‘It is never too late to be what you might have been”, with this aim One-Week Training Programme on ‘Creating Sustainable and Motivated Organization ‘for IFS Officers at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University inaugurated today. The programme is being 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 -25th November, 2016. Mr. A.K.Singh, PCCF, J&K was the Guest of Honour of the inaugural ceremony. While addressing the officers, he discussed the golden history and development of forest affairs in J&K and the milestones achieved by the state in the forest areas. He also emphasized the relevance of such kind of training programme for the officers. .Appreciating the resources and scenic beauty of University he mentioned that University has made commendable efforts in organizing of such kind of training programme on a regular mode.
Earlier during the function, organizing secretary, Dr. Supran Kumar Sharma extended warm welcome to the participating IFS officers nominated by MoEF for training programme. While introducing the aim of the programme to the participants, he underlined that it will help in exploring and understanding the ways in which motivation can help the organization, especially the employees to act as conduit with the organization on the way of excellence. Prof. Sanjeev Jain also conveyed his best wishes for the programme. Prof. V.K.Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Management and Registrar, Mr. Ajay Khajuria congrulated the organizing team for the regular conduction of such kind of programmes at SMVDU. The training programme will comprise of various interactive sessions which will be taken by esteemed resource persons to highlight the development of building of willingness among employees to work which can help the organizations in securing best possible utilization of resources. One day field visit will also be the part of this one-week training programme. The participants of the programme belong to different parts of the country including Gujrat, Karnataka, Madhya Pardesh, Assam, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, J&K, etc. The resource persons from corporate, academia as well as public sector for the event include Major Geneal (Retd.) Dhir, Prof. W.C.Singh, Ashok Bhan, Alok Gupta, etc. besides in-house resource persons.
SMVDU Katra: The annual technical festival – Titiksha, which was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Governor of J&K State Sh. N.N. Vohra, concluded at SMVDU on 20th of November 2016 at 05:00PM in the Matrika Auditorium. The festival witnessed more than 100 enthralling technical events like Chimera, Robo Disarmer, Robo Soccer, Forensics, etc.
The main highlights of the festival were Entrepreneurial Talks, organized through the events, to motivate SMVDU fraternity about entrepreneurship. Mr. Balaji Viswanathan, the most followed person on Quora in the World and CEO Invento Tech; Dr. Pawan Agrawal, the noted researcher on the Mumbai Dabbawallas and a Motivational Speaker and Mr. Ritesh Agarwal, CEO, Oyo Rooms shared their views with the Jam packed audience in the Matrika Auditorium.
During the festival, the 3rd International Conference on Recent Trends and Advancements in Engineering and Technology was also organized successfully in which papers from more than 5 different countries were presented.
Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Dr. Sanjeev Jain conveyed his best wishes and congratulations to the hard work put in by the Team Titiksha. Dr. Rakesh Jha President, Board for Professional Activities presented the report on the activities conducted during the three days festival. The prizes for the Mega Events were given away by Dr. Yugal Khajuria [Dean of Students] and Dr. Varun K. Tripathi. Mr. Chetanya Gupta presented vote of thanks in the valedictory ceremony and thanked the University Fraternity and sponsors: SMVDU-TBIC, Masterprep, Narayana Hospital, Fodel, Dominos, Royal Furnishers, HelloJi.com, Krishna Fast Food, Roshan Electric Works and FlyFot.
The festival concluded with a musical bonanza by Hardy Sandhu, a famous singer, in the pro nite.
