A four-day Industrial cum Academic Tour was organized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra for the students of Department of Biotechnology and 53 students of B. Tech. (Biotechnology), M. Sc. (Biotechnology) and Ph.D. Biotechnology, participated. Students were accompanied by Dr. Sharada Potukuchi and Dr. Swarkar Sharma. The team visited Patanjali Food and Herbal Park, the Mega Food Park under the Scheme of the Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Government of India. It is one of the largest food and herbal parks in the world equipped with world-class manufacturing machinery and R&D facility. It has spread across an area of around 260 acres and mainly divided into four Blocks. Sh. K.K. Mishra, Head Public relations personally hosted the team and made it aware of various components of the park. He accompanied students to all the four 4 blocks, each with its own central Quality Control Laboratory and Quality Assurance unit. In the visit, students have been exposed to state of the art industrial technology processes. Students also had a chance to interact with scientists & technicians of various laboratories where they have been introduced to advanced techniques and methods involved in processing and Quality Control. In addition, students visited Herbal Storage Area of 1 lakh feet with 11000 tonnes capacity and have been informed that currently 550 herbs were in storage, including some very rare herbs. The overall trip was an academic bonanza for the students.
Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra delivered an invited talk entitled, “Recent Advances in Queuing Modelling with Customers’ Impatience” in a National Seminar on “Recent Advances in Mathematics and its Computational Aspects” at Department of Mathematics, Shaheed Mangal Pandey Govt. Girls P.G. College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.
Prof. V. Ravichandran (Prof. and Head) Dept. of Mathematics, University of Delhi was the chief guest of the seminar. The key note address was delivered by Prof. C. B. Gupta, BITS, Pilani. The other speakers of the seminar were Prof. Kapil Kumar Sharma (South Asian University, New Delhi), Dr. Vipin Kumar (BKBIET, Pilani), Dr. Satish Kumar (P.U. Chandigarh. The seminar was attended by participants from all over the India. Most of the research papers were from the area of Operations Research.
Dr. Rakesh deliberated on the recent advances in queuing models with customers’ impatience. At the very outset he emphasised on the need of mathematical modelling of queuing systems facing customers’ impatience as it leads to the loss of potential customers. He discussed the recent advances like queuing systems with catastrophes and customers’ impatience, queues with vacations and customers’ impatience, queuing systems with retention of impatient customers, and the queuing models with reverse balking. He also stressed upon the need of transient solutions of queuing models as these capture the real time functioning of queuing systems. He also chaired one session in the seminar.
One day national student seminar on “Current Issues and Challenges of Indian Economy’’ was organized by the Department of Economics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. The Chief Guest for this seminar was Professor V.K Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Management whereas Dr. Kakali Majumdar, Head, Department of Economics was the Guest of Honour for the occasion. Prof. V.K. Bhat encouraged the students to exploit the opportunity and discuss various issues and challenges of the Indian economy during the two sessions. Welcoming the participants to the seminar, Dr. Kakali Majumdar encouraged and appreciated them for availing the benefit provided to them by the Department of Economics through this seminar. Adding to the details about the program, Dr. Pabitra Kumar Jena, faculty advisor of the seminar enlightened the participants about the current issues and challenges of the Indian economy and how the seminar aims at detail and comprehensive debate and discussion on the challenges prevailing in the economy as well as framing policy suggestions in the present era. The seminar consisted of two technical sessions where the participants presented their research papers. Various topics were discussed during this seminar which included FDI, vicious circle of poverty, terrorism in J&K, make in India, financial inclusion, GST, inflation, public debt, NITI Aayog, black money, PDS, ICT, privatization, deficit budget, payment banking, entrepreneurship, public private partnership, digital India, and start up India. Around 20 papers were presented during the two sessions by participants both from the SMVD University as well as from various other institutions such as Jammu University, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, etc. .This one day national student seminar ended to be very informative and productive as various economic problems were discussed by the participants. The formal vote of thanks presented by Mr. Amarjit Singh, faculty coordinator of the seminar. He thanked administrative staffs of the University and students of the Department of Economics for conducting the seminar as well as the participants from various institutions for their active participation. The seminar concluded with the certificate distribution to all the participants. The competition for the research paper presentation took place in the seminar where first, second and third prize was awarded to Mr. Vimarsh Padha, Kanika Gupta & Anjali Sharma and Bhumika Shama & Himja Sharma respectively. The event was sponsored by SMVDU TBIC, Masterprep, Cost 2 Cost computers, Cyber Infotech and Dominos.
