SMVDU Katra, 20thOct. 2018. Another feather in Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University’s cap as the institution will be a multi-institutional centre for advance research in human reproductive health. Notably, the Indian Council of Medical Research establishes its nodal centre at SMVDU, including three universities, namely Uni. of Jammu (UoJ); Uni. of Kashmir (UoK); and Central Uni. of Jammu (CUJ) have been sanctioned a funding of INR 10 crores, as reported Dr. Rakesh Thusoo, the lead investigator and faculty, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU. Further, he informed that other eminent researchers associated with centre are: Prof.ManojDhar (VC, Jammu varsity); Prof. Raies Qadri (UoJ),Dr. Audesh Bhat (CUJ)and Dr. Swarkar Sharma (SMVDU). Dr. Thusoo, an alumnus of AIIMS & Washington University, emphasised that the centre would deal with issues, such as primary and secondary infertility- locally as well as globally.He reiterated that infertility is thought to impact 25% of couples of childbearing ages globally; however,primary and secondary infertility figures in India is 3 & 8 percent as per WHO. Dr. Thusoo thanked Dr. Sanjeev Jain, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU for his guidance and encouragement so that the idea of centre once conceived by Prof. R. N. K. Bamezai, (Ex-VC, SMVDU) brought to its fruition. The centre would represent a perfect amalgamation of experienced and young brains as accomplished academicians as well as young scientists would work in collaboration. The Vice Chancellors of all four universities expressed their delight on the sanction of this centre and assured their support.