15 Invited speakers from USA deliberate on Cancer Biology
Katra Feb. 13: International Symposium on Biotechnological Advances in Cancer Biology (ISBAICB-2012) was held at Matrika Auditorium, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra on Feb 13th, 2012 which was a Satellite Symposium of the Ataxia Telangiectasia International Workshop held in New Delhi from Feb. 7-11, 2012. The Symposium was jointly organized by School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University and National Center of Applied Human Genetics, JNU, New Delhi. SMVDU hosted this International Symposium to address diverse research areas focused on DNA damage, mechanisms of mutagenesis and genetic instability, and the relationships between genetic instability and human cancer. The Symposium was supported by University Grants Commission, Department of Science and Technology. GOI and J&K State Council for Science and Technology, J&K Govt.
Highlight of the inaugural session was the Keynote lecture delivered by Prof. R.N.K Bamezai, Vice- Chancellor, SMVDU which dealt broadly with the complex nature of Cancer; using breast cancer as a model. Prof. Bamezai underscored the details about the contributions made by his research group in this niche area in past 20 years.
Apart from Prof. Bamezai the other invited speakers, who are at the forefront of their respective fields, come from a variety of disciplines included Prof. Jessica Tyler, Prof. Walter N. Hittelman, Prof. Bin Wang , Prof. Junjie Chen, Prof. Leslie A. Krushel, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA; Prof. Peter M. Burgers, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Washington University, St Louis, USA; Prof. Tanya Paull, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, University of Texas, USA; Prof. Martin Lavin, Queensland Institute for Medical Research, Australia; Prof. Peter McKinnon, Prof. Sachin Katyal, St Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA; Prof. Thomas Ludwig, Columbia University, USA; Prof. Tej Pandita, UT Southwestern Medical Centers, USA; Prof. Altaf Wani, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA; Prof. David A. Boothman UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA and Prof. Nobuo Horikoshi, UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA.
Over 130 participants from various institutions participated in the Symposium. There were four sessions which were held during the proceedings of the day which included understanding Ataxia Telangiectasia, DNA damage response, aging and cancer. The symposium focused on new findings concerning the role of the DNA damage response and cell cycle control in cancer and to discuss new insights in the area of cancer biology and the latest trends in cancer research. Cutting edge research was presented and deliberated upon on the molecular mechanisms involved in the repair and processing of DNA lesions, genome instability, and cancer etiology.
The symposium presented a unique opportunity for faculty, post-docs and students in this field of research to interact with the invited speakers, and got an opportunity to learn about their research activities. The symposium also provided an excellent opportunity for young investigators to participate in a forum and interact with leading investigators in this important area of biomedical research.
Earlier during the inaugural session Prof. V. Verma, Dean College of Sciences felicitated Prof. Bamezai with a memento on behalf of School of Biotechnology for having been bestowed with the title of Padmashree award to Prof. Bamezai. He also delivered the welcome address detailing the achievements made the School in a short span of time. Students of SMVDU enthralled the audience with a colourful cultural performances.
All the participants appreciated the efforts put in by the organizers, especially the Organizing Secretary Dr. Samantha Vaishnavi and the other members of the event management committee for organizing an International Event in this important area.
Katra 9 February The faculty members and staff of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University organized a felicitation function in the honour of the Vice Chancellor of the University Prof R N K Bamezai who has been selected for the prestigious Padma Shri Award by the President of India for his outstanding contribution in Science and Technology in 2012. The function was a gesture of the university employees to rejoice at the outstanding achievement of the Vice Chancellor which has bought great recognition not only to the university but the entire state.
Speaking on the occasion, the Registrar of the University, Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur, IFS said that it is undoubtedly a great occasion of celebration for SMVDU which is marching towards excellence under the leadership of Prof. Bamezai. The Finance officer, Sh. S.K Sadhotra in his address said that Scientists of the caliber of Prof. Bamezai play a great role in shaping the future of nation. Prominent Deans and Directors of various Colleges and Schools also spoke on the occasion, sharing their experience of working under the able stewardship of Prof. Bamezai who is a perfect combination of an able administrator, academician and a researcher par excellence.
