Dr. Kakali Majumdar from DOE visited Melbourne Australia

Dr. Kakali Majumdar, from Department of Economics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University presented paper in Global Business and Social Science Research Conference at Melbourne, Australia during 23 – 24 February, 2017. Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne 328 Flinders St, VIC 3000 was the venue of the conference. Prof. Bob Clift Former Dean, University of Melbourne, Australia was the Conference Chair.

The title of the paper presented by Dr. Kakali was “Measurement of Growth and Trend Breaks of Pulse Production in India: An Empirical Study”. Besides the research explanation with regard to the prospect and problems of pulse production in India vis–a-vis World, the different measurement related advancement as well as the uses of various kinked models in growth estimation along with the trend breaks were discussed by Dr. Majumdar. She also got the opportunity to Chair a Session in the conference. Each and every session was very much interactive and informative.

Delegates from 14 countries namely Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, USA participated in the conference.

Dr. Kakali expresses thanks to the SMVDU authority for funding and encouraging her to avail the noble opportunity of attending such an enriching international conference at Melbourne Australia.


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An Industrial Academia Conclave was conducted by SMVDU on the occasion of NCITME 2017 (National Conference on Innovative Trends in Mechanical Engineering). The session was presided over by Dr. Balbir Singh (HOD Department of Mechanical Engg.). He briefed everyone about the conclave. The conclave saw the participation of various industries from Jammu namely Kamal Gupta (M/S Shubham Industries), Sandeep Gupta(M/S Kashmir Jam Industries), Milind Gupte (Emcure Pharmaceuticals), Vinay Sharma (Berger Paints India ltd.), D. S. Gujral (TV Super Filter Industry).

The academicians present for the discussion were Dr. Bhaskar Bhandarkar (Director General IIIE, Mumbai), Prof. Ashok Pundir (NITI, Powai), Dr. R. Arvind Singh (BIT, Tamil Nadu), Dr. Suparn Sharma, Dr. A. Vashishtha and Mr. B. K. Bhatia. The event started with a presentation on the Department of Mechanical engineering by Dr. Yatheshth Anand. It was followed by the discussion which pondered upon the live projects which can be done with industrial collaboration. The discussion mainly focussed on how the students can be a part of the industrial setup at a very early stage so as to have a better understanding of the industrial setup. Prof A. Pundir also talked about strengthening the surrounding areas and the institution by generating demand of the products that can be locally fabricated. The students from B.Tech (Mechanical) and M.Tech. (M&A) also asked many questions related to their trainings, live projects and placements, to which the representatives responded positively.

Dr. Balbir Singh, concluded the conclave with a vote of thanks to all the academicians and industrial representatives. A joint opinion was to have more of such conclaves. The representatives were felicitated for their participation.

NCITME-2017 concludes at SMVDU

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The 2-day National Conference on Innovative Trends in Mechanical Engineering concluded at SMVDU. The conference was held in collaboration with Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering. Prof. S Jayalaxmi delivered the keynote address of the day. She spoke at length about composite materials which were followed by an interactive session. Around 50 participants from different universities and engineering colleges all over India presented their research papers which were well deliberated upon. Mr. Hare Krishna from SRM College, Bihar, Abhishek Shukla, SMVDU, Gunjan Yadav, SVNIT, Surat and Avi Gupta, NIT Jalandhar were selected for best paper awards in different technical sessions. In the valedictory Prof. R. Arvind Singh and Prof. S. Jayalaxmi from BIT Tamil Nadu presided over. Dr. Balbir Singh, HoD Department of Mechanical Engineering presented a detailed report about the conference. Mr. Mir Irfan Ul Haq, AP, DoME presented the vote of thanks.

