The two day 7th meeting of Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) on Himalayan Glaciology being held on May 14-15, 2015 at School of Innovation & Community Development (SICD), SMVD University on behalf of Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science & Technology, GOI was inaugurated by Prof. S. K. Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVD University. Speaking on the occasion Prof. Jain complimented SERB and appreciated the efforts being made in promoting the R&D activities in this important and specialized area. He exhorted the faculty members to take advantage of various funding opportunities of DST, GOI.
Prof. Anil V Kulkarni, Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and chairman of the PAC highlighted the achievements that have been made in the area of glaciology research in the country after the formation of the PAC a few years back. He spoke about the training programmes that have been initiated at IISC Bangalore, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi & Geological Survey of India, Lucknow to train young researchers and scientists.
Dr. P. Sanjeeva Rao, Scientist G, Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science & Technology, Technology Bhawan, New Delhi gave detailed presentation on the mandate of SERB and various schemes that have been initiated for funding Science and Technology based R&D activities in the Country. He also spoke about the Himalayan Glaciology programme of SERB and work that has been carried out so far by the scientific community.
Earlier Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean Faculty of Management and Dr. S. K. Wanchoo, Coordinator for the programme and Director I/c SICD welcomed the PAC members and other participants who have arrived from all over the country. Some of the eminent attendees include Dr. Ajai, Brahm Prakash Professor, Space Application Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad, Prof. A L Ramanathan, School of Environmental Sciences, JNU, New Delhi, Shri Arun Chaturvedi, Director, Glaciology Division, Geological Survey of India, Lucknow, Shri Ashwagosha Ganju, Director, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, DRDO, Chandigarh, Dr. U K Sharma, DST, GOI, New Delhi and Dr. Harish Chandra Nainwal, HNBG Univeristy, Uttarakhand.
Prof. V. K. Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University visited Sobolev Institute of Mathematics, Novosibirsk, Russia to attend international conference on Algebra, Mathematical logic, and applications at Novosibirsk, Russia from May 3 to May 7, 2015. About four hundred researchers are actively involved in research in Sobolev Institute of Mathematics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Institute was founded in 1957 by Academician Sergey Sobolev.
The Conference was organized by Sobolev Institute of Mathematics and Novosibirsk state University. It was attended by about one hundred twenty five leading Mathematicians including Prof. Yurii L. Ershov, a renowned academician of Russian Academy of Sciences, and about two hundred young faculty, research scholars & students from about twenty five countries.
Latest developments in Mathematics (Algebra, Graph Theory, Mathematical logic, and applications) were discussed and presented during invited talks, contributory talks and other informal discussions.
Prof. Bhat delivered a talk titled “Weak sigma-rigid rings and their extensions over Noetherian rings” during the conference.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi has appointed Dr. S. K. Wanchoo, Assistant Professor, School of Physics and Director I/c School of Innovation and Community Development, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University as Judge for their National Level Science Exhibition 2015. The exhibition was recently held at Gurgaon in which students from all over India competed and displayed their innovative projects in several subject categories. Dr. Wanchoo was a part of a panel of 13 judges who had been appointed to judge the projects for this year. He has played an active role in building scientific temper and science promotion among the young students. He is already associated with the Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) a flagship programe of Department of Science and Technology, GOI – Intel – CII as a member of SSRC at the National Level. He has also been evaluator for the 21st and 22nd National Children Science Congress organized by NCSTC Division of Department of Science and Technology, GOI at Bhopal and Bangalore in the years 2013 and 2014 respectively. He has also been organizing the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) Science Internship Camps since the April 2010 in the State through which over 2300 students from all over the State have got benefited and have been mentored by eminent scientists from all over India.
