On the basis of the recommendations of the Evaluation Committee, Central Council of Association of Microbiologists of India awarded two Fellowships (FAMI-2009) of the Academy of Microbiologists of India in 2009 during its 50th annual conference at NCL, Pune from Dec., 15-17, 2009 to Professor V. Verma, Dean College of Sciences & Director School of Biotechnology, SMVDU, Katra and Dr. Praveen Rishi, Professor of Microbiology, Punjab University, Chandigarh. The award to Prof. Verma was given for his outstanding work in the field of Microbial Biotechnology. Prof. Verma has authored more than 80 publications and has 18 international patents to his credit. 2 technologies have been transferred to the private industries while 2 are under negotiation for the transfer. Prof. Verma is a member of a number of National and International scientific societies and has also been elected as Member of Indian National Academy of Science. Prof. Verma has a number of international collaborations e.g., with Laval University Qubec, Canada; Kansas State University, USA and University of Mauritius under UGC-TEC Consortium. He has supervised 10 Ph.D. students registered in various Indian universities.
A memorandum of Understanding has been signed between State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) J&K Government, Jammu/Srinagar and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra on 3rd Dec 2009 in the university. Prof. N.K.Bansal, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU and Dr. R.D. Tiwari , Director SFRI signed the MOU in presence of Dean of Engineering Prof. M.L.Garg, Dean of Sciences Prof. V.Verma, Dean of Humanities & Social Science Prof. R.S.Misra, Dean of Students Prof. S.Chandra, Registrar Mrs. Roop Avtar Kour (IFS) and faculty of School of Biotechnology, SMVDU.
The MOU will focus on enforcement for 3 years in the first instance and extendable with mutual agreement.SMVDU and SFRI will cooperate in mutual field of Research & Development, Education Training & Dissemination of Technology, and Knowledge of long term basis. Senior Faculty of Biotechnology of SMVDU will help SFRI in developing Research facilities in SFRI.SFRI will setup demonstration plots in varsity for which the latter will provide area in its campus.
The two institutes will develop Joint venture Research project for funding for Government of India. SFRI undertake large scale afforestation and reforestation programme in the varsity.
“Srinagar recommendation on climate change and glacial retreat plan – Regionally and locally” shall be persuaded jointly and programme shall be developed to address the climate change mitigation measure effectively. Mrs. Roop Avtar Kour (IFS), Registrar SMVD University has been nominated as nodal officer from the University for Meaningful Reflective Implementation of the MOU with SFRI.
Katra Dec 5: In continuation of memorandum of Understanding was signed between State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) J&K Government, Jammu/Srinagar and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra , the plantation drive was conducted in the campus to make the varsity more eco-friendly.
Those who were present on the occasion, Dr. R.D. Tiwari, Director SFRI signed, Dean of Engineering Prof. M.L.Garg, Dean of Sciences Prof. V.Verma, Dean of Humanities & Social Science Prof. R.S.Misra, Dean of Students Prof. S.Chandra , Directors , faculty of various schools and guest from SFRI.
Mrs. Roop Avtar Kour (IFS), Registrar SMVD University, the nodal officer of the project was also present on the occasion.
The School of Philosophy and Culture of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Katra celebrated the International Philosophy Day on November 28, 2009. The Day is observed all over the world by UNESCO on every third Thursday of November in order to commemorate the birthday of Socrates, the great Greek philosopher. The celebration in the University consisted of a panel discussion on the theme of “Interrelationship between Philosophy, Science and Culture” in the morning session and a lecture on “Kashmir Shaivism and Culture” in the afternoon. Prof. Lalit Mangotra, Professor of Physics, Jammu University, who initiated the panel discussion, pointed out how the findings in science contributed to philosophy and the various ways in which philosophy, science and culture interact with one another. Prof. Bijoy H. Boruah, Professor of Philosophy, IIT Delhi, spoke of the dispassionate interest underlying the scientific pursuit and argued that cultural factors guiding scientific activity are not to be understood as stemming from the principles of science. Other panelists included Prof. Veda Kumari Ghai, Professor of Sanskrit (retd.), Jammu University, Dr. Varun K. Tripathi and Mr. Anil K. Tewari, Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Philosophy respectively in SMVD University. The discussion was chaired by Prof. R.S. Misra, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, SMVD University.
