Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University
A State University recognized under Section 2 (f) & 12 (B) of UGC Act of 1956
Ranked 78th among Engineering Institutions and Among Ranked Top 100 Business Schools in National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF 2020) declared by MHRD, Govt. of India.

27022020 pic127022020 pic2SMVDU Katra, FEB 2020. The students of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) bags the best paper award at IEEE Conference. The paper, titled ‘An Optically Transparent Antenna For IOT Application’ by Shriya Jamwal and Sukriti Gupta as a part of their mini-project was selected in ‘2020 International Conference on Electrical and Electronics Engineering (ICE3-2020)’, jointly organized by Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology, Gorakhpur, U.P, India and North Dakota State University, Fargo, USA. The research was conducted by ‘Shriya Jamwal, Sukriti Gupta, Z.A Pandit Jibran, Kumud Ranjan Jha and Chitra Singh’ under the supervision of Dr. Kumud Ranjan Jha, Faculty, SMVDU at Antenna and Microwave Design Lab, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University.

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26022020 rmaAs part of the ongoing celebrations of 70th anniversary of Indian Constitution, a Moot Court event was organized from 22nd – 23rd February 2020 at SMVDU. The event was held by the University Social Responsibility Cell in collaboration with the Board for Cultural Activities. The activity also kick-started the annual cultural and literary festival of SMVDU, Resurgence’20. The students of the University are grouped in five Houses for intramural competitive events. The cases for an hour proceedings for each House were chosen through a lottery system. The Agni House got the Indian Young Lawyers Association vs The State of Kerala case (the Sabarimala temple entry case), the Aakash House got the M Siddiq (D) & Others vs Mahant Suresh Das & Others (the Ayodhya land dispute case), the Prithvi House got the Naz Foundation vs Government of NCT of Delhi case (a case related to decriminalising homosexual and consensual sex among adults), the Vayu House got the Kesavananda Bharati Sripadagalvaru and Others vs The State of Kerala case (a case related to fundamental rights) and the Jal House got the Om Prakash v. State of U.P (a case for false rape charges). The students of each House enacted the whole case including petitioners, respondents and judges with judicial paraphernalia. The Moot Court event was organized to familiarize the students with judicial proceedings and also to make them aware of their legal and moral responsibilities towards their fellow beings and the society at large. The Prithvi and Jal Houses share the first prize, the second place was obtained by the Agni House and the third place went to the Vayu House. The performance of the students was adjudged by Dr Anil K. Tewari, Head, School of Philosophy and Faculty In-charge of University Social Responsibility. Every performance was followed by a critical observation of the evaluator. The event was coordinated by Mr. Paras Dubey and Ms. Ananya Arora, the senior students of M.Sc. (Economics).

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SMVDU Katra, FEB 2020. The School of Economics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), organised a Mega Fest of Economics: ARTHA 2K20 that had its beginning with the worthily tabulated words of Dr. Kakali Majumdar, Head, School of Economics and Dean of Students Welfare, Dr.Yougal Khajuria. More than 200 young aspirant students of Economics participated in the Mega Fest from different schools, institutions, and colleges of Jammu & Kashmir union territory.

At the onset, the festival was inaugurated by India’s foremost research economist, Dr. Arvind Virmani, the former Chief Economic Advisor to the Govt. of India and India’s representative to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington DC. An abstract painting of Goddess Durga, painted by Student of Economics, was presented to the esteemed guest.

Making a congenial start of the festival, the Mega talk of the prestigious guest Dr. Arvind Virmani, shared his views on spells of economic growth since liberalization. He also highlighted how the entire policy measures focused remodelling of the planning to avoid the subprime lending crisis in 2008 which hit most part of the world. The noted Economist also focused on growth stagnation scenario of India. However, he was optimistic about the entire economic situation prevailing in the country because of the policy measures taken will reap the benefits in long run.

Further, Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean Faculty of Management, also addressed the audience, while posing a good picture of the basic and steep concepts of Economics.

Briefing about ARTHA and vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. D. P Priyadarshi Joshi and Dr. Meenakshi Gupta, Faculty Coordinators of the event respectively.

