Expert Lecture on Next Generation Optical Networks held at SMVDU


The School of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University organized an expert lecture on “Next Generation Passive Optical Networks” by Prof Anand Srivastava, Dean Infrastructure & Services, IIT Mandi. The lecture was attended by the students, scholars and faculty members of the School.

Prof. Srivastava spoke about the Next Generation Passive Optical Networks (NGPON) and their relevance in the current age of networks. He spoke about the heavy requirements of band width in the coming decade and the various new technologies being introduced to meet the requirement. He introduced the audience to concepts of Passive Optical Networks PON & FTTH besides OFDMA which will help in meeting the high demands on network bandwidth. The session was interactive in nature and students were fascinated by the contemporary technology and asked multiple queries.

The School of E&CE regularly organizes expert lectures and workshops in leading research and technology areas to ensure that the students of B.Tech, M.Tech. & Ph.D. program are kept abreast of the latest research in the field of Electronics & Communication engineering. The event was coordinated by Er. Sumeet Gupta, Director School of E&CE while Dr Rakesh Jha, Asstt. Professor presented the vote of thanks.

Distinguished Professor of Management Visits SMVDU


Prof. Rajan Saxena, a distinguished Professor of Marketing Management and Vice Chancellor, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Deemed University) as well as former Director of IIM, Indore interacted with the faculty members, research scholars and students of School of Business, SMVD University. He has over 40 years of professional experience in management education, research, consulting and institution building. He is an alumnus of Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi. He did his Ph.D. work at Delhi School of Economics in marketing area and was awarded the degree by Delhi University. During the discussion, Prof. Saxena emphasized on enhancement of decision making & problem solving skills in addition to social skills for the development of creative human capital for the present dynamic business world. Prof. Saxena depicted the role of massive open online courses and study material for modernizing the pedagogy of management education. During the discussion Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVD University put forward the idea of better learning, focused goal settings and wholesome attempts towards achieving them. Prof. Jain also reiterated the essence of better performance management with the help of normal curve extremes and distribution. In the process of interface variety of queries and concerns were raised by the faculty members including Dr. Saurabh, Dr. Ashutosh Vashistha, Mr. Pabitra Jena and research scholars including Naveed Majid, Ajaz, Abid Hussain of School of Business. Replying to the queries, Prof. Saxena revealed significance of case study and live project based teaching methodology for the better delivery in classroom teaching. While describing the process of empirical research, efforts of passing the ‘Dark Tunnel’ are essentially required for a wide horizon and perspective. The interaction ends with putting on record thanks and gratitude towards Prof. Saxena for visiting the campus and blessing the members of School of Business, SMVDU with intellectual treasure.

Resurgence ends at SMVDU


The three-day Resurgence: Annual cultural and sports festival of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University concluded with a big bang in the Matrika auditorium on 20 April, 2014 in the university The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sudhir K. Jain was chief guest in the valedictory function. Dr A.K Das the Coordinator of Resurgence presented report of the festival. Competitions for several forms of music, dance, theatre and arts were organized during these three days. In the inter-University competitions SMVDU won 1st prize in Movie making competition where as NIT, Srinagar won 1st prize in street dance event. The Vice-Chancellor Trophy for the best house was presented by the Vice-Chancellor to Agni house of SMVDU for their performances in both Sports and Culture. Best talent in cultural prize was given by Dean of Students Dr Yugal Khajuria to Medhavi Sharma. Prizes for several intra-university competition in Sports and cultural were also given in the valedictory function. At the end Cultural Secretary Anup Kumar presented vote of thanks.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Jain expressed satisfaction at the multifarious activities organized during the festival and underscored the importance of such youth festivals which inculcate a spirit of organizational abilities in students. He particularly appreciated the participating teams from different parts of the state and country. Spectacular cultural items were presented during the valedictory.

Annual Sports & Cultural Fest inaugurated


The Annual Cultural and Sports festival of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University “RESURGENCE” was inaugurated on 18th April 2014 in Matrika Auditorium of the University. Shri R. K. Gupta, Principal Secretary to Hon’ble Governor of J&K was the Chief Guest. Shri Ajay Khajuria, Registrar of the University, Dr Yugal Khajuria, Dean of Students were present in the function. Dr. A. K. Das, Coordinator of Resurgence delivered the welcome address. Registrar gave his best wishes to the participating students and Chief Guest Shri Gupta encouraged students to participate in cultural activities and interacted with them after the inaugural function. This year more than 20 cultural events are going to be organized in the festival for which several team from different parts are coming to participate in the program. Mr. Anil Bhardwaj, Cultural Coordinator delivered vote of thanks.

