Department of Science & Technology, GOI sponsored 6th Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), began with an inaugural lecture on “Innovations: Why & How?” by Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, in the Matrika auditorium on 22 July, 2013. In the inaugural address, Prof. Jain talked about the importance of innovations in our lives and emphasized the need for innovations for exploiting Global Opportunities in the WTO era of Global competition. In the talk, Prof. Jain presented a slide show on Jessica Cox, who was born without arms and acquired Sport Pilot Licence in USA to fly light sport aircraft using only her feet. Prof. Jain greatly inspired the participants of INSPIRE Programme and advised them to innovate, invent and patent the inventions and further License their innovations and be rich and do charity.
The Science camp will be held from July 22 - 26, 2013 in the university campus. INSPIRE is an innovative program of DST for attraction of talent to science. The basic objective of the INSPIRE camp is to communicate to the young attendees the excitement of creative pursuits of science and to attract talent to the study of science at an early stage and build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding science and technology system in R&D base.
In his welcome address, Dr. Sunil Wanchoo, Director School of Innovation and Community Development said that under the above scheme, SMVDU has been organizing the INSPIRE science internship summer camp since 2010. The first camp was held in April, 2010), the Second in June, 2010), the Third in June 2011, the Fourth in December, 2011) and the Fifth in July, 2012). All these camps were highly successful and were appreciated by participants. Approximately 80 eminent Scientists and Academicians from all over the country have been the mentors for these camps to mentor over 1875 young students from the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
All Deans, Registrar, directors and faculty members also attended the inaugural lecture.
A two weeks ISTE workshop on Analog Electronics in collaboration with IIT Kharagpur was conducted successfully at SMVDU campus from 4-14th June, 2013 under the coordination of Mr. Neeraj Tripathi as Workshop Coordinator, and Mr. Sudesh Kumar as Remote Centre Coordinator. The mode of presentation was live lecture series from the eminent professors from IIT Khragpur. The participants were teaching faculties from SMVDU, Katra and faculty members of Sinhgad College of Engineering, Pune, Maharashtra. It was live interaction program where participants were attended the rigorous curriculum developed by IIT Kharagpur . There were live lectures through A-VIEW software in the morning session and hands–on practicals in the afternoon session. School of Electronics and Communication Engineering (SECE) arranged a high class laboratory session with the help of existing infrastructure. Participants enjoyed the power point lab presentation and actual working in the laboratory. The Xilinx Lab of SECE was extensively used for this purpose. Each participant performed the laboratory session with great interest and got the expected results which were regularly verified by the Workshop Coordinator. The Lab staff made it sure that each participant get necessary components and instruments timely and conveniently. Each participant has an opportunity to use Circuit Designing software tool.
Apart from that the network supporting staff made the program very successful. They made it sure that AVIEW tool work properly and internet runs at higher speed without any interruption .Remote Centre Coordinator ensured everything work in harmony and smoothly .
It is mandatory for the participants to participate in live quizzes. Each participant attempted the quiz successfully on moodle. Assignment was given to workshop participants by the faculty members of IIT Kharagpur and participants completed those assignments and submitted to the Workshop coordinator, who evaluated the assignments.
Overall the workshop was very useful for the participants and everybody appreciated the hospitality rendered by SMVDU, Katra. At the end every participants lauded the effort made by the professors of IIT Kharagpur who took so much pain and effort to teach us. All the workshop lectures are available at NMEICT Kharagpur server for participants to access.
Organizing committee of the workshop believe that the reason behind the success of the workshop was able guidance and continues encouragement from the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Prof. S.K. Jain, Dean College of Engineering Prof. V. Verma, and the continues support from the Registrar Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur and other administrative departments including Finance, Stores & Procurements, Academics, Audio Video Cell, Network centre, Guest house and Dean of Students. The organizing committee also thanked director, faculty & staff members of School of Electronics & Communication Engineering for their continuous support during the workshop.