SMVDU, Katra: Prof. N.K. Bansal, former Vice-Chancellor of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), is visiting the University campus on the special request of the Faculty Forum of SMVDU from 17th – 18th Nov. 2016. He graciously interacted with the faculty and staff in the session organized under the title “SMVDU towards Excellence: The Role of Faculty”. He highlighted the need of excellent academic institutions given the incremental requirement of the youth of the country. He mentioned the contemporary challenges before the education system of India which was once the centre of great learning in the world with the Universities like Takshashila and Nalanda. He said that the dearth of good teachers, imbalance between teaching and research, lack of thrust for innovation are some of the challenges before India. He also remarked that we cannot afford being a socially and culturally divided community. The role of teachers is therefore of a great value in the present society. Teachers are required to not only impart factual knowledge to the students but also infuse and motivate the students for project-based learning. In order to inspire the students, the teachers must demonstrate a high moral character apart from having full commitment and constructive approach towards the profession. He encouraged the faculty and staff to strengthen solution-oriented mechanism and be open-minded towards interdisciplinary learning. Prof. Bansal remarked that SMVDU has a great potential to fill the gap of excellent institutions in the country especially in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. He also urged all the departments of the University to identify at least five topics of research in which they are going to engage themselves in near future. The focus of research should be to make original contributions to extend the horizon of knowledge rather than producing low quality works. He congratulated the incumbent Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sanjeev Jain for bringing fresh winds to the campus and hoped that the University will grow exponentially under his leadership. Prof. V. Varma, Dean Faculty of Engineering felicitated Prof. Bansal. Dr. V. K. Tripathi, interim President Faculty Forum extended welcome and Dr. Kamni Pathania delivered Vote of Thanks. The session was followed by extensive interaction session in which Dr. Sumeet Gupta, Ar. Aditya Singh, Dr. Manju Zaidka, Dr. Saurabh, Dr. Anil Tewari participated.
SMVDU, Katra: The Annual Technical Festival of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University – Titiksha and the 3rd International Conference on Recent Trends and Advancements in Engineering and Technology were inaugurated by Hon’ble Governor Sh. N. N. Vohra on 17th November at Matrika Auditorium. Titiksha – the Annual Technical Festival of the University provides a platform to students and participants of other institutions to exhibit their technical and innovative skills and to compete with each other to find out solutions for problems of our society. 32 Colleges and Institutions are taking part in the Festival including School students from Jammu region. The 3rd International Conference on Recent Trends and Advancements in Engineering and Technology is in receipt of papers from 7 different countries like Germany, Italy, UK etc., and institutions of repute from India like IITs. NITs, CSIR Labs etc. The conference will focus upon IOT, 5G, Robotics and Renewable Energy, Energy Harvesting, Genetics and Network and Information Security.
In the Inaugural Address, Governor Sh. N. N. Vohra called upon the faculty to allow students to discuss ideas. The academic institutions should be a place of contemplating ideas that can be put to practice. He expressed satisfaction a number of institutions are participating in the festival as well as in the conference. It is a good opportunity for students to learn; participants to exchange their ideas and suggestions. He also reminded of the PM’s initiative ‘Make in India’ as a force that can draw young minds towards entrepreneurship and to do new things in new ways. He also highlighted that the residential set up of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University gives the students an opportunity to do things together - to identify the problems of society and come up with possible solutions. He emphasised the need to focus much upon incubation, conservation of energy, conservation of water resources, utilisation of solar energy, protection of environment etc. The formal welcome was extended by Dr.Rakesh Kumar Jha, President Board of Professional Activities. The Vice Chancellor Dr.Sanjeev Jain in his address welcomed the delegates of the conference and wished success to the festival. Registrar Sh. Ajay Khajuria, Dean of Students Dr.Yugal Khajuria, Dean of various faculties, staff and students were present on the occasion. Prof. N. K. Bansal, former Vice Chancellor of SMVDU was the special guest on the occasion. The stage was conducted by Ms. Bisma Bilal and Vote of Thanks was delivered by Mr.Chaitanya, Secretary, Board of Professional Activities.
