Mr. Rajiv Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, SMVDU, participated in 6th International Conference on Materials Processing and Characterization (ICMPC) held in the Victoria University, Melbourne (Australia) from 5th to 7th December, 2016 in collaboration with Elsevier. The theme of the conference was “The Emerging Trends Related to Advanced Materials Processing, and Characterization” which was attended by researchers and academicians from across the world. Mr. Rajiv Kumar presented paper on “Natural Systems and Tribology - Analogies and Lessons”. The paper was related to drawing lessons of friction, wear and lubrication from natural systems.
Dr. Swarkar Sharma, Assistant Professor and coordinator Human Genetics Research Group at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra has been invited as an expert at National Geographic Society Headquarters, Washington DC, USA to attend a meeting about Human Genographic Project. He was the only Scientist from India in the Brainstorming meeting, which was meant to discuss the future course of action for globally renowned Human Genographic Project. The project emphasizes on understanding the evolutionary perspectives of modern humans worldwide and specifically deep in time ancestral migration history of human Populations. Dr. Swarkar Sharma is a key researcher in the area and his research work primarily targets the population of Jammu and Kashmir, India. In his trip to USA (10th December 2016 to 19th December 2016), he also visited various research groups at UTSouthwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas USA and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA to seek future Indo-US collaborative research Opportunities and Projects.
Sonali Verma of Biotechnology, SMVDU brought laurel to University as she won Third prize in “Best Oral presentation” and a cash prize of five thousand Rupees at “The Silver Jubilee conference of Association of Gynecologic Oncologists of India" at Leela Ambience Gurgaon, India from 2nd Dec to 4th Dec 2016. She is Pursuing Ph.D. in Biotechnology under the supervision of Dr.Rakesh Kumar Assistant Professor and Co-supervision of HoD Biotechnology Professor Vijeshwar Verma, from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU). The presented study, “Genetic analysis of OGG (rs1052133) in Ovarian Cancer females from Jammu and Kashmir region” the study has been carried out in collaboration with Dr.Ajay Wakhloo and Dr.Deepak Abrol, of SMGS and GMC Jammu. National and international delegates attended the Conference. The study indicates a genetic polymorphism in a DNA repair gene OGG1 is found to decrease the risk of developing Ovarian Cancer, in females of Jammu and Kashmir region.
According to Dr. Rakesh from SMVDU, more work needs to follow the preliminary results and the findings can act as biomarkers for ovarian tumors patients in future. It is worth mentioning that this could happen only because of the research MoU signed between the two institutes. Dr Vishal R Tandon Associate Professor, GMC Jammu and Dr Rakesh from SMVDU are principal Coordinators for any Joint research and academic activity between two institutions as per the MoU. Principal/Dean of GMC Jammu Dr Zahid Gilani and honorable vice chancellor of SMVDU Dr. Sanjeev Jain congratulated the team for bagging the award and bringing the laurels to state.
Honrable VC of SMVDU Dr. Sanjeev Jain has been laying stress on collaborative work and encouraging the faculty for it from day one he joined the University. He laid emphasis on such studies and reiterated that these studies are commendable for their international standards and the highlight being the collaboration between basic scientists and clinicians which will go a long way in patient care and data generation from Jammu and Kashmir. Dr Rahul Sharma and Dr Deepak Abrol were of the opinion that XRCC1 GENE Polymorphisms can be the answer to Million dollar Question why some people get cancer and some don’t.
