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.

22nd Academic Council of SMVDU held


Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University has initiated a number of innovative and progressive measures to improve and enrich the academic programmes being offered by the university. This was disclosed in the twenty second meeting of the Academic Council of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, held in the university campus on 10th October, 2014 under the chairmanship of the Vice Chancellor Prof.Sudhir K Jain. As disclosed by Prof. Sudhir K Jain, notable academic decisions which have been implemented in the university include modifications in the Academic System Rules & Regulations so as to make them more students friendly but at the same time imposing more accountability so as to inculcate a sense of responsibility in them ; re-structuring of the Council of Students Affairs to give special powers to the student bodies so as to make them all encompassing as far as various literary, organizational, sports and other extra-curricular activities are concerned ; introduction of Professional Development Assistance (PDA) for faculty members to encourage faculty to have wider international exposure by participation in seminars, conferences in different parts of the world with financial assistance from university to the tune of Rs.1.5 lacs for a block period of three years for each faculty member. In addition to these, since its ratification in Executive Council, the university has started Post Doctoral Fellowship which is being offered in very few universities of the country.

In the 22nd Academic Council, the members deliberated over significant issues related to expansion of the university particularly ten years Academic perspective plan upto the year 2025; admission of NRI/ Foreign seats to various degree programmes of university, granting assistantship to Research scholars in each school; establishment of UGC Human Resource Development Centre, Nano-Technology Cell and Technology Business Incubation Centre in the university

Prominent academicians from different areas of discipline attended the meeting as External members All Deans, Directors, Librarian attended the meeting as Ex-officio members & Sh.Ajay Khajuria, the Registrar of the university is Secretary of Council. The External members who attended the meeting were Prof.Sunil Kale HoD, Mechanical Engineering Department, IIT Delhi, Prof. Ratnamala Chatterjee, Department of Physics, IIT Delhi, Prof.manoj K.Panda, Director, Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi, Prof.Suneet Tuli, Dean, R&D, Center for Advance Research in Electronics, IIT Delhi, Prof.Rakesh Mohan Joshi, Chairperson International Collaborations Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.

Seminar on “Accountancy and Commerce Education in India: Contemporary issues and Challenges” begins at SMVDU


A Joint seminar is being organized by School of Business, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University and the Board of Studies, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) on “Accountancy and Commerce Education in India: Contemporary issues and Challenges” at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. The two day-long seminar is being hosted by Jammu & Kashmir Branch of ICAI.

CA. Amarjit Chopra, Past President, ICAI and Chairman, National Advisory Committee on Accounting Standards (NACAS) was the chief guest and Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University was the Guest of Honor. Nationally renowned tax expert and academician Dr. (CA.) Girish Ahuja was one of the dignitaries present on the occasion as a resource person.

While speaking on the occasion CA. Amarjit Chopra commented that “the rapidly changing business environment has generated the need to realign the Indian Accounting Standards with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS ) and the students as well as practioners of accounting should carefully understand the intricacies of accounting technicalities like Related Party Transactions and Transfer Pricing. He emphasised the acute shortage of Certified Actuaries professional in the country and motivated the students to pursue it as a career choice.

Prof. Sudhir K Jain underlined the growing importance of accounting and financial experts and advised the participants to develop the deep understanding of various tax laws. He further added that the joint seminar has variety of topics to bridge the gap between class room knowledge and industrial practices in the field of commerce and accounting.

Nationally acclaimed Tax Guru Dr Girish Ahuja in his captivating teaching style educated the seminar audience about the nifty gritty of various Indian Tax laws. He strongly advocated that ‘tax planning’ and not the ‘tax avoidance’ is the need of the hour.

CA. Deepak Kumar Gupta, Assistant Director of Borad of Studies (BOS), ICAI briefed the participants about the role of Board of Studies. CA. Akhilesh Singh, CA. Raghav Aggarwal and Dr. Sanjay Mishra are the key resource persons for the seminar. Seminar sessions will be focused on the topics like Merging of Indian Accounting Standards with IFRS, Companies Act, 2013, TDAS, Indian Capital Markets and Corporate Governance.