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Ashwani Nachappa interacts with SMVDU students

06032017 NachappaSMVDU Katra: Ashwani Nachappa, an accomplished former athlete and an Indian film actress from Karnataka, visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University on 3rd March 2017. She interacted with students in Matrika Auditorium; the hall was full of students. In her addressed she emphasized that everybody today wants to climb the ladder of success as fast as possible, but for every successful person the path has been the same and there have been challenges along the path of success, and one needs passion to meet the challenges. The difference is made not only by passion, but also by a deep interest in what one does – the interest makes the passion flow. What you do today should be different from what you did yesterday, with zeal and creativity. But remember, there are no shortcuts in life. You must feel lucky that your parents and this institution have given you everything you need. Now it is your task to shape your life. When you set your goals, you are the competitor of your own goals and the only way to succeed in such a competition is to excel not to compete. Excellence is not competition. The talk was followed by an extensive interaction session. Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Dean of Students, delivered a vote of thanks. Ms. Vedika Sumbli conducted the show.

It may be noted that Ms. Nachappa had won 2 silver medals in South Asian Federation games in 1984 hosted by Nepal. She had also won 2 silver medals, 3 gold medals in South Asian Federation Games in 1986 and 1988 hosted by Bangladesh and Pakistan respectively. She had also won Silver Medal in 4x100 m relay in Asian Games held in Beijing, China in 1990. During the interaction here, Mr. Ashok Sharma, Director Sports SMVDSB, Dr. V.K. Tripathi, President BCA, Mr. Rajeev Kumar, In-Charge Sports SMVDU, Cp. Sucha Singh Sports Coach. Mr. S. S. Sharma, Coordinator NSS, Dr. Pabitra Jena and Dr. Ajay Sharma were present. Ms. Nachappa also interacted with the Vice Chancellor Dr. Sanjeev Jain on promotion of sports and athletics at SMVDU. Dr. Jain also felicitated her.

SMVDU Students visited Science Express at Katra

SMVDU Katra: Around 250 students of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, mainly from Bachelor of Architecture, Energy Management, Mathematics, Biotechnology and Physics visited the Science Express at Katra on 2nd March. Science Express is an innovative mobile science exhibition of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, mounted on a 16 coach AC train. With the objective of arousing interest of the young people in the field of science and technology, the exhibition on wheels – Science Express, was launched from Delhi Safdarjung Railway station on October 30, 2007, which was stationed at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway Station yesterday. It is a mega outreach program of DST, Govt. of India and is being managed by Vikram A. Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC), since its inception in 2007.

The students had a chance to get exposed to the emergent issues in the fields of Ecosystem, Global Warming, Wildlife Conservation, Biotechnology, Indian inventions in Biotechnology, Reuse and Recycle Technology, Coral Reef, Aquatic Life, Jurassic Life, Solar and other Non-conventional Energy. Students interacted with the scientists and demonstrators over there. This was an unprecedented opportunity for students to learn about current concerns and engagement of Indian scientists and also a source of inspiration to study and research in science. Vice Chancellor Dr. Sanjeev Jain congratulated all the participating students.

Prof. Prajneshu delivers specials lectures for DoE and DoM

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02032017 news02Prof. Prajneshu Ex Head of Division ICAR-Indian Agricultural Statistical Research Institute delivered special lectures for Department of Economics (DoE) and Department of Mathematics (DoM) on 27th February, 2017 at SMVDU campus. The distinguish Prof. deliver his lecture in two sessions. His first lecture was on nonlinear growth models & their applications, where he discussed various types’ nonlinear growth models like monomolecular growth model, logistic growth model, gompertz model etc. He also discussed the problem with over-fitting of linear model. His second lecture was on fitting of non-linear time series model and its inability to forecast. He discussed the entire evolutionary trend of methodological development of non-linear models and showed how the most advanced version of nonlinear time series model like E-GARCH and F-GARCH etc fit the data and make robust. The lectures were highly interactive and informative. Students and faculty members were immensely benefitted from the lectures as well as from the interaction with him. At the end of the sessions, as a token of appreciation and respect a memento was handed over to Prof Prajneshu by Prof D Mukhopadhyay, Dean FoM . The whole programme was coordinated by Dr. Kirtti Ranjan from DoE and Dr. A. Das from DoM.

