On the occassion of Independence day, Tricolor was unfurled by Prof Sudhir K Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU at the university campus. Registrar of the university, Ajay Khajuria, Deans, Directors , faculty, staff and students participated in the flag hoisting ceremony which was followed by an enthralling cultural programme by the students of the university in the Matrika auditorium.
Speaking on the occassion, Prof Jain urged the student community particularly the new entrants to realize the significance of independence and always strive to attain excellence. The flag hoisting was followed by a scintillating cultural programme presented by the students.
The Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission declared the Kashmir Administrative Services result for Year 2013 on 1 August 2014. A total of 99 candidates have qualified this exam. Out of the total candidates, two students of School of Business Management “ Sahil Bhagotra and Sheena Sahni ” have brought laurels to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. Mr. Sahil Bhagotra (MBA 2010-2012) has secured rank 9 in the state list. His optionals were public administration and sociology. He has also worked with ICICI Bank and J&K Grameen Bank. It was his second attempt. He wants to work more for upliftment and empowerment of weaker sections of the society as well as women protection. Miss Sheena Sahni (MBA 2011-2013) has secured rank 27 in the list. Her optionals were sociology and political science. She wants to work for woman empowerment and bring in technological and innovative reforms in implementation of government policies. It was her first attempt. The two students wish to apply their managerial skills learnt during the course for holistic development of the state. They attribute their success to the Almighty, their Parents and the Teachers who taught them in their Under Graduate and Post Graduate courses.
An ICSSR sponsored two day International Conference on “Shifting Paradigms in Applied Economics and Management: Course Correction”, organized by Faculty of Management, on 1st and 2nd August 2014, concluded successfully.
The inaugural programme was held in Matrika Auditorium of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, presided on the occasion as Chief Guest. Prof. Jain, pioneer in Intellectual Property Education in India, emphasized upon the need for creativity and diligence for success and sustenance and congratulated the team behind this exercise. Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean, Faculty of Management, welcomed the audience and briefed the guests about the Department and University. Prof. Rajah Rasiah from University of Malaya, Malaysis, the Keynote speaker, discussed about the significance of South-east Asian experience with respect to the Asian and Global Financial crisis. The Guest of Honour, Prof. Kuldeep Kumar from Bond University, Australia, deliberated upon the prevalence of fraud and corruption and their impact on the performance, in select cases. Mr. Vibhakar Khajuria, Cluster Head, Jammu region, representing J&K Bank, one of the sponsors of the event, was also present as Special Guest. Dr. Mai Thai, from International Business Department, HEC Montreal, Canada, who delivered her lecture through Video Conference and Prof. K.V. Bhanumurthy, Department of commerce, Delhi School of Economics, were the other Guest Speakers.
The International Conference received messages of blessings and wishes of success from Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble Governor, J&K State, Shri N.N. Vohra, ICSSR and from many other dignitaries and luminaries.
The ICSSR sponsored International Conference, a first by the Faculty of Management, SMVDU, was an exercise to provide a cross platform for exchange of ideas involving the best and the most accomplished in the business of Economics and Management, especially in the present environment of massive Economic, Political and Social turmoil. Through this Conference, various topics concerning Management practices and contemporary Economic issues were deliberated upon and the productive meeting of intellectuals is expected to provide infusion of pragmatic and logical solutions to the complex issues regarding the theme of the Conference, which policy makers could use as guiding principles at various levels of planning and decision making. The conference was an exercise at micro level in initiating an in-depth and comprehensive debate of international standards regarding present status, challenges and issues confronting the present Indian Economic eco-system and Management practices, in relation to and in context of present global Economic scenario. The two-day International Conference is widely expected to strive to bring Academicians, Researchers, Business Managers, Professionals, Practitioners, Scholars and Policy makers together on one platform, for exchange and sharing of their experiences, ideas and research results, related to varied aspects of Applied Economics and Business Management.
The Chief Guest for the Valedictory session was Prof. Amarjeet Singh Sethi, from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and Prof. Neelu Rohmetra, from School of Business, University of Jammu and Rector, Kathua Campus, was Guest of Honor. The valedictory address was delivered by Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean, Faculty of Management, SMVDU.
The Conference evoked massive response as is evident from the more than 150 participants having registered for the event from within India and abroad. Papers were presented in twelve technical sessions. The paper presented by Prof. Amarjeet Singh Sethi, from GNDU, Amritsar, on “Developmental expenditure and Total factor Productivity growth……..” bagged first prize in the best paper presented category. Dr. Surenderrao Komera, from Institute of Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai, received second prize for his paper themed Heterogeneity And Asymmetry In Speed Of Leverage Adjustment: Evidence From Indian Firms and Prof. K.V. Bhanumurthy, Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, on the topic, Growth and Instability in India’s Current account Balance: A policy period Analysis, got the third prize in the category.