In the series of Mega Talk, Mr. Sandeep Mittal, General Manager of Human Resource Management Department, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Jammu Branch, guest of honour of the inaugural program, acquainted the audience with the recently released bi-monthly RBI monetary policy statements and about different issues that challenge day to day life like monetary policy, inflation, exports and the way forward for Industrialists to improve growth.

The festival moved further with the cultural evening with mesmerising dance and music performances by the students that helped to lighten the soul.

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SMVDU Katra, FEB 2020. Dr Meenakshi Gupta, Assistant Professor, School of Economics, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), has been honored with the Amity Excellence Award for Best Faculty in the area of Agricultural Economics during 20th International Business horizon ”INBUSH ERA WORLD SUMMIT 2020” held on 18th -20th Feb 2020. Dr. Meenakshi Gupta with PhD in Agricultural Economics has contributed in the allied area and applied her knowledge through her work published in various national and international journals.

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DST-NIMAT Project sponsored three-day entrepreneurship awareness camp was successfully conducted by Entrepreneurship Development Cell, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. Dr. Suparn Kumar Sharma, Chief Coordinator, Entrepreneurship Development Cell, SMVD University, spoke on the importance of such type entrepreneurship programs in educational institutes during the opening session. With the active participation of engineering and science, management students, the camp had sessions by entrepreneurs and subject experts on the ways of starting/sustaining own business venture. The Camp had sessions, including entrepreneurship overall theories/models; historical background-Indian values vis-a-vis entrepreneurship and the present scenario; support and financial assistance from Govt. agencies, banks, financial institutions, SFCs, SIDBI and others-securities demanded by FIs/Banks, etc; mechanism of product selection and technology-assistance from R&D labs and others on choice of technology, etc.; financial aspects of MSME unit including salient features of a project report; tech. & commercial aspects of an MSME unit; how to start an MSME unit; identification of opportunities for entrepreneurs & start-ups in the region; address by practicing entrepreneur's success stories. The visits to two small enterprises also contributed significantly to understand the smooth operational dimension of an enterprise. The camp has been well supported by young entrepreneurs, including Mr Sujat Mahajan, Mannat Products, Bari Brahamana Mr. Rajnish Sharma, Mayur Group of Hotels, Mr. Amit Pandotra Shri Mahadev Beverages and Food, Dhansal. Moreover, apart from faculty members from School of Business including Dr Saurabh, Head of the School, Dr. Deepak Jain,Dr. Shazia Bukhari, Dr Hari Govind Mishra, Resource persons from Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu, JKEDI, Jammu also contributed as resource persons to make the event successful.

The Vice Chancellor of SMVD University, Padam Shri Prof. Ravindra Kumar Sinha emphasized on the change of mindset of the students for responsible entrepreneurial activities for the development of the nation. He conveyed for imbibing entrepreneurial skills by the youth for the sustainable growth and development of the nation.

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SMVDU Katra, FEB 2020. Five-day National Training Program on ‘Crafting Individuals as Effective Leaders’ for Indian Forest Service officers inaugurates at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. In the inaugural function, Dr. Jyoti Sharma, the Program Coordinator explained that the objective of this program is to craft the rational, relational, practical and directional competencies for being the effective leader.

Dr. Saurabh, Head, School of Business, welcomed the delegates and highlighted the achievements of the School of Business in terms of the alumni who are practicing effective leadership in different domains.

Prof. VK Bhat, Registrar, SMVDU, emphasized on the role of IFS officers as the leaders to conserve natural resources for the human sustenance. The Guest of Honor of the inaugural function, Mr. Suresh Chugh (IFS), Chairman, J&K Pollution Control Board & Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, J&K emphasized on the need to take the role of leaders, who transform the intention of the general public to protect the unique wildlife of Jammu and Kashmir for the benefit of ecology and society.

Padamshri Prof. Ravindra Kumar Sinha, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU emphasized on the importance of learning from every being to become the transformational leader who effectively uses the resources and knowledge for the benefit of society by conserving the wild species at every strata.

