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The inter hostel Football tournament was held at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University by Board for Sports Activities. The final of tournament was played between Trikuta Hostel and Vindhyachal Hostel. Trikuta Hostel won the tournament defeating Vindhyachal Hostel by 3-1. The team lead by Capt. Aniket Sharma remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. In the final of the tournament Vikram Singh , Faiq Bashir and Maheep Dubey scored the goals for trikuta hostel and Abdul manan scored the only goal for Vindhyachal Hostel.

Hon'ble Vice Chancellor,SMVDU, Prof. Sanjeev Jain congratulated to winner team and lauded the efforts of the runner-up team for displaying their talent. It is pertinent to mention that Prof. Jain appreciated the efforts of organizing team of the tournament for their successful conduction inside the university campus including Ashok Sharma, Director Sports, Shrine Board and Mr. Rajiv Kumar, President Board for Sports Activities and Capt. Sucha Singh, Sports Coach of University.

SMVDU Katra: Dept. of Philosophy & Culture Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, upon conducting a survey on more than a thousand students, confirms the role of values in opening up and development of different faculties of human mind, its thinking and reflection ability. It may be noted that on the initiative of the Vice Chancellor Dr. Sanjeev Jain, a course on value education titled ‘Discourses on Human Virtue’ was floated last semester as compulsory 03 credit course for all students of the university across disciplines – B.Tech, M. Tech., B. Arch., MBA, M.Sc. Economics, and to the students of Humanities. More than 600 students attended the course last semester and around 900 in the current semester. A survey about the impact the course was conducted through online questionnaire, personal feedback and interviews in classrooms and through informal interactions.

In response to the question what the students, in their own views, learned from the course, they counted that they learnt to be mindful before action, how to understand oneself – self-exploration, knowing the strength and weaknesses, one’s role as moral agent, what is the dharma at different levels, the difference between the need of the body and that of the mind etc. How confusion between both types of human need, one carries a misconception throughout life that material gains can bring about happiness in life. Happiness is a property of mind and cannot be brought about material acquisition. Some quoted very significantly that the course helps them in understanding the problems on their life. If one is a little introspective, a little oriented to self-examination, one can be self-critical and find the real solutions to problems of life and minimize one’s role in accelerating them. One pertinently quoted that ‘the program tells us that life is not just about ‘I, me and myself’, it opens vision for others, and thereby generate helpfulness, sensitivity and compassion.

Values help in making of a person; it also helps in becoming virtuous internally which is quite different from external personality refinement and grooming. The discourses help in understanding the importance of virtues like humility, care, non-aggression, gratefulness, justice and service to society. These are the basics of peaceful co-existence. If these tenets are not brought to the curriculum or made part of teaching, certain mental faculties would not open up. That is a clear indication how values impact thinking and help overall personality development. A detailed report and findings of the study will also be sent to the Chancellor Sh. N. N. Vohra, as the study was conducted upon his instruction in particular, in the last Executive Council meeting.

27042017 drWanchooDepartment of Science & Technology, GoI has appointed Dr. Sunil Kumar Wanchoo, Department of Physics, SMVD University as a member of the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) for a period of three years. IRIS is an initiative under public private partnership between Department of Science & Technology, GoI, Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd and Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF). SRC of IRIS is a core committee at national level and comprises of a total of 21 members form allover India both from academia and industry. The main mandate of SRC is to review and recommend for award, the project synopses submitted under the Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) at national level. The committee shall also mentor the young innovators selected at National level for their participation in International Science & Engineering Fair held each year in USA.

IRIS promotes and nurtures science and scientific research amongst young Indian innovators, recognizes and rewards outstanding projects and provides a platform for these young innovators to get recognized at national and international science events. Dr. Wanchoo has been associated with IRIS program since 2014 as a member of State Scientific Review Committee. He has been making significant and sustained contributions to promote scientific temper among the young students of J&K state through various initiatives prominent among those is Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) Science Internship Camps held for students from entire J&K State in which more than 3700 young and bright students of the state have been reached so far.

