Textual Workshop on Samkara Advaita Vedanta begins at SMVDU


SMVDU, Katra J&K: 16 March, 2015 - The School of Philosophy and Culture, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVD University) Katra organizes “Textual Workshop on Samkara Advaita Vedanta”, sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), New Delhi from 16th – 31st March, 2015. The chief guest of the inaugural session was Prof. V. Verma, acting Vice Chancellor, SMVD University, and the Guest of Honour was Prof. V. N. Jha (Resource Person). Prof. V. K. Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences presided over the inaugural session. Dr. V. K. Tripathi (Director, SOPC) welcomed all guests and highlighted the merits of Advaita Vedanta. Dr. A. K. Tewari (Coordinator) introduced the concept note of the textual workshop.


Prof. Jha expressed his deep concern on the need to revive Sanskrit writings as translated works (in English) is more of loss than gain. Prof. Jha also emphasized that unless one understands the structure of a language one cannot understand the philosophical contributions made through the language. Reading a philosophy through translation results into loss of meaning and actual intent of a text. Prof. Bhat highlighted the inability of English language to capture the Sanskrit language repertoire. Prof. Verma in his address accepted the need and importance of indigenous languages especially Sanskrit. He also gave example that no country in the world has given up its own language, so Indian languages must be promoted particularly when we wish to understand a classical texts. Mr. Sumanta S. Sharma delivered the vote of thanks. There are more than 50 participants from all corners of the country and Prof. Jha will be teaching the text ‘Vedantaparibhasha’ of Dharmarajadvarindra during the coming fifteen days.

Two day workshop on “Bionformatics: Approaches in the –omics Era” concluded at SMVDU


Two day workshop on Bioinfromatics on the theme “Bionformatics: Approaches in the –omics Era” concluded today at the School of Biotechnology, SMVDU, Katra. During the workshop Lectures and Hands-on sessions were carried out by Dr. M.M. Kumar Scientist SciGenome, Kerala, Dr. Satish Kumar and Dr. Bhanu Bhargava, Scientists Genotypic Technology Ltd., Bangalore as the resource persons. They delivered lectures on the use of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Strategies for Human and Plant Genomes in addition to its applications in Metagenomics. In the Hands-on session the use of various softwares analyses was demonstrated. The participants were also given training on Linux-based software tools frequently used in Bioinformatic analyses. The workshop concluded late in the evening after the Hands-on session. Prof. V.Verma, Acting Vice Chancellor and Co-ordinator Bioinformatics centre SMVDU speaking on the occasion highlighted the importance of the Next Generation Sequencing in the biological samples and thanked the resource personnel for their very well designed Hands-on training & lectures programme. Later he distributed the certificates of participation to the participants.

Workshop on Cyber Safety Conducted at SMVDU


SMVDU, 12 March: In today’s digital era, our virtual lives have overtaken the real ones we spend more time with our social media than our real friends. Nowadays the cyber world is the new reality, but with the advent of this cyber age there has arise new problems - the Cyber Crime Especially in India, a country which boasts of a massive population of internet users, cyber security has become a matter of prime concern.13032015_cyber02And to make today's youth aware of these problems, the NSS in collaboration with School of Computer Science, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University organized a workshop on “Cyber safety and Social Issues” from 11-12 March. Mr. Rakshit Tandon – a veteran and expert in the field – serving as advisor to different govt. agencies and ministries and other organization across the world, was the resource person on the occasion. Mr.Rakshit Tandon is also the director of ABR Information Security Solutions Pvt.Ltd, as well as a consultant for cyber crime department for Delhi and Haryana Police.

Dr. V. K. Tripathi flagged off the workshop with a small speech emphasizing the need for cyber security in India followed by Dr. Ajay Kaul, Director School of Computer Science, who made students aware of the looming cyber threats which we are facing today. During the workshop Mr. Rakshit Tandon   discussed various cases of cyber crimes he came across as a consultant for cyber crimes department. He especially emphasized the problem of online stalking, bullying and sexual predation against minors, which has recently become a major problem in Indian cyber space. The Fact that nothing once digitalized can ever be deleted, as well as our negligence towards this matter has been the reason for the Indian cyber population falling prey to online crimes. While India has a population of nine hundred million internet users, only 8-10% are aware and responsible netizens. Another major problem is lack of proper supervision of the younger generation online. This has led to unguided and unrestricted usage of online resources which often leads to minors diverting towards cybercrime, ruining their lives. According to statistics, India loses about 8 billion USD to cyber frauds each year, and this too, when only 10-20% for our netizens are aware and qualified users.

