Holistic Health and Science of Yoga conducted at SMVDU


A lecture on Holistic Health and Science of Yoga conducted at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University on May 25, 2016 by Dr. T.R. Raina, Former Programme Director, Advanced Yoga Centre, G.M.C. Jammu and presently Administrator, Swami Vivekananda Charity Hospital, Jammu. Dr. Raina being very active in Yoga had conducted many workshops among the society to make people aware of Stress and it’s Management. In the era of industrialization, urbanization, deforestation contamination of food and daily problem faced by the society results in having no inner peace and happiness.

Seeking Inner peace and Happiness people of SMVDU who are from across the nation gathered to attend the most needful lecture of the time. Dr. Raina told that Stress and Strain are the main factors of ailments and by Yoga which is Union of Soul and Spirit we could bring positive change in attitude and behavior, which will nurture and develop altruistic and other human values. He motivated audience to follow some Yoga activities after him, he was successful in conveying his message through activities which was to stay active every time as we can invite cosmic rays which keeps our energy alive. Correlating Science and Spirituality he concluded his talk and affirmed to conduct another workshop as soon as possible.

In Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, on June 21, 2016 Yoga Day is going to be celebrated for which a series of workshop and lectures are to be arranged. Lecture by Dr. Raina was the very first in this Series. A Memento on behalf of SMVDU was presented to felicitate Dr. Raina by Dr. Anil K. Tewari, Asst. Prof. Department of Philosophy and Culture. Vote of Thanks was delivered by Dr. V.K. Tripathi, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Culture and assured to conduct more meaningful and needful workshop for betterment of the society.

One week workshop on “Financial Modeling using IBM SPSS” concludes


With an objective to prepare participants for their role in equity research, investment banking, business analysis, financial analysis etc., School of Business conceived a three stage workshop on ‘Financial Modeling’. In the first stage, two weeks workshop was organized from 14th to 27th March 2016. At this stage, apart from the contemporary issues in finance, the participants were exposed to Microsoft Excel© based financial modeling. The second stage one week (23rd to 29th May 2016) workshop recently concluded on 29th May 2016 on the topic “Financial Modeling using IBM SPSS©. This stage was an extension to the first stage and participants were exposed to IBM SPSS© based financial modeling. Twenty five participants from M.B.A., M.Sc. Economics and B. Tech. courses participated in the workshop. Some of the topics covered during the workshop were basic statistical methods and financial applications, forecasting models, fixed income security models, investment models, credit risk and measurement among others. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Mishra, Assistant Professor, School of Business and Dr. Pabitra Kumar Jena, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics acted as resource persons. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Mishra was also the Program Coordinator for the workshop. The third stage of this three stage workshop is scheduled from 25th to 31st August 2016 on the topic “Financial Modeling Using R”.


Research Day Organized at the Department of Mathematics


The Department of Mathematics (DoM), Faculty of Sciences organized the ‘Research Day’ on 20th May, 2016. At the very outset, the coordinator of the program Dr. Rakesh Kumar (Assist. Prof.) greeted all the faculty members, research students and the students of M.Sc. Mathematics. He briefed the audience about the research progress made by the department in terms of the publications in journals and books, paper presentations in conferences, research projects, and the number of doctoral students guided during the last one year. He further deliberated on the research in mathematical sciences and the opportunities available after obtaining the research degree.

Dr. A.K. Das (Head, DoM) acquainted the students of the higher education channels available after M.Sc. Mathematics like M. Tech. and Ph.D. He told the students about the research areas where the faculty members are actively engaged. He discussed the procedure to get into the Ph.D. program in Mathematics in India and abroad. Particularly, he discussed the Ph.D. process at SMVDU. He elaborated on the research problem formation, research methodology and the research plan. He stressed on developing mathematical thinking.

Prof. (Dr.) V. K. Bhat (Dean, Faculty of Sciences) discussed about the interdisciplinary research in Mathematics. He motivated the students to pursue higher education in Mathematics.

Dr. Kuldip Raj (Assist. Prof.) said that only hard working students should pursue Ph.D. in Mathematics. Dr. Surender Singh (Assist. Prof.) advised the students to work with full dedication and honesty in whatever profession they adopt. He also wished a bright future to the outgoing batch. Dr. Sandeep Sharma (Assist. Prof.) urged the students to qualify competitive examinations like NET and GATE.

