NCRAMSS-2017 concludes successfully at SMVDU

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KATRA, Feb 17: The three day National Conference on "Recent Advances in Materials Science and Spectroscopy (NCRAMSS-2017)", 15-17 February, 2017 organized by Department of Physics Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra in collaboration with Laser and Spectroscopy Society of India (LASSI) concludes today at SMVDU.

Prof. A. K. Rai from University of Allahabad chaired the ‘valedictory function’. Prof. Rai addressed the audience with his enlightened words. Dr. S. K. Wanchoo, SMVDU, Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Head Department of Physics and Dr. Y. Dwivedi, Secretary, LASSI also shared their thoughts and graced the occasion. Dr. Vinay Kumar, Organizing Secretary, NCRAMSS-2017, SMVDU summarized the three day report in the function.

The conference involved Technical sessions which began with Keynote address by Prof. A. L. Verma, Eminent academician of repute. The first day presentations were based on Spectroscopy, nanomaterials, holography, LIBS and other advance characterization techniques and second day was devoted on sub-themes; Energy Resources and solid state lighting, radiation dosimetry, imaging and optoelectronic materials. Third day was focused to the themes such as smart and functional materials; material modifications; soft and biomaterials; x-ray characterizations; storage materials; Polymers and blends; IR/thermal Imaging, etc. 17 invited talks and 12 oral presentations were delivered by eminent speakers and academicians in this conference.

The first technical session was chaired by Dr. Kamni. The session had two invited talks. Prof. Vijay J Fulari from Shivaji University, Kohlapur delivered an invited talk on holographic interferrometry and its applications. This was followed by an Invited talk from Prof. A. K. Rai from University of Allahabad who spoke on impurities identification on tokomak chamber by LIBS. Dr. S. K. Wanchoo chaired the next technical session which had invited talk of Prof. Ravi Kumar, NIT Hamirpur. He presented a wonderful insight on the origin and search of d-0 magnetism in the MoO2, TiO2 and SnO2 thin films using x-ray absorption spectroscopy and underscored their importance in scientific world. He threw light on this spectroscopy techniques with emphasizes that this is an element specific technique. He also recalled the contribution of eminent physicists and noble laureates and motivated the young scientists to achieve excellence. Prof. K. K. Bamzai, University of Jammu presented a talk on evaluating the characteristics of multiferroic composite. He explained the capability of multiferroic composite for integrating ferroelectric and ferromagnetic behavior of the materials which can produce large magnetoelectric effects due to interaction between the phases.

Dr A. K. Bedyal (an alumnus of SMVDU), University of the Free State, South Africa gave an overview on the basics of synthesis and thermoluminescence in the alkali borated nanophosphors for their practical use in radiation dosimetry.

Prof. Rajnikant from University of Jammu, in his presentation, explained the methodology for small molecules x-ray crystallography and encourage the audience especially the young researchers and students participants to use the extra ordinary research facility available in his lab at University of Jammu. He also underlined the need to strengthen the research through collaborations. Prof. M. S. Mehato from Delhi Technical University, spoke on the development of protein and metal ion sensitive luminescent semiconductor quantum dots. Dr. Shalender Kumar from Amity University Haryana spoke on the topic of “electronic structure and magnetic properties of DMS materials” and explained the physics of origin of ferromagnetism in these magnetic materials. He highlighted the importance of synchrotron radiation to study the fundamentals of spintronics materials.

Other invited speakers were Dr. Y. Dwevedi, NIT Kurukshetra, Dr. Vinod Kumar, IIT Delhi, Dr. Suman Kalyan Pal from IIT Mandi and many more academicians and professionals from various parts of India. The invited speakers were felicitated at the end of each talk.

Prof. Lalji Dixit, CSIR IIP Dehradun and Dr. Sunil K Wanchoo, SMVDU chaired the poster sessions and out of 78 posters three best poster awards were given. The first prize was given to Ms. Bindu Raina, Jammu University second prize to N.C. Maile, Shivaji University Kohlapur and third prize was given to Nivethitha , Anna University. Bank Manager, J&K Bank SMVDU Branch, Sh. Vinod Vaid and Sh. Amit Gupta, Manager Accounts were presented with a memento as a token of appreciation for their financial support in the organization of the conference. Sh. Sanjeev Prabhakar from Sanjeev Caterers Jammu was also honored by Convener, Dr. Yugal Khajuria.

Dr. Kamni, Co-convener, NCRAMSS-2017 conducted proceedings of the valedictory function and presented the formal vote of thanks.

Prof. Bhat from SMVDU visited Bern University of Applied Sciences, Bern, Switzerland

Prof. V. K. Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University visited Bern University of Applied Sciences, Bern, Switzerland to attend the 93rd workshop on General Algebra during Feb 10th -12th, 2017.

