National Engineers Day Celebrated at SMVDU

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To commemorate the birth anniversary of veteran Indian Engineer Sir M. Visvesvaraya, the National Engineers Day was celebrated here at SMVDU in which Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. S.K Jain was the chief guest. It is worth to mention here that every year September 15 is celebrated as the National Engineers Day throughout the Country. The theme of this year’s Engineering Day was “Frugal Engineering”.

In his address, the Vice Chancellor motivated the participating students to think beyond the conventional class room knowledge and prepare themselves to meet the challenges of today’s competitive world and serve the society by proving as professionals par excellence. Prof. Jain also lamented the need for celebrating the days of national importance as an annual feature in the SMVD University and has assured of all possible help in celebrating such events. He also lauded the young and the talented students of the university who have excelled in various spheres of knowledge during the recent past.

The Dean College of Engineering, Prof. V. Verma, emphasized upon the importance of Engineers Day in the Indian scenario. He also highlighted the various emerging fields of Engineering and Technology, the advancements made during the last few decades. Dr. Varun Tripathi, Asstt. Prof., School of Philosophy and Culture, delivered a talk on Engineering Ethics. Mr. Mir-Irfan-Ul-Haq, Asstt. Prof., School of Mechanical Engineering coordinated the events of the programme. The vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Ankush Anand, Asstt. Prof., School of Mechanical Engineering.

At the end the Vice Chancellor awarded the top rankers who presented their views on “Frugal Engineering”. Akshay Bhat and Bhasker Taneja of B.Tech. secured the first rank.

 
Teachers Day celebration at SME

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A function was organized to celebrate the National Teachers Day in the office of Director, SME

Dean COE, Dr. V. Verma the chief guest on the function stressed upon the importance of dedication and honesty in the teaching profession. Dr V. Verma in his motivational speech talked about the role of teachers in human resource development holistically. He also stressed that in addition to teaching academic courses, teacher must work for the overall development of the personality of the students.

A detailed presentation was delivered by I/C Director, SME Mr. Balbir Singh on the life of Dr. S Radha Krishnan. Mr. Balbir Singh also shared his collection of motivational audio Visual with the audience which the audience endorsed. Mr. Balbir Singh also emphasized that teachers must develop caring and accommodative attitude towards students and they must put in their best to become role model for the student community.

All faculty members & staff members of SME attended the function.

 
Concordance 2013 held at SMVDU
Friday, 06 September 2013 11:28

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The annual Fresher’s meet was celebrated with fanfare and enthusiasm in the Matrika auditorium of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in the university campus. Concordance in SMVDU symbolizes not only the senior-junior bonhomie but a day of talent display by the new entrants. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, all deans, Registrar, Directors and faculty members also attended the annual congregation of students which is organized under the aegis of the Dean of Students’ Office. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Jain welcomed the fresh entrants and highlighted how SMVDU is an institution with a difference as it imparts holistic education to students and the residential nature of the campus at the foothills of the Goddess makes it all the more an ideal location for learning and growing.  

Earlier Dr. Yugal Khajura, Dean of Students gave an orientation lecture to students. The senior semester students displayed the socio-cultural matrix of the campus in interesting presentation made by them and welcomed the new entrants by focusing on the discipline and learning-oriented ambience of the campus. The new entrants exhibited their talent by making scintillating performance of group dances, singing and skits.  

 

 

 
TEACHING /LEARNING - Changing Scenario In Modern Era

Preface: Teacher; beyond doubt is the biggest social & mankind servant in many ways. Teacher is instrumental in shaping the careers of all of us irrespective how distinguished may be these careers are. Indeed, teachers all over the globe are not appreciated & felicitated the way they deserve.

Foundation: Dr. S. Radhakrishna, the 2nd president of India felt the need of honouring the selfless service of teaching fraternity. Being the philosophy scholar & teacher himself apart from the President of Indian republic, he is remembered as the founder of Teacher’s day & the same is celebrated to felicitate the teaching community on 5th of September every year i.e. on the birth anniversary of Dr. S.Radhakrishna. Worldwide, teacher’s day is celebrated on 5th October every year.