In a consistent effort to enhance the faculty strength and profile, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University has made fifteen promotions under CAS, seventeen direct fresh recruitments of Assistant Professors in areas ranging from Engineering, Sciences and Literature and promoted seven faculty members at Assistant Professor level to Associate Professor level in different Schools of the University. This promotion is the first ever direct promotion of substantial faculty members of the University in the open direct recruitment particularly during the times when country is facing dearth of teachers at Associate Professor and Professor Level in various Universities and Institutes. The seven candidates who have been appointed Associate Professors fulfilled the norms of UGC and possessed good service record in the University besides other eligibilities associated with the promotion which was not a career Advancement Scheme ( CAS) but a direct recruitment. The selection procedure was stringent for all candidates where they had to make presentation of their research work in front of selection committee comprising of experts from IIT Delhi , University of Delhi and other universities. As an outcome of the vision of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, the seven Assistant Professors promoted to Associate Professors are: Dr. Suparn Sharma, Dr. Ashutosh Vashist, Dr. Jyoti Sharma in the College of Management; Dr. Vandhana Sharma in the School of Languages and Literature; Dr. Varun Tripathi in the School of Philosophy and Culture; Dr. Sharda Potukuchi in the School of Biotechnology and Dr. Amit Kant Pandit in the School of Electronics and Communication Engineering. In addition to this, the Vice Chancellor has taken several other initiatives which are yet to fructify even in premier institutes of the country like Professional Development Assistance ( PDA) in favour of each faculty member to the extent of Rs. 50,000/- per year per faculty members for a block period of three years upto 1,50,000/- for professional activities. The University has also started Post Doctoral programmes in various schools. Congratulating all the newly appointed Associate Professors, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jain said that it is recognition of their consistent commitment to academics and research which increases manifold with any such further promotion. He advised all to work with more zeal and commitment to elevate SMVDU to the global level.
SMVDU, Katra 26 April: 1st National Case Study Conference organized by School of Business, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University concluded on 26 April. Participants from all over India presented their cases on various topics where they were evaluated by top panelists from different institutions all over India.
Prof. Neeraj Dwivedi, Dr. Raj K. Kovid, Prof. Sabyasachi Sinha, Dr. Saurabh, Dr. Vijay Phate, Dr. Jyoti Sharma, Prof. Prashant Patil & Prof. Devang Patel were the worthy resource persons as well as session chairs & co-chairs. The topics presented by the participants were based upon the issues of management administration. The presentations were from the various areas of management as well as social sciences on entrepreneurship. Some of the papers touched the success cases of various business models as well as social innovations. The paper “Academic Leadership - A school in the Mountains” by Dr. Majid Qadri, “Celebrating life through Khusboo Gujrat Ki” by Dr. Renuka Garg, “Curriculum for commerce education in the state of J&K” by Dr. Sunil Tickoo, “Case study on Organic Agro Biotechnological Entrepreneurial Opportunities in J&K” by Dr. Ratna Chandra, “Business model Innovation-A case study of connect broadband” by Dr. Anish Yousuf, “Branch efficiency of Banks” by Mr. Dalip Raina, Mr. Abid Sultan and Ms. Divya Singh Jamwal were some of the highlights of the various cases. The case study also discussed company specific cases for delivering inputs on various concepts to the students such as “Air India ltd.” by Ms. Swaricha Johri, “J&K bank performance evaluation” by Dr. Nazir Ahmad Shah, “Pidilite” by Dr. Saurabh and Mr. Vinay Pal Singh Jamwal, & “McDonald’s” by Dr. Manish Sidhpuria, were some of the highlights of the case study presentations.
Later on Prof. Sabyasachi Sinha Chairperson strategic management group IIM Lucknow shared his valuable knowledge on case research methods. He described the various types of the cases and the tools & techniques of case studies. Before that Prof. Neeraj Dwivedi, IIM Lucknow elaborated upon the requirement of the teaching cases and how to write the teaching cases along with experiential learning session by Prof. Devang Patel, Xcellon School Of Busniess, Ahmedabad and Handling small cases by Dr. Vijay Phate, OD trainer. Management students of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University also participated in the 1st National case study conference as contestants. There were four groups comprised of eight participants and were evaluated by top panelists from all over India. The participants were evaluated by Dr. Sabyasachi Sinha, Dr. Devang Patel, Dr. Raj K. Kovid, Dr. Vijay Phate on the basis of their performance. The case by Ajaz-ul-Islam, SMVDU on “Regulatory fraud” was judged second runner up. The first runner up position was shared by Dr. Majid Qadri & team from the Business school Kashmir University on “Academic leadership” and Dr. Anil Bhat and others from SKUAST, Jammu on “Rice milling on Jammu”. The best case award was awarded to Dr. Pranay Parashar & Dr. Sujit Metre from AIMSR, Nagpur on “Make in India via Make in Maharashtra-Vidarbha-Nagpur”. The best team of participants judged from SMVDU was Ms. Wani Gupta & Ms. Shivani Chopra on the case “Shiva Filling Station-A financial analysis of a retail outlet”.
Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean, Faculty of Management congratulated all for the success of this 1st National Case Study Conference. He also shared that his thrust of knowledge is satisfied and amazed. Also, generation of knowledge gathered from this conference is going to benefit everyone for the rest of their lives. He also appreciated the active participation & contribution of everyone who played their roles very well. Last but not the least, he thanked Dr. Saurabh, convener of this National conference for his valuable effort. He said that with this kind of support that day is not far away when we will organize 2nd National case conference. Dr. Saurabh, convener of the National case study conference appreciated the efforts and said that a case study method is a continuous process which improves the decision making & learning of researcher as well as students. He thanked the vice chancellor SMVDU Prof. Sudhir kumar jain, dean faculty of management and director school of business for their support. He also said that it is because of J&K bank, the prime sponsor of the event and Hero cycles, Samrat surgicals Jammu and Whirlpool, the event has been successful at national level.
SMVDU, Katra 24 April: 1st National Case Study Conference is being organized in the School of Business, Faculty of Management, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, J&K from 24-26th April, 2015.The conference was inaugurated on 24th April 2015. The case study conference is first of its kind in order to disseminate the information regarding the case study methodology in research & business. Mrs. Nishi Sharma, Vice President, J&K bank was the chief guest of the inaugural function of the conference. The case study conference is to promote the case study research method amongst the various fields of life and as a corporate and academic learning process. Dr. Saurabh convener of the conference has described in his address that the case study conference is one of its unique concept in this region. He said that this conference will focus on the deliberations upon the requirement of the special acumen for development analysis as well as understanding the practice. Around 22 papers had been selected for presentations from various streams and more than 50 participants have come from all over india. Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean, Faculty of Management said that case study methodology is important to understand the dynamic business world. He said that this conference got resource persons from IIM’s and leading institutions of india including Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University.
Mrs. Nishi Sharma, Vice President, J&K bank stressed upon the necessity of case based analysis for solving real world issues. She said that a school of business has been working upon contemporary issues and is leader in providing the best employable students in this region. Dr. Ashutosh Vashishtha, Director, School of Business has welcomed the guests and Dr. Jyoti Sharma delivered the vote of thanks. The case study conference shall cover the aspects of requirement of teaching cases, requirement of case methodologies and the various case methodologies. /p>
J&K bank is the prime sponsor of the conference which is also supported by Whirlpool, Samrat Surgicals, Jammu & Hero cycles.
SMVDU, Katra 19 April: A Three Day Workshop on ‘Competence Building in Food Processing Industry in J&K’, sponsored by National Mission of food processing (NMFP) GOI, was inaugurated in the School of Business, Faculty of Management, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, J&K on 18th April 2015.
The Chief Guest for the program was Shri Khurshid A. Ganai,IAS, Finance Commissioner/ Secretary, Industries and Commerce J&K. The Vice Chancellor SMVDU Prof. S. K. Jain graced the occasion in presence of Shri Kifayat Hussain Rizvi Managing Director JK SIDCO, Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean Faculty of Management and entrepreneurs in food processing of Jammu and Kashmir region. The workshop is organized to provide a common platform where all food processing unit entrepreneurs of J&K, various stakeholders and experts from academics and industry have come together to discuss the roadmap for growth and development of the FPI in the state of J&K. Beside this, the workshop is also to make entrepreneurs aware about the concept of competitiveness and its dimensions. The workshop is to infuse and enhance the entrepreneurial acumen and professionalism of the unit holders by focusing towards the benefits of technology, innovation, quality practices, human resource development etc.
A pre-session was organized on 17th April 2015 for awareness toward entrepreneurship by Prof. Haroon Naik, SKUAST Kashmir and Prof. V. Verma Dean Faculty of Engineering SMVDU. A panel discussion for setting agenda for the discussion in workshop was organized which was coordinated by Dr. Saurabh, organizing Secretary of the workshop. The panel deliberated on various issues related to the better alignment of Food Processing in J&K along its three regions i.e. Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh. It also deliberated the various issues such as cost reduction, branding, improving infrastructure, technology intervention, research, value addition and availability of quality human resource.