SMVDU Katra: Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, on inspiration of Vice Chancellor Dr. Sanjeev Jain, took a path-breaking initiative of training all faculty members of SMVDU for working on Moodle – an open source learning platform. The training took place for last two weeks, holding five rigorous sessions with faculty. Dr. Naveen Kumar Gondhi Asst. Professor, Dept. of Computer Science and Mr. Naveen Kumar, Technical Staff, conducted the sessions. Moodle is free and open-source software learning management system designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalized learning environment, community driven and globally supported, distributed under GNU general public license. It is developed on pedagogical principles and used for blended learning, distance education, flipped classroom, which can further be used for a variety of e-learning projects at workplace as well as for personal career development.

Moodle provides the most flexible tool-set to support both blended learning and 100% online courses. It will provide faculty members with a soft platform to keep them updated, to attend courses, to float their courses and get certification, manage students’ attendance and data of the classes conducted, create community and forums etc. This will bring about a smart shift on the way of a teacher’s working in the demanding time of smart teaching. It will bring a transparency in students’ attendance management – which any student can see, assignment distribution and submission, and also it can further be linked with GradeGen software already used by the university for grade management and result display of students. It may be noted that training sessions were mandatory for all faculty members of the university and shall be used by them from the current semester onward. Its utility also reflects through the faculty benchmarking recently set up by the university administration. Moodle Coordinators have been appointed in each dept. for implementation of the same.

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Vikalp – A students’ initiative at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVD University) organized computer course entitled, “O level Computer Foundation Course” from April 03, 2017 to April 25, 2017. More than 90 students participated in it. The course was free of cost and the targeted group was children of nearby rural areas of SMVD University ranging from standard 6th to 12th.

Students were taught applications of computers, types of computer, main components of computer, input and output devices, operating systems, types of computer networks, etc. The event was coordinated by Mr. Rajat Kumar Mishra (Student Coordinator, Vikalp). Mr. Raj Kamal, Mr. Ajit Kumar, Mr. Piyush Saini, Mr. Rahul, Mr. Ashutosh Yadav, Mr. Rameshwar, Mr. Raju Kumar, Mr. Anand Bharti, Mr. Nitish, Mr. Rishabh Kamboj, Ms. Guneet, Ms. Neha Sharma, Ms. Bharti, Ms. Devika, Ms. Neha Bandral, Ms. Shubhangi, Ms. Harshita, Ms. Medha, and Ms. Mithali were the student instructors.

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An evaluation test was conducted at the end of the course. Based on the evaluation test, prizes and certificates were distributed in the valedictory session which was attended by Dr. Rakesh Jha (Asst. Professor, DoECE), Dr. Madhu Mangal Chaturvedi (Asst. Professor, DoPC), Dr. Sudesh Kumar (Asst. Professor, DoCSE) , Dr. Varun Kumar Tripathi (HoD, DoPC) and Mr. Sumanta Sarathi Sharma(Faculty Coordinator, Vikalp).

On the initiation of Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of SMVD University Dr. Sanjeev Jain, five computers were donated by the network section which was distributed to the toppers of the test. It was also decided to hold Computer courses for in every academic semester.

SMVDU Katra: A one day News Writing Workshop was organized by Literary Club under the aegis of Board for Cultural Activities on April 26, 2017. In the workshop Dr. Anurag Kumar, Coordinator Literary Club & Assistant Professor, Department of Languages & Literature delivered lecture on the fundamentals of news report writing. Workshop was attended by Ms. Himja Sharma, Ms. Shreya Singh, Ms. Prinka Devi, Mr. Raashid Altaf Tak, Mr. Roy Keshav Sharma, Ms. Neharika Singh, and Ms. Shymali. Mr. Akash Srivastava, Secretary Literary Club coordinated the event and thanked all participants for their commendable performance and presence. Drafting skills become more important for students particularly when many of students giving professional degrees like to work for media as a journalist, reporter, documentary writer. These areas are not only seen as a gateway for employment, but the youth see adventure in them too. Dean of Students Dr. Yugal Khajuria and President Board of Cultural Activities Dr. V. K. Tripathi congratulated the participants and the instructor Dr. Anurag Kumar.

