With the spirit to ignite the minds of students towards self-reliance and self-development, 3-day Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme from 16th January-18th January, 2013 was organized by Entrepreneurship Development Cell of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra. The focus of the programme was to sensitize the students for the exploitation of existing entrepreneurial opportunities in order to generate self-employment opportunities for them and to act as the source of employment for others. The programme witnessed an enthusiastic response of the participants of different streams of SMVD University. The programme was inaugurated in the auspicious presence of Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean, College of Management and Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur, Registrar, SMVDU. Blessing the participants of the programme in the inaugural ceremony, Dean, College of Management mentioned that the inputs received from this programme will act as one of the stepping stones for them to move on the trajectory of success. Registrar, Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur congratulated the Entrepreneurship Development Cell and College of Management for taking such initiatives which will help in the all around development of students in particular and society in general. While briefing the contents of programme, Dr. Suparn Kumar Sharma, Chief Coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Development Cell, SMVDU mentioned that the 3-day programme conducted sessions on communication skills, preparation of business plan, technical and commercial aspects of SMEs, etc. Besides, the participants also got a platform for interaction with the successful entrepreneur, Mr. B.B.Raina, Owber of Palican Cable, Jammu. The industrial trip on the last day of the programme was also made to Shalimar Floorings Pvt. Ltd. Bari Brahamana, Jammu in order to expose the participants with the practicalities of the organization.
Katra. Prof. R.N.K Bamezai, the third vice chancellor of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University was given warm farewell by the faculty and staff of the university in the sprawling campus of the university. Deans of various colleges , Registrar, Finance Officer and Librarian of the university expressed their experiences of working under the stewardship of Prof. Bamezai and also wished him success in future endeavors. Dr. Vandhana Sharma, Director of the School of Languages and Literature, moderated the programme and highlighted the popular traits of Prof. Bamezai who has been an embodiment of humility and positivity during his term as the vice chancellor. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Bamezai thanked one and all for such an overwhelming gesture and said that SMVDU as the university which lies in the foothills of Divine Goddess has the blessings of the divine Mother and so holds a special advantage of being doubly blessed. He advised one and all present on the occasion to continue working with a sense of commitment as the real asset of the university is its human resource. He reiterated his vision about the upliftment of the adjoining areas of the university which he envisages to be realized in a short span of time. Approximately 150 members of teaching and non teaching staff felicitated the outgoing vice chancellor and a memento as a token of their love and affection was presented to the Vice Chancellor by Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur, Registrar of the university on behalf of all members present. The formal farewell programme was given an musical tenor with melodious singing performances by Mr. Rajan Badyal.
A One day Sensitization workshop on “Intellectual Property Technology Management & Entrepreneurship” was jointly organized by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), A Govt. of India Enterprise and School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra (J&K) on 11th January, 2013.
Prof. V.Verma, Dean, College of Engineering & Director, School of Biotechnology inaugurated the workshop and welcomed the experts from BIRAC and delegates from various universities & institutes of the region. Prof. Verma introduced the topic of the workshop and its growing relevance in a technology-oriented country like India. He also informed the gathering that an IPR policy of the University is being finalized under the guidance of Prof. R.N.K. Bamezai, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU which will enable the faculty of the university in filing patents in due course of time.
At the outset, Dr. Ravi Dhar, Senior Consultant, BIRAC greeted all the participant with his opening remarks and introduced the scheme of programs initiated by BIRAC for creating on awareness about IPR & the available legal rights in India.
The team from BIRAC made a brief video presentation elucidating the role of DBT in funding various entrepreneurship ventures in the areas of Agro-biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Environment, Infrastructure & Diagnostics.
Dr. Ravi Dhar delivered a very informative presentation on Intellectual Property & Technology Management featuring out the innovations in Biotechnology and highlighted the requirements of proper data recording, relationship between innovation, basic science & research consortia. Dr. Gatuam Bhattacharya, K&S Partners, IP Law Firm, Gurgaon talked on Technology licensing in Drugs & Bio-Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Pankaj Kumar, CEO, Director & Co-founder, Leadinvent spoke about Bioentrepreneurship. Ms. Sibi Sagar, Programme Manager-IP, BIRAC detailed out the different types of patent searches & DBT –BIRAC initiatives for innovation and entrepreneurship development.
Registrar, Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur(IFS), Deans, Directors, Mr. Vinod Sharma, Adm. Officer, Mr. S.K. Sadhotra Finance Officer, faculty members, Research Scholars, students & Staff members from SMVDU alongwith delegates from Jammu University , BGSB University Rajouri, SKUAST Jammu & IIIM (CSIR) Jammu attended the workshop & interacted with the experts from BIRAC and were largely benefitted from the proceedings of the workshop.
Prof. V. K. Bhat, Director School of Mathematics and Dean College of Sciences visited Austria during December 18- 22, 2012. He attended the International Conference on Commutative rings, integer valued polynomials and polynomial functions held at University of Technology, Graz, Austria and presented his paper titled “Transparency of Skew Polynomial Rings over Noetherian Rings”.
