SMVDU Katra, 20 Oct. 2018. To enhance the research environment in the J&K region, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra organised a two-week faculty refresher course on ‘Introduction to MATLAB and Research Enhancement Tool’ wef 20-29 Oct. 2018. This course, collaborated with HRDC, SMVDU, is third in the series out of eight, and sponsored by TEQIP-III and MATLAB Inc., as reported Dr. Amit K. Pandit, Coordinator of the program. Further, he emphasised that such programs were need of the hour as they dealt with research enhancement tools-a prerequisite for a good research. Dr. Kumud Jha, Head, Electronics & Communication Engineering, briefed that this program would incorporate various research topics, such as motivation, team building, research methodology, art of writing and publishing quality research papers. Further, the coordinator hoped that participants across the country would enhance their skills and research profiles. Many faculty members were present during the inaugural session, including Mr. Anil Bhardwaj, Dr. Ashutosh Vasishtha, and Mr. Sanjeev Wadhwan to name a few. Dr. Sanjeev Jain, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU conveyed his best wishes to the participants, and wished that such programs would be organised often. The inaugural session concluded with a vote of thanks, present by Dr. Pandit.