choose for career.

The Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah advised the degree holders to be fully prepared to face challenges and bring laurels to all they belong.“You have been fully imparted education and skills and you have to prove your calibre and mettle to shine-bright your parents, your Institutions and your State”, he told the students He further stated that that higher learning institutions and universities provide opportunity of excellence to the students, facilitate them in all respects of gaining knowledge and igniting their quest, but at the end of the day it is up to the students to exhibit their brilliance and calibre by contributing positively to the society and the nation. The Chief Minister said that SMVDU in its young age has made remarkable strides and is emerging as one of the renowned universities in the Country. “The students getting education in this university are also having mind-blowing and thought-provoking natural surroundings and environment befitting for an educational institution. You should take full advantage of the faculty, facility and environment to excel and grow both educationally and as the fine human beings”, he said and appreciated the efforts of the University for its continuous progress and growth in the shortest period of time.

While addressing Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that the economic development of any country depends on the quality of its human resources and the skilled manpower base which is developed through the effective education system. He said higher educational institutions and universities go a long way in fulfilling this objective. He said that investment in education sector is the key to people’s empowerment, progress and prosperity.

Congratulating the passing-out students of the Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) in his address on the occasion of 4th Convocation of the University, the Union Minister impressed upon the passing out students to utilise the knowledge acquired and skills gained for the benefit of the society and the country.

Dr. Farooq Abdullah who was guest of honour at the Convocation said that multi-stream SMVDU imparts education in a wide range of research-oriented cutting edge programmes. He said the University has created a strong edifice of higher learning and nurturing the competent human resource to lead in all fields of life.The Union Minister stressed on the quality and quantity aspects of higher education and said “we need many more universities to meet the requirements of higher education”. He said that standards of higher education need to be continuously improved to make universities world class seats of learning and innovations in teaching and research fields.The Union Minister referred to the need for mitigating the challenges of global warming and said that there is crucial need for promoting the use of renewable energy and called for undertaking the required research for this purpose in the educational institutions.

Registrar of the university Ms. Roop Avtar Kaur led the academic procession where in all members of Executive Council, Academic Council, CEO Shrine Board, Dr. Mandeep Bhandari , Prinipal Secretary to Hon’ble Governor Sh. Naveen Choudhary and senior faculty members of the university participated. Prof. V. Verma, Dean College of Sciences was the convocation coordinator for the fourth convocation. Members of Legislative Council and other prominent officers from different organs of the state machinery participated in the event.



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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