Architectural Design Workshop with Alumni SALD Ar. Bishwajit Banerjee

29092016 alumniarchAr. Bishwajit Banerjee , an alumni batch 2005 of SMVDU, Department of Artchitectutre, Landscape and Design conducted a two days workshop on Architectural Design on 10th & 11th September, 2016. The workshop was organized under the NASA day celebration. The workshop was inaugurated by was Ar. Aditya Kumar Singh, Head, DoALD), along with Dr.. Saurabh I/C Alumni Affairs, Dr. V.K. Tripathi, Head, DoPC , Ar. Vinod Kumar DoALD &NASA Convenor and guest speaker. Ar. Aditya Kumar Singh, delivered welcome address and encongratulated the students of architecture for their involvement and initiative. He also thanked Ar. Bishwajit Banerjee for taking the responsibility and accepting the invitation for sharing the knowledge with his alma matter. Dr. Saurabh, emphasized upon strengthening the alumni of SMVDU network for the mutual support. He conveyed the best wishes of the Honorable Vice Chancellor for alumni activities and the University shall provide all required support to strengthen the alumni network. Shantam Dhingra , the Unit Secretary of NASA, explained about the various events during workshop, its importance and functioning to motivate young minds to work hard for acquiring success.

The guest speaker Ar. Bishwajit Banerjee, an alumni , DoALD SMVDU, gave a brief idea about his ongoing projects, his remarkable achievements in the field. Ar. Bishwajit Banerjee threw light upon his expertise knowledge. He discussed about the dynamics of the field of architecture, the means, the methodologies, the ideas and the upcoming technological advancements and their connection with the field ARCHITECTURE and how important it is to continue the legacy ahead. The workshop was conducted over various sessions by Ar. Bishwajit Banerjee upon the topics such as, research and getting published in architecture, imposed rationalities and inherent understanding for architectural design. The workshop also held a competition on research design seminar. Ar. Bishwajit Banerjee expressed his satisfaction over his experience with current batches and assured of connecting with other alumni of the school who are engaged in exemplary assignments in the field. The workshop concluded with vote of thanks and facilitation of Ar. Bishwajit Banerjee.

Alumni Interactions in Department of ECE

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Aman Kumar Jha a 2008 batch ECE student of the Department Electronics & Communication interacted with the current batches of the department on campus on 19th September 2016. Mr. Aman Kumar Jha was placed through campus selection in TCS in 2013, and is presently working as SAP HANA Database Administrator in TCS at Bangalore. Aman Kumar interacted with the students of ECE and deliberated on two aspects that is “what you want to be and how you would become that”. The interaction helped the students in realizing that what he or she should aim in life and what effort he or she should put to achieve the goal. Aman also stressed the students that these four years in B.Tech are the best learning phase and the basics and knowledge the students can paves the way for the future from here. He also stressed on the students to do a lot of project work for it would help them. He also shared some of his nostalgic moments on the campus.

SMVDU Research scholar awarded travel grant by the International Congress on Yeast (ICY) to represent the SMVDU in “14th International Congress on Yeast” organised at Awaji Yumebutai, Hyogo, Japan

Department of Biotechnology, SMVDU research scholar 28092016 news01Ms. Meenu Sharma working under the supervision of Dr. Narendra K Bairwa and co-supervision of Prof. V.Verma has been selected for the 30,000 JPY travel grant to present her paper in the 14th International Congress on Yeast organised in Hyogo, Japan from September 11-15, 2016. Ms. Meenu Sharma travelled to Japan and presented research paper on transcriptional regulation of the cell cycle transitioning factor during stress condition.

The 14th International Congress on Yeast was sponsored by the International commission on yeast as part of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS). The meeting has been organised once every four years. The meeting provides the opportunity for sharing latest knowledge on the yeast metabolism, genetics, regulation, food and beverage application, bio fuel production and clinical applications.

