Dr. Wanchoo delivers invited talks at Mumbai University

Dr. Sunil Kumar Wanchoo, Assistant Professor, School of Physics 27022015_news01and Director I/c School of Innovation and Community Development, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University at the invitation of his alma matter (Mumbai University) delivered three invited talks at the University.

The first talk titled “Physics of Earthquakes” was organized at the Department of Physics, R. D. National College, Bandra (W). The second talk titled “Earth & Earthquakes” was organized at the Department of Physics, G. N. Khalsa College, Matunga (W). The talks were followed by interactive sessions. Both these colleges are affiliated PG Colleges under Mumbai University, and are fully aided by Government of Maharashtra.

The third and final talk titled “Earth Structure and Earthquake Source studies in J&K Himalayas” was organized at the Department of Physics (Autonomous), University of Mumbai, Santacruz (E). The talk was attended by the M.Sc. students, research scholars of the Physics department besides by the eminent scientist like Prof. A. A. Rangwalla, Prof. Ravi Manchanda, former head National Baloon facility, TIFR Campus, Hyderabad and faculty members of the Department of Physics. Dr. Wanchoo has completed his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Mumbai University. He happens to be the topper of his batch which passed out in the year 2000 from the same Department.

Titiksha 2k15 Concludes at SMVDU


SMVDU, Feb. 22: TITIKSHA - the annual technical festival of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University was concluded on 22nd Feb’15 with a big bang in the Matrika Auditorium of the University. The Vice Chancellor, Prof Sudhir K. Jain congratulated all the students for the huge success of the event. The main highlights of the evening were Robo-Matrix, Scratch, Takeshi’s Castle, Lift it up and many more. Another significant feature of TITIKSHA 2K15 was a conference of ICRTAET - a conference for research papers’ presentation.

The Chief Guests in the valedictory programme was Prof. Mukhopadhyay, Dean, Faculty of Management and Dr. Vipin Kakkar was the guest of honour. They appreciated students to promote more such events to enhance their skills. Award were distributed to the winners of various events and to the event coordinators. In continuation to this, mementoes were also distributed among the committee members.

During these three the participating students innovated in Robo-events wherein they played racing, soccer and line-follow-up. Students of Mechanical engineering made wooden boats as part of lift-it RIP event to exhibit their technical creative skills. As a small effort to be a part of Clean India Drive, students fabricated an automatic dustbin grabber to promote cleanliness in the salubrious campus of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. Hitch-hikking was another creative endeavour by students which was enjoyed fully by the participants.


Mr. Sanjay Dogra, presented an excellent dance performance in the valedictory fnction. The Chief Coordinators for the event were Rohit Bhatt and Gaurav Pandey and Branch coordinators were Bhupendra P. Singh, Shivani Bhardwaj, Nayan Tiwari and Sipika Garg. Dr. Rakesh K. Jha gave the vote of thanks. Student coordinator, Daud Shareef gave a report of TITIKSHA 2K15. Mr. Himanshu Garg played a vital role in bringing sponsorship. The main sponsors were Grill Inn, i3indya Technologies, Siya Ram Bade Dayaalu hai, Giga Soft and Dominos.



SMVDU: 20th Feb. TITIKSHA 2K15 the annual technical festival of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University was inaugurated on February 20, 2015 in the Matrika Auditorium by Vice Chancellor, Prof Sudhir K. Jain. In his augural address, Prof. Jain lauded the efforts of students to organize a technical event which is a hallmark of any premier technical institution as it fosters team spirit and competitive spirit in students. In his ever encouraging style, the Vice Chancellor asked students to struggle so that they can enhance so that they can overcome any kind of obstacle.

Earlier, Prof. V. Verma, Dean faculty of Engineering encouraged students to take such events as a great challenge to blossom in their respective fields. Chief Faculty Coordinator, Dr. R.K Jha gave brief highlights of the event which is a stepping stone to research. Student Coordinator, Rohit Kumar gave the welcome address.