Teacher’s day 2013 has made me to afresh my nostalgia of school days when we imitate our teacher’s & used to teach the lower classes. It used to be a fun day when we were escaped from our teachers & the rigorous classes schedule as everybody feels in that age. But, in the process of teaching the lower classes on that particular day, the thrust of teaching -learning & the pleasure to transform the knowledge has peacefully occupied its place in depth of the soul. May be it is the contribution of teacher’s day that many of us have realized & ultimately chosen this devoted service of outmost passion & dedication.

Issue & Prospects: We come across many teachers in our academic career particularly right from kindergarten to the University level studies & sometimes after that too. The role of the teacher has always been changing with the progress of the student from primary to the middle, the high school & so on this role comes along with greater obligation with each passing year in this comparative era.

In the last 10-15 years, world has seen a greater explosion in terms of development, population & thus in competition. In present years of global recession, it is totally realized that it’s the age of the best i.e the survival of the fittest. Consequently, the role of the teacher is demanded unprecedentedly. Its not all about finishing the text book or syllabi of the concerned subject but the obligations of 21st century teacher are going far far beyond. While we expect, the general etiquettes, conduct, subject knowledge in our wards through their teacher’s predominantly yet career counselling has become the single largest domain of the present teacher’s prime responsibility. So, present teacher ought to be the role model in this era. He/she must be competent enough to identify & distinguish the uniqueness of a person particularly at the primary level & then nurturing & motivating the same in the best possible manner.

On this day I request whole of teaching fraternity to look into the careers of their students carefully as their moral obligation with the vision of making the career of society in particular & country at large. A careful but competent, selfless & dedicated teacher (of any form) can do wonders for this society e.g. God of cricket –Sachin is of course the gift of his teacher- Sh. Ramakant Achrekar. Only he recognized the uniqueness of Sachin so he facilitated Sachin by giving him maximum chances of match exposure i.e. batting in multiple matches at the same time in case he falls cheaply in the one match & results are there in front of the whole world. Hence, Teacher’s at the primary level shall have to contribute a lot for the fine cultured society of tomorrow. The role of the teacher has become more of a facilitator. With the varied avenues open in this era, it’s not the age to force the learning upon students with the help of threat or stick i.e. students are the learners in modern set-up. The relevant portion, the applicable part these learners shall absorb from the facilitators as per their own interest & endeavours. Clearly, the versatile teaching from the facilitators is the requirement by pouring & nurturing varied talents. It’s not impossible in this mechanized world with the latest ICT gadgets which can make teaching learning a far more interesting, simple & interactive one. This process must carry on in different intensities at higher learning’s too.

Conclusion: It’s quite evident that a teacher so called a facilitator is the key to tomorrow in this competitive & professional world. We the teaching fraternity is extremely blessed to have got the chance & ecstasy of this biggest social & mankind service. As The faculty of Architecture i.e. being in a important professional career as far as society obligations are concerned, I take up this duty of teaching as if I am enhancing myself many prongs; for direct contribution to society; with each passing batch of students every year which would not have been possible in case I opted to practice alone in the field. On this teacher’s day, I wish with our dedication, self-sincerity & hard work, we shall deliver at par with the prospects & trust invested in us from society, students (learners) & their parents. With the best wishes for prosperous tomorrow, I wish everybody including my teacher’s a very Happy Teacher’s Day.

By:
Ar. Anoop Sharma
Faculty in Architecture
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Katra

 
Team MECHANIX SMVDU design All Terrain Vehicle

Many college students are frenzy about automobiles but only few are enthusiastic about taking their passion to a higher level. It is the auto passion of the students of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra J&K that ignited them to design an All Terrain Vehicle( ATV) capable of treading the untrodden be it mud, hills or gravels.

With encouragement & co-operation from Director of School of Mechanical Engineering, Mr.Balbir Singh a dedicated team, “MECHANIX” of 24 students under the guidance of Dr. Ankush Anand, Mr. Varun Dutta and Mr. Mir Irfan Ul Haq qualified the virtual phase of national event namely BAJA 2013-14, an event conducted by Society Of Automotive Engineers (SAE) every year.

Teams from about 360 renowned colleges across India including IIT’s and NIT’s participated in the 1 phase of the event out of which only 125 teams were qualified for the next phase, team MECHANIX of SMVDU being one of them. Sumit, Arjun, Harshvardhan and Tawqeer representing SMVDU presented the virtual design the ATV-THE WILD BANTENG, which was validated by a committee of R&D authorities and was green flagged for the next phase.

