Professor Sanjeev Jain
April - June 2018
Vice Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU)
Emphasising on higher learning and research, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) in Jammu & Kashmir has established itself in the league of eminent learning institutions in the country. Professor Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor, talks to AIBM about technical education at the university, importance of practical training, and more.
How does SMVDU lay down the foundation for scientific and technical excellence and what are the courses it offers?
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) was established under Act of the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) State Legislature (May 1999) as an autonomous, highly technical and fully residential university. It lays the foundation for a scientific and technical ambience of excellence in order to help the youth render services to the Indian society and the world at large. Further more, education, scholarship and research in new areas provide a cooperative and interactive atmosphere for academics. It encourages close cooperation within the industry, utilisation of research for business and advancement of society.
The courses offered by the university are BTech in electronics and communication, computer science, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering and food technology; Bachelor of architecture; five year integrated MSc (Economics); MBA (an NBA accredited programme); MTech in electronics and communication, computer science, manufacturing and automation; MSc in mathematics, biotechnology (with specialisation in genetics), physics; MA in English and philosophy; and PhD in all the above mentioned disciplines.
Can you tell us about your mechanical courses offering knowledge of automobiles? Are more students willing to enrol in this sector?
Mechanical engineering in the present scenario doesn’t just revolve around the fundamental zones of thermal engineering, knowledge of automobiles, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, or materials or manufacturing science, but has rather turned into an interdisciplinary field of huge learning possibilities with unending regions of application. As manufacturing is the backbone of many industrial sectors across the world, mechanical courses definitely encourage students to enrol.
Do you provide regular practical training for students to keep them abreast of new developments?
Yes. We have initiated numerous capacity building activities. Our Training and Placement Cell provides frequent programmes for personality improvement. The Entrepreneurship Development Cell organises activities for those interested in entrepreneurship. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Technology Business Incubation Centre Society (SMVDU-TBIC) is the first ever technology business incubator in J&K and Himachal Pradesh. SMVDU-TBIC has been identified as one of the 68 incubators to recommend start-ups under Start-Up India Initiative.
Do you have collaborations with other institutions or industry? Do you think there is a need for greater collaboration with institutions in upgrading training facilities in India and do you see this happening?
We have collaborations with IIT Delhi, NIT Srinagar and IIIM Jammu. Companies like Intel India and Adobe have established advanced laboratories here. Recently, SMVDU-TBIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with J&K Bank Limited to support startups and provide one-stop platform to access various schemes available with J&K Bank to promote entrepreneurship. Further, the university has signed an MoU with Gujrat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar. Under the MoU, SMVDU will be entitled to receive consultancy and technical support for setting specialised laboratories like Cyber Security Lab, Forensic Biotechnology Lab, Digital Forensic Lab, etc.