The seminar was attended by over 100 participants including Faculty members, Research scholars, MBA students, Post Graduate Students of Accountancy & Commerce, Chartered Accountants and bankers from nearby region.CA Vikram Garg, Chairman and CA. Shalay Razdhan, Secretary, J&K branch of ICAI were the Members of seminar organizing committee.



Week Long celebrations of Software Freedom Day at SMVDU


Software Freedom Day is a worldwide celebration of Free & Open Source and Software (FOSS). Software usage these days is inevitable in almost every field. FOSS is a very good alternative to the paid software and is available free of cost.

Being an alma mater of numerous Open Source Contributors and Supporters, SMVDU was part of SFD 2014 celebrations which took place at 197 different venues in 59 countries worldwide on 20th September this year. The SMVDU went a step ahead in celebrations and extended this fiesta to almost a whole week, which starting 20th September will end on 28th. SMVDU has already been a part of global SFD celebrations in the years 2010 and 2011. The goal of week long celebrations is to sensitize the students about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business -- in short everywhere, and to spread the message that SMVDU is the leading technical University in J&K. FOSS communities’ worldwide work in collaboration and anyone can contribute to the FOSS creation.

The events included in the SFD celebrations are: Python workshop organized by Parbhat Puri (CSE 3rd year), Linux Workshop by Ishit (CSE 3rd year), Github workshop by Rishabh (CSE 4th year), Wikipedia Workshop by Narendra (CSE 3rd year), Network Security Workshop by Ravi Prakash Giri (CSE 4th year), Arduino Workshop by Bhasker Tanjea (Mechanical Engg.), Android workshop by Shubham Tiwari (CSE 4th year), Quiz competition by CSE students, Giton by CSE students, Presentation Competition by CSE students. The SFD celebrations included screening of two FOSS oriented movies to motivate the students towards FOSS contribution. The event was organized under the guidance of Anuj Mahajan, Assistant Professor (CSE Deptt.).

Information about various events and registration of the students is being done through the official website of SFD created by SMVDU students:

To further increase the FOSS enthusiasm of the students, CDs of FOSS software were distributed among students & the winners were awarded mementoes/certificates. The event was successful due to the patronage provided by Hon’ble V.C Prof. S. K Jain and with the support of faculty and staff members of SMVDU.

National Level Training Programme for Indian Forests Services Officers concluded


The two-day training workshop on ‘Individuals as Catalysts for Organization Excellence’ for IFS officers from 18th September to 19th September, 2014 at SMVD University concluded with a valedictory ceremony. This workshop was designed to promote the individual capabilities for the betterment of the organization for further enrichment of problem handling proficiency in society. The workshop was sponsored by Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India and organized by Faculty of Management, SMVD University. Nineteen IFS officers from different parts of India came to attend the training workshop.

Mr. Abhay Kumar, Retd. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, conditioned the IFS officers for the two days Training Workshop during the inaugural ceremony with the words- “There is a need of creative inputs by one and all individuals to address the present issues erupting in the light of natural calamity in J&K”. Prof. (Dr.) D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean, Faculty of Management extended warm welcome to the participants and emphasized on the mutual cooperation and confidence for logically combating the relevant issues for the present and future through this workshop. Prof. S.K Jain, Vice-Chancellor of SMVD University inspired the audience for idea generation through exposure and interaction for individual and organizational excellence. He talked about saving the forest land especially through population control. He called upon the role of Forest Service Officers in creatively engaging towards the protection of environment.

The invited guest, Dr. D.K. Sharma, Deputy Inspector General of Forests (Research and Training) shared his experiences of effective use of competencies of workforce and resources for solving the problems in the valedictory ceremony. Mr. Roshan Jaggi, the Chief Conservator of Forests was the special guest in the valedictory ceremony. He deliberated on religious and eco-tourism development for social, spiritual and economic upliftment of the state. The eight interactive and discussion sessions in the workshop were held on topics like organization excellence, conflict handling, decision making and creativity, collaboration and team work, workplace spirituality, performance management and interpersonal communication. The participation IFS Officers appreciated the scenic beauty as well as the hospitality of the SMVDU. The IFS officers praised the quality of content and delivery of experts in various sessions of the two-day workshop and recommend the government to conduct of such type of training programme more frequently and for more duration of time.

