Prof. V. K. Bhat, Director School of Mathematics and Dean College of Sciences visited Austria during December 18- 22, 2012. He attended the International Conference on Commutative rings, integer valued polynomials and polynomial functions held at University of Technology, Graz, Austria and presented his paper titled “Transparency of Skew Polynomial Rings over Noetherian Rings”.
Mathematicians and scientists from European countries, U.S.A, Canada, Britain, China, South Korea, Some African countries etc. also attended the conference and delivered lectures.
There were useful discussions during the sessions and also informal exchange of views and findings.
The conference was organized by University of Technology, Graz, Austria and was sponsored by Graz University of Technology, Austrian Science Foundation (FWF) grant P23245-N18, NAWI Graz and OeMG Steiermark.
Prof. V.Verma, Dean College of Engineering & Director Biotechnology was invited to deliver the keynote address at the 2nd National Conference on 'Recent Advances in Bio-energy Research' organized by SardarSwaran Singh National Institute of Renewable Energy, Kapurthala (Punjab) on December 7-8, 2012. The conference was attended by more than 200 delegates from all over India. Both academic and industrial developments in this important field were discussed. Prof. Verma delivered the key note address in the conference entitled “ Recent advances in biotechnology: Biofuels: think outside the Barrel”. In this conference prof. Verma highlighted the following points:Biodiesel is a renewable, non-toxic fuel that can directly replace conventional petroleum diesel, resulting in substantial reductions in tailpipe emissions. The term 'biodiesel' refers to the methyl (or ethyl) ester of fatty acids obtained by a process of esterification of new and used fats or oils. Through the chemical process of transesterification, the triglycerides in the fat or oil are converted to the methyl esters from the fatty acids. Many plants including lower plants like algae are the source of the oil which can be easily esterified to make the biodiesel.
Biodiesel also finds use as a lubricity agent in low and ultra-low sulphur diesel fuels where the addition of as little as 2% biodiesel to petroleum diesel significantly improves the lubricity of the fuel. Globally, the production and use of biodiesel has been well received, particularly in environmentally sensitive areas such as the forestry and fishing industries where the biodegradable characteristics of biodiesel are an attractive alternative. Biodiesel has also proven to be the fuel of choice for heavy equipment users in built up areas, renewable power generation and public transport. But the economics of producing biodiesel need to improve substantially to make it competitive with petrodiesel, which appears to be attainable now. Producing low-cost biodiesel requires primarily improvements to plant biology through genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. Further the recent advancement in photobioreactor engineering can also lower the cost of production. The plant biomass needed for production of large quantities of biodiesel could be grown in these photobioreactors which are cost effective and provide a controlled environment that can be tailored to the specific demands of highly productive to attain a consistently good annual yield of oil. Achieving the capacity to inexpensively produce biodiesel from microalgae, for example, is of strategic significance to an environmentally sustainable society. Extensive efforts are underway to achieve commercial-scale production of microalgal biodiesel which is likely to be possible in near future.
First National conference on Machine Intelligence Research and Advancement, NCMIRA,12 and One weak staff development program DPMMIL12 was inaugurated on 21st Dec 2012, at the School of Electronics & Communication Engineering, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra.
The course was inaugurated by The Dean COE Prof V Verma, SMVDU , the other members present on the occasion were, Capt. Thakur (DRDO) , Director, SECE, Convener Dr. Amit Kant Pandit along with SMVDU faculty, Staff and students members.
Convener, Dr. Amit Kant Pandit said that, NCMIRA, 12 and SDPMMIL 12 is organized for training of researchers and address various issues to prosper the creation of intelligent solutions in future. The aim is to bring together leading researchers, developers, practitioners and educators interested in advancing the state of the art in Machine Intelligence Research and Advancement for exchanging knowledge that encompasses a broad range of disciplines among various distinct communities. It is expected that researchers will bring new prospect for collaboration across disciplines and gain idea facilitating novel breakthrough. The Three-day conference will feature prominent keynote speakers, tutorials and paper presentation from participants across India in parallel sessions. A first of its kind in the Jammu and Kashmir, NCMIRA, 12 will no doubt be proven to be exciting and educative.
