Prof. V. Verma, Dean College of Engineering & Director School of Biotechnology presented an invited lecture in the 7th International Symposium of the Society for the Development of Natural Products organised jointly with 6th National Symposium of the National Society of Ethanopharmacology, India and 1st International Symposium of Phytochemical Society of Asia on Recent Advances in Natural Products from 15th to 17th Nov., 2012. The symposium was attended by more than 200 delegates from India and abroad. The international faculty was represented by 25 countries. Prof. Verma presented the Invited Lecture on “Microbes as an excellent source of enantioselective enzymes” in Technical Session I. The symposium was followed by a round table interactive session in which all the Plenary & Invited speakers interacted with each other and also with the faculty & management of the Amity University personally chaired by its founder president Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan. He declared the formation of Amity International Society of Natural Products (AISNP) and offered free Life membership of the society to all the Plenary and Invited speakers. Five international scientists were also made visiting professors to the university. Prof. Verma was honoured with a silver plate for his lecture.
Three days course on ‘Research Methodology for Ph.D Students’ from 28th-30th November, 2012 was conducted at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra with the financial assistance of ICSSR, New Delhi. The focus of workshop was to enhance the user skills of the participants which in turn can be applied by them for more empirical research and self-generated new knowledge through the knowledge acquired in these three days. The workshop witnessed an enthusiastic response of scholars hailing from different places of India like University of Hyderabad, GNDU Amritsar, Pondicherry University, Calcutta University, NITIE Mumbai, Central University Bhatinda, North Orissa University, IIT Roorkee, BGSB University, University of Kashmir, SMVD University, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and University of Jammu. More than 75 scholars showed their interest for participation in the workshop. However after screening, 30 students (as per the sanctioning of funds for 30 students only) were selected and 15 were selected for participation on the self finance basis out of which 6 students have attended the workshop on self-financing basis
The workshop was inaugurated with the auspicious presence of Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur, Registrar, SMVD University, Prof.Ashok Aima from Central University, Jammu and Prof. B.C.Sharma from University of Jammu, Jammu. A total of 21 sessions were arranged in this workshop for the participants. Various sessions on topics of descriptive statistics, ordinary least square method, sampling techniques, factor analysis, non-parametric tests and parametric tests, scale reliability and testing, dummy variables, cluster analysis, limited dependent variable model, discriminant analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, case study and research problems with scholarly writing, structural equation modeling, etc. were arranged during these 3 days. Besides, hands on session to explain the empirical and application aspects of research problems were also conducted and a brief discussion on research problems associated with scholarly writing was also arranged with the participants. The resources persons, namely, Prof. B.C.Sharma, Dr. Parmil Kumar, Prof. Hardeep Chahal, Dr. Gurjeet kaur, Dr. Anil Gupta from different departments of University of Jammu were invited to share their expertise and knowledge with the participants. Besides, faculty members from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University as local resource persons, namely, Dr. Supran Kumar, Mr. Pabitra Kumar, Dr. Kakoli Majumdar, Dr. Jyoti Sharma, Dr. Sushil Kumar Mehta, Dr. Arti Devi and Dr. Ashutosh Vashistha also enlightened the participants about the different aspects of research methods. The valedictory session of the workshop was graced by Mr. Subhash Jagota, CEO, Global Business Solutions, Prof.V. Verma, Dean College of Engineering, Prof. V.K.Bhatt, Dean College of Sciences
While narrating their experiences of the workshop in the valedictory session of the workshop, the participants appreciated the efforts of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra in this direction and requested to carry these efforts on in future also. Dignitaries were quite convinced with the kind of interactions taken place during these three days not only between the budding researchers and resource persons but also among budding researchers belonging to different streams that will add to their pool of knowledge and help them to understand the research problem from various perspectives. They emphasized that in future the span of the workshop should be more so that more dissemination of knowledge and experiences can be undertaken. The programme ends with the gratitude shown by Programme Coordinator Dr. Suparn Kumar Sharma towards ICSSR, New Delhi and Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Registrar and other university administration for whole hearted support of all types.
SMVDU, 30th November: A 90 minute interactive session of Vihangama Yoga was held at SMVDU on 30th of November at 4.00 PM. Mr. Lalit Gunjan Singh and Mr. Sudhir Singh, trainers from Vihangama Yoga Sansthan Allahabad, conducted the session which included a talk by Mr. Lalit Gungan Singh followed by a meditation practice session. Around thirty people, including faculty, staff and students, participated in the session.
