Dr. V. K. Dogra, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture & Landscape Design, SMVDU, attended International conference on “Alternative & Renewable Energy Quest in Architecture and Urbanism (AREQ) held in POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA BARCELONA-TECH at Barcelona, Spain from 1st to 3rd February 2017. He presented his research paper titled “Potential Alternate Energy Resources for Sustainability: A Must Need for a Top Indian Pilgrimage City” during the conference. The paper was coauthored by Ar. Anoop Kumar Sharma, Assistant Professor, SMVDU.
In the research paper, Dr. V. K. Dogra stressed on harnessing the solar energy, wind energy biomass energy and construction of mini hydropower plants along Jhajjar Nalah near Domail and Sacred Ban Ganga to meet the ever-increasing demands of Katra town and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
Katra: In continuation with the lecture series by experts from industry, Department of Mechanical Engineering, SMVDU organized a guest lecture on “Indian Thermal Power Sector- An Insight” by Er. Sameer Ahmad Bhat , Engineer, BHEL Power Sector, Western Region. The speaker dealt with the various technical aspects of a typical thermal power plant and shared his experiences about the thermal sector. The speaker also gave a detailed overview of the various technologies aimed at improving the efficiency of the thermal power systems and to mitigate the environmental hazards. In the end, an interactive session was held with the students. Dr. Balbir Singh, HoD, DoME conveyed his thanks to the expert for sharing his experiences with the students. The event was attended by faculty, students and research scholars of Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Dr. Kuldip Raj, Asstt. Prof. Department of Mathematics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra presented a research paper entitled “Strongly convergent sequence spaces of Modulus functions and infinite matrix over n-normed spaces” in the 6th International Conference on Mathematics and Information Sciences “ICMIS-17” which was held on 9th -11th, February, 2017 at Zewail city of Science and Technology, Cairo Egypt. In the conference some Eminent Professors from different countries like Russia, Morocco, Turkey, Chicago, Uzbekistan etc. also presented their research work.
In the research paper, Dr. Kuldip Raj highlighted the applications of matrices to generate some strongly convergent sequence spaces over n-normed spaces. He also given some characterizations of strongly convergent sequences and study their statistical convergence. Finally, he highlighted some results on Fourier series using Modulus functions and infinite matrix.
Dr. Ajay K. Sharma, Asstt. Prof. Department of Mathematics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra presented a research paper entitled “Difference of composition operators” in the 6th International Conference on Mathematics and Information Sciences “ICMIS-17” which was held on 9th -11th, February, 2017 at Zewail city of Science and Technology, Cairo Egypt. In the conference some Eminent Professors from different countries like Russia, Turkey, Uzbekistan etc. also presented their work. In the research paper, Dr. Sharma presented an open problem concerning the difference of composition operators on the Hardy space.
A Sustainable House Model for sub-tropical climate was presented in the form of Research Paper entitled ‘Building a Green Home Using Local Resources and Sustainable Technology in Jammu Region – A Case Study’ at the International Conference organized by IEREK from 1st Feb-3rd Feb’2017 at Universitat Polytechnica de Catalunya, Barcelona. IEREK is an international institution that is concerned with the exchange of knowledge and enhancing research through organizing and managing conferences in all fields of knowledge. The research article aims at developing a Green Residence in Jammu city, where the concept of sustainability is missing in the current scenario. The research focuses on local resources available and utilizing natural resources efficiently; establishing green roofs, planting trees to control the overall temperature and provide better air quality; and making an effort towards conserving resources and reducing the carbon foot print. Such a solution for designing of a Residence will definitely act as a role model in the making of smart cities. The Research Paper was further published in the proceedings of Elsevier in "Energy Procedia".
