The International Women's Day celebrated on 8th March is a commemoration of the achievements of women the world over. This day is a tribute to the economic, social, cultural and political achievements made by women. The day was celebrated in the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, under the auspices of Gender Sensitization Committee or GS CASH at Sanskriti Kash. The Committee is a body in the university which works for the awareness and deterrence of any gender based malpractices. Dr. Vandhana Sharma, the Director of School of Languages and Literature and Chairperson of GSCASH organized a thought provoking programme which included a debate on “ Empowering Rural Women: A Dream or a reality” followed by a presentation on women achievers and self-composed poetry recitation during the event. The debate aimed at mapping the rehabilitation of rural women, is it still a dream or a reality. A presentation was also displayed by the scholars of the same department. It journeyed through the historical and contemporary women personages all over the world. The scholars contributing to it were: Vaishali Sharma, Quleen Kaur and Simranpreet Kaur. The university student secretary Surabhi Mengi delivered the vote of thanks.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Vandhana Sharma dwelt on the UNO theme for women’s Day for the year 2012 which is focused on empowering rural women and said that empowerment at grass root level is really the need of the hour. She greeted everyone present on the occasion and said that such programmes provide productive forums for debate on the issues related to the general sensitization of people on women issues in the world which has innate tendencies of gender bias.
KATRA, SMVDU, Feb. 28: In observance of National Science Day, i.e., 28th of February, 2012, the School of Innovation and Community Development (SICD) and NSS of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University along with a number of student volunteers conducted a series of events and demonstrations at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Panthal, so as to orient young minds to pursuit of science. Initiating the program, Dr. S. K. Wanchoo, Director I/c SICD, laid emphasis upon the importance of teaching of science and community development. Mr. Mineesh Gulati, a leading young teacher from the region, gave demonstrations on the theme ‘Science in Day to Day Life’. Around 200 students of the school took active part in the demonstration.
The demonstration was followed by orientation sessions on Mathematical Sciences, Computer Education, Life Science around us, in which various shows were conducted by the volunteers and faculty members from SMVDU. A team of students and faculty from the School of Biotechnology, SMVDU, also took active part and introduced to the students about the details of DNA technology and the recent advancement brought about in the field of life sciences through the said technology. A Science Quiz competition was also conducted in which 25 students participated and top six students were given prizes according to merit. Dr. V. K. Tripathi, Dr. Ajay Kaul, Dr. Sharda Potukuchi, and Dr. Samantha Vaishnavi conducted group interaction with the young students on the occasion. The SMVDU team thanked the Principle and the faculty of the school for their excellent cooperation extended in organizing the event. The refreshment and gift hampers were sponsored by Café Nescafe.
National Science Day was celebrated on Feb 28, 2012 at School of Physics, Shri Mata Vaisho Devi University, Katra to mark the discovery of Raman Effect by Sir C.V. Raman for which he received Nobel Prize in 1930. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Director, School of Physics. In his inaugural speech he encouraged the students to pursue career in scientific research and developments. It was followed by a breif talk on “Life and works of Sir CV Raman” by Mr. Nitin Sehgal, M.Sc. student of the school.
The debate and quiz competition was organized involving students from various colleges of SMVDU. All programmes and activities revolved round the theme of event “Physics: The Essential Science”. The students from M.Sc (Physics II semester, IV semester) and B.Tech (EEC) secured first, second and third position, respectively. Shamli from B.Tech (IBT), Arjun Singh and Surbhi Mahajan from M.Sc. (Physics) won first, second and third prize in debate competition. All winners were felicitated with cash prizes and certificates.
Coordinator of the event, Dr. Vinay Kumar said that the motive behind organizing such event was to enhance the knowledge and awareness of Science and Technology among the students.
February 25, SMVD University Kakryal: In a significant developmental effort by the College Of Management, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, students of final semester MBA were taken to Udhampur under the guidance of Dr. Hari Govind Mishra (Assistant Professor, Marketing) and Mr. Ankush Verma along with Ms. Divya Sharma as student coordinators to provide the students with an exposure of the prevalent retailing concepts in the city. The whole trip was divided into two phases – former being the selling of the products to unorganized retailers and later being the visit to explore the retail formats in big organized stores like Bharat Big Bazar, Vishal Mega Mart and Easy Day. The city was divided into three areas namely Primary, Secondary and Tertiary and the students in different groups were assigned the task of selling products to retailers. The main areas covered by students were Adarsh Colony, Chabutra Bazar, Gole Market and Bus stand. In the second half of the day students got to know the relevancy of the visual merchandising, product line, product assortment and shelf management by their accompanied faculty Dr. HG Mishra. He also appraised the students about the various problems and modalities involved in retailing business. Also, he congratulated the students for their effective participation, effort and making the visit a huge success. The trip was an endeavour to impart practical exposure of the market to the students. The students were also very enthusiastic of the ways taken up by their faculty for going towards something beyond the texts and providing them with an opportunity to have an exposure of the market. Students were also very thankful to the varsity administration for their full support and making this trip a success.
Karta, 14 Feb: An year long dream of the members of SAEINDIA SMVDU COLLEGIATE CLUB came to reality on Saturday when the All Terrain Vehicle, designed and fabricated by the team” The MechaniX” , to participate in India famed automobile competition BAJA INDIA 2012, was bid off for Indore by Prof. R N K Bamezai, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor and Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur, Registrar, SMVDU. 17 student members from the club as a team of “The MechaniX” viz Akhil Mahajan, Sidharth Mahajan, Vivek Sharma, Hitesh Sharma, Varun Sharma, Nipun Sharma, Aditya Badyal, Sushant Sharma, Aditya Kerni, Sanchit Koul, Manik Sharma, Nitin Badyal, Keshav Salgotra, Akshay Bakaya, Aakash Sharma, Ritish Sharma and Dixit Gupta, all third year students from mechanical engineering department of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra along with their faculty advisor Dr.Malhotra, left for Indore to participate in BAJA INDIA 2012 ,the national automobile competition organized by Society of Automotive Engineering, India where they will be competing with different teams from across the country in various static and dynamic events going to be held from 17th Feb to 20th feb 2012 in Pithampura, Indore.
The group was working for over an year on the designing and fabrication of an All-Terrain Vehicle according to set of rules laid by SAE, India. On 2nd February the team got the final green signal from the BAJA 2012 organizers to race on the track, after the successful completion of technical inspection of the fabricated vehicle. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor and the Registrar along with faculty and workshop staff of School of Mechanical Engineering congratulated the Chairperson of the Club, Mr. Prabhat Shankar and the team captain,Mr. Akhil Mahajan for this achievement and wished the team with luck for the coming event. The team got their first success when they got selected in top 100 in Virtual Baja Competition among the 350 odd colleges across the nation. Talking about the sleepless nights of the team, Dr. Navdeep Malhotra and Mr. Yatheshth Anand told “Work is never measured in number of working hours; it is analyzed in terms of internal satisfaction”, which is the key motivation for the entire team which has made this day possible.
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine board has been the main sponsor and a key role player for the whole thing coming true. Team is now looking forward for the competition at Indore and winning it over with a good margin.
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.