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Emerging Trends in Advanced Computing & Informatics – A National Conference at Shobhit University, Meerut, India

Emerging Trends in Advanced Computing & Informatics – A National Conference at Shobhit University, Meerut, India.

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Shobhit University Newsletter Issue 3 Vol. 3

SUNewsletter Vol 3 issue3.pdf

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Shobhit University M.Tech Student developes cheaper water purification with Alum

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Adarsh Community College, a social initiative of Shobhit University launched

Senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes formally launched the Adarsh Community College, a social initiative of Shobhit Universityat the University Tower inNew Delhi on August 08, 2009. This community college is being established in collaborationwith the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to provide an opportunity to school drop outs and other young people of rural areasto get trained in employment oriented programs. The college shall have its functional campus at Gangoh town in Saharanpur district of UP.

Chief guest of the launching ceremony Mr. Fernandes hailed the initiative and efforts of the Shobhit University in development of a facility which is likely to go a long way in uplifting the lives of languishing communities and classes of the society.

He said, in the present scenario of globalization the demand for technicians and craftsmen is high. Europe alone requires more than five crore workmen every year. If we succeed in training our youth in skills required in the market, we shall be making them internationally employable.

He said, the vocations which are so far out of the ambit of formal education and training systems in place in the country need to be identified, recognized and fortified with provision of proper education and training as per the demand of the market. Citing planning commission data, Mr. Fernandes said, in our country every year around 12.8 million people add to the workforce in the market. Out of these, only around 2.5 million people happen to have got proper training. He added that such high influx of unskilled workmen renders a large number of existing workforce jobless ultimately resulting in unemployment and poverty for around 26 per cent population of the country.

Mr. Fernandes emphasized that the Government alone cannot garner resources to handle the situation and more institutions like the Shobhit University need to come forward for turning around the situation.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion the Pro Chancellor of the university Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra expressed hope that the Adarsh Community College shall be able to offer the much needed help to the weaker sections in different communities in and around Gangoh.

Important among those present on the occasion included Mrs. Oscar Fernandes, Prof. Anoop Swarup, Vice Chancellor of Shobhit University, Prof. Raghuvir Singh, Prof. DPS Verma, Finance Controller of the university Mrs Sangeeta Raj and directors of various schools of the university. The programme was conducted by Dr. MP Gupta, director, International Skill Development Centre of theuniversity.DSC_4456

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In order to commemorate collaborative partnership between Deakin & Shobhit University, Mr. David Morgan, Chancellor, Deakin University, presenting a token of appreciation to Prof. (Dr.) Anoop Swarup, Vice-Chancellor, Shobhit University, on the occasion of Graduation Ceremony of Deakin University held on 30th August 2009.

In order to commemorate collaborative partnership between Deakin & Shobhit University, Mr. David Morgan, Chancellor, Deakin University, presenting a token of appreciation to Prof. (Dr.) Anoop Swarup, Vice-Chancellor, Shobhit University, on the occasion of Graduation Ceremony of Deakin University held on 30th August 2009.Chancellor - Deakin- VC SU

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Prof (Dr) Anoop Swarup, Vice Chancellor, Shobhit University the only Vice Chancellor from an Indian University invited to the 7th Global Strategic Review at Geneva, Switzerland by the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) to deliberate on the theme The New Geopolitics.

