Ms. Sehar Shakeel Raina, Research Scholar, Department of Mathematics, Shri Mata Vaishno University bagged 3rd Best Oral Paper Presentation Award in the category of Mathematical Sciences in 12th JK Science Congress held at University of Jammu during 2nd - 4th March, 2017. She presented a paper entitled “Relative -Normal and Relative Quasi Normal Spaces”.
In the past few years she has also achieved many prizes and awards including the prestigious Alka Memorial Award from Jammu Mathematical society, various prizes in One day Students Conferences and symposia organized by University of Jammu, Jammu Mathematical Society, Baba Ghulam Shah University and several other institutions. She has completed her master’s degree in Mathematics from SMVD U by securing Ist position. Presently she is perusing her PhD in Mathematics under the supervision of Dr. A. K. Das, Head Department of Mathematics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra. Sehar expressed her heartfelt thanks to her parents and teachers for their guidance throughout her studies.
Two Week Refresher Course on “Research Methodology” organized by Human Resource Development Centre, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University from 14th to 27th March, 2017 was inaugurated on 14th March, 2017 at SMVDU in which participants from various States like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir etc. enrolled for the refresher course.
On the occasion, Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University was the Chief Guest and Prof. (Dr.) V. K. Bhat, Registrar, SMVDU was the Guest of Honour, in the inaugural ceremony of the course.
Welcoming the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and participants to the occasion; Prof. (Dr.) D. Mukhopadhyay, I/c Director, HRDC encouraged the participants to exploit this opportunity of learning with full zest and vigour. Prof. V. K. Bhat detailed about the importance of Research Methodology in the current education scenario. Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev Jain expressed hope for the success of the course and wished the great learning experience for participants.
Adjunct Professor H. N. Ramaswamy from University of Mysore, Mysore, visited Department of Mathematics of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University and delivered a series of lectures in Algebra during 2nd to 11th March 2017. On the first day of the lecture series Dr A. K. Das, Head, Department of Mathematics introduced Prof. Ramaswamy to the students, Research Scholars and faculty members of the Department. Prof V. K. Bhat, Dr. A. K. Sharma, Dr. K. Raj, Dr. S. Bhougal, Dr. S. Singh and Dr. S. Sharma were present during the introduction. Professor. Ramaswamy started his lecture by introducing basic notions of Algebra and in the subsequent lectures he covered advanced topics which include Group Theory, Ring Theory and Field Theory. The entire lecture series was attended by M.Sc.(Maths.) students and research scholars. Apart from taking classes, Prof. Ramaswamy spent time in the Department and interacted with research scholars and faculty members of the Department. During this visit, Prof. Ramaswamy also delivered an Invited talk in the “Two- Day National Conference on Topology, Analysis, Algebra and Their Applications” organized by the Department of Mathematics. On the last day of the lecture series, Dr. A. K. Das thanked Prof. Ramaswamy for his visit to the Department and requested him to visit again in the next semester.
SKIMS Soura and MPPCOS (Metabolic Syndrome-Pre-diabetes- polycystic ovary syndrome Society), in association with all Universities of Jammu and Kashmir, Medical colleges, and Directorates of health is organizing 2nd JK Medical Science congress 2017 and from 10-13 May 2017 at SKICC, Srinagar. The JK Medical Science Congress is an initiative of Jammu and Kashmir State Council for Science and Technology and the event is co-sponsored by MP PC0S society.
Being an academic partner in the event, a pre-conference meet of coordinators was held at SMVDU, Katra. The meeting was co-ordinated by Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, SMVDU.
Prof. Mohammad Ashraf Ganie, Department of Endocrinology, SKIMS and Convener Medical Science Congress chaired the meeting and gave an Introduction to the conference and discussed the background of the MPPCOS society.
It was deliberated in the meeting to explore the academic partnerships from different Universities and Institutes of Jammu division. Dr. Ashraf laid stress on scientific contributions from various institutes from within and outside the state. He emphasized that there is a need for such a platform so that all scientists from different and varied fileds of Biological sciences can come and share their observations. It was also decided to extend the early bird registration of the meeting and all institutes must give a wide publicity to the event. It will be a major event in the state of Jammu and Kashmir with over 1200 delegates expected to attend the event. Dr Ashraf also presented the draft brochure and announced that 20 international speakers are expected to present in the meeting.
