National Seminar on Feminist Transitions inaugurated

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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.

 
National Seminar on Feminist Transitions to be held at SMVDU on 24-25 March, 2014

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 are jointly organizing 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 including geographical, national, economic,ethnic, political, theoretical and cultural.

Prominent academics and scholars from across the country are participating in the seminar. 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 Girl Child in India in 21st Century will be hosted by Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak and an artistic representation by a young budding artist of Jammu Agrima Malhotra will also be inaugurated during the inaugural ceremony to be held on 24 March, 2014.

The coordinator of the seminar, Dr. Vandhana Sharma 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.

 
L&T Infotech visits for Campus Recruitment

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L&T Infotech a Global Information Technology Services company visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University from 15th-17th, March 2014 for Campus Recruitment of students who are passing out in May 2014. A pool of 307 students from across the State of Jammu & Kashmir appeared in this Joint Campus drive. Students from Jammu University, MBSCET Jammu, MIET Jammu, BGSBU Rajouri, & Govt. College of Engineering (GCET) Jammu participated in this Campus exercise conducted by L&T Infotech recruitment team from Mumbai. All participating students passed through rigorous recruitment stages including an Online Test, Group Discussion, Paragraph Writing, Technical & HR rounds of Interviews. Finally 15 students (SMVDU-05, GCET-02, MBSCET-03, MIET-04 AND Jammu University-01) were declared selected by the L&T Infotech.

Mr. Prashant-Head Campus Recruitment team from L&T Infotech met Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU and briefed about L&T Infotech campus recruitment plan. Prof. Jain congratulated final selects from all the participating institutions and wished them successful career in L&T Infotech. Prof. V. Verma Chairman Placements SMVDU thanked all the members from L&T Infotech Campus recruitment team and Student & Faculty Coordinators from all the participating colleges. Talking about the future plans, Prof. Verma said that efforts are being made to have more companies on campus for campus recruitment of the students of SMVDU as well as other institutions across the state of J&K through pooled campus drives.

 
MBA Students participate in Youtharva-2014

Students of School of Business, SMVDU participated in all the events in Youtharva-2014, a management fest organized by TBS, University of Jammu on 6th and 7th March, 2014. It was a platform for the budding managers to learn with fun. Beenish Hussain and Sanjeev Padha scored first position in Samadhan, a case study event. Ila Sharma and Ishan scored first and third positions respectively in Extempore while Abhimanyu was ranked second in Capture as it happens, a photography event. SMVDU team stood third in skit competition and enthralled the audience with their expressionless dance in cultural eve!

 
One Week National Workshop on Basic Econometrics Concludes

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One Week long National Workshop on Basic Econometrics conducted at SMVDU in collaboration with the Indian Econometrics Society concluded successfully. During this One Week duration the Econometrician par excellence including Prof. Neeraj Hatekar, University of Mumbai; Dr. S. Chandersekhar, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development and Research; Dr.K. Shanguman, University of Baroda and treasurer of TIES; Prof. (Retd.) and R. K. Rana, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra were the external experts.

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The basic objective of workshop was to provide platform to the researchers to enhance and widen their research and analytical skills with the help of series of lecturers and ‘Hands on’ training sessions. With a variety of advanced softwares and other research instruments, the workshop witnessed participation of faculty and research scholars from different institutes/universities including Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; Doon University, Dehradun; Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh; Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi; M.S. University of Baroda; University of Jammu; RBI,Mumbai; NIFM, Faridabad; University of Jammu; University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun; SUKAST, Jammu; and SMVDU.

During the valedictory session, participants accepted the wider, cascading positive effects on them with this kind of knowledge, practical training and teaching pedagogy learnt during the national workshop. The participations from nook and corner of the country have given a cosmopolitan nature to this one week long event. The participants highlighted the benefits derived from this workshop and share their experiences of learning and stay in the campus. The participants showed deep sense of gratitude towards the university authorities for hosting such productive and learning driven event. The organiser of the workshop expressed thanks to the university administration for the valuable, enthusiastic and hurdle free facilities to organise the event successfully.

 
One Week Workshop on the Constitution of India Concludes

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The School of Philosophy & Culture (SOPC) organized a One Week Workshop on the Constitution of India from 17th – 23rd Feb. 2014 for the benefit of the students of the University. The workshop however continued till 25th February. On 17th Feb. 2014, the first session began with the introduction of historical background, salient features and structure of the constitution by Dr. Anil Kumar Tewari, Asst. Prof., SOPC. The second session included the discussion on Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties. It was convened on 18th Feb. and Mr. Sumanta S Sharma, Asst. Prof., SOPC, instructed for various issues on constitutional and legal rights as well as fundamental duties. The third session on 19th Feb. 2014 was convened by Dr. Varun K. Tripathi, Asst. Prof., SOPC and the discussion centred on the Directive Principles of State Policy. With the discussion on article 1-51A, the ideology part of the Constitution was concluded.

Mr. Ashoka Kumar Tarai, Asst. Prof., SOPC, took the class on 20th Feb. The discussion of this 4th session pertained to the formation of Executive, Legislature of the Union and the States including their business. Dr. Tripathi, in his second delivery, informed us regarding the structure and function of various constitutional institutions such as Judiciary, CAG, Election Commission, UPSC, PSCs, Local Bodies, and Tribunals. This 5th session was concluded with the discussion on the process of Legislation in the parliament and State legislatures by Dr. Tewari. The sixth session, on 22nd Feb., began with an extensive discussion on Finance and Money Bill by Dr. Ashutosh Vashishtha, Asst. Prof., SOB. After his talk, Mr. Pabitra Kumar Jena, Asst. Prof., SOB, discussed the constitutional provisions regarding trade and commerce. The seventh session, on 24th Feb., was confined to the remaining sections of the constitution along with some conceptual clarifications. The last (8th) session ended with the discussion on the constitutional status and the Constitution of Jammu & Kashmir. Dr. Tewari was the instructor for the session.

