The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi
University, commonly referred to as SMVD University or SMVDU, is a Statutory university on an 470-acre (190 ha) campus located near Katra
. 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, COA. With the focus on higher learning & research, SMVDU has established itself in the league of eminent institutions of learning in the country.
The University is established as Statutory University under the Act of J&K Legislature in 1999, which defines it as Technical and Fully residential University. Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the then Hon’ble President of India
, inaugurated the university on 19 August 2004 and conducted its first lecture.
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 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.