In the afternoon session, a special lecture on “Kashmir Shaivism and Culture” was delivered by Prof. Veda Kumari Ghai, in which she emphasized that unlike the Advaita Vedanta tradition, Kashmir Shaivism accords equally real status to both the Divine and the world. Prof. Shiv Nirmohi and Prof. B. Labh of Jammu University commented on the lecture. Students and faculty members from Govt. College for Women Gandhi Nagar and Parade and MAM College, Jammu participated in the celebration. The event was sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi.
Katra 16 Nov. Three hundred and thirty eight graduating students were given away degrees at the second convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, including Doctor of Science ( Honoris Causa) upon Sh N.R Narayana Murthy. Mr. Murthy, Chaiman Infosys who was the Chief Guest on the occasion was given way the degree by the Chancellor of University H.E N.N Vohra and Chief Minister of the state Jenab Omar Abdullah, Guest of honour.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. N.K Bansal presented a brief report of the university, its achievements and accomplishments in a short span of just 5 years with a focus on the Research and development in the university. Guest of honor Jenab Abdullah congratulated the graduating students and expressed his satisfaction over the way SMVDU has taken off. He urged the graduating students to show utmost sincerity and integrity towards a new phase they have entered after graduating as they according to Jenab Abdullah are the “ambassadors of SMVDU.” He expressed his personal admiration for the Chief Guest Sh. Murthy who epitomizes the fact that wealth can be accumulated ethically and morally.
In his convocation address, the Chief Guest Sh. Murthy, Chairman Infosys expressed thanks to the Chancellor & Vice Chancellor of university for honoring him with Doctor of Science. He advised the graduating students to think as an Indian leaving all the shackles of regionalism so that they can work as global citizens. He reflected on the paradoxical Facet of India which is globally competent India as well as Poverty ridden sick India. He urged the graduating students to realize both facets of India.
The Chancellor H.E expressed satisfaction over the functioning of university and thanked the Chief Guest to spare his time despite his other engagements. He was glad over the fact that SMVDU has traversed the path of high quality research especially in Energy management.
The Convocation procession comprised of all the members of Academic Council, Executive Council headed by the Registrar of the university
Prof. N.K.Bansal – Vice Chancellor SMVDU addressed first passing out batch of artisans trainees under project of Ministry of textiles ''Training through established Institutions under HRD scheme'' 143 artisans of wood & metal craft from various part of the state had applied for enrollment. Out of 143 artisans 70 selected artisans underwent training in advanced technology related to wood working & metal working at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University.
Prof. Bansal congratulated the trainees and advised them to use the knowledge gained during their stay in SMVDU for betterment of themselves and society at large.
Project coordinator B.K.Bhatia said that second batch will be started very soon for which artisan have already submitted their applications and also in near future SMVDU has a proportion to create a knowledge and resource centre for the handicraft artisans of the state.
Prof . Alan Bensted, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of West England, Mr. Prem Kapoor, UWE representative from India and Mr. Amit Chaturvedi, Head North India, British Council Educational Activities visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University with a mission to explore the possibility of entering into a strategic planning with SMVDU. Welcoming the guests, Prof. N.K Bansal, Vice Chancellor SMVDU gave an overview of the university, its achievements and future plans of expansion.
In an overwhelming response, Prof. Bensted appreciated the fascinating frontier groundbreaking areas into which the university is engaged in teaching and research. He reinforced the idea of transnational education in current age and hoped that the university will continue to grow at same pace as it has grown in the short span of 5 years. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Prem Kapoor said that the university like SMVDU is an ideal institution for University of West England to enter into a strategic planning. The Head, North India British Council Mr. Amit Chaturvedi who has visited SMVDU in past also shared a secret that he was impressed by the potential of SMVDU in the very first visit and that is why initiated this fruitful collaboration for the benefit of North India in particular and India in general.
The interaction between Prof Bansal and Prof. Bensted and the Deans and Directors of various Colleges and Schools of SMVDU lasted for 2 hours followed by the visit of the team to different colleges of SMVDU.