SMVDU, Katra, 12th November: A reputed theater group ‘Anukriti Rangmandal’ from Kanpur staged two legendary theater shows in Matrika Auditorium at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University on 11th and 12th November. The story revolves around the Nocholai Vaslowich Gogol’s The Government Inspector adapted by Sanjay Sahai in Hindi as Jaanch Padtaal. It is a story about a small township in India, where corruption rules. The latest news in the town is that the centre is sending a senior person to inspect the wrong doings in the township. The mayor calls an emergency meeting where magistrates, civil servants, school inspector, postmaster and the kotwali head, all the officers are called. They mistake a youth who is staying in a hotel as the inspector who has come from Delhi. When the young man, Kumar, disappears after having taken a lot of money from all the guilty officers in the town, the Mayor realizes that he has been fooled. In the meantime, the peon from the circuit house comes and tells the officers and the mayor that the inspector general, sent by the centre, has arrived.
On the second day, ‘Purush’ was staged. Purush' is a question on male-dominated society where a man prefers to defeat a women by committing rape instead of facing her courage. The play is weaved with sacraments given by an ideal teacher to his daughter. Although a house hold wife has different views with his teacher husband but always support unconditionally to him. Although this powerful Marathi play is scripted by famous prominent contemporary writer late Jaiwant Dalvi but it is effectively translated by Sudhakar Karkare with same spirit & tempo with highly appreciable efforts. The play also reveals the ugly face of inebriated politician. This Drama gave an emphatic message towards gender sensitization and empowerment of women, which is a quite contemporary subject. The play concludes with a unique revenge taken by educated and courageous daughter of an ideal teacher.
The team was welcomed by Dr. V. K. Tripathi, President Board of Cultural Activities of the University. The shows were directed by Dr. Omendra Kumar and Krishna Saxena, conceptualized by Nisha Verma. The main artists and actors were Mahendra Dhuria, Suresh Srivastav, Anil Nigam, Samrat Yadav, Yogesh Pandey, Rajeev Tiwari, Vijay Bhan Singh, Priya Mishra, Deepika Singh, Sanjay Sharma, Akshay Kumar, Shubham Bhadauria, Ajay Chauhan, Abhilash Tiwari, Mahesh Chandra, Raghavendra Prajapati, Geetika Lalwani, Tripti Raghav, Disha Verma. The back-stage team included Sirish Bahadur Sinha, Jolly Ghose, Akshay, Samrat, Anil, Deepika and Ajay. Faculty, staff, students, officials from CRPF camp Dheerti witnessed the show. Anukriti will also conduct a workshop on theater art for SMVDU students for coming ten days.
SMVDU Katra, An Eminent Lecture on the theme “Opportunities for Students in Emerging Economy” by Prof. D. P. Agrawal was delivered at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in the Matraika Auditorium. Prof. V. Verma, Dean Faculty of Engineering welcomed and introduced the speaker. Prof. Agrawal, former Chairman Union Public Service Commission, Educational Advisor to Ministry of HRD and Founder of the National Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior, speaking to the large audience of students and faculty of the University emphasized upon the role of the students in the emergent global economy. The world today is completely changed and the youth has to play a key role in the pace of progress not only in terms of contributing to economic and technical growth but in terms of meaningful existence and protection of the environment.
The role of the universities is to be seen in terms of producing students capable of leading the society in this direction. The curricula of the university education have to change - it is to be changed in conformity with the need of the future. The academia have to see how an engineering graduate, a scientist, a management professional perceives the world, foresees the challenges, imagines the solutions and envisages the course of future.