The research student Ms. Ria Gupta presented the contributions of ancient Indian Mathematician Bhaskracharya to Mathematics. Other research student Ms. Sapana Sharma made a presentation on Research and its types.

The Assistant Professors Dr. Ajay Kumar Sharma and Dr. Sandeep Bhougal were also present on the occasion.

At last the coordinator of the event Dr. Rakesh Ku.mar thanked each and everyone for active participation in Research Day.

National Level Training Program for IFS Officers Inaugurates at SMVDU


Two days Training Program on ‘Crafting Individuals as Effective Leaders’ for Indian Forest Officers was inaugurated by Dr. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, Jammu on 19th May,2016. The program has participation from different parts of the country including Orrisa, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Uttrakhand, Delhi, Bihar, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, etc. In his Inaugural address Dr. Jain, Chief Guest of the event, welcomed all the participants at SMVDU and highlighted the importance of this type of training programs as a source of valid and reliable leadership traits. He emphasized that the image of a leader drives people to do a said job and hones the ability of leader to do dynamic jobs as an original thinker and develops a contemporary image as a leader. He also highlighted the importance of social media and said that any leadership message today can spread within no time. He termed social media as an ocean and asked leaders to use these instruments in constructive directions. He urged leaders to use 360 degree span to develop a culture of learning for implementing government policies. During the whole two days, training sessions on different topics including communications strategies for effective leadership, rational decision making process and leadership styles, motivating & influencing people, conflict management would be conducted by resource persons from different reputed institutes including FORE Business School, New Delhi, Universal Business School, Mumbai, apart from experts/academicians from School of Business, SMVDU. Earlier, Dr. Jyoti Sharma, Head, School of Business, while addressing the participants highlighted the importance of effective leadership for the society and termed them as agents of change and said that leadership quality can be developed through formal training like this to enhance effective communication skills, rational thinking, constructive attitude, etc. Prof. V.K Bhatt, Dean, Faculty of Management welcomed the participants from all length and breadth of the country and congratulated the organizing team and wished revered participants a safe and happy stay in SMVDU campus.

Special Lecture on RTI Act at SMVDU


Prof. S.K. Sharma, Former State Information Commissioner, J&K delivered a special lecture on RTI Act of J&K on May 16, 2016 at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra. In his address, he said that the Act is meant to empower the citizens by way of ensuring transparency, accountability of the Government Departments. He said that the Act is instrumental in curbing the corrupt practices of Government Employees. He presented various provisions of the Act before the audience and highlighted the differences between the RTI Act passed by the Parliament and J&K State. He said that the J&K RTI Act is superior to the Union Act in that the former makes provision for a time bound decision by the State Information Commission and also that the first appellate authority can recommend punishment to PIO by the Commission.

Prof. Sharma emphasized the need of creating awareness regarding the Act among the people. He also suggested that regular orientation programs should be organized for the persons responsible for providing information as well as hearing appeals. While narrating his own experiences as the State Information Commissioner he opined that sometimes people are not judicious in seeking information, also that sometimes information providers seek to evade from their legal responsibility. We therefore must be very careful and responsible in exercising this Right, at the same time the officials should also be sensitive to the needs of the people.

First Philosophy Alumni Meet organized at SMVD University


The Department of Philosophy and Culture (DOPC) at SMVD University Katra organized its first Alumni Meet on Thursday 05 May, 2016. Dr. Vandhana Sharma, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences wished all the participants, very best in their future endeavours. Dr. Varun K. Tripathi, Head, DOPC chaired the meet. Ms. Ruby Bharti (Research Scholar) presented a paper on “Irreducibility of Shabda-Pramana into Anumana with special reference to the Nyaya Philosophy”, which was followed by a panel discussion in the seminar room of DOPC.

Former students expressed their happiness on the resumption of M.A. Philosophy programme by the Academic Council from the session 2016-17. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Prof Sanjeev Jain has been instrumental in the revival of this unique programme in the state of J&K. Also, there was a discussion on the content of the courses, which received many suggestions regarding restructuring of compulsory and elective courses. Students also expressed the need of Philosophy curriculum in every walk of life and confabbed issues pertaining to employability, viability, etc. Alumni also expressed their concern over the callousness of the govt. authorities in promotion of philosophy as subject in the colleges and higher secondary schools. The meet was attended by faculties, students and alumni of different batches including the premier batch of M.A. and PhD programme. The Head of the Dept. Dr. V.K. Tripathi expressing his views called upon the teachers, students and alumni to make their presence in the intellectual world by reflecting and writing on emergent social and educational issues and also briefed about his initiative towards formation of Jammu & Kashmir Philosophy Association (JKPA) which will shortly take its shape.

