The Annual Lit Fest Lit Life’17 Held at SMVDU

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The annual literature festival of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Lit Life’17 which is organized by the Department of Languages and literature every year, was held with enthusiasm and fanfare in the Matrika Auditorium of University campus on 19th -20th February 2017. Lit Life with a catch line literature in life, literature for life has been an initiative of the Department of languages and literature which began in the year 2013 and the festival has been growing every year since them. The festival was inaugurated by Dr. Aziz Hajini, Secretary, JK Academy of Art, Culture and Languages and Sahitya Akademi awardee Kashmiri writer and translator. In the inaugural address, Dr. Hajini appreciated the effort of SMVDU to organise an annual Literature fest and said that Literature being a fine art is a rare faculty and blessed are the ones who possess it. Further highlighting the nuances of creativity as a writer, he shared various experiences of his life with the participants. Further, he highlighted how regional literature is threatened by current consumerist approach of both reader and writer. Speaking about Lit Life’17, Dr. Vandana Sharma, Dean, Head of the department said that the theme of Lit life 2017 is ‘Literature in the 21st century which has brought together creative minds from diverse fields of the country. Moreover, the fest aims to inculcate literary sensibilities among the students of schools, colleges and Universities. Interdisciplinary in orientation, Lit Life’17 had been planned to have stimulating sessions on Writing our Times, Womens Writing, Kavya Gosthi, Writing and Journalism, and on Blogging.

Prominent speakers in the fest were Sayeed Naqvi, prominent Journalist and commentator who in the session, Writing and Journalism spoke about his career in writing and journalism and also about his recent popular book, Being the Other, Muslim in India. Speaking on the occasion , Mr Saeed said that his book is a captivating glimpse of his life to unravel some hidden political truths about disharmony between Hindus and Muslims, which was fuelled during colonial era and in this book he has documented some interesting anecdotes like how how Muslims have been writing profusely about Krishna Leela and originally there existed no disharmony between Hindus and Muslims and his books aims at dispelling the Otherness, which muslims are subjected to in the continent.

Another notable session in the fest was “Writing our Times” where Danesh Rana, IGP, Jammu spoke about his novel Red Maize. In the session, Mr. Rana said that his creative impulses and professional exigencies move parallel. Speaking about the book, he said that he has always been inspired by the narrative style of writers like Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Marquez and how he preserved with the initial drafts of Red Maize in an attempt to make it emerge as a masterpiece. Further, he said that in Red Maize, he has portrayed the magnitude of suffering, which people are subjected to in any kind of conflictand being a cop he has projected an unbiased facet of militancy in J&K. Continuing his literary exploits, he is soon going to come up with a new book, which is also his expression and reflections on current situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly Jammu as his Dogra identity is dear to him and he feels it to be his responsibility to uphold that.

Have Bloggers carved out a space in the digital world was another popular session, where Mr. Arvind passey, senior Journalist and blogger said that how blogging helps to writing instincts to evolve with digital age acting as a catalyst.

Prominent poets and scholars who spoke in the Fest were Shiv Nirmohi, noted writer and scholar, Prakash Premi, Sh O P Vidarthi IFS, Sahitya Akademi awardee, Dr. Veena Pandita, Surjit Hosh, Sunita Singh, Shivani Anand, Bhagwati, Fauzia Mugal, Jagdeep Dubely, Namrata. Yogita Yadav, Gyanpeeth awardee and Aarushi Thakur, Young woman Director of Natrang were speakers in the session Women Writing and the Modern Lingo.

The Jammu Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages sponsored the Folk performances of Jammu and Kashmir as the festival aimed at celebrating creativity at its manifestation. Various schools, colleges and University of Jammu participated in the fest enthusiastically. Significant event in the fest included Dramatic Performance, Literary quiz and also Story-telling and Students’ Creativity, which provided a platform to youngsters to showcase their literary creativity. The first prized in the Play was bagged by MIER College, Jammu; and SMVD University and GDC Udhampur were felicitated with the second and third prize. In quiz competition, GMC Jammu got the first prize; GDC Udhampur and SMVD University got the second prize, whereas the University of Jammu was felicitated with the third prize. In Story telling competition, Matngi Sharma of Jodhamal Public School bagged the first prize; Suhani Sharma, Jodhamal Public School and Parul Sharma, DPS Katra got the second and third prize. In Students’ Creativity session, Arjun Hans, University of Jammu bagged the first prize whereas Emu Sharma, MIER College and Chirdeep Malhotra, GMC Jammu were felicitated with the Second and the third prize.