Dr Pandit expressed thanks on behalf of the organizing committee to the DRDO and J&K Council for Science & Technology for funding the program along with IEEE Student Chapter. He thanked the Vice Chancellor SMVDU, Registrar, Mr. Vinod Sharma, Transport Section, Media Cell, Finance Section, Guest House, Housekeeping, Security and all faculty, staff and students of SMVDU for their support.
He said that SMVDU will provide all sustenance for the technical up-gradation and development of Academia and Researcher Fraternity. In continuation to this SMVDU is going to host IEEE and Springer International conferences ICMIRA and MIRA respectively in December 2013
The Communal Harmony Week of National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) was observed from 19-23 Nov. 2012 by the NSS, SMVDU. NFCH has launched its campaign for inculcating the noble ideas of communal harmony and national integrity among the students of higher education in Indian universities and institutions. As part of the week activities a fund raising and person-to-person interaction campaign was also observed on 23rd of Nov. 2012, i.e., the Flag Day of the week which was started with receiving words of inspiration from the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor. The Student Secretary NSS, Ms. Mitika Sharma, volunteers Monika, Anand and others took active part in the event.
It may be noted that NFCH (under the Ministry of Home Affairs) utilizes the funds for upbringing of the children rendered orphan due to communal riots/clashes or violence.
Prof. V. Verma, Dean College of Engineering & Director School of Biotechnology presented an invited lecture in the 7th International Symposium of the Society for the Development of Natural Products organised jointly with 6th National Symposium of the National Society of Ethanopharmacology, India and 1st International Symposium of Phytochemical Society of Asia on Recent Advances in Natural Products from 15th to 17th Nov., 2012. The symposium was attended by more than 200 delegates from India and abroad. The international faculty was represented by 25 countries. Prof. Verma presented the Invited Lecture on “Microbes as an excellent source of enantioselective enzymes” in Technical Session I. The symposium was followed by a round table interactive session in which all the Plenary & Invited speakers interacted with each other and also with the faculty & management of the Amity University personally chaired by its founder president Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan. He declared the formation of Amity International Society of Natural Products (AISNP) and offered free Life membership of the society to all the Plenary and Invited speakers. Five international scientists were also made visiting professors to the university. Prof. Verma was honoured with a silver plate for his lecture.
Three days course on ‘Research Methodology for Ph.D Students’ from 28th-30th November, 2012 was conducted at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra with the financial assistance of ICSSR, New Delhi. The focus of workshop was to enhance the user skills of the participants which in turn can be applied by them for more empirical research and self-generated new knowledge through the knowledge acquired in these three days. The workshop witnessed an enthusiastic response of scholars hailing from different places of India like University of Hyderabad, GNDU Amritsar, Pondicherry University, Calcutta University, NITIE Mumbai, Central University Bhatinda, North Orissa University, IIT Roorkee, BGSB University, University of Kashmir, SMVD University, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and University of Jammu. More than 75 scholars showed their interest for participation in the workshop. However after screening, 30 students (as per the sanctioning of funds for 30 students only) were selected and 15 were selected for participation on the self finance basis out of which 6 students have attended the workshop on self-financing basis
The workshop was inaugurated with the auspicious presence of Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur, Registrar, SMVD University, Prof.Ashok Aima from Central University, Jammu and Prof. B.C.Sharma from University of Jammu, Jammu. A total of 21 sessions were arranged in this workshop for the participants. Various sessions on topics of descriptive statistics, ordinary least square method, sampling techniques, factor analysis, non-parametric tests and parametric tests, scale reliability and testing, dummy variables, cluster analysis, limited dependent variable model, discriminant analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, case study and research problems with scholarly writing, structural equation modeling, etc. were arranged during these 3 days. Besides, hands on session to explain the empirical and application aspects of research problems were also conducted and a brief discussion on research problems associated with scholarly writing was also arranged with the participants. The resources persons, namely, Prof. B.C.Sharma, Dr. Parmil Kumar, Prof. Hardeep Chahal, Dr. Gurjeet kaur, Dr. Anil Gupta from different departments of University of Jammu were invited to share their expertise and knowledge with the participants. Besides, faculty members from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University as local resource persons, namely, Dr. Supran Kumar, Mr. Pabitra Kumar, Dr. Kakoli Majumdar, Dr. Jyoti Sharma, Dr. Sushil Kumar Mehta, Dr. Arti Devi and Dr. Ashutosh Vashistha also enlightened the participants about the different aspects of research methods. The valedictory session of the workshop was graced by Mr. Subhash Jagota, CEO, Global Business Solutions, Prof.V. Verma, Dean College of Engineering, Prof. V.K.Bhatt, Dean College of Sciences
While narrating their experiences of the workshop in the valedictory session of the workshop, the participants appreciated the efforts of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra in this direction and requested to carry these efforts on in future also. Dignitaries were quite convinced with the kind of interactions taken place during these three days not only between the budding researchers and resource persons but also among budding researchers belonging to different streams that will add to their pool of knowledge and help them to understand the research problem from various perspectives. They emphasized that in future the span of the workshop should be more so that more dissemination of knowledge and experiences can be undertaken. The programme ends with the gratitude shown by Programme Coordinator Dr. Suparn Kumar Sharma towards ICSSR, New Delhi and Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Registrar and other university administration for whole hearted support of all types.
