Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University to hold 4 th Alumni Meet on 13 th August 2016

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University will hold its 4th Alumni Meet on 13th August 2016. On this regard, the entire alumnus has been invited to their respective alma mater. During the event, the alumni will get an opportunity to relive those golden moments where they can catch up with old batch mates, professors, staff members and with the memories of days gone by. The SMVD University Alumni has been placed at distinguished positions across the country as well as across the globe.

The event shall start at 2:30 with the registration and welcome of the Alumni at Matrika auditorium of SMVDU. The event has attractions such as alumni interaction with the existing students, cultural performances, sharing of experiences with existing alumni. This shall be an occasion for remembrance, acknowledgement and sharing. The Honourable Vice Chancellor SMVDU, Dr. Sanjeev Jain has extended a warm welcome to all the Alumni to attend the meet and strengthen the alma- matter. All the arrangements have been towards the overwhelming response to the alumni. The alumni can contact Dr. Saurabh for any inquiry.

SMVDU Organizes Induction Program for MBA Students

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School of Business, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra organized Induction Program for the First Semester students of MBA program 2016-18. During the induction program, newly entrants budding managers were elaborated about the different activities, procedures and functioning of the School of Business as well as the University. They were also made familiar regarding the examination and evaluation pattern in the School of Business, SMVDU. Guest of Honor, Mr. Annil Suri, MD, Tawiarc Electrodes Pvt. Ltd. highlighted the importance of hard work, discipline and dedication for success. Further, he suggested to dream like anything and make efforts to realize those dreams. He advised to abstain from seeking short cuts to gain success. The induction program was also addressed by Mr. Sarik Sood, Zonal Manager Sales, Bharti Airtel Ltd. and alumni of School of Business, SMVDU, who shared his experiences as a student as well as an industry personnel in organizations. On the same lines, Mr. Nikish Bhasin, another alumni and COO, Sai Bajaj described that if you want to be master of your own, then entrepreneurship is the way to success. The School of Business wished all success to the MBA fresher and counselled to keep eye on their goals. On the occasion, Head, School of Business & Associate Dean Students (Girls) addressed the new entrants and informed them about the different procedures related to examination, evaluation and hostel. On the occasion, students were also addressed and wished by all the faculty members of school of Business.

SMVDU Faculty Visits Manipur University as Resource Person

02082016 news011Dr. Suparn K. Sharma, Associate Professor, School of Business, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University was invited as Resource Person in two days National Seminar on ‘Entrepreneurship and Skill based Education for Global Competitiveness’ held during 29-30 July 2016 at Manipur University, Imphal. In the course of the Seminar, he has given talk on the topic ‘Skill Gaps and Entrepreneurship Development Perspectives in India’. Dr. Sharma emphasized that in case we will be unable to meet the skilling challenges within next one and half decade, there would be ‘paralytic syndrome’ and economic growth of the economy would not remain sustainable in the economy. The window of opportunity and gain in terms of ‘demographic dividend’ is available for the economy of country till 2040 only. This ‘dividend experience’ also alarms towards skilling ‘available, perspective workforce’ exigently. He highlighted that around 5 per cent of the total workforce in India has undergone formal skill training as compared to one third of population in UK and Germany, more than half of population in USA, four fifth of population in Japan and South Korea. During the valedictory function of the seminar, Dr. Sharma shared dice with Prof. Azhar Kazmi, King Fahad, University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, Prof. S.K.Sharma, TITS, Bhawani, Prof. Ibohal Meitei, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Skill Development, Manipur University. During his visit, Dr. Sharma also conducted career counseling sessions and mock interview for the students of the hosting university.

SMVDU Faculty Presented Paper at University of Vienna

Dr. Vandana Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and 02082016 news01Head Department of Languages and Literature, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra was invited in the 21st World Congress of International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA 2016) held in The University Of Vienna, Austria from 21st -27th July, 2016. The Theme Of The 21st World Congress was ‘The Many Languages Of Comparative Literature’ which was attended by researchers and academicians from across the world.

In the conference, Dr. Vandana presented a paper on “ Heroic uprising in India and Africa: A Subaltern Perspective” in the session The Language of Thematics. The paper juxtaposed and critically examined the anti-feudal and anti-colonial insurgency started by the Indian tribal hero Birsa Munda and Kenyan heroic figurehead of the Mau Mau uprising, Dedan Kimathi and further linked it with one of the most radical yet tarnished heroes of Jammu region, Miyan Dido to establish how subversive historiography has always undermined such heroic uprisings. The critical and comparative argument was well acclaimed and the objective of the researcher was to bring regional heroes like Miyan Dido on an international front. Furthermore, Dr. Vandana chaired a session on The Arts as Universal Code in the conference. Prior to visiting University of Vienna, Dr. Sharma visited University of Edinburgh and explored the possibilities of academic and institutional collaboration with the University.

