SMVDU Katra, 11thDec. 2018. The Faculty Development Programme (FDP), sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology-NIMAT Project, Government of India,beganat Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra, as reported by Dr. Supran K. Sharma, the Chief Coordinator of EDC-SMVDU, andProgram Coordinator ofthe FDP.The eventstarted with the objective of ‘applications of innovation’in teaching pedagogy. Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean, Faculty of Management,and chief guest of the inaugural function emphasized on job creation instead of job seeking for long-term economic freedom with special reference to women entrepreneurship. Dr. ShaillaCannie, Principal, SMVD College of Nursing, expressed her concern for empowering the women via entrepreneurship and use of technology. The Guest of Honour, Dr. Ashok Bhan, former DGP,J&K,and distinguished fellow, inspired the participants to bridge the gap between youth and unemployment by encouraging entrepreneurship. He reflected upon the responsibility of teachers to guide the students for ethical earning. The inaugural ceremony was concluded with formal vote of thanks presented by Dr. RashiTaggar, co-coordinator, FDP, whilethe team expressed its deepest gratitude to Dr. Sanjeev Jain, the Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, who wished that this two-week long activity would provide the participants with hands-on training sessions, lectures, interactions with the successful entrepreneurs, and would also train the participants to formulate business plans with traditional and modern approaches.