IIPA Jammu Organizes Training Programme on Leadership in Collaboration with SMVDU


Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), J&K Regional Branch organized one day training programme on “Leadership: Carving the Path towards Organisational Effectiveness” in collaboration with School of Business, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. The training programme was attended by 105 participants from 20 different government departments / private sector organizations including Traffic Police, PHE, Information, CAPD, Animal Husbandry, CID, Special Bureau, RBI, PHQ, National Garage, Jamkash, Horticulture, Drugs and Food Control, State Information Commissioner, J&K Bank, Central University of Jammu, SMVDU and members of IIPA. The training programme was organized with a focus to enlighten the role and relevance of effective leadership in organizational excellence. Diverse facets of effective leadership were discussed across five sessions during the training programme.


Prof. Alka Sharma, from the Business School in her introductory address discussed various facets of leadership highlighting the characteristics of a good leader. She said it is important for a leader to be visionary, confident and decisive. Prof. Sudhir K Jain, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU in his address focused on the Role of Leader in Team Building. He highlighted the process of team formation and stressed upon creativity, innovation and problem solving approach. Dr. Suparn Sharma, Director, School of Business, SMVDU in his session discussed the various leadership styles and decision making. Dr. Anil Gupta, The Business School through an activity highlighted the importance of collaboration and synergy in making high performance teams.


Dr. Ashok Bhan, Chairman, IIPA (J&K) shared his own experiences while speaking on “Experience Driven Leadership”. He said that leader should take initiative and engineer change within an organization and innovate in public interest. He emphasized that leaders should give specific directions or set targets for ensuring timely and effective performance. The J&K Regional Branch of IIPA has taken initiatives to organize various training programmes for middle and senior level government officers in the area of leadership development, management competencies and other related areas enabling in good governance. The participants from SMVDU including Dr Roolal Sharma,Asstt. Prof, School of Business, Mr. Samir Vohra, Section Officer, Mr. Joginder Paul, Section Officer, Mr. Sandeep Kumar, Library Assistant, Mr. Ashwani Kumar, Library Assistant and Mr Vivek Sharma, Research Scholar also learned the skills of leadership traits during the event.

NASA Council meet successfully concluded


National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA, India) is the largest fraternity of undergraduate students of architecture across Asia. It provides a platform for young minds to express themselves on global scale. The “first council meet” which is the foremost event of NASA involves a meeting of the college representatives from different architectural institutions in India associated with NASA. Discussions on various topics, proposals and functioning of the association are the key objectives of the meet.

25062014_02This year, the first council meet was hosted by School of Architecture and Landscape Design, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra from 20th to 22nd June. Bacil M george, third year student of SALD and Unit Secretary of NASA at School level successfully organized the event with the support of his colleagues. Around 250 delegates from over 110 architectural colleges attended the meet.

On the first day, the event was inaugurated by honorable Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K Jain in the presence of Faculty coordinator Ar. Abhiney Gupta and other dignitaries of SMVDU. It featured launching of NASA’s first newsletter of this year- Thought | Paper | Scissors with the theme of Transformation. In addition, the new collaboration of NASA with Archidesign, Walkthrough Design etc. were introduced along with the few additions in the website. The executive council of NASA India for the 57th year was formally introduced comprising of Waqar Abid A Z (President), Vivek Venkateshappa (Advisor), Pappal Suneja (Vice President), Dileep Reddy Konala (Secretary), Murari Kumarraja (Treasurer), Siddhant Gupta (President, Zone-1), Kapildev Jaiswal (President, Zone-2), Amar Nagmode (President, Zone-3), Shubham Singh (President, Zone-4) and Anmol Kollegal (President, Zone-5), Sabareesh Suresh (President, Zone-6).

The second day proceedings comprised of discussions over the functioning of NASA India, bid presentations for annual and zonal conventions, panel discussions and other interactive platforms of Zonal and National level.

The final day started with open discussion regarding the celebration of NASA Day on 13th September which is the founding day of the organization celebrated nationwide. It proceeded with the launch of LBC (Laurie Baker Centre) workshop schedule, discussion over last year’s annual convention and proposals defining a new outlook for further activities of NASA.