The event was partially sponsored by Hotel Galaxy; Hotel Kerni Palace, Katra; Ganga Ram Dry Fruits Merchants, Katra and Wagon, Bahu Plaza, Jammu.

NCRAMSS-2017 concludes successfully at SMVDU

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KATRA, Feb 17: The three day National Conference on "Recent Advances in Materials Science and Spectroscopy (NCRAMSS-2017)", 15-17 February, 2017 organized by Department of Physics Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra in collaboration with Laser and Spectroscopy Society of India (LASSI) concludes today at SMVDU.

Prof. A. K. Rai from University of Allahabad chaired the ‘valedictory function’. Prof. Rai addressed the audience with his enlightened words. Dr. S. K. Wanchoo, SMVDU, Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Head Department of Physics and Dr. Y. Dwivedi, Secretary, LASSI also shared their thoughts and graced the occasion. Dr. Vinay Kumar, Organizing Secretary, NCRAMSS-2017, SMVDU summarized the three day report in the function.

The conference involved Technical sessions which began with Keynote address by Prof. A. L. Verma, Eminent academician of repute. The first day presentations were based on Spectroscopy, nanomaterials, holography, LIBS and other advance characterization techniques and second day was devoted on sub-themes; Energy Resources and solid state lighting, radiation dosimetry, imaging and optoelectronic materials. Third day was focused to the themes such as smart and functional materials; material modifications; soft and biomaterials; x-ray characterizations; storage materials; Polymers and blends; IR/thermal Imaging, etc. 17 invited talks and 12 oral presentations were delivered by eminent speakers and academicians in this conference.

The first technical session was chaired by Dr. Kamni. The session had two invited talks. Prof. Vijay J Fulari from Shivaji University, Kohlapur delivered an invited talk on holographic interferrometry and its applications. This was followed by an Invited talk from Prof. A. K. Rai from University of Allahabad who spoke on impurities identification on tokomak chamber by LIBS. Dr. S. K. Wanchoo chaired the next technical session which had invited talk of Prof. Ravi Kumar, NIT Hamirpur. He presented a wonderful insight on the origin and search of d-0 magnetism in the MoO2, TiO2 and SnO2 thin films using x-ray absorption spectroscopy and underscored their importance in scientific world. He threw light on this spectroscopy techniques with emphasizes that this is an element specific technique. He also recalled the contribution of eminent physicists and noble laureates and motivated the young scientists to achieve excellence. Prof. K. K. Bamzai, University of Jammu presented a talk on evaluating the characteristics of multiferroic composite. He explained the capability of multiferroic composite for integrating ferroelectric and ferromagnetic behavior of the materials which can produce large magnetoelectric effects due to interaction between the phases.

Dr A. K. Bedyal (an alumnus of SMVDU), University of the Free State, South Africa gave an overview on the basics of synthesis and thermoluminescence in the alkali borated nanophosphors for their practical use in radiation dosimetry.

Prof. Rajnikant from University of Jammu, in his presentation, explained the methodology for small molecules x-ray crystallography and encourage the audience especially the young researchers and students participants to use the extra ordinary research facility available in his lab at University of Jammu. He also underlined the need to strengthen the research through collaborations. Prof. M. S. Mehato from Delhi Technical University, spoke on the development of protein and metal ion sensitive luminescent semiconductor quantum dots. Dr. Shalender Kumar from Amity University Haryana spoke on the topic of “electronic structure and magnetic properties of DMS materials” and explained the physics of origin of ferromagnetism in these magnetic materials. He highlighted the importance of synchrotron radiation to study the fundamentals of spintronics materials.

Other invited speakers were Dr. Y. Dwevedi, NIT Kurukshetra, Dr. Vinod Kumar, IIT Delhi, Dr. Suman Kalyan Pal from IIT Mandi and many more academicians and professionals from various parts of India. The invited speakers were felicitated at the end of each talk.

Prof. Lalji Dixit, CSIR IIP Dehradun and Dr. Sunil K Wanchoo, SMVDU chaired the poster sessions and out of 78 posters three best poster awards were given. The first prize was given to Ms. Bindu Raina, Jammu University second prize to N.C. Maile, Shivaji University Kohlapur and third prize was given to Nivethitha , Anna University. Bank Manager, J&K Bank SMVDU Branch, Sh. Vinod Vaid and Sh. Amit Gupta, Manager Accounts were presented with a memento as a token of appreciation for their financial support in the organization of the conference. Sh. Sanjeev Prabhakar from Sanjeev Caterers Jammu was also honored by Convener, Dr. Yugal Khajuria.