School of Languages and Literature, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University organized a summer camp for junior kids in the university campus with the aim to provide theatre exposure to the children of faculty and staff residing on the campus. One week Workshop on Theatre and Art and Craft held from May 29 to 7 Jun, 2013 culminated with an enthralling performance of Hansel and Gratel by kids and an exhibition on Art and Craft. First of its kind in SMVDU, the camp was designed to enhance the listening, speaking and writing skills of children in the age group of 5-13. Keeping with the tone of a workshop, the students were exercised in the colourful activities of Arts and Crafts, where the students learnt to make cards, bookmarks, craft boxes, collages, and portraits of personalities all over the world. These stimulating activities were overseen by the instructors Kamaldeep, Priyanka and Subah who are the research scholars of the School..
The participants were also exposed to Theatrical skills by the research scholars of the School Quleen Kaur and Simranpreet Kaur, who directed the English adaptation of famous German story Hansel and Gretel. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Sudhir K Jain, Registrar Mrs. Roop Avatar Kaur, Dr. M.K Bhandari, Deans and Directors and faculty from various schools of the university watched the pleasurable and enthralling performance which was received with a delightful appreciation.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Sudhir Jain appreciated the talent of children and the effort made by the research scholars of the school who organized the camp under the supervision of the Director, Dr. Vandhana Sharma.
The performance of Hansel and Gratel led to a vivid exhibition of the crafts the students had drawn in the course of the camp.
The School of Computer Science and Engineering, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University successfully organized and conducted one week workshop from 13th to 17th May 2013, on “Computer Awareness Program for Non Teaching Staff” under the coordination of Ms. Sonika Gupta as Workshop Coordinator, Dr. Ajay Kaul, Director School of Computer Science, Dr. Naveen Gondhi and Mr. Sudesh Kumar. This workshop was especially designed for the Non- teaching staff of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. This workshop targeted to train the Non-teaching office staff in various aspects of Computer Hardware and troubleshooting, Software like MS-Office including a DBMS, Networking and Internet so as to enhance their skills and help them perform their day to day Office work better. Theoretical concepts along with extensive hand on lab session were delivered to the participants. Staff members from various schools of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University had actively participated and learned new concepts in the workshop. As per the feedback received, the workshop had been very useful for them. The laboratory sessions were liked mostly which helped the participants in understanding the concepts in a better way. The Workshop coordinator thanked director, faculty & staff members especially Mr. Himmat and Ms. Nisha of School of Comp. Sc. & Engineering for their continuous support during the workshop.
With the spirit to impart the understanding of various econometric and time series techniques in business Second National Two-week Faculty Development Programme on Application of Econometrics and Time Series Techniques in Business was organized by SMVD University, Katra with the financial assistance from AICTE, New Delhi. During the valedictory ceremony, Registrar, Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur appreciated the efforts of College of Management and mentioned that the College has always been pioneer in organizing such kind of programmes since inception and hope that it will continue to make more efforts in future also with the same spirit. Whereas, Dean, College of Management, Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, conveying his best wishes to the participants for their bright future and stated that such kind of programmes will definitely add value to the teaching, research and overall grooming of the participants. Briefing the sessions conducted in this 14-day programme, Chief Programme Coordinator praised the participants’ active involvement and participation in the programme which made the programme more worth full.During the function Prof S.K.Jain vice-chancellor conveyed his best wishes to the organizers and participants. Prof. Ashok Aima from Central University, Jammu graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and complimented the university for organizing a programme that will help in enhancing the analytical ability of the participants and widening their horizon of knowledge.
The external resource persons including Prof. Somesh Mathur,IIT Kanpur, Prof.Shahid Ahmed, Prof. Sunil Kumar, South Asian University, New Delhi,Prof. N. Hatekar, University of Mumbai shared their knowledge and rich experiences with the participants. Besides, participants also enriched their knowledge from the learning and inputs of faculty of college of management during this 14-day programme.
