A team of three students, Dharmendra Kumar (2009 EEC 26), Gaurav Singh (2011 EEC 54) and Anmole Sinha (2011 EEC 64) participated in a National Level debating competition on the theme “Inclusive growth in India is possible only through Cooperatives” held at Natesan Institute of Cooperative Management, Chennai from 27th-30th Dec. 2011. Dr. Anil Kumar Tewari accompanied the students as the faculty-in-charge of the team. The team participated in the three events: Quiz Competition (Dharmendra Kumar and Gaurav Singh), Essay Writing Competition (Anmole Sinha in English and Dharmendra Kumar in Hindi) and Debating Competition (Gaurav Singh for the motion and Dharmendra Kumar against the motion in Hindi medium, and Anmole Sinha for the motion in English medium). It is very encouraging that Anmole Sinha won First Prize (Rs. 2000/- cash, Trophy and Certificate) in the essay writing competition.
Katra Dec 30: The five day Department of Science and Technology, GOI sponsored "Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)", Science Internship Camp concluded today at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU). Prof. M.L Garg Dean College of Engineering presided over the valedictory function. In his address to the young students of Jammu and Kashmir, Prof. Garg stressed upon the importance of science and technology in the growth of the nation. He also emphasized the growing need of people in different areas of science and technology, and the importance of such camps in motivating students to be future innovators. He also thanked Department of Science and Technology, GOI for sponsoring this camp. Around 300 students from various schools of Jammu & Kashmir participated in this camp. They witnessed highly informative talks on various topics conducted delivered by eminent mentors who had come from all over the country to INSPIRE these young minds.
The camp had started on 26th December with an inspiring lecture by Prof. R. N. Gohil. Prof. Karmeshu, JNU also conducted couple of seesion during the first half of the camp.
Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir explained plate tectonics and earthquake in various regions of Himalayas. Prof. R.P Tandon, from university of Delhi informed students about nano technology and its application. Prof. Devesh K. Sinha, University of Delhi, talked about ocean movement and climate at large. Dr. K. R. Manjunath, Scientist SF from Space Applications Centre, ISRO, and Ahmadabad spoke about the applications of remote sensing and satellite technology in various domains of social good. Dr. K. S. Parkh, Space Applications, ISRO Centre spoke about the various advances and applications of satellite technology in communications and navigation. In addition to this few experiments were conducted to demonstrate the application of science. The attendees of the camp visited laboratories of different faculties of university and observed few experiments conducted by university teachers. Some hands on sessions were also held for the attendees by Prof. Mineesh Gulati which were thoroughly enjoyed by the attendees. There were question and answer sessions in which the students asked their queries to the mentors. Science stage shows were also conducted during the camp.
In addition the students enjoyed the performance of Mr. Sumit who belong to the poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on 27th Dec. followed by a mesmerizing play by Natrang group Dr. Balvant Thakur on 29th Dec. during this science camp.
Dr. S.K Wanchoo, Organizing Coordinator of INSPIRE Camp, SMVDU showed his satisfaction on the successful completion of the camp while speaking at the valedictory function today. He thanked the Event Management Committee Members of INSPIRE camp SMVDU for their continuous effort. He also emphasized that it is the team effort that has made this event successful for the fourth time in SMVD University campus.
The AICTE approved Two Weeks Staff Development Program on “Introduction to MATLAB® and Matrox® Imaging Library (MIL) with Emphasis on hands on Practice (WMMIL, 11)” concluded today i.e. DEC - 29th, 2011, at the School of Electronics & Communication Engineering, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra.
The course was attended by the Faculty of all discipline from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, North East, Punjab, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and other states of the country. A keen interest, great zeal and enthusiasm were shown by the participants.
Matlab is a high performance software package, which is used by the industry worldwide to solve, simulate, and model simple to complex problems.
The Registrar Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur (IFS), SMVDU distributed the participation certificate. The course was concluded by Prof. K.V. Arya, IIITM, Gwalior on 29th Dec, 2011 along with Coordinator, Dr. Amit Kant Pandit with all other faculty members and participants.
At the end, a word of encouragement and motivation for future work to the participants were presented by the Dr. Amit Kant Pandit, course Coordinator WMMIL’ 11. He expressed the need of organizing such training programs to minimize the deficiencies of Technocrats and researchers in analyzing and simulation of Engineering Problems. He expressed thanks on behalf of the organizing committee to the AICTE for funding the program along with much required support from MIR Labs, Benchmark and J&K Council for Science & Technology. He thanked the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor SMVDU, Registrar, Transport Section, Media Cell, Finance Section and all faculty, staff and students of SMVDU for their support.