Expert Lecture on “Nanoelectronics & VLSI” organized at SMVDU


The school of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University today organized an expert lecture on “Nanoelectronics & VLSI” by Prof Sudeb Dasgupta, Associate Professor, Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering IIT Roorkee. The lecture was attended by the students, scholars and faculty members of the School.

Prof. Dasgupta spoke about the importance of Nanoelectronics and its relevance viz a viz the field of electronics in general and further elaborated on the design of analog and digital systems on nanoscale. He explained subsequently the basic structures of analog & digital system from the VLSI design aspect. The audience actively participated with their view points and doubts which were appreciated by the speaker for their relevance and enthusiasm. He also said that the school is going in the right direction towards achieving excellence with the kind of achievements it has attained in this short span.

The School of E&CE regularly organizes expert lectures and workshops in leading research and technology areas to ensure that the students of B.Tech, M.Tech. & Ph.D. program are kept abreast of the latest research in the field of Electronics & Communication engineering. The event was coordinated by Mr. Ashish Suri, Assistant Professor and T&P Coordinator of the School. He also intimated the audience about the next schedule of expert lectures planned by the school.

National Seminar on ‘New Challenges and Avenues in Philosophy’ concluded


A Two-Day National Seminar on “New Challenges and Avenues in Philosophy” was organized by the School of Philosophy & Culture (SOPC) from 28th – 29th March 2014. The seminar was sponsored by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra. The Chief Guest of the inaugural function was Prof. Bhuvanesh Sharma, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vedic Vishwavidyalaya, Madhya Pradesh. Mr. A. Khajuria, Registrar, SMVDU, was also present as the guest of honor. The inaugural function was presided by Prof. V.K. Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (FOHSS). After the welcome address by Dr. Varun K. Tripathi, I/C Director, SOPC, Dr. Anil K. Tewari presented the theme of the seminar. After that, in his inaugural address, Prof Bhuvanesh Sharma said that all sciences explore the laws of nature from their perspectives and philosophy gives a complete understanding and cognizing ability to apprehend the laws of nature in their entirety. He emphasized that the six system of Indian Philosophy are the discoveries of the higher laws of nature. The modern education must incorporate these insights so as to become holistic education, he added. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. V.K. Bhat, Dean, FOHSS, said that the indomitable spirit of enquiry, which is the essence of philosophy, is the main reason for the progress of philosophy and this spirit needs to be carried forward with full vigor. He commended the faculty members of SOPC for organizing the seminar on a very relevant topic. Mr. Ajay Khajuria, Registrar, SMVDU also emphasized the relevance of philosophical ideas in the practical life. The inauguration was ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Tripathi.

The first technical session was chaired by Prof. Bhuvanesh Sharma and it began with the presentation of Dr. A.V. Ravishankar Sarma (HSS, IIT Kanpur) on the title “Counterfactuals in Commonsense Reasoning”. The second presentation of the session was by Mr. Sumanta S. Sharma, Asst. Prof., SOPC, on “On Aristotle’s Method(s) for Assertoric Syllogisms”. The second technical session was chaired by Dr. A.V. Ravishankar Sarma and it began with the talk by Dr. C. Upendra (HSS, IIT Indore) on “Return of the Repressed: On Experimental [Moral] Philosophy”. The second presentation in the sequence was by Dr. Jaison Vallooran (HSS, IIT Kanpur) on “An Intercultural Approach towards the Question of Being: Parmenides, Heidegger and Shamkara”. Mr. Sushain Raina, PhD student of Philosophy, SOPC, and Mr. Ravi Kumar, MA student of Philosophy, SOPC, were the last presenters of the session respectively on the themes “Understanding the Sartrean Ethics as Moral Objective Realism” and “Casteism, Group Rights and Human Rights: An Inquiry”.