Dr. Anoop SwarupProf (Dr) Anoop Swarup, Vice Chancellor, Shobhit University the only Vice Chancellor from an Indian University invited to the 7th Global Strategic Review at Geneva, Switzerland by the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) to deliberate on the theme The New Geopolitics. attended the Conference from the 11 to 15th Sept 2009. Dr Anoop Swarup joined discussions along with a veritable array of global experts and distinguished world leaders who included Dr Zbigniew Brzezinski former US National Security Advisor, Prof Francois Heisbourg, Chairman IISS, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, K Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Lord Robert Skidelsky, Member, House of Lords, UK and Shiv Shankar Menon, Former Foreign Secretary, India as also several ambassadors, economists, military strategists, foreign policy and political experts.
Following the onset of the world’s gravest economic crisis for generations, the questions were of a dramatic character. Will the world move to a more egalitarian political order where the US was less apparently supreme? Would there be lasting geopolitical change as a result of shifts in the financial balance of power? Might the economic crisis and climate change further weaken fragile states and make the challenge of conflict resolution even more daunting? Moving into 2010, many of the agendas and practices established by west in the previous decade and a half appear in retreat even in the face of acts of genocide or equivalent natural tragedies. The link of terrorism with Pakistan is now strategically recognized, and the growing appreciation in Pakistan that the neo-Taliban constitute a direct threat also to Pakistan, may result in genuine intelligence co-operation and action. On the sidelines Dr Swarup had the opportunity to share views with Guo Xiangang, Vice President and Editor-in- chief of China Institute of International Studies on the recent Indo China border incursions and the way forward to a peaceful resolution of the dispute. Others who discussed a variety of issues with Dr Swarup included Najmuddin A Shaikh, Former Pakistan Foreign Secretary, Azhar Ali Shah, Director General, ISSRA, Pakistan, Dr Jeffrey Mazo, Managing Editor, Survival and several others. Tan Sri Dr Abdul Majid, Chairman of Malaysia Airlines and a distinguished Economist expressed a very keen interest in developing a collaborative partnership with Shobhit University.
Dr Swarup joined breakout sessions presentations on Climate Change, Water Security and Geopolitics and on the Economic Crisis and International Order. It was pointed out by him that water may indeed be a source of peace and stability as also a source of friction and societal unrest as more than 250 cubic kilometers of ground water is being sucked out in South Asia that is much more than the recharge rate. As a consequence India particularly the Indogangetic plains and the Ganga Yamuna Doab (in and around Meerut) where the water table has gone down from 3.8 metres to 2.8 metres in just a year’s time is going to face the worst ever water crisis due to acute ground water depletion. It was pointed out by him that for the first time after the green revolution India faces an unprecedented crisis of famine, deprivation and acute shortages in the near future if we do not act fast as we live not only on burrowed water but also on borrowed time. Dr Swarup mentioned that it was indeed unfortunate that in India we still do not incorporate climate change forecasts into our defense planning and the anthropogenic climate changes are not taken into account into the strategic plans even by the Planning Commission. Dr Ronald Filadelfo and Marq de Villiers the author of ‘Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource’ agreed to visit Shobhit University and work on a joint collaborative research projects.
Dr Swarup has earlier served as a Global Environment Outlook Reviewer (GEO), Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2007, an organization that was awarded the Noble Peace Prize and he was also nominated in 2008 by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki -moon as UN Finance Expert to the UNSC (United Nations Security Council).

Dr. Anoop Swarup

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Peace may last long only in a non-violent world, says Prof. Sudarshan Kapur

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New Delhi, April 2, 2009
“Non violence is the only plausible way to ensure long-lasting peace on the earth. This journey begins with the peace within,” emphasized Professor Sudarshan Kapur, noted Gandhian thinker and researcher at a conclave on “Non Violent Response to the Threat of Terror and Conflicts” at the Constitution Club here on Tuesday. The conclave was jointly organized by the Shobhit University, Meerut, the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies and the Embassy of United of States of America.Prof. Kapur, who is founder of the Department of Peace Studies at Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado, USA, in his key-note address on “Perspective on peace within and peace in the world” said that retaliatory actions against perpetrators of violence can never end the conflicts.

Prof. Kapur questioned the wisdom in sending troops to Iraq to overpower the perceived catastrophic threats to humanity or the steps being taken to check the spread of forces being termed as terrorist after the 9/11. He elaborated that such violent responses to violence and terror would only end up in furtherance of conflicts within the human race.

He also quoted the Mumbai incident and the responses of the Indian Government to the situation. He applauded the restraint shown by the Indian Government saying it was a better option than plunging into an aggressive action against the perpetrators of violence.