Inter-State (North Zone) Declamation Contest Held at SMVDU & TEDx SMVDU Inaugurated


SMVDU, Katra 22 April 2016: First Annual Inter-State (North Zone) Declamation Contest along with TEDx SMVDU was inaugurated here at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University on 22nd April, with an objective to inculcate among youth sensitivity about the emergent issues of our society. It begun with a welcome of guests and participants by Dr. V.K. Tripathi, President BCA, and Dr. Yugal Khajuria, DOS SMVDU. The Jury for the event was comprised of Shri S.K. Sharma, Member J&K Public Service Commission, Dr. Anindya Goswami, IIIM Jammu and Shri Ashutosh Sharma, CEO, International Committee for Development & Regional Cooperation (ICDRC). Dr. V.K Tripathi also presented the theme of the contest “Ethics and morality are no longer relevant to the modern word”, taking into consideration one of the major crises of the contemporary society and degradation of moral commitment among the highly educated professionals. Shri S.K. Sharma also presented his views by citing the examples of unethical practices going around, affecting political, social and economic scenario and degrading public life and values affecting society. The participants were given a chance to question and think about the necessity of morality in public life and its relevance to building a morally sensitive society, moreover, the participants were given an opportunity to interact with and learn from the students participating from different universities. The key constraints in imparting such values to society, as mentioned by the speakers were the lack of similarity in vision, the ‘I’ attitude among individuals and the disequilibrium between developmental goals and moral values etc. Institutions from across the Northern States including Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Rajasthan participated in the event.

The valedictory session was graced by Sh. N. N. Vohra, the Hon’ble Governor of J&K State and the Hon’ble Chancellor of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, and Prof. Sanjeev Jain Hon’ble Vice Chancellor SMVDU. After evaluating the participants on the basis of content, diction, stage presence and presentation, the Silver Rolling Trophy instituted the Hon’ble Governor , was awarded to Shivika Thakur, of Jammu University that emerged as the winning speaker with the highest marks. Second and third position was bagged by Seerat Baji, GCW Gandhi Nagar, Jammu and Rajat Srivastava of NIT Srinagar respectively. The two consolation prizes were secured by Afsaan Farooq of GCW Gandhi Nagar & Sayed Rameem Zara of SMVD University.

Also, TEDx SMVDU was inaugurated in the valedictory session, which aims to promote new ideas and innovations to action and nurture the flame of curiosity within people. The Hon’ble Chancellor has shown deep interest in encouraging youth for developing ideas and creating platforms for bringing youth from different regions for interaction on relevant issues of social importance and nation building. The eminent guest speakers in TEDx SMVDU comprise of Dr. Bhuvnesh Kumar, Director of Defense Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Leh, Babar Afzal, working as a International Business consultant, Dr. Swarkar Sharma, an active researcher in the field of genetics, Mr. Navdeep Singh Gill, an entrepreneur, founder and CEO at Xenon Stack, Kalpesh Gawali, CEO of Nutrino Energy Pvt. Ltd, Mr. Walter Peter, theater educationist, currently the artistic director of the TIE Society, Yuvraj Bharadwaj, researcher, roboticist, technologist, inventor and a full stack developer, Sanjeev, a prolific writer, speaker and entrepreneur writing on contemporary topics, social issues, spiritualism and Indian scriptures, Akash Ranison, traveler and entrepreneur, Dr. Suyog Bhavare , Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Jagriti Yatra, Ritesh Garg, social entrepreneur whose work revolves around the Himalayas and the youth of country, Mr. Sachin Kumar Jain, Director of Vikas Samvad, Human Development Resource and Advocacy Organization. Mr. Nayan Tiwari, Mr. Raghav Gupta and team and Ms. Akriti Panotra presented cultural performances on the occasion.

2nd National Case Study Conference and TEDxSMVDU concludes successfully at SMVDU


SMVDU, Katra 24th April 2016: A three day event that started at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Kakryal on 22nd April 2016 concluded here today on 24th April 2016. The event comprised of 2nd National Case Study Conference complemented with TED Talk (Technology Entertainment & Design) event TEDxSMVDU. Event was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Governor, J&K, Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University at Matrika auditorium of SMVD University on 22nd April 2016. This event aimed to create a TED like environment in order to bring new ideas and innovations to actions and nurture the flame of curiosity with people and took place first time in J&K state.