Third Meeting of IQAC held at SMVD University

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The third meeting of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) was held on 26th Sept, 2016 at SMVD University, Katra. Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU chaired the meeting.

Prof. V. K. Bhat, Director, IQAC gave the details of activities of IQAC that include conduct of student feedback, question paper review, organization of workshops etc towards the improvement in quality culture of the University. Dr. Varun Tripathi, secretary IQAC presented the agenda. The points discussed during the meeting include organization of workshops on enhancement of management skills and computer skills for non-teaching staff of SMVDU, Professional Development Assistance (PDA), and incentives for outstanding performance to faculty members, staff, analysis of feedback and other activities. Details of action taken with respect to previous decisions were also discussed.

The other members who attended the meeting include Sh. Rajiv Chawla, Chairman, IamSME Faridabad, Dr. M. K. Kumar, Additional CEO SMVDSB, Coordinators of various affairs of IQAC including Sh. Shadi Lal Pandita, Dr. Jyoti Sharma, Dr. Amit K Pandit, Sh. Subrata Deb and Dr. Ajay Koul; Sh. Ajay Khajuria, Registrar, Sh. Vinod Sharma, Dr. Sumeet Gupta, Dr. Ashutosh Vashishtha, Dr. Sharada M. Potukuchi & student representatives.

Three Day Workshop on ‘Research Methodology and Data Analysis’ Inaugurated in SMVDU

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Workshop on ‘Research Methodology and Data Analysis’ organized by Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC), Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) was inaugurated on 26th Sep. 2016. 32 participants including Research Scholars, Faculty of SMVDU etc. registered in the workshop. Mr. Vinod Vaid, Branch Head, J&K Bank, SMVDU Branch was the Chief Guest of the workshop.

Welcoming the participants to the inaugural ceremony of the workshop, I/c Director, HRDC Prof. (Dr.) D Mukhopadhyay encouraged the participants to exploit this opportunity of learning to the fullest extent with full zest and vigour. Dr. Deepak Jain, Course coordinator gave brief description about the workshop whereas Dr. Meenakshi Gupta, Organizing Secretary detailed the session plans of three days. The workshop witnessed an enthusiastic response from faculty and scholars.

J&K Bank Sponsored Two Days National Level MDP on “Strengthening Lending Decisions to MSMEs” concludes

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J&K Bank Sponsored Two days National Level Management Development Program on “Strengthening Lending Decisions to MSMEs” concluded today at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra.

Organized by School of Business, SMVD University, the program witnessed participation of officers from various banks like Jammu & Kashmir Bank, Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank, HDFC Bank Ltd., Axis bank Ltd among others. During the inaugural session, Shri Arvind Gupta, Vice President, J&K Bank Ltd. was the Guest of Honour. During his address to the participating bank officers, he enumerated the role of MSME sector in nation development and the opportunities they offer to the banking sector. Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta, Former, Executive Director, Canara Bank and key note speaker for inaugural session outlined the key challenges and contemporary issues facing the banking sector in India. He called upon the bankers as ‘trustees of public funds’ and highlighted the need to encourage SMEs to meet the aspirations of our country.

Spread through two days, September 17-18, 2016, the program witnessed sessions from eminent resource persons. Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta, Former, Executive Director, Canara Bank took sessions on contemporary issues in MSME lending, lending tactics, pre-sanction and post sanction due diligence and mentoring and monitoring of MSMEs. Shri Jayant Keskar, Deputy General Manager, IDBI Bank Ltd., Mumbai took sessions on trade finance products, and their associated regulations specifically in the context of SMEs. Dr. Ashutosh Vashistha, Associate Professor, SoB discussed the linkage between the Bank’s capital adequacy and permissible lending. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Mishra, Assistant Professor, School of Business and Program Coordinator took sessions on understanding and scrutinizing the projections of MSMEs. The program also witnessed the open discussion and the case study presentation by the participants. Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta, Former, Executive Director, Canara Bank was the Chief Guest during the Valedictory function of the program.