He said that SMVDU will provide all support for the technical up-gradation & development of Academia and Researchers, Fraternity.
JAMMU, Dec 26: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) is organizing a five day Department of Science and Technology, GOI sponsored "Innovation in Scientific Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), Science Internship Camp in the university campus. This is the 4th such camp and the University organized three such camps since April 2010. INSPIRE Camp shall go on till 30th of December, 2011.
The Camp took off with an Inaugural INSPIRE Expository Lecture by Prof. R. N. Gohil. Prof Gohil who is a National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad and Indian Botanical Society in his lecture impressed upon over 300 young attendees of the camp to work hard and be focused in order to achieve excellence in life. He said that there is dearth of students who opt for pure sciences as a career option. He stressed the students to be inquisitive and to be filled with a sense of inquiry as that is what would lead them to be great scientists of future. He said that there is need for the second green revolution as the per-capita food production in the country is going down although the overall food production is showing an increasing trend. His lecture was followed by a lecture by Dr. K. R. Manjunath, Scientist SF from Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmadabad. Dr Manjunath spoke about the applications of remote sensing and satellite technology in various domains of social good. He extensively dealt with all the application areas being perused by ISRO.
SMVDU has already organized there camps in past in April, 2010, June, 2010 and the third Camp in May, 2011. These camps were highly successful and were appreciated by all. Over 50 eminent Scientists and Academicians from all over the country mentored over 1300 young students from our state. 15 to 20 mentors are expected to join the fourth camp as mentors. Some of the mentors who are going to speak during the camp include Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir, Prof. R.N.K. Bamezai, Vice Chancellor SMVD University, Prof. Devesh K. Sinha, University of Delhi, Dr. A Mukhopadhyay, DST, GOI, Prof. K. Karmeshu, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Delhi, Professor Ram Pal Tandon, University of Delhi, Professor R.K. Wanchoo, Punjab University, Chandigarh, Dr. K. S. Parikh, Deputy Director, SNAA, Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Dr. A. S. Kiran Kumar, Associate Director, Space Applications Centre, ISRO. Besides there a few more mentors are expected to join the camp.
Earlier during the inaugural session of the camp the Dr. S. K. Wanchoo, Director, SICD, SMVDU and Coordinator of the INSPIRE Camps expressed his satisfaction over the excellent attendance of student participants from all over the state. He said that over 120 girls and 180 boys have joined the camp. He said that many activities like science stage shows, screening of documentaries, interactive Q&A sessions, Lab tours apart from the regular lectures shall form a part of the camp and He asked the students to make full use of the opportunity provided to them by Department of Science and Technology, GOI and the University.
The School of Philosophy and Culture celebrated World Philosophy Day 2011 on Saturday, 17th December 2011. The celebration of the Day is an initiative taken by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the year 2002. The Day, which falls on every 3rd Thursday of November, is speculative birth day of Socrates (the great Greek thinker of c. 5th Century BC). In India, the celebration is coordinated 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 third consecutive time to celebrate the Day. As a result, the School organized a One-Day-Meet on the theme “Comparative and Critical Study of Religion”.
There were two sessions in the Meet in which there were altogether 10 presentations. In the first session, there were three presentations by the members of faculty of the School of Philosophy and Culture, SMVDU. Dr. Anil Kumar Tewari initiated the discussion by delivering his talk on “The Nature and Relevance of the Comparison between Religions” which was followed by Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi’s presentation in which he spoke on “Religion without God”. Mr. Sumanta Sarathi Sharma talked about the relationship between “Religion and Human Rights Violations”. In his address as the Chair of the session, Prof. Shiv Nirmohi (a renowned Hindi and Dogri author from Panthal) pondered over the positive and negative aspects of religion and pointed out that morality is the essence of religion. In the second session, Dr. Nayeem Ahmed from MAM College, Jammu and Mr. Surinder Singh from the Govt. College for Women, Parade presented their views. Their talks were followed by the presentations of 4 students of the School of Philosophy and Culture: Dinesh Jamwal, PhD student, Vijay Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, and Ritu Raj, MA students of Philosophy. This session was chaired by Mr. Subh Dev Sharma, an intellectual from Kishtwar. In his address, Mr. Sharma spoke on the practices of Shintoism, a religion prevalent in Japan. The presentations were followed by an intensive discussion which was coordinated by Dr. Anil Tewari. In the last, Dr. Varun Tripathi delivered the vote of thanks.