The 14-day programme has received enthusiastic response from various parts of the country. A total of 60 participants from more than 20 institutions located in various parts of India , such as, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, Amity Global Business School, Bhubaneshwar, Guru Govind Singh Khalsa College, Sarhali, Amrapali Institute, Lamachor, Haldwani, University of Jammu, Dept. of Business Management, Purvanchal University, Jaunpur, , Bhaderwah Campus, University of Jammu, P.G. D.A.V College Nehru Nagar Delhi, Central University Rajasthan, Sikshya Anusand University Bhuvneshwar, Centre of Management Studies, Dhramshing Desai University, Nadiad, Gujrat, SHOC Ghaziabad, Brila Institute of Technology, Mesra, SAS Institute of Management Studies, Palghar, Thane, Maharashtra, P.G dept. of Economics Dr. S R K Govt. Arts and Science College, Pondecherry, Jhunjhunwala Business School, SMC, IIRM Campus, Thadi Mkt. Mansarovar, Jaipur, , Business School, Dwarikapuri, ITER, P.G. D.A.V College Nehru Nagar, Delhi, H.N.B. Gharwal University have participated and honed their research and analytical skills relating to research.
Participants during the valedictory session highlighted the benefits derived from this programme and share their experiences of learning and stay in the campus for 14-day. They congrulate the organizers for conduction of programme which is blend of theory laboratory sessions and practical cases. They requested to organize such kind of programmes in more frequent mode.
The valedictory session ends with a vote of thanks by programme Co-coordinator.
The School of Computer Science and Engineering, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in collaboration with IIT, Bombay successfully conducted two weeks ISTE workshop from 21st to 31st May 2013, on “Database Management Systems” under the coordination of Mr. Manoj Kumar as Workshop Coordinator, and Mr. Sudesh Kumar as Remote Centre Coordinator. Twenty one faculty members from various Institutes of J&K have participated in the workshop.
The workshop, one in the series, had been conducted under the MHRD sponsored project on National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT) where in over 10000 faculty members across India were targeted to be trained in various aspects of DBMS so as to enhance their skills in teaching & research. Lectures were delivered (live broadcasting) by Prof. S. Sudarshan from IIT, Bombay using A-view Software to different Remote Centres. The participants participated actively by asking questions to the teacher by using A-view (virtual classroom) software, even though the lecture was delivered remotely.
The contents of the course were also comprised of laboratory sessions. Lab sessions were conducted at Database Lab., School of Comp. Sc. & Engg. by Mr. Manoj Kumar, Workshop Coordinator with the support of laboratory staff. Laboratory sessions comprised of all the important topics like data query, JDBC, Servlets, transaction processing, Hadoop, etc.
As per the feedback received from various participants at SMVDU, the workshop has been very useful for them. The laboratory sessions were liked mostly which helped the participants in understanding the concepts in a better way. They appreciated the arrangements made by the organizing committee, and they also looked forward to participating in such workshops to be conducted in future.
The organizing committee of the workshop strongly felt that the workshop had been successful due to the able guidance of the Hon’ble Vice chancellor Prof. S.K. Jain, Dean College of Engineering Prof. V. Verma, and the continuous support from the Registrar Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur and other administrative departments including Finance, Stores & Procurements, Academics, Audio Video Cell, Network centre, Guest house and Dean of Students. The organizing committee also thanked director, faculty & staff members of School of Comp. Sc. & Engineering for their continuous support during the workshop.
KATRA, MAY 27 - Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, today emphasized the need for speeding up the construction of hostels, residential accommodation for faculty and staff and all other required infrastructure development of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) to meet the emerging requirements of the varsity and develop it as a centre of excellence in teaching and research.
The Governor was chairing the 19th Meeting of the Executive Council of the SMVD University at Kakryal near here today.
The Governor, who is Chancellor of the University, asked Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, to urgently review the Master Plan, keeping in view the requirements for the next 20-30 years. The Vice Chancellor’s recommendations shall be discussed and finalized by the Executive Council at its next meeting to be held in September, 2013.