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As visit and interaction of alumni with students has been made a salient feature of every department’s of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Yesterday, alumni of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Mr. Manmeet Singh Branch Manager ICICI Bank Jodhpur, Mr. Ashish Malhotra and Mr. Akhil Mahajan - founders of Report Card Plus, Mr. Ritesh Verma and Ms. Meenakshi – founder Architects of Aura Creators Jammu and Mr. Ashish Mansotra who is going to start his Ramni Enterprises soon at Jammu, visited the University campus in which they interacted with Faculty as well as student of the university and shared their experience related to various start-ups and entrepreneurship etc. However, Alumni of SMVDU, stand as inspiration not only for present students of the University but for the youth of the J&K State as well. It is pertinent to mentioned that this sets an important trend keeping in view the present movement of start-ups and self-employment in the country. Dr. Saurabh Faculty In-Charge Alumni, Dr. V. K. Tripathi Head Dept. of Philosophy & Culture, Dr. Pabitra Jena Asst. Professor Dept. of Economics and Mr. Varun Sharma of the Dept. of Biotechnology welcomed the alumni. Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, Prof Sanjeev Jain desired that University must organize similar kind of alumni interaction.

 

SMVDU Katra: As Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is to visit SMVD University in the first week of May, Vice Chancellor Dr. Sanjeev Jain chaired a review meeting with all Heads of the Dept., Deans of various Faculties and Training and Placement Cell. The visit is to take place to re-accredit the University for Students’ Placements. Dr. Jain laid emphasis upon all necessary preparedness for the visit. Each department and sections were instructed to ensure readiness on contours like strengths and opportunities, patents, significant projects and identified research areas and plans, faculty publications, students’ achievements, and relevant other academic records. TCS will also conduct an extended interactive session with students.

Faculty profile including the profiles of Adjunct Faculties of each department shall be displayed updated on the website; the tidiness of all labs and equipments is to be ensured in advance, instructed Dr. Jain. A special committee will also be set up by Vice Chancellor for a mock drill before the visit of TCS. Prof. V. K. Bhat Registrar, Prof. V. Verma Dean Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Vandana Sharma Dean Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Sumeet Gupta Dean Academic Affairs, Mr. B. K. Bhatia Training and Placement Officer, Prof. Baijnath Kaushik, newly appointed Associate Professor in Dept. of Computer Science, who was also extended a welcome by Vice Chancellor, attended the meeting.

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Prof. (Dr.) Mukund V. Deshpande, Emeritus Scientist and Professor AcSIR, Biochemical Sciences Division, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune who has been appointed as Adjunct Professor at Department of Biotechnology is presently visiting Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra; between 23-30 April, 2017. Prof. Deshpande is a well-known Fungal Biotechnologist with a vast research experience and has to his credit 140 Research papers in National & International Journals, 9 Patents and has guided 20 Ph. D. students.

During his present visit to Department of Biotechnology (DoBT) at the University he shall be delivering 12 General/Special Lectures on various topics of “Fungal Biology”. In his Inaugural Session for the students of B. Tech. and M. Sc. (Biotechnology) he discussed the various facets of Fungal Realm in Biotechnology. He shall also be delivering lectures on topics such as: Biopolymers & Biosensors, Chitinolytic Enzymes: An Appraisal as a Product of Commercial Potential, Novel Groups of Fungi, Fungicides and Antifungals, Bioprospecting of entomo and myco pathogens, Can fungi compete with marine sources for chitosan production, Microbiology of Wine Fermentation, Recent trends in Microbiology & Fungal Dimorphism.

During his week-long visit he shall also have discussions related to research activities with various Research Groups/Faculty Members and Ph. D. students of DoBT. Prof. Deshpande during his interactions with the faculty members and students of various Departments of the University plans to discuss about various possibilities for collaborative research between Faculty members and Scientists at SMVDU and NCL, Pune; respectively. He will also discuss about different industries from Maharashtra which will give training 3-6 months to students which can generate Industry-Academia joint ventures and entrepreneurs which will come forward to use the Incubation Facility of SMVD University under the TBIC venture. The conduct of the lectures were coordinated by Prof. V. Verma, Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Head, DoBT and Dr. Sharada Potukuchi, Associate Prof., DoBT under the guidance of Dr. Sanjeev Jain, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, SMVDU.