The first session on 29th March 2014 was chaired by Prof. Baidyanath Labh, Professor & Head of the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Jammu, Jammu. It began with the presentation of Dr. Anil K. Tewari, Asst. Prof., SOPC, on the theme “The Buddhist Persons: Soul vs. Self”. The second in the sequence was the presentation of Prof. B. Labh (University of Jammu) on the theme “Buddhist Ideas and Ideals on Social Harmony”. After his talk, Dr. Madhu M. Chaturvedi, Asst. Prof., SOPC, spoke on “Self-Representational Theory of Subjectivity: A Critique”. The last presentation in the session was by Ms. Reena Kumari, MA student of Philosophy, on “The Problem of Buddhist Theory of Momentariness”. Discussants of this session also included Ms. Roma Wani, Honorary General Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Jammu & Kashmir State. The last technical session was chaired by Dr. Anil K. Tewari (SMVDU). It began with the presentation of Ms. Bilquees Jan, passed out MA student of Philosophy, SOPC, on “The Doctrine of Karma in Hinduism and Buddhism: The Basis of Ethical Principles and Soteriological Objectives”. Her presentation was followed by the talk of Mrs. Simran Raina, PhD student of Philosophy, SOPC, on “The Problem of Relation Between ‘Action’ and ‘Good’ in the Bhāmatī School of the Non-Dualistic Vedānta”. The next in the sequence was the presentation of Ms. Shivani Sharma, again a passed out MA student of Philosophy, SOPC, on the theme “Women Empowerment through Legal Rights”. Her presentation was followed by the speech of Mr. Dinesh Jamwal, PhD student of Philosophy, SOPC, on “Stretching It Too Far: A Critique of Comparative Exercise in Philosophy”. After his delivery, Ms. Gurpreet Kaur, another passed out MA student of Philosophy, SOPC, spoke on “Prospects of Philosophy Beyond the Academic World”. The last presentation in the seminar was by Dr. Varun K. Tripathi, Asst. Prof., SOPC. He delivered on the theme titled “Knowledge as a Mental Episode: The Psychologism Question in Indian Epistemology”. In the last, a valedictory session was organized and the vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Tripathi, I/C Director, SOPC. He thanked all the participants and discussants of the seminar and those who contributed to the organization of the seminar. He requested all the paper presenters to revise their papers in the light of the discussions and submit for the publication of the proceedings of the seminar. In his concluding speech, Dr. Tripathi also expressed his sense of gratitude to Prof. S.K. Jain, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU, for his kind approval and full financial support for the hospitality of the participants in the seminar. The scholars dispersed after refreshments.


NSS SMVDU in collaboration with IVF & SMVDSB organizes “Save the Trikuta Mountain” Campaign


March 29, SMVDU: Two Day “Save The Trikuta Mountains” Environmental Awareness Campaign was organized by NSS SMVDU in collaboration with International Volunteer Foundation Jammu and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, from 29-30 March 2014.The motive behind organizing this awareness campaign is to aware the local public about their responsibilities towards environment which is an integral part of human life.

The inauguration of the campaign commenced at Matrika Auditorium, SMVDU, Katra in the morning. Mrs. Roma Wani General Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, J&K was the Chief Guest on the occasion. NSS Coordinator, Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi welcomed the chief guest/dignitaries and introduced the theme of the campaign. Mr. Kiran Kumar Sharma, Young Social Worker and Chairperson, International Volunteer Foundation spoke on the importance of awareness campaign and suggested the Shrine Board to promote our objective. A short movie and Mime was presented by the students of SMVDU on the theme of the campaign. The vote of thanks was extended by Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi. The plantation of saplings by the dignitaries added to the beauty of this campaign. Among others who attended the event were Prof. Manoj Verma, Asst. Professor, Computer Sciences, Paramveer Singh, Harjot Singh, Vishal Arora, Shivang Anand, Rokmesh Parihar from IVF.

A rally of good number of students, staff members of the university and IVF representatives and volunteers walked towards Bhavan and spread awareness regarding regular use of dustbins, proper disposal of polythene bags/coats, avoids throwing plastic bottles in the mountain gorges and raised slogans. The Students distributed pamphlets among the tourists/ shopkeepers and stressed on ban over polythene and plastic products to keep the natural beauty of the Trikuta Mountains for all time to come.

Transcendental Meditation Program Concludes at SMVDU

01042014_03SMVDU 30 March: A 5-day Transcendental Meditation (TM) program concludes at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra. Prof. Bhuvanesh Sharma VC, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vedic University, M.P. was the main resource person along with Mrs. Archana Sharma, Instructor TM and Mr. Sukhbir Singh, Instructor TM from Jammu.

On the initiative of Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, VC, SMVDU, the program was organized by the School of Philosophy and Culture, SMVDU. The program began with an open session introductory lecture on 25th March, followed by the personal interview and personal instruction the next day. The program continued for three more days which included daily meditation sessions, followed by the videos depicting teachings by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to learning a holistic approach towards life.

a01042014_04There was a participation of more than 30 people including staff and students. The program emphasized on the effects of the transcendental meditation such as Improved Brain Functioning, Increase in Intelligence and Mental Ability, Improved Academic Performance, Growth of Positive Qualities, Reduction in Negative Qualities, Increased Creativity and Cognitive Flexibility, and many more.

