Academics urge young researchers to focus on issues of societal importance
Srinagar, Jan 13: The three-week international-level workshop on interdisciplinary research concluded at the University of Kashmir.
The workshop was organised by the varsity’s Shah-i-Hamadan Institute of Islamic Studies (SHIIS).
Dean of Research at KU Prof Shakil A Romshoo, who was the chief guest at the valedictory session, said the flagship National Education Policy-2020 lays great emphasis on research on matters of societal importance and the University of Kashmir is already on the job to attune its research endeavours accordingly.
He said the research outcome from academic institutions must go into policy-making and help address the pressing societal problems.
“This is true of science research as well which must eventually help address the pressing environmental and climatic challenges that the people and policy-planners are faced up with,” he said.
Urging budding researchers to approach their research problems with an open mind, renowned academician and Padma Shri Prof Akhtar-ul-Wasey, President, Maulana Azad University Rajasthan said that academic institutions were fast shifting to an interdisciplinary approach to studies and research which “offers young researchers a great opportunity to address their research problems from varied dimensions”.
“This interdisciplinary approach also throws open the field of research and education for collaborative and exchange programmes which will benefit the researchers and students alike,” he said in his keynote address.
KU Registrar Dr Nisar A Mir, who was a guest of honour, said that young researchers must take up “problems” of societal importance in areas including environment, economics, education and social science.
The University of Kashmir, Dr Mir said, is committed to provide all possible facilities to its research scholars to pursue their research in a congenial atmosphere.
“Research is the backbone of academic institutions and it’s our constant endeavour to make the research journey of our young research scholars comfortable,” he said.
Dean School of Social Sciences at KU Prof Bashir A Khan, who was also a guest of honour, said such workshops were a need of the hour to acquaint young research scholars with newer tools and techniques of interdisciplinary research.
“For any research to be able to yield the desired results, it is important for researchers to know the research methodology, techniques and tools,” he said.
Workshop Director and Head SIIS Prof Manzoor Ahmad Bhat highlighted the outcome of the three-week deliberations which covered a range of issues concerning interdisciplinary research.
The online workshop was attended by over 200 researchers and faculty members from different research and educational institutions from J&K and other parts of the country. At least 19 technical sessions were held, which, among others, were addressed by noted academics, including Prof Muhammad Hussain, Prof M Mumtaz Ali, Prof Ishtiyaque Danish, Prof Hamidullah Marazi, Prof Abdul Rashid Bhat, Prof Kunwar Muhammad Yusuf Amin, Prof Naveed Iqbal, Prof Jamal Ahmad Bashier, Prof Naseem Ahmad Shah, Prof G N Khaki, Prof Muhammad Amanullah, Dr Fatmir Shehu, Dr Husne Hilal Sahin, Dr Abdul Majid Khan and Dr Manzoor Ahmad Shah.
Darakhshan Andrabi granted MoS status
Srinagar: J&K Waqf Board Chairperson Dr Darakhshan Andrabi has been granted the status of Minister of State (MoS) by the J&K Government.
Andrabi was last month appointed as a member of J&K Waqf Board and later elected chairperson.
“Sanction is hereby accorded to the grant of status equivalent to Minister of State (MoS) in favour of Dr Darakhshan Andrabi, Chairperson, J&K Waqaf Board,” an order issued on Friday by the Principal Secretary, GAD, Manoj Dwivedi reads.
“The Hospitality & Protocol Department shall make necessary insertion in the J&K Warrant of Precedence with the approval of Competent Authority,” it added.
Andrabi recently facilitated a successful meeting between Kashmiri business leaders with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
Andrabi is a national executive member of Bhartiya Janta Party and BJP state spokesperson for J&K.
Kashmiri researcher to speak at UNGA Science Summit
Srinagar, Sept 21: Dr Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, a Kashmir-born Innovation Researcher, has been invited to speak at UNGA76’s second Science Summit (United Nations General Assembly UNGA76).
The UNGA Science Summit’s goal is to “increase awareness of science’s significance and contribution to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.” It will showcase efforts that will serve as examples for global science systems and activities supporting the SDGs, notably in the areas of science infrastructure and capacity building.”
Dr Sheikh Fayaz, a Kupwara resident, has been asked to speak at a session on ‘South-South/North Science Capacity Building and Research Collaboration for Advancing the SDGs,’ which will take place on September 22, 2021.
UNGA76 is seen as a unique and prestigious forum for science and development scholars to demonstrate “how policy and political leadership can benefit from innovation”. The second edition of UNGA76, Science Summit, is organized by ISC around the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76) in New York in September 2021.
Dr Sheikh Fayaz is working as a full-time innovation researcher with the School of Management, Zhejiang University, one of the top public universities in China. He works on ‘secondary innovations’ and regional development. Sheikh Fayaz holds his M.Phil and PhD from the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-India.
Prior to joining Zhejiang University, Dr Fayaz was a Visiting Scholar at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal, under European Commission’s Crossing Boundaries Project funded by Marie Curie Actions, International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (2014), School of Management, University of Bradford, England (Oct- Nov 2014) and University of Sussex, London and Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, England, (2017). He is also a member of the Globelics community and is an alumnus of various Globelics innovation academies held in Finland, Kenya and Brazil.
The other speakers for the science summit include some of the world’s leading development practitioners, researchers, scientists, and politicians from different parts of the world. Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, President, International Science Council, George Church from Harvard University Wyss Institute, Dr Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature, UK, Prof. Intisar Soghayroun Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sudan and Dr Marcia McNutt President, National Academy of Sciences, USA, joined the opening plenary session held on September 14, 2021.
Sufi poetry collection ‘Ganji Asrar’ released
Srinagar: A collection of Sufi poetry, ‘Ganji Asrar’, authored by Musadiq Alam, was released on Tuesday at a cultural event in Tagore Hall here.
The event was organised by Angel’s Cultural Academy in association with the J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.
The book is a poetry collection of the legendry Sufi poet, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Dar Shutloohi. Dar has served for more than 40 years at Darbari Kashani Shalimar.
‘Ganji Asrar’ has been published by Sultania Book Depot Maisuma and will be available at all leading book shops of J&K.
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