Referring to the introduction of new courses and programmes in the University, the Governor stressed that these must be in sync with the emerging job market requirements along with focusing on ethical and moral values for equipping the students with required knowledge and skills as well as ensuring their balanced personality development. He added that this was extremely important to enable them to compete successfully with their counterparts elsewhere.
Earlier, Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor of the University, in his power point presentation, gave details of the academic and extra-curricular achievements of the University. He also dwelt on the efforts being made to improve the existing infrastructure and the initiatives taken in the fields of teaching and research and the future Action Plan.
The meeting among others was attended by Prof. M. P. S. Ishar, Vice Chancellor, Jammu University; Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir; Mr. R. S. Pawar, Chairman, NIIT Ltd, Gurgaon; Mr. R. P. Agrawal, former Secretary, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development; Prof. Vinayshil Gautam, Mr. H. L. Maini, Technical Advisor, SMVDU; Mr. Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor and CEO of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board; Dr. M. K. Bhandari, Additional CEO of the Shrine Board, other Members of the Executive Council and Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur, Registrar of the University, participated in the meeting. The Members of the Executive Council put forth several suggestions for the growth of the University.
Earlier, on arrival at Kakryal, the Governor, among others, was received by Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor of the University, Mr. Garib Dass, DIG, Udhampur, Mr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner, Reasi and Mr. Raghubir Singh, SSP Reasi.
The Second National Two-Week Faculty Development Programme on ‘Applications of Econometrics and Time Series Techniques in Business’ is inaugurated by honorable Vice Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Prof. S.K. Jain. This 14-day event is being organized by College of Management, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra with the financial grant from AICTE, New Delhi. In his inauguration address, Prof. Jain, emphasized the relevance of applied advance techniques in present globalised era and mentioned that the knowledge of these techniques can be helpful for basic understanding, scientific analysis, results interpretation and forecasting business data not only for teaching but also for empirical research and to prepare rational decision makers for better policy implications. Blessing the participants and organizers in inaugural session, Dean, College of Management Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay appreciated the efforts and underlined the need of such more initiatives in future. He also congratulated the college for such efforts and wished a knowledgeable and comfortable stay for the participants. While briefing the contents and structure of the programme, the Coordinator of Faculty Development Programme stated that the programme aims to conduct interactive and practical sessions on various aspects of time series and econometric for the participants. He gave a concise prologue about the prominent resource persons who with their experiences and expertise will ignite the minds of participants with respect to various applicative aspects of time series and econometric techniques. The programme has witnessed an enthusiastic response of the participants from different regions of India. More than 50 participants from 27 institutions located in various parts of India such as, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, Central University Rajasthan,Amity Global Business School, Bhubaneshwar, Guru Govind Singh Khalsa College, Sarhali, SAS Institute of Management Studies, Thane, Maharashtra, Dr. S R K Govt. Arts and Science College, Pondicherry, Jhunjhunwala Business School, Dwarikapuri, TBS, University of Jammu, Dept. of Business Management, Purvanchal University, Jaunpur, Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh, SMC, IIRM Campus, Jaipur, Business School, Dwarikapuri, School of Management Sciences, Varanasi, ITER, P.G. D.A.V College Nehru Nagar Delhi, H.N.B. Gharwal University, Bhaderwah Campus, University of Jammu, P.G. D.A.V College Nehru Nagar Delhi, Sikshya Anusand University, Bhuvneshwar, Centre of Management Studies, Dhramshing Desai University, Nadiad, Gujrat, have come to SMVD University to enter into the world of econometrics and time series so that their teaching can become more effective, interesting and applied. The inaugural session ends with a vote of thanks by Programme Co-coordinator.
Introduction: Architecture, I am sure, this word is not exotic in Jammu region unlike it has been. Architecture-Greek originated word means master craftsman better known as mother of all arts. Architect is the Nation builder, the most responsible social & mankind servant. Any development due to take place need to be pro-Architect & vice-versa. An Architect can totally amend the landscapes of tomorrow & henceforth bring about the change in life style e.g. Modern Housing Apartments, neighbourhoods, modern Dubai etc.