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Total 46 students registered for the workshop. A test was also conducted to get the feedback from the students. Total 25 students appeared in the test. On the basis of their performance in the test, the following students were awarded the prizes and merit certificates mentioned against their names:

  • 1. Mr. Akhilesh Sharma [2013EME06) First Prize of Rs. 700/- with merit Certificate
  • 2. Mr. Akshay Sharma [2012EEC40] Second Prize of Rs. 600/- with merit Certificate
  • 3. Mr. Majid Khan [2012EME08] Third Prize of Rs. 500/- with merit Certificate
  • 4. Mr. Imaad Sufi [2012ECS07] Consolation Prize of Rs. 300/- with merit Certificate

 

A valedictory function was organized on 4th Mar. 2014 for giving away the prizes and participation certificates. The award winners and other participants were given their prizes and certificates by Prof. S.K. Jain, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU. In his address, Prof. Jain commended the faculty members for their contribution to the workshop and said that the students of all streams should take advantage of such events in the campus. The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Tripathi, I/C Director, SOPC.

 

 
One Week Workshop on “BASIC ECONOMETRICS” commences

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One week National Workshop on “Basic Econometrics” in collaboration with the Indian Econometric Society (TIES) was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K. Jain in the university campus on 3 March, 2014. Speaking on the occasion Prof. Jain called for judicious and rational use of economic tools and applications. Dr. K. Shanmugan, Treasurer TIES contributed remarkably by emphasizing the need and importance of such type of short term courses in the institutions like SMVDU.

Prof. (Retd.) R. K. Rana of KU, Kurukshetra who was Guest of Honour of the function highlighted the “Young Dividend” present in the workshop. Dr. Shanmugan hoped to have wider, cascading, positive impact of the workshop, on the participants. The National workshop has responded successfully in terms of participation by the research scholars, Faculty members from different universities/ institutions and different parts of the country. In totality more than 65 participants are attending the workshop. Mr. Ajay Khajuria, Registrar of the university and Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean, Faculty of Management were also present on the occasion.

 
SMVDU Students shine at National Level Debate Competition

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Two students from CSE 3rd Year Shubham Tiwari and Seemab Alam from SMVD University participated in All India Sir Syed Memorial Debate - 2014 hosted by Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and they get selected for top 16 positions after rigorous rounds composing of personal interview, panel discussion among 45 well known universities of India like Kerala University Trivandrum, Christ Church College Bangalore, Delhi University etc. and the final round which is held at historical Kennedy Auditorium of Aligarh Muslim University. In the final round of the debate the topic was - "Proportional representation will lead to inclusive democracy in India" in which Mr. Shubham Tiwari (2011ecs35) was against the motion showing his conscience - Indian union will face the problem after allowing Proportional representation in India and Seemab Alam (2011ecs52) represented his views for the motion and advised Indians that proportional representation is the best way to uplift all societies, sects, regions of India and finally they got 6th position in this national level debate.

 
Lecture series under “DST Special S&T Support to J&K state” organised at School of Biotechnology, SMVDU

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Ten day Lecture series was organised by School of Biotechnology,SMVDU under Visiting Professor fellowship of ‘DST special S&T support to J&K state from 9th Feb to 19th Feb. Eminent Professor and Chief Scientist Prof.M.V.Deshpande from NCL, Pune delivered lectures on Fungal Biotechnology and its growing applications towards sustained agriculture for the development of Biocontrol agents and antifungal activities.

The lectures were attended by faculty members, Staff,Research scholars, M.SC Biotechnology and B.Tech(IBT) students of SBT.

The Visiting Professor in his ten day visit interacted with the faculty members and students of SBT and discussed about various possibilities for collaborative research between SMVDU and NCL ,Pune.

The lecture series was coordinated by Dr.Shafaq Rasool,AP,SBT and Prof.V.Verma ,Dean Faculty of engineering and Director SBT.

 
Students of SOB participated in Management Fest, ‘NETRITVA’

The MBA students of School of Business, Faculty of Management, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Successfully attended the Management Fest “NETRITVA”, organized by Model Institute of Engineering and Technology, Kot Bhalwal, Jammu, held on 15th of February, and achieved honor and awards for their outstanding performances.

A team of 10 students participated and enthusiastically won prizes in 3 events. Along with their formidable performance in the events, the students bagged lucrative prizes for Rapid Fire question–answer round and brought laurels to the University. The budding management professionals of School of Business who explored and presented their Innovative Business Plan included Ila Sharma, Manmeet Singh, Ruhi, Nimisha Abrol and bagged first prize. The brain teasing session of Business quiz was cracked by Shivani Raina, Abhimanyu and grabbed 2nd prize. The real talent and caliber of winning the market with strategy and word of mouth was very well presented through a presentation given by Swdha Mehta, Akanksha , Aanchal , Abhimanyu. The students were facilitated with prizes by Principal, MIET and Mr. Anil Mahajan, Chairman , J&K CII Council .

The team was led by Dr. Roop Lal Sharma, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management, SMVDU and the backbone behind the enthralling participation of students and their management and presentation was coordinated by Dr. Kakali Majumdar.

 
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