India is the fastest growing economy in the world today and if we have to develop as a nation, we should have more literacy, more education, and more employability. This cannot be achieved without opening up and creating new areas of knowledge. We need to closely watch the intersections of disciplines because the future research is to be conducted on the confluence of disciplines – disciplines have to converge, it cannot happen monotonously or stereotypically.
It is the youth that is going to change the world. Today the jobs are global; therefore the knowledge and skills have to be global in nature. Here is the role of the academic institutions and the teachers. The teachers must understand that they are not just going to impart knowledge what is already created but to make the students capable of creating new knowledge. The education has been challenged to put you in a different world than what you have conceived of it. To understand the need of today and tomorrow, the teaching and learning must go beyond the classroom-centric learning. In this context the role of clubs, societies, and research groups becomes important that leads the students beyond the classroom learning. Institutions must allow greater interaction, not just with themselves but with the society, industry, and the human beings in general. Institutions are not supposed to produce just machines.
Prof. Agrawal commenting upon the objectives of the ‘Neeti-Aayog’ emphasized that in view of the objective of equipping the youth with skills the youth have to think out of the box and come up with solutions. In the same spirit, the academic curricula have to be reviewed from the point of view of the objectives of the ‘Neeti-Aayog’. Today’s challenge is also to cut down the carbon footprint, meet the energy requirements etc. through the non-conventional sources of energy. One has a role towards every emergent problem of the society. It is therefore our responsibility to identify the problems of society, creating solutions, not necessarily perfect solutions but even working solutions, which at least trains the youth towards developing a mindset of finding solutions – this training is important. He also expressed an urgent need of making repository of the conventional knowledge of the nation, the conventional technologies which can be improvised to meet the current crisis. The advantage is that when the national knowledge is made relevant to current problems, it brings a national pride.
The session was followed by interactive session. Dr. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor SMVDU, felicitated the speaker and Dr. Anil K. Tewari delivered the vote of thanks. Dr. Sanjay Mishra, Dr. Suparn Sharma, Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Dr. Pankaj Bishwas, Dr. Sumeet Gupta, Dr. Balbir Singh, Dr. V. K. Tripathi and many other faculty members were present on the occasion.
Bijoy H. Boruah, Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi and an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Philosophy & Culture of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, visited SMVDU from 1st – 8th Nov. 2016. In his weeklong visit, Prof. Boruah delivered five lectures apart from the interactions with the faculty and research students of various departments. The first lecture was held on 2nd November on “The Aesthetics of Architecture” which was essentially meant for the faculty and students of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Design. In his talk, Prof. Boruah lucidly discussed the aesthetic relevance of the artifacts particularly the architectures. He remarked the double aspects involving utility and beauty of architectural designs. He obtained his PhD from the University of Guelph, Canada on the relationship between fiction and emotion. His doctoral research was published with the title “Fiction and Emotion: A Study in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Mind” in 1988 simultaneously by the Clarendon Press, Oxford, and Oxford University Press, New Delhi.
The second lecture was held on 3rd November 2016 as part of the Thursday Mind-Meet on the theme “The Political Morality and Citizen Agency”. The Thursday Mind-Meet is initiated by the Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sanjeev Jain to facilitate a weekly platform for the exchange of ideas on the themes of contemporary relevance. In his expert lecture in the 2nd Meet, Prof. Boruah made a distinction between ‘nationality’ and ‘citizenship’, the former being a cultural concept and the latter being a legal concept. His third lecture on 4th November on the theme “Narrative and the Self” was meant for the faculty and students of the Department of Languages and Literature. He used Argentine short-story writer Jorge Luis Borges’ story titled “Borges and I” to illustrate his points. The fourth lecture was on “The Idea of Interdisciplinary Research” which was held on 7th November. The PhD students and faculty of various Departments were inspired by his ideas and experiences. His fifth lecture in the evening of 7th November was based on the idea of value education. He discussed “the values of being a Human Person”. The lecture was attended by more than 700 students including those registered in “Discourse on Human Virtues”, a compulsory course meant to impart value education among the students of SMVDU. On the last day of his visit on 8th November, Prof. Boruah had an intensive meeting with the faculty and students of the Department of Philosophy & Culture for the future development of teaching and research in the department.