Prof. Bamezai is a Member of the International Association of Environmental Mutagen Societies and Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (FNASc), National Academy of Medical Sciences (FAMS) and International Medical Sciences Academy (FIMSA). He is credited with more than 30 years’ experience of teaching and guiding research in various Universities in the country and has trained more than 300 researchers in the past seven years in the area of Human Genetics and Genomics.
After taking over the assignment of VC , SMVDU , Prof. Bamezai has been working consistently to give a new dimension to administration beside focusing on innovative teaching and path-breaking research. A meteoric rise in the number of research projects, research labs, innovative teaching methodologies and numerous national and international conferences reflect the vision of Prof. Bamezai for Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Bamezai thanked all the faculty members and staff of the university for such an overwhelming gesture and stated that the honour bestowed upon him by the Government of India does not belongs only to him but is shared by each and every member of the university and the state. When asked by faculty member “ What is his message to his colleagues” prof. Bamezai humbly stated that whatever he has achieved is because of his consistent efforts and positive outlook towards life with a never ending approach to serve the society. The programme ended with concluding remarks by Dr. Vandhana Sharma, Director, School of Languages and Literature who thanked Hon’ble Vice Chancellor for his ever motivating approach towards everyone since he envisages that SMVDU attain greater and greater heights and achieve much more than what it has achieved in the past six years.
Katra 3 Feb. With the slogan ‘Literature reflects life and lit our life’ SMVDU Literary Fest-‘LITLIFE’ organised by the School of Languages and Literature to commemorate the foundation of the School was observed with the spirit of celebrating Literature by the teachers, post graduate students of masters in English, research scholars and students from other disciplines of the university in the university campus.
Prof. M.L Garg, Dean COHSS was the Chief Guest and Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur, Registrar was the Guest of Honor in the inaugural ceremony. Speaking on the occasion , the Director of the school, Dr. Vandhana Sharma highlighted the significance of celebrations of such dimensions which not only add color to life but also add value and meaning to life as Literature adds to reality by not simply describing it but enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires. She appreciated the effort made by students in organising Lit Life and wished that the day long celebration with the events like Literary Quiz, Poster Making, Slogan Writing, Software games will be entertaining as well as enriching for the students of SMVDU and other participants from the PG department of English, University of Jammu and other affiliated colleges. The Chief Guest Prof. M.L Garg lauded the efforts made by the School and wished them all success. Ms. Roop Avtar Kaur in her address highlighted the significance of such fests which bring positivity in the environment and appreciated the efforts of the School in bringing about such kind of changes in the campus.
The Special Feature of the Festival was the initiation of Literary Circle in SMVDU which is an attempt to foster reading habits amongst students which are at a decline in the present age of net surfing and net blogging. The Director of the School Dr. Vandhan Sharma inaugurated the Literary Circle and said that such consistent efforst too make a difference in the thinking and personality of students which is for good. Approximately 50 students formed part of the Literary circle after its’ inauguration and Revolution 2020 was announced to be the Book for the Month. Literary Circle would be a group of students who would be meeting periodically to have discussion on the Book of the Month. Revolution 2020 was declared as the book for the month.
XXIII Annual Bioinformatics Coordinator’s Meeting was held at Matrika Auditorium, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra on Feb 3rd – 4th, 2012 with the focal theme: Bioinformatics in 21st Century – looking ahead. The meeting was addressed to collect the progress made under the Biotechnology Information System Network in India (BTISNet- India). The Inaugural programme was held on Feb 3rd, 2012 chaired by Prof. R.N.K Bamezai, Vice- Chancellor, SMVDU and presided by Prof. M. Vijayan, Chairman, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Systems Biology Task Force, DBT, Dr. T. Madhan Mohan, Adviser DBT and Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. The meeting was jointly organized by the Bioinformatics Coordinators from J&K Prof. V. Verma, Dean, College of Sciences & Director, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU, Katra and Prof. Manoj K. Dhar, HOD, School of Biotechnology, University of Jammu, Jammu.