TITIKSHA 2015 comprises of events in five different categories which are from Electronics and communication, Computer science, Mechanical, Biotechnology and ozone. The main highlights of the fest are the Mega events namely ROBO MATRIX, PUBLIC MANCH, HITTCH HIKING, TECH HUNT, INNOVATIA with various gaming events namely Counter Strike, Need for Speed- Rivals, EA Sports FIFA and DOTA-2.

The Fest is being sponsored by Grill Inn, i3indya Technologies, Siya Ram Bade Dayaalu Hai, Giga Soft and Dominos.

Inaugural Session of the Workshop on Enhancing Research Skills in Philosophy held at SMVDU


SMVDU, Katra J&K: 16 Feb. 2015 - The School of Philosophy and Culture, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVD University) Katra organizes a five day “Workshop on Enhancing Research Skills in Philosophy”, which is sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi from 16th – 20th February, 2015. The inaugural session was presided by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K. Jain SMVD University and the Guest of Honour was Prof. P. Jaitley. Dr. V.K Tripathi (Director, SOPC) welcomed all guests. Mr. Ashok Tarai (Organizing Secretary) introduced the concept note of the workshop. Prof. Jetli highlighted Philosophy as an epitome of academic activity. Prof. S.K Jain (Hon’ble VC, SMVDU) emphasized Philosophy as a discipline that permeates every other discipline and mode of enquiry. At the end of the inaugural session, Dr. A.K Tewari delivered the vote of thanks.

VC SMVDU Flags off Team Mechanix for SAE BAJA 2015


J&K’s only team to participate in international racing event

The Vice Chancellor SMVDU Prof. S.K Jain today flagged off the Team Mechanix led by Mr. Varun Dutta (Assistant Professor SME) and Mr. Mir Irfan Ul Haq (Assistant Professor SME) for participation in SAE BAJA 2015 international event at Indore.

SAE BAJA event is an annual event organized by the SAE INDIA (Society of Automotive Engineers) in which various technical minds from across the country come together for showcasing their intellectual skills for a common task. The task offered is Design and Fabrication of an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV).

The Vice Chancellor congratulated the team members for the successful fabrication of the ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) and lauded the efforts put in by the director, faculty, students and the workshop staff especially the staff associated with the automobile lab Mr. Chandan Kumar, Mr. Shugal Kishore and Mr. Kewal Sharma.

Registrar SMVDU, Mr. Ajay Khajuria and Dean Faculty of Engineering Prof. V. Verma have conveyed best wishes to the team.

Director School of Mechanical Engineering Dr. Ankush Anand briefed all the dignitaries present on the ceremony about the SAE BAJA event and conveyed his thanks to the Vice chancellor for his constant support and mentoring. The faculty coordinators of the team also thanked the support rendered in terms of sponsorship by some business establishments of J&K which also facilitated the fabrication of the ATV.

It is pertinent to mention here that Team Mechanix SMVDU is the only team from J&K which is participating in the event. The team comprises of 25 students of School of Mechanical Engineering who have designed and fabricated the ATV here at SMVDU. The ceremony ended with the demonstration of endurance of the All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) by the team driver.

National Conference on Orchids concludes at SMVD University


The National Conference on Orchid Science and Commerce: Integration of Medicinal Orchids, Sustainable Development and Societal Benefits organized jointly by The Orchid Society of India (TOSI) and School of Biotechnology (SBT) SMVD University successfully concluded.The Plenary session of the Conference was chaired by Prof. P. K. Khosla, V.C., Shoolini University, Solan. Dr. T. Janaki Ram, ADG (Hort.) ICAR, N. Delhi was the chief guest. Prof. V. Verma, Dean FoE & Director SBT, SMVD University was the guest of honour. Prof. A. K. Bhatnagar, President TOSI and Prof. Promila Pathak, Secretary TOSI and Prof. P. K Rajeevan Vice President TOSI were the panellists. Prof. V. Verma in his remarks observed that this was probably the first national conference on orchids in this region. He applauded the joint efforts of TOSI and SBT, SMVDU in making this one of the best organised conferences. Dr. T. Janakiram stressed that TOSI should take a lead in formulating networking programmes and preparing a road map for digitalisation of all indigenous orchid species and hybrids available in the country. Prof. P. K. Khosla appreciated the sincere efforts of TOSI in promoting orchid research and awareness. He also highlighted the importance of quality research in progress and growth of Indian science.

