SMVDU-Cambridge awarded prestigious UGC-UKIERI Thematic Partnership Project

Dr. Sunil Kumar Wanchoo (SMVDU) is the PI from Indian side

02022015_newShri Mata Vaishno Devi University, J&K and University of Cambridge, UK have been selected for the prestigious University Grants Commission (UGC) – United Kingdom India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) thematic Partnership project. The award has been given for the project titled “Earthquake Hazard Evaluation in Jammu and Kashmir Himalaya and Western Indo-Gangetic Plains” submitted jointly by Dr. Sunil Kumar Wanchoo, Director I/c School of Innovation and Community Development and Assistant Professor of Physics (SMVDU) and Professor Keith Priestley, Bullard Laboratories (University of Cambridge) as Principal Investigators. The projects are approved after a stringent evaluation process and this is one amongst 10 partnerships that have been approved this year by the UKIERI Project Board between the two countries out of which 6 projects are science and technology based. Dr. Supriyo Mitra (IISER Kolkata) and Dr. Alex Copley (University of Cambridge) are also a part of this collaborative project.

The purpose of the proposed research is to increase the capability and effectiveness in earthquake science in NW India by the operation of a modern, broadband seismic network to locate earthquakes and identify active faults, and through training of young scientists in the range of available modern techniques and methodologies in area of seismology. 16 broadband seismographs are proposed to be setup in J&K as a part this project.

Dr. Wanchoo and Dr. Mitra are already engaged in setting up and running of seismographs in J&K Himalaya and have also commissioned 9 broadband seismographs in J&K. They have recently presented the preliminary results of their work at the 2014 Fall Meeting of American Geophysical Union held in San Francisco. Dr. Wanchoo has also been granted a Major Research Project by UGC to further the seismological research in this region which falls under the seismic Zone IV and V in collaboration with Dr. Mitra.

Republic Day celebration at SMVDU


On the occasion of 66th Republic Day, Tricolour was unfurled by Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University at the Inauguration Pavilion, university campus, Katra on 26th January, 2015 in the presence of Registrar, Sh. Ajay Khajuria, deans, directors, faculty members, staff and students. In his address, Prof. Jain greeted the SMVDU fraternity on the day of tremendous significance and said that India is emerging as one of the progressive nations because it has one of the best constitutions of the world and the need of the hour is to enhance the pace of work in the country so that it can compete with other developed nations particularly the ones which gained independence in 1940s and 1950s. Emphasizing the significance of time, the Vice Chancellor advised everyone to make conscientious effort to be time-bound in accomplishing any task. Highlighting various progressive measures taken by university like Professional development assistance for faculty, summer semester for students and expansion of the infrastructure and buldings of university, the vice chancellor urged all SMVDU fraternity to monitor their progress individually by introspecting whether one is an asset or a liability on the university. A scintillating cultural programme was presented by students in the Matrika auditorium under the guidance of cultural coordinator Mr. Anil Bhardwaj, Asst. Professor, School of Electronics and Communication engineering.

Orientation-cum-Training Programme for the Use of Data Resources Conducted at SMVDU


A Special Session was conducted for the students of MBA & Five years Integrated Dual Degree M.Sc(Economics) of School of Business of SMVDU by Mr. Pranab Bhatnagar,Head Household Survey, Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt. Ltd.(CMIE) Jaipur and Mr.Shabir Hussain Shah, Field Information Officer, CMIE, Mohali.

During that Orientation-cum training session, students of M.Sc(Economics) & MBA raised 22012015_01number of queries to access the available digital database infrastructure in the School of Business, Faculty of Management.

During the occasion faculty members of SOB including Director,SOB also familiarized the students about the use of available data resources and their applications, while preparing their dissertation work, other analytical reports in the area of Indian economy, Marketing Research, Business Analytics etc. Mr. Bhatnagar enlightened the students about the usage of two products of CMIE which are purchased by SMVDU including Prowess & Economic Outlook which can ensure the availability of data infrastructure more comfortably on real time basis.

Professor from University of Pretoria Delivers Lecture at SMVDU


The School of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University organized an expert lecture on “Smart Grid features in Conventional and Renewable Power Systems” by Prof. Ramesh Bansal, Professor and Group Head (Power) in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Prof. Bansal spoke about challenges of conversional and renewable power systems including improvement of efficiency of coal based power plants through minimizing slugging and fouling, power system control of hybrid systems, and use of clean renewable DG energy sources (wind, PV, etc.) to reduce CO2 emissions and minimise energy losses. He also elaborated upon the latest trends in power generation and distribution including generation through small clean distributed generations (DGs) energy sources to minimise energy losses. Also power demand for isolated communities is met through hybrid power systems (wind-diesel, wind-PV-diesel, etc.) to utilise renewable energy sources and minimise diesel fuel costs.

