SMVDU Celebrates Teachers' Day

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Katra: Sept. 05 2016. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University today celebrated Teacher’s Day on 05th September, 2016. The Program was organised by Department of Mechanical Engineering to pay tributes to our teachers who have made us to stand at present position. During this day long celebrations, a video presentation on the life of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan and other great teachers was presented by Dr. Balbir Singh, Asstt. Prof., Department of Mechanical Engineering, SMVDU. Some messages by former Vice Chancellors of SMVDU were also read during this impressive event.

The Coordinator of the event, Dr. Balbir Singh gave a presentation on the theme “Quality Improvement in Higher Educational Institutions”.

Prof. V. Verma, Dean College of Engineering was the chief guest on the occasion. The chief guest highlighted the role of a Teacher as a model to shape the future of the youth.

The chief guest later felicitated some retired teachers from adjoining areas of SMVDU who shared their Teaching experiences in front of the SMVDU Faculty and Staff members. Those who were felicitated during this event included Sh. Charandass Sharma (Retd. Head Master), Sh. Baj Singh (Retd. Senior Teacher), Sh. Madan Lal Anand (Retd. Senior Teacher) and Sh. Kaka Ram (Retd. Head Master).

Professor V.K Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Management and Sciences felicitated Dr. Shailla Cannie, Principal, Shrine Board Nursing College, Kakryal, Mr. Sanjay Sharma, Principal, DPS Kakryal, Mr. Lal Chand, Principal, Govt. High School, Panthal and Mr. Labbi Kumar Principal, Green Field Public School, Kakryal for their contribution in spreading literacy among students from Kakryal and surrounding area of Katra region.

The event ended with oath ceremony by all the teaching fraternity with a mission to work for society and nation at large.


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Four Scholars from Department of Biotechnology, SMVDU brought laurels to University by bagging prestigious award at dwitiya CRAB-E-CON 2016 (Lung Cancer Update) held recently at Fortune Inn Revera Jammu.

Dwitya CRAB-E-CON was jointly organised by North Zone Association of Radiation Oncologists (NZAROI), LBN Radiations of Hope ROH (Cancer care foundation), Department of Biotechnology SMVDU, and Maharishi Dayanand Hospital & Medical Research Centre (MDHMRC).

This cancer conference was inaugurated by Minister for Health and Medical Education Shri Bali Bhagat, who was the chief guest on the occasion. He laid stress on importance of such type of conferences and lauded the initiative of the organisers to have such a prestigious conference in city of Jammu. Renowed Oncologists from all over the India were involved in conceptualizing the idea of the conference, which discussed lung cancer thread bare including research and treatment from normal to high end technical advances. In total six oral and eight posters were presented by MD/PhD students all over India relating to the advances in the Lung Cancer research. The First prize in Poster presentation was bagged by Ms. Sonali Verma Research scholar, Second Prize was won by Mr Inderpal Singh Research Associate and Third prize was bagged by Ms Divya Bakshi Research scholar. However, the LBN SCROLL OF HONOUR was bagged by Gh Rasool Bhat, Research Scholar working under the supervision of Dr Rakesh Kumar, Department of Biotechnology SMVDU.

Dr Deepak Abrol Convener and Organising secretary CRAB-E-CON congratulated the awardees and appreciated their contribution towards making conference a great success. Prof. Vijeshwer Verma, Head of Biotechnology congratulated the students for such a feat.

National Seminar on Abhinavagupta concludes at SMVDU

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SMVDU, Katra: A National Seminar on “Abhinavagupta: The Genius of Kashmir” was organized by the Dept. of Philosophy & Culture in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi, from 3-4 September, 2016. As this is the millennium year of Abhinavagupta, a great saint and noted philosopher of the Kashmir Shaivism tradition, IGNCA is conduction national seminars at four distinct places in India this year, this was the first in series. The seminar was inaugurated with a welcome note by Dr. V. K. Tripathi, Head, Dept. of Philosophy & Culture, a theme presentation by Dr. Anil Kumar Tewari, presentation about IGNCA by Dr. Advaitavadini Kaul, address by Dr. N. D. Sharma from IGNCA, keynote address by Dr. Bharat Gupta, Trustee IGNCA and Inaugural Address by Prof. Shiv Nirmohi.

Total seventeen papers were presented by scholars from all across the country and from the region and a range of topics were covered including Abhinavagupta’s contribution to aesthetics, poetry, linguistics, epistemology, metaphysics, soteriology and spiritual aspects of his philosophy. The importance of his contribution to Indian theater arts, his influence on the later philosophical thinking and spiritual practices and shaping the Indian philosophy of art was also highlighted. The seminar was enriched by presentations by Prof. Ram Pratap, former Head of Sanskrit Dept. University of Jammu, Prof. Ram Bahadur Shukla from Sanskrit Dept. University of Jammu and a number of research scholars from the same dept. Dr. Krishna Murari Mani Tripathi and Dr. D. Dayanath, Dr. Ratan Pandey, Dr. Nigam Pandey from Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Jammu, Dr. Rajneesh Shukla from JNU, Dr. Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi from Dept. of Languages and Literature SMVDU, Dr. M. M. Chaturvedi, Dr. Anil K. Tewari and Dr. V. K. Tripathi from Dept. of Philosophy & Culture also presented scholarly papers. The seminar concluded with a report presentation by Dr. Anil K. Tewari, a valedictory address by Dr. Bharat Gupta and Dr. Shiv Nirmohi, a vote of thanks by Dr. V. K. Tripathi and a concluding prayer ‘Bhairava-strotra’ by Dr. Advaitavadini Kaul. The IGNCA officials also expressed their satisfaction on the meticulous organization of the seminar and expressed their willingness to have more collaborative activities with the Dept. of Philosophy and Culture, SMVDU. The IGNCA will also consider publication of selected papers in edited Millennium Volume on Abhinavagupta.