International Conference on Consciousness held at SMVDU

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SMVDU Katra: A Two-Day International Conference on “The Problem of Consciousness and the Brain-Brahman Dichotomy” was held at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, organized by the Dept. of Philosophy & Culture from 27-28 February. The inaugural session began with a welcome note by Dr. V. K. Tripathi, Head Dept. of Philosophy & Culture. The concept note was presented by Dr. Madhu Mangal Chaturvedi, the convener of the conference and inaugural address was delivered by Dr. Vandhana Sharma, Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The key-note lecture was delivered by Prof. A. K. Mukhopadhyaya, Head Laboratory Medicine, AIIMS, who marvelously connected the leading trends in neuroscience research and philosophical studies on consciousness. Dr. Angus Alexander James McBlane from IIT Gandhinagar spoke on “Brain Body Flesh: Merleau-Ponty on the ‘Problem’ of Consciousness”. Prof. H.S. Prasad from University of Delhi, Dr. Hari Narayan from IIT Jodhpur and S. Siddhartha from NIMHANS were some prominent speakers. Delegates from IIT Bombay, Manipal University, University of Jammu, and Presidency University also participated. Total 27 research papers were presented and thoughtfully deliberated upon.

The issue of consciousness is closely related to nature of reality, and therefore with world view of physics. What physics tells us about our universe and what we feel about our consciousness are in direct conflict. Therefore, the topic of the conference was very important since it addressed this spiritual concern about the nature and meaning of human consciousness vis-à-vis, materialism supported by modern physics. The concluding session was chaired by Dr. P. P. Singh from Govt. College for Women, Parade. The report of the conference was presented in the valedictory by the convener and the vote of thanks was delivered by the Head of Dept. Philosophy & Culture. Dr. Anil K. Tewari, Mr. Sumanta Sarathi Sharma, Dr. Ashoka K. Tarai, Dr. Amitabh Dwivedi were present.

SMVD University Organizes National Science Day Specially Abled Persons

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Faculty of Sciences in accordance with the guidelines of University Grants Commission, Govt. of India; celebrated National Science Day on 28th February, 2017 on the theme “Science and Technology for Specially Abled Persons”. It is a very worthy cause that UGC has chosen this theme for this year's celebration on the Birth Anniversary of renowned Indian Physicist Sir. C.V. Raman. Science is for everyone and it is never ending. It is this pursuit that has excited young students to take up Science as a career leading to the advancements in technology that have greatly helped the differently abled persons to meet their daily needs. Thirty differently abled students of Red Cross Home for Disabled, Jammu; students of Higher Secondary Schools Panthal and Sira Colony participated in the celebrations. Under the able guidance of Dr. Sanjeev Jain, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SMVDU – Patron of the event that the Day was celebrated at the Matrika Auditorium, SMVD University on 28th February, 2017. The Chief Guest of the Inaugural Session was Maj Gen. (Retd.)Mr. S.K. Razdan, (Kirti Chakra Awardee) Gurgaon, who presented the Key Note Address correlating modern science with ancient Vedic literature and verses from great Indian poets like Kabir Das and Ravi Das. He listed out the reasons for lack of interest amongst students these days in studies due to many distractive activities. He stressed on the need for promotion of Science and Technology teaching and the role of teachers and mentors in shaping the careers of young students. The Introductory address was presented by Prof. V.K. Bhat, Dean Faculty of Sciences and Convener while Prof. V. Verma, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Co-Convener of the event presented the Valedictory Address. Dr. Sharada M. Potukuchi, Assoc. Prof., Department of Biotechnology and Organizing Secretary of the event presented the Vote of Thanks on the occasion. The Organizing Committee was supported by Faculty Members of various Departments of the University, Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Head, DoP; Dr. A.K. Das, Head, DoM; Dr. Kuldeep Raj, AP, DoM; Dr. Sandeep Bhougal, AP, DoM; Dr. Surrender Singh, AP, DoM; Dr. Ram Prakash, AP, DoP; Mr. Pankaj Biswas, AP, DoP; Dr. Rakesh Kumar, AP, DoBT; Mr. Swastik, AP, DoECE and Mr. Anuj Mahajan, AP, DoCSE. The Resource persons of Technical Sessions included Dr. Manish Kumar Varshney, Orthopedic Surgeon, SMVDNSH, Kakryal; Ms. Geeta Mehta, Scientist (Retd.), CSIR-IIIM, Jammu; Physiotherapist and a team of Expert medical practitioners from various branches - Dr. Pooja, Dr. Shelly, Dr. Gopika, Dr. Preeti from SMVDNSH, Kakryal. The specially abled students were very happy to be part of the event and appreciated the efforts of the University in sparing time out for educating and entertaining them with a short Cultural programme staged by the PG students of Maths, Physics, Biotechnology, Computer Sciences.

