12th Aug 2012. The Debate Club organized a discussion on the theme “FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in Indian Retail Market is going to boost the rate of employment” on the occasion of International Youth Day on 12th Aug. 2012. About 20 students participated in the discussion held in the Lecture Theatre D in the evening 6-7:30pm on 12th Aug. The discussion was coordinated and guided by Dr. Anil Tewari, Dr. Varun Tripathi and Mr. Pabitra Kumar Jena. Also, the faculty members exhorted the students to conduct such creative activities frequently to utilize the non-teaching hours in the best possible way. It is conspicuous that the United Nations’ (UN) International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 each year to recognize efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities.
Ta-Ha Mughal (B. Arch. 3rd Year), participated in the Inter University Youth Fest-Hope 2012 organised by Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora from 5th-6th June 2012. Various competitions included skit, mime, singing, photography, painting and poetry recitation.
Ta-Ha Mughal bagged first prize in poetry recitation and also painting competition. The awards were given by Minister of Social Welfare, Mrs. Sakina Yattoo and other dignitaries in a function after the event.
The 10 days workshop being conducted from 25th June 2012, by the School of CSE at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra on “Introduction to Research Methodologies” has successfully concluded today under the coordination of Mr. Sanjay Sharma as Workshop Coordinator and Mr. Anuj Mahajan as Remote Centre Coordinator. Twenty Eight faculty members from various Engineering Institutions and Universities from J&K, Punjab & U.P have participated in the workshop.
The Hon’ble Union MHRD minister, Mr. Kapil Sibal, Govt. of India, inaugurated the first of its kind Mega-Workshop to be conducted at around 180 Universities/Institutions as remote centres of IIT-Bombay.
The workshop, one in the series, has been conducted under the MHRD sponsored project on National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT) where in over 8000 faculty members across India were targeted to be trained in various aspects of Research Methodologies so as to enhance their skills in research. The unique feature of the workshop was that all the speakers were not personally present at the Remote Centres, in fact the lectures were delivered (live broadcasting) from different IITs using the A-view Software to different Remote Centres and the participants could ask questions in real time using the A-view software. Although the lecture was delivered remotely but participants could ask questions to the teacher and teacher could see the participant standing remotely in front of Handy cam. The high speed broadband played a very important role.
In addition to the lectures by various experts from IIT-Bombay and other IITs there were Lab and tutorial sessions conducted for the participants on Scilab tool. The workshop was assignment based and all the participants will be getting participation certificates from IIT-Bombay on successful completion of their assignments. As per the feedback received from various participants at SMVDU the workshop has been very useful for them and their stay at the SMVDU has been very comfortable. Similar workshops shall be conducted in future for the faculty members from various institutions/Universities in and outside J&K on different topics of research and innovations so as to enhance their skills for teaching-learning process.
The organizing committee of the workshop strongly feels that the workshop has been successful due to the able guidance of the Hon’ble Vice chancellor Prof. R.N.K Bamezai and the continuous support from the administration.
“Acquaintance programme on Accelerator based research” was organized by School of Physics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University on June 14, 2012. The opening ceremony was graced by the Chief Guest Mrs. Roop A Kaur, The Registrar of the University, distiguished guest from IUAC and most valued invited speakers from University of Jammu. Dr. Yugal Khajuria, convenor of the programme, welcomed all guests and summarized the audience about the event.
In the First Scientific session, Prof Rajnikant exposed the audience with the various application of X-ray for human being and research. It was followed by second lecture by Dr. KK Bamzai from Jammu University about the ion bean induced modification in magnetic materials and he also explained the practical application of such modifications.
Dr. Fouran Singh and Dr. Subir Nath from IUAC introduced all participants with the facilities available at their centre. Dr. Nath explained the nuclear research facilities and Dr. Singh explored the potential of Material research activities in the Centre. They also introduced the audience with the various modules and short term courses for PG and Ph.D. students offered by the Centre. The participants for this event were the faculty, research scholars, PG student from colleges and Univerties in and around J&K and Himachal.