Team Mechanix is all set to proceed to the next phase i.e, fabrication of the ATV according to the virtual design, which would cost approximately 6.2 lakhs. Sponsorship and support is expected from various agencies and organisations to make the event a grand success.

SMVDU being the only university from the state of Jammu & Kashmir to qualify the event, the students are looking forward for the support from the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

A good performance by the team may earn them a promotion to the international level of the competition, thereby earning a global acclamation for SMVDU and an opportunity for the sponsors to promote themselves globally.

 
Guest Lecture by MBA Alumni working with Amazon

The College of Management, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, yesterday organized a guest lecture by Mr. Dheeraj Anand, who is an Alumina of COM, SMVDU and is currently working with Amazon India.

The core objective of the lecture was to inculcate management qualities in students so that they are able to play a catalytic role in future and grab the best out of opportunities. Mr. Dheeraj Anand encouraged the students to become dynamic and come out of classes to explore more about the corporate world. He asked the fresher’s to pull up their socks and start working from the very first day and suggested the final year students to go for hard plus smart work. He said that there is ample number of opportunities in market and one needs to be purely dedicated, focused and efficient to grab those opportunities. He asked the students to set up a goal and keep their focus in one direction.

Mr. Dheeraj Anand also shared some of his experiences in SMVDU. He said that he learned a lot while being the student of COM and he owes his success to all the faculty members who guided him throughout. He emphasized upon the inclusive and participative learning.

In interactive session students clarified their doubts and asked him about the corporate world and strategies to get into a good company. He said that companies like amazon look for talent that is focused and have conceptual clarity. He said that the College of Management provides enough preparation regarding the concepts of management and personality development, students need to take up the challenge and prepare with a clear focus. He also gave some tips about facing an interview and gave his best wishes to the students.

 
SMVDU faculty invited at Algebra Conference in Turkey

fac_bhatProf. V. K. Bhat Director, School of Mathematics & Dean, College of Sciences, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University visited Turkey to attend International Algebraic Conference at University of Balikesir, Turkey from12.08.2013 to 15.08.2013. The Conference was organized jointly by University of Balikesir, Bilkent University and Hacettepe University, Turkey. The conference was organized in honour of renowned Mathematicians Prof. Patrick Smith (University of Glasgow, UK) and Prof. John Clark (University of Otago, New Zealand) on their 70th birthday. Both these algebraic luminaries also attended the conference.The conference was attended by about seventy leading algebraists and about one hundred fifty young faculty, research scholars & students from about thirty countries.Latest developments in Algebra and their applications were discussed and presented during invited talks, contributory talks and other informal discussions.

Prof. Bhat delivered a talk titled Completely generalized right primary rings and their extensions and also chaired a session during the conference. The visit had been supported by Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi, Government of India and CICS, Chennai.

 
Induction Program of Tenth Batch of MBA Students in SMVDU

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The Induction program was organized today by the School of Business for the Tenth batch of MBA students. Dr. Suparn Sharma, Director, School of Business, welcomed the students and quoted the positive fervor in his address. Prof. (Dr.) D. Mukhopadhyay , Dean College of Management, stirred the students for discipline, integrity and hard work for bright future.19082013_mba02  The message from the corporate world to the budding managers was delivered by Mr. R. R. Chowksi, the Vice-President of Cadilla Pharmaceuticals. He also interacted with the students and shared his business experiences with them. The young minds were ignited by the inspiring stories by Mr. SatishKaul, Resident Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals. Mr. T.K. Seli, Liasion Manager, Emcure Pharmaceuticals and Mr. B.K. Bhatia, Training and Placement Officer of SMVDU also wished the students for next level preparation.The formal presentation to acquaint the students with the course structure and evaluation criteria was given by Ms. Rashi Taggar, Assistant Professor, School of Business.The program was concluded with ice-breaking session to familiarize the students with the pedagogy of management. The students participated with enthusiasm and displayed their creative ideas in the session. The Induction program was coordinated by Ms.Rashi Taggar and Mrs. ShaziaBukhari.