16022017 bhat sirThe workshop was jointly organized by University of Bern, Bern University of Applied Sciences and Pädagogische Hochschule Bern. It was attended by about one hundred leading Mathematicians from different countries that include India, U.S.A, Russia, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Slovakia, South Africa, Finland, Thailand, Veitnam, Serbia, Austria, Cameron, Japan, Ukraine etc. Research scholars from different Universities of Bern also attended the conference.

Latest developments in Mathematics (Algebra and applications) were discussed and presented during invited talks, contributory talks and other informal discussions. Prof. Bhat delivered a talk titled "On p-ideals of skew-polynomial rings over Noetherian rings" during the workshop.The visit was supported by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

SMVDU Faculty presented paper at Barcelona, Spain

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16022017 AbhimanyuSharmaAbhimanyu Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture & Landscape Design ,Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University presented a research paper titled “Rejuvenating A Space into World Class Environment Through Conservation and Energy Saving Techniques” in the international conference titled “Alternative & Renewable Energy Quest in Architecture And Urbanism” (AREQ), held in Barcelona, Spain.

In the research paper, Ar. Abhimanyu Sharma highlighted the present conditions of Mubarak Mandi Complex – The Royal Habitation of Maharajas of Jammu & Kashmir, which needs to be conserved and restored. More stress was given on the factors which were responsible behind the present condition of the complex.

He further emphasised on the conservation, preservation techniques along with energy saving techniques which should be implemented in Heritage buildings to retain their sanctity. Furthermore, the existing Architectural Features comprising of both Structural and Decorative elements of Mubarak Mandi complex which makes it an important landmark was discussed, highlighted and appreciated in the research paper.

Three Days UGC Sponsored National Conference on “Recent Advances in Materials Science & Spectroscopy-2017 commences

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KATRA, Feb 15: A three day National Conference on "Recent Advances in Materials Science and Spectroscopy (NCRAMSS-2017)", scheduled for 15-17 February, 2017 organized by Department of Physics Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra in collaboration with Laser and Spectroscopy Society of India (LASSI) commences today in the premises of the beautifully equipped campus of SMVDU.

Conference is inaugurated by Distinguished Scientist, Dr. Sudershan Kumar, Ex. Director General, DRDO. Prof. Sanjeev Jain, VC, SMVDU also graced the inaugural ceremony with his august present. Other dignitaries, who graced the occasion, were Prof. A. L. Verma, Founder Member LASSI and Advisor S&T Research Amity University Noida and Prof, V. K. Bhat Dean Faculty of Sciences, SMVDU.

Chief Guest, Dr. Kumar deliberated on the importance of Materials in the real life. He enlighten the audience about different eras of development of the materials from stone age to Iron age which represents the foundation of metallurgy in which alloys of copper and tin were discovered to produce superior tools. He explained that wide range of materials available to material scientists can be divided into different categories and once the properties of the materials are understood the appropriate material for a given application can be processed and selected. He also provided an insight into the world of nanomaterials and nanotechnology.

In his inaugural address, Prof. Sanjeev Jain, VC, SMVDU emphasized that Conference of such nature provides a great opportunity for the scientific community, not only to update knowledge and keep abreast with the latest developments in the field of materials science and spectroscopy, but also an occasion for the invited speakers, delegates and participants to exchange ideas and interact with each other. He congratulated Department of Physics for organizing RAMSS-2017. Prof. Jain said that this will act as channel for creating an atmosphere which will encourage and inspire students and young researchers for their overall academic growth.

Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Convener and HoD Physics, SMVDU presented the welcome address to the gathering. He also informed that about 150 participants from all over India are participating in this conference. He apprised the audience that about 17 invited talks, 12 oral and 78 posters on various topics linked to materials science and spectroscopy are expected to be presented during this three day conference.

Prof. A. L. Verma presented a wonderful insight on the ‘Recent developments in Raman Spectroscopy in his keynote lecture. Prof. VK Bhat, Dean Faculty of Science, said that useful discussions on recent advances in materials Science and Spectroscopy will provide the platform to build inter disciplinary research to solve various Challenges in the world of Science and Technology. He complemented the organizes for their initiatives.

Dr. Kamni, Co-convener, conducted the proceedings of the conference. Dr. Vinay Kumar as organizing secretary of the National Conference summarized the event and presented the vote of thanks. He expressed his sincere gratitude for financial support rendered by platinum sponsor, ATOS India, Toshvin Shimadzu, Agilent India, J&K Bank, Indosaw Scientific Ambala, Research India and Sanjeev Prabhaker, J&K Mess Contractor. He expressed his sincere thanks to Dr. Jitendra Sharma, co-convener, Dr. Ram Prakash and Mr. Pankaj Biswas both, Joint Secretaries for their untiring efforts and support in organizing this conference.