The Conference comprised of a case study workshop that emphasized upon how to write a case study/ case based paper and get effective publications. On the second day, TED talk-Ideas worth spreading, was organized with the 10 esteemed speakers from all over the country. The eminent speakers were Dr. Bhuvnesh Kumar, Director DIHAR, Mr. Sachin Jain, Social Activist, Mr. Walter Peter, Theater Educationist, Mr. Babar Afzal, pashmina activist, first generation entrepreneurs Mr. Ritesh Garg, Mr. Navdeep Singh Gill, Mr Akash Ranison, researchers Dr Swarkar Sharma, Mr. Yuvraj, and Mr. Suyog Bhavre.The session speakers shared their experiences, success and ground level work they is bringing change in the life of common man.

A case study competition was held on 24th April where Mr. Vimarsh Padha from SMVDU was declared as the winner of the competition, and Mr.Shivan Mahajan and Simrandeep Singh from the ICccR & HRM, Jammu University were declared runner up. Dr. Neelu Rohmetra, Guest for the Valedictory function. Dr. Rohmetra congratulated the School of Business, SMVDU, Dr. Saurabh, Convener of the event and faculty members of SMVDU for the successful organization of event. She admired initiative of the University for providing a platform wherein speakers from all over the Country could share their knowledge & experience with the students. She said that the knowledge creation is the need of the hour and the students must be expressive as well as inquisitive for the evolutions. She said that management helps in overcoming the forthcoming challenges and even one person who believes in himself can bring a meaningful change in the society. Prof. Neelu said that such platforms are required for the encouraging the discussions that can enlightened the individuals. She said that each individual is a case and the qualitative analysis provides you a chance to explore the possibilities. It has the potential to unlock the individual search for excellence. She called upon the students and participants to pursue their own interests and do what gives them the strength. Prof. Neelu Rohmetra encouraged the participants to create a niche for themselves and use case methodologies for the solving the complex issues of the society and management. Dr. Jyoti Sharma, Head, School of Business, SMVDU expressed vote of thanks.

Business Analytics Workshop Conducts at SMVDU


A workshop on Fundamentals of Business Analytics held in the School of Business, Faculty of Management, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. During the workshop a total of 27 students participated for the ‘Hands-on Training sessions’. Beginning in the morning from 9:30a.m. onwards. The program was initiated in the form of a capsule course to assimilate all the participants with the fundamentals of business analytics including case review, data analysis, etc. During the whole day, a total of five-sessions were conducted where the students got familiar with statistical softwares with empirical examples to handle the complex databases. Investigation as well as implications framework part of research modeling were elaborated to the participants.

Taking empirical examples, variety of technical tools and methods have been familiarized to the budding managers of the School of Business from MBA 1st year as well as 2nd year followed by preparing a draft questionnaire for primary data collection. It is expected that this training workshop would enhance analytical skills of the participants which would be helpful to them in their future corporate jobs as well as handling industrial training projects. The workshop was conducted and coordinated by Dr. Supran K. Sharma, Associate Professor, School of Business, Faculty of Management, SMVDU.

Gaudiya Dance Performance at SMVDU


SMVDU, April 8: A brilliant dance performance was presented in the Matrika Auditorium of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University by Prof. Mahua Mukherjee, Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Rabindra Bharati University and Director Gaudiya Nritya Bharati, Kolkata. This event took off at 5:00 pm and continued for an hour. This event was part of the Decadal Celebration of the University and meant to promote the Indian Classical Dance and develop awareness among people about the different art forms of India.

09042016_news02In this event, four dances were staged including Dasha-mahavidya, Dashavatara, Lalitananda-tandava-bhangima and Rasa in which phenomenal mudras and steps were presented. These dance performances were based upon the retrieval of Classical Gaudiya Dance of Bengal which has a mention the Natyashastra of Bharata Muni. It also explained various historical paintings and sculptures in a very elegant fashion. Prof. Mahua Mukherjee and her team performed in a very colorful and spell binding manner.

This event was concluded with felicitation of Prof. Mukherjee by Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi, Head, Dept. of Philosophy & Culture and President, Board of Cultural Activities. Dr. Anil Tiwari, Dr. Rakesh Jha, Dr. Narendra Bairwa were also present on the occasion.

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