Katra: School of Innovation and Community Development, SMVD University organized a two week National Faculty Development Programme on Entrepreneurship. The programme was held in collaboration with Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) of India and College of Management, SMVDU. The programme was inaugurated by Prof. R. N. K. Bamezai, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SMVD University on 12th March, 2012. In his innagural address he stressed on the need for such programmes and asked all the participants to utilize the two weeks to in such a manner that they are able to organize more programmes on Entrepreneurship at their respective institutional level for the students and faculty. He said that Entrepreneurship should not be taken only in the context of producing successful business but we should be able to inculcate the Entrepreneurial values and behavior among the student community. The inaugural session was also graced by Prof. V. Verma, Dean College of Sciences, Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean College of Management, Shri Raman Gujral, Senior faculty, and head, Central Regional office of EDI at Bhopal and Dr. S. K. Wanchoo, Director I/c SICD.
This was first such programme organized by EDI, Ahemadabad in the state. A total of 20 participants from nine different states of the country took part in the FDP. The Programme was designed to train and develop professionals in entrepreneurship development so that they can act as resource persons in guiding and motivating young S&T persons essentially students to take up entrepreneurship as a career. FDPs provided inputs on process and practice of entrepreneurship development, communication and inter-personal skills, creativity, problem solving, achievement motivation training, and inputs on resource and knowledge industries. The training methodology included case studies, group discussion, games and simulation exercise and classroom lectures. The resource persons for the programme included Prof. B. B. Siddiqui, Distinguished Faculty, EDI, Ahemadabad, Shri Raman Gujral, Senior faculty, EDI. In addition to these two faculty members lectures were also delivered by a number of special invitees form academia and industry.
A special session on Role of Achievement Motivation in Self Development was conducted by Prof. B. B. Siddiqui, Distinguished Faculty, EDI, Ahemadabad for the faculty and staff members of the University which was attended by over 80 participants.
Continuing its technical excellence, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University celebrated its annual Technical festival TITIKSHA 2K12, on 25th – 26th March 2012. The slogan for TITIKSHA 2012 was “Innovating the Inventions”.This year the event witnessed participation from across the country with zeal and enthusiasm.
The event was inaugurated by Dr. Vipan Kakkar, Dean of Students, and the Convenor Titiksha 2K12. In his inspiring words, Dr. Kakkar appreciated the efforts of the students and hoped for its exponential rise. The Guest of Honour was Dr. Mukopadhyay, who motivated the students for the best. The faculty Coordinator, Mr. Anuj Mahajan enlightened the audience with this year’s concept and events.
More than 50 events were organized by the soon to be engineers of university showcasing their talents. Competitions were classified under various categories. While the Mega events like INNOVATIA, BLUEPRINT provided a platform to display the research done by students; TECH MANCH and SAMADHAN aimed on understanding and applying them on Social issues. The school of electronics introduced the latest entrants to the field with a workshop on Integrated Circuits and tested them on their designing skills. Computer Sciences and engineering department fused various concepts of programming and encouraged the study of intricacies of hardware. Mechanical engineers flaunted their flashy robots while Biotech students competed in case studies. The school of Architecture held a plethora events varying from CAD skills and landscaping to mask painting and tattoo designing.
The SMVDU family, this year, extended its arms across the country. Around 40 students from various institutes participated in these competitions to check their technical competence. The participating institutes were Arya College of Engineering & Technology Rajasthan, NIT Srinagar, Punjab University, MBS CET Jammu, GCET, Jammu.
The closure of fest was marked by a valedictory function. Prof. R.N. K. Bamezai, the Vice Chancellor of the University graced the evening as the guest of honour. He captivated the audience by his words of wisdom and appreciated the efforts made by students. The winners of all the competitions were awarded with prizes and certificates accordingly.
In general, the fest can be considered a success as more than 1000 students actively participated with enthusiasm and zeal, displaying their interests in core fields, and is hoped to come flooding back next year with a fresh series of events.
A two day UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Wireless Communication & Networks with Special emphasis on Adhoc & Sensor Networks was organized by School of Electronics & Communication Engineering of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University on 24th -25th March 2012.