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. Earlier, Professor Bansal was welcomed by Director, School of E&CE and the vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Rakesh K. Jha, Asstt. Professor who along with Mr. Sachin Gupta, Asstt. Professor and Mr. Ashish Suri, Asstt. Professor coordinated the visit.

SMVDU faculty presents poster in 2014 Fall Meeting of AGU

DrSunilDr. Sunil Kumar Wanchoo, Assistant Professor in Physics, and Director I/c School of Innovation and Community Development in SMVD University participated in the Annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) held at San Francisco, CA, USA from December 15th -19th , 2014.

Dr. S. K. Wanchoo presented a co-authored poster titled “Lithospheric Structure & Earthquakes beneath Kashmir Himalaya”. The conference was attended by over 25000 delegates from all over the world who presented over 23000 abstracts during the event.

The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest meeting in the area of geophysical and space sciences in the world. Now in its 47th year it is considered as the most sought after place to present research, hear about the latest discoveries, trends, and challenges in the field.

The work presented by Dr. Wanchoo during the meeting is the preliminary outcome of the collaborative research work between SMVDU-IISER, Kolkata-University of Cambridge in J&K Himalayas. As a part of this collaboration 9 broadband seismographs have already been setup and their number is expected to go up to 40 in next few years.

Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology, GOI provided the travel support to him for attending the meeting.

SMVDU faculty delivered a talk in International Conference on Mathematics and its Applications in Kuwait

26112014_01Prof. V. K. Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University visited Kuwait to attend International Conference on Mathematics and its Applications at University of Kuwait from14.11.2014 to 17.11.2014. The Conference was sponsored by University of Kuwait and Kuwait Foundation for the advancement of Sciences.

The conference was attended by about 100 leading Mathematicians including Field Medallist Prof. Vladimir Voevodsky, and about one hundred fifty young faculty, research scholars & students from about twenty countries.

Latest developments in Mathematics (Algebra, Graph Theory and Applied Mathematics) and applications were discussed and presented during plenary lectures, invited talks, contributory talks and other informal discussions.

Prof. Bhat delivered a talk titled “Polynomial Rings over Near Completely Prime Ideal Rings” during the conference.


NDRF Conducts Lecture-cum-Demonstration Session at SMVDU


SMVDU, 17 November: The 7th National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) visited the campus on 17th November and gave demonstration of disaster response techniques and rescue methods in case of a natural calamity or in emergency situation. The session was organized by NSS and took place in the Fountain Plaza between 5.00-6.00 PM. The NDRF team was led by Inspector Chandra Singh Bora and his team comprising 11 members. The team focused upon demonstratively explaining rescue of human life in case of earthquakes, flood or any other accident, artificial breathing, lifting the bodies, emergency communication, minimizing damage or loss of life, controlling bleeding etc. The session was mainly designed to be an awareness program which really threw light on use of common sense and basic techniques.

Around 300 students, mainly from 1st year UG students, senior NSS volunteers, students of MSc Physics and some faculty and staff members participated in the event. The session began with welcome to the NDRF team by Coordinator NSS. He also thanked all the participants at the end of the event for sparing their valuable time out of their busy schedule and at a short notice.

Hostels Zealous with “Swacch Bharat Abhiyan”


SMVDU, 15 November: The first phase of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan started at 9.00 AM in each hostels. Group of students from each hostel choosing to voluntarily contribute service to the noble cause of the ‘abhiyan’ came forward and deployed themselves inside the respective hostels, the vicinity of the hostel buildings, fountain plaza, Nescafe area and the pathways. The cleaning tools were provided by the housekeeping and the horticulture sections. The ‘abhiyan’ received encouraging support from the security office too. The hostel staff also extended their best support in the ‘abhiyan’.

GS of SAC Mr. Mayur Dhaliwal and Cultural Secretary Mr. Ashwani Singh also took a leading role in the conduct of the ‘abhiyan’ Senior NSS volunteers, MSc/MTech students from Kailash Hostel actively participated. A good number of students from Vindhyachal Hostel also took the opportunity to prepare space for a Volleyball court behind the hostel. 1st year UG students and their CRs namely Rishab, Jigyas, Akash, Nikhil, Ayoosh played key role. From amongst faculty members, Dr. Narendra Bairwa also participated along with research scholars of Biotechnology. Total around 300 students took active part. Some of the students also put temporary dustbins at suitable places. The need for placing proper dustbins at suitable locations was also felt by all participants.

Pledge Taking: At the end of the ‘abhiyan’ at around 11.30 AM all groups conducted the pledge taking at respective places. The pledge really instilled a sense of responsibility towards the dream of ‘Clean India’ as once envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi. The pledge at Vindhyachal Hostel and in the fountain plaza was conducted by NSS Coordinator.