2nd International Conference on Applied Economics and Business Inaugurated at SMVDU

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Department of Economics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Kakryal, Katra is organizing the 2nd International Conference on “Applied Economics and Business” from 28th- 29th July, 2016 in collaboration with “The Indian Econometric Society” (TIES). TIES is one of the oldest and largest bodies of professional econometricians and quantitative economists with more than 2000 members from all over India and abroad. It holds conferences and seminars collaborated with different universities and institutions with the objective of promoting the development of econometric methodology and techniques with special reference to Indian economic conditions and problems.

The primary aim of the conference is to provide unique forum to present and deliberate research based knowledge among academicians, industry captains and practicing managers in the field of economics and business and to enhance the degree of awareness regarding the world economic perspective vis a vis the economic position of the country. The conference also aims at emphasizing various applied economic and business issues like; International Economics, Environmental Economics, Public Economics, Demographic Economics, Entrepreneurship, Stock Market and Macro Economic Analysis, e-Retailing, International Marketing, Mergers and Acquisitions and many more.

The conference has received 314 abstracts and 156 full papers across the country from various universities and institutions like IIT Bombay, NIT Roulkela, GIDR, CIMP, BITS Pilani, Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University, IIT Ropar, University of Patiala, Central University of Punjab, University of Jammu, Guru Nanak Dev University, NIT Karnataka and various other reputed institutions as well. The conference is planned to have 12 technical sessions on various issues concerning applied Economics and Business.

The inaugural session of the conference started with the welcome speech by Prof. V.K. Bhat, Dean Faculty of Management and the Chairman of the conference. Dr. Kakali Majumdar, Head, Dept. of Economics and Convener of the conference briefed about the Department. The idea of the conference in collaboration with TIES was described by Dr. Pabitra Kumar Jena, Organizing Secretary of the conference. The keynote address was presented by Dr. Balwant Singh, Ex-Adviser, RBI. The session ended with vote of thanks speech by Dr. Saurabh, Co-Organizing Secretary of the conference. Mr. Ashutosh Sareen, Vice President J&K Bank Jammu division, was also present in the occasion.

DST INSPIRE Science Camp concludes at SMVDU


450 meritorious students participate

Katra 26 July: Five-day, Department of Science and Technology (DST), sponsored "Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)", Science Internship Camp concluded today at the Campus of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. INSPIRE is an innovative program of DST for attraction of talent to science. The basic objective of the INSPIRE camp is to communicate to the young attendees the excitement of creative pursuits of science and attract talent to the study of science at an early stage and build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding science and technology system in R&D base.

This was the 10th such camp organized by the University since 2010. Over 3600 students from entire state of J&K has so far been benefited from these 10 camps two of which have been held at Leh from the students of that region. The camp was attended by 450 students from entire Jammu division who were top 1% merit rank holders in Boards. The saw a galaxy of events and activities apart from the interactive lectures being delivered by eminent scientist and academicians. Some of the mentors who inspired the students to take up challenging problems in science in years to come included Dr. J. K. Batra, Dy. Director, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, Prof. S. K. Dogra, Former professor of Chemistry at IIT, Kanpur, Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVD University, senior officers from Army, Prof. Supriyo Mitra, Indian Institute of Science Education & Research Kolkata, Prof. R. N. Gohil, Secretary, National Academy of Sciences India, Allahabad, Prof. K. K. Kapoor, University of Jammu. A special science is fun session was conducted by Shri Mineesh Gulati from Happy Model Foundation.

SMV University has been organizing these camps in a sustained manner since 2010 to discharge its social responsibility and to inculcate scientific temper and aptitude in the young student community of the State.

SMVDU Faculty visited University of Kragujevac, Serbia

20072016_bsirProf. V. K. Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University visited Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Kragujevac, Serbia to attend the 5th international scientific conference on “Analysis, Topology and Algebra: Theory and Applications” during July 6 to July 9, 2016.

The Conference was organized by University of Kragujevac and was supported by Ministry of Education, science and technological development of Republic of Serbia. It was attended by about one hundred leading Mathematicians from different countries that include India, U.S.A, Russia, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Slovakia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Kuwait, South Africa, Iran, Finland, Thailand, Veitnam, Serbia etc. Research scholars from different Universities of Serbia also attended the conference.

Latest developments in Mathematics (Analysis, Topology and Algebra) were discussed and presented during various sessions and other informal discussions.

Prof. Bhat delivered a talk titled "On (sigma, delta)-(S, 1) Rings and Their Extensions” during the conference.