NASA India is thankful to the host college for organizing this event in a smooth manner. The three day event had the finest of amenities with the meetings carried out in a systematic way resulting in numerous positive outcomes. Hoping the same continues for other events in the future.

NASA- First Council Meet ‘2014 at School of Architechture, SMVDU
Saturday, 21 June 2014 10:40


NASA- National Association of Students of Architecture is a student body Association of undergraduate students of Architecture colleges in the country. Its objective is to provide the students a common platform for interaction where they learn and share their skills and knowledge by hosting different events at Zonal and National level conventions every year. This year School of Architecture & Landscape Design (SALD) got the chance to host the 57th Council Meet of the Association. This meet is a three days event (20-22’ June’2014) being attended by more than 200 representatives of various Architecture colleges across India. The main focus of the meet is the proceedings of 57th year of NASA India primarily the venue and dates of Annual NASA Convention ‘2015, which is likely to be attended by more than 5000 Architecture students of India and SAARC countries.

Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU Prof. S.K Jain today inaugurated the event at 10:30 AM in the main hall of Matrika Auditorium. In his inaugural speech he emphasized upon the regular extension of creativity skills of budding Architects. These budding Architects can shape the Indian cities in an unprecedented manner as some of the leading towns of the world. He wished the student delegates for their comfortable stay and successful learning over the next three days at SMVDU. He also applauded the efforts done by host students particularly NASA Unit Secretary of SALD, Mr. Bacil M. George, a third year Architecture student.

Officiating Director, SALD Ar. Abhiney Gupta presented the welcome note and expressed his gratitude towards Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU primarily, Registrar SMVDU, Sh. Ajay Khajuria and Finance Officer SMVDU, Sh. Rohit Khajuria for being supportive in facilitating to conduct such a large-scale event. He also mentioned the successful conduct of the similar scale event Zonal NASA hosted by the school in 2010 in which more than 700 Architecture students participated. He further mentioned day and night efforts by the Architecture students of SMVDU which turned the event into a proud moment for SALD and SMVDU at large.

Inaugural function included the launch of NASA India’s official website by NASA President Waqar Abid and Vice-President Pappal Suneja in the presence of Secretary Dileep Reddy, Advisor Vivek Venkateshappa and Treasurer Murari Kumar Raja. Further, NASA official newsletter ‘Thoughts/ Papers/ Scissors June 2014- Transformation Phase’ was released by Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU in the presence of Officiating Director, Dean of Students, Directors of other schools, faculty members of SALD and Executive Council of NASA India. NASA India also proposed to incorporate Architectural case-studies in their official website as a database for Architecture students.

Event was attended by faculty/ staff members of SMVDU and students belonging to host University as well as student delegates. The three-day event shall comprise of different board meetings in order to take up important decisions pertaining to working of NASA India. Already NASA has proposed Archi Design award for best undergraduate thesis and best student category from across the country.

Solar Radiation Resource Assessment (SRRA) Station set up at SMVDU


Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University holds distinction of being chosen by C-WET (Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Chennai), Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Govt. of India for setting up of Solar Radiation Resource Assessment (SRRA) Station at School of Energy Management. The project is fully sponsored by Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Govt. of India and is being implemented by center for wind energy, technologies, Chennai. The SRRA station is an automatic stand-alone system using high quality, high resolution equipment/instruments to assess and quantify solar radiation availability along with weather parameters to develop a Solar Atlas SMVD University is the only university in Jammu & Kashmir offering research programs in the area of renewable energy, energy management etc and such achievements will be very helpful in increasing the research output for sustainable development.

The SRRA station set up on the roof top of academic block D of the university was inaugurated by Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVD University. Prof. Jain congratulated School of Energy Management for this initiative and suggested that the School of Energy Management should look into the possibilities of other centrally funded schemes in the areas of renewable energy.