Explaining that adoption of non-violence in behaviour required acceptance of basic tenets of multiplicity and pluralism very much as explained in ANEKANTVAAD in Jain philosophy along with sympathy and forgiveness. Citing incidents from the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he elaborated the working of these traits in creating harmony and peace between conflicting groups.

He made a mention of Mahatma Gandhi�s response to an American missionary in 1915 who wanted to know from the Mahatma how to indigenize the Christianity. Mahatma, in spite of being, a devout Hindu advised the missionary to follow the Christ instead of praying him and practice Christianity fully without any adulteration.

Explaining the multiple sides of truth he emphatically avoided the use of word �terrorist� against anyone. The advocate of peace and non-violence explained that anyone who may be termed as �terrorist� by a group may be a �hero�, �zealot� or martyr for other group. A third group may perceive him as someone else. “Even we sitting in this room don�t have similar perception of this room. How can we expect the whole of humanity to have similar perception about anything”, he quizzed.

Prof. Sudarshan also praised Hemant Karkare�s daughter for her statement forgiving the Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasaab arrested in connection with terrorist strike on Mumbai. Hemant Karkare was one of the senior police officials falling prey to the bullets fired by Kasaab and his accomplice.

His address further dwelled upon inculcation of virtues and practices that lead to adoption of non-violence in the life.

Earlier, Prof. (Dr.) N. Radhakrishnan, Chairman of Indian Council of Gandhian Studies dwelled upon the importance of the culture of peace as an antidote to terror and violence. Quoting from various sources he established that until and unless a culture of peace was created, traits of terror and violence could not be overpowered.

Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, Pro-Chancellor of Shobhit University, underlined the importance of empowerment to scuttle conflicts in the minds of the people. He also elaborated as to how the university was contributing to the noble cause of peace and practicable non-violence in the life.

The seminar began with a presentation on Non-Violent Response to the Threat of Terror and Violence by Prof. Anup Swaroop, the Vice-Chancellor of Shobhit University. Ms Diane Brandt of US Embassy threw light upon the occasion, 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King�s visit to India, and introduced Prof. Sudarshan Kapur. The conclave was well attended by intellectual dignitaries including Prof. RP Agrawal, Advisor to the Shobhit University, Prof. Pradeep Mathur, Prof. Ashok Ogra, and Mr. Pushkar Srivastava. The programme was conducted by Ms Aarti whereas the registrar of the university, Brig. (Retd) SK Sareen, proposed a vote of thanks.

 

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Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) & Chairman Distance Education Council (DEC) visits Shobhit University, Meerut

Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU

Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai,

Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

& Chairman Distance Education Council (DEC)
visits Shobhit University, Meerut

 

Prof V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Chairman, Distance Education Council (DEC), visited Shobhit University, Meerut on 8 November 2008; to interact with faculty and students and to share his views on quality education and its role in life management.

 

In his thought provoking speech, Prof Pillai emphasised that the purpose of education is to improve the quality of life. Education enhances knowledge and life management system skills which in turn improve quality of life in the society. It is necessary to understand the core values of the society in order to apply the knowledge and skills gained during education for the betterment of the society. He said that education provides you the skeleton only, flesh and blood are added by experiences only. Prof Pillai shared his views on distance learning and said that it can play a pivotal role in enhancing literacy rate in the country.

 

He mentioned that compartmentalized knowledge can not be only part of higher learning as real breakthroughs happen at interface. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the interrelation amongst various disciplines and apply the gained knowledge successfully for the benefit of the society. He encouraged the young students to participate in literacy mission enthusiastically.

 

Prof Pillai informed that knowledge commission has recommended opening of 1500 Universities to strengthen higher education system and to improve the gross enrolment rate which is quite low presently. To support such cause and to make India a developed country, about 10 Lac school teachers and 5 Lac professional teachers are required.

           

Prof Pillai said that number of institutions and teachers are required to enhance literacy rate and creation of such infrastructure needs a lot of time. Hence, there is need of utilization of new technologies to address this issue. However, as technology can not teach, only teachers can teach, so teachers should use these technologies to effect quality teaching learning process. The available technology shall be used to infuse synergy        in the system.

