SMVDU Katra, 16thDec. 2018. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University focuses on the overall development of students and faculty members, and in this context, the School of Architecture & Landscape Design (SoALD), initiatedthe establishment of Student Chapter of Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), launched in a special session in the presence of dignitaries and representatives of IGBC and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The session started with a welcome note with a mention of significance of green buildings by Prof. Rajeev Garg, Head of School which was followed by the keynote adddress of Mr Rajesh Sharma, Vice Chairman, CII, (J&K State Council). Eminent architect and Chairperson, IGBC, (Chandigarh & North India Chapter), Ar Jit Kumar Gupta, apprised the benefits, design aspects and rating system of green buildings. An informative and engaging presentation by architect Gupta filled the audience with awe. Secretary of Student Chapter, Mohd Hussain and Joint Secretary, Zainab Bhat also presented their views and expressed their commitment towards organizing activities at university and region under student chapter. Dr V Verma, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, deliberated upon the awareness issues about carbon credit and need of its understanding by building professionals. The IGBC official, MrNilesh Rana, presented the Student Chapter Certificate to office bearers. Mr Aditya Sharma, Ultratech Cement Ltd., was a special invitee during the event. The students of architecture and civil engineering, along with faculty members, including Abhiney Gupta, Satyanshu Kumar, Vinod Kumar, Navin Gupta, Aditya Kumar Singh, Dr V K Dogra, Dr B B Jindal, DrVaibhavSapkal and Er Rahul Sharma also attended the event. The formal vote of thanks presented by the Joint Secretary of student chapter.