Training Workshop for IFS Officers in SMVDU


SMVDU, Katra, 18th September, 2014:“There is a need of creative inputs by one and all individuals to address the present issues erupting in the light of natural calamity in J&K”, with these words of Mr. Abhay Kumar, Retd. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, the IFS officers were conditioned for the two days Training Workshop, ‘Individuals as Catalysts for Organisation Excellence’. The workshop is sponsored by Ministry of Environment & Forest and Climate Change, Government of India and organized by Faculty of Management of SMVD University. This workshop is designed to promote the individual capabilities for the betterment of organization for further enhancement of problem handling proficiency in society. Nineteen IFS officers are participating in this workshop. Prof. (Dr.) D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean, Faculty of Management extended warm welcome to the participants.He emphasized on mutual cooperation and confidence for logically combating the relevant issues for present and future through this workshop. Prof. S.K. Jain, Vice Chancellor of SMVD University, talked about saving the forest land especially through population control.He called upon the role of Forest Service Officers in creatively engaging towards the protection of environment. Mr. Abhay Kumar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests was the guest of honour, he motivated the participants to evolve their individual capacity for the excellence of society. There will be eight lecture sessions in this workshop by the esteemed resource persons. The sessions include discussions and interactions on topics like organization excellence, conflict handling, decision making and creativity, collaboration and team work, workplace spirituality, performance management and interpersonal communication.


Two Day Management Development Programme on ‘Strengthening Lending Decisions to MSMEs’ held


Two day Management Development Programme on ‘Strengthening Lending Decisions to MSMEs’ was held successfully at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University on 13th–14th September, 2014. Organized by Faculty of Management, SMVD University, the programme aimed at equipping the participants with necessary skills, perspectives and strategies to enable them to build a sustainable and healthy MSME credit portfolio. The programme witnessed participation from officers of various bank organizations like Jammu and Kashmir Bank, State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, Canara Bank, Syndicate Bank, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, J&K Grameen Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce.

During the inaugural ceremony, Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean Faculty of Management and programme director, spoke about the challenges and issues facing the MSME sector of Indian economy. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Mishra, the organizing secretary of the programme, gave a warm welcome to the participants and briefed them about the programme. In two days, the programme witnessed sessions from eminent resource persons. Dr. Vikas Srivastava, IIM Lucknow, had a session on ‘Strategic Issues in Credit Policy for MSME’ and ‘Credit Analysis and Risk Assessment: Score Based Lending for Small Business’ with the participants. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Mishra, SMVDU, deliberated on ‘Credit Analysis and Risk Assessment: Cash Flow Based Lending for Small Business’ and ‘Developing Loan Proposals’. Prof. Manoj Kumar, Flame School of Business, Pune, talked on ‘Accounting Minefields and Credit Decisions’.

BOCA-SMVDU Organizes Talent Hunt

SMVDU, 15th September: The Board Of Cultural Activities- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), under the supervision of its President Dr. V. K. Tripathi & Vice-President Mr. Anil Bhardwaj organized “Talent Hunt” competition for whole of the first year batch(UG & PG) 2k14. The competition (meant for encouraging the new talent& finding the multi-talented students) comprised of two rounds. Out of about 100 participants in the categories: Music, Dance, Literary & fine arts, in first round, about 26 were shortlisted for the second round. In the second round, all the selected participants (from round 1) had to perform in minimum 3 out of 4 categories. Finally, 10 students (5 boys, 5 girls) namely, Karan Sapolia, Akash, Kaushal Suman, Swapnil, Sahil Thappa, Divya, Aman, Shalini, Sonal and Nidhi were adjudged the winners of round two. These contestants will now be competing for the titles “Mr. & Miss. Fresher-SMVDU-2k14” at the much awaited Concordance-2k14 (fresher’s day).

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