The impact of the programme was quite encouraging for audiences who came up with innovating ideas to undertake research in Nuclear Physics, Materials Science, Radiation Biology and Radiation Chemistry at IUAC using their infrastructure. On behalf of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, and the entire fraternity of School of Physics, Mr. Pankaj Biswas presented the vote of thanks. Coordinator of the event, Dr. Vinay Kumar said that the motive behind organizing such event was to enhance the knowledge and awareness of Accelerator based research in and around the J&K.
Katra, SMVDU: On the Occasion of the first “Fascination of Plants Day” being celebrated internationally under the umbrella of European Plant Science Organization (EPSO), School of Innovation and Community Development (SICD), SMVDU; organized an interactive awareness session on May 18, 2012. The Fascination of Plants Day has been adopted by 39 countries, 29 from Europe and 10 from North- and South America, Asia, Australasia and Africa. More than 580 institutions - ranging from botanical gardens to plant research centers - are hosting different kinds of public and media events which are all closely related to basic plant science, agricultural research, environmental conservation, biodiversity, education and arts. The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible round the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry and all other non food products.
On the occasion, lectures were delivered by faculty and plant scientists from various Institutions in and around Jammu: namely by Dr. Gandhi Ram and Dr. Suphla Gupta from IIIM Jammu; Prof. D. P. Abrol, SKUAST, Jammu; Dr. Aftab Mir, State NMPB Jammu; and in-house faculty members Prof. V. Verma, Dr. Sharada Potukuchi and Dr. Samantha Vaishnavi.
A total of 100 participants interacted with the distinguished faculty to further the cause of plants and plant science research. Teachers and students from DPS, Katra, Govt. Higher Secondary School, Panthal and Faculty, Staff and Research Scholars from SMVDU participated in the event and were appreciative of the efforts made by the organizers in igniting interest in the young and impressionable minds who can be motivated to take up plant science research as a career. The event was organized under the initiative of Prof. R. N. K. Bamezai, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU by Dr. Sunil Wanchoo, Director SICD, Dr. V. K. Tripathi, Coordinator NSS and Dr. Sharada Potukuchi, Assistant Professor, School of Biotechnology.
The College of Management, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University organised an interactive session with officials of Reserve Bank of India, Jammu on 27th April, 2012. The session was graced by Mr. John V. Guria – Research Officer, Department of Economic and Policy Research - RBI, Mr. R.K. Meena, Assistant General Manager – RBI and other two associates. Mr. John Guria briefed regarding the monetary policy for the year 2012-13 and other aspects of Indian economy. The session was focussed on operating procedure of monetary policy in India which includes introduction to monetary policy tools, transmission channels and new operating procedure of monetary policy, etc. The session also includes information about the performance of different industries for past five years alongwith the measures to be adopted for restoring and increasing the investment in various industries. This was followed by discussion between the officials and students of MBA and MBA (BE) where students cleared their doubts regarding facets of monetary policy. Discussion comprises of issues related with cash reserve ratio determination its role in maintaining investment level in India, action taken to encounter the deprecation in value of rupee and how the central banking institution quantitatively determine repo rate and reverse repo rate. The best participants were rewarded by the officials of the central bank of India. The students who received rewards include Izaz ul Islam, Vaseem Hassan Raja, Sidharath Sarvesh, Ashish Dharmat and Akash Mahajan. Finally, the faculty member of College of Management presented vote of thanks to the officials of RBI.
National Level Management Fest, Tatva’12, organized by College of Management, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra concluded on 13th April, 2012 amid great enthusiasm and fun. Mr. Annil Suri, Chairman, Federation of Industries, Jammu graced the valedictory function as Chief Guest and called upon the budding managers to do well for their motherland. Recalling the old memories, Mr. Jatin Sachdeva, General Manager, Shalimar Cattle Feeds, who was the guest of honor in the event, congratulated the students for the successful completion of the programme. Dr. Vipan Kakkar, Dean of Students, SMVDU, was enthralled with the vigour and enthusiasm shown by the students throughout the event. Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean College of Management, inspired the students for continuing the legacy with the same zeal in upcoming challenges.
