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.
The 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.
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.
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" 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 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 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.
NSS at SMVD University organized VISAKA (Vittiya Saksharta Abhiyaan) to sensitize and educate the common masses about the advantages of online and digital transactions over conventional transaction post demonetization. The above campaign was in line with the Action Plan for Higher Educational Institutions of MHRD. VISAKA was organized with the following agenda/outcome in mind:
Developing a digitally enabled and cashless ecosystem in the University campus.
Encouraging the household of village of Sira and Kakryal for shifting to digital payment system.
Encouraging the market of Sira and Panthal (Stage 1) and Katra (Stage 2) for digitization of payment.
Sensitize the young generations (class 8th and above) with respect to the benefit of digitally enabled transactions.
Multiple sensitization program was organized to sensitize NSS volunteers to participate in VISAKA and to adopt digital mode of transaction. Dr. Sanjay Mishra (Convener, VISAKA), Mr. Sumanta Sarathi Sharma, Faculty Coordinator, NSS, Dr. Sudesh Kumar (AP, DoCS&E and member VISAKA Committee) acted as resource person during the volunteer sensitization program. 150 students registered for the campaign, which were divided into two groups. The volunteers adopted the schools (Government Secondary school, Sira, Government Higher Secondary School, Panthal and DPS Katra for student sensitization program; market (Sira and Panthal in stage 1 and Katra in stage 2) for market adoption and sensitization program and villages Sira, Kakryal, Panthal, Dheerti and Domel for sensitization program. Apart from the sensitization, the volunteers also conducted a survey to assess the level of preparedness of the household/market for adoption of digital mode of payment. An Open session with the student volunteer to elicit their experience and provide them further guidance with reference to the aforesaid campaign was held on 12th January, 2017. The results along with feedback were submitted to mhrd.gov.in/visaka.
SMVDU Katra: The Department of Philosophy & Culture (DOPC) organized a Ten-Day “Workshop on Indian Constitution” from 16th – 25th Jan. 2017 to make the students aware of the principles and provisions of Indian Constitution and Indian Political System. This is in pursuit of preparing an informed and responsible citizenry for a better future of our nation. Total 36 students from various streams registered for the workshop. The main topics covered were the Historical Background of Indian Constitution, Preamble, Union and its Territory, Citizenship, Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy, Fundamental Duties, Executive, Legislature and Business of the Union. The resource persons of the workshop included Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi, Assoc. Prof., Dr. Anil Kumar Tewari and Mr. Sumanta Sarathi Sharma, Asst. Profs., DOPC. The student coordinator was 4th year Mechanical Engineering student Mr. Akhilesh Sharma who also delivered two talks on Indian Polity. Dr. Anil Tewari was the faculty coordinator of the workshop. The workshop concluded with a quiz to assess the level of learning of the students. On the basis of their performance, they were given merit certificates and cash prizes as per the following details:
Mr. Umesh (16MMA005), Mr. Nandan Pandey (15BCS020) and Mr. Raghav Sharma (16IES030) Consolation Prize
The students were given prizes by Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sanjeev Jain in a colourful cultural program organized by the students on the occasion of 68th Republic Day in the Matrika Auditorium. He congratulated the students for their success and lauded the efforts the students and the faculty members for conducting such workshops. Registrar Mr. Ajay Khajuria and the Dean of Students Dr. Yugal Khajuria also complemented the students for their effort.
SMVDU Katra: Sh. Ajay Khajuria, the outgoing Registrar of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University was given a cordial farewell on 31st January as he completed his term. Sh. Khajuria is a retired KAS officer and had joined the university as Registrar on 28th February 2014, taking charge from the then Registrar Ms. Roop Avatar Kaur. Prof. V. K. Bhat, Dean Faculty of Sciences will hold the charge of Registrar of the university till further orders.
Bidding a formal adieu, the Vice Chancellor Dr. Sanjeev Jain said that Sh. Khajuria has a clear and transparent way of working and dedication to work with positivity. The fast disposal of work always depends upon the officers like him and his contribution to the university is incredible. Prof. V. Varma, Dean Faculty of Engineering said that the goodness of Sh. Khajuria will always be remembered. Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean Faculty of Management emphasized his positivity whereas Prof. V. K. Bhat, the taking over Registrar, highlighted the problem solving acumen of him. Dr. Vandhana Sharma, Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences also acknowledged the good character that Sh. Khajuria epitomizes in his persona. She also conducted the farewell session. Sh. Khajuria, speaking on the occasion, expressed his feelings and said that the university is in a takeoff mode and bound to become an excellent seat of learning. The principle one has to follow is to work hard in a right direction. He was felicitated by the Vice Chancellor Dr. Sanjeev Jain. Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Dean of Students, appreciated the ways of working of the outgoing registrar, particularly his calmness and problem solving approach. Dr. Ashutosh Vashishtha, Head School of Business and Dr. V. K. Tripathi, Head Dept. of Philosophy & Culture also expressed good wishes on the occasion.
On the occasion of 68th Republic Day, Tricolour was unfurled by Prof. Sanjeev K. Jain, Vice Chancellor of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) at the Inauguration Pavilion, University Campus, Katra in the presence of the Registrar, Sh. Ajay Khajuria, Deans, Heads, faculty members, staff and students.
Despite persistent rain staff with their family members and students attended the flag hoisting ceremony with patriotic enthusiasm. In his address, Prof. Jain exhorted the SMVDU family to nurture technology with human values and explore the tremendous research possibilities in the specialized areas of Engineering, Sciences and Literature. Above all, he urged, the SMVDU community must work for social harmony, national unity and world peace without which development becomes meaningless. He emphasized his determination to ensure highest standards of teaching and research at the university through the introduction and implementation of benchmark for faculty and staff. After his address a breathtaking and mesmerising cultural programme was presented by students, staff kids and students of Vikalp in the Matrika auditorium under the guidance of Coordinator, NSS, Mr. Sumanta Sarathi Sharma, Asst. Professor, Department of Philosophy & Culture. Prizes for various events organized were also distributed. In the end, vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Abhinaw, General Secretary, Student Affairs Council.