The program successfully ended on 28th March with the valedictory function in which the resource people were felicitated by SMVDU. Some of the participants shared their experiences of the program. At last, a vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Varun Kumar Triparthi, Director, School of Philosophy and Culture, SMVDU.






SMVDU Organizes 2-DAYS hands-on Workshop


A two days workshop on “Recent Advances in Genomics and Proteomics”, funded by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India was conducted at School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra from 26th –27th March, 2014. Vice Chancellor of the university Prof. Sudhir K. Jain in his inaugural address, highlighted the significance of research in the area of Bioinformatics and wished participants a fruitful technical workshop. He emphasized the need for collaborative research especially in the field of Biotechnology and encouraged young minds to choose this field by choice and get engaged in this active field of research which has solution to almost all the problems faced by human populations.

Prof. V. Verma, Dean Faculty of Engineering and co-ordinator Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility, SMVDU welcomed all the participants and apprised the gathering about the scope of the workshop in this important area of research. Dr. Neel Sarover Bhavesh, Staff Scientist International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, Dr. Vikram Singh, Central University of Himachal Pardesh, Mr. Gagandeep Singh from Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR) Palampur and Dr. Amit Nargotra from Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (CSIR) Jammu are among the experts from various national institutions and Dr. Ekta Rai, Dr. Narendra K. Bairwa, Dr. Swarkar Sharma, Mr. Inderpal Singh, Ms. Shagun from School of Biotechnology, SMVDU are the resource persons from SMVDU. The aim of the workshop is to impart hands-on training to the participants to the latest bioinformatics tools in use in various areas of biotechnology using state-of-art soft & hardwares. Around 70 delegates from various institutions and universities of the region like University of Kashmir, Srinagar; Baba Gulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri; Jammu University, Jammu; Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; Panjab University, Chandigarh are participating in the event. The goal of this workshop is to bring together eminent and active researchers in the area of bioinformatics from research institutes and academia, for presentations and dialogue.

National Seminar on Feminist Transitions inaugurated


As part of the month long activities held worldwide to commemorate the Women’s Day, School of Languages and Literature and Gender Sensitization Committee against Sexual Harassment, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University organized a National Seminar on Feminist Transitions on 24-25 March, 2014. The seminar aims at deliberating over unprecedented broadening of feminist issues and practices which have moved across and beyond a number of established boundaries. Vice Chancellor of the university Prof. Sudhir K. jain inaugurated the seminar in th Matrika auditorium today,on 24 March, 2014. In his inaugural address, Prof. Jain highlighted the significance of feminism and need of sensitization in society and traced the development of the marginalization of women in society.

The keynote speaker Prof. Manju Jaidka from Punjab University Chandigarh and Chairperson Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi set the theme for two-day seminar, looking back at the genesis and development of the feminist movement, its various broad phases and finally looking at feminism the way it exists (or does not) in India. Prof. Jaidka underscored that there is no single ideology or set of rules that may be labelled as feminism; each person has a different concept of what feminism comprises. Besides, the movement is forever in transit and cannot be fixed in a formulated phrase and what is needed is ‘re-visioning’.

Academics and scholars from across the country are participating in the seminar prominent among them are Prof. Harish Narang from Jawaharlal Nehru University,Prof. Anita Singh from Banaras Hindu University, Prof. Sanjoy Saksena from Allahabad University, Dr. Neeraja Gupta from Bharati Vidhya Bhavan Ahmedabad, Dr. Roshan Sharma from the Central University of Himachal Pradesh. Multi-disciplinary in nature, the seminar will engage with feminist perspectives on a wide range of social, cultural, theoretical and global transitions that have affected and/or modified feminisms identity, representation, activism and politics in the twenty first century. As part of the seminar an exhibition on an artistic representation on Feminism by a young budding artist of Jammu Agrima Malhotra was also inaugurated during the inaugural ceremony.

Prof. V K Bhat, Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is the chairperson of the seminar. The coordinator of the seminar, Dr. Vandhana Sharma, Director School of Languages and Literature expressed satisfaction over the overwhelming response of papers to be presented in the seminar and hoped that the under the guidance of Vice Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, deliberations in the seminar will make significant contribution in policy making related to women issues in the country. Speaking about the seminar, Dr. Sharma said that the seminar has been designed to be multidisciplinary to have discussions and deliberations not only on feminist discourse as it exists in literary texts but also on Everyday Feminism which is a very empowering framework in this age of cyberfeminsim and technofeminism. Dr. Neeru Sharma, Assistant Professor, School of Languages and Literature proposed the vote of thanks. Ms. Simranpreet Kaur, research scholar conducted the proceedings of the inaugural programme.

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