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SMVDU Katra: Board for Sports Activities (BSA) of SMVD University organized Kit distribution ceremony for its Inter-Hostel tournament players. Kits were distributed to the finalists of various games like Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Table-Tennis, Cricket, Football etc. The kits were distributed by Sh. Ashok Sharma Director Sports, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Katra who was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Dr. Yugal Khajuria Dean of Students, SMVDU was the guest of honour. The event was organized by Mr. Rajiv Kumar President Board of Sports Activities and Capt. Sucha Singh, Sports Coach, of the University. Vice Chancellor Prof. Sanjeev Jain congratulated the finalists of all the games, and lauded the effortst of all participants of the events as well as to the organizers of the games for organizing the Inter-Hostel Tournaments inside the university campus.

SMVDU Katra: 25 NSS Volunteers of SMVDU participated in the multi-stakeholders’ meet focusing on cleaning up 100 places in the country on the experiences from the 10 Swachh Iconic Places already identified, one of which is Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. The meet held on 25th April at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super-specialty Hospital at 11.00 am with auspicious presence of Governor Sh. N. N. Vohra, Minister PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister Drinking Water and Sanitation Sh. Narendra Singh Rathor, Secretary of the same ministry Sh. Parameswaran Iyer, MLA Sh. Ajay Nanda, CEO Shrine Board Sh. Ajeet Kumar Sahu and other dignitaries from other Iconic Places like Manikarnika Varanasi, Kamakhya Temple, Ajmer Sharif etc. The main objective of the meet was to review the working of the Iconic Places and to share the experiences for future betterment. Secretary Sh. Parameswaran Iyer presented a brief progress report on the same.

Minister Sh. Narendra Singh Rathor further announced the next 10 Iconic Places for the same objective which include Gangotri, Yamunotri, Charminar, Kaladi etc. to quote a few. Governor N. N. Vohra highlighted that we need to inculcate among people the habit of cleanliness and the crucial factor is to use suitable and latest technology for cleaning and waste management so as to make the Iconic Places example for inspiration. The students’ team from SMVDU was led by Dr. V. K. Tripathi, Nodal officer Swachh Bharat SMVDU and Mr. Sumanta Sarathi Sharma, Coordinator NSS. The visit was coordinated by Dr. Saurabh, Asst. Professor School of Business.

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SMVDU successfully organizes Inter- Hostel volleyball tournament. On the final day of the tournament Trikuta and Vindhyachal Hostel boys were face to face in the final match. Trikuta Hostel team was led by Jayant Kumar and Vindhyachal Hostel team by Swapnil Kumar. It was a thriller as Vindhyachal Hostel team was leading the game with 2-0 set difference, but Trikuta Hostel snatched the match by continuously winning the last 3 sets and making the victory. Finally, Trikuta hostel won the match with set points 16-25, 14-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-20.

The tournament was organized by Board of Sports Activities under Presidentship of Mr. Rajiv Kumar, and under the guidance of Mr. Ashok Sharma, Director Sports, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. Capt. Sucha Singh , Sports Coach of the University dedicated himself as match referee. Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, Prof. Sanjeev Jain congratulated to winner team and extend his best wishes both the teams for playing final match of the tournament. The University Sports Ground was full of viewers.

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An industrial visit was organized for B.Tech. 3rd year students of Mechanical Engineering to the Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, Jalandhar, on 22ndApril, 2017. The visit was aimed at letting the students to get the insight of all the engineering principles and techniques, employed into the making of state-of- the-Art Indian Railway coaches. The visit was attended more than 38 students of Mechanical engineering under the supervision of Er. Yatheshth Anand and Er. Amit Sinha.