Other coordinators who attended the meeting were Prof. Ravinder Gupta from ASCOMS, Dr. Jitendra Mehta (National Health Mission), Dr. Sandeep Kaul from SMVDNH, Dr. Rakesh Raina (Dental Surgeon-Directorate of Health services, Govt. of J and K), Dr, Parvinder (Jammu University), Dr. Vikas Sharma (SKUAST Jammu), Dr. Audesh Bhat (Central University, Jammu) and Dr Ritesh from Dental College, Jammu.
All the co-ordinators thanked SMVDU for hosting the meeting.
Dr. Rakesh Kumar from Department of Mathematics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra presented a research paper in the 5th Annual International Conference of Global Science and Technology Forum on Operations Research and Statistics at M Hotel, Anson Road, Singapore during 6 -7 March, 2017.
He delivered his talk on the paper entitled, “Transient numerical analysis of a single server Markovian queuing system with discouraged arrivals and retention of reneging customers”. It was a very nice opportunity to present before the peers from all over the world. He was also made the Program Committee member of the next GSTF Conference on Operations Research and Statistics. Every session of the conference was very interactive and informative.
Delegates from the countries namely Singapore, Australia, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, UK, Sri Lanka and Philippines participated in the conference. Dr. Rakesh is highly grateful to the SMVDU authorities for funding his visit to Singapore for attending this international conference.
International Conference on “Beyond Postcolonialism: Rethinking Feminist and Dalit Discourses in South Asia” was inaugurated in the Matrika Auditorium of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra on 10th March, 2017. Organised by the department of Languages and Literature, the conference aims at deliberating over the dynamics of power that have operated across various dimensions in South Asian societies and how postcolonial intervention provided a distinct ideological and institutional framework for the oppressed as reflected in various literary texts. Prof. V. K. Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Sciences and Registrar of the university inaugurated the conference. In the inaugural address, Prof. Bhat extended his felicitations to various scholars and academicians attending the conference. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Bhat appreciated the endeavours of the department in organizing such fruitful academic discourses which bring fresh lease and vibrancy to a University. Earlier, in her welcome address, Dr. Vandana Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and department of Languages and Literature highlighted the objective of the conference which is to initiate discourse on the necessity to stretch beyond the classical aesthetics of post colonialism and to enter the realm of “Beyond” to explore new horizons and challenges in the field by focussing on certain issues pertaining to Dalit and feminist scholarship in South Asia. In her keynote address, Prof. Anna M. Horatschek, Kiel University, Germany, remarked that the conference shall be a challenge to the highly successful branch of academic knowledge production in the ‘West’, which has been criticized for its normative implications with a political attitude, aesthetic forms of representation, and canon formation by way of capitalist commodification. Prof. Horatschek, further, emphasized upon the conception regarding what needs to be done beyond postcolonial literature. Prominent invited speakers on the occasion were Prof. Jutta Zimmermann, University of Kiel; Prof. Radha Chakravarty, Department of Comparative and Translation Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi; Prof. Sanjoy Saksena, University of Allahabad; and others. Approximately seventy papers on various aspects of Feminism and Dalit discourse in South Asia will be discussed and deliberated during the conference. Prof. Deepshikha Kotwal, Head, Department of English, Central University, Jammu will be delivering the valedictory address on 11th March, 2017. During the conference, students of Department of Languages and Literature made a poster presentation on their areas of dissertation which is a part of their curriculum of MA English. Dr. Anurag Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of languages and Literature and organising Secretary of the conference delivered the vote of thanks. Ms. Simranpreet Kaur, Assistant Professor, conducted the proceedings of the inaugural session.
Dr. Anil , Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology attended the 2nd European Organic Chemistry Congress on “Enhancing the New Innovations and Challenges in Organic Chemistry” held during March 02-03, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Dr. Anil delivered his talk entitled “Chiral Octahedral Complexes as Catalyst for enantioselective Organic Synthesis. In the present study unexplored family chiral hydrogen bond donor catalysts based on octahedral Cobalt (III) complexes have been synthesized and effectively applied for the enantioselective organic synthesis. The presented research work was conducted in Professor John A. Gladysz’s Lab, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, USA and funded by Welch Foundation, USA and University Grant Commission, Govt. of India, under Raman Post Doctoral Fellowship. The work has been published in high impact factor Journals-Organic Letters-Inorganic Chemistry-published by American Chemical Society, USA.
