SMVDU Katra, 10thAugust,18. Dr. Balbir Singh, Associate Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra was awarded fellow membership of Institution of Engineers, India (IEI), Kolkata, which is the largest Indian multi-disciplinary professional body of engineers. Earlier, Dr. Singh had served the Indian Air Force (IAF) for sixteen years, prior to joining the SMVDU in 2001, and he specialised in advanced machining, quality control and maintenance. Notably, Dr. Singh had also received training for Six Sigma Green Belt and ZED Master Trainer. Being quite active in teaching and research activities, Dr. Singh regularly involves himself in promoting industry-academia relation, besides working on productivity enhancement based projects. Dr. Singh gave the credit for this achievement to Indian Air Force (IAF) and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) for providing him a learning platform to excel in all spheres of life.