Shri Khurshid A. Ganai called for a change in mindset to make efforts towards creating more entrepreneurship. He said that the competence building should be related to the export quality orientation. The food processing needs to diversify into niche areas. J&k forests have rich resources in terms of herbs and the entrepreneurs should come forward for realizing the potential of this natural resource. He said that the food processing is all about who gets how much and J&K itself is an emerging market for consumption of processed food products. He said that the J&K industrial policy shall considered food processing to be a thrust area. Education, awareness and technology are required to encourage the food processing in J&K.
The Vice chancellor SMVD University, Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, said that the food theme is very important and let us make food industry grow in J&K. Employment can only be generated in J&K if we will increase entrepreneurship and food processing is one of the potential areas for this. Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay Dean Faculty of Management expressed that the food processing sector can take ahead the mission for ‘Make in India’. He said that the competence of this industry can be capitalized with efficient management for funds and food sector can be the made competitive by providing food at reasonable cost. Dr. Ashutosh Vashishtha, Director School of business expressed his gratitude towards JKSIDCO and National Mission Food Processing for providing the platform for the event and also to all the participants from various organizations for participating in the workshop.
The workshop had various sessions today such as strategic integration for food processing and competence building. In the panel it was deliberated that there should be ease of business to reduce the cost, technology inputs should be there in manufacturing. It was discussed that certain fruits and nuts such as walnut should be certified organic for export competitiveness. The research institutes should be encouraged for participation.
The representation of food processing association Kashmir was made by Abdul Qayoom Shah, Vice President. Sh. Rohit Gupta, MD Sarweshwar rice represented in the panel. Mr. Virender Sharma, Director MSME, Mr. B. R. Patnayak, Sanjeev Dhamija from NABARD, Mr. Anuj Jain SIDBI, Mr. Dinesh Thapa, Dr. Suparn Sharma and Dr. Sanjay Mishra, Dr. Saurabh from SMVDU, and Prof. Haroon Naik from SKAUST Kashmir, were some of the panelist for various sessions. The need to coordinated efforts and technology integration was expressed as key requirement in the workshop to boost food processing as key performer in the State. Mr. Sagar Kurade, Vice President National Association for Food Processing emphasized over the need for integration with national perspective in the workshop. More than fifty participants representing various companies and organizations including their managing directors participated in the workshop.
On 19th of April the participants were benefited by the talks of Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay on Performance Matrix & Performance Oriented Teams and Dr. Jyoti Sharma on Competence Building followed by the session on SWOT analysis for competitiveness in Food Processing in J&K by Dr. Saurabh, SMVDU. Sh. Amit Sharma special secretary to government animal/ sheep husbandry department was the Chief Guest into the valedictory session. He mentioned that animal husbandry and food industry go hand in hand and the State Govt. is doing all necessary efforts to its maximum level to help out industrialists and entrepreneurs. Sh Amit Sharma described the efforts of the state government and described the necessity for the synergetic efforts of all the stake holders for the growth of the industry. The participants from various food processing described the workshop as a useful step in the direction of creating momentum in this industry. The workshop concluded with the vote of thanks by Dr. Saurabh who expressed gratitude towards JKSIDCO State food processing Mission for supporting the initiative and participating in the initiative. He mentioned that the workshop has offered various conclusions like means for collaboration for competitiveness at regional state and national level, creating single window system, rationalizing the taxes for export, and involving central schemes for better synchronization of facilities.
Every year the annual Young Investigator Meeting is organised by the India Biosciences and supported by the govt funding agencies and institutions of higher learning. It is one of the best scientific meetings in the country for the researchers involved in the life sciences research in India. The goal of meeting is to bring the India’s best early-career researcher, postdoctoral fellows, reputed national and international scientists, science policy makers to discuss and interact on science issues. The meeting also aims to build the network of biologist and initiate collaborations among them. Every year the meeting organised around a particular theme.
This year the 7th meeting of Young Investigators and postdoctoral fellows was held at the Khyber resorts in the Gulmarg, Srinagar from March 27th to April 1st, 2015. The meeting was organised by the University of Kashmir, Srinagar in collaboration with India Biosciences. This year the theme of the meeting was “studying biology of local systems”. Dr. Narendra K Bairwa, Assistant Prof. School of Biotechnology represented the Sri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, Jammu in the 7th Young Investigators meeting 2015. He was selected by the organisers for the meeting. He presented the poster in the meeting on his area of research, “Mechanisms of Genome Stability Regulation”.