SMVDU hosts Dr. Ganju from The Ohio State University, USA

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Dr. Ramesh Ganju from The Ohio State University delivered a special lecture on “Novel inflammatory circuits modulating breast tumor microenvironment” in the Department of Biotechnology, SMVDU. Dr. Ganju is Scott Endowed Professor & Vice- Chair Department of Pathology & Experimental Pathology in The Ohio State University, USA. He is an expert in the field of tumor microenvironment as is evident from his vast number of publications in highly reputed journals. The major focus of Dr. Ganju's lab is to determine the role of chemokines, especially CXCL12, and various inflammatory molecules, such as S100A7, and anti-inflammatory molecules, such as Slit2 and cannabinoids, in pathogenesis of various diseases.

15022017 enws02The lecture of Dr. Ramesh Ganju was attended by faculty & scholars of Department of Biotechnology & Dr. V. Verma, H.O.D Biotechnology laid stress on the special lectures which are important in rising the level of science in the department.

Dr. Rakesh Kumar, a cancer biologist & Assistant Professor invited him to visit the institute and present a special lecture. His visit was facilitated by the administration of SMVDU. He visited various labs in the department & was very much impressed by the infrastructure & instrumentation in the department. He also had a brief interaction with the lab members of Dr. Rakesh Kumar and was made aware about the activities going on in the cancer biology Lab. He also expressed his interest in developing joint Indo-US collaborative projects & also to explore the possibility of exchange of scholars under different schemes of both Governments of India and USA. Dr. Ganju also met Honorable vice chancellor of SMVDU Dr. Sanjeev Jain in his chamber where he was felicitated by presenting him with a memento of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi as a token of appreciation for visiting the University. Dr. Sanjeev Jain proposed that collaboration between the two institutes should be explored & reiterated that SMVDU will take necessary steps regarding that in future with a mission to make SMVDU a world class institute.

SMVDU organizes the 3rd National Conference on Recent Trends in Mathematical Sciences

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A UGC sponsored Two Day National Conference on Recent Trends in Mathematical Sciences is inaugurated on 9th February, 2017 at the Department of Mathematics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra. At the very outset Dr. A. K. Das, Convener of the conference in his welcome address welcomed all the participants and explained the theme of the conference. Prof. C.K. Jaggi, Department of Operational Research, University of Delhi was the Chief Guest on the occasion. He stressed that Mathematical analysis should lead to useful conclusions and he delivered his invited talk on Supply Chain Management. Prof. V. Verma, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Prof. D. S. Hooda, Ex. Pro-VC, K.U. Kurukshetra were the guest of honor. They louded the role of Mathematical Sciences in interdisciplinary research. Prof. Hooda emphasized on doing the mathematical work rather than reading it. Prof. C.B. Gupta, Professor, BITS, Pilani was also present and talked about the diverse applications of Mathematics. The abstract booklet was released by the dignitaries on the inaugural ceremony. The inaugural session was ended by the vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Organizing Secretary of the conference.

Prof. D. S. Hooda, Prof. Shakeel Ahmad Raina (Principal, G.D.C. Thannamandi), Prof. C.B. Gupta, Prof. Romesh Kumar (University of Jammu), Prof. V. Ravichandran (University of Delhi), Prof. K. L. Verma (Dean, Career Point University, Hamirpur), and Dr. Kakali Majumdar (SMVDU) delivered their invited lectures in the conference. Prof. S.D. Sharma (Central University, Jammu), Prof. J. P. Singh Joorel (University of Jammu), and Prof. Pawan Kumar (University of Jammu) were also present in the conference and they acted as session chairs. Apart from invited lectures there were contributed paper presentations in the conference. Dr. Surender Singh and Dr. Sandeep Bhougal were the co-organizing secretaries of the conference. Dr. Sandeep Sharma, Dr. Narinder Sharma, Dr. Jagdish Lal Sharma, Dr. Shally Gupta, Ms. Meeru Abrol, and Ms. Renu Anand were also present in the conference.

SMVDU Faculty Member Delivers an Invited Talk in a National Seminar in Chennai

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Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra delivered an invited talk entitled, “Role of Differential Equations in Mathematical Modelling” in a National Seminar on Recent Advances in Differential Equations & their Applications during 3-4 February, 2017 at Meenakshi College for Women, Chennai. Dr. Rakesh Kumar discussed the meaning, need and applications of Mathematical Modelling. He then discussed the role of differential equations in modelling various real life phenomena like absorption of medicines in blood, population growth, heat conduction through walls, radioactive decay and queuing systems etc. He also acted as a judge in a research paper competition where Ph.D. scholars participated.

