School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra organized a Motivational Lecture on ‘Embracing Failure as a Stepping Stone’ delivered explicitly by Mr. Yogesh K Verma, CEO, Perfect Square, New Delhi for the Fresher students who have joined various Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs in the current Academic Session. Mr. Verma has immense experience with the corporate world having worked as General Manager – Special Nutrition Business, Heinz and prior to that has spent 25 years with Nestle India Limited in different positions such as National Key Institutes Manager, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Branch Manager, etc. He has also represented India as a Delegate through Confederation of Indian Industries (CII ) in Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU), a CODEX body, meeting continuously for three years 2008-2010. He is the Founder Director of Alimente’, a premium food Company. He is currently an esteemed Faculty at Indian Aviation Academy and a Skill Expert Member of the DBT-PG Programme Advisory Committee at SMVDU. He is an expert Council Member to many research firms like Advantus Global-China, Third Bridge, UK, GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) New York, USA and manages Perfect Square – A Training & Business Consultancy Company. The objective behind organizing the lecture was to strongly promote positive values and problem solving as new-age skills to the young minds. The students actively interacted with the expert with an overwhelming response to his question. The event was also attended by Deans, Heads of Schools, Faculty, Staff members and Research Scholars of the University. The speaker deliberated on the importance of a positive approach in life, especially when one is facing a crisis and unforeseen obstacles. He discussed that the people with positive attitude always remain hopeful and see the best even in difficult situations. In contrast, those with negative attitudes may be more pessimistic and disagreeable, and typically expect the worst outcome in tough situations. He thanked Dr. Balbir Singh, Dean, Academic Affairs; Dr. Ratna Chandra, Head, Biotechnology; Dr. Sharada Potukuchi and Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Coordinators of the DBT-PG Program who organized event at short notice and for giving him a platform for sharing his views with the young minds of the University.