Dr. Kamni, Co-convener, NCRAMSS-2017 conducted proceedings of the valedictory function and presented the formal vote of thanks.

Prof. Bhat from SMVDU visited Bern University of Applied Sciences, Bern, Switzerland

Prof. V. K. Bhat, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University visited Bern University of Applied Sciences, Bern, Switzerland to attend the 93rd workshop on General Algebra during Feb 10th -12th, 2017.

16022017 bhat sirThe workshop was jointly organized by University of Bern, Bern University of Applied Sciences and Pädagogische Hochschule Bern. It was attended by about one hundred leading Mathematicians from different countries that include India, U.S.A, Russia, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Slovakia, South Africa, Finland, Thailand, Veitnam, Serbia, Austria, Cameron, Japan, Ukraine etc. Research scholars from different Universities of Bern also attended the conference.

Latest developments in Mathematics (Algebra and applications) were discussed and presented during invited talks, contributory talks and other informal discussions. Prof. Bhat delivered a talk titled "On p-ideals of skew-polynomial rings over Noetherian rings" during the workshop.The visit was supported by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

SMVDU Faculty presented paper at Barcelona, Spain

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16022017 AbhimanyuSharmaAbhimanyu Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture & Landscape Design ,Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University presented a research paper titled “Rejuvenating A Space into World Class Environment Through Conservation and Energy Saving Techniques” in the international conference titled “Alternative & Renewable Energy Quest in Architecture And Urbanism” (AREQ), held in Barcelona, Spain.

In the research paper, Ar. Abhimanyu Sharma highlighted the present conditions of Mubarak Mandi Complex – The Royal Habitation of Maharajas of Jammu & Kashmir, which needs to be conserved and restored. More stress was given on the factors which were responsible behind the present condition of the complex.

He further emphasised on the conservation, preservation techniques along with energy saving techniques which should be implemented in Heritage buildings to retain their sanctity. Furthermore, the existing Architectural Features comprising of both Structural and Decorative elements of Mubarak Mandi complex which makes it an important landmark was discussed, highlighted and appreciated in the research paper.

Three Days UGC Sponsored National Conference on “Recent Advances in Materials Science & Spectroscopy-2017 commences

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KATRA, Feb 15: A three day National Conference on "Recent Advances in Materials Science and Spectroscopy (NCRAMSS-2017)", scheduled for 15-17 February, 2017 organized by Department of Physics Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra in collaboration with Laser and Spectroscopy Society of India (LASSI) commences today in the premises of the beautifully equipped campus of SMVDU.

Conference is inaugurated by Distinguished Scientist, Dr. Sudershan Kumar, Ex. Director General, DRDO. Prof. Sanjeev Jain, VC, SMVDU also graced the inaugural ceremony with his august present. Other dignitaries, who graced the occasion, were Prof. A. L. Verma, Founder Member LASSI and Advisor S&T Research Amity University Noida and Prof, V. K. Bhat Dean Faculty of Sciences, SMVDU.

Chief Guest, Dr. Kumar deliberated on the importance of Materials in the real life. He enlighten the audience about different eras of development of the materials from stone age to Iron age which represents the foundation of metallurgy in which alloys of copper and tin were discovered to produce superior tools. He explained that wide range of materials available to material scientists can be divided into different categories and once the properties of the materials are understood the appropriate material for a given application can be processed and selected. He also provided an insight into the world of nanomaterials and nanotechnology.

In his inaugural address, Prof. Sanjeev Jain, VC, SMVDU emphasized that Conference of such nature provides a great opportunity for the scientific community, not only to update knowledge and keep abreast with the latest developments in the field of materials science and spectroscopy, but also an occasion for the invited speakers, delegates and participants to exchange ideas and interact with each other. He congratulated Department of Physics for organizing RAMSS-2017. Prof. Jain said that this will act as channel for creating an atmosphere which will encourage and inspire students and young researchers for their overall academic growth.

