8th March SMVDU Katra: A special lecture on the topic “Initiatives of J&K Govt. for Environment Protection” was delivered by Dr. C. M. Seth on 8th March, 2013 at 5:00 pm in Sanskriti Kaksh, SMVDU. The lecture was part of awareness activities conducted by NSS cell. The speaker Dr. C.M. Seth, Ex-Registrar SMVDU is a former IFS officer and a well known environmentalist of J&K State. Dr. Seth discussed various threats to environment posed by human activities and also elucidated prominent methods and policies to conserve the environment. He also briefed the students about how the J&K Govt. is working in this field by implementing environmental laws such as Biodiversity Act, Wildlife Conservation Act, and Pollution Control Act etc. Besides elaborating upon the topic, Dr. Seth also told the students about how the University campus came up, and the difficulties he and his colleagues had to face in turning the dream of SMVDU into reality. The session was concluded at 6:00 pm. Dr. Seth was facilitated by the present Registrar Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur by presenting Dr. Seth a token of appreciation. The NSS Program Coordinator Dr. V. K. Tripathi delivered vote of thanks.
A workshop sponsored by UGC on Personality Development and Life skills was conducted on March 6 and 7, 2013 in Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC), SMVD University. Prof. V. K. Bhat, Chairman, Equal Opportunity Cell inaugurated the Workshop. In his address he said that these workshops are very useful for students who seek or have to join duties in various organizations. He advised the students to take active part in such workshops and events. Prof. Bhat highlighted the importance of establishment of EOC which provides better opportunities to the student community especially with special focus on students belonging to the categories like SC/ST/OBC (NCL)/Minorities/General (BPL).
Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, renowned motivational speaker and life coach from New Delhi delivered expert lecture and conducted the whole session. During the entire session, he dwelt upon improving knowledge, attitude and various skills to achieve success in any field. According to him luck is the meeting point of alertness of mind and opportunity passing by.
Mr. Balbir Singh, Incharge coaching classes stressed the importance of soft skills and their development in students to produce good citizens and successful professional. Workshop was well structured and conducted in live and interactive session. He informed that Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) started special coaching classes in Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning, communication skills by internal faculty members and prominent experts from various institutes of the country.
Work shop was coordinated by Dr. Shafaq Rasool and Dr. Vinay Kumar, members Equal Opportunity Cell.
Katra 7 March, 2013. School of Languages and Literature, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University holds the distinction of initiating a Literature Festival in Jammu for the first time in the university campus. The director of the school Dr. Vandhana Sharma while welcoming the prominent writers of Jammu shared how the thought of a literature festival came to her mind in 2012 when the Jaipur Literary Festival was in news for a variety of reasons. The festival has been conceptualized with a vision to make it grow just as the Jaipur Literary Festival which had a low-key origin has emerged as one of the popular literary events of the world. Dr. Sharma said it is envisaged that in the times to come Bookworms and bibliophiles will be basking in the serene campus of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University and will interact with the students and talk about literature.
Prominent Dogri writers from Jammu were invited to interact with the students in Meet the Writer sessions. Mr. OP Sharma Vidyarthi, Sahitya Akademi awarded writer and a Chief Conservator by profession delivered the key note address. In the key note Mr. Vidyarthi shared his creative journey with the students and dwelt upon various dogri writers and the richness of dogri literature. Sh. Deshbandu Dogra Nutan an accomplished writer, Sahitya Akademi awardee and recipient of Presidents’ award spoke about his novel Kaidi, and Mr. Shailendra Singh , SP Police headquarters who is making significant contribution to literature by means of his writings especially about the marginalized sections of society also shared his creative journey with the students.
Prof. V K Bhat, Dean, College of Humanities & Social Sciences inaugurated the festival and hoped that the festival will flourish and will foster love of literature and writing among students. Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur , Registrar of the university was also present on the occasion. Deans, directors and faculty members of different schools also participated in the event.