The welcome address detailing the developments in the BIF Centre at School of Biotechnology, SMVDU was presented by Prof. V. Verma. Dr. T. Madhan Mohan, briefed the august gathering about the vibrant network and the progress of BTISNet all over the country with regard to capacity building, infrastructural development, Human Resource training and research activities. He proposed for the integration of Bioinformatics activities with experimentalists all over the country in the forth coming 12th Plan. He appreciated the work performed by the centers in terms of research publications and presentations in conferences. Prof. Kolaskar, detailed the efforts taken by BTISNet under the funding of DBT and applauded the contribution of the BTISNet Centers of Excellence, Distributed Informatics Centers, Sub- Distributed Informatics Centers and Bioinformatics Facilities Centers all over the country. He launched the Reengineered BTISNet Website on the occasion.
Prof. R.N.K Bamezai, inaugurated the Wesbite on Micro-RNA prepared under the joint collaboration of School of Biotechnology, SMVDU, Katra and National Centre for Human Genetics, JNU, Delhi. The website has been designed by a Research scholar Mr. Kalai under the guidance of Prof. Bamezai, detailing the genes and functions of 1825 proteins for target predication for Micro-RNA and Mitochondrial genome. The presidential address was delivered by Prof. Vijayan who pointed out that Indian Science would flourish with less bureaucracy and hierarchy as well as liberalization and participation. The meeting was attended by DBT members Task Force members Dr. Vijayan, Prof. Kolaskar , Prof. M.R. N. Murthy, Prof. Indira Ghosh, Dr. Pinakpani Chakrabarti, Dr. K. Sekar, Dr. Debasish Mohanty, specials invites, officials from DBT. A total of 200 Coordinators and Co-coordinators from all parts of the country attended the meeting hosted by Prof. V. Verma, BIF Coordinator organized at SMVDU, Katra. The various coordinators presented the progress made by their centers in five technical sessions. A colorful cultural evening hosted by Natrang Team from Jammu lightened the modes of the participants. The Vote of thanks on the occasion was presented by Prof. Manoj Dhar.
Two technical Sessions were held on 4th February 2012 where in 13 Coordinators of various BIF centers presented their reports. A panel discussion chaired by Prof. Bamezai, Prof. Vijayan, Dr. Madhan Mohan accompanied by Prof. Verma and Prof. Manoj Dhar was held to address the constraints and problems faced by some of the Coordinators present. The recommendations and action plan prepared by the Chairpersons and DBT officials present were shared by Dr. Madhan Mohan who praised the excellent arrangements made for the successful conduct of the National Meeting at Jammu and Katra. The salient recommendations made included: Network connectivity of various centers through the National Knowledge Network system which was already BTISNet operational in Central Universities and DBT sponsored Institutions would be extended to all the centers; resource sharing and setting up of a National Bioinformatics Society should be finalized during the forthcoming 12th Plan period; provisions have been initiated for enhancement of funds for the centers keeping in mind the changes made in the 6th Pay Commission; incorporation of Mission-mode projects in order to keep pace with the competitive world of science and the incorporation of novel Algorithms for Bioinformaticians in the country. All the participants appreciated the efforts taken by the organizers Prof. Verma and Prof. Manoj Dhar in making their stay fruitful & comfortable and successful completion of the meeting.
The 63rd Republic Day was celebrated at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University with the unfurling of the Tricolor by Prof. R. N. K. Bamezai ,Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor . In his address, Prof. Bamezai extended warm greetings to the faculty and other employees and students of the university present on the occasion. He said the Republic Day is a significant occasion for every Indian to retrospect and introspect as our Constitution gives us rights as Citizens of India which must make us think of our duties as well. He further stated that SMVDU which has created a strong niche within a short period of existence of this institution, located at the picturesque foothills of the Trikuta Hills and the Holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi. By sheer dint of hard work, focussed attention and dedication in respective disciplines of engineering, management, architecture, biotechnology, humanities and the energetic and qualitative support of the students, teaching and non-teaching staff, the institution has shown exemplified growth. A colorful and though provoking cultural programme was also organized in Matrika Auditorium by the students of the University.