Mathematicians and scientists from European countries, U.S.A, Canada, Britain, China, South Korea, Some African countries etc. also attended the conference and delivered lectures.
There were useful discussions during the sessions and also informal exchange of views and findings.
The conference was organized by University of Technology, Graz, Austria and was sponsored by Graz University of Technology, Austrian Science Foundation (FWF) grant P23245-N18, NAWI Graz and OeMG Steiermark.
Prof. V.Verma, Dean College of Engineering & Director Biotechnology was invited to deliver the keynote address at the 2nd National Conference on 'Recent Advances in Bio-energy Research' organized by SardarSwaran Singh National Institute of Renewable Energy, Kapurthala (Punjab) on December 7-8, 2012. The conference was attended by more than 200 delegates from all over India. Both academic and industrial developments in this important field were discussed. Prof. Verma delivered the key note address in the conference entitled “ Recent advances in biotechnology: Biofuels: think outside the Barrel”. In this conference prof. Verma highlighted the following points:Biodiesel is a renewable, non-toxic fuel that can directly replace conventional petroleum diesel, resulting in substantial reductions in tailpipe emissions. The term 'biodiesel' refers to the methyl (or ethyl) ester of fatty acids obtained by a process of esterification of new and used fats or oils. Through the chemical process of transesterification, the triglycerides in the fat or oil are converted to the methyl esters from the fatty acids. Many plants including lower plants like algae are the source of the oil which can be easily esterified to make the biodiesel.
Biodiesel also finds use as a lubricity agent in low and ultra-low sulphur diesel fuels where the addition of as little as 2% biodiesel to petroleum diesel significantly improves the lubricity of the fuel. Globally, the production and use of biodiesel has been well received, particularly in environmentally sensitive areas such as the forestry and fishing industries where the biodegradable characteristics of biodiesel are an attractive alternative. Biodiesel has also proven to be the fuel of choice for heavy equipment users in built up areas, renewable power generation and public transport. But the economics of producing biodiesel need to improve substantially to make it competitive with petrodiesel, which appears to be attainable now. Producing low-cost biodiesel requires primarily improvements to plant biology through genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. Further the recent advancement in photobioreactor engineering can also lower the cost of production. The plant biomass needed for production of large quantities of biodiesel could be grown in these photobioreactors which are cost effective and provide a controlled environment that can be tailored to the specific demands of highly productive to attain a consistently good annual yield of oil. Achieving the capacity to inexpensively produce biodiesel from microalgae, for example, is of strategic significance to an environmentally sustainable society. Extensive efforts are underway to achieve commercial-scale production of microalgal biodiesel which is likely to be possible in near future.
First National conference on Machine Intelligence Research and Advancement, NCMIRA,12 and One weak staff development program DPMMIL12 was inaugurated on 21st Dec 2012, at the School of Electronics & Communication Engineering, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra.
The course was inaugurated by The Dean COE Prof V Verma, SMVDU , the other members present on the occasion were, Capt. Thakur (DRDO) , Director, SECE, Convener Dr. Amit Kant Pandit along with SMVDU faculty, Staff and students members.
Convener, Dr. Amit Kant Pandit said that, NCMIRA, 12 and SDPMMIL 12 is organized for training of researchers and address various issues to prosper the creation of intelligent solutions in future. The aim is to bring together leading researchers, developers, practitioners and educators interested in advancing the state of the art in Machine Intelligence Research and Advancement for exchanging knowledge that encompasses a broad range of disciplines among various distinct communities. It is expected that researchers will bring new prospect for collaboration across disciplines and gain idea facilitating novel breakthrough. The Three-day conference will feature prominent keynote speakers, tutorials and paper presentation from participants across India in parallel sessions. A first of its kind in the Jammu and Kashmir, NCMIRA, 12 will no doubt be proven to be exciting and educative.
Dr Pandit expressed thanks on behalf of the organizing committee to the DRDO and J&K Council for Science & Technology for funding the program along with IEEE Student Chapter. He thanked the Vice Chancellor SMVDU, Registrar, Mr. Vinod Sharma, Transport Section, Media Cell, Finance Section, Guest House, Housekeeping, Security and all faculty, staff and students of SMVDU for their support.
He said that SMVDU will provide all sustenance for the technical up-gradation and development of Academia and Researcher Fraternity. In continuation to this SMVDU is going to host IEEE and Springer International conferences ICMIRA and MIRA respectively in December 2013
The Communal Harmony Week of National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) was observed from 19-23 Nov. 2012 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 23rd of Nov. 2012, i.e., the Flag Day of the week which was started with receiving words of inspiration from the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor. The Student Secretary NSS, Ms. Mitika Sharma, volunteers Monika, Anand and others took active part in the event.
It may be noted that NFCH (under the Ministry of Home Affairs) utilizes the funds for upbringing of the children rendered orphan due to communal riots/clashes or violence.
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.