Vice Chancellor flags off Ecokart-2017

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SMVDU, Katra: The Vice Chancellor of SMVDU, Prof. Sanjeev Jain today flagged off a team of 15 students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering to participate in Ecokart-2017 at Gurugram from 28th February to 3rd March, 2017.

Ecokart is an annual event in which teams from all over India participate to showcase their design and innovation skills in the fabrication of the Ecokart vehicle. It is pertinent to mention here that SMVDU Team “Mavericx” is the only team from J&K which is participating in the event. Earlier team “Mavericx” SMVDU qualified the virtual round and stood 16th among 103 teams all over India. The team was mentored jointly by Mr. Sanjay Mohan Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Mr. Mir Irfan Ul Haq, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Mr. Ankush Raina, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Around 50 teams from all over the country are set to participate in the dynamic round scheduled from 28th February to 3rd March, 2017.

The Vice Chancellor congratulated the team members for the successful fabrication and lauded the efforts put in by the faculty, students and the workshop staff especially the staff associated with the automobile lab Mr. Chandan Kumar. Prof. V. K. Bhat, Registrar SMVDU, Prof V Verma, Dean Faculty of Engineeringand Dr. Balbir Singh, HoD, Department of Mechanical Engineering also conveyed best wishes to the team. Mr. Mir Irfan Ul Haq, faculty coordinator of the event briefed all the dignitaries present on the ceremony about the Ecokart event and conveyed his thanks to all the persons who made the event a success especially the staff of the central workshop. Mr. Akash Srivastava Team Leader conveyed his thanks to the Vice Chancellor and faculty for providing an opportunity to participate in the Ecokart-2017 event. The ceremony ended with the demonstration of endurance of the Ecokart vehicle by the team driver.

Academic Council Meeting held at SMVDU

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SMVDU Katra: The 28th meeting of the Academic Council of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University was held on 26th Feb. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Sanjeev Jain, the Vice Chancellor of the University. Prof. Sunil Pandey, Prof. P. K. Jain, Prof. K. K. Biswas, Prof. Rajesh Srivastav, Prof. S. Dharmaraja and Sh. Lokesh Saxena were the external experts in the meeting. The Meeting began with a welcome note by the Registrar Prof. V. K. Bhat. The agenda items were presented by Dr. Sumeet Gupta, Dean Academic Affairs. Prof. V. Varma, Dean Faculty of Engineering, Prof. D. Mukhopadhyaya, Dean Faculty of Management, Dr. Vandana Sharma, Dean Humanities and Social Sciences and all the Heads of various departments attended the meeting.

In the meeting, concern over obtaining students feedback about their academic needs while reviewing and upgrading the curriculum was expressed. It was also impressed upon that while designing curriculum, the need of the industry and the compatibility of the curriculum with the corporate and industry requirements must be kept in mind. Introduction of self-study courses, out-of-the-class learning, industry exposure were also under emphasis. The external experts also expressed the need to conduct parent-teachers’ meet and it was highlighted that such meetings should be well planned and be part of the academic calendar of the University. Admission policies for NRI/foreign sponsored students, students with disability were also discussed. The expert members also suggested that the curriculum, benchmarking etc. should be in alignment with the National Institutional Ranking Framework of MHRD, of which public perception of the institution is an important component. The need was felt of training students about technical writing, interpersonal and other soft-skills and special training for writing research papers as the same is becoming a degree requirement for many programs. Launching of an MBA Executive program was also discussed. Policies for attracting senior faculty with outstanding record were also discussed. Numerous good decisions for students were taken with regard to facilitating their academic performance. The meeting ended with thanks by the Vice Chancellor to all experts and members.

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