SMVDU's Architecture Department Sparkles at International meet

28062016_anoopShri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra in its continuous pursuit to achieve excellence in Academics and Research is making its presence felt fast nationally & internationally off-late. This time, it’s the turn of its prestigious component i.e. Department of Architecture and Landscape Design. Ar. Anoop Sharma- Asst. Professor of the department presented his co-authored proposal about the ‘Sustainability Guide to the Contemporary Housing of Indian Cities’ with special reference to city like Jammu at the International Conference of Civil, Architecture and Environment Engineering held at Bangkok-Thailand on 23rd-24th June-2016. The research proposal was augmented with case studies, problems like policy making and its implementation at ground level, context of different cities with respect to ecology, Planning Architecture and History diversity, population burden on urban areas (cities) etc. Simultaneously, comprehensive solution was suggested by him in the form of a model. Ar. Anoop also emphasized upon the lessons to be learnt from the housing (real estate) failures and stagnancy of the same in some of the leading towns of India. Simultaneously, these lessons must serve as blessing in disguise for strategic hill towns of the state where housing initiatives are blossoming up now a days. The prime target ought to be houseless i.e. affordability is the key behind achieving success in housing initiatives for overburdened country like India. Inspiration from exemplary countries like Singapore and Hong-Kong could be considered where PPP model has created wonders to eliminate housing shortage. The conference was organized by Universal researchers, UAE and number of academicians, researchers belonging to different countries across the globe presented their proposals in different parallel sessions. The proposal received good responses/feedback from the dignified gathering during the conference and turn out to be an excellent learning experience for the young Architect Faculty. Ar. Anoop Sharma also chaired one technical session, comprising of 10 paper presentations of the conference. The visit was fully funded by SMVDU under Professional Development Assistance (PDA) scheme.

It is worth mentioning here that department of Architecture and Landscape Design, SMVDU has been actively engaged in bringing into limelight the dialogue related to planning, redevelopment and conservation issues of some strategic Indian cities particularly of J&K state e.g. Katra and Jammu; being the only department in state of J&K imparting Architecture degree course (UG). The faculty research activities, academic activities & students work in the past is the true testimony of the same. Thus, this special department of SMVDU has created a strong niche for itself in the very short span of its existence nationally and internationally, owing to its standards and quality of education/graduate students. Pertinently, it attracts the best rankers from among the country wide students comparatively to other Architecture colleges/schools/universities in neighbouring states. With such constant committed efforts of authorities, faculty and students, the department is proceeding towards likely increase in intake and commencement of post-graduate programs in Architecture and landscape design, sooner.

Such dialogues exchange particularly at international level are a huge success and a great learning curve as such exposure to Architectural & urban infrastructure of a place too in addition to conference learnings greatly effects the wisdom and content of young Architect’s professionals and has a positive impact on their class deliverability in addition to the legitimate continuous academic and research progress for academicians.

SMVDU celebrated 2nd International Yoga Day

21062016_news01Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra celebrated the 2nd International Yoga Day on Tuesday, 21st June 2016. On this occasion, two programs are organized. First, a Yoga and Mediation practice session was organized at 5:30 am on 21st June 2016 in the lawn behind the Guest House. More than 25 persons including faculty, staff, and their family members and students participated in the practice session. The Yoga session was led by Mr. Gurmel (who is PG Diploma in Yoga from Himanchal Pradesh University and was initially appointed in SMVDU as Yoga Instructor), Junior Assistant in the Security Office. Various Asanas were practiced. Some of the important Asanas were Ardha-chandra Asana, Sarvanga-Asana, Padma-Asana, Vajra-Asana, Bhujanga-Asana, Pashchimottana-Asana, Garuda-Asana, Tada-Asana, Danda-Asana, Dhruva-Asana, Dhanura-Asana, Shashanka-Asana, 12 postures of Surya Namaskara, Viparita-Karmi, Jnana-Mudra etc. Dr. Varun Tripathi, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy & Culture led the practice of Meditation. 21062016_news02The session concluded with a laughing exercise and chhachh drink in the Guest House. The event was coordinated by Dr. Tripathi. The second event is related to writing of an essay on the theme “How Yoga Enables Us to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?” The last date for submission of essay is 30th June 2016. One can write essay in English or Hindi medium. . The essay can be submitted through email at . Hard copy may be submitted to Dr. Anil Kumar Tewari in his office near Sanskriti Kaksha.

Dr. Wanchoo visits Cambridge and MIT

02022015_newKatra: Dr. Sunil Kumar Wanchoo, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Indian Principal Investigator in the research project “Earthquake Hazard Evaluation in Jammu and Kashmir Himalaya and Western Indo-Gangetic Plains” funded by University Grants Commission – United Kingdom India Education Research Initiative thematic partnership scheme jointly with University of Cambridge, UK and IISERK has returned from academic visit to Bullard Labs, University of Cambridge, UK as a part of this project. This was his second visit to Cambridge, earlier one being in 2015. As per the mandate of the project, progress was reviewed and future plans were finalized during his visit. The work that is being undertaken as a part of this project is mainly aimed at understanding the crustal and upper mantle structure of J&K Himalaya using Broadband seismological field experiment.

During his current visit he also went to USA to attend and present a paper during the 7th Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC) Conference and pre conference workshop at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA held from May 22-25, 2016. LINC 2016 Conference theme was Digital Inclusion: Transforming Education through Technology. This was his third LINC conference attendance since 2010. LINC MIT is an international community of individuals and organizations from around the globe to discuss and share best practices on current digital learning topics and technologies.

The visits to University of Cambridge, UK and MIT, USA were supported by UGC-UKIERI thematic partnership scheme project, and MIT and UGC, respectively.

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