SMVDU,Titiksha 2K16 Kick-started with an unconventional event 'PLAYERS' hosted by School of Management ,where participants were excitingly biding.The bidders earning highest points in proportion to the amount invested will be declared winners.The Biotechnology department came up with some versatile events viz. 'Streax', requiring participants to showcase their drawing skills, 'Biobiz' ,which invited startup plans for Bio-tech industry and the mega event 'Forensics', which involves investigating crime scene based on the biological evidences.The Mech. boys were quite enthusiastic in presenting their events, 'Slingshot', event required the development of a canon Kind of mechanism to fire shots, the slingshot traveling the farthest takes the winning shot,'Udaan', students needed to make water propelled rocket and the winner was decided on the accuracy of the rocket to hit an area and there was one unique event which tested the thematic apperception , planning exercise and word association.Amid the ongoing exciting events the School of Electronics & Communication featuring events like 'Electromania', in which circuit solving skills were tested, 'Elcovision' where participants were needed to decipher the circuits based on the clues and components provided, and the day concluded with a thrilling event 'Catch me If you Can', participants had to run their bots on a provided track and chase the competitor's bot.The coders of the University ,School of Computer Science hosted events like 'Skull Crack','ConnectIt','EEE:Programming Lab', which checked the cognitive ,intuitive and programming skills of the students. The main attraction of the day was an Entrepreneurial Talk by Balaji Vishwanathan, he started with explaining how to set up a startup which basically involved contemplating the market demand and identifying the gaps and stuffing it with your innovative ideas.The overall session was interactive where he answered questions covering topics like U.S politics,the fate of Indian education system and gave a wonderful explanation on Time Management giving a reference of his college life.
Astronomy Club Formed at SMVDU, Organizes its first Event
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Fraternity members formulated an Astronomy Club, the first of its kind in the state of Jammu and Kashmir under the guidance of Dr. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor SMVD University. The purpose of the club is to bring together Sky walkers, share their passion and organize events and activities related to the field in SMVDU campus. It has been informed that more than 80 members, including faculty, staff and students have joined the club and are actively participating. Dr. Swarkar Sharma is the faculty coordinator of the club. The club initiated its activity by organizing an event for the SMVDU fraternity to watch appearance of Super Moon and partially that could be seen through out this week.
The club members are sharing their personal telescopes and presently have Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope capable to explore deep sky objects like Nebulae, Galaxies, Star clusters etc.; Celestron C90 MAK and a 6/700 Reflector Telescope capable to help visualize Solar system objects like Planets and their Moons. In addition, members claimed that they have subscription to state of the art "Online Telescopes" located in USA and Europe that can control online over the Internet.
A four-day Industrial cum Academic Tour was organized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra for the students of Department of Biotechnology and 53 students of B. Tech. (Biotechnology), M. Sc. (Biotechnology) and Ph.D. Biotechnology, participated. Students were accompanied by Dr. Sharada Potukuchi and Dr. Swarkar Sharma. The team visited Patanjali Food and Herbal Park, the Mega Food Park under the Scheme of the Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Government of India. It is one of the largest food and herbal parks in the world equipped with world-class manufacturing machinery and R&D facility. It has spread across an area of around 260 acres and mainly divided into four Blocks. Sh. K.K. Mishra, Head Public relations personally hosted the team and made it aware of various components of the park. He accompanied students to all the four 4 blocks, each with its own central Quality Control Laboratory and Quality Assurance unit. In the visit, students have been exposed to state of the art industrial technology processes. Students also had a chance to interact with scientists & technicians of various laboratories where they have been introduced to advanced techniques and methods involved in processing and Quality Control. In addition, students visited Herbal Storage Area of 1 lakh feet with 11000 tonnes capacity and have been informed that currently 550 herbs were in storage, including some very rare herbs. The overall trip was an academic bonanza for the students.
Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra delivered an invited talk entitled, “Recent Advances in Queuing Modelling with Customers’ Impatience” in a National Seminar on “Recent Advances in Mathematics and its Computational Aspects” at Department of Mathematics, Shaheed Mangal Pandey Govt. Girls P.G. College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.
Prof. V. Ravichandran (Prof. and Head) Dept. of Mathematics, University of Delhi was the chief guest of the seminar. The key note address was delivered by Prof. C. B. Gupta, BITS, Pilani. The other speakers of the seminar were Prof. Kapil Kumar Sharma (South Asian University, New Delhi), Dr. Vipin Kumar (BKBIET, Pilani), Dr. Satish Kumar (P.U. Chandigarh. The seminar was attended by participants from all over the India. Most of the research papers were from the area of Operations Research.