 

Prof Pillai paid rich tributes to Babu Vijendra Kumar Ji, the Inspirer of Shobhit University, for his vision and his endeavour to establish institutes of higher education especially in rural area. Prof Pillai also inaugurated state of the art VLSI laboratory in School of Electronics Engineering of Shobhit University.  He visited School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Biotechnology, School of Computer Engineering & Information Technology, School of Business Studies and School of Basic & Applied Sciences of the University. Praising the Shobhit University for excellent infrastructure, wonderful ambience and laudable academic standards, he said that Shobhit University is doing well and is poised for exponential development and growth. He congratulated the management for the successes achieved and developments on the ground in such a short period of time.

 

On this occasion, a Concept Document on “International Skill Initiative” of
Shobhit University was presented by the Vice Chancellor of Shobhit University
Prof. Anoop Swarup, IRS in the presence of Hon’ble Pro-Chancellor Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra and other officials of the University

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Dr Anoop Swarup, IRS has joined Shobhit University, Meerut, India as Vice-Chancellor on Oct. 01, 2008

Dr Anoop Swarup, IRS - Vice Chancellor, Shobhit University, Meerut, India

Dr Anoop Swarup, IRS - Vice Chancellor, Shobhit University, Meerut, India

Dr Anoop Swarup, the Vice Chancellor of Shobhit University, joined Indian Revenue Service in the year 1985. He holds a Doctorate in Science and distinguished University Gold Medals for his Master of Science and Master of Philosophy and has been invited to several international conferences and has been a resource person with the Linnaean Society, London; the British Natural History Museum, London; the World Intellectual Property Organization, Washington DC; the United Nations Environment Program, Trieste (Italy) and the World Wide Fund for Nature, New Delhi. Dr Swarup also has to his credit a Master of Science in Defence & Strategic Studies from DSSC Wellington and an MBA (Finance & Strategy) from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship.

Dr Swarup has been a recipient of the Presidential Award of Republic of India in 2003. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to the United States in 2005, won commendations from UN Resident Representative India for outstanding work in Orissa super-cyclone, 1999 and Gujarat earthquake of 2000 and was awarded UN-ESCAP Hon’ble Mention on HRD for Youth Empowerment (2000), he has been a recipient of the prestigious National Science Talent Scholarship in 1975, the CSIR fellowship in 1981, National Gandhi fellowship in 2001 and was nominated for biographical inclusion in the Tenth Edition of International Directory of Distinguished Leadership of the American Biographical Institute, Inc., USA, 2001.

Dr Swarup has varied and extensive experience of over 27 years at key positions in public, private and not for profit sectors. He was the Commissioner of Customs for Rajasthan at Jaipur, holding the additional charge of Commissioner (Preventive), New Delhi. He was appointed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon as UN Finance Expert for implementation of UN Security Council Resolution. In the past he has been the Executive Director of NYKS, the largest Youth Organisation of its kind in the world and the Managing Director of the National Youth Cooperative Bank that he helped setting up. He served as a Commissioner (Appeals), Director (Anti smuggling) and Director (International Customs) with Government of India in the federal Ministry of Finance and as the Secretary General of National Think Tank on Indirect Taxes. His experience and expertise are in Financial Investigations, Anti money Laundering Strategies and Techniques; Project Formulation, Management, Evaluation and Monitoring; Financial Risk Management; Change Management; Voluntarism and Entrepreneurship, Cooperatives & Community Programs; Small and Medium Enterprises Planning, Expansion & Growth; Global Markets and Trade Regimes, Free Trade Agreements & Rules of Origin, Export/ Import Policies, Strategies, Negotiations and International Law; Performance Audit, Corporate Social Responsibility, & Investigative Techniques; Business Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Tax Administration policies and practice, Trade Facilitation, Security & Compliance; Environmental Economics and Resource Management; Capacity Building, Training – Curriculum Development, Design and Delivery.

