SMVDU Katra, 11thSept.18. Vice-Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra Dr. Sanjeev Jain chaired the 31stAcademic Council Meeting in the university which was attended by Prof. (Emeritus) K. K. Biswas, Prof. Sunil Pandey & Prof. S. Dharmaraja of IIT Delhi, Prof. Rajesh Srivastava, IIT, Rorkee, and Shri LokeshSaxena, Managing Director, DISA India Ltd., including in-house Deans and Heads of various Schools, and other section heads. Many significant agenda items related to academics, research, admission, placement and administration were discussed and subsequently action taken upon them. Also, the items of ratification and reporting highlighted the improved academic and admission status of the university. The external experts were highly impressed by the progressive steps taken by the Vice Chancellor, chiefly 10% incentive on basic salary to highly performing faculty members and the provision of research and start up grant for newly joined faculty members. The external experts provided quality suggestions which were incorporated for further improvements. The meeting concluded with a note of thanks presented by Dr. Sanjeev Jain, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU.