The College of Management, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, yesterday organized a guest lecture by Mr. Dheeraj Anand, who is an Alumina of COM, SMVDU and is currently working with Amazon India.
The core objective of the lecture was to inculcate management qualities in students so that they are able to play a catalytic role in future and grab the best out of opportunities. Mr. Dheeraj Anand encouraged the students to become dynamic and come out of classes to explore more about the corporate world. He asked the fresher’s to pull up their socks and start working from the very first day and suggested the final year students to go for hard plus smart work. He said that there is ample number of opportunities in market and one needs to be purely dedicated, focused and efficient to grab those opportunities. He asked the students to set up a goal and keep their focus in one direction.
Mr. Dheeraj Anand also shared some of his experiences in SMVDU. He said that he learned a lot while being the student of COM and he owes his success to all the faculty members who guided him throughout. He emphasized upon the inclusive and participative learning.
In interactive session students clarified their doubts and asked him about the corporate world and strategies to get into a good company. He said that companies like amazon look for talent that is focused and have conceptual clarity. He said that the College of Management provides enough preparation regarding the concepts of management and personality development, students need to take up the challenge and prepare with a clear focus. He also gave some tips about facing an interview and gave his best wishes to the students.
Prof. V. K. Bhat Director, School of Mathematics & Dean, College of Sciences, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University visited Turkey to attend International Algebraic Conference at University of Balikesir, Turkey from12.08.2013 to 15.08.2013. The Conference was organized jointly by University of Balikesir, Bilkent University and Hacettepe University, Turkey. The conference was organized in honour of renowned Mathematicians Prof. Patrick Smith (University of Glasgow, UK) and Prof. John Clark (University of Otago, New Zealand) on their 70th birthday. Both these algebraic luminaries also attended the conference.The conference was attended by about seventy leading algebraists and about one hundred fifty young faculty, research scholars & students from about thirty countries.Latest developments in Algebra and their applications were discussed and presented during invited talks, contributory talks and other informal discussions.
Prof. Bhat delivered a talk titled Completely generalized right primary rings and their extensions and also chaired a session during the conference. The visit had been supported by Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi, Government of India and CICS, Chennai.
The Induction program was organized today by the School of Business for the Tenth batch of MBA students. Dr. Suparn Sharma, Director, School of Business, welcomed the students and quoted the positive fervor in his address. Prof. (Dr.) D. Mukhopadhyay , Dean College of Management, stirred the students for discipline, integrity and hard work for bright future. The message from the corporate world to the budding managers was delivered by Mr. R. R. Chowksi, the Vice-President of Cadilla Pharmaceuticals. He also interacted with the students and shared his business experiences with them. The young minds were ignited by the inspiring stories by Mr. SatishKaul, Resident Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals. Mr. T.K. Seli, Liasion Manager, Emcure Pharmaceuticals and Mr. B.K. Bhatia, Training and Placement Officer of SMVDU also wished the students for next level preparation.The formal presentation to acquaint the students with the course structure and evaluation criteria was given by Ms. Rashi Taggar, Assistant Professor, School of Business.The program was concluded with ice-breaking session to familiarize the students with the pedagogy of management. The students participated with enthusiasm and displayed their creative ideas in the session. The Induction program was coordinated by Ms.Rashi Taggar and Mrs. ShaziaBukhari.
The 67th Independence Day was celebrated in Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University with the unfurling of the national flag and a scintillating cultural programme. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K. Jain unfurled the national flag in the presence of Registrar, Ms. Roop Avtar Kaur, Deans, Directors, faculty members, staff members and students. In his address, Prof. Jain greeted everyone on the 67th Independence Day and highlighted the significance of productive work which can make a remarkable contribution in the development of an institution in particular and a nation at large.
The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by a thought provoking cultural programme in the Matrika auditorium which the students of the university had organized on the occasion. The cultural extravaganza was a reflection of students’ creative and patriotic fervor. A prize distribution ceremony was also held on the occasion where the winners of a debate competition held in the university on National Youth Day were given certificates.
Mysterious skeletal disorder that rendered many people physically challenged in Arai Village of Poonch district has finally been identified as a rare genetic skeletal disorder.
A couple of months back, a team headed by Dr. Swarkar Sharma,Asstt.Prof. ,School of Biotechnology had visited Arai Village. The purpose of the trip was to understand more about this unknown disorder and collect familial data. Dr. Swarkar Sharma has been working in the area of Human Molecular Genetics for almost 10 years. According to him, it took them almost two months, collaborative efforts, lot of brain storming with many international orthopedic surgeons and expert radiologists, including members of International Skeletal Dysplasia Society (ISDS), for the final and proper diagnosis of the disorder. The people prominently involved in understanding the genetic nature and identification of the disorder. were: Dr. Ekta Rai,Asst Prof School of Biotechnology, Dr. K.K. Pandita, Batra Hospital; Dr. Carol Wise, Texas Scottish Rite Hosptal, Dallas USA; Dr. Shiro Ikegawa, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Science, Japan; Dr. K. Thangaraj, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad and Dr. Parvinder Kumar, Assistant Professor, Jammu University. Dr. K.K. Pandita and Dr. Sushil Razdan, renowned clinicians, contributed in understanding the clinical perspectives of the disorder. They also arranged for radiological and biochemical diagnostic tests for some of the patients. These tests were very critical, mainly to rule out “Kaschin-Beck Disease”, a disorder with similar phenotype (physical appearance) and frequent in Tibetan region of China.
Putting all evidences together (familial histories and genetic data, clinical features, radiological and biochemical tests findings), the disease has finally been diagnosed as “Progressive Pseudorheumatoid Arthropathy of Childhood” (PPAC) also known as “Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Tarda with Progressive Arthropathy” (SEDT-PA). This is a very rare [for example, with an estimated frequency of 1 per million (10,00,000) in UK], recessive hereditary skeletal disease and has been reported mainly in inbred populations as in Arai village. The age of onset is usually reported to be 3-8 years and the only known treatments are: physiotherapy in young ones and surgical corrections involving hip and knee replacements in mature patients.
“Knowing the gene responsible and understanding the biological mechanism, by which it is involved in the etiology of a rare disorder, is very important. So far worldwide, mutations in the gene named “WISP3” are reported to be responsible for the onset of PPAC. Presently, we are working towards the screening of this gene for mutations in the families from the Arai village to ascertain if the same is responsible for the disorder. For the purpose and to speed up the DNA sequencing work, we are taking support from Mr. Ankit Mahajan and Prof. Manoj Dhar, Department of Biotechnology, Jammu University. However, keeping in mind the extent of disorder’s prevalence in Arai population, there is a possibility that this gene may not be involved. In such situations, new state of the art “Next Generation Sequencing” technologies are very helpful in identifying new gene mutations, though very expensive, but we will go for it, if needed. Luckily, both Dr. Ekta and I have expertise in these technologies, as we have used these in our research in USA”, said Dr. Swarkar.
Further, in order to have proper medical management, it is suggested that the children of the area should be provided multi-vitamins and nutrients because such deficiencies have been scientifically reported to exaggerate the extent of the disorders. As this disorder is genetically recessive, marriage as such should not be a problem in terms of risk of disorder transmission to next generation, required that marriage within the family is avoided. It is suggested that if the extended families (roughly up to three generations) have affected members, they should avoid marrying with in the family. In such situations, genetic counseling should be sought and is of great help to curb the appearance of disorder in next generations.
Dr. Vandhana Sharma, Director, School of Languages and Literature, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University presented a paper “Home is when you own it: Invisible Diaspora striving for Visibility” in the 6th Global Conference on Diasporas: Exploring Critical Issues held at Mansfield College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom from July 6- July 8, 2013. The paper was co-authored by M.K Sharma, Addl. District and Sessions Judge Udhampur who also attended the Conference. The joint paper aimed at calling attention to an understudied and underrepresented refugee diaspora group of displaced persons from West Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir who are domiciled in the territory of J&K state since 1947 but have very anomalous status and rights within the state. The paper highlighted the grievances of this particular refugee diaspora community by analyzing the legacies of the Partition and the ongoing contestation of the diasporic community over “home,” as these communities displaced sixty five years back have been forced to go invisible. The conference was an inter- and multi-disciplinary project seeking to explore the contemporary experience of Diasporas - communities who conceive of themselves as a national, ethnic, linguistic or other form of cultural and political construction of collective membership living outside of their 'home lands.' The process of acceptance of papers was stringent and only fifty percent of papers submitted were accepted for presentation in the conference from 14 countries of the world. There were only two paper presentations from India.
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.