The conference was organized to attract leading experts from academia and industries across the globe. The conference was attended by eminent experts from different countries which include USA, India, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, UK, Poland, Singapore, Mexico, Netherland, South Korea, Slovenia, Taiwan etc. Experts from industries such as Janssen Pharma R&D., USA, Merck and Co., USA, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., USA, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Singapore, Sun Pharma, India were also participated. Latest developments in the field of synthetic organic chemistry and Pharmaceuticals were deliberated and discussed during the conference. The visit was fully supported by SMVD University.
SMVDU Katra: Ms. Sheetal Bhat, a student of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, D/o Smt. Sweety and Mr. Pran Nath Bhat brought laurel to the University as she won First Prize in poster presentation in Health and Dentistry. She is perusing her M.Sc. in Biotechnology and is presently working under the supervision of Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Professor and Mr. Arvind Yadav for her dissertation work. She presented her poster on “Genetic characterization of human pulmonary neoplasm & its effect on human health” and her study laid stress on understanding the dynamics of lung cancer genetics and to target various biomarkers in respiratory secretions and tissue specimens, which hold promise for early, non-invasive diagnosis of lung cancer.
Dr. Rakesh Kumar is cancer biologist working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biotechnology. All his major research projects focus on different cancers and presently his major research grants are on Breast and Lung Cancer funded by DST-Govt. of India and SERB-Govt. of India. He thanked DST-Govt. of India for sponsoring the recently funded research project on Non-Small cell lung carcinoma. The Vice Chancellor Dr. Sanjeev Jain congratulated the student and faculty for the award. He has been laying stress on quality work and encouraging the students for it. He laid emphasis on such studies and reiterated that these studies are commendable for their international standards, which will go a long way in patient care and data generation from Jammu and Kashmir. It is worth mentioning here that SMVDU has set benchmarks for the outgoing students of B. Tech. and M.Sc. for their dissertation work and such benchmarks will raise the standard of University. Ms. Sheetal Bhat thanked her supervisors and Head of the Department Prof. V. Verma for the guidance and support for study.
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.
SMVDU Katra: A UGC sponsored National Conference on Topology, Analysis, Algebra and Their Application organized by Department of Mathematics is inaugurated on 7th March, 2017 at Matrika Auditorium of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra. At the very outset Dr. A. K. Das, Convener of the conference welcomed all guests, participants and explained about the theme of the conference. Dr. V. K. Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Dr. Saraswat in his Inaugural address stressed upon the value added and sustainable research and developments. He advised the students of SMVDU to work on innovations in order to counter the future challenges like food security water security etc. Dr. Sanjeev Jain, the Vice Chancellor of SMVDU apprised the guests and delegates that University is marching ahead with a vision of technology based innovations. He also advised students and faculty members of the University to contribute in all possible manners so that the University can move forward towards on the path of excellence. The Guest of Honour of the ceremony was Prof. Satya Deo, Harish Chander Research University, Allahabad. Prof Satya Deo explained the direct and indirect applications of pure mathematics such as Topology, Analysis and Algebra in Technology and other Sciences. Prof. V. K. Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Sciences emphasized the importance of mathematics in other branches of Science. The inaugural session was ended by the vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Kuldip Raj, Organizing Secretary of the conference. The Conference was organized in association with Jammu Mathematical Society. Prof D.S. Jamwal, President of Jammu Mathematical Society was present in the Inaugural Ceremony. Organizing Committee members Dr. Sandeep Bhougal, Dr. Ajay Sharma, Dr. Surender Singh and Dr. Sandeep Sharma were present. Prof. H. N. Ramaswamy, University of Mysore, Prof. Anima Nagar, IIT Delhi, Prof. Rais Ahemad, AMU, Aligarh, Prof. K.S. Charak, University of Jammu, Prof. V. Verma, Dean Faculty of Engineering, Heads of various Departments and many faculty members of the University were also present on the occasion.