A renowned scholar of Indian Philosophy and retired Professor of Philosophy and Religion from Davis and Elkins College, West Virginia (USA), Prof. Kisor Kumar Chakrabarti visited SMVDU from 25th Nov. – 12th Dec. 2016 as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Philosophy & Culture (DOPC). During his visit, he conducted 11 text-reading sessions with the faculty members and research students of DOPC. Several sections of the Nyaya text called Karikavali with a commentary Muktavali, authored by Vishvanatha Panchanana (a Nyaya philosopher of 17th century AD), were taken up for discussion. A dense philosophical debate on the relevance of prayer in the beginning of a Sanskrit text, the Nyaya causal argument for the existence of God, the logical grounds for the acceptance of an immaterial self were some of the topics for the discussion. Prof. Chakrabarti lucidly demonstrated very impressive pedagogy for philosophical discussion. He compared philosophical debates in India with the western logical tradition and pointed out with convincing examples that the density of debate in Indian philosophical tradition is unparalleled. Apart from the text reading sessions, he delivered a lecture on “Value Education and Virtue” in the Thursday Mind-Meet (a regular discussion forum in SMVDU) on 1st Dec. 2016. In his lecture, Prof. Chakrabarti suggested that every decision in our life should have two considerations: it should have achievable goals and it must not produce more harm than good. He was also the keynote speaker in the celebration of World Philosophy Day which was organized by DOPC on 2nd Dec. 2016 with the financial assistance of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi. In the last meeting on 12th Dec. 2016, Prof. Chakrabarti gave valuable suggestions regarding the contents of “Discourse on Human Virtues” course. This course is offered by the Department of Philosophy and Culture to inculcate the sense of virtues in every student of the University. It is in the furtherance of the directions of UGC to impart value education to the students. Prof. Chakrabarti is the author of many books on Indian philosophy and his books are adopted by more than 500 universities across the world in their curriculum of philosophy. Also, he is the President of the Institute for Cross Cultural Studies and Academic Exchange which organizes various academic events across the world and facilitates faculty and student exchange between India and USA. Besides, Prof. Chakrabarti is the Editor of the Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion which is regularly published since 1996.
National Level Faculty Development Programme on ‘’Entrepreneurship Development was inaugurated at SMVDU. The programme is being organized by Entrepreneurship Development Cell, SMVDU with the financial support from DST-NIMAT Project Government of India. During his Inaugural address Sh. Satish Kaul, Resident Director, Emcure Pharmaceutical Ltd. and Chief Guest of the ceremony highlighted the effectiveness of such kind of development programme for the faculty members. With the help of real life examples and short stories, he explained the attributes of entrepreneurs and mentioned that commitment and dedication are the key virtues for enjoying success with flying colours on the path of entrepreneurial endeavors.
Earlier during the function, Chief Coordinator, Entrepreneurship Development Cell, SMVDU & Associate Professor, School of Business, Dr. Supran Kumar Sharma extended warm welcome to the participating faculty members of the programme. While introducing the aims and objectives of the programme to the participants, he underlined that this programme aspires to provide essential tools and techniques related with entrepreneurship development to the faculty members so that they can effectively apply this know-how in their classroom teaching, research and self-generated new knowledge. Dr. Ashutosh Vashistha, Associate Professor, School of Business provided a brief overview of activities of School of Business and wished happy journey to the participants. Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU conveyed his best wishes for the programme.
This two week long programme will comprise of various interactive sessions comprised of case study discussions, panel discussions, business plan preparation, brain-storming, library research, role plays, etc. which will be taken by esteem resource persons from academia, corporate and industrial training institutes including MSME DI, Jammu; JKEDI; NITIE Mumbai; University of Jammu; IIT Roorkee; IIT Delhi, etc. apart from in-house resource persons. One day field visit would also be the part of this ambitious event. The participants of the programme belong to different universities/institutions including Guru Jambeshwar University, Hisar; Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad; Central University of Jammu; University of Jammu,
SMVDU, Katra: A One Day seminar on the theme “Philosophy, Science, and Technology” was organized by the Department of Philosophy & Culture, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University to celebrate World Philosophy Day 2016. The event is sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi which selects institutions on the basis of the proposal sent by them. The World Philosophy Day is a UNESCO initiative to popularize philosophy among common citizens. The Seminar started with welcome address by Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi, Head, Department of Philosophy & Culture. A famous Naiyayika and Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Dr. Kisor Kumar Chakrabarti, delivered a special lecture on “Psychophysical Dualism: Mind is not Body” in the inaugural session. He refuted the misconception held by many that Indian philosophy is not scientific or philosophy proper. He argued that Indian Philosophical Systems, such as Nyaya, have a well developed logical system which is congruent with the modern scientific world view and not the Cartesian view of mind-body relationship. Dr. Vandana Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, addressed the audience and emphasized the need to come out of the Eurocentric, post-colonial mind set in the pursuit of knowledge and research.