SMVDU, 30th November: A 90 minute interactive session of Vihangama Yoga was held at SMVDU on 30th of November at 4.00 PM. Mr. Lalit Gunjan Singh and Mr. Sudhir Singh, trainers from Vihangama Yoga Sansthan Allahabad, conducted the session which included a talk by Mr. Lalit Gungan Singh followed by a meditation practice session. Around thirty people, including faculty, staff and students, participated in the session.
The speaker, who himself is a practitioner, focused upon the need and right meaning of spirituality and also upon the right understanding of Yoga. There are many types or streams of yoga prevailing today, but one has to understand the greater purpose yoga. The Vihangama Yoga attempts to integrate in a greater scheme of understanding the practices and the utilities of various forms of yoga. The purpose of yoga is to make one realize the essential unity of mankind and that of one’s self with the cosmic self. The essential unity is the true self. The presentation was followed by a questionnaire session in which the speaker profoundly attended to the quarries of students and faculty besides extensive informal discussion. The organizers, Dr. V. K. Tripathi and Dr. Saurabh extended a vote of thanks to the trainers.
Next day, i.e., 1st of December, the trainers, along with the students and faculty of School of Philosophy & Culture, visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Spiritual Growth Center Katra where the Director of the Center organized another session for our students and the staff of the center. All participated in the talk and meditation session besides participating in the daily prayer session of the center. We are in receipt of wonderful feedback from all participants.
Three days course on Research Methodology for Ph.D Students is being organized by College of Manage ment, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra was inaugurated which is scheduled from 28th-30th November, 2012. With the financial assistance received from Indian Council of Social Science and Research (ICSSR), New Delhi, the workshop aims at widening the horizon of knowledge of research methodology and econometric tools in order to scientifically analyze and forecast business data not only for teaching but also for empirical research and to prepare rational decision makers for better policy implications. Prof. Ashok Aima, Central University of Jammu; Mrs. Roop Avatar Kaur, Registrar SMVD University, Katra and Prof. B.C. Sharma, Dean Students’ Placement, University of Jammu alongwith programme director and Co- programme director graced the inaugural ceremony with their auspicious presence.
The workshop witnessed an enthusiastic response of scholars hailing from different places of India like University of Hyderabad, GNDU Amritsar, Pondicherry University, Calcutta University, NITIE Mumbai, Bhatinda, North Orissa University, IIT Roorkee, BGSB University, University of Kashmir, SMVD University, Banaras Hindu University and University of Jammu. Welcoming the participants to the inaugural ceremony of the workshop, Mrs. Roop Avatar Kaur showered her blessings and encouraged the participants to exploit this opportunity of learning to the fullest with full zest and vigour. The programme director appreciated and thanked Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Prof. R.N.K. Bamezai for continuous support and motivation for the programme and other different endeavors In his inaugural address, Guest of Honour suggested the scholars to adopt an empirical approach to the study of research problems and to choose topics which can add to the pool of knowledge and serve the society. Prof. Sharma appreciated the endeavor of College of Management and called upon the scholars to focus on socially relevant problems. Programme Director of the workshop explaining the focus of workshop mentioned that knowledge acquired in this three days course on research methodology would enhance the user skills of the participants which in turn can be used by them for more empirical research and self-generated new knowledge.