Dr. Rakesh deliberated on the recent advances in queuing models with customers’ impatience. At the very outset he emphasised on the need of mathematical modelling of queuing systems facing customers’ impatience as it leads to the loss of potential customers. He discussed the recent advances like queuing systems with catastrophes and customers’ impatience, queues with vacations and customers’ impatience, queuing systems with retention of impatient customers, and the queuing models with reverse balking. He also stressed upon the need of transient solutions of queuing models as these capture the real time functioning of queuing systems. He also chaired one session in the seminar.
One day national student seminar on “Current Issues and Challenges of Indian Economy’’ was organized by the Department of Economics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. The Chief Guest for this seminar was Professor V.K Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Management whereas Dr. Kakali Majumdar, Head, Department of Economics was the Guest of Honour for the occasion. Prof. V.K. Bhat encouraged the students to exploit the opportunity and discuss various issues and challenges of the Indian economy during the two sessions. Welcoming the participants to the seminar, Dr. Kakali Majumdar encouraged and appreciated them for availing the benefit provided to them by the Department of Economics through this seminar. Adding to the details about the program, Dr. Pabitra Kumar Jena, faculty advisor of the seminar enlightened the participants about the current issues and challenges of the Indian economy and how the seminar aims at detail and comprehensive debate and discussion on the challenges prevailing in the economy as well as framing policy suggestions in the present era. The seminar consisted of two technical sessions where the participants presented their research papers. Various topics were discussed during this seminar which included FDI, vicious circle of poverty, terrorism in J&K, make in India, financial inclusion, GST, inflation, public debt, NITI Aayog, black money, PDS, ICT, privatization, deficit budget, payment banking, entrepreneurship, public private partnership, digital India, and start up India. Around 20 papers were presented during the two sessions by participants both from the SMVD University as well as from various other institutions such as Jammu University, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, etc. .This one day national student seminar ended to be very informative and productive as various economic problems were discussed by the participants. The formal vote of thanks presented by Mr. Amarjit Singh, faculty coordinator of the seminar. He thanked administrative staffs of the University and students of the Department of Economics for conducting the seminar as well as the participants from various institutions for their active participation. The seminar concluded with the certificate distribution to all the participants. The competition for the research paper presentation took place in the seminar where first, second and third prize was awarded to Mr. Vimarsh Padha, Kanika Gupta & Anjali Sharma and Bhumika Shama & Himja Sharma respectively. The event was sponsored by SMVDU TBIC, Masterprep, Cost 2 Cost computers, Cyber Infotech and Dominos.
SMVDU, Katra, 12th November: A reputed theater group ‘Anukriti Rangmandal’ from Kanpur staged two legendary theater shows in Matrika Auditorium at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University on 11th and 12th November. The story revolves around the Nocholai Vaslowich Gogol’s The Government Inspector adapted by Sanjay Sahai in Hindi as Jaanch Padtaal. It is a story about a small township in India, where corruption rules. The latest news in the town is that the centre is sending a senior person to inspect the wrong doings in the township. The mayor calls an emergency meeting where magistrates, civil servants, school inspector, postmaster and the kotwali head, all the officers are called. They mistake a youth who is staying in a hotel as the inspector who has come from Delhi. When the young man, Kumar, disappears after having taken a lot of money from all the guilty officers in the town, the Mayor realizes that he has been fooled. In the meantime, the peon from the circuit house comes and tells the officers and the mayor that the inspector general, sent by the centre, has arrived.
On the second day, ‘Purush’ was staged. Purush' is a question on male-dominated society where a man prefers to defeat a women by committing rape instead of facing her courage. The play is weaved with sacraments given by an ideal teacher to his daughter. Although a house hold wife has different views with his teacher husband but always support unconditionally to him. Although this powerful Marathi play is scripted by famous prominent contemporary writer late Jaiwant Dalvi but it is effectively translated by Sudhakar Karkare with same spirit & tempo with highly appreciable efforts. The play also reveals the ugly face of inebriated politician. This Drama gave an emphatic message towards gender sensitization and empowerment of women, which is a quite contemporary subject. The play concludes with a unique revenge taken by educated and courageous daughter of an ideal teacher.