Around 60 students along with their faculty-in-charge from Govt. College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu, MAM College, Jammu, Govt. College for Women, Parade and Govt. College for Women, Udhampur 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.
Katra, 16 Dec. A two weeks AICTE approved Staff Development Program on “Introduction to MATLAB® and Matrox® Imaging Library (MIL) with Emphasis on hands on Practice (WMMIL, 11)” (DEC 16 - 29, 2011) was inaugurated today at the School of Electronics & Communication Engineering, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra.
The course was inaugurated by Prof. ML Garg, Dean, College of Engineering, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University .Prof Neeraj Kaushik, visiting faculty IIM Rohtak was present as Guest of Honor. The other members present on the Dr. Vipan Kakar (Director, SECE) and Coordinator Dr. Amit Kant Pandit along with other faculty members.
The course is attended by the faculty from various disciplines and colleges across India .Participants especially from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and North East, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh were present at the inaugural ceremony. A keen interest, great zeal and enthusiasm were shown by the participants.
A word of encouragement and welcome for the participants was presented by the Dean, COE and he extended all support for the technical up-gradation and development of the society.
The course coordinator Dr. Amit Kant Pandit, presented the vote of thanks .He highlighted the need of organizing such technical training program frequently for academicians and researchers. Such training program provides a chance to upgrade and learn new techniques in analyzing and simulation of Engineering Problems. He also expressed his thanks to AICTE, MIR Labs and Benchmark Electronics for their Sponsorship and Support.
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. He thanked Mr. Vinod Sharma and Mr. Ranvir for their support
He specially thanked the finance section, transport section, Store and purchase section, security office, Registrar office, Dean, COE, Media cell, A&E, AR-I,AR-II office ,all faculty and staff of SMVDU and all the student volunteers for their continual support and motivation.
He promised that, SMVDU will keep on organizing such programs in future for up gradation of academicians and research community.
1st Dec.2011, SMVDU, Katra: Communal Harmony Week of National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) was observed by the NSS, SMVDU. NFCH has launched its campaign for inculcating the noble ideas of communal harmony and national integrity among the students of higher education in Indian universities and institutions. As part of the week activities a fund raising and person-to-person interaction campaign was also observed on 1st of Dec. 2011. NFCH (under the Ministry of Home Affairs) utilizes the funds for upbringing of the children rendered orphan due to communal riots/clashes or violence. It may also be noted that the Flag Day of the week was observed on 25th of Nov. 2011. The volunteers of NSS had put a stall in the afternoon of the day and had interaction with faculty, guests and our alumni who visited the campus for convocation.
It gives me great pleasure to participate in the Convocation of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, which was set up in 2004 as a residential institution for providing scientific and technical education. This University has since then made significant progress in its endeavour to be a centre for excellence. Reputation of institutions is a product of the hardwork and commitment of those involved in their establishment and functioning. I wish all associated with this University - the Chancellor, the Vice- Chancellor, professors, lecturers, staff and students - the very best for a bright future. I would like to heartily congratulate the students who have graduated and those who got awards today.
During my visit here in 2008, three years ago, I had the opportunity to visit universities in the State. I accord high priority to interacting with students and youth of the country as they are the ones who will shape the future. This is also the generation that will have the exciting possibility of being a part of India's journey to becoming one of the leading nations of the world. This will happen if we invest in building capabilities and capacities of our youth. I believe the education of the youth is an essential and most valuable investment for any country for its growth and prosperity. Education is like building a bridge to opportunities; it prepares one to participate fully in the many aspects of life by making informed choices; it equips one to face the challenges of the future with confidence. It is an invaluable asset whose utility defies quantification as so numerous are its manifold benefits. To provide value-based quality education is an objective that is particularly important in India, where the median age of our population is around 25 years, and more than half of the country's population is young people. Universalizing primary education by making it a Fundamental Right for children in the age group of 6 to 14 years, alongwith a commitment to universalize secondary education will spread the reach of school education in our country. This expansion will also mean that our education pyramid would have to look at increasing the number of higher education institutions. This process has to be structured with great thoughtfulness. The challenge of expanding higher education is not just about making room for an ever larger number of students, it is also about having these numbers flow into the right streams and sectors. Moreover, education must also reach all boys and girls of every section of our society, so that the aspiration to realize their full potential becomes a reality for all in our country.