Issue: Whereas, core of Jammu & its extension has been shaping up fast with the globally renowned Architectural lines particularly in the Residential context still, majority of the tourism gracious state is in urgency of immediate & concerned Architectural input in new development due to happen in lines with the changing scenario of transportation routes (railway & road). Yet Architecture career is neglected relatively amongst youth expected particularly from the prolific & knowledgeable city people. Prime reason is the availability of less educational institution barring just one i.e. SMVDU (Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University) in the state imparting UG (B.Arch) 5 year course in Architecture. Though diploma course (2-3 years) is available in some of the polytechnics of the state. The other conclusion of neglecting Architecture as career option is the improper knowledge regarding the pros & cons of the said course. Architecture ought to be honoured & understood first like its counter-part career options particularly in the sub urban areas of the country & the state in particular.
Explication:. Presently, Bachelor course in Architecture is available in many varied sub-fields of Architecture like Landscape, interior design, digital design, Planning & Urban design etc However a general B.Arch Course is the mostly pursued as the most applicable one. B.Architecture is divided into 5 years i.e. 10 semesters. Student learns various basic aspects of designing, history of Architectural world (advancement in built form encompassing different civilizations), building services (fixtures, water supply & drainage) & structural aspects of a building in first 06 semesters with the help of rigorous Lectures followed by design studio work. This is accompanied with site visits, study tours for practical exposure. In the summer vacations, students engage themselves in some practicing Architect’s office in their home town to have field experience & to implement class learning. Students do the mandatory internship for six months under some Architect/Architectural organization normally after 6th semester to have the total exposure of the practical field. After -wards, jury is conducted to review the work done by the student in the internship with the help of external experts (eminent professionals from the field). 8th & 9th semester are meant to conduct high level learning in terms of building design (campuses, apartments, hospitals) advanced building construction & advance structures. Ultimately, Student do the requisite B. Arch major thesis project in 10th semester under a particular guide amongst the faculty members chosen systematically for the purpose. In this project, a live / Design project of pre-requisite scale is taken up by the student & an comprehensive design proposal along with the project report consisting of project details, prototype studies, site details, requirements & design criterion/concept is required to be prepared & submitted by the student under the supervision of respective Guide in the course of the semester. Overall work is evaluated by jury members comprising of internal faculty & external examiners (academicians/practicing Architects) in 4-5 stages during the semester. This is the most critical component of the degree course as such this prove to be the vital part for the student to earn their job particularly to start with.
Students from countrywide Architectural colleges interact among themselves twice a year on Zonal & National basis under Zo-Nasa & Annual Nasa convention respectively (National association of students of Architecture). After the successful completion of B.Arch course, student becomes eligible for the award of B.Arch degree & henceforth for the practicing licence from the Council of Architecture (COA).
Well, it is established now that an Architect (Ar.) is a licensed professional at par with the Doctors (Dr.) & Chartered Accountants (CA) for further growth in Professional or academic field. B.Arch is a comprehensive 5 year programme unlike other engineering branches & this 5 year course & Architect’s professional practice is governed by the Council of Architecture, New Delhi set up by the GOI under Architects act, 1972. After B. Arch, one may opt for higher studies for specializations like M. Arch (general), M. Arch (Landscape design), MURP (Masters in urban & rural planning) , M. Planning, M. Arch (Urban design) & Masters in interior design. Common route to pursue such courses is through GATE exams as such all these courses are available in leading institutes of the country like IIT’s, & SPA’s etc. Student of Architecture after B.Arch may also proceed towards product designing (M.Des) through exam like CEED as such institutes like NID-Ahmadabad, IIT Bombay & IIT-Delhi are the preferred destinations for the same. Presently, Students of Architecture are also showing their interest towards management fields after B. Arch like MBA (Real estate management, construction management & project management) where Architectural knowledge shall always be a boon to blossom. Research opportunities are less in Architecture with in India Though Few IIT’s, SPA New Delhi & its few branches, CEPT- Ahmedabad & some NIT’s currently have opened up avenues for doctorate in Architecture but still number is very little.