Special Lecture on “Global warming & possibility of a nuclear war are the major challenge”

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SMVDU Katra: Major General (Retd.) Vinod Saighal delivered a lecture on “The Paris Climate Accord: Fragilities and the Global Equipoise” under the Eminent Lecture Series at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. The talk was primarily a gist of his famous book The Third Millennium Equipoise. He covered the two most critical issues “existential threats for the coming generations” - ‘Towards the Zero Nuclear State’ and ‘Global Warming & Climate Change’. There is an ongoing race for nuclear arms through nuclear proliferation among countries. He argued that one of the most imminent threats to human existence is not even Global Warming & Climate Change but possibility of a nuclear war which can annihilate humanity immediately. Most alarmingly, the world leadership is not taking responsibility and working towards the solution of the problem. He warned that the overconsumption will lead to the complete damage of the biocapacity of the planet earth and an insensitive leadership may push the world in a nuclear war. No need to mention that both the factors are threat to the existence of life as such on the earth. It is therefore incumbent on the present generation to think of the intergenerational benefits for the sustenance of life in future. The session was followed by an interactive session. The Session was chaired by Dr. S. S. Soodan, Professor Emeritus and Advisor, Acharya Sri Chander Medical College and Hospital and President of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD). Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi, HoD, Department of Philosophy and Culture, welcomed the guest. The lecture was attended by faculty and students of the University. Dr. Neera Singh, Coordinator IDPD, Prof. V. Verma, Dean Faculty of Engineering, Dr. A. K. Das, Sh. Vinod Sharma, Administrative Officer, Mr. Kohli, Mr. Praveen Kumar, Dr. Anil Kumar Tewari, Mr. S.S. Sharma, Dr. M. M. Chaturvedi, Dr. Ashoka Tarai, Dr. Surendra Singh were also present on the occasion.

Inauguration of Five day Workshop on “Econometric Modeling: Techniques and Research Applications” at SMVDU

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A Five day Workshop on “Econometric Modeling: Techniques and Research Application” by Department of Economics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, in collaboration with The Indian Econometric Society (TIES), inaugurated on 22nd of August,2016 . Dr. Balwant Singh, Ex-Adviser, Reserve Bank of India, was the Chief Guest of the inaugural program. Dr. K. Shanmugan, from Indian Econometric Society was the guest of honour of the session.

The program started with lightening of ceremonial lamp and Saraswati Vandana. Dr. Kakali Majumdar, Principal Co-ordinator of the Workshop, I/c Head, Department of Economics, formally welcomed the august gathering. Giving a brief intro about the Department of Economics, Dr. Majumdar explained the objectives and aims of the Workshop. She also expressed her thanks to The Indian Econometric Society (TIES), the largest body of professional Econometricians and quantitative economists registered under Public Societies Registration Act, formed in 1960, for their association with Department of Economics. Dr. K Shanmugan, Faculty of Commerce Department of Business Economics, MS University of Borada and convener program committee as well as treasurer TIES, the guest of honour, in his address laid special emphasis on the importance of Econometrics and its use in the context of scientific applications of Economic theories. He also briefly explained the aims and objective of TIES.

Offering hearty greetings to the dignitaries, the chief guest, Dr. Balwant Singh, Ex-Adviser, RBI and member TIES explained the importance of the Workshop and its future implications. He congratulated the organizing team of Department of Economics for conducting the event and had words of encouragement to continue with such type of creative activities that will always add value to the development of the University in general and the Department of Economics in particular.

This Workshop is designed to impart knowledge on Econometric Modeling and its Applications in the context of empirical research. The objective of this workshop is to cover important econometric models and methods for research application. The Workshop evoked great response with good number of academicians and scholars from different parts of India registering for it. The resource persons invited for the workshop are some of the eminent personalities from India and abroad. At the conclusion of the inaugural session, Dr. Pabitra Kumar Jena, Course Coordinator, Assistant professor, Department of Economics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University delivered vote of thanks to the august gathering.

Alumni of School of Business Interacted with Management Students

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Alumni of School of Business Mr. Anil Kangotra presently working as SAP Financial Consultant with a Dubai based Company€“ AL Futtain interacted with students of MBA. He shared his practical knowledge regarding application of SAP modules in Financing & controlling, HR, Supply chain, etc. Sharing his journey from SMVDU to Dubai along with his struggles and hard work throughout the phase, he emphasized upon the things which market expects from young professions. Underlining the relevance of communication skills in the corporate world, he provided some tips to the budding managers for getting success in the market. Management students raised some queries regarding career choices and life in the corporate world which was well handled by Mr. Kangotra.