Dr. Sanjeev Anand, Assistant Professor, School of Energy Management stated that this station will be extremely useful for the professionals working in the area of Renewable Energy as the data required for any Research & Development activities of the University can be accessed from it. He added that these stations are established to estimate reliable ground solar radiation and meteorological data that are crucial for planning and implementation of solar power plants and other devices. Solar radiation assessment is a critical activity for setting up solar projects. The quality of the resource also impacts the type of technology which may be used at a specific place for solar power generation.Dean faculty of Sciences Prof. V. K. Bhat, Dean of Students Dr. Yugal Khajuria, PS to VC Mr. Vinod Sharma, Chief Security Officer Mr. R. S. Charak, Mr. Ankush Gupta, Mr. Ved Raj Khullar, and Mr. Kaushalendra Kumar, Mr. Tripurari as representatives from C-WET were also present on the occasion.

SMVDU faculty bags Raman Post-doctoral Fellowship

03062014_01Dr Anil Kumar, of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University has been awarded the prestigious Raman Post-doctoral Fellowship for the year 2013-14 by the University Grants Commission, Govt. of India. Dr Kumar is an Asstt. Professor at the School of Biotechnology, SMVDU which is fast emerging as a leading centre in Biotechnology in North India offering undergraduate/post-graduate degrees as also research opportunities especially in the areas of Molecular biology, Genetic Engineering, Microbial/Fungal Biotechnology, Organic Chemistry and Human Genetics. The fellowship which will be of 12 months duration will be hosted at the Texas A&M University, USA and will provide an excellent opportunity to the Young Indian Scientist to interact with American academia to know the developments taking place at the international level. Dr Anil Kumar’s area of interest will be “Application of Chiral Werner Salts in catalytic enantio-selective organic synthesis of bioactive molecules”. The outcome of the research work is envisaged to be put in the form of high impact publications and patents, and besides contributing to the existing scientific knowledge in the relevant field of study, may also pave way for advanced research in collaborative manner between the two countries.

3 days workshop on Physics of Earthquakes and Hazard Analysis held at SMVDU


Katra, 29th May: School of Innovation & Community Development and School of Physics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra (J&K) organized a three days Interdisciplinary Lecture Workshop on “Physics of Earthquakes and Hazard Analysis” from May 27-29, 2014. The workshop was sponsored by the Joint Science Education panel of the three Science Academies of the country viz Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad and Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi. The workshop was focused at training young students and other participants on the fundamentals of earthquake seismology and building awareness to seismic hazard in the region.

Prof. V. K. Gaur, Former Secretary, Department of Ocean Development, GOI and fellow of all the science academies (FNASc, FNA, FASc, FTWAS) was the convener of the workshop. Prof. Gaur emphasized on the need for trained human resource particularly in J&K focused towards studying earthquakes, understanding the hazard it poses and encouraging the masses to emphasize the need for residing in the earthquake resistant structures. Dr. Supriyo Mitra, IISER, Kolkata and Young Associate, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore who was the co-convener of the workshop spoke about plate tectonics, earthquakes and its impact on society.

The world renowned earthquake seismologist, Prof. Keith F. Priestley, University of Cambridge who has spent over four decades in the earthquake seismological research was the star speaker at the workshop. He spoke about the seismic structure of north western Himalayas and its utility towards the quantification of seismic hazard.

Prof. S. N. Battachrya, Rtd. ADG, Seismology, IMD, GOI introduced the participants to the theory of seismic wave propagation and earthquake source studies. He also conducted a couple of tutorials to give a hands-on exposure to the participants for locating the earthquakes and calculating their magnitude.

The workshop was inaugurated on 27th May 2014 by Prof. Sudhir Kumar Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU who underscored the need for such initiatives and focused research in this area which is of great significance to the region. Prof. Jain on the occasion encouraged the participation of SMVDU in more multi-institutional projects for undertaking detailed studies on seismic hazard of J&K. He expressed his happiness over the progress in the ongoing collaboration between SMVDU, IISER Kolkata and University of Cambridge as a part of which 9 seismic stations have already been setup in Jammu region to study the seismic structure and earthquake sources beneath the region. As a part of this project a UK-India Education and Research Initiative workshop shall be held on 30th May 2014 on seismic hazard quantification in the Himalaya. The above mentioned speakers shall deliver talks on their ongoing research work.