The conference attracted participants from fourteen different institutes/universities of twelve states/UTs of the country, besides participation from Iran. Apart from nineteen invited lectures, nearly forty research papers were selected for oral and poster presentations. An orchid exhibition of live plants, tissue culture raised plants, plants under hardening and cut flowers attracted a large gathering of visitors. TOSI literature including International Journal of the Orchid Society of India, Orchid News - the Society newsletter and books were also displayed.

In order to create awareness at grass root level, an orchid painting competition was organised for students in different categories i.e. below 8 years, 8-16 years, above 16 years and children from VIKALP initiative of SMVDU. The painting competition was highly successful with participation from almost hundred students. The paintings and posters were judged by an expert panel of judges. Prof. Bhatnagar announced the first, second and third prizes in each category and these were awarded in the valedictory function. At the end, Prof. Pathak presented the vote of thanks.

The conference was sponsored by Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, National Horticulture Board, Gurgaon, Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.

Painting competition held at SMVDU


A painting competition on orchids was held for school and university students as part of the National Conference on Orchid Science and Commerce: Integration of Medicinal Orchids, Sustainable Development and Societal Benefits organized jointly by The Orchid Society of India (TOSI) and School of Biotechnology (SBT) SMVD University at SMVDU. There was an enthusiastic participation from neighbouring schools, SMVD University students and underprivileged children who are part of the VIKALP initiative of SMVD University. The competition was adjudged in four categories by an expert panel of judges and three prizes per category were awarded.

The first, second and third prizes were awarded to Vaishnavi Bairwa (DPS, Katra), Harshini Wanchoo (DPS, Katra) and Akshara Rajput (Holy Trinity Convent, Dansal) in the below 8 years category; Noha Samuel (DPS, Katra), Nivedika Kher (DPS, Katra) and Sonali Trisal (A.P.S Srinagar) in the 8-16 years category; Isha Dhingra (SALD, SMVDU), Kamaldeep Kour (SOLL, SMVDU) and Akshay Gupta (SALD, SMVDU) in the above 16 years category and amongst the VIKALP students Shashi Kumar, Arun Kumar and Komal Dogra stood first, second and third respectively. Prof. S. K. Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVD University, accompanying dignitaries and delegates appreciated the efforts of the organizing team for creating an awareness on orchids at the grassroot level.

National Conference on Orchids begins at SMVDU


National Conference on Orchids Science and Commerce: Integration of Medicinal Orchids, Sustainable Development and Societal benefits was inaugurated at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. This 3 day Conference is being organized jointly by School of Biotechnology (SBT), Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University and The Orchid Society of India (TOSI), Panjab University, Chandigarh. An orchid show was also organized on the sidelines of the conference.

Dr. A. K. Bhatnagar, Former Professor, University of Delhi and President, TOSI welcomed the delegates. He stressed the need for collaborative projects on orchids and establishment of orchid reserves. He also suggested that the participants may suggest attractive slogans on orchids for their promotion. Dr. Promila Pathak, Professor of Botany, Panjab University and Secretary of TOSI and Organizing Secretary of the conference highlighted the activities and achievements of the society which was conceived over the last 3 decades and briefed about the conference. Prof. V. Verma, Director SBT, Dean, FOE, SMVDU, while welcoming the delegates presented a brief of the University. Shri K. K. Sharma, Director Floriculture, J&K highlighted the uniqueness of J&K State in having a dedicated department of Floriculture. He cited the case of tulip garden generating tremendous interest among the tourist while providing revenue to the state. Mr. A. K. Singh, PCCF, J&K while delivering the inaugural address, highlighted the challenges faced in protecting and conserving the orchids in the State. He also mooted the idea of an Orchidarium for generation of awareness among the masses.

Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University presided over the inaugural ceremony. While speaking on the occasion he complimented TOSI and SBT in having organized the conference in SMVDU and hoped that the deliberation at the conference would evolve a roadmap for the conservation and promotion of Orchids in the Country in general and State in particular. Dr. O. P. Sharma, APCCF, J&K delivered the keynote address in which he elaborated the a to z of orchids. The main attraction of his talk was the linkages of the orchids with the traditional medicinal practices in India. Dr. Sharda Potukuchi, from SBT, SMVDU and local organizing secretary conducted the proceedings and proposed the vote of thanks.

The event was sponsored by Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, National Horticulture Board, Gurgaon, Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.

Two Day MDP on ‘Human Resource Management for Excellence in Business’ concludes at SMVDU


Faculty of Management, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University organized two days Management Development Program on the contemporary issues of ‘Human Resource Management for Excellence in Business’ on 7th and 8th February, 2015. The program aimed at equipping the participants with necessary HR skills, perspectives and strategies to enable them to build sustainable competitive advantage in industry. The program witnessed participation from various industrial organizations like Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd., United Phosphorus Ltd., Coromandel International Ltd., Saraswati Agro Chemicals (I) Pvt. Ltd., Sarveshwar Organic Foods Ltd., Grauer & Weil (I) Ltd, SDS Ramcides Crop Science Pvt. Ltd., Vision India Staffing Pvt. Ltd. among others..

Spread through two days, 7-8 February, 2015, the program witnessed sessions from eminent resource persons. Brigadier K.S. Chauhan, GM HR and Administration, Cadila Pharmaceuticals discussed ‘Human Resource Management for Excellence in Business: Issues and Challenges’. Prof. Meenu Paul, Punjab University Chandigarh deliberated on ‘Legal Framework for Human Resource Management’ and ‘Statutory Compliance Needs in HRM’. Ms. Swarnalatha Jagarlapudi, Associate Professor, Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, discussed ‘HR Audit: Designing and Implementation Issues’ and various cases on labour laws. Dr. Arti Devi, Assistant Professor, SMVDU talked about ‘Management of Industrial Relations’.

Addressing the participants, during valedictory function, Prof. D Mukhopadhyay, Dean, Faculty of Management emphasized the relevance of industry-academia interface for discussing the most perplexing issues of human resource management. He lauded the efforts of the organizing team and the participants in making the event a learning experience for all.

Professor Wani from Ohio State University delivers talk at SMVDU


Prof. Altaf Wani, Division Chief, Radiobiology, Ohio State University, USA delivered an invited talk on “Protein modifications modulating DNA repair response” at SMVD University. School of Biotechnology, SMVDU hosted the talk which was attended by all the students, research scholars, staff and faculty members of the School.

Prof. Wani, besides other achievements to his credit, is an Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He is highly active in basic and applied research, exhaustively exploring and developing newer paradigms in the realm of molecular oncology. Over the years, his lab at OSU has primarily delved in understanding the nature and repercussions of deleterious interaction of xenobiotics and the genome, trace the individual and coordinated response events in diverse normal as well as cancer cells and most importantly delineate the underlying mechanistic basis of their role in disease pathogenesis. His work continues to dissect the processing of genomic lesions and unravel the cross-talk among closely related network of pathways with the aim of developing intervention strategies for disease elimination.

During the talk he introduced the audience to the work done by his group in unraveling the role of protein modifications in DNA damage and repair. Further, he explained how normal cells overcome or succumb to the deleterious effect of xenobiotic environmental exposures. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Sharada Potukuchi, Assistant Professor, SBT.

Earlier, Prof. Wani held discussion with Prof. S. K. Jain, Vice Chancellor of the University to explore possibilities of collaboration between SMVDU and OSU. Dr. S. Potukuchi and Dr. Rakesh Kumar took Prof. Wani for a tour of various labs in the School. Prof. Wani also interacted with the faculty members and research scholars of SBT. The visit was coordinated by Dr. Samantha Vaishnavi, Assistant Professor, SBT.

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