Dr. Yugal Khajuria, Convener and HoD Physics, SMVDU presented the welcome address to the gathering. He also informed that about 150 participants from all over India are participating in this conference. He apprised the audience that about 17 invited talks, 12 oral and 78 posters on various topics linked to materials science and spectroscopy are expected to be presented during this three day conference.

Prof. A. L. Verma presented a wonderful insight on the ‘Recent developments in Raman Spectroscopy in his keynote lecture. Prof. VK Bhat, Dean Faculty of Science, said that useful discussions on recent advances in materials Science and Spectroscopy will provide the platform to build inter disciplinary research to solve various Challenges in the world of Science and Technology. He complemented the organizes for their initiatives.

Dr. Kamni, Co-convener, conducted the proceedings of the conference. Dr. Vinay Kumar as organizing secretary of the National Conference summarized the event and presented the vote of thanks. He expressed his sincere gratitude for financial support rendered by platinum sponsor, ATOS India, Toshvin Shimadzu, Agilent India, J&K Bank, Indosaw Scientific Ambala, Research India and Sanjeev Prabhaker, J&K Mess Contractor. He expressed his sincere thanks to Dr. Jitendra Sharma, co-convener, Dr. Ram Prakash and Mr. Pankaj Biswas both, Joint Secretaries for their untiring efforts and support in organizing this conference.

SMVDU hosts Dr. Ganju from The Ohio State University, USA

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Dr. Ramesh Ganju from The Ohio State University delivered a special lecture on “Novel inflammatory circuits modulating breast tumor microenvironment” in the Department of Biotechnology, SMVDU. Dr. Ganju is Scott Endowed Professor & Vice- Chair Department of Pathology & Experimental Pathology in The Ohio State University, USA. He is an expert in the field of tumor microenvironment as is evident from his vast number of publications in highly reputed journals. The major focus of Dr. Ganju's lab is to determine the role of chemokines, especially CXCL12, and various inflammatory molecules, such as S100A7, and anti-inflammatory molecules, such as Slit2 and cannabinoids, in pathogenesis of various diseases.

15022017 enws02The lecture of Dr. Ramesh Ganju was attended by faculty & scholars of Department of Biotechnology & Dr. V. Verma, H.O.D Biotechnology laid stress on the special lectures which are important in rising the level of science in the department.

Dr. Rakesh Kumar, a cancer biologist & Assistant Professor invited him to visit the institute and present a special lecture. His visit was facilitated by the administration of SMVDU. He visited various labs in the department & was very much impressed by the infrastructure & instrumentation in the department. He also had a brief interaction with the lab members of Dr. Rakesh Kumar and was made aware about the activities going on in the cancer biology Lab. He also expressed his interest in developing joint Indo-US collaborative projects & also to explore the possibility of exchange of scholars under different schemes of both Governments of India and USA. Dr. Ganju also met Honorable vice chancellor of SMVDU Dr. Sanjeev Jain in his chamber where he was felicitated by presenting him with a memento of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi as a token of appreciation for visiting the University. Dr. Sanjeev Jain proposed that collaboration between the two institutes should be explored & reiterated that SMVDU will take necessary steps regarding that in future with a mission to make SMVDU a world class institute.

SMVDU organizes the 3rd National Conference on Recent Trends in Mathematical Sciences

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A UGC sponsored Two Day National Conference on Recent Trends in Mathematical Sciences is inaugurated on 9th February, 2017 at the Department of Mathematics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra. At the very outset Dr. A. K. Das, Convener of the conference in his welcome address welcomed all the participants and explained the theme of the conference. Prof. C.K. Jaggi, Department of Operational Research, University of Delhi was the Chief Guest on the occasion. He stressed that Mathematical analysis should lead to useful conclusions and he delivered his invited talk on Supply Chain Management. Prof. V. Verma, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Prof. D. S. Hooda, Ex. Pro-VC, K.U. Kurukshetra were the guest of honor. They louded the role of Mathematical Sciences in interdisciplinary research. Prof. Hooda emphasized on doing the mathematical work rather than reading it. Prof. C.B. Gupta, Professor, BITS, Pilani was also present and talked about the diverse applications of Mathematics. The abstract booklet was released by the dignitaries on the inaugural ceremony. The inaugural session was ended by the vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Organizing Secretary of the conference.