An English theme play, Shakespeare's “RICHARD III” was staged by the famous theatre group, Natrang, as part of cultural evening held for the guests and inmates, on 1st August evening.
Dr. Kakali Majumdar, Convener, briefed guests and delegates, about details and schedule of the two days event. The vote of thanks was presented by Mr. Pabitra Kumar Jena, Organizing secretary of the conference.
A two weeks ISTE workshop on Computer Networking in collaboration with IIT Bombay was conducted successfully at SMVDU campus from 30th June -5th July, 2014 under the coordination of Mr. Sudesh Kumar as a workshop coordinator and Remote Center Coordinator. The workshop was sponsored by National Mission on Education through ICT, MHRD, Govt. of India.
The mode of presentation was live lecture series through A-View software by the eminent professors of IIT Bombay. The participants were teaching faculties from SMVDU and faculty members from Seth G.L. Bihani S.D. PG College, Sri Ganganagar and various technical Institutes of the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
It was live interaction program where participants were attended the rigorous curriculum developed by IIT Bombay. There were live lectures through A-VIEW software in the morning session followed by hands on laboratory session in the afternoon. Participants enjoyed the hands on laboratory sessions on various packet capturing and spoofing tools like Tcpdump, Wireshark, and Arping. During the laboratory sessions participants were also learned how to simulate network design on Network Simulation tool NS2.
The workshop covered the basic concepts of computer networking and opened new pathways for teaching the subject to the students. Apart from lecture series on computer networking, IIT Faculties also briefed about flipped classroom and MOOCH Model to the participants.
The Workshop Organizing Committee is Highly Thankful to Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Prof. S.K. Jain, Dean College of Engineering Prof. V. Verma and Registrar Mr. Ajay Khajuria for encouraging us and giving opportunity to conduct such kind of workshop at SMVDU in collaboration with IIT Bombay and other administrative departments including Finance, Academics & Research, Stores & Procurements, Media Cell, Transportation, Electricity Wing, Network Centre, Guest House and Dean of Students. The organizing committee also thanked Dr. Ajay Koul, I/c Director, faculty & staff members of the School of Computer Science & Engineering for their continuous support during the workshop.
Shri K. K. Srivastava, Ex- Member (Traffic), Railway Board, India interacted with the faculty and research scholars of Shri Mata Vaishna Devi University, Jammu. Prof. S. K Jain, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of the University was present during the session. After brief introduction, the interaction began with the discussion on Railway Budget. The eminent guest elucidated the causes behind Railways running in loss. Focusing on cost per passenger kilometer and freight charges, he explained the chief reasons for the deficit in India Railways as being the large gap in demand-supply as well as massive cost inflation over the period. While answering queries related to the fluctuation in the performance of Indian Railways, he clarified that the system does not change overnight, it needed time and the whole system had to function in tandem to have the changes take place. The guest also highlighted upon some of the major technical aspects related to understanding of the often misconceived notions like delays, unscheduled stoppages, speed, sanitation, water supply and other related safety issues that is seen as not being up to the mark and also the main reasons behind these shortcomings. He expounded that though passenger comfort and facilities had improved over time, more investment and budgetary support was needed for modernization of this sector. While sharing his experience, he opined that punctuality, safety and sanitation are the three focused area to be addressed for bringing Indian Railways upto the world class standards. With his rich experience, the ex-railway board member thus gave a useful insight into the internal functioning of Railway system.
Hon’ble Vice Chancellor expressed his interest in having a Railway reservation counter inside the SMVDU campus and enquired about its procedure from Mr. Shrivatava. The guest visitor elaborated on the procedural steps and necessary formalities to be initiated for having the PRS (Passenger Reservation System) facility within the Campus.
The interactive session, in an informal atmosphere, where ideas were meaningfully exchanged, was quite effective and enlightening for the listeners.
Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), J&K Regional Branch organized one day training programme on “Leadership: Carving the Path towards Organisational Effectiveness” in collaboration with School of Business, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. The training programme was attended by 105 participants from 20 different government departments / private sector organizations including Traffic Police, PHE, Information, CAPD, Animal Husbandry, CID, Special Bureau, RBI, PHQ, National Garage, Jamkash, Horticulture, Drugs and Food Control, State Information Commissioner, J&K Bank, Central University of Jammu, SMVDU and members of IIPA. The training programme was organized with a focus to enlighten the role and relevance of effective leadership in organizational excellence. Diverse facets of effective leadership were discussed across five sessions during the training programme.