 
Tricolour unfurled at SMVDU
Friday, 16 August 2013 10:49

The 67th Independence Day was celebrated in Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University with the unfurling of the national flag and a scintillating cultural programme. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K. Jain unfurled the national flag in the presence of Registrar, Ms. Roop Avtar Kaur, Deans, Directors, faculty members, staff members and students. In his address, Prof. Jain greeted everyone on the 67th Independence Day and highlighted the significance of productive work which can make a remarkable contribution in the development of an institution in particular and a nation at large.

The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by a thought provoking cultural programme in the Matrika auditorium which the students of the university had organized on the occasion. The cultural extravaganza was a reflection of students’ creative and patriotic fervor. A prize distribution ceremony was also held on the occasion where the winners of a debate competition held in the university on National Youth Day were given certificates.

 
SMVDU research team identifies the mysterious crippling disorder of Arai Village

Mysterious skeletal disorder that rendered many people physically challenged in Arai Village of Poonch district has finally been identified as a rare genetic skeletal disorder.

A couple of months back, a team headed by Dr. Swarkar Sharma,Asstt.Prof. ,School of Biotechnology had visited Arai Village. The purpose of the trip was to understand more about this unknown disorder and collect familial data. Dr. Swarkar Sharma has been working in the area of Human Molecular Genetics for almost 10 years. According to him, it took them almost two months, collaborative efforts, lot of brain storming with many international orthopedic surgeons and expert radiologists, including members of International Skeletal Dysplasia Society (ISDS), for the final and proper diagnosis of the disorder. The people prominently involved in understanding the genetic nature and identification of the disorder. were: Dr. Ekta Rai,Asst Prof School of Biotechnology, Dr. K.K. Pandita, Batra Hospital; Dr. Carol Wise, Texas Scottish Rite Hosptal, Dallas USA; Dr. Shiro Ikegawa, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Science, Japan; Dr. K. Thangaraj, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad and Dr. Parvinder Kumar, Assistant Professor, Jammu University. Dr. K.K. Pandita and Dr. Sushil Razdan, renowned clinicians, contributed in understanding the clinical perspectives of the disorder. They also arranged for radiological and biochemical diagnostic tests for some of the patients. These tests were very critical, mainly to rule out “Kaschin-Beck Disease”, a disorder with similar phenotype (physical appearance) and frequent in Tibetan region of China.

Putting all evidences together (familial histories and genetic data, clinical features, radiological and biochemical tests findings), the disease has finally been diagnosed as “Progressive Pseudorheumatoid Arthropathy of Childhood” (PPAC) also known as “Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Tarda with Progressive Arthropathy” (SEDT-PA). This is a very rare [for example, with an estimated frequency of 1 per million (10,00,000) in UK], recessive hereditary skeletal disease and has been reported mainly in inbred populations as in Arai village. The age of onset is usually reported to be 3-8 years and the only known treatments are: physiotherapy in young ones and surgical corrections involving hip and knee replacements in mature patients.

“Knowing the gene responsible and understanding the biological mechanism, by which it is involved in the etiology of a rare disorder, is very important. So far worldwide, mutations in the gene named “WISP3” are reported to be responsible for the onset of PPAC. Presently, we are working towards the screening of this gene for mutations in the families from the Arai village to ascertain if the same is responsible for the disorder. For the purpose and to speed up the DNA sequencing work, we are taking support from Mr. Ankit Mahajan and Prof. Manoj Dhar, Department of Biotechnology, Jammu University. However, keeping in mind the extent of disorder’s prevalence in Arai population, there is a possibility that this gene may not be involved. In such situations, new state of the art “Next Generation Sequencing” technologies are very helpful in identifying new gene mutations, though very expensive, but we will go for it, if needed. Luckily, both Dr. Ekta and I have expertise in these technologies, as we have used these in our research in USA”, said Dr. Swarkar.

Further, in order to have proper medical management, it is suggested that the children of the area should be provided multi-vitamins and nutrients because such deficiencies have been scientifically reported to exaggerate the extent of the disorders. As this disorder is genetically recessive, marriage as such should not be a problem in terms of risk of disorder transmission to next generation, required that marriage within the family is avoided. It is suggested that if the extended families (roughly up to three generations) have affected members, they should avoid marrying with in the family. In such situations, genetic counseling should be sought and is of great help to curb the appearance of disorder in next generations.

 
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