Software Freedom Week Celebrated at SMVDU

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The Software Freedom Day, observed on the 3rd Saturday of September every year globally was celebrated weeklong at the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at SMVD University Katra. The goal of this celebration was to educate the students, faculty and staff members about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, at home, business, and everywhere! The Event was inaugurated on 12th of September 2016 by the Vice Chancellor of the University Prof Sanjeev Jain. He highlighted about the importance of using Free and open source solutions and stressed on to cut down costs and increase security and privacy. The Dean Faculty of Engineering conveyed the importance of Different applications available online and their usage in industry. The Convener of the function Dr. Ajay Koul emphasized on awareness and easy migration of various applications from closed source to open one. The event proceeded with a hangout session from Ed Cable, Director, Mifos Initiative, a U.S. based micro financing organization. Ed told students about Mifos, why open source is important, its pros and cons and ended the session by answering their questions. He motivated everyone to be an open source contributor. The event continued the whole week till 19th of September with various workshops. The first workshop was FOSS which emphasized on the various options available to us in open source and how important it is to every one of us in our day to day lives, Web technologies workshop highlighted upon the basics on how to make a website and web applications using open source software’s. Python workshop made the students aware about the fact that every IT company is moving to the world of open source and using Python as one of their language for software development. Internet Security workshop showed the meaning of ethical hacking and also about how the students can contribute to make the network more secure using the open source applications. Linux workshop attracted the students as they witnessed there are various operating systems other than Windows and it is very easy and interesting to work on them. The GitHub workshop helped the students to understand how they can work on their projects and deal with the open source community. The competitions named Web Maker, GitPy, and Presentation competition were conducted. Around 150 open source enthusiasts participated in the workshops. The other hangout sessions were conducted by Christopher Clark, CEO, ChrisDev who shared his knowledge about Python and about how his organization works & Gulliame Catelli, an entrepreneur. He shared the episodes which led him to be an open source contributor.

Gaurav Saini, developer at Apache and Gsoc Mentor built an enthusiastic atmosphere by his presence. He answered every query of the students related to the selection of organizations and projects for the Google summer of Code. He also shared his experience of being a student and mentor at Gsoc.The students felt overwhelmed to meet their alumni Rishabh Shukla, CTO, Neuron and former student and mentor at Gsoc. He shared his life events of being a student of the university and what inspired him to work hard for Gsoc. He guided the students about how they can utilize their time by contributing to the open source community and helped them to choose the path they can work upon. He also enlightened everyone about the solutions of the problems one can face while working in an open source project and mentored on how one can build a career out of it.He also highlighted some hacks which could help the students to work for Gsoc and Outreach programs .He guided the students in every possible way and inspired them to work out their bests in the coming years. The winners of the competitions were awarded with certificates, trophies and goodies on the concluding day.

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

September 17th, 2016 SMVDU-Technology Business Incubation Center Society (SMVDU-TBIC), in association with Entrepreneurship Development Cell, and School of Business, SMVDU organized a hands-on workshop a hands-on training workshop on “How to write a good business proposal”. The resource person for the workshop was Dr. Suparn K. Sharma.

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 and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. The SMVDU-TBIC is presently working under the supervision of Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU as chairperson of the Governing Council of SMVDU-TBIC. The main objective of the Incubation center is to identify potential Entrepreneurs, especially in the State of Jammu-Kashmir, nurture and support innovations, develop technology based ideas into independent self-sustaining business. The incubator in addition to providing mentorship will also be providing financial assistance to the incubatees. Shri N.N. Vohra, Governor Jammu and Kashmir, and Chancellor of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), launched the website ( in April 2016 and since then SMVDU-TBIC has made huge progress.

