World Philosophy Day Celebrated at SMVDU

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SMVDU, Katra: A One Day seminar on the theme “Philosophy, Science, and Technology” was organized by the Department of Philosophy & Culture, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University to celebrate World Philosophy Day 2016. The event is sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi which selects institutions on the basis of the proposal sent by them. The World Philosophy Day is a UNESCO initiative to popularize philosophy among common citizens. The Seminar started with welcome address by Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi, Head, Department of Philosophy & Culture. A famous Naiyayika and Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Dr. Kisor Kumar Chakrabarti, delivered a special lecture on “Psychophysical Dualism: Mind is not Body” in the inaugural session. He refuted the misconception held by many that Indian philosophy is not scientific or philosophy proper. He argued that Indian Philosophical Systems, such as Nyaya, have a well developed logical system which is congruent with the modern scientific world view and not the Cartesian view of mind-body relationship. Dr. Vandana Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, addressed the audience and emphasized the need to come out of the Eurocentric, post-colonial mind set in the pursuit of knowledge and research.

In the technical session, altogether six papers were presented. Among the speakers Dr. Murugesan Arumugan and Mr. Ajay Kumar Singh, Assistant Professors, from Centre for Comparative Religions and Civilizations, Central University of Jammu; and Mr. Sumanta Sarathi Sharma, Dr. Ashoka Kumar Tarai, Dr. Madhu Mangal Chaturvedi, Assistant Professors, Department of Philosophy & Culture, Rajat Mishra 4th Year B. Tech. Student from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, delivered talks on various issues on the theme. Dr. Dinesh Kumar Jamwal, GCW, Gandhinagar, Mr. Rituraj Sharma, GDC, Parade, Mr. Sandeep Sharma, GDC, Akhnoor, and Ms. Anuradha, GDC, Udhumpur along with their students attended the seminar. At the end Dr. Anil Kumar Tewari, Assistant Professor, DoPC, SMVDU, who chaired the technical session summarized the proceedings of the seminar and delivered vote of thanks.

SMVDU organizes a Five Day FDP on “Use of Tools and Techniques in Research”

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A Five Day Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on “Use of Tools and Techniques in Research” was organized by the Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) from 28th November to 2nd December, 2016. The programme took place in the gracious presence of Professor Sanjeev Jain, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of SMVDU, who generously accepted the invitation and chaired the inaugural session as Chief Guest. Professor Hardeep Chahel from Department of Commerce, University of Jammu was kind enough to be the Guest of Honour of the programme. In his welcome address, Professor Jain encouraged the participants to utilise the opportunity and explore the new research techniques to enrich their research. Prof. Chahel emphasized the benefits of Faculty Development Programme, illustrating how essential they are for enhancing research knowledge and for publishing good papers.

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Adding to the details about the program, Dr. Pabitra Kumar Jena, Course Coordinator of the Programme enlightened the participants about the importance of the use of research tools and techniques in research and how this Programme will benefit them for in-depth understanding of research and its implication in decision making process. The main topics of the programme was importance and scope of research, types of research, steps in the process of research, language issues of research, tools and techniques used in research, testing of hypothesis, tool of data collection, questionnaire design, Introduction to econometric modeling. univariate analysis & bivariate modelling, simple and multiple regression modeling, dummy variable models, limited dependent variable models, times series analysis, stationarity test, VAR & granger causality, tips for writing good paper and publication of empirical papers in indexed and high impact factor journals.

Best concept and Best Guide award

07122016 02newsStudents of Five Year Integrated MSc. Economics from SMVDU have bagged special awards in National Level Paper Presentation Contest on “MAKE IN INDIA” organized by SATHYABAMA UNIVERSITY, CHENNAI on 19th November,2016. PARAS DUBEY, Student of Five Years Integrated M.Sc. Economics, 2nd year and faculty mentor Dr. KAKLI MAJUMDAR, from DOE won the “THE BEST CONCEPT AWARD” for their paper titled “PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTUS OF SERICULTURE :-A MICRO LEVEL STUDY OF JAMMU REGION” .

07122016 03newsAnother one presented paper titled “CONTRIBUTION OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR TOWARDS MAKE IN INDIA” by BHUMIKA SHARMA, Student of Five Years Integrated Masters in Economics, 2nd year and Dr. PABITRA KUMAR JENA, Assistant Professor, DOE was received the “THE BEST GUIDE AWARD”. Besides, the paper titled “MAKE IN INDIA” by RAJAT JAIN, SHIVANGI SADHOTRA and faculty guide DR. ASHUTOSH VASHISTHA was selected for presentation.

