Prof. Somesh Mathur delivered special lectures at Department of Economics, SMVDU

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Professor Somesh Mathur, from IIT Kanpur delivered special lectures at Department of Economics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University on 25th of October, 2016.

In the first session Prof. Mathur discussed on the topic Calculation of Ad Valorem Equivalents of Non-Tariff Barriers: A Case Study of 16 RCEP Countries€. 26102016 news02mbaHe highlighted that trade facilitation in Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) member countries has a positive impact on their bilateral trade. Prof. Mathur suggested that policy of trade liberalization should be a mixture of reduction of trade transaction costs and reduction of tariff barriers. Overall, trade liberalization between RCEP countries would become more successful if all types of barriers to trade is to be focused simultaneously.

The topic of his discussion during the second session was €œImpact Assessment of Britain€™'s exit from EU on India'€™s trade relation with EU and Britain€. In his lecture, Prof. Mathur highlighted that liberalisation of trade benefited India and EU both in terms of growth and welfare. Compared to visible trade liberalisation (removal of tariffs), reduction in non-tariff barriers (little improvement in trade facilitations) have much greater positive impact on welfare. When UK remains in EU, both India and EU were gaining from the FTA. Now after Britain being out of EU will have some deleterious repercussions on Indian trade.

The sessions were very much informative and interactive. Faculty members and students from both Department of Economics and Schoolof Business attended the sessions. At the end the successsful completion of the sessions, as a token of appretiation and respect, Department of Economics handed over memento and departmental publications to the distinguised guest.

National Level MDP on “Creating Highly Effective Family Businesses” concludes at SMVDU

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A National level Management Development Programme on “Creating Highly Effective Family Businesses” was successfully inaugurated today by School of Business, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra. CA Rakesh Gupta, Director, J&K Bank Ltd was the Chief Guest of the inaugural program. Shri Annil Suri, Former Chairman, Federation of Industries, Jammu & Former President, BBIA was the Guest of Honour. The program aims to equip participants with the concepts of creating a viable family business environment for owners, entrepreneurs, develop ‘workable’ plan(s), provide key to success in family business through peer discussion, sharing experience of business speakers and experts in the related areas. During the inaugural ceremony, Dr. Sanjay Kumar Mishra, Assistant Professor, SoB and Program Coordinator formally welcomed the gathering and briefed about the program. The inaugural programme was also addressed by the Guest of Honour and the Chief Guest. Delegates registered for the programme came from J & K and other states representing wide spectrum of academia. Faculty members, research scholars from other departments of SMVDU were also present in the inaugural programme.

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In the subsequent technical session’s eminent personalities and successful entrepreneurs delivered lectures on various dimensions of successful and effective family business. CA Rakesh Gupta, Director J & K Bank shared his views on strategies for getting best from the family business. Shri Annil Suri, discussed various aspects of continuity planning for family shareholder group. Eminent industrialist and Chairman, Confederation of Industries (Jammu Chapter) & Managing Director, KC. Group Shri Raju Chowdhary shared his vision on developing next generation leadership in family business. Prof. Manoj Joshi, Professor of Strategy Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Amity Business School, Amity University and expert in the area of family business highlighted the evolution, transition and governance in family business. All the sessions were highly interactive and effective.

SMVDU in Collaboration with TIFAC Organizes One Day Workshop on Patent Drafting and Filing

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One Day Workshop on “Patent Drafting and Filing” was organized by Department of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra in collaboration with Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India on 20th October, 2016. The Workshop was chaired by Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, who in his Inaugural Address stressed upon the importance of knowledge for technical aspects of Patent Filing and the procedures, which is an integral part of technological research. 21102016 news02He appreciated that the Faculty and Research Scholars of SMVDU have highly innovative patentable ideas and their participation in the Workshop will be useful to enrich the status of the University at International level by claiming rights for such technologies. The Coordinator of the Workshop Prof. V. Verma, Head, Department of Biotechnology and Dean Faculty of Engineering in his opening remarks highlighted the need for seeking Intellectual Property Rights in scientific research so that we do not forego on traditional information that has been transferred down from the Guru-Shishya system. He gave examples of how CSIR has been able to claim rights globally for traditional uses of medicinal plants like Neem, Ashwagandha, etc. In the first Technical Session, Prof Prabhat Ranjan, Executive Director, TIFAC; Guest of Honour for the occasion spoke in detail about the Technology Vision 2035 prepared by TIFAC for seeking protective rights on varied fields of Science and Technology. He also showcased some of the latest upcoming technologies that would be available to the common man by 2020. Dr Aruna Tiwary, IPR Scientist, PFC, TIFAC; spoke about Patent Information and its Accessibility describing the nitty-gritty of doing a patent search and drafting the same.