Prospects: Candidate becomes eligible for personal practice straight after B.Arch unlike any other graduate counterpart as soon as he/she gets the Licence from the Council of Architecture (COA). Normally, one prefers to work under some Architect of repute in some leading town of the country like metropolitan cities for 2-3 years & then ultimately establishes own private practice majorly in the home town. Though it may prove to be an exercise of patience to start with but for a seasoned Architect sky is the limit in private practice in name, fame & financial aspects in today’s ultra-modern world.
Moreover, Those having the rare teaching inclination one may opt for teaching as full time, part time or visiting straight after B. Arch (First class) as applicable under COA guidelines. However, currently it is recommended to start the teaching career after specialization (Masters). Besides teaching, one may continue to increase the personal qualification in terms of Masters & Doctorate through different avenues. Simultaneously, one may continue to practice under institutional consultancy which has added benefits at promotion avenues while in teaching which the ultimate gain is; besides the fee & experience of large scale projects. Various Govt. Departments, establishments & organizations like PWD, MES , L&T, DLF demand Architects for various prestigious posts as high as Chief Architect of the state.
Yes, your B. tech counter-mate might get placed well before you in their academia through campus placements; hardly applicable to prolific Architect’s community & of course these mates graduated one year before than you; yet still without be anguished, believe yourself with utter conviction that your progress & perhaps fulfilment in life is perhaps many years well in advance relatively at the cost of just one more year in the academia. Let’s be very dedicated, motivated & patient so that these moments of distress, regret & comparative assessment at college level may not dominate the real hunger in you to excel as an Architect of tomorrow’s beautiful world of which your Motherland is an integral part.
Conclusion: Though most of the engineering branches are viewed under one lens off late & Architecture is increasingly attempted to be merged with these branches. Indeed, it’s a unique 5- year comprehensive professional course with its very different teaching –learning environment. Though, SMVDU is the only available destination in the state currently; Still, It’s always a high-time to pursue a career in Architecture as built form is always bound to take place as long as life is there on the planet. Pertinently, majority of the state is in urgency of immediate & concerned architectural input in new development due to happen in lines with the changing scenario of transportation routes. Moreover, in the present Job less world, Architecture with its job creating characteristics unlike job seeking ones is the need of the hour e.g. Civil engineers (structural engineers), surveyors, valuers & besides other varied type of engineers/consultants applicable for special type of buildings are commonly employed by the Architect as the Architect is the boss of the operational team for any specialized building to be designed & built. So, pursue a career in Architecture, be a part of this unique Architect’s fraternity, gets involved with the mood & chant of the spaces, shaping up of spaces into the places & glorify your motherland Jammu & Kashmir as it badly needs your strategic efforts as an Architect & planner in coming years. Undeniably, Being the aura of an Architect of the Built form, interior spaces & places is something very-very special & sensitive like its building solutions ought to be.
Ar. Anoop Sharma Faculty in Architecture Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Katra (Jammu & Kashmir)
SMVDU Alumni Outshine Compatriots at National Level
B.Tech Alumni of SMVDU have continued to compete and succeed, a habit they had picked during their 4 year stint at the University. Mr. Prateek Garg, alumni of B.Tech(Computer Science & Engg.)Batch 2008 scored 99.96 percentile in the GATE 2013 exam, the results for which were declared some time back. He is placed at All India Rank 90 in the Computer science Category. It is pertinent to note that more than 2 Lakh candidates had sat for the GATE exam this year in the Computer Science branch while more than 9 Lakh students took the test in all streams. Known as an extremely hard working and intelligent student among his teachers Prateek says"This is an outcome of sheer dedication and consistency. I owe my success to my family and the faculty of SMVDU".