Equal Opportunity Cell in association with Training and Placement Cell in SMVDU organised a special lecture for students preparing for entry to Defence Services. Lt. Col. Bhaskar Gupta spoken on various schemes for entry into defence services for boys and girls. Service Selection Board (SSB) is the only gate for entry in Officer Cadre into defence services. Further, expert had interactive session with students on the various aspects of SSB. Event Coordinator, Dr. Balbir Singh, Assistant Professor from Department of Mechanical Engineering, being Ex-IAF personal highlighted the quality of life in defence which is incomparable and inspired students to join defence services.
One day Professional Development Programme for Enhancement of Soft Skills for Non-Teaching Staff of SMVDU was organized by Internal Quality Assurance Cell of SMVD University. The objective of this Professional Development Programme was to improve their soft skills so as to enhance their performance as well as personality. This is the second Professional Development Programme organised by IQAC of SMVDU under the Chairmanship of Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Honâble Vice-Chancellor, and SMVDU. While welcoming the workshop participants, Prof. V.K. Bhat, Director, IQAC, SMVDU emphasised on the importance of stress and time management in office. Expert lectures were conducted on topic covering stress management, time management, team management, inter-personal relation and performance enhancement techniques by Dr. Suparn Kumar Sharma, Associate Professor and Dr. Ashutosh Vashist, Associate Professor from School of Business and Dr. Balbir Singh from Department of Mechanical Engineering.
During the inaugural ceremony, Workshop Coordinator Dr. Balbir Singh shared their experience and highlighted various approaches to improve quality of life personally and professionally. More than 80 non-teaching staff members of SMVDU working at various designations including Assistant Registrar, Section Officer / Office Assistant / Technical Staff/Assistant Accounts Officer/ Account Assistant/Junior Engineers/ Para-Medical Staff/Library Staff / Workshop Operators/ etc. in various administrative / academic sections of the University participated in this workshop.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering SMVDU organized a one week ICT based short term course on Optimization using MATLAB in collaboration with the NITTTR, Chandigarh from 24th Oct. 2016 to 28th Oct. 2016. The course was an interdisciplinary course covering a wide range of participants not only from engineering background but also science, management etc. The course focused on the Optimization i.e. finding the ultimate or the best solution of the multivariate problems using a soft tool MATLAB.
The course was jointly coordinated by Er. Yatheshth Anand, Astt. Prof., DoME, FoE, SMVDU and Dr. Naveen Gondhi, Astt. Prof., DoCSE, FoE, SMVDU along with the NITTTR Chandigarh.
The course covered a wide range of topics pertaining to optimization. The discussions/lectures were delivered by some eminent professors and were focused on the linear programming problems; their formation & travelling salesman problems with a training emphasis on MATLAB. The hands on training on the Optimization tool and solving of Linear & Non- linear Problems with emphasis on intelligent techniques for engineering optimization using MATLAB was also part of the course.
Dr. Neera Verma, Professor of Economics, University of Kurukshetra delivered special lecture on ''GLOBAL POVERTY'' on 25th October at Department of Economics, SMVD University. Prof. Verma stressed upon the conceptual aspect of the poverty and said that poverty should not be defined unidimensionally rather there are various aspects associated. These are to be taken care off while defining poverty. She also talked about categorization of poverty ratio and targeting a particular category of poor mass in the policy framework. She then talked about the different poverty traps and reasons behind. Dr. Verma elaborated different methods of measuring poverty like Head Count Ratio, Poverty gap and Poverty indices. She presented some statistics about the global poverty scenario, as well as the scenario of poverty scenario in India. She mentioned the reports of RBI and Rangarajan Committee in this regard.
The lecture was followed by highly interactive question-answer session. Student and faculty members from Department of Economics and Business attended the lecture. The session ended with vote of thanks and offering memento to the valued guest.