The meeting was addressed by the renowned scientists’ i.e. Prof. K. Vijayraghavan, Noble laureate Prof. Tim hunt, Prof. Ron Vale, Prof. Shahid Jameel, Prof. Maria Leptin, Prof. LS Shashidhara, Prof. Dinakar Salunke, Prof. Uma Shaanker, Prof. Elizabeth Anne Hadly, Prof. Michael Bruce Eisen, Prof. Upinder S Bhalla, Dr. Lolitika Mandal, Prof. Rohini Balakrishnan and Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi. The meeting was also addressed by the honourable Governor of J&K state Shri N.N. Vohara, who emphasized on the role of science in the nation building. The details about the meeting, can be found at www.indiabioscience.org/yim .
Central Mass Array Facility at School of Biotechnology is a state-of-the-art facility, exclusively present at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra is the State of Jammu and Kashmir. It has great importance and wide applications in various areas of biological research. Whether, it is the area of Pathogen Diagnostics, Human Genetics, Cancer Biology, Microbial Detection, Clinical Applications, Agro-Genomics etc., this system has proven records of applications worldwide. The facility at SMVDU currently has four major research projects from various funding agencies, including a research grant from National Geographic Society USA. Experts from Agena Biosciences USA, Dr. Paras Yadav and Mr. Yogesh Pandey in association with Dr. Swarkar Sharma, A.P. SBT conducted a Hands-on training workshop on this system from 8th April to 10th April 2015. The aim of the workshop was to expose various researchers to the applications of the system in various niches of biotechnology and enable them to exploit the system in their research work for greater impact and better research. In addition, Dr. Paras made a few presentations and provided updates on upcoming technologies in life Sciences like Affymetrix Next Generation Microarray System, PacBio RS II Next Generation Sequencer and NanoString Technologies, USA.
SMVDU 7April: Resurgence 2015. The Annual Cultural and Sports Festival of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra concluded with an beguiling performance by the Qawwali team. Sh. Balwant Thakur, Director Natrang and Director ICCR, was the chief guest of the valedictory function organized in the Matrika auditorium at 6:00PM on 6th April. He congratulated the winning teams and gave away the trophies and certificates along with the prizes to the participants and winners. The youth festival, which was inaugurated at 3 April by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, included Theatre, Music and Dance events, and various sports events. Whereas the Intra-University sport events were commenced in duration from 18th February to 2nd April. The other cultural events commenced with a sparkling display of art Rangoli by all houses in the morning on 3rd April 2015.
In the valedictory function, Dr. V. K. Tripathi, President BCA, informed about the cultural events which started with Spot Hidden Talent way back in the month of February and in the early March, Essay Writing was conducted. After these events the stress shifted on the events like Face Painting, Mea Culpa, Street Play, etc. The next stage of events started after the Minor-II exams with English Debate and subsequently all the other cultural events which also includes Youth Parliament and Creative writing with Flash Drama. This time, Resurgence was a huge success with great participation, passion and enthusiasm. While presenting a brief report on the organization of cultural events, Dr. A. K. Sharma, President BSA and Dr. Sandeep Bhougal, Vice President, BSA introduced the spectrum of sports events that showcased Resurgence 2015.
Coming to Inter-University events, the outside participants were MIER College. Dr. V.K. Tripathi pointed out that this time less participation from outside institutions was due to the weather condition of whole J&K. SMVDU bagged the Chancellor’s trophy for being overall winner in the Inter-University competition of cultural events.
Among other officials and faculty members of the University were present Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Dean of the students, Dr. Varun K. Tripathi, the President Board of Cultural Activities (BCA), Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Dr. A. K. Sharma, the President Board of Sports Activities (BSA), Mr. Anil Bhardwaj, Vice-President (BCA), and Dr. Sandeep Bhougal, Vice-President (BSA) are the faculty co-coordinators for the event. The management team for event was headed by Mr. Ashwani Singh, GS BCA and Mohd. Danish Siddiqui, Cultural Coordinator. Official thanks note was placed on record by the Mr Mayur Dhariwal, G. Sec. Sponsors of the event included Grill Inn, Domino's, Siya Raam Bade Dayaalu Hai, Jammu Links and Celebrity Style.