The workshop also covered topics like internet addiction, cookie tracing, difference between Hacking and Ethical Hacking, android vulnerability and importance of Cyber Hygiene and Netiquettes. The workshop concluded with discussion on career prospects in the field of cyber forensics. The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. V.K. Tripathi, Coordinator NSS, SMVDU.  

Workshop on Bioinformatics: Approaches in the –omics Era


A two days workshop on “Bionformatics: Approaches in the –omics Era”, funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India was conducted at School of Biotechnology (SBT), Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra from 10th -11th March, 2015.


Prof. V. Verma, Acting Vice Chancellor SMVDU and Co-ordinator Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility, SMVDU welcomed all the participants and apprised the gathering about the scope of the workshop in this important area of research. He gave a detailed overview of the history of bioinformatics in India particularly the BTISNet system of DBT. He further highlighted the activities of the Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility (BIF) centre of SMVDU. Mr. Ajay Khajuria, Registrar, SMVDU in his address apprised the gathering about the progress made by the university in different spheres of academics. The proceedings of the inaugural function were carried out by Mr. Parvez Singh Slathia, Assistant Professor, SBT. Dr. M.M. Kumar from SciGenome, Kerala was the resource person for the technical session. He delivered a lecture on the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Strategies and its applications. In the hands on session Dr. Kumar demonstrated the use of software s required for NGS data analysis. The aim of the workshop is to impart hands-on training to the participants to the latest bioinformatics tools in use in various areas of biotechnology using state-of-art soft & hardwares. 40 delegates from various institutions and universities of the region are participating in the event. The goal of this workshop is to bring together eminent and active researchers in the area of bioinformatics from research institutes and academia, for presentations and dialogue.

SMVDU Faculty delivers an Invited talk on Nanotechnology

08032015_phy01Dr. Vinay Kumar, a young and dynamic faculty member in the School of Physics, SMVDU has delivered an invited talk entitled “Recent development of nanophosphors in Solid State Lighting and displays” in the three day “National Conference on Microscopy & Advances in Material Sciences” (NCMAMS – 2015) organized by Crystal Growth & Material Research Lab in association with Electron Microscopy Society of India (EMSI) – North Zone Chapter and the UGC – SAP programme at Department of Physics & Electronics, University of Jammu.

Dr. Kumar, talked in detail about the importance of fluorescent nanoparticles (so called nanophosphors) which is a essential component of all kind of lights and displays like LED bulbs, CFL, and latest 4K TV and plasma HD TV and displays”. He covered the entire technology from laboratory to practical applications which includes the basics of synthesis, microscopic characterizations (TEM & SEM) and various spectroscopic (PL, UV, XPS etc) techniques of the oxide based nanophosphors to its practical use in lighting and displays. His research is financially supported by various funding agencies like DST (Govt. of India), DAE (Govt. of India) and UGC, New Delhi.

In concluding session, Dr. K. Muraleedharan President EMSI and Director, DRDO (Technical) at Head quarter, Delhi appreciated the work presented by Dr. Kumar.

SMVDU organizes an ICSSR sponsored one day National Seminar


Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, presided on the occasion as Chief Guest. Prof. Jain, pioneer in Intellectual Property Rights Education in India, emphasized upon the need Geographical Indication for the economic development of local business of north-western region.

Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean, Faculty of Management and Chairman of the Seminar, welcomed the audience.

Dr. Ashutosh Vashishtha, Director, School of Business of SMVD University briefed the participants about the Department and University.

Prof. Dipankar Sengupta, Head of Economics department of Jammu University, the Keynote speaker, discussed about the strategies to enhance economic growth of the north-western states. He emphasized upon the need to develop local businesses like handicrafts, fruits and dry fruits, pashmina, tourism to have unique proposition to be identified on global horizon.

This National Seminar provided a platform for exchange of ideas to combat the challenges of business and economic concerns of North-western region of India. The opportunities in north-western states to establish and enhance business were also discussed.

45 papers were selected for the seminar for presentation. The papers were received from TBS, Commerce Department, Udhampur campus of Jammu University, SMVD University, BGSB University, Pacific University, Udaipur, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Arni University and Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, and North Bengal University.