The speaker, who himself is a practitioner, focused upon the need and right meaning of spirituality and also upon the right understanding of Yoga. There are many types or streams of yoga prevailing today, but one has to understand the greater purpose yoga. The Vihangama Yoga attempts to integrate in a greater scheme of understanding the practices and the utilities of various forms of yoga. The purpose of yoga is to make one realize the essential unity of mankind and that of one’s self with the cosmic self. The essential unity is the true self. The presentation was followed by a questionnaire session in which the speaker profoundly attended to the quarries of students and faculty besides extensive informal discussion. The organizers, Dr. V. K. Tripathi and Dr. Saurabh extended a vote of thanks to the trainers.
Next day, i.e., 1st of December, the trainers, along with the students and faculty of School of Philosophy & Culture, visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Spiritual Growth Center Katra where the Director of the Center organized another session for our students and the staff of the center. All participated in the talk and meditation session besides participating in the daily prayer session of the center. We are in receipt of wonderful feedback from all participants.
Three days course on Research Methodology for Ph.D Students is being organized by College of Manage ment, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra was inaugurated which is scheduled from 28th-30th November, 2012. With the financial assistance received from Indian Council of Social Science and Research (ICSSR), New Delhi, the workshop aims at widening the horizon of knowledge of research methodology and econometric tools in order to scientifically analyze and forecast business data not only for teaching but also for empirical research and to prepare rational decision makers for better policy implications. Prof. Ashok Aima, Central University of Jammu; Mrs. Roop Avatar Kaur, Registrar SMVD University, Katra and Prof. B.C. Sharma, Dean Students’ Placement, University of Jammu alongwith programme director and Co- programme director graced the inaugural ceremony with their auspicious presence.
The workshop witnessed an enthusiastic response of scholars hailing from different places of India like University of Hyderabad, GNDU Amritsar, Pondicherry University, Calcutta University, NITIE Mumbai, Bhatinda, North Orissa University, IIT Roorkee, BGSB University, University of Kashmir, SMVD University, Banaras Hindu University and University of Jammu. Welcoming the participants to the inaugural ceremony of the workshop, Mrs. Roop Avatar Kaur showered her blessings and encouraged the participants to exploit this opportunity of learning to the fullest with full zest and vigour. The programme director appreciated and thanked Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Prof. R.N.K. Bamezai for continuous support and motivation for the programme and other different endeavors In his inaugural address, Guest of Honour suggested the scholars to adopt an empirical approach to the study of research problems and to choose topics which can add to the pool of knowledge and serve the society. Prof. Sharma appreciated the endeavor of College of Management and called upon the scholars to focus on socially relevant problems. Programme Director of the workshop explaining the focus of workshop mentioned that knowledge acquired in this three days course on research methodology would enhance the user skills of the participants which in turn can be used by them for more empirical research and self-generated new knowledge.
The inaugural ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks.
Capgemini Recruits 21 Engineers from SMVDU & Indian Army recommends 25 Engineers for SSB
Indian Army visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University for its prestigious campus recruitment programme “University Entry Scheme” on 8th November 2012. Young engineers from SMVDU showed a great interest in Indian Army. The Indian Army team headed by Co. R. Mahajan recommended 25 students for SSB. Colonel Mahajan was extremely pleased with the quality of students and infrastructure.
Simultaneously, Capgemini a France based Multinational IT Consultancy Company, conducted campus drive for 2013 passing-out batch. Selection process was conducted in four stages of: Online Test, Group discussion, Technical Interview and HR Interview. A four member team headed by Mr. Manoj Hota Vice Presidents (Fresher Hiring) finally selected 21candidates after rigorous multiple sessions.
Prof. R. N. K. Bamezai, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU congratulated the selected students and advised them to work hard to come up to the expectations of the institution, the company and the society. Prof. Bamezai also complimented the T&P Faculty & Student Coordinators and Placement Officer SMVDU for their efforts. He advised the students not to be complacent and to prepare for other placement opportunities, expected to materialize shortly.
B.K Bhatia, Placement Officer SMVDU said that 90 students out of a batch of 198 have been placed till now in companies like TCS, HCL, and Capgemini. He also said that Campus hiring-2013 for Managements students has been scheduled from 22nd November 2012 with Water Health India Ltd. from Hyderabad as the first company for college of management.
The School of Philosophy and Culture, SMVDU, celebrated the World Philosophy Day 2012 on Saturday, 17th November 2012. The celebration was sponsored by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi. The Council provides fund for the organization of the celebration to only selected Institutions. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University received the financial support fourth consecutive time to celebrate the Day. As a result, the School organized a One-Day-Seminar on the theme “Social and Political Philosophy”.