During the second Technical Session, Prof. H. S. Chawla, Prof. & Head, Genetics and Plant Breeding, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology briefed the participants about the various methods for Management of Intellectual Property Rights. He illustrated examples from the Biotechnology Sector, where in, we have been able to enforce our rights on some of the inventions made by Indian Scientists and Industrialists. Dr Schachindra Pandey, Senior Associate, K&S Partners Intellectual Property Attorneys briefed the participants about the features of an invention that will help in proving its Novelty and Inventiveness in the patent system and the aspects to be taken into consideration for preparing an acceptable application by the inventor. Dr. Umesh Pandey, Assistant Controller, Indian Patent Office explained the details for the procedures involved in the Patenting System in India and the functions of Patent offices at various locations in India. Dr. Shafaq Rasool, Asst. Prof., DoBT, the Organizing Secretary of the workshop presented the Vote of Thanks and Ms. Tishu Devi, Research Scholar, DoBT conducted the proceedings of the Workshop. The Workshop attracted 150 participants from all teaching Departments of SMVDU, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Katra; University of Jammu; Central University, Jammu; University of Kashmir , Srinagar and CSIR-IIIM, Jammu.

Professional Development Programme conducted for Non-Teaching Staff of SMVDU

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One day Professional Development Programme for Enhancement of Computer Skills for Non-Teaching Staff of SMVDU was organized by Internal Quality Assurance Cell of SMVD University. The aim of this Professional Development Programme was to upgrade the computer skills of non-teaching staff members of SMVDU. This is the first Professional Development Programme organised by IQAC of SMVDU under the Chairmanship of Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU. While welcoming the workshop participants, Prof. V.K. Bhat, Director, IQAC, SMVDU assured that it will be a continuous process and such kind of more programmes will be conducted under the umbrella of IQAC, SMVDU in future as a regular feature.

During the inaugural ceremony, Administrative Affairs Committee Coordinator of IQAC, Dr. Jyoti Sharma and Workshop Coordinator Dr. Balbir Singh inspired them to increase their horizon of knowledge through the active participation in such kind of development programmes. The four sessions were conducted in this workshop by in-house resource persons from Department of Computer Science and Engineering, SMVDU. The sessions include theory and hands-on sessions on topics MS-Office and latest upgrades in using MS office/e-mails/group mails, Google cloud, Google forms, etc. More than 70 non-teaching staff members of SMVDU working at various designations including Section Officer / Office Assistant / Junior Assistant / Para-Medical Staff/ Library Staff / Workshop Operator/ Technical Staff, etc. in various administrative / academic sections of the University participated in this workshop.

SMVDU Volleyball and Chess Team Competes in AIU North Zone

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Katra, J&K – Vice Chancellor S.K Jain congratulated and wished the Volleyball and Chess team good luck for their matches in Association of Indian Universities (AIU) North zone.

Volleyball team is going to Punjabi University, Patiala along with sports coach Sucha Singh. The team has won several competitions in the Inter and Intra University events. Volleyball Team will be headed by Siddhant Sharma(C) along with Dheeraj Sharma, Sahil Bhardwaj, Ashutosh Khajuria, Swapnil Kumar, Sahil Sharma, Saurabh Sawhney, Manuj Sharma, Vikram Rana, Vikas Kumar, Deepak Jha, Rushal Verma.

Chess team is going to Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technologyi, Hisar along with sports coach Sumit Sharma. The team comprises of national players with ratings more than 2100. Chess Team will be headed by Sameer Sengar(C), along with Pranav Sharma, Durgesh Satyam, Prayalankar Ashutosh, Abhishek Bundela, Shri Krishna Singh.