Prof. Neetu Andotra was the Guest of Honour in Valedictory Session. She shared her expertise and knowledge with the audience. The best papers were selected. First prize went to Amanpreet Kour, Research Scholar of Punjab School of Economics of GNDU, Amritsar. Her paper titled, ‘Social Sector Spending in India with Special Reference to Northern States’ was co-authored by Dr. Baljit Kaur. Ms Vaishali of Commerce Department, Jammu University, got the second prize for her paper titled, ‘Impact of Group Behavior on Group Performance: A Study of J&K Public Corporations’. Her paper was co-authored by Ms. Ramandeep Kour and Ms Richa Gupta. Third prize went to Ms. Roomi Rani for her paper titled, ‘The mediating effect of talent management on mentoring and organisational commitment in the banking sector’. Her paper was co-authored by Dr. Jeevan Jyoti of Commerce department of Jammu University.

The seminar details were given by Mr. Pabitra Kumar Jena, the Coordinator of the Seminar and vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Rashi Taggar, the organizing secretary of the Seminar.

SMVDU organizes expert lecture series on various aspects of power transmission

The School of Energy Management, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University organized an expert lecture series on various aspects of power transmission i.e. Facts of transmission system, ways to reduce energy losses and understanding quality of power supply, smart grid applications, Hot line maintenance, Disaster management in electric transmission system with particular reference to recent floods in the state of Jammu & Kashmir by Sh. K. R. Suri, Retd. Gen. Mgr. of Power Grid and consultant to Sterlite Power Grid Ventures. Mr. Suri spoke about challenges of transmission systems in depth and shared his vast experience in transmission system up to 765 kV with M.Tech. (Energy Management) students. The students were exposed to latest techniques being adopted to increase viability of transmission system for comfort of society. He also elaborated upon the latest trends in power transmission and distribution to minimize energy losses.

This expert lecture series was organized to ensure that the students of M Tech. (Energy Management) are exposed to latest techniques being adopted to ensure quality power solutions.

Mr. Suri was welcomed by Dr. Sanjeev Anand, Assistant Prof., School of Energy Management, SMVDU who also coordinated the full lecture series.

2 Days Workshop on “Camera for Social Change” concluded

NSS, SMVDU: 1st March: 2 Days Workshop on “Camera for Social Change” from 28 Feb. – 1 March 2015, organized by NSS concluded yesterday late evening. Mr. Tripurari Nath Tiwari and his three members’ team from Delhi visited the campus to conduct the workshop. 40 students from SMVDU took part in the events. The students were divided in 6 groups and were introduced to script-writing, taking shots, editing, and all other components of film making. 02032015_news01The themes chosen by different groups were based upon social issues. The acting, direction, shot-taking and editing was all done by students’ teams only. The workshop was a fully activity-based workshop and all participating students worked very hard to complete their films in one night’s time. At the end of the workshop, all teams submitted their films and those were critically evaluated by the resource persons. The workshop wars targeted to build trained groups of students to cover all kinds of events and activities on the campus as and when required. The event was a grand success. Dr. V. K. Tripathi, Coordinator NSS, delivered a vote of thanks.


National Science Seminar concludes at SMVDU


A Three day National Science Seminar from Feb 25th to 27th, 2015 on the theme “Extensive applications of nuclear technology for welfare and public awareness” organized jointly by School of Physics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra and Hindi Vigyan Sahitya Parishad (HVSP), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai concluded today. Prof. S K Jain, Hon’ble VC, SMVDU was the Chief Guest at the Valedictory ceremony. He emphasizes that for the proper use of nuclear energy and technology, it is very important that scientists, academicians, researchers, students and all of society should be properly educated and informed.

About 16 special talks on various topics like nuclear energy and its multiple uses, desalination and water purification, radiation technology, food security and its safety, nanomaterials and its use in drug delivery, accelerator and its applications, waste management etc. were presented in the three days seminar. The Seminar was attended by a galaxy of scientists, faculty and students.

Beside dedicated subject related talk sessions, other activities like poster session and an educational skit on the theme Electricity ki duniya ka CEO(Clean Energy Option) was presented by the students of SMVDU. A quiz competition was also organized in which Mr. Deepak Jha and Mr. Karan Sapolia of B.Tech (CSE) emerged winners and were facilitated with Gold medal and certificates.

Prof. Jain congratulated faculty of the School of Physics for having organized such Seminars which will help the institution to achieve excellence in academics and scientific endeavors. He accentuates that such seminars will act as channel for creating an atmosphere which will encourages and inspire students and young researcher for their overall academic growth.

Others present on the occasion were Dr. PB Bhagvat (Vice-chairman HVSP), Sh. Kavindra Pathak, Secretary, HVSP, S. R K Mishra, organizer National Science seminar, Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Dean of Student SMVDU and Dr. Jitendra Sharma, School of Physics & Convener National science seminar.

An Eminent scientist at BARC, Dr. S. K. Malhotra, summarized the event and presented the vote of thanks.

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.

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