In the inaugural session of the seminar after floral/formal welcome of the guests, Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi, I/C Director SOPC delivered the welcome address. The inaugural session was presided over by Prof. V. K. Bhat, Dean College of Humanities and Social Sciences in which Mr. Madhu Mangal Chaturvedi, faculty, SOPC, introduced the theme of the seminar. Introduction of the theme was followed by the lecture by Prof. Kiran Bakshi, Principal, Govt. College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. Prof. V. K. Bhat, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, addressed the gathering. In the second session, Chaired by Prof. Ved Kumari Ghai, there were altogether five presentations. First, Prof. M. Tajuddin, from Department of Political Science, University of Jammu, presented a paper titled “Democracy: Value, Culture or Political System’. Dr. Anil Kumar Tiwari, from School of Philosophy and Culture, SMVD University, presented a paper titled, “The Concept of Justice”. Mr. Sumanta Sarathi Sharma, School of Philosophy and Culture, presented a paper, titled, “Is Terrorist a Freedom Fighter?”. Ms. Ruby Bharati, student of MA philosophy spoke on “Fascism” and Mr. Aadil M. Wani, student of B. Tech. student from the School of Electronics and Communication, talked about “Sovereignty: Going Beyond Politics”. Prof. Shiva Nirmohi (a renowned Hindi and Dogri writer of J&K) explained why religious fundamentalism cannot survive in a democratic system. The session ended with the comments of chairperson, Prof. Ved Kumari Ghai. Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi presented mementos and certificates to the invited guests and participants.
The discussions in the seminar were focused on the meaning and value of democracy and related concepts such as equality and justice. It was concluded that democracy is a virtue which should be inculcated in the every citizen of India. In the last, Mr. Madhu Mangal Chaturvedi delivered the vote of thanks.
Around 60 students along with their faculty-in-charge from Govt. College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu, MAM PG College, Jammu, Govt. College for Women, Parade and R. K. Degree College, Vijaypur, Samba were invited to participate in the celebration. MA and PhD students of Philosophy helped in organizing the event. Some B. Tech and PhD students of English also participated in the event.
Coinciding with the “National Education Day on 11th November, 2012”, a Two day ISTE Workshop "Aakash for Education" was organised at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) with IIT Bombay under Research and Development Project. The unique feature of the workshop was that the speakers were not personally present, in fact the lectures were delivered (live broadcasting) from IIT Bombay using the A-view (Virtual Classroom Software) and the participants interacted with speakers in real time using the A-view software. Hon’ble President of India inaugurated first “Aakash-II Tablet” at a function at Vigyan Bhawan Delhi which was covered live and broadcast to more than 17000 teachers across India in around 290 Institutions including SMVDU through the A-view (Virtual Classroom Software).
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University is the first University in J&K to become the Remote Centre of IIT Bombay Project “Eklavya” under National Mission on Information and Communication Technologies under which workshops and short term courses on various academic topics are conducted.
Aakash tablets were introduced to the participants and applications specially developed for Aakash tablet at IIT Bombay, for effective use of these tablets in the educational process were demonstrated to the participants. The topics covered in the workshop included Introduction to tablet computers and Aakash, Applications available on Android platform, Special educational applications, licker software for conducting tests, Proximity application to develop interactive lessons, etc.
Dr. Naveen Kumar Gondhi, Aakash Coordinator & Director I/c, Network Centre, SMVDU inaugurated the workshop on 10th November, 2012 and the workshop was attended by Dean, Directors and faculty members of different Schools of Engineering, Management, Sciences and Philosophy.
Dr. Gondhi appreciated the staff of Network centre, Media Cell and Audio & Projection cell, SMVDU for their dedicated efforts while conducting the workshop.
SMVDU, 2nd November 2012: An Ethical orientation session was conducted by Dr. Varun K. Tripathi, I/C Director School of Philosophy & Culture on 2nd of November 2012 from 5.30 to 7.30 pm in the Lecture Hall D, in which around 120 students participated. The session was designed so as to sensitize the 1st year B. Tech. students towards the ethical issues of day-to-day life and precisely how the environmental factors (the human environment) influence human conduct, in positive or negative way. The talk was divided in two parts, first focusing on the dimensions of human behaviour and the ethical issues arising from it and the second on the moral responsibility.