A nation requires a range of qualifications and professional skills. A comprehensive education system must, therefore produce people who can meet job requirements, who can become good professionals because of their aptitude, whether they are doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, researchers, scientists or managers. It needs to produce innovators and entrepreneurs. It needs farmers who can produce agricultural products with greater knowledge and Research and Development inputs, with better utilization of resources, with a greater ability to access knowledge systems and to integrate with other sectors of the economy by forging linkages for production, marketing or value addition with industry to make agriculture more remunerative.
Choosing the right technologies to put the nation or your own State on the path of rapid development requires technology foresight. We need large scale industrialization and we also need to have effective rural technology delivery. Recognizing that science and technology, Research and Development and their applications, require a boost in the country; we are looking at the ten years from 2010 to 2020 as the Decade of Innovation. This is because we need new solutions - technological and otherwise - in many areas to achieve sustainable growth in agriculture, in energy, in renewable energy, in urban development, in water management, in manufacturing and, indeed, in every activity. Innovations are required at the level of both high-end cutting edge technologies, as well as at a level of common usage by people in their daily lives. I believe that science and technology institutions like yours have a leading role to play in this field, so that the latent talents and creative energy of our people find an expression.
Look at how in this age of knowledge and science and technology has changed the way we work in educational institutions. Today, for example, a student through the internet can access databases of other educational institutions or can join discussions on topics of interest. Access to information has become a function of a click of the mouse. I am aware, that the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University has developed a full-fledged Network Centre, with Wi-Fi connectivity and unlimited usage of Internet facility which will help students in their studies. I hope that the students will utilize this facility in a judicious manner to increase their knowledge base, and not while away their energy in undesired directions. I am glad that the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University has concluded arrangements with national and international institutions of repute for exchange of faculty and students. The University is also working with industries and companies for joint academic and research work. This means that research that has utilitarian value for the end user can be undertaken. Moreover, I am glad that the teachers are also engaged in research works along with their teaching responsibilities. Their considerable knowledge is being put to dual use - research as well as teaching - both of which are immensely beneficial to society, and I congratulate the teaching faculty for this. Educationists have great responsibility not only for themselves in the present, but also for the future. They are teaching a whole new generation. The real purpose of education is not only to impart knowledge, but to ignite a life long search for knowledge and a desire for enlarging mental and intellectual horizons. A teacher is well described in the words of Kahlil Gibran, a great poet and thinker of the last Century. He wrote: "The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind." I call on the professors and lecturers to strive to do their best to open the minds of the students, so that they have inquisitiveness and curiosity about the world and the environs around them. This will help in making them creative and analytical individuals.
As young students, along with completing your education successfully, you must focus on adopting attitudes that brings about great cooperation and friendship among peoples. You must develop an understanding of the ethos of our culture and the essence of democracy, which is a fundamental pillar of our system. Here I am reminded of what Dr. B. R. Ambedkar said, "My definition of democracy is a form and a method of government whereby revolutionary changes in social life are brought about without bloodshed." This requires adherence to the path of reason and the path of dialogue. It requires tolerance and abandoning of narrow ideologies. This will make you a good citizen of the country. For in life, even as you seek individual success, you have a duty to also contribute to nation building efforts.
The students who graduate today would complete one stage in their lives, and as you begin anew another stage, you must keep the spirit of inquiry alive, in your working life as well. This is the way you will keep abreast of the latest developments in your work area. I wish you the very best for the future. I would also like to wish continued progress of the University.
Katra, November 25. Third Convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Katra was held at Matrika Auditorium in the University campus here today where the President of India, H.E Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil was the chief guest. On the occasion, Governor N N Vohra, who is also Chancellor of the University, awarded Ph. D, M. Tech, M.Sc, M.A and B Tech degrees to the recipients while Chief Minister Omar Abdullah presided over the convocation .As many as 06 students received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy whereas 48 degrees of Master of Technology, 105 Master of Sciences and Arts and 325 were presented degree of Bachelor of Technology in various engineering disciplines. 04 passing out graduates were awarded the Chancellor Gold Medal; 02 graduates were awarded Vice Chancellor Gold Medal ; 13 graduate students were awarded University Silver Medal; 07 graduates students got Infosys Foundation Prize for Excellence and 12 certificates of appreciation on the occasion were also given to students for their outstanding performance in academics and extra-curricular activities . A total of 672 students were awarded degrees: 342 in person and 330 in absentia.