National Level Prize Winner

07122016 01newsMiss Suhasini Gupta, student of 5th semester, Five Year Integrated M. Sc. Economics, SMVDU has secured Third Position in a National Level Essay Competition organized by SARDAR VALLABHAI PATEL SMARAK TRUST , New Delhi. Certificate as well as cash prize of Rs. 5000/- was awarded to Miss Suhasini. The Topic of the essay competition was “FARMERS of 21st CENTURY INDIA AND AGRARIAN VISION of SARDAR PATEL. The competition was held during August 2016 and the result was announced on 10th November 2016.

2nd North Zone Declamation Contest organized at SMVDU

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SMVDU, Katra: The 2nd Inter-State (North Zone) Declamation Contest for the Silver Rolling Trophy instituted by Governor Sh. N. N. Vohra was organized at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University on 30th November. Total 38 participants from the northern States like J&K, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi participated in the declamation on the theme “Does religion defy rationality?” The speakers boldly highlighted that in the age of reason all religions, beliefs, established convictions have to be examined and what does not appeal to human understanding cannot be accepted. The declamation contest began with a welcome note by Dr. V. K. Tripathi President Board of Cultural Activities and the inaugural address by the Dean of Students Dr. Yugal Khajuria.

Jenab Naeem Akhtar, Hon’ble Minister for Education J&K State was the Chief Guest in the valedictory session in the evening. In his address, he highlighted that there is no necessary contradiction between faith and reason but we need to understand their due roles in life. Rationality is that we don’t allow religion to become a barrier or to create the differences between people. If we have mutual doubts about each other in society, our all speeches and preaching will not be effective. We need to remove these doubts particularly in a country like us where there is space for believers of every sect and religion. Intolerance in the name of religion is irrational. Dr. Sanjeev Jain, the Vice Chancellor SMVDU called upon students to take a leading role in the new age of education when employment generation, entrepreneurship acumen and converting ideas into reality are much needed. At the end, the evaluations made by the jury members namely Swami Nirantarananda from Ramakrishna Mission Jammu and Mr. David Devadas a well-known writer, was disclosed and announced. Mr. Suraj Kumar from Govt. Degree College Dharmashala bagged the Silver Rolling Trophy and emerged the Best Speaker. The second positions went to Shivika Thakur from the University of Jammu and Dunger Ram JNV University Jodhpur jointly and third position went to Prabhjot Kaur from the Central University of Jammu. Ramneet from University of Jammu and Jhilmil Mengi from GCW Gandhinagar were awarded the consolation prizes. Shivika Thakur and Ramneet Kaur from the University of Jammu bagged the Best Team award. Mr. Abhinav Dwivedi, Raghav Gupta, Mehul, Siddhant, Navleen Kaur and Anshul Gupta thrilled the audience with their musical performances.

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Vice President BCA presented a vote of thanks. Registrar Mr. Ajay Khajuria, Prof. V. Verma Dean Engineering, Prof. V. K. Bhat Dean Sciences, Dr. Vandhana Sharma Dean Humanities, Dr. Sumeet Gupta Dean Academic Affairs, faculty, students and staff were present on the occasion. Ms. Khushboo Julfi, Mangalam Mishra, Vimarsh Padha, Rishab Raina, Sahil Arora, Vedika Sumbli, Aastha Raj, Abhishek Tiwari, Sahil Pandita, Vaibhaw Sawhney, Akul Gupta, Roy Keshav, Aditij Tandon, Rakshit, Alankrit Srivastav, Iresh Mishra, Divyarjun Rautela, Siddhant Sharma, Abhishek Mahajan, Abhinaw Kumar, Prayalankar Ashutosh, Varun Sharma, Sushain Raina, Gurman Singh, Amreen Qadir; our alumni Mr. Ritesh Verma, Minakshi and Shaurya Jain and from staff Mr. Gaurav Jamwal, Mr. Opinder Singh Sidhu, Mr. Rakesh Magotra managed the show.