Prof Sinha inspired the IFS officers with his experiences in different projects to save the dolphins. He emphasized that one of the basic features of an effective leader is to make the people at ground level effective in the respective domain. Prof Sinha congratulated the team for successfully conducting the trainings for IFS Officers as it is the tenth in the series with the financial support from Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India. Earlier, the ice-breaking session was conducted by Dr. Suparn K. Sharma, organizing secretary of the program & Associate Professor, School of Business. During the inaugural function A Compendium showing a summary of different events conducted since 2010-11 was released by the dignitaries on the dais, including Prof Sinha, VC, SMVDU, Mr Suresh Chugh,Prof. V.K.Bhat,Dr Jyoti Sharma and others. During this five day program, to craft and enhance leadership competencies the sessions in the training program will be conducted by resource persons including Mr. Ashok Bhat, HR Consultant, Major General N.K. Dhir, Dr. Ashok Bhan, DGP (Retd.), Mr. V.K.Singh, IPS Commandant General, Disaster Management, Dr. Vikrant Tomar, Director, UMS, India, Dr. O. P. Sharma Vidyarthi (IFS), Chief Conservator of Forests besides, the in-house faculty members of the university.The program is organized by School of Business, with the financial support from Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India. The event is national in character as IFS officers participating in this program are from different States of India, including Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Gujrat, Orissa, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, J&K etc. Dr. Ashutosh Vashishtha, Member, Organizing Committee & Associate Professor, School of Business, expressed his gratitude to Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU for his constant support and thanked the administration for providing resources for a smooth conduct of the program.

07022020 nkbansalSMVDU Katra, FEB 2020. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) fraternity is deeply saddened to inform that Former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. NK Bansal, passed away Tuesday early morning. The untimely death of Prof. Bansal saddened the faculty members, staff and students, and a condolence meeting was held at 4:00 P.M. on 04 February 2020 at the Central Courtyard. Prof. Bansal had served as a vibrant Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU, between 2004 and 2009, and started various programs in the discipline of Science, Management, Renewable Energy, Humanities & Social Sciences. Prof. Bansal will be remembered for his iron-will and determination in establishing SMVD University a niche amongst other reputed institutions. Holder of many awards, namely, Dr. C. M. Jacob Gold Medal (System Society of India, 1991), Pioneer in Renewable Energy (WREN 1996), Solar Pioneer from India (German magazine 2004), Life Time Achievement Award in Education (2005) and Amity Excellence Award (2008), Prof. Bansal was well known for his integrity, hard work and contributions in the field of Energy. Presently, he was SINTEX Chair Professor at CEPT University, Ahmadabad.

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18022020 profbalanewsSMVDU Katra, FEB 2020. A special lecture was organized by the School of Philosophy & Culture (SoPC), Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) on the theme “Freedom and Morality” in the Matrika auditorium. Prof. Balaganapathi Devarakonda, Head, Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi delivered the lecture, which was attended by more than six hundred students from various streams of the University. Prof. Balaganapathi discussed the interrelated issues of the meaning of life, freedom, morality and the problems faced by the new generation due to the exposure to social media and smart phones driven by artificial intelligence. He defined a meaningful life as the intersection of good life, happy life and satisfactory life. Further, he defined the use of social media as the desire to connect to the unknown. However, the problem with this approach is that users of social media are not mindful of their immediate environment and as a result feel anxiety and depression. Moreover, the idea of binary epistemology that the objects of our knowledge can be categorized neatly into two separate and opposite categories is creating much confusion and conflict. For instance, since school we teach children that boy and girl are opposites. But our Indian culture does not talk about opposites, but teaches that creation is a result of a combination of not the opposites but the complementary. For instance, according to our Indian cosmology, five fundamental elements, viz., earth, water, fire, air and ether come together in different ratios to constitute new properties. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session. The event ended with the felicitation and vote of thanks to Prof. Balaganapathi.

