Vohra for developing SMVD Varsity as knowledge hub

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KATRA – Governor N. N. Vohra has emphasized the high importance of developing Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) as a knowledge hub and centre of excellence to impart world class education to equip the youth to successfully compete in all spheres of human endeavour.

The Governor, who is Chancellor of the SMVDU, was addressing the students, Faculty and staff members of the University at Kakriyal today.  

The Governor called upon the management, Faculty, students and all the stakeholders to join hands to make the varsity not only well known for the highest standards of teaching and research but also for the promotion of ethical and moral values.  

The Governor said that SMVDU is a residential varsity located in a spacious campus in the backdrop of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji Shrine in the most beautiful environment. He asked the students to make the best of this enabling scenario, put in hard work and attain excellence in their chosen fields of learning and research. He observed that we shall be able to make up all gaps, wherever these exist, and added that recreation and reading rooms should  be set up, play grounds developed and accommodation facilities for the Faculty and Staff augmented and more Hostels and other facilities ensured for enrolling a larger number of students. He said that the main purpose of his visit to the varsity was to have consultations with the Vice Chancellor and take on the spot decisions for the resolution of the various issues and putting in place the required infrastructure to meet the emerging requirements of the varsity.

On this occasion, the Governor released a book titled “Studies in Myth, Orality and Folklore in the World Literature” edited by Dr. Vandhana Sharma, Director I/C, School of Languages and Literature, SMVDU. This book is a compendium of research papers presented in the International Seminar on “Myth, Orality and Folklore in the World Literature with special reference to Rabindranath Tagore” held at the University in March 2012. The Governor, who has written the Foreword of this Volume, asked Dr. Sharma to also focus on the folklore traditions of the State, which is known for its glorious composite cultural heritage and pluralistic ethos for centuries past.  

In his welcome address, Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor of the SMVDU, gave a detailed presentation about the functioning of the varsity, teaching and research facilities as well as the courses being taught and those in the pipeline. He thanked the Governor for taking keen interest and his guidance to take this varsity to greater heights.

A video footage on the establishment, history and growth of SMVDU and the activities at the Campus was screened on this occasion. 

 Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur, Registrar, SMVDU, presented a Vote of Thanks.

Among those present on this occasion were Dr. S. S. Bloeria, Member, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Jammu; Dr. H. L. Maini, Member of the Board and Technical Consultant; Mr. Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor and Chief Executive Office of the Shrine Board; Dr. Mandeep K. Bhandari, Additional CEO; Deans, Directors, students, Faculty and the staff members.

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