Vikalp Observes 50th Children’s Day


SMVDU, 14 November: Vikalp kids turn exuberant as they have a number of cultural and literary competitive events to participate in as they observe 50th Children’s Day. It was like a grand festival for them as they along with their mentors were busy for the entire week in decorations, painting, poster making, preparing for songs, poetry and dance competitions. The actual event started at 2.30 PM in Sanskriti Kaksha. Quleen Kaur, Simranpreet, Ashwani Singh and Mr. Sanjay Dogra from Post Office were the judges of the events. About 85 kids, from KG to +2 standards, more than 50 NSS volunteers who are their mentors participated in event. Mr. Sumanta Sharma and Ms. Agnieszka Sharma distributed eatables among all kids. Mr. Ashish Suri donated sports items and MSc Physics students distributed stationary. Anand Kumar, Chitrartth Nirmal, Bipin Mishra, Jayvardhan, Kaushal, Shambhu Vishwkarma, Monika, Mitika, Anbu, Shivani, Sadhvi, Tanish, Shobhit, Shaurya Jain, Nishant, Nidhi, Kushboo, Manvi, Mosir, Nikhil, Devendra, Rishabh, Shreya and many more mentors were on their toes. Rajat Mishra and Vishakha conducted the show.

Valedictory & Prize Distribution: The valedictory took place at 5.00 PM in the Fountain Plaza, in which Sh. Ajay Khajuria, the Registrar of SMVDU was the chief guest. Coordinator NSS welcomed the gathering and briefed about the history and current achievements of Vikalp. The Registrar said that it a matter of great satisfaction to see the functioning of Vikalp and congratulated he team for really disseminating the message of selfless service. He also distributed prizes among the winners of various events. Komal, Varun, Akash, Awin and Seema were among the prize winners. The best wishes of the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor were also communicated to all participants.Dr. Saurabh, Dr. Anil K. Tewari, Mr. Manoj Kumar, Mr. Anil Bhardwaj, Dr. Rakesh Jha, Dr. Pabitra Jena, Mr. Balbir Singh, Mr. Mir Irfan Ul Haq, Dr. Narendra Bairwa, Mr. Sudesh, Mr. Dev Prakash, Mr. MM Chaturvedi from amongst faculty and Mr. Dinesh Slathia and Mr. Narrotam from amongst staff members were also present. At the end of the event sweets were distributed among all kids. Sweets were sponsored by M/S Sanjeev Caterers.


Rashtriya Ekta Divas observed at SMVDU

Rashtriya Ekta Divas (Commemorating the Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who united the country) observed at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, J&K

A Report:

31 October2014: Rashtriya Ekta Divas was observed on the campus of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University on 31st October 2014, commemorating the Birth Anniversary of the great visionary and leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. On the occasion, the campus was full of events and enthusiastic participation. Following activities were conducted:

1. Run for Unity:

Early in the morning, the ‘Run for Unity’ started from the Boys’ Hostels at 7.00 AM following the ring road covering the entire campus. The Girls students also joined from their respective hostels. The ‘Run’ began with message of unity and address to students about the contribution of Sardar Patel. The ‘Run’ was flagged off by Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Dean of Students. A good number of students, faculty and staff participated in the event. The ‘Run’ terminated at the Gate-1 of the university at 8.00 AM. Students had also prepared banners/posters/slogans for the occasion. NSS Cell, Security Office, and the Department of Sports were involved in the organization of the ‘Run’. Dr. V. K. Tripathi was the coordinator of the program.

2. Literary Program in the School of Languages & Literature:

The students of the School of Languages & Literature discussed and debated on the life of Sardaar Vallabhbhai Patel and various literary representation of the Iron Man by the authors of the country. The session was followed by extensive discussion. Dr. Vandhana Sharma was the coordinator of the program.

3. Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge:

On the exuberant lead from the Office of the Registrar, the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge was taken by all students and staff at 11.00 AM simultaneously in all classes, administrative building and various sections/departments by the respective faculty members/Directors/Section Heads. A special session for Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge was conducted for all faculty of the University at 4.30 Pm in the Lecture Hall D. The pledge ceremony was conducted by Prof. V. Verma, Dean Faculty of Engineering, in which all the faculty present on the campus participated.



4. Panel Discussion on “India as a Nation and Challenges to Integrity: With Special Reference to the Contribution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel”:

A panel discussion was jointly organized through School of Philosophy of Culture, School of Language & Literature, Mind Meet Forum and School of Innovation and Community Development on the aforesaid theme. Dr. V. K. Tripathi, Mr. Sumanta S. Sharma, Asst. Professors SOPC, Dr. Pabitra Jena, Asst. Prof. School of Business, Mr. Tanish Singh Slathia EEC 4th Year student were the panelists. The panelists highlighted different facades of the topic starting from the historical context of the Independence of India and her immediate challenges of unification and elucidated the contemporary challenges including the threats and human right issues. Dr. Jena covered the socio-economic issues and how unity of the nation is inevitable for economic growth. The session was overwhelmingly participated in by students from Engineering, Management, Sciences and Humanities and was followed by extensive and sensible discussions. Mr. Gurpreet Singh from MBA 1st Year was the main discussant on the occasion.

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