UGC Sponsored 2-Day Workshop on - Numerical Analysis in VLSI CAD using MATLAB and SIMULINK held

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UGC Sponsored 2-Day Workshop on "Numerical Analysis in VLSI CAD using MATLAB and SIMULINK" was held on 14-15th January 2017 at SMVDU, Katra. Prior to workshop a full day was devoted to learning matlab/simulink for the benefits of the participants.

Dr. D.Mukhopadhyay (Dean, Faculty of Management, SMVDU ) was guest of honour on the occasion. The chief guest was Professor Manoj Duhan, HOD(ECE) DBCR University of Science and Technology, Sonepat. The welcome address was delivered by the workshop coordinator Mr. Neeraj Tripathi, AP, DoECE, SMVDU, in which he explained why such workshops are needed. The point of stress was to compare the circuit based CAD tools and the applications of Matlab/Simulink to solve VLSI based problems. CAD tools are expensive and need sufficient time to learn by the users. Which can be a tedious task for B.Tech undergraduate students? On the other hand Matlab/Simulink can be used easily and much learning material is available. So, an attempt was made to point out this comparison through this workshop. The specialized talks were delivered by very experienced professors from IIT, Roorkee and NIT, Kurukshetra. The participants were very enthusiastic and interacted with the experts. The eminent speakers were Dr. S.Das.Gupta (IIT,Roorkee),Dr.B.K.Kaushik (IIT, Roorkee),Dr.R.K.Sharma (NIT, Kurukshetra) and Matlab expert Vikram Kumar. The lectures were based on Sentarus TCAD applications in VLSI Designing, Optimization, numerical simulation of differential equations and essential of VLSI techniques using CAD tools and Matlab.

The vote of thanks was delivered by workshop coordinator Mr. Vikram Singh, AP, DoECE, SMVDU, Katra.

Two-Week ISTE STTP Workshop concludes successfully

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TWO-WEEK ISTE STTP Workshop on "CMOS, Mixed Signal and Radio Frequency VLSI Design" Under the NMEICT, MHRD, Govt. of India, in collaboration with IIT-Kharagpur was concluded on 04th Feb-2017. The interactive session began on 30th January 2017.The lectures were delivered by professors from IIT-Kharagpur and participants attended the workshop at SMVDU. The workshop was focused on Analog Designing and Mixed Signal RF Designing. The participants learned the current technology and designing in these fields. The whole workshop was interactive in nature. The workshop coordinator Mr. Vikram Singh, A.P. Deptt. of ECE had attended ONE-WEEK coordinators workshop at IIT-Kharagpur in Sep-2016. The participants Mr. Neeraj Tripathi, Dr. Vijay Sharma, Dr. Purnima Hazra, Dr. Sachin Kumar Gupta and Dr. Manish Sabraj appreciated the course and expressed their satisfaction. The participants requested IIT-Kharagpur to conduct workshop on MEMS and allied fields during one to one interaction with the participants at Valedictory session.

Dr. Indu Bhushan completes Raman Fellowship

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Dr. Indu Bhushan has rejoined SMVDU after completing his six-month fellowship (UGC-Raman Post-Doctoral Fellow) in Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond USA. He worked on “Immobilization of heparinase for preparation of heparin oligosaccharides”. He has communicated two research papers in reputed internal journals and rewarded best paper award in International Conference on Engineering & Technology- ICET-2016 at New York, USA.

Heparin is a sulfated polysaccharide belonging to the family of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) having different biological activities and acts major as anticoagulant and antithrombotic drug. It is used to treat and prevent deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, myocardial infarction, extracorporeal therapy, i.e., for heart-lung oxygenation, kidney dialysis, prevent blood clot during surgeries and for the treatment of various cancers. Low molecular weight heparin (LMWHs), emerged as better therapeutic agent to replaced heparin due to its reduced polydispersity, longer half-lives, better bioavailability and higher safety. The chemical degradation of heparin has been widely used in pharmaceutical industry but it has several disadvantages such as reduced the biological activity of LMWHs using strong oxidants or other reagents and creates pollution in the environment. Therefore, enzymatic depolymerization of heparin using heparinase emerged as better choice due to its mild reaction condition, high selectivity and ecofriendly nature.

Heparinase has wide range of applications for human health; however, the commercial use of heparinase has been hindered due to its high cost of production, poor stability and complex purification process. To overcome such problems, heparinase has been immobilized and used for depolymerization of heparin. This immobilized enzyme showed better potential for synthesis of heparin oligosaccharide/ low molecular weight heparin, which are demanding for the treatment of tumor and various type of cancer. The immobilized enzyme was reused for many cycles and observed enhancement in stability. Immobilized heparinase may play important role for process simplification and cost reduction for the large-scale production of theseoligosaccharides. Dr. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor, congratulated Dr. Indu Bhushan on his successful completion of the fellowship.

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