During the Fest, about 100 participants contributed to the success of events like Jingle Making, Ad-Mad Show & Launch a Product, Smart Sim, Recycle Bin, Business Quiz, Welcome to Hell, Future CEO, and Barter King. Business schools from ARNI University, Himachal Pradesh; Doon Business School, Dehradun; Central University of Kashmir, Kashmir; The Business School, University of Jammu; Kathua Campus, Bhaderwah Campus, University of Jammu; SET Business School, Jammu; IIPS, Jammu; MBS, Jammu; MIET, Jammu won prizes in different events of the Fest. The overall winner of the Management Fest, Tatva’12, was Business School from Bhadarwah Campus, University of Jammu. This programme provided twin benefits where participants not only enjoyed but also learnt many management skills. P.S. Gowtham from Doon Business School, Dehradun said, “The events are well organized and the exposure to an innovative event like Recycle Bin has led to a new line of thinking”. Sourabh Khajuria from Business School, Kathua Campus, University of Jammu said, “Tatva is one of the aspects which make SMVDU different from other universities in the region”. Though the students of COM, SMVDU did not compete in the events yet they acknowledged the platform of ‘Tatva’ for showcasing their managerial competencies.
International Conference on Myth, Orality and Folklore Concludes
Three days International Conference on Myth, Orality and Folklore in World Literature (with Special Reference to Rabindranath Tagore) concluded at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University on 31 March, 2012 . Jenaab Masood Choudhary, Former Vice Chancellor Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University was Chief Guest on the occasion. In his address, Jenaab Choudhary congratulated the conference coordinator Dr. Vandhana Sharma for undertaking such a mammoth task and for taking an initiative for providing a platform for deliberations on theme which is of significant relevance. He particularly appreciated the performance of Bawa Jitto in English which has been an innovation of its kind in the folkore of Jammu and Kashmir.
Prof. Mohit K Ray, an eminent Tagore scholar and researcher delivered the valedictory address. In his address Prof. Ray mapped out the range, depth, variety and complexity of Tagore’s use of myth, orality and folklore with copious illustrations from the writings of Tagore. In the welcome address, the conference coordinator, Dr. Vandhana Sharma, Director of the School of Languages and Literature expressed her gratitude to all the participants and said that although conference is coming to a logical ending andbut it is an ending which is going to have many positive and productive results. The three day deliberations had been stimulating as they ranged from oral traditions and folklore to mythology to Gurudev Tagore.
Appropriately unlocked by the Keynote speaker Prof. Indranath Chaudhuri, former secretary Sahitya Akademi on the theme “ Myth, Orality ad Folkore in World Literature” the conference has total number seven plenary talks by distinguished scholars from different parts of the country and the world and 107 paper presentations. On day 1, Prof.Alan johnson from Idaho State Univ. U.S Set the ball rolling with his first plenary talk on The American heroes Passage to India: Geography, Frontier Myths and Planetary perspectives. Prof. Usha Choudhary from the Univ. Of Delhi delivered a talk on “ Deva, Devata, and Devakhyana: The concept of an archetype, archetypal and symbol and myth in the veda”. Prof. Tutun Mukherjee form the univ of Hyderabad made an interesting talk on “ Oral, Aural Image, Repakaging the Folk for new Audiences”. In addition to this we had 2 academic sessions on the use of myth by folklore by Rabindranath Tagore and Girish Karnad .
On day 2, Prof. Jay Hasford C Vest, fro Univ. Of North Carolina, Pembroke delivered his pleanary talk on “ When Napi Dances day: Myth, Orality and process in Pikuni Trickester Narratives” It was followed by another insightful talk by prof. Jasbor jain, from the the University of rajasthan on The listener in the story, Orality, Tradition and Modernity” In addition to this were six academic session on Regional Folkore and Oral traditions,, African Literature, Indian English writers.