Katra, 26 January: In connection with the 60th Republic day of India, an impressive and colorful function was held at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. The Vice Chancellor Prof. N.K Bansal unfurled the tricolor. In his address, Prof. Bansal congratulated the faculty, staff and students at the Republic day and highlighted the duties which are expected from every teacher and student, who is aware of his rights. He advised teachers to think beyond teaching as their duty and not to restrict their selves to teaching but to the building of the institution, research and society at large. Prof Bansal urged everyone to have a thought and work tirelessly to convert that thought into action.
He appreciated the effort made by some of the faculty members and students to open up a school for the children of laborers in the university On this occasion, a scintillating and a sparkling cultural programme was also presented by the students which included kathak performance, musical extravaganza, patriotic songs and group/ folk dances.
Katra 11 Dec. In its unflinching march towards excellence, Prof. N. K.Bansal, Vice Chancellor Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University has signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Laval University, Quebec Canada and Prathista Industries Secunderabad India. The MOU between Laval University – SMVDU – Prathista Industries aims at developing teaching and research resources as well as the promotion of International collaboration on the basis of equality and mutual assistance. Amongst its mode of cooperation the agreement includes the exchange of Professors, students, joint research activities, pedagogical and scientific documents and joint programmes and publication.
After signing the MOU, Prof. Bansal, a renowned Energy Scientist himself commented that the motto of collaboration is to use research for marketable technology for clean environment. He emphasized that since the University has already signed many MOU’s with National and International Institutions / Industries but this MOU will provide another significant leap to the research activities of SMVD University.
Mr. Sai Ram, CEO and MD Prathista Industries Ltd. shared his plan of setting up a manufacturing unit of Prathista Industries in J&K. Moreover, he said that MOU will benefit the students immensely by their training and recruitment at Prathista Idustries.
On this occasion Prof. V.Verma, Dean College of Sciences said that this MOU will give act as a bridge between the academia and Industry as it is imperative for the students of Industrial Bio Technology to get a first hand industrial exposure.
Hon’ble vice Chancellor of SMVDU, Katra Prof. N.K. Bansal and Dean College of Sciences Prof. V. Verma were invited by M/S Prathista Laboratories, Hyderabad from Nov.6-9, 2008 to visit their company and sign MOU. Both Prof. Bansal and Verma visited the company premises and signed the MOU with the company. The salient features of the MOU are:
The SHRI MATA VAISHNO DEVI UNIVERSITY and PRATHISTA INDUSTRIES LTD., recognizing the mutual interest in the field of research, development, education, training and dissemination of knowledge on long term basis in the area of Biotechnology & its related fields hereby agree to establish collaboration according to terms & conditions set out in the articles following hereunder:
1. JOINT RESEARCH ACTIVITY
Both the institutions Based on the expertise available shall encourage joint research activity & projects.
SMVDU & PRATHISTA will jointly submit Research proposals to ICAR/DBT/DST & other Government agencies for funding.
SMVDU & PRATHISTA will jointly submit Research proposals to International Research Institutes for funding.
PRATHISTA will facilitate sponsorship programs for research collaboration.
PRATHISTA and SMVDU will develop a mechanism for developing technology transfer under the provision of Intellectual property right.
SMVDU & PRATHISTA will develop Bio-efficacy data for various organic inputs by developing 40 to 60 acres of land at SMVDU Campus.
2. FACULTY & STUDENT
PRATHISTA and SMVDU will develop programs to facilitate faculty/students exchange program.
PRATHISTA will facilitate training & Placement of SMVDU students either from their own resources or from the resources available with the Government of India especially the Department of Biotechnology.
SMVDU will allow registration for Graduates/Post Graduates working with PRATHISTA for Post Graduation/Ph.D Degree Programs under partly paper & partly research program with internal & external guides. Prathista will provide detailed CVs of its 5-6 Scientists who can be external guilds for Post Graduation/Ph.D Degree Programs.
PRATHISTA will provide placements for SMVDU’s B.Tech./M.Sc. students in India & also for PRATHISTA overseas projects.
PRATHISTA will provide Technical support to the students of SMVDU for organic agricultural practices & SMVDU will incorporate Organic agriculture subject in B.Tech./M.Sc. Programme.
3. TENURE OF MOU
The tenure of MOU will be for period of five years effective from the date of its signatures by the parties. It can be renewed further with mutual consent.