The annual literature festival of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Lit Life’17 which is organized by the Department of Languages and literature every year, was held with enthusiasm and fanfare in the Matrika Auditorium of University campus on 19th -20th February 2017. Lit Life with a catch line literature in life, literature for life has been an initiative of the Department of languages and literature which began in the year 2013 and the festival has been growing every year since them. The festival was inaugurated by Dr. Aziz Hajini, Secretary, JK Academy of Art, Culture and Languages and Sahitya Akademi awardee Kashmiri writer and translator. In the inaugural address, Dr. Hajini appreciated the effort of SMVDU to organise an annual Literature fest and said that Literature being a fine art is a rare faculty and blessed are the ones who possess it. Further highlighting the nuances of creativity as a writer, he shared various experiences of his life with the participants. Further, he highlighted how regional literature is threatened by current consumerist approach of both reader and writer. Speaking about Lit Life’17, Dr. Vandana Sharma, Dean, Head of the department said that the theme of Lit life 2017 is ‘Literature in the 21st century which has brought together creative minds from diverse fields of the country. Moreover, the fest aims to inculcate literary sensibilities among the students of schools, colleges and Universities. Interdisciplinary in orientation, Lit Life’17 had been planned to have stimulating sessions on Writing our Times, Womens Writing, Kavya Gosthi, Writing and Journalism, and on Blogging.
Prominent speakers in the fest were Sayeed Naqvi, prominent Journalist and commentator who in the session, Writing and Journalism spoke about his career in writing and journalism and also about his recent popular book, Being the Other, Muslim in India. Speaking on the occasion , Mr Saeed said that his book is a captivating glimpse of his life to unravel some hidden political truths about disharmony between Hindus and Muslims, which was fuelled during colonial era and in this book he has documented some interesting anecdotes like how how Muslims have been writing profusely about Krishna Leela and originally there existed no disharmony between Hindus and Muslims and his books aims at dispelling the Otherness, which muslims are subjected to in the continent.
Another notable session in the fest was “Writing our Times” where Danesh Rana, IGP, Jammu spoke about his novel Red Maize. In the session, Mr. Rana said that his creative impulses and professional exigencies move parallel. Speaking about the book, he said that he has always been inspired by the narrative style of writers like Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Marquez and how he preserved with the initial drafts of Red Maize in an attempt to make it emerge as a masterpiece. Further, he said that in Red Maize, he has portrayed the magnitude of suffering, which people are subjected to in any kind of conflictand being a cop he has projected an unbiased facet of militancy in J&K. Continuing his literary exploits, he is soon going to come up with a new book, which is also his expression and reflections on current situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly Jammu as his Dogra identity is dear to him and he feels it to be his responsibility to uphold that.
Have Bloggers carved out a space in the digital world was another popular session, where Mr. Arvind passey, senior Journalist and blogger said that how blogging helps to writing instincts to evolve with digital age acting as a catalyst.
Prominent poets and scholars who spoke in the Fest were Shiv Nirmohi, noted writer and scholar, Prakash Premi, Sh O P Vidarthi IFS, Sahitya Akademi awardee, Dr. Veena Pandita, Surjit Hosh, Sunita Singh, Shivani Anand, Bhagwati, Fauzia Mugal, Jagdeep Dubely, Namrata. Yogita Yadav, Gyanpeeth awardee and Aarushi Thakur, Young woman Director of Natrang were speakers in the session Women Writing and the Modern Lingo.
The Jammu Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages sponsored the Folk performances of Jammu and Kashmir as the festival aimed at celebrating creativity at its manifestation. Various schools, colleges and University of Jammu participated in the fest enthusiastically. Significant event in the fest included Dramatic Performance, Literary quiz and also Story-telling and Students’ Creativity, which provided a platform to youngsters to showcase their literary creativity. The first prized in the Play was bagged by MIER College, Jammu; and SMVD University and GDC Udhampur were felicitated with the second and third prize. In quiz competition, GMC Jammu got the first prize; GDC Udhampur and SMVD University got the second prize, whereas the University of Jammu was felicitated with the third prize. In Story telling competition, Matngi Sharma of Jodhamal Public School bagged the first prize; Suhani Sharma, Jodhamal Public School and Parul Sharma, DPS Katra got the second and third prize. In Students’ Creativity session, Arjun Hans, University of Jammu bagged the first prize whereas Emu Sharma, MIER College and Chirdeep Malhotra, GMC Jammu were felicitated with the Second and the third prize.
The event was partially sponsored by Hotel Galaxy; Hotel Kerni Palace, Katra; Ganga Ram Dry Fruits Merchants, Katra and Wagon, Bahu Plaza, Jammu.
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. 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.
The 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.
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Abhimanyu 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.
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.