Mr. Shrikrishan Juneja toured the students through the different shops viz. the sheet metal shop, steel shop, painting shop, shell shop, wagon shop and the furnishing shop. During the visit, the students were benefitted by the demonstration of 22 axis Laser cutting and welding machine, plasma profile cutting machine, cut to length machine etc. and the other latest, state of the art robotic welding and painting techniques. However, B.Tech students exchanged the views with the technical experts of the Rail Coach Factory in which technical experts of the Rail Coach Factory informed the students that the coaches for the various countries like Bangladesh and Sri-Lanka are also manufactured in the same factory. It is pertinent to mention that with this visit SMVDU student get the latest knowledge and exposure in the field of mechanical engineering. Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, Prof. Sanjeev Jain congratulated the students for the industrial visit and further appreciated the efforts of the organizing team for the Industrial visit.

SMVDU Katra: The Department of Biotechnology, SMVDU has organized weekly seminar schedule wherein Emeritus Scientist and Professor from National Chemical Laboratory Pune, Prof. Mukund V. Deshpande, delivered talk on “Recent Trends in Microbiology” on 26th April. The seminar was attended by the faculty, research scholars and students of the Department as well as the University. Microbiology as a science of studying living micro-organisms has vastly contributed in the development of different microbe-based sustainable applications related to health, agriculture, bioremediation and bio-processing based products of everyday use, said Prof. Deshpande during the talk and further enlightened the audience about the emerging trends and advancements in the field of Microbiology in which Prof.Deshpande emphasized on the relative merits of different life forms, and generated curiosity among students and faculty regarding different microbial life forms and various utilities of several microbial products in mitigation of common problems of our everyday life.

Prof. Deshpande’s talk was mainly focussed on the different aspects of need-based, horizontal and vertical developmental approaches for utilization of a broad-spectrum of different microbial products. It was quite fascinating to know how different microbes have been used as bio-control agents and in generation of electricity (E. coli, P. vulgaris, T. ferroxidans) and development of different kinds of biosensors (T. beginae, Trichoderma, S. cerevisae, etc.). Prof. Deshpande also emphasized on utility of whole microbial cultures of several microbes like yeast and single cells of living models for understanding the molecular basis of the metabolic functions of various human genes in understanding the pathogenesis of several deadly diseases like cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease, gut infection, malaria, and others. At the end, coordinator of the seminar, Dr. Narendra K Bairwa Assistant Professor thanked Prof. Deshpande and audience for their participation.

SMVDU Katra: The meeting of the Board of Studies (BOS) of the Dept. of Energy Management, SMVDU, held on 24th April. Prof. Jyotirmay Mathur Dept. of Mechanical Engg. NIT Jaipur who was available through skype, Prof. S. K. Kaushik, Center for Energy Studies IIT Delhi, Prof. V. Verma Dean Faculty of Engg. SMVDU, Dr. Sanjeev Anand Head Dept. of Energy Management SMVDU and Dr. V. V. Tyagi were the distinguished members. The highlights of the meeting was inclusion of financial models and course on ‘Discourses on Human Virtue’ along with emphasis on regular seminars to keep up breast with the present day technology etc.

The BOS has the mandate, as so derived from the statutes of the university, to give all recommendations regarding academic programs, updating of the curriculum, reviewing of syllabi as per the need of the students and identifying the research areas for the department that may open the gateway for academia-industry collaboration. It is worth noting here that this is the only dept. is the State of J&K that offers M.Tech. and Ph.D. programs in Renewable Energy. The recommendations submitted by the BOS will be further deliberated in the Academic Council.

Professor K.K. Biswas ,from Department of Computer Science & Engineering, IIIT Delhi, visited the department of Computer Science & Engineering SMVDU, for FDP and Lecture series starting from 18th April, 2017. Prof. Biswas delivered lectures on the topics of Machine learning including topics of current research areas in the field such as Naïve Bayes, Support Vector Machines and Artificial Neural Networks. Lecture was attended by students of B.Tech. , M.Tech. , MCA, along with the faculty, staff and research scholars of the department as well as the University.

This was followed by an interactive sessions with the research scholars on applications of machine learning to surveillance and monitoring problems in which prof. Biswas shared his vast experience in the field of artificial intelligence and advised the scholars on some new and emerged trends in the area of artificial intelligence and machine learning. At the end of the lecture series, Dr. Sakshi Arora, Assistant professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, SMVDU, delivered the vote of thanks.

 

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