The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, commonly referred to as SMVD University or SMVDU, is a university on an 470-acre (190 ha) campus located near Katra, Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated near the shrine of the Mata Vaishno Devi, after which it is named. The university is fully residential and provides technical education in the field of engineering, science, management, philosophy and other subjects of contemporary importance, with all technical courses recognised by AICTE, CIC and COA. With the focus on higher learning & research, SMVDU has established itself in the league of eminent institutions of learning in the country.
Located at a distance of 45 km from Jammu Airport and 14 km short of the holy town of Katra, the university is situated on spectacular location â€“ a plateau surrounded by mountains on three sides in the foothills of 'Trikuta' Range where the world famous shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is located. It is a self-contained township with most facilities available in-house.The academic pattern, syllabi and evaluation procedure has been adopted from Indian Institutes of Technology. The University has signed Memorandum of Understanding with various national and international academic, professional and research institutes as well as industry to augment the learning process and to develop research activities. The University has four Colleges consisting of twelve Schools which promote six Undergraduate and nine Postgraduate programmes besides Ph.D. and Post doctoral research fellowship.The University has the unique distinction of being inaugurated by the President of India in the year 2004 and the first convocation addressed by the Prime Minister of India in the year 2008. This alone speaks of the quality of infrastructure and education at this university.Being a fully residential university, the campus provides comfortable single, double and triple seated accommodation to all the students (triple seated accommodation is offered to all new admissions at UG level). There are sufficient in-door and out-door sports facilities available. The state of the Art Auditorium with seating capacity for 1000 persons is an excellent center for academic, cultural and social functions. Different Forums and Clubs like Music, Dance, Drama, Quiz, Adventure, Mind-meet forum etc help students to utilize their spare time in a more creative and innovative way. The Officer's Club takes care of the recreation facilities for the faculty and staff. The campus provides an ideal atmosphere for healthy interactions and competition among students and interaction with faculty and professionals from corporate world and other leading institutes. Our students are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities and every effort is made to expose them to the competitive world.Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) has been established under THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR SHRI MATA VAISHNO DEVI UNIVERSITY ACT, 1999.an Act of the J&K State Legislature (ACT No. XII of 1999 dated 12th May 1999) as an autonomous, highly Technical & fully Residential University.
The University started functioning as an academic unit in Aug 2004 when it was inaugurated on 19th August 2004 at the hands of the then Hon'ble President of India Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam. Dr. Kalam also delivered the first lecture to the students of the University.The University is approved by UGC.
The technical programs of the University are recognized by AICTE (All India Council of Technical Education) while Architecture program is recognized by Council of Architecture.