The 20th Alka Memorial Mathematical competition was organised by Department of Mathematics, University of Jammu in collaboration with Jammu Mathematical Society on 18th Dec., 2011 where eighty students from various Universities of J&K and other affiliated colleges participated.
The competition, which started in the year 1992 in the memory of Ms. Alka Gupta D/o Prof. D. K. Gupta, former Head Department of Mathematics and controller of examination, University of Jammu, is based on subjective as well as objective type questions from Mathematics. The first three position holders receive certificates and cash prize.
In the post-graduate category, students from School of Mathematics, SMVD University namely Mr. Sorab Sudan (2010SMM06), Ms. Vaishali Upadhaya (2011SMM13) and Ms. Anchal Sharma (2011SMM04) got the first, second and third positions respectively. The Participation of the students was coordinated by Dr. Kuldip Raj, Lecturer, School of Mathematics. The certificates and cash prize shall be awarded to these students during the next Annual Conference of Jammu Mathematical Society in February, 2012.
Further, it is a matter of great pride for the University that twenty two passed out students of M.Sc. Mathematics have been selected for the post of Statistical Assistant by the Services Selection Board, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, the list of which is published recently.
The credit for this remarkable success goes to our students and faculty members of the School of Mathematics in the background of the academic environment created at SMVD University.
Prof. R. N. K. Bamezai, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor congratulated all the faculty members and selected students during a meeting with the faculty members of School of Mathematics. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor lauded the role of worthy faculty members in producing the best output and suggested that faculty members from different disciplines should come together for a possible interdisciplinary research which would turn out to be very useful for them and for the society as a whole. Dr. V. K. Bhat, Director, School of Mathematics and faculty members assured Hon’ble Vice chancellor to put in their efforts for further improvement of the activities of the school.
Mrs. Roop Avtar Kour (IFS), Registrar, Prof. V. Verma, Dean College of Sciences and Dr. V. K. Bhat Director, School of Mathematics also congratulated the selected students and wished them a successful career.
A one week Refresher Course on “Office Management & Administration commenced at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra. The program is the first initiative of its kind for development of the administrative and secretarial staff of Educational Institutions and corporate sector in J&K state.
The Coordinator of the program, Dr. Amit Kant Pandit said that the program will focus on overall development and outlook of administrative and secretarial staff for organizational effectiveness. He said to compete successfully in today's scenario, organizations have pressing need to manage effectively and professionally the activities of day to day working. The method of executing a task matters and effects the output as well as resource consumption. The right methodology of work execution is very important. This program aims to emphasis, the development of leadership attributes, human resource concepts, Communication and interpersonal skills, as well exposure to various word processing systems. He said a team of resource persons from Microsoft India, TITS Bhiwani, Cdr. VK Jaitly (C_cube Consultant), Capt. Thakur (NRB) along with Dr Sunil Giri, Dr Saurabh from SMVDU will hold various interesting and interactive sessions during the course, being attended by the administrative and secretarial staff of various organizations.
He specially thanked Prof R.N.K. Bamezai, H’onble VC, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University for his kind support and guidance without which organizing such a program would not have been possible.
A team of four students, Dharmendra Kumar (2009 EEC 26), Aman Kumar Jha (2009 EEC 20), Gaurav Singh (2011 EEC 54) and Abhishek (2011 EEC 72) participated in a National Level debating competition on the theme “Can Nation building be shouldered by present day Impulsive Youth” organized by G.B. Pant University, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand from 14-15th Jan. 2012. The team participated in the Hindi and English Debate Competitions (Dharmendra Kumar and Aman Kumar Jha in English and Gaurav Singh and Abhishek Kumar in Hindi) and Debating Competition (Dharmendra Kumar for the motion Aman Kumar Jha against the motion and in English medium, and Abhishek Kumar for the motion and Gaurav Singh against the motion in English medium).