In the technical session, altogether six papers were presented. Among the speakers Dr. Murugesan Arumugan and Mr. Ajay Kumar Singh, Assistant Professors, from Centre for Comparative Religions and Civilizations, Central University of Jammu; and Mr. Sumanta Sarathi Sharma, Dr. Ashoka Kumar Tarai, Dr. Madhu Mangal Chaturvedi, Assistant Professors, Department of Philosophy & Culture, Rajat Mishra 4th Year B. Tech. Student from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, delivered talks on various issues on the theme. Dr. Dinesh Kumar Jamwal, GCW, Gandhinagar, Mr. Rituraj Sharma, GDC, Parade, Mr. Sandeep Sharma, GDC, Akhnoor, and Ms. Anuradha, GDC, Udhumpur along with their students attended the seminar. At the end Dr. Anil Kumar Tewari, Assistant Professor, DoPC, SMVDU, who chaired the technical session summarized the proceedings of the seminar and delivered vote of thanks.
A Five Day Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on “Use of Tools and Techniques in Research” was organized by the Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) from 28th November to 2nd December, 2016. The programme took place in the gracious presence of Professor Sanjeev Jain, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of SMVDU, who generously accepted the invitation and chaired the inaugural session as Chief Guest. Professor Hardeep Chahel from Department of Commerce, University of Jammu was kind enough to be the Guest of Honour of the programme. In his welcome address, Professor Jain encouraged the participants to utilise the opportunity and explore the new research techniques to enrich their research. Prof. Chahel emphasized the benefits of Faculty Development Programme, illustrating how essential they are for enhancing research knowledge and for publishing good papers.
Adding to the details about the program, Dr. Pabitra Kumar Jena, Course Coordinator of the Programme enlightened the participants about the importance of the use of research tools and techniques in research and how this Programme will benefit them for in-depth understanding of research and its implication in decision making process. The main topics of the programme was importance and scope of research, types of research, steps in the process of research, language issues of research, tools and techniques used in research, testing of hypothesis, tool of data collection, questionnaire design, Introduction to econometric modeling. univariate analysis & bivariate modelling, simple and multiple regression modeling, dummy variable models, limited dependent variable models, times series analysis, stationarity test, VAR & granger causality, tips for writing good paper and publication of empirical papers in indexed and high impact factor journals.
Students of Five Year Integrated MSc. Economics from SMVDU have bagged special awards in National Level Paper Presentation Contest on “MAKE IN INDIA” organized by SATHYABAMA UNIVERSITY, CHENNAI on 19th November,2016. PARAS DUBEY, Student of Five Years Integrated M.Sc. Economics, 2nd year and faculty mentor Dr. KAKLI MAJUMDAR, from DOE won the “THE BEST CONCEPT AWARD” for their paper titled “PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTUS OF SERICULTURE :-A MICRO LEVEL STUDY OF JAMMU REGION” .
Another one presented paper titled “CONTRIBUTION OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR TOWARDS MAKE IN INDIA” by BHUMIKA SHARMA, Student of Five Years Integrated Masters in Economics, 2nd year and Dr. PABITRA KUMAR JENA, Assistant Professor, DOE was received the “THE BEST GUIDE AWARD”. Besides, the paper titled “MAKE IN INDIA” by RAJAT JAIN, SHIVANGI SADHOTRA and faculty guide DR. ASHUTOSH VASHISTHA was selected for presentation.