Other events of the day were Prism: Writer in scholar, Read the Excerpt and Literary Quiz . Students from the university of Jammu, Central University of Jammu and Degree College Udhampur participated in the event. Theatre was another sugnificant attraction of the festival where the students of M. A English of SMVDU performed an adaptation of Shakespearean comedy The Taming of the Shrew where as students of Central University of Jammu performed an adaptation of Dr. Faustus. Engineering students of SMVDU exhibited their literary inclination by performing an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Model Millionaire.
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University is the first University in J&K to become the Remote Centre of IIT Bombay Project “Eklavya” under National Mission on Information and Communication Technologies. A 4 day student Workshop on “Aakash Android Application Programming” has been organized at SMVDU with IIT Bombay under Aakash Research and Development Project on 23rd -24th February and 2nd & 3rd March 2013. Total 300 students from SMVDU have been registered for the workshop. The unique feature of the workshop was that the speakers of the Workshop were not physically present, instead the lectures were delivered through (live broadcasting) from IIT Bombay using theA-view (Virtual Classroom Software). The Lab cum Query Sessions for the participants have been organized in which the participants interacted with speakers in real time.
Dr. Naveen Kumar Gondhi, Aakash Coordinator & Director I/c, Network Centre, SMVDU inaugurated the workshop on 23rdFebruary, 2013. The Aakash tablets have been distributed among the participants during the workshop and the students uses Clicker application specially developed for Aakash tablet, to participate in the online quiz at IIT Bombay twice a day during the workshop.
The topics covered in the workshop includes Introduction to Android Apps Programming, setting up Eclipse for Android Software Development, Android Building Blocks, Layouts and UI Control, Android Application Resources, Introduction to Animation and Graphics, Data Storage, Web Application Development, Publishing the web application on Android Application.
With lot of enthusiasm, this workshop was attended by students and faculty members, technical staff of SCSE & network Centre. The Aakash Coordinator appreciated the staff of Network centre, Media Cell and Audio & Projection cell, SMVDU for their dedicated efforts while conducting the workshop.
National Science day was celebrated on 28th February 2013 at School of Mathematics, Shri
Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra. To mark the occasion a ‘Science Quiz’ and declamation
contest on the topic ‘Classrooms of 21st century’ was conducted.
The proposal of the celebration was finalized in the faculty meeting of School of Mathematics
under the chairmanship of Prof. V. K. Bhat, Director, School of Mathematics and Dean College
of Sciences. All students of M.Sc (Mathematics) and research scholars participated in the event.
Members of faculty from School of Mathematics were present in the event. Three teams (two
students in each team) qualified for final round of Science quiz. The team with students Anchal
Shama (M.Sc IVth sem.) and Rahul Dogra (M.Sc IVth sem.) was declared winner and team with
students Meenakshi Shama (M.Sc IInd sem.) and Abhinandan Sharma (M.Sc IVth sem.) was
declared runner up.
Among the students who participated in declamation contest Kiran Wala (M.Sc IInd sem.) was
declared winner and Radika Bakshi (M.Sc IVth sem.) was declared runner up. Dr. A.K Das,
Dr. Kuldeep Raj and Dr. Sandeep Bhougal judged the declamation contest and Dr. Ajay Kumar
Sharma and Mr. Surender Singh conducted the screening and final round of Science Quiz.
The whole event was coordinated by Mr. Surender Singh, Asstt. Prof. School of Mathematics.
The students of School of Mathematics enjoyed the activity and expressed desire to participate in
more such activities whenever they find opportunity.
