SMVDU Katra, FEB 2020. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) fraternity is deeply saddened to inform that Former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. NK Bansal, passed away Tuesday early morning. The untimely death of Prof. Bansal saddened the faculty members, staff and students, and a condolence meeting was held at 4:00 P.M. on 04 February 2020 at the Central Courtyard. Prof. Bansal had served as a vibrant Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU, between 2004 and 2009, and started various programs in the discipline of Science, Management, Renewable Energy, Humanities & Social Sciences. Prof. Bansal will be remembered for his iron-will and determination in establishing SMVD University a niche amongst other reputed institutions. Holder of many awards, namely, Dr. C. M. Jacob Gold Medal (System Society of India, 1991), Pioneer in Renewable Energy (WREN 1996), Solar Pioneer from India (German magazine 2004), Life Time Achievement Award in Education (2005) and Amity Excellence Award (2008), Prof. Bansal was well known for his integrity, hard work and contributions in the field of Energy. Presently, he was SINTEX Chair Professor at CEPT University, Ahmadabad.