Miss Suhasini Gupta, student of 5th semester, Five Year Integrated M. Sc. Economics, SMVDU has secured Third Position in a National Level Essay Competition organized by SARDAR VALLABHAI PATEL SMARAK TRUST , New Delhi. Certificate as well as cash prize of Rs. 5000/- was awarded to Miss Suhasini. The Topic of the essay competition was “FARMERS of 21st CENTURY INDIA AND AGRARIAN VISION of SARDAR PATEL. The competition was held during August 2016 and the result was announced on 10th November 2016.
SMVDU, Katra: The 2nd Inter-State (North Zone) Declamation Contest for the Silver Rolling Trophy instituted by Governor Sh. N. N. Vohra was organized at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University on 30th November. Total 38 participants from the northern States like J&K, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi participated in the declamation on the theme “Does religion defy rationality?” The speakers boldly highlighted that in the age of reason all religions, beliefs, established convictions have to be examined and what does not appeal to human understanding cannot be accepted. The declamation contest began with a welcome note by Dr. V. K. Tripathi President Board of Cultural Activities and the inaugural address by the Dean of Students Dr. Yugal Khajuria.
Jenab Naeem Akhtar, Hon’ble Minister for Education J&K State was the Chief Guest in the valedictory session in the evening. In his address, he highlighted that there is no necessary contradiction between faith and reason but we need to understand their due roles in life. Rationality is that we don’t allow religion to become a barrier or to create the differences between people. If we have mutual doubts about each other in society, our all speeches and preaching will not be effective. We need to remove these doubts particularly in a country like us where there is space for believers of every sect and religion. Intolerance in the name of religion is irrational. Dr. Sanjeev Jain, the Vice Chancellor SMVDU called upon students to take a leading role in the new age of education when employment generation, entrepreneurship acumen and converting ideas into reality are much needed. At the end, the evaluations made by the jury members namely Swami Nirantarananda from Ramakrishna Mission Jammu and Mr. David Devadas a well-known writer, was disclosed and announced. Mr. Suraj Kumar from Govt. Degree College Dharmashala bagged the Silver Rolling Trophy and emerged the Best Speaker. The second positions went to Shivika Thakur from the University of Jammu and Dunger Ram JNV University Jodhpur jointly and third position went to Prabhjot Kaur from the Central University of Jammu. Ramneet from University of Jammu and Jhilmil Mengi from GCW Gandhinagar were awarded the consolation prizes. Shivika Thakur and Ramneet Kaur from the University of Jammu bagged the Best Team award. Mr. Abhinav Dwivedi, Raghav Gupta, Mehul, Siddhant, Navleen Kaur and Anshul Gupta thrilled the audience with their musical performances.
Dr. Rakesh Kumar Vice President BCA presented a vote of thanks. Registrar Mr. Ajay Khajuria, Prof. V. Verma Dean Engineering, Prof. V. K. Bhat Dean Sciences, Dr. Vandhana Sharma Dean Humanities, Dr. Sumeet Gupta Dean Academic Affairs, faculty, students and staff were present on the occasion. Ms. Khushboo Julfi, Mangalam Mishra, Vimarsh Padha, Rishab Raina, Sahil Arora, Vedika Sumbli, Aastha Raj, Abhishek Tiwari, Sahil Pandita, Vaibhaw Sawhney, Akul Gupta, Roy Keshav, Aditij Tandon, Rakshit, Alankrit Srivastav, Iresh Mishra, Divyarjun Rautela, Siddhant Sharma, Abhishek Mahajan, Abhinaw Kumar, Prayalankar Ashutosh, Varun Sharma, Sushain Raina, Gurman Singh, Amreen Qadir; our alumni Mr. Ritesh Verma, Minakshi and Shaurya Jain and from staff Mr. Gaurav Jamwal, Mr. Opinder Singh Sidhu, Mr. Rakesh Magotra managed the show.