In order to crave a path for the youth to realize their dreams and foster the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst them, the Entrepreneurship Development Cell, College of Management, SMVDU, Katra organized a Business Plan Competition on 25th February, 2013, which is one of the first types of event in the state of J&K. The event was inaugurated and chaired by Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SMVD University Prof. S.K.Jain. Orienting the minds of youngsters towards entrepreneurship, he encouraged the participants to hold discussions and debate over the dimensions of various business opportunities existing in the state especially in the nearby areas in his inaugural address. The event was also graced by Mr. Virender Sharma, Director, MSMEDI as the guest of honor and Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur, Registrar, SMVDU as the special guest. A total of 23 groups of students from various institutes of J&K like TBS, MIET, SPMR College, Hospitality Dept, TMS Kathua, BGSB University and SMVDU participated in the event and proposed their business plans enthusiastically. Among the PG participants team, the team of Natasha Kaul, Naveed Majeed, Sudheepa Alluwalia from College of Management, SMVD University got the first prize for their business plan presentation. The team of Bilal Baseerat, Manjo Kumar from The Business School, University of Jammu got the second prize. While the third position was bagged by Supriya Kilam and Beenish Hussain from College of Management, SMVD University. A separate competition was held among the UG students also in which Ishan Tiwari, Nayan Tiwari SMVD University were awarded first prize. Sanchit Jain, AAnchal Talla, Reshav Mahajan from Govt. S.P.M.R. College of Commerce scored second position. The session was maneuvered and oriented by Prof. Mukhopadhya, Dean COM, SMVDU; Dr. Suparan Sharma, Chief coordinator EDC and Dr. Sunil Giri, Co- coordinator EDC.
After taking over the stewardship of the university, Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, the fourth Vice Chancellor of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University addressed the faculty and students in the Matrika auditorium in the university campus. In his address, Prof. Jain shared his vision of making SMVDU an institute of national and international repute and said that he will try his best to make his term the most productive and memorable one for all the SMVDU fraternity. Reminiscing his stay at IIT Kanpur as a researcher in seventies , he urged all the faculty members to have mutual respect and work with a greater sense of responsibility and commitment in view of the fact that this university has been established out of the funds of the shrine, which increases their responsibility manifold. Registrar, Ms. Roop Avtar Kaur, All Deans and Directors and all faculty members were present on the occasion. Earlier the programme began with a warm welcome of the Vice Chancellor by Dr. Vandhana Sharma, Director, School of Languages and Literature who welcomed the Vice Chancellor on behalf of SMVDU fraternity and said that SMVDU is fortunate to have a Vice Chancellor who has been associated with the university since its beginning and the one who epitomizes commitment, humility and positivity.
Faculty Member Offered Editorial Board Membership of Prestigious Journal
Dr. Sanjay Kumar Mishra, Lecturer at College of Management Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra has been offered editorial board membership by Journal of Financial Service Marketing published from Palgrave McMillan. Indexed in Scopus, Journal of Financial Services Marketing is one of the world's leading forums for the latest thinking, techniques and developments in the area of financial service marketing The Journal has established itself as a key bridge between applied academic research and commercial best practice, globally. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Mishra has been offered this membership due to his contribution in the field of financial service research.
SMVDU, 18th Feb.: Sanskrit Workshop, which started on 15th of Feb., completed on 17th of Feb. evening at 5.00 pm. Ten students and two faculty/staff members, namely Dr. Ajay Kaul (Director, SCSE) and Mr. Pyare Lal (Telecom Dept.) participated in the workshop. Dr. V. K. Tripathi (Director School of Philosophy & Culture) and Dr. Anil K. Tewari were the resource persons. Total six sessions, of two hours each, were conducted with rigorous interaction and discussion. The main areas of discourse were the historical development of Sanskrit language, its contribution to the development of Persian, Latin and other languages, outline of Paninian grammatology, morphemes and their modifications through suffixes, compositions, case-endings, nominal bases and verbal roots, translations, text deciphering and patterns of official letters/communication in Sanskrit. Dr. Ajay Kaul also elucidates upon the utility of Sanskrit in machine translation. The student coordinator of the workshop Mr. Aman Kumar Jha, representing participants, shared his experience and delivered the vote of thanks on the successful conclusion of the workshop. The team also created an e-group for further learning and decided to conduct the follow-up sessions too.
All the faculty members and staff of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University have condoled the untimely and sad demise of Mr. Kuldeep Singh, who was known for his commitment and integrity in the university.
In a condolence meeting, all the deans, directors , faculty members and staff members expressed grief and sorrow on the sad and untimely demise of Mr. Kuldeep Singh and extended condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.