SMVDU observes its 12th Foundation Day

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SMVDU, Katra, 19th Aug. 2016: As Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University was inaugurated on 19th Aug. 2004 by the then President of India late Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the University observed its 12th Foundation Day. A panel discussion on the theme ‘Parameters of Quality Education in Higher Education’ was organized in which Dr. Anil K. Tewari, Dr. Amitabh Dwivedi, Mr. Rinkesh Kumar and Ms. Ruby Bharti were the main speakers. It was followed by a grand cultural show in the Matrika Auditorium in which a number of instrumental and vocal performances were presented by students and school kids. A special vocal performance was presented by Mr. Rahul Kumar, Asst. Prof. of Music, Jammu.

Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Dr. Sanjeev Jain conveyed his best wishes to every student, staff and faculty. He called upon to rededicate our commitment to service for oneness – one vision, one direction. He expressed his hope that by working together as team, we will take the University to greater heights with hard work and sense of belongingness. Dr. V. K. Tripathi, President Board of Cultural Activities welcomed the guests and students presents on the occasion. The event was graced by the presence of Sh. Ajay Khajuria, Registrar, Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Dean of Students and all the faculty and staff members, students and kids of Vikap program. The students and staff of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi College of Nursing also participated in the event. The event was coordinated by Mr. Praylankar Ashutosh, Cultural Secretary and Mr. Abhinav Kumar, General Secretary, Students’ Affairs Council presented the vote of thanks.

SMVDU jubilant on 70th Independence Day

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Katra, SMVDU, 15th Aug.: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, in consonance with the theme declared by the Ministry of HRD – “Yaad-karo-qurbani”, jubilantly observed 70th Independence Day. The National Flag was unfurled at 10.00 am by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Dr. Sanjeev Jain, who called upon the students to always remember those martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the nation and emphasized in his address that the growth of nation is not possible without excellence in education. Quoting Swami Vivekananda, that ‘education is the manifestation of perfection already present in us’, he enthused the students to always live up to this high value of education. He also mentioned that to make the education dynamic SMVDU has reorganized the Training and Placement activities, Technology and Business Incubation Center (TBIC), personality development programs and also planning to open numerous Centers of Excellence.

The students organized a fabulous cultural show in which the spirit of sacrifice and patriotism was portrayed through songs, group dances, skit and displayed their multifarious cultural and literary talent. Registrar Mr. Ajay Khajuria, Dean of Students Dr. Yugal Khajuria and all the faculty, staff and students were present on the occasion. Mr. Abhinaw Kumar, General Secretary, Students’ Affairs Council (SAC) delivered a vote of thanks.

The International Volunteer Foundation (IVF) Jammu conferred upon the NSS unit of SMVDU the award for “Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Awareness and Conservation” in recognition to the collaborative activities towards the same conducted during last three years. Chairman, IVF, Mr. Kiran Kumar Sharma highlighted the collaborative activities through a presentation given by him. A plantation drive was also conducted after the cultural event as an initiative from ‘Van-Sampada’, Jammu. The president ‘Van-Sampada’ Sh. Devender Sharma, Sh. Anil Gaind and Sh. Lalit Sharma were present on the occasion. The ‘Van-Sampada’ also donated 60 saplings to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi on the occasion.

4th ALUMNI Meet Held in Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University

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Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University was quite abuzz this weekend with its 4th Alumni Meet on the 13th August, 2016. On this occasion, the Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sanjeev Jain, extended a cordial welcome to all the alumni who made a point to take part into the meet. He extended his best-wishes and also wished a good luck to all the alumni for their future endeavours.

The alumni I/C Dr. Saurabh welcomed all the alumni. He said, "alumni is abridge between University and the external world. The alumni meet is an occasion for congregation, association, and reminiscences." The Training & Placement officer Mr. Bhatia expressed his thanks for all the alumni who have helped current batches in their careers.

All the batches including the foundation batch students recollected their experiences of stay in the campus and the memorable moments they shared with the faculty. They felt the reunion is a great time and revival for their future life. The alumni expressed their heartfelt gratitude towards the faculty members and the institution. They expressed their profound faith for the alma mater.

More than hundred prominent alumni working in different MNCs and in Government Sectors, such as TCS, Wipro, Genpact, ICICI Bank, SBI Life Insurance, Reliance Jio, Deloitte India Forensics, Revenue Department (KAS), Indian Navy, and few working as entrepreneurs expressed their views and shared their experiences.

Cultural and musical events during the Alumni Meet were executed by students with the help of faculty members and staff. The Alumni enjoyed the sophisticated High Tea and swell themselves with a luscious dinner in the garden area. Every alumni present acknowledged the fact that SMVD University is continuing and carrying forward the mission of pursuing excellence in education, scholarship and research and its application to the society at highest international levels of excellence.

Ar. Aditya Kr. Singh thanked all the alumni as well as administration for bringing alumni meet as a successful event.

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.

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