On day 3, two plenary talks by prof. Mahua Mukjerjee from the Kolkatta on dance and Rabindranath tagore and another by Dr. Neeru Tandon on Entextualising and Re-contextualsing the Oral Tradition , Myth, and Folkore in Tagore’s dramatic world were delivered. The chairperson of the valedictory function Dr. Vijay Sharma gave his expert comments at the end. The participant feed back had been encouraging and positive.
National Level Management Fest, Tatva’12, has been inaugurated at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra on 12th April, 2012. Tatva’ 12, a two day event organized by College of Management, aims to provide excellent opportunity to students from multitude of backgrounds to show their talent and compete with best of brains. Mr. Sudhir Sharma, DGM Tata Docomo, Ms. Roop Avatar Kour, Registrar SMVD University, Dr. Vipan Kakkar, Dean of Students and Prof. Mukhopadhyay, Dean College of Management honoured the event by their gracious presence. Mr. Sudhir Sharma emphasized the importance of the word ‘Tatva’ and asked the students to build in, believe in, follow and have faith in it which will act as a guiding principle in their life.
Plethora of events is being organized to satisfy all competitive itches. Sponsored by Jammu & Kashmir Bank Ltd., JK Channel, Retailme.in, Myjammu.com, Shalimar Cattle Feeds, VLCC, VS Flowers, this event shall witness participants applying their competencies in Jingle Making, Ad-Mad Show & Launch a Product, Smart Sim, Recycle Bin, Business Quiz, Welcome to Hell, Future CEO, and Barter King. About 100 students from various business schools like ARNI University, Himachal Pradesh; Doon Business School, Dehradun; Central University of Kashmir, Kashmir; The Business School, University of Jammu; Kathua Campus, Bhaderwah Campus, University of Jammu; SET Business School, Jammu; IIPS, Jammu; MBS, Jammu; MIET, Jammu are participating in this event. This event will provide an invigorating experience to the budding managers.
Faced with a huge deficit of almost 4.0 lakh skilled manpower and trained managers in logistics industry the T2P consultants a division of DTDC along with the Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport(CILT) organized a National Level logistics Talent Hunt., an event for the Logistic Industry. The Talent Hunt was supported by organizations like First Flight, Mahindra Logistics, Blue Star Aviation, Aramex and many others.
The objective of the contest was to provide a platform for Management Students to interact with top executives and recruiters from the industry and for providing an exposure and opportunity to students to present their fresh ideas and display their potential to the industry. This event also presented an opportunity for Universities to present their product (students) and promote their presence and brand to potential recruiters.
The following two teams were nominated from SMVDU: SMVDU Five - : Tarun Sharma (Team Leader); Akhil Verma; Sahil Bhagotra; Sahil Sharma; Sudhir Manhas with Topic_Logistics Challenges of E-Commerce & Brighter India- Team Members: Puneet Gupta (Team Leader).Ashish Dharmat, Hansika Bhat,Puneet Kour Bali, Shevetaank Sharma with Topic- Public Distribution System –Logistics Solution
The two teams were mentored by Dr.Sunil Giri for preparation of their white papers and presentations and were facilitated by Mr.B K Bhatia, T&P Officer. Each team was expected to present a white paper followed by a presentation on their topic. Over 150 institutions from across the country filled their nominations out of which 60 were allotted topics. Out of the 60 teams only 28 were called for presentation and 05 teams were selected for the awards in the various categories.
Based upon the presentation and queries the SMVDU Five team won the first prize in the category of Logistics Challenges of E-Commerce and the team Brighter India stood the runner up in the category of Public Distribution System –Logistics Solution. The winning team was awarded Trophies & certificates besides a Cash award of Rs 25000 and Placement assistance for the winning team members. Vice-Chancellor Prof. R N K Bamezai felicitated the Team and expressed satisfaction on the efforts made by faculty members to inculcate industry relevant concepts among students. Winning this program will help the university in establishing its MBA program specifically the Supply Chain Specialization, as specialization in SCM is given in only few institutions in India and worldwide.