National Level Training Program for IFS Officers Successfully Concludes
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The One-week long training program on ‘Creating Sustainable and Motivated Organization’ for Indian Forest Services Officers at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University concluded successfully. Considering the role of motivation as additive fuel that increases the efficiency of the organization to attain its peak and help in the optimum utilization of resources, this training program was aimed to implant the major ingredients among the employees who acts as conduit with the organization on the way of creating the motivated organization. The programme was organized by School of Business, Faculty of Management with the financial support from Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India from 21st -26th November, 2016. The Twenty Five IFS officers of the program from different parts of the India including Gujrat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, J&K, Assam etc. attended and participated in this prestigious event.

Earlier during the event, a brain storming panel discussion session on ‘Improvement in the Working of Forests Department Need for Career Development through Training and Improvement of Skills’ was conducted on the concluded day. The panelist concluded the discussion with consensus that Government of India should also conduct such kind of compulsory training programme for field staff of Indian Forest Services. Moreover, in order to increase their familiarity with the technological changes taking place, more contents relating to technology up-gradation are useful in the training programs of IFS officers. They, further, mentioned that funding and allocation of such kind of training program should be increased by Government of India.

During the valedictory ceremony, Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU and Chief Guest of the valedictory ceremony acknowledged the hard and sincere efforts put by School of Business in organizing of such kind of training programs. Prof Jain also praised the efforts made the School of Business. Dr. M.K. Kumar, Additional CEO, SMVDSB, Guest of Honour of the valedictory ceremony appreciated the attempts made by SMVDU in the conduct of such kind of training program regularly and congratulated the organizing team for successful conduction of the event once again. Lately, Dr Supran Kumar Sharma, Organizing Secretary of the event applauded the contribution of the participants and supporting team in the successful conduction of the event.During this five days event, a field visit to the central office SHMVD Shrine Board, Katra was also made wherein Mr. Ajit Sahu, CEO, SMVD Shrine Board apprised the officers regarding the various aspects, functioning and efforts being made by the board and participants appreciated the efforts the board.

The training programme comprised of various interactive sessions on the basis of case study, role plays, group discussions braining storming etc. were taken by esteemed resource persons including Major General (Retd.) N.K.Dhir, Prof. W.C.Singh, Dr. Ashok Bhan, etc. besides in-house resource persons of School of Business, SMVDU.

Workshop on Film-Making Organized

SMVDU, Katra: A three-day workshop on film-making was conducted at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University from 25 to 27 November. The workshop was organizing keeping in view the need for imparting the basic cinematographic skills among students as one of the basic skills for any technical graduate today. The main instructor Mr. Tripurari Nath Tiwari – a freelance cinematographer from Delhi and his team comprising of Mr. Govind Kumar Singh and Mr. Mithun Kumar laid their emphasis on converting concepts into script, technical aspects of shooting, cinematographic skills, editing and use of editing software, basic lighting techniques and adding music to films etc. The participating students in the workshop were divided into three groups each comprising six students and they were assigned shooting on the ideas created and discussed in the training sessions. The teams worked throughout days and nights and the eagerness for learning among students was seen at its peak.

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The instructors also sensitized students about the career opportunities in film-making in numerous fields such as event coverage, event campaigns, film-making for social cause, audio-visual content production, product promotion, advertisement designing, e-learning videos and academic content designing for online audio-visual learning etc. Apart from these fields, there is enormous scope in TV programs, YouTube channel, news channels, film-making for social media etc. During the workshop, films already made by students were also screened. The workshop concluded on 27th November evening. Dr. V. K. Tripathi, President Board of Cultural Activities thanked the instructors and participating students. He also thanked the Vice Chancellor Dr. Sanjeev Jain for his wholehearted support for such programs that impart skills among students. It was resolved that regular follow-up sessions will be conducted at students’ level at regular intervals.

Theater workshop concludes at SMVDU
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SMVDU Katra: A Ten-Day Workshop on Theater Art was organized by the Board of Cultural Activities in collaboration with a noted theater group - Anukriti Rangmandal from Kanpur, held from 13-22 November 2016, during 7.00 - 8.30 am in the morning and 6.00 - 8.30 pm in the evening. Before starting the workshop the Anukriti presented 2 theaters namely ‘Jaanch-Padtal’ and ‘Purush’ in Matrika Auditorium. The workshop was attended by 35 students from the University and some kids of the faculty and staff. The participants were introduced the basics of the theater art, understanding the script, script writing, plot, stage, light management, dialogues, costumes, use of music etc. The participants worked rigorously on 2 well known Hindi scripts namely ‘Aasadh Ka Ek Din’ of Mohan Rakesh and ‘Andher Nagari Chaupat Raja’ of Bharatendu Harishchand. Based upon the practice the participants gained adequate insights for designing and staging their own plays, skits and mimes.