Prof. Alka Sharma, from the Business School in her introductory address discussed various facets of leadership highlighting the characteristics of a good leader. She said it is important for a leader to be visionary, confident and decisive. Prof. Sudhir K Jain, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU in his address focused on the Role of Leader in Team Building. He highlighted the process of team formation and stressed upon creativity, innovation and problem solving approach. Dr. Suparn Sharma, Director, School of Business, SMVDU in his session discussed the various leadership styles and decision making. Dr. Anil Gupta, The Business School through an activity highlighted the importance of collaboration and synergy in making high performance teams.
Dr. Ashok Bhan, Chairman, IIPA (J&K) shared his own experiences while speaking on “Experience Driven Leadership”. He said that leader should take initiative and engineer change within an organization and innovate in public interest. He emphasized that leaders should give specific directions or set targets for ensuring timely and effective performance. The J&K Regional Branch of IIPA has taken initiatives to organize various training programmes for middle and senior level government officers in the area of leadership development, management competencies and other related areas enabling in good governance. The participants from SMVDU including Dr Roolal Sharma,Asstt. Prof, School of Business, Mr. Samir Vohra, Section Officer, Mr. Joginder Paul, Section Officer, Mr. Sandeep Kumar, Library Assistant, Mr. Ashwani Kumar, Library Assistant and Mr Vivek Sharma, Research Scholar also learned the skills of leadership traits during the event.
National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA, India) is the largest fraternity of undergraduate students of architecture across Asia. It provides a platform for young minds to express themselves on global scale. The “first council meet” which is the foremost event of NASA involves a meeting of the college representatives from different architectural institutions in India associated with NASA. Discussions on various topics, proposals and functioning of the association are the key objectives of the meet.
This year, the first council meet was hosted by School of Architecture and Landscape Design, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra from 20th to 22nd June. Bacil M george, third year student of SALD and Unit Secretary of NASA at School level successfully organized the event with the support of his colleagues. Around 250 delegates from over 110 architectural colleges attended the meet.
On the first day, the event was inaugurated by honorable Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K Jain in the presence of Faculty coordinator Ar. Abhiney Gupta and other dignitaries of SMVDU. It featured launching of NASA’s first newsletter of this year- Thought | Paper | Scissors with the theme of Transformation. In addition, the new collaboration of NASA with Archidesign, Walkthrough Design etc. were introduced along with the few additions in the website. The executive council of NASA India for the 57th year was formally introduced comprising of Waqar Abid A Z (President), Vivek Venkateshappa (Advisor), Pappal Suneja (Vice President), Dileep Reddy Konala (Secretary), Murari Kumarraja (Treasurer), Siddhant Gupta (President, Zone-1), Kapildev Jaiswal (President, Zone-2), Amar Nagmode (President, Zone-3), Shubham Singh (President, Zone-4) and Anmol Kollegal (President, Zone-5), Sabareesh Suresh (President, Zone-6).
The second day proceedings comprised of discussions over the functioning of NASA India, bid presentations for annual and zonal conventions, panel discussions and other interactive platforms of Zonal and National level.
The final day started with open discussion regarding the celebration of NASA Day on 13th September which is the founding day of the organization celebrated nationwide. It proceeded with the launch of LBC (Laurie Baker Centre) workshop schedule, discussion over last year’s annual convention and proposals defining a new outlook for further activities of NASA.
NASA India is thankful to the host college for organizing this event in a smooth manner. The three day event had the finest of amenities with the meetings carried out in a systematic way resulting in numerous positive outcomes. Hoping the same continues for other events in the future.
NASA- National Association of Students of Architecture is a student body Association of undergraduate students of Architecture colleges in the country. Its objective is to provide the students a common platform for interaction where they learn and share their skills and knowledge by hosting different events at Zonal and National level conventions every year. This year School of Architecture & Landscape Design (SALD) got the chance to host the 57th Council Meet of the Association. This meet is a three days event (20-22’ June’2014) being attended by more than 200 representatives of various Architecture colleges across India. The main focus of the meet is the proceedings of 57th year of NASA India primarily the venue and dates of Annual NASA Convention ‘2015, which is likely to be attended by more than 5000 Architecture students of India and SAARC countries.
Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU Prof. S.K Jain today inaugurated the event at 10:30 AM in the main hall of Matrika Auditorium. In his inaugural speech he emphasized upon the regular extension of creativity skills of budding Architects. These budding Architects can shape the Indian cities in an unprecedented manner as some of the leading towns of the world. He wished the student delegates for their comfortable stay and successful learning over the next three days at SMVDU. He also applauded the efforts done by host students particularly NASA Unit Secretary of SALD, Mr. Bacil M. George, a third year Architecture student.
Officiating Director, SALD Ar. Abhiney Gupta presented the welcome note and expressed his gratitude towards Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU primarily, Registrar SMVDU, Sh. Ajay Khajuria and Finance Officer SMVDU, Sh. Rohit Khajuria for being supportive in facilitating to conduct such a large-scale event. He also mentioned the successful conduct of the similar scale event Zonal NASA hosted by the school in 2010 in which more than 700 Architecture students participated. He further mentioned day and night efforts by the Architecture students of SMVDU which turned the event into a proud moment for SALD and SMVDU at large.
Inaugural function included the launch of NASA India’s official website by NASA President Waqar Abid and Vice-President Pappal Suneja in the presence of Secretary Dileep Reddy, Advisor Vivek Venkateshappa and Treasurer Murari Kumar Raja. Further, NASA official newsletter ‘Thoughts/ Papers/ Scissors June 2014- Transformation Phase’ was released by Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU in the presence of Officiating Director, Dean of Students, Directors of other schools, faculty members of SALD and Executive Council of NASA India. NASA India also proposed to incorporate Architectural case-studies in their official website as a database for Architecture students.
Event was attended by faculty/ staff members of SMVDU and students belonging to host University as well as student delegates. The three-day event shall comprise of different board meetings in order to take up important decisions pertaining to working of NASA India. Already NASA has proposed Archi Design award for best undergraduate thesis and best student category from across the country.
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University holds distinction of being chosen by C-WET (Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Chennai), Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Govt. of India for setting up of Solar Radiation Resource Assessment (SRRA) Station at School of Energy Management. The project is fully sponsored by Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Govt. of India and is being implemented by center for wind energy, technologies, Chennai. The SRRA station is an automatic stand-alone system using high quality, high resolution equipment/instruments to assess and quantify solar radiation availability along with weather parameters to develop a Solar Atlas SMVD University is the only university in Jammu & Kashmir offering research programs in the area of renewable energy, energy management etc and such achievements will be very helpful in increasing the research output for sustainable development.
The SRRA station set up on the roof top of academic block D of the university was inaugurated by Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVD University. Prof. Jain congratulated School of Energy Management for this initiative and suggested that the School of Energy Management should look into the possibilities of other centrally funded schemes in the areas of renewable energy.
Dr. Sanjeev Anand, Assistant Professor, School of Energy Management stated that this station will be extremely useful for the professionals working in the area of Renewable Energy as the data required for any Research & Development activities of the University can be accessed from it. He added that these stations are established to estimate reliable ground solar radiation and meteorological data that are crucial for planning and implementation of solar power plants and other devices. Solar radiation assessment is a critical activity for setting up solar projects. The quality of the resource also impacts the type of technology which may be used at a specific place for solar power generation.Dean faculty of Sciences Prof. V. K. Bhat, Dean of Students Dr. Yugal Khajuria, PS to VC Mr. Vinod Sharma, Chief Security Officer Mr. R. S. Charak, Mr. Ankush Gupta, Mr. Ved Raj Khullar, and Mr. Kaushalendra Kumar, Mr. Tripurari as representatives from C-WET were also present on the occasion.
Dr Anil Kumar, of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University has been awarded the prestigious Raman Post-doctoral Fellowship for the year 2013-14 by the University Grants Commission, Govt. of India. Dr Kumar is an Asstt. Professor at the School of Biotechnology, SMVDU which is fast emerging as a leading centre in Biotechnology in North India offering undergraduate/post-graduate degrees as also research opportunities especially in the areas of Molecular biology, Genetic Engineering, Microbial/Fungal Biotechnology, Organic Chemistry and Human Genetics. The fellowship which will be of 12 months duration will be hosted at the Texas A&M University, USA and will provide an excellent opportunity to the Young Indian Scientist to interact with American academia to know the developments taking place at the international level. Dr Anil Kumar’s area of interest will be “Application of Chiral Werner Salts in catalytic enantio-selective organic synthesis of bioactive molecules”. The outcome of the research work is envisaged to be put in the form of high impact publications and patents, and besides contributing to the existing scientific knowledge in the relevant field of study, may also pave way for advanced research in collaborative manner between the two countries.