Entrepreneurship Skill Development Program Inaugurates at SMVDU

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Entrepreneurship Skill Development Program (ESDP) on ‘Business Development’ being organised by Entrepreneurship Development Cell, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in collaboration with MSME Development Institute, Jammu was inaugurated at SMVDU. During the inauguration session, Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU encouraged the participants to avail the benefit provided by Entrepreneurship Development Cell & Technology Business Incubation Center, SMVDU and asked to focus on innovation and the proper utilisation of resources, while starting up a business. Prof Jain put light on the issue ‘whether entrepreneurs are born or can be trained’ and also called for imbibing and inculcating novel techno-management skills for better learnings and education.

Giving a brief description about the program and MSME Development Institute, Mr. Virinder Sharma, Director, MSMEDI, Jammu energised the participants to exploit the opportunities and enhance their abilities in business development. Prof. G.M. Bhatt, University of Kashmir, present as special guest and resource person for initial sessions of the ESDP reflected on the importance of Ideation and protection. He also focussed on enhancing the entrepreneurial skills and improving the technology which can further results in up-gradation of India’s rank in no. of patents filed till date. Prof. V. Verma, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Prof. V.K. Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Management also wished success to the program and referred it as another feather in the cap of Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) of SMVDU. They mentioned that such kind of programmes under the umbrella of EDC will definitely help in generating more employment providers than seekers.

Earlier, Dr. Supran K. Sharma, Chief Coordinator EDC, SMVDU, welcome the participants, guests and faculty members. Adding to the details of the event, Dr. Sharma briefed the participants about the duration and the requirements of the program. The session witnessed a response full of zeal and enthusiasm from the participants. A total of 30 participants from different streams of B.Tech., MBA , Economics, etc. have registered for the program which will be covering 60 sessions including lecture sessions, hands-on trainings and industrial visits, etc. by different resource persons from academia, industry stalwarts as well as area experts. Dr Sushil K. Mehta, School of Business delivered a formal vote of thanks.

SMVDU’s Architecture Students organize SWACHH BHARAT DIWAS

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On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, Department of Architecture and Landscape Design (DoALD), SMDVU organized Swachh Bharat Diwas by collaborating with the Block Development Authority (Panthal) and the Gram Panchayat (Sirah Kotla). They took up the market area and carried out a vigorous cleaning drive throughout the day, which saw the support of all the stakeholders involved. The students also proposed installation of dustbins and public toilets for the market road to make the initiative sustainable which has been approved by the BDO officials.

After the cleanup, the students indulged in various activities to spread awareness among the villagers about waste management and proper disposal methods through slogan chanting, talking to the shopkeeper’s association as well as carrying it further into the village through door-to-door propagation. Graffiti were made on university walls facing the market to further the awareness drive. A small street play was organized by the students late in the evening after the Ram-Leela, to capture and spread awareness among the villagers who gathered there to witness Ramayan Play.

The street was in immense pressure of the plastic waste that was being generated there since Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University was set up in 1999 and with the recent opening of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super Specialty Hospital last year, the pressure increased many folds since the footfall in the village started growing exponentially. The villagers under pressure and ignorance used to get rid of the waste by burning it every day(including plastic waste) or disposed it in public spaces. The students were concerned by the rising amount of waste and health hazard risks, inculcated this cleanliness drive in their undertaken initiative. With the conclusion of Gandhi Jayanti celebration, a positive response was sensed in the community which gives us a ray of hope for a "€œCleaner and Greener India."€

SMVDU-TBIC conducts various events for potential entrepreneurs in the state of Jammu and Kashmir

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Technology Business Incubation Center Society (SMVDU-TBIC) conducted the fourth round of preliminary screening of Ideas submitted by potential entrepreneurs on their website The expert committee for this preliminary screening was comprised of all the Academic Departmental Heads of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University under the chairmanship of Dr. Sanjeev Jain, chairperson of the Governing Council and Managing committee of SMVDU-TBIC (Vice Chancellor, SMVDU). In addition, the committee also screened the presentations of shortlisted candidates for “SMVDU-TBIC Innovation challenge”. “Eco Shoes by Mr. Abhishek Kumar, Mr. Kumar Vaibhav and Mr. Anurag Kr Gupta”, for first; “In House Gizmo by Vaibhav Sawhney and Rajan Mahajan” for second and “E-Commerce targeting Tier 3 & 4 cities by M. Rohit Reddy ” won the third prize. “Waste to Power by Mr. Chaitanya” was given the consolation prize.