The team was welcomed by Dr. V. K. Tripathi, President Board of Cultural Activities of the University. The shows were directed by Dr. Omendra Kumar and Krishna Saxena, conceptualized by Nisha Verma. The main artists and actors were Mahendra Dhuria, Suresh Srivastav, Anil Nigam, Samrat Yadav, Yogesh Pandey, Rajeev Tiwari, Vijay Bhan Singh, Priya Mishra, Deepika Singh, Sanjay Sharma, Akshay Kumar, Shubham Bhadauria, Ajay Chauhan, Abhilash Tiwari, Mahesh Chandra, Raghavendra Prajapati, Geetika Lalwani, Tripti Raghav, Disha Verma. The back-stage team included Sirish Bahadur Sinha, Jolly Ghose, Akshay, Samrat, Anil, Deepika and Ajay. Faculty, staff, students, officials from CRPF camp Dheerti witnessed the show. Anukriti will also conduct a workshop on theater art for SMVDU students for coming ten days.
SMVDU Katra, An Eminent Lecture on the theme “Opportunities for Students in Emerging Economy” by Prof. D. P. Agrawal was delivered at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in the Matraika Auditorium. Prof. V. Verma, Dean Faculty of Engineering welcomed and introduced the speaker. Prof. Agrawal, former Chairman Union Public Service Commission, Educational Advisor to Ministry of HRD and Founder of the National Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior, speaking to the large audience of students and faculty of the University emphasized upon the role of the students in the emergent global economy. The world today is completely changed and the youth has to play a key role in the pace of progress not only in terms of contributing to economic and technical growth but in terms of meaningful existence and protection of the environment.
The role of the universities is to be seen in terms of producing students capable of leading the society in this direction. The curricula of the university education have to change - it is to be changed in conformity with the need of the future. The academia have to see how an engineering graduate, a scientist, a management professional perceives the world, foresees the challenges, imagines the solutions and envisages the course of future.
India is the fastest growing economy in the world today and if we have to develop as a nation, we should have more literacy, more education, and more employability. This cannot be achieved without opening up and creating new areas of knowledge. We need to closely watch the intersections of disciplines because the future research is to be conducted on the confluence of disciplines – disciplines have to converge, it cannot happen monotonously or stereotypically.
It is the youth that is going to change the world. Today the jobs are global; therefore the knowledge and skills have to be global in nature. Here is the role of the academic institutions and the teachers. The teachers must understand that they are not just going to impart knowledge what is already created but to make the students capable of creating new knowledge. The education has been challenged to put you in a different world than what you have conceived of it. To understand the need of today and tomorrow, the teaching and learning must go beyond the classroom-centric learning. In this context the role of clubs, societies, and research groups becomes important that leads the students beyond the classroom learning. Institutions must allow greater interaction, not just with themselves but with the society, industry, and the human beings in general. Institutions are not supposed to produce just machines.
Prof. Agrawal commenting upon the objectives of the ‘Neeti-Aayog’ emphasized that in view of the objective of equipping the youth with skills the youth have to think out of the box and come up with solutions. In the same spirit, the academic curricula have to be reviewed from the point of view of the objectives of the ‘Neeti-Aayog’. Today’s challenge is also to cut down the carbon footprint, meet the energy requirements etc. through the non-conventional sources of energy. One has a role towards every emergent problem of the society. It is therefore our responsibility to identify the problems of society, creating solutions, not necessarily perfect solutions but even working solutions, which at least trains the youth towards developing a mindset of finding solutions – this training is important. He also expressed an urgent need of making repository of the conventional knowledge of the nation, the conventional technologies which can be improvised to meet the current crisis. The advantage is that when the national knowledge is made relevant to current problems, it brings a national pride.
The session was followed by interactive session. Dr. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor SMVDU, felicitated the speaker and Dr. Anil K. Tewari delivered the vote of thanks. Dr. Sanjay Mishra, Dr. Suparn Sharma, Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Dr. Pankaj Bishwas, Dr. Sumeet Gupta, Dr. Balbir Singh, Dr. V. K. Tripathi and many other faculty members were present on the occasion.