Dr Swarup has been a visiting professor and a teaching faculty being intimately involved in curriculum development and training for over 27 years with various educational institutions and Universities that include Monash University, Melbourne, Faculty of Business and Economics (2006 to date), Swinburne University (2001 to 2003), National Institute of Financial Management, Faridabad (1996 to 2005), Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradoon (1995 to 1996), National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics, New Delhi (1996 to 2005), Barkatullah University, Bhopal (1991 to 1994) and Vikram University Ujjain (1981 to 1984).

Dr Swarup has authored a book on ‘The World of Money Laundering, Financial Crimes and Commercial Frauds’ apart from delivering several lectures on the subject in universities and other national and international forums. Some of his initiatives include accreditation of National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics at Faridabad as the WCO Asia Pacific Training Centre, setting up of National Customs Museum at Goa, election of India as the WCO Asia Pacific Vice Chair. He initiated capacity building programmes at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACEN) so as to build organisational competencies in close association with the World Customs Organisation. Apart from being a UNEP Certified Trainer he has delivered key lectures at National Academies of Customs Excise and Narcotics, the National Institute of Financial Management and other institutions. Dr Swarup has to his credit several publications in Indian and International journals and has the rare distinction of combining his science background with postgraduate degrees in Banking, Finance and Risk Management. At the international policy level also Dr Swarup has been responsible not only as a national contact point for linkages but also contributed to treaties, pacts and exchanges through country representation such as in the US Container Security Initiative, FATFs Forty Recommendations on Money laundering and the special Nine Recommendations on Terrorist Financing, WCOs Kyoto Protocol, Bilateral Customs Cooperation Agreements with the EU, USA, UK, France, Russia, China, SAARC, Australia and many other countries and the Free Trade Agreements with ASEAN, Thailand, Singapore, SAFTA, MERCOSUR (South American Countries), China and other countries.

He was invited to the United States as a visitor on money laundering and terrorist financing in 2005 where he had the unique opportunity to have extensive discussions with the FATF, FINCEN, US Treasury, Federal Reserve, the federal and district attorneys, the Citibank Group and other banking and finance organisations and a host of other private and public sector institutions. He has professional expertise as well as core competency in investigation of financial crimes, money laundering, anti smuggling and commercial frauds. He established online and real time linkages between various trans national and international agencies such as the UNODC, FATF, INCB, DEA, INTERPOL, WCO, WTO, WIPO and also the various national Customs and Police Administrations across the globe and national agencies such as the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (responsible for financial fraud and money laundering investigations and enforcement of customs and tax offence in India), Central Bureau of Investigation (responsible for federal police compliance, investigation and enforcement), Enforcement Directorate (responsible for foreign exchange regulation and management acts), Financial Investigations Unit, Central Board of Excise and Customs, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Central Economic Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB responsible for federal drug trafficking and enforcement apparatus) as also other central intelligence agencies and state intelligence and enforcement agencies.

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Pham Van Dong University, Vietnam project draws Shobhit University’s attention.

Recently, India-based Shobhit University, Meerut led by the Chancellor Shobhit Kumar worked with Quang Ngai government on the investment to the first proposed university in Quang Ngai named after late Prime Minister Pham Van Dong. Two days of intensive discussion resulted in signing off a Letter of Intention and drafting an Aide Memoire. PDU is designed to sit on about 24 ha with total cost estimated at 22 million USD, phased into two stages, 2008-2012 and 2012-2020.

Shobhit University has shown interest in soft investment of providing equipment, technology transfer and training the teaching staff for English, IT faculties and an electronic library whereas Quang Ngai is to provide infrastructure and buildings. There is a potential of expanding cooperation scope to Business Management, Technology and Engineering departments if the initial phase gets fruitful. In the meantime, it is agreed to initially start with English and IT courses in cooperation with the existing Teacher Training College in the soonest time.

A Letter of Intention was co-signed by Quang Ngai PPC Vice Chairman Nguyen Hoang Son and Shobhit University representative, Mr. Vivek Mittal, Director, International Affairs. It is strongly believed that once this education project becomes possible, Quang Ngai is confident to keep pace with other provinces of Vietnamin terms of socio-economic development and integration progress to the world with the help of Shobhit University, Meerut, India.

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