The focus of the seminar was on providing a platform for the Researchers, Academicians, Industry personnel and students from various part of the country to interact and learn about the new inroads being made in the field of Wireless Networks & Sensor Networks. Prof. Vinod Kapoor, HoD of E&CE, NIT Hamirpur while delivering the keynote address, emphasized the importance of Optical Communication & Networks in the field of day to day communication and the establishment of the Internet backbone. Dr. Vipan Kakkar, Director, School of E&CE started the proceedings of the Seminar and gave a brief overview of the importance of Wireless Communication, Wireless Networks, Adhoc and Sensor Networks. Convener of the Seminar, Asstt. Professor Sumeet Gupta welcomed the participants and said that it was the duty of technical University like SMVDU to provide platform for such excellent interactions in the exciting field of Communication & Sensor Networks in J&K which generally is seen as being technologically backward.
Prof. Dilbagh Singh from NIT Jalandhar spoke about the application of Wireless Communication and Networks in the field of Tele-medicine and Body Area Networks. Prof. Narottam Chand expounded on the technical aspects of Wireless Adhoc & Sensor Networks while Mr. K S Nagla, NIT Jalandahr, spoke about Robotics. Dr, Ankur Gupta from MIET spoke about the advances in the field of Network Management while Dr. Vipan Kakkar from SMVDU gave an overview of the area of Wireless Sensor Networks and the research challenges in this field besides VLSI aspects in Sensor Networks. A session using Qualnet Simulation Software & Sensor Node Test Bed and e-content development was arranged.
About 120 participants from Karnataka, Rajasthan, Himachal, Punjab, Haryana, Uttrakhand, Delhi and J&K attended the Seminar where Research papers were presented by number of faculty and student researchers highlighting the progress being made in their respective areas.
Co-Convener Mr. S B Kotwal & Mr. Ashish Suri, Astt. Professor said that they were extremely encouraged by the feedback of the participants and would ensure that such events would be organized regularly for the benefit of the academic community at large in J&K. Mr. S B Kotwal presented the Vote of thanks at the valedictory function and thanked the administration and all wings of the University including Guest House,Transport, Security and staff for their support in organizing this seminar.
Professor Hari M. Srivastava, Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Victoria, Canada and Professor Rekha Srivastava, University of Victoria visited School of Mathematics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University during March 17-21, 2012.
Dr. V. K. Bhat, Director, School of Mathematics extended a warm welcome to Prof. Hari M. Srivastava and Prof Rekha Srivastava. They discussed the curriculum of M.Sc. Mathematics, library facilities, placement and other activities of the school. Dr. Bhat introduced all faculty members and staff. Dr A. K. Das, Assistant Professor, School of Mathematics gave a brief introduction of both the guests.
Prof. Hari M. Srivastava is a renowned mathematician and scholar. He is Honorary Professor in many universities around the world including U.S.A., China, Italy, Venezuela, Taiwan and Romania. He is fellow of many academies such as The Royal Astronomical Society (U.K.); The National Academy of Sciences of India; The Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (U.K.); The Vijnana Parishad (Science Academy) of India; The American Association for the Advancement of Science (U.S.A.). He is currently in Editorial Boards of more than 200 international scientific research journals. Many Books, Monographs and Edited Volumes are written by Prof Srivastava apart from hundreds of research papers in various Journals of repute. He had collaboration with Famous Scientists like Albert Einstein, Paul Erdös and John von Neumann.
Prof. Rekha Srivastava is also a renowned mathematician. Her contribution is in the areas of Combinatorics, Fuzzy topology, Topological Spaces etc. She has published about eighty research papers in reputed journals. She has reviewed more than fifty research papers. She is associated with various mathematical organisations. She is editor of various journals. She has visited a number of countries in connection with academic visits.
To mark the 125th Birth anniversary of Ramanujan guest lectures were organized in School of Mathematics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. Professor H. M. Srivastava delivered a talk on “Elementary approach to fractional calculus and its applications”. He gave a lucid description about the applications of fractional calculus. He also gave details of the literature available in this area.
Prof Rekha Srivastava spoke on “Some glimpses of Hindu (or Vedic) Mathematics and Srinivasa Ramanujan”. She gave a description about the results proved by Indian Mathematicians since the Vedic period. She also gave details about the life and contribution of Srinivasa Ramanujan to Mathematics. The lectures were attended by Prof V. K. Verma, Dean College of Sciences, all faculty members, research scholars and students of the school. The lectures were interesting and students showed interest in some notions (like fractional derivatives) described during the lectures. Some facts and known results related to fractional calculus and Vedic Mathematics were noticed by the students.
On behalf of School of Mathematics, Dr. Kuldip Raj proposed a vote of thanks. He thanked Professor Hari M. Srivastava and Professor Rekha Srivastava for their visit to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. He also thanked all faculty members, research scholars and students for active involvement during the lectures.
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.