The first part of the talk laid stress on the psycho-dynamics of our day-to-day conduct and ethical issues arising therefrom. The talk included the development of human being in a particular environment and the behavioral patterns determined by it, and how a naturalistic or unaware expression of existence incurs variety of ‘behavioral dysfunctions’ leading to ethical questions. This is what Plato once said that ‘an un-examined life is not worth living’. Therefore, an utter sensitivity towards one’s smallest of gestures, postures and decisions is warranted so as to contribute positively to one’s own happiness and peace of mind and also towards the greater harmony of society one lives in.
The responsibility of an individual also grows wider and subtler accordingly, which was elaborated upon in the second part of the talk. The fundamental ground and justification for one’s ‘responsible conduct’ is that there are similar ‘other’ individuals or beings in the society that one has no right to take for granted. The scope of one’s responsibility is as extended as one’s conduct influences the peaceful living of other individuals in society (that can be extrapolated to other entities of the nature). Depending upon the different domains of human activities the same ethical concern gives rise to variety of branches of applied ethics such as environmental ethics, medical ethics, business ethics, sports ethics, media ethics, academic ethics, and engineering ethics and so on.
The session was followed by extensive questionnaire session and extended discussion about cases of moral dilemma, ethical stalemate and states of ethical confusion.
A four day Industrial cum Academic Tour was organized for final year students of B. Tech. (IBT) & M. Sc. (Biotechnology) to understand the initiatives and operations of M/s. Dabur Industries Ltd., Ghaziabad. Dr. Sarvepalli Badari Narayan, DGM and Mr. Aman, RA, Dabur Industries executed the visit wherein the students had an opportunity to interact with scientists & technicians of various laboratories of the Unit: Quality Control, Herbarium, Greenhouse, Tissue Culture; production and R&D sections: Cosmetics, Hair Care, Health Care, Home Care, Dental Care, etc.
The students and accompanying faculty members also had the opportunity to attend a One-day National Seminar on Emerging Trends in Biotechnological Research (ETBR)-2012 at Department of Biotechnology, Mewar Institute of Management (affiliated to CCS University, Meerut), Ghaziabad, UP; where in they presented papers.
Ms. Palak Arora Final Year B. Tech. student bagged the 2nd prize for Poster presentation titled: “Development of a recombination assay system of Antarctic Pseudomonas syringae” based on her Summer Training Project work carried out at CCMB, Hyderabad. Dr. Sharada Potukuchi, Asst. Prof., SMVDU was awarded the 2nd prize in the Oral presentation category for her paper titled: “Influence of support matrix on in vitro shoot proliferation of Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst. enriched with bacoside accumulation” which is a part of the Ph.D. work of her student Mr. Munish Sharma done in collaboration with Dr. A. Ahuja & Dr. R.K. Khajuria, Scientists from CSIR-IIIM, Jammu.
The whole event turned out to be a grand success for the University owing to the willingness and support of Prof. R.N.K. Bamezai (Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU), Prof. V. Verma (Director, School of Biotechnology) as well as the motivation of Dr. Sharada Potukuchi & Dr. Indu Bhushan, Asst. Profs., Biotechnology.
The participation of the students enabled them to interact with industry professionals and distinguished faculty from various Universities/Institutions in India. This success convincingly illustrates the potential and zeal of all students of Industrial Biotechnology as well as an encouragement to excel in all future endeavours.
HCL Technologies, a leading IT and software development company visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University as Day-2 Company and recruited 28 budding engineers from Electronics & Communication Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering branches. HCL campus drive at SMVDU concluded on 28 October after Students passed through a rigorous multiple interview sessions before their final selection. The team-coordinator from HCL was extremely pleased with the selections made and expressed his appreciation of the human resource, infrastructure and facilities at SMVDU.
Prof. R. N. K. Bamezai, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU congratulated the selected students and advised them to work hard to come up to the expectations of HCL so that HCL-SMVDU relationship grows further. Prof. Bamezai also complimented the T&P Faculty & Student Coordinators and Placement Officer SMVDU for the good show. He further stressed upon the students to prepare for other placement opportunities which are expected to materialize shortly.
B.K Bhatia, Placement Officer SMVDU said that SMVDU is an accredited partner of HCL and enjoys a slot in “Topper Shop” category as per HCL campus criteria of quality infrastructure and talent standards. Students of Institutions under this category are given privilege to appear in interview directly. He said that students who could not get selected in HCL should not lose their heart; rather they should prepare hard for the next campus drive by Capgemini a multinational company scheduled on 6th November 2012 in SMVDU, Katra.