SMVDU-TBIC has received so far around 40 innovative business proposals and after 3 rounds of screening, 7 startup ideas have already been shortlisted as incubatees from the state and identification of more is in process. In addition, SMVDU-TBIC is only Business Incubation center in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh identified by Government of India to recommend Startups under Startup India Initiative. SMVDU-TBIC has conducted two rounds of screening and has recommended 3 startups for the Startup India benefits, which are now duly recognized by the GoI and are proving to be excellent businesses. Dr. Swarkar Sharma is the Interim-CEO of SMVDU-TBIC and with support from coordinator SMVDU-TBIC Dr. Ashutosh Vashishtha is carrying out the objectives of the society. SMVDU-TBIC has kept its application portal open 24x7 for preliminary applications through their website (

SMVDU signs MoU with Reliance JIO for State-of-Art Training Facility

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With the objective of improving Academia -Industry collaboration for enhancing the skill set of students and faculty members of SMVDU, the University has entered into a MoU with Reliance JIO. As a part of the MoU, M/s Reliance Jio will collaborate in funding a State-of-Art Laboratory to train the students and provide field experience and research on latest, upcoming technologies and standards. The MoU will pave the path for collaborative research and training and future endeavors.

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University shall be the nodal center for the many manpower training and certificate programs for successful career in communication arena which has high dynamics and expansion.

The MOU was signed by the Registrar, SMVDU, Mr Ajay Khajuria and Mr. Bala Subramanian, Vice President, Reliance Jio in presence of the Hon' ble Vice Chancellor Prof. Sanjeev Jain at the University campus in Kakryal.

Dr Amit K Pandit was nominated as Single point for Contact (SPOC) for further implementation of the MoU. He informed that this is the first such MoU that Reliance JIO has signed in entire J&K. SMVDU is already covered under Jio 4G and having COCP and IOIP relation.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Ashutosh Bajaj, Reliance Jio Head J&K, Mr. Manik Salooja, JCM ,Katra, Mr Yashir, ASM Jammu and Mr Vinod Sharma, Administrative Officer, SMVDU, Mr Jatinder Gupta and Mr Pyere Lal, Telecom Section.

Two Days National Level MDP Concludes at SMVDU

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Two Days National level Management Development Programme on ‘Developing Individuals as an Instrument for Organization Excellence’ concluded at School of Business, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra.Designed to provide an actionable guide to develop sustainable excellence in organization through actualization of human potential in all roles and at all levels, the Management Development Programme aims to enlighten the role and relevance of individuals in enhancing organization excellence. The programme has focused to train middle level management employees of manufacturing industries, service sector, etc. The modules of event intended to have long term enhancement of productivity and efficiency of these employees at their respective work areas/business organizations. The participants appreciated the contents and modalities of the programme and expressed that such kind of programmes expands the horizon of their learning by giving them a new lines of thinking and rejuvenate them for new and challenging work assignment. During the inaugural ceremony of the programme, Dr. Supran Kr. Sharma, Programme Coordinator and Associate Professor, School of Business, extending the warm welcome to the participants, emphasized that this kind of programme facilitates in honing the skills of individuals in enhancing organization excellence on the one hand and on the other hand academia-industry interface beneficial to both the sides also becomes stronger. He briefed the participants about the contents of programme and mentioned that variety of pedagogical tools including case studies, role plays, business games, lectures, demonstration, etc. would be used in this two days programme. During the inaugural ceremony Dr. Ashutosh, Associate Professor, School of Business also emphasized on the constructive role of this type of MDPs for senior level industry peoples. Comprising of 10 sessions, the programme include discussions and interactions on topics like organization excellence, conflict handling, rational decision making, collaboration and team work, workplace spirituality, stress management, motivation and interpersonal communication. The programme witnessed huge response from various organizations having national/international level identity including HDFC Bank ltd., Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Zuventus Healthcare Ltd., Chenab Textile Mills, J&K Bank Ltd., SGT University, Gurgaon, Axis Bank Ltd., Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Century Plyboards (I) Ltd., SMVDSB, Katra, TVS Filters, Dabur India Ltd., Amar Ujala, etc. The participants of the MDP belong to different parts of country, such as, Jammu, Punjab, Haryana, etc.

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