For the benefit of all in the state, SMVDU-TBIC has kept its online application portal open 24x7 for preliminary applications and every month preliminary screening is done. Techno-preneurs from all across the state are welcome to participate and for any enquiries can contact SMVDU-TBIC. So, far around 40 ideas from different regions of the state have been submitted and screened. SMVDU-Technology Business Incubation Center Society (SMVDU TBIC) is established at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Kakrial, Katra with the Grant-in-aid jointly from NSTEDB, DST, MoST, Government of India with an objective to identify potential innovative Technology based ideas and facilitate these into independent self-sustaining businesses. The incubator in addition to providing mentorship is also facilitating financial assistance to the incubatees. SMVDU-TBIC can also be reached online, through their website, by Startups for recommendation letters to avail benefits under Startup India Initiative of Government of India.

Hindi Pakhwada Concludes at SMVDU

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The Hindi Cell in collaboration with the Board of Students Publication (BSP) of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra celebrated Hindi Pakhwada from 14 – 28 September 2016. The celebration was inaugurated on 14th September by Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU. Various competitive and fun events such as Story & Poem Writing, Hindi Pitch Competition, Essay Writing, Handwriting Competition, Extempore, and Debate were organized during the fortnight. The celebration concluded on 28th September with a Kavi Sammelan and other cultural programs. The chief guest of the valedictory session was Prof. V.K. Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, SMVDU and Prof. Shiv Nirmohi from Panthal graced the occasion as the guest of honour.

Prof. Raj Kumar, Head, Department of Hindi and Other Indian Languages, Central University of Jammu and Dr. Chanchal Dogra, (retd.) Principal, MAM College, Jammu were the invited poets in the Kavi Sammelan. Internal poets included Dr. Amitabh Dwivedi, Asst. Prof., Department of Languages and Literature, Vivek Kumar and Shubham Mishra from Electronics and Communication Engineering, Manglam Mishra, Computer Science and Engineering, Paras Dubey, Department of Economics and Anurag from the Department of Architecture and Landscape Design.

The Kavi Sammelan was very ably conducted by Vivek Kumar. It was followed by enthralling song and dance performances by the students and the wards of faculty and staff. The cultural performances included mesmerizing presentation of Bharat Natyam by Neha Sharma and Sunidhi Bhatia under the guidance of Mrs. Nidhi Atri. Faculty kids Hotrika, Varnika and Sharvi also influenced the audience with their cute performances. After the performances, prizes and certificates were distributed among the winners of various competitions by Prof. Bhat. The remaining prizes and certificates of the Annual Cultural festival were also distributed under the guidance of Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi, President, Board of Cultural Activities. The valedictory concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Anil Kumar Tewari, Nodal Officer of Hindi Cell and President, BSP. The celebration was coordinated by Dr. Tewari and Dr. Amitabh Dwivedi, Vice-President, BSP.

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Three Day Workshop on “Research Methodologies and Data Analysis” concludes at SMVDU

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A 3 day workshop organized by Human Resource Development Centre(HRDC), S.M.V.D.U., on “Research Methodologies and Data Analysis” concluded on 28th September 2016 at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. Nine Resource Persons delivered the technical sessions from 26th - 28th September, 2016 in this workshop. Topics covered include Overview of Research Process, Review of Literature & Case Based Research, Sampling Techniques and Questionnaire Designing, Data Collection and Analysis Techniques, Multiple Linear Regression and Discriminant Analysis, Factor Analysis, Cluster Analysis, Time Series Analysis and Technical Writing etc.

The closing ceremony of the workshop began with welcome note followed by rapporteur report on technical sessions taken by resource persons that took place in three days. Resource Persons were felicitated with certificates and token of appreciation by Prof. (Dr.) D. Mukhopadhyay, I/c Director, H.R.D.C.- S.M.V.D.U. and Participants are awarded Certificates of Course completion. The workshop is proved to be a great success for research students who have registered themselves in Ph.D. Programs of different Departments of S. M.V.D.U.

The conference ended with a vote of thanks to Prof. (Dr.) D. Mukhopadhyay, Course Director; Dr. Deepak Jain, Workshop Coordinator; Dr. Meenakshi Gupta, Organizing Secretary; Ms. Ruchika, Ms. Kanchan Gupta, Members of the Executive Committee, and the Resource Persons and Participants.

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