The valedictory took place on 22 November at 8.30 AM in Matrika Auditorium. The president BCA Dr. V. K. Tripathi presented a vote of thanks and felicitated the resource persons. Mr. Shival Pandey was the student lead of the team. Rishab Raina and Shubham Upadhyaya helped in the workshop organization. The workshop ended with a resolution of weekly get together for follow up sessions.

Four Years Career Planning Workshop conducted under NSS

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NSS at SMVDU conducted a workshop on Four Years Career Planning for First Year students of B.Tech. programme on November 16 2016 from 5:30 – 7.30pm in the Lecture Hall D. This event was split into two lectures. In the first lecture, Mr. Sumanta Sarathi Sharma, Faculty Coordinator NSS, gave a talk on the academic component. In this, the importance of courses, SGPA, CGPA along with online courses were highlighted. It also dealt with how one should take and complete projects, acquire language and software skills and plan their summer training and internships. The final section of the talk emphasized the need to start planning early so as to avoid last minute rush. An informal question-answer session with some discussion followed the talk.

In the second lecture, Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi, President Board of Cultural Activities delivered a lecture on the significance and relevance of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. In this, he highlighted the need and importance of these activities in our daily day-to-day life. He also informed students about the sports infrastructure, various events being conducted, student festivals and several students’ clubs operating in the university. It was also explained that how students may plan their involvement in these activities so as to benefit themselves. It was highlighted that how engagement with extra-curricular activities help in reduction of drop-out tendencies, depression and feeling of isolation. It also helps refraining from anti-social and criminal activities. Students’ queries were taken and addressed at the end of the session.

The event was attended by around 150 students from the departments of EEC, CSE, ME and IBT and was jointly coordinated by Mr. Ajit Kumar, Student Secretary NSS and Mr. Rajat Mishra, Student Secretary Vikalp.

Professor, Tej K Pandita from Houston Methodist, Texas, USA, Delivers a talk
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Dr. Tej Pandita, Professor and Scientific Director Department of Radiation Oncology Houston Methodist, Texas USA visited SMVDU from 19th till 23rd of November2016. Dr. Pandita earned his Ph.D. in Cytogenetics from Panjab University in 1980. He held faculty appointments at Columbia University in New York, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas before becoming a member of the Houston Methodist Research Institute in 2014. As a member of the Cancer Research Program, he directs a research program focusing on DNA repair and radiotherapy.

Dr. Pandita was elected the Fellow of the American Association of Advancement of Science in 2013. He has also been a member of several NIH study sections and review boards. He is the past Chairman of A-T Workshop 2012 (ATW2012) International meeting. Dr. Pandita serves on the editorial board for the journals Cancer Research, Genomic Integrity, BMC Genomics, and served as a chartered member of the CMAD NIH Study Section. Dr. Pandita's research employs radiation genetics and biology to study the relationships between DNA sequence, chromatin structure and sensitivity to IR. The long-term goal of the research projects is to understand the mechanistic role of chromatin structure in regulating the cell survival response to IR-induced DNA damage. He delivered his talk on “DNA damage and Stem cells”.

Dr. V. Verma HoD Biotechnology, welcomed and introduced the guest. He was hosted by the department of Biotechnology, SMVDU and the talk was attended by scientists from IIIM, Jammu, Doctors from Narayana Health, faculty from SMVDCON, faculty and students from Department of Biotechnology, SMVDU. A great amount of interest was generated by his talk as was evident from the questioning session. Dr. Rakesh Kumar, accompanied him for the visit to the different research labs in department of Biotechnology and Dr. Pandita was very much impressed with the facilities of the department and complimented the university authorities for developing the infrastructure for research. He also interacted with the faculty and scholars of the department. He laid stress on finding the niche areas of research and particularly collaborative and inter-disciplinary research. He had long discussion regarding the work going in the laboratory of Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Professor in the department of Biotechnology and showed keen interest in collaboration and also suggested that MoU between the two institutes can be a future possibility. Dr. Rakesh, thanked Dr. Pandita for agreeing to visit SMVDU and also thanked his research scholar GR Bhat for making his visit successful.

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