The workshop was attended by over 100 participants from SMVDU, and few other intuitions such as BITTS Plani, IISER Kolkata, University of Delhi, and University of Jammu etc. The workshop was meant only for the local participants; however participants from other institutions showed lot of interest in the topic and a few of them were selected to join. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. S. K. Wanchoo, Director I/c SICD.


Case Analysis and Case Discussion Workshop conducted


Prof. Abhinandan Jain, Adjunct Professor, SOB, SMVDU as well as Adjunct Professor, IIM, Ahmadabad conducted 3-days workshop on “Case Analysis and Case Discussion” for Research Scholars and Faculty Members of School of Business. During the workshop Prof. Jain enhanced and sharpened the analytical skills of the participants in different areas of case discussion and case analysis. Prof. Jain has wide experience in the area and has co-designed and taught various innovative and highly relevant courses like customer based business strategy. Prof. Jain has published four books in the area of Marketing Management, Advertising and case methods, media planning etc. The participants got enlightened with the remarkable effective training methodology of the instructor. Empirical analysis and discussions were made on various cases including ‘Kanpur Confectioneries’, ‘Shiva Filling Station : Financial Evaluation of a Retail Outlet’, ‘A-One Starch Product ltd : Marketing Planning for Liquid Glucose’ were deliberated and discussed during the program. Prof. Jain contributed excellently while arranging individual preparations, discussions in small groups preparing business plans, reflections of the participants briefly and de-briefing by the discussion leaders. During the workshop under the guidance of Prof. Abhinandan Jain two of cases were lead by the participants of the workshop. Workshop concluded with intensive review feedback and developing a roadmap for future agenda.

Orange conducts campus recruitment


Orange Business Services a global IT and communications services provider visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra for campus recruitment of B.Tech Computer and Electronics student as Graduate Engineering Trainees (IT and Networking). Orange Business Services, the branch of the Orange Group dedicated to business-to-business services, provides communications services to companies of any size in France and multinationals worldwide. Mr. Sandeep Murgai Head- Major Srevice Centre based in India headed the campus recruitment panel. Campus Recruitment process started with the Pre- Placement Talk by the company which was followed by written test, Technical and HR rounds of interviews. Mr. Ramanan Mahalingam-Head Networking and Mr. Sudeep Luthra-Head HR conducted the Technical and HR rounds of Interviews. After rigorous exercise the panel from Orange Business Services declared 06 candidates (ECE-04 and CSE-02) finally selected.

Prof. Sudhir K. Jain Vice Chancellor SMVDU extended a warm welcome to Mr. Murgai and other members. Prof. Jain wished all the selects a great career with Orange Business Services and advised them to work hard. Prof. V. Verma Chairman Placements thanked the interview panel for visiting SMVDU and recruiting its students as GETs.

SMVDU conferred ECONS Education Award 2014


Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University has been conferred ECONS Education Award 2014 in the category of “Value Education”. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sudhir K. Jain who was invited as the Guest of Honour in the Education Summit and Education Excellence Awards 2014 Ceremony held at New Delhi on 26th April, 2014 received the award on behalf of SMVDU.

Econs is a premier educational organization in the country which is working to enhance the quality of education and to provide assistance in every aspect to educational institutions across the country. In the present Education Summit, about 180 institutions from different parts of the country were nominated out of which only 40 fulfilled the parameters set for evaluating the quality teaching imparted and research carried out. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University was selected for Value Education programmes offered for ECONS Education award 2014.

Prominent academicians from across the country were present in the Education Summit who deliberated on making India a leading force in education sector. Prof. Sudhir K. Jain was invited to share his views with the participants on the theme ‘Achieving Excellence in Education Sector’. Dr. R.K Khandal, Vice Chancellor of UPTU, Lucknow shared his views on ‘ Making India as a Hub of Technical Education in the world’. Other eminent speakers in the summit were, Dr. V.K. Goswami, Formerly Vice Chancellor, Sangam University Allahabad, Dr. P.L Kadal Baju from Delhi University. In addition, International educationists, to name a few, Ms. Angela FFrench, Director Operations South East Asia, Cambridge English Language Assessment UK, Mr. Son Kuswadi Education Attache Indonesain Embassy Delhi also participated in the Summit.

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.

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