The inaugural ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks.
Capgemini Recruits 21 Engineers from SMVDU & Indian Army recommends 25 Engineers for SSB
Indian Army visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University for its prestigious campus recruitment programme “University Entry Scheme” on 8th November 2012. Young engineers from SMVDU showed a great interest in Indian Army. The Indian Army team headed by Co. R. Mahajan recommended 25 students for SSB. Colonel Mahajan was extremely pleased with the quality of students and infrastructure.
Simultaneously, Capgemini a France based Multinational IT Consultancy Company, conducted campus drive for 2013 passing-out batch. Selection process was conducted in four stages of: Online Test, Group discussion, Technical Interview and HR Interview. A four member team headed by Mr. Manoj Hota Vice Presidents (Fresher Hiring) finally selected 21candidates after rigorous multiple sessions.
Prof. R. N. K. Bamezai, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU congratulated the selected students and advised them to work hard to come up to the expectations of the institution, the company and the society. Prof. Bamezai also complimented the T&P Faculty & Student Coordinators and Placement Officer SMVDU for their efforts. He advised the students not to be complacent and to prepare for other placement opportunities, expected to materialize shortly.
B.K Bhatia, Placement Officer SMVDU said that 90 students out of a batch of 198 have been placed till now in companies like TCS, HCL, and Capgemini. He also said that Campus hiring-2013 for Managements students has been scheduled from 22nd November 2012 with Water Health India Ltd. from Hyderabad as the first company for college of management.
The School of Philosophy and Culture, SMVDU, celebrated the World Philosophy Day 2012 on Saturday, 17th November 2012. The celebration was sponsored by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi. The Council provides fund for the organization of the celebration to only selected Institutions. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University received the financial support fourth consecutive time to celebrate the Day. As a result, the School organized a One-Day-Seminar on the theme “Social and Political Philosophy”.
In the inaugural session of the seminar after floral/formal welcome of the guests, Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi, I/C Director SOPC delivered the welcome address. The inaugural session was presided over by Prof. V. K. Bhat, Dean College of Humanities and Social Sciences in which Mr. Madhu Mangal Chaturvedi, faculty, SOPC, introduced the theme of the seminar. Introduction of the theme was followed by the lecture by Prof. Kiran Bakshi, Principal, Govt. College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. Prof. V. K. Bhat, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, addressed the gathering. In the second session, Chaired by Prof. Ved Kumari Ghai, there were altogether five presentations. First, Prof. M. Tajuddin, from Department of Political Science, University of Jammu, presented a paper titled “Democracy: Value, Culture or Political System’. Dr. Anil Kumar Tiwari, from School of Philosophy and Culture, SMVD University, presented a paper titled, “The Concept of Justice”. Mr. Sumanta Sarathi Sharma, School of Philosophy and Culture, presented a paper, titled, “Is Terrorist a Freedom Fighter?”. Ms. Ruby Bharati, student of MA philosophy spoke on “Fascism” and Mr. Aadil M. Wani, student of B. Tech. student from the School of Electronics and Communication, talked about “Sovereignty: Going Beyond Politics”. Prof. Shiva Nirmohi (a renowned Hindi and Dogri writer of J&K) explained why religious fundamentalism cannot survive in a democratic system. The session ended with the comments of chairperson, Prof. Ved Kumari Ghai. Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi presented mementos and certificates to the invited guests and participants.
The discussions in the seminar were focused on the meaning and value of democracy and related concepts such as equality and justice. It was concluded that democracy is a virtue which should be inculcated in the every citizen of India. In the last, Mr. Madhu Mangal Chaturvedi delivered the vote of thanks.
Around 60 students along with their faculty-in-charge from Govt. College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu, MAM PG College, Jammu, Govt. College for Women, Parade and R. K. Degree College, Vijaypur, Samba were invited to participate in the celebration. MA and PhD students of Philosophy helped in organizing the event. Some B. Tech and PhD students of English also participated in the event.