Earlier, the Convocation was declared open by the Chancellor N N Vohra on request of the Vice Chancellor, SMVDU Prof. R.N. K Bamezai soon after the Academic Procession, followed by chief guest H.E. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, H.E Sh. N.N Vohra, Jenab Omar Abdullah, Vice-Chancellor SMVDU, Prof. R.N K Bamezai, Principal Secretary to His Excellency & CEO SMVDSB, Mr. R.K Goyal ,Vice Chancellor Jammu University Prof. Varun Sahni, and other distinguished guests, members of Executive Council and Academic Council and Registrar SMVDU Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur, attired in Academic Robes, entered the Hall.
Speaking on the occasion, the president of India, Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil expressed her high priority to interact with students and youth of the country as they are the ones who will shape the future. She stated that this is also the generation that will have the exciting possibility of being a part of India's journey to becoming one of the leading nations of the world. This will happen if we invest in building capabilities and capacities of our youth. Further the President appreciated Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University which has developed a full-fledged Network Centre, with Wi-Fi connectivity and unlimited usage of Internet facility to help students in their studies. She expressed hope that the students will utilize this facility in a judicious manner to increase their knowledge base, and not while away their energy in undesired directions. The President also expressed her satisfaction over the outreach programmes of the university which has been organising national and international institutions of repute for exchange of faculty and students.
After declaring the convocation open, H.E. Sh. N N Vohra, the Governor of the J&K State and the Chancellor of SMVD University, in his address, expressed his gratitude to the president of India for gracing the 3rd Convocation of the university and said that it is indeed a historic moment for the University and the state . His Excellency congratulated the degree recipients and lauded the efforts of the Vice Chancellor and his team in organising the Convocation. In his address, the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah welcomed the President of India in the state of J&K and to the convocation of SMVD University. He further stated that convocation is a time of great reflection as one enters into a decisive phase of one’s life and he stated that the students of SMVD University are doubly blessed as they studied under the benign presence of the Goddess.
Earlier, Vice-Chancellor Prof. R.N K Bamezai presented his report in which he gave an overview of the university and highlighted its achievements focussing on the diversity of the university and its academic and research prowess with a substantial focus on intergenerational responsibilities. Prof. Bamezai stated that what makes SMVDU an academically vibrant institution is not only the dedication of faculty, staff and students but above all the divine presence in the campus. The function was graced by the august presence of the Cabinet Ministers, Speaker & Members of Legislative Assembly, Deputy Chairman Legislative Council, Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, Vice-Chancellors of others Universities in J&K, Members of SMVDSB, Members of the Executive Councils and Academic Council, officers and staff of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board besides Senior officers, Faculty and students of the University.
KATRA: 22 Nov, Team “The MechaniX” comprising 17 students under SAE INDIA ( Society for aAutomoibile Engineers, India) SMVDU COLLEGIATE CLUB from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University brings laurels to the state and the university when their car design was selected among the designs of other colleges across the country including IITs and NITs. About 300 colleges across the country registered for the event known as BAJA SAEINDIA- 2012 which aimed for designing and fabricating an All Terrain Vehicle which will cost around 3.5 lakh rupees. SMVDU notches top 100 design category and selected for the second round. All these students are working under Dr. Navdeep Malhotra (Senior Faculty Advisor) and Mr. Yatheshth Anand (Faculty Advisor) for the SAE INDIA SMVDU Collegiate Club.
SAE namely Society of Automobile Engineering is an international organization which organizes various events across the globe to provide platform to the emerging engineering students to show their knowledge and skills in automobile sector to the world. SMVDU is running the same in the name of SAE INDIA SMVDU COLLEGIATE CLUB in the School Of Mechanical Engineering.
When asked about how they prepared for the event, they answered that it all started last December, whole team was fragmented into different groups to study various modules associated with the automobiles, conducting meetings and Automobile documentaries proved really helpful. During June and July the team members went to CADD-Centre Jammu and Design-Tech Delhi for gaining hands-on expertise on the computer aided design of the vehicle. Their hard work has paid off finally and they are all set out to fabricate the actual All Terrain Vehicle for the event which is going to held on 19th Feb, at Pitampura, Indore.
Members of the team “The MechaniX” whose ignited labour brought this success are : Akhil Mahajan (Team Leader) , Varun Sharma, Sidharth Mahajan , Hitesh Sharma ,Ritish Sharma, Akshay Bakaya, Keshav Salgotra, Aditya Badyal, Manik Sharma, Sushant Sharma ,Akash Sharma, Nitin Badyal, Vivek Sharma,Nipun Sharma, Aditya Kerni, Dixit Gupta and Sanchit Koul.