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SMVDU Katra, Feb 2020. GSCASH of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University invited Mrs. Sonia Gupta, Registrar Judicial, High Court Wing, Jammu for an invited talk on “Women and Law” where the speaker delivered an informative lecture on legal rights of women. The event was attended by faculty members, staff and students. At the outset, Dr. Chairperson, GSCASH, welcomed the esteemed guest. Mrs. Gupta briefed the audience about various laws related to sexual harassment, dowry, rape, and others. She also explained how with the help of such laws a woman can safeguard herself at home and workplace. Also, she raised her concerned over the misuse of such laws by some women. Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU, Prof. RK Sinha thanked the invited speaker for her informative talk, and presented her memento as a token of gratitude. A formal vote of thanks presented by Dr. Isha Malhotra, Member, GSCASH.

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The School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) Katra in association with Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction and Fertility (ISSRF) organized the three day World Congress on “Reproductive Health with emphasis on Reproductive Cancers, Infertility and Assisted Reproduction” and 30th Annual meeting of the Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction and Fertility (ISSRF) from 14th -16th February’ 2020. The inaugural session was conducted on 14th of Feb in Matrika Auditorium SMVDU, Katra. Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Hon’ble Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Government of India was the chief guest for the occasion. He congratulated ISSRF for holding the 30th annual congress and appreciated their work on such important health issues. He also appreciated the disciplined atmosphere of the University and emphasized on the fact that health is an important asset of an individual and we must modify our lifestyle for its welfare and create awareness among common masses regarding various health issues. He elaborated on the various ventures initiated under the Ministry of Health at various districts of J&K viz. Jammu, Srinagar, Kathua and Reasi. Welcome address was presented by Dr. R.S. Sharma, Secretary, ISSRF who highlighted incidence of infertility among females and males due to modern lifestyle. Guest of honour on occasion Dr. V.P. Kamboj, Former Director CSIR- CDRI Lucknow and Prof. N K Lohia, President, ISSRF addressed the inaugural session and elaborated initiatives taken up by ISSRF and their contribution in medical science. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Padmashri Prof. R K Sinha congratulated the managing committee of world congress (ISSRF-2020) for organizing such an event. He dwelled on the increase in incidence of cancer cases due to changes in the environment. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu, Prof. Manoj Dhar and CEO, Shri Mata Vashono Devi Shrine Board, Sh. Ramesh Kumar, IAS, also graced the occasion. On behalf of ISSRF Dr. Sharda Potukuchi, Head of Department, School of Biotechnology presented THE notes on lifetime achievement awardees Dr. R. S. Sharma (ICMR, New Delhi), Dr. Jaideep Malhotra (Rainbow, IVF, Agra) and Prof. (Dr.) S.M.K Naqwi (CSWRI, Jaipur). Dr. Rakesh Thusoo, Coordinator ICMR-CAR, Assistant Professor, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU presented vote of thanks to all the dignitaries, delegates and specially to Dr. Indu Bhushan Sharma, Co- convener of the ISSRF 2020 for making the event successful. He specially thanked sponsors of the event, staff of ICMR, New Delhi and his volunteers for making event a success.

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SMVDU Katra, February 2020. IFB Industries Ltd., Goa visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) for Campus Placement Drive-2020 on 28th January 2020.

A four member Campus Panel headed by Mr. Kashiram Mestry (HR) conducted the rigorous selection process consisting of Group Discussion, Group Business Activity and Face-to-Face Interviews.

Three students (02 from B. Tech. Mechanical and 01 from MBA) were selected by the Company with CTC of 5 Lac per annum and 6 Lac per annum respectively.

In another Campus Drive, Xenon Stack, Chandigarh, selected 04 interns from B. Tech. for Semester Internship with stipend as reported by B K Bhatia, Placement Officer, SMVDU, Katra.

Prof. R. K Sinha, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, congratulated all selected students, and advised them to be sincere and honest towards their jobs.

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Vice Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra Prof. R.K. Sinha chaired the 7th Managing council meeting of SMVDU Technology Business incubation Centre held at SMVDU campus, Katra on 14th February 2020. The meeting was attended by members Dr. Anil Wali, MD FIIT, IIT Delhi; Dr. Yashwant Dev Panwar, Head Patent Facilitation Cell, TIFAC, New Delhi; Mr. Amit Singal, Co-founder & CEO, Startup Buddy; Prof V.K. Bhat, Registrar & Dean FoS; Sh. Neeraj Gupta, Finance Officer; Dr. Ashutosh Vashishtha,Cordinator; Dr. Rakesh Kumar Jha, Dean R&D, Dr. Summet Gupta, Dean Academics; Dr. R.K. Mishra, Head SoME; Dr. Kumud R. Jha, Head SoECE, SMVDU.