Prof. D. S. Hooda, Prof. Shakeel Ahmad Raina (Principal, G.D.C. Thannamandi), Prof. C.B. Gupta, Prof. Romesh Kumar (University of Jammu), Prof. V. Ravichandran (University of Delhi), Prof. K. L. Verma (Dean, Career Point University, Hamirpur), and Dr. Kakali Majumdar (SMVDU) delivered their invited lectures in the conference. Prof. S.D. Sharma (Central University, Jammu), Prof. J. P. Singh Joorel (University of Jammu), and Prof. Pawan Kumar (University of Jammu) were also present in the conference and they acted as session chairs. Apart from invited lectures there were contributed paper presentations in the conference. Dr. Surender Singh and Dr. Sandeep Bhougal were the co-organizing secretaries of the conference. Dr. Sandeep Sharma, Dr. Narinder Sharma, Dr. Jagdish Lal Sharma, Dr. Shally Gupta, Ms. Meeru Abrol, and Ms. Renu Anand were also present in the conference.

SMVDU Faculty Member Delivers an Invited Talk in a National Seminar in Chennai

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Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra delivered an invited talk entitled, “Role of Differential Equations in Mathematical Modelling” in a National Seminar on Recent Advances in Differential Equations & their Applications during 3-4 February, 2017 at Meenakshi College for Women, Chennai. Dr. Rakesh Kumar discussed the meaning, need and applications of Mathematical Modelling. He then discussed the role of differential equations in modelling various real life phenomena like absorption of medicines in blood, population growth, heat conduction through walls, radioactive decay and queuing systems etc. He also acted as a judge in a research paper competition where Ph.D. scholars participated.

UGC Sponsored 2-Day Workshop on - Numerical Analysis in VLSI CAD using MATLAB and SIMULINK held

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UGC Sponsored 2-Day Workshop on "Numerical Analysis in VLSI CAD using MATLAB and SIMULINK" was held on 14-15th January 2017 at SMVDU, Katra. Prior to workshop a full day was devoted to learning matlab/simulink for the benefits of the participants.

Dr. D.Mukhopadhyay (Dean, Faculty of Management, SMVDU ) was guest of honour on the occasion. The chief guest was Professor Manoj Duhan, HOD(ECE) DBCR University of Science and Technology, Sonepat. The welcome address was delivered by the workshop coordinator Mr. Neeraj Tripathi, AP, DoECE, SMVDU, in which he explained why such workshops are needed. The point of stress was to compare the circuit based CAD tools and the applications of Matlab/Simulink to solve VLSI based problems. CAD tools are expensive and need sufficient time to learn by the users. Which can be a tedious task for B.Tech undergraduate students? On the other hand Matlab/Simulink can be used easily and much learning material is available. So, an attempt was made to point out this comparison through this workshop. The specialized talks were delivered by very experienced professors from IIT, Roorkee and NIT, Kurukshetra. The participants were very enthusiastic and interacted with the experts. The eminent speakers were Dr. S.Das.Gupta (IIT,Roorkee),Dr.B.K.Kaushik (IIT, Roorkee),Dr.R.K.Sharma (NIT, Kurukshetra) and Matlab expert Vikram Kumar. The lectures were based on Sentarus TCAD applications in VLSI Designing, Optimization, numerical simulation of differential equations and essential of VLSI techniques using CAD tools and Matlab.

The vote of thanks was delivered by workshop coordinator Mr. Vikram Singh, AP, DoECE, SMVDU, Katra.

Two-Week ISTE STTP Workshop concludes successfully

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TWO-WEEK ISTE STTP Workshop on "CMOS, Mixed Signal and Radio Frequency VLSI Design" Under the NMEICT, MHRD, Govt. of India, in collaboration with IIT-Kharagpur was concluded on 04th Feb-2017. The interactive session began on 30th January 2017.The lectures were delivered by professors from IIT-Kharagpur and participants attended the workshop at SMVDU. The workshop was focused on Analog Designing and Mixed Signal RF Designing. The participants learned the current technology and designing in these fields. The whole workshop was interactive in nature. The workshop coordinator Mr. Vikram Singh, A.P. Deptt. of ECE had attended ONE-WEEK coordinators workshop at IIT-Kharagpur in Sep-2016. The participants Mr. Neeraj Tripathi, Dr. Vijay Sharma, Dr. Purnima Hazra, Dr. Sachin Kumar Gupta and Dr. Manish Sabraj appreciated the course and expressed their satisfaction. The participants requested IIT-Kharagpur to conduct workshop on MEMS and allied fields during one to one interaction with the participants at Valedictory session.

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