The member secretary, CEO SMVDU-TBIC Dr. Swarkar Sharma and Manager SMVDU-TBIC Swati Sharma shared the agenda and made the presentation. The main agenda of the meeting was to take strategic decisions on fostering entrepreneurial environment in J&K region, discuss policy matters, appraisal and evaluation of various activities carried out by TBIC society and progress report presentation. Team TBIC highlighted that in last one year SMVDU-TBIC has made exponential growth and carried out various successful events. The most prominent ones were various innovation challenges & workshops such as 3D Printing Workshops, High Performance Computation (AI) Workshops etc. The events like “Startup Weekend Katra” has marked a huge success and has been organised in association with the ‘Indian Army’. A large number of applications were received in response to these events/ activities. Many of these are under consideration, some are in pre-incubation as virtual incubatees and others have already been shortlisted for prototype development. Currently, 12 of such innovative ideas have been converted as businesses and finally registered as companies with Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. Seven of these now have been recognised as Startups by Government of India and many of these have started to make their mark at National levels by winning various prestigious Government and Industrial awards. The members appreciated the efforts of SMVDU TBIC team that has been instrumental in encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship in the J&K region.

Team further informed members that SMVDU-TBIC has been identified as the first technology business incubation centre in J&K region to establish NIDHI PRAYAS Centre. This support shall allow the innovators to try their ideas without fear of failure, hence allowing them to reach a stage where they have a ready product and are willing to approach incubators for commercialization. In the meeting, strategies for sourcing of funds, technology development and transfer methodologies, Startup policy for faculty and staff was also discussed. Patent filing and facilitation was discussed in details as TBIC has always emphasized on the importance of IPs and have encouraged students to file patents. As a result, SMVDU has become the only University in the region that has more than 15 patents filed by faculty, staff and students out of which 7 have been published so far and more than 25 are in pipeline. The committee members shared their valuable insights for overall performance improvement. The meeting ended with thanks to chair.

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SMVDU Katra, FEB 2020. Prof. Jinesh Jain, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburg, USA delivered a lecture on “Development of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Sensor for Subsurface Water Quality Monitoring” at the School of Physics (SoP), Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra. Prof. Jain explained how to develop a LIBS based sensor for subsurface water quality monitoring. He covered all the aspects and basic details of LIBS technique that are currently being used to monitor the toxic pollutants in the environment, and underground water well. Dr. Vivek K. Singh, Faculty, SoP, coordinated the event, and Dr. Kamni presented a vote of thanks. At the onset, the Head of the School welcomed the professor, and presented him with a memento. The faculty members and students attended the interactive session.

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School of Architecture and Landscape design (SoALD), Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra organized a special session under Industry Institute Interactions for B. Arch. Students. An expert talk by Mr. Paras Sharma, Assistant Manager and Mr Sandeep Raina, Associate Assistant Manager of Greenply Industries Limited was organized for the industry exposure of B. Arch. Students about timber and wooden products. 40 students of B. Arch. participated in the session along with the faculty members of SoALD.

The presentation started with the formal welcome of team members by Head of the School of Architecture and Landscape Design, Prof (Dr) Rajeev Garg. Industry Expert of Greenply delivered informative yet engaging presentation for the students. The presentation covered several aspects of manufacturing of Plywood, Commercial Boards and Flush Door Shutters, including describing 4 press technology of Greenply. Students enthusiastically participated in the interactive and informative session. Various aspects and properties of products available in the market were discussed by the invited speakers.

The Presentation concluded with the healthy interaction of the students and faculty members with the speaker in the B. Arch. I Year class room. Session concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Ar Anoop Sharma. The talk was organized as part of the constant endeavor of SMVD University for Academia-Industry interaction for effective and enhanced learning of students.

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