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Dal Lake an asset, collective effort needed to preserve it: Prof Talat



Dal Lake an asset

KU’s DSW organises 3-day awareness campaign under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan

Srinagar, Feb 15: Vice-Chancellor of University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad said on Monday that Dal Lake in Srinagar is both an asset and heritage which needs to be preserved for posterity. He called for a serious effort by one and all to stop any further deterioration of the water body.
Inaugurating as chief guest a three-day awareness campaign under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Prof Talat said it is important to control the inflow of deleterious effluents into Dal Lake while ensuring that its water quality is maintained as per scientific norms.
The awareness campaign titled ‘Good Health, Good Hygiene’ has been organised by the varsity’s Dean Students Welfare (DSW), in and around areas of Dal Lake. Monday’s programme was held in Dal Lake areas falling along its Hazratbal banks.
“Academic institutions, policy-planners, NGOs and people need to join hands in this endeavour and make serious efforts to stop any further deterioration/pollution of this Lake,” he said, asserting that such awareness programmes led by students can go a long way in making people understand the importance of water bodies and the need to keep them clean.
The Vice-Chancellor said the university has already constituted a high-level Working Group on Dal Lake conservation to see how it can, in association with policy-planners and civil society, contribute to Dal lake conservation.
Prof Talat also went around Dal lake areas along its Hazratbal banks and later distributed health and hygiene kits and pamphlets among local residents.
KU Registrar Dr Nisar Ahmad Mir, who was a guest of honour, said a three-pronged strategy—prevention, prohibition, redressal—is needed to preserve Dal Lake.
He said the university is actively focusing on addressing some of the pressing societal and environmental problems through its academic, research and outreach endeavours. “This includes Dal lake conservation as well,” he said, appreciating the DSW for organising the awareness programme.
Dean of Students Welfare Prof Raies A Qadri said the university students, who are leading this door-to-door awareness campaign, will be distributing pamphlets about the importance of good health and hygiene, among people.
“This is a grassroots-level campaign being organised under Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan,” he said.
The campaign launch event was, among others, attended by Dean Behavioural Sciences and Chief Proctor Prof Showket Ahmad Shah, Cultural Officer Mr Shahid Ali Khan, Junior Coordinator DSW Mr Zahid Jeelani and other staff members of the office of DSW.

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Sufi poetry collection ‘Ganji Asrar’ released



Sufi poetry ‘Ganji Asrar’

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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International mother language day observed in Baramulla



International mother language day

Baramulla, Feb 21: Mehboob Cultural Society Baramulla and DayarI Adab Delina Sunday held a cultural function at Govt Girls Higher Secondary School here to celebrate international mother language day.

International mother language day is commemorated every year on February 21 throughout the world to popularise multilingualism and cultural diversity.

Noted poet and writer from Baramulla Khaliq Parvaiz was the chief guest and former secretary J&K Cultural Academy  Rafiq Masoodi was guest of the honour at the occasion.

On the occasion, an array of cultural programmes were organised wherein the importance of promoting and preserving the mother language was highlighted. Also, a special musharia was organised during which various noted Kashmiri poets read their literary works which evoked applause from the audience.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest highlighted the importance of mother tongue, especially Kashmiri, Gojri, Pahadi, Balti, Dard Sheena and other languages, which are spoken in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the preservation of mother tongue is imperative for the preservation of the culture and ethnicity of a particular area. He said parents should ensure that they converse with their children in their mother tongue from an early age.

Among others, renowned scholars, poets, columnists, students participated in the programme.

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Women’s Commission Chairperson holds interactive meet at KU



Women’s Commission Chairperson KU

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Srinagar, Feb 13: Chairperson of National Commission for Women Rekha Sharma said on Saturday that the internal committees constituted in institutions and organisations to prevent sexual harassment of women must do their job efficiently and seriously to create a safe and secure workplace environment for women.

Addressing as chief guest chairpersons of Internal Committees (ICs) of the University of Kashmir as well as various degree colleges during an interaction session, Sharma said the ICs constituted under The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act of 2013 should take their responsibilities seriously and do their job without any fear.

“There will be instances when you will face pressures in the way of your functioning, especially when the accused are holding some position of authority in institutions, but that’s where you have to rise to the occasion and do what you are supposed to do under the provision of the legislation,” she said.

Sharma also cautioned against instances of filing of false cases and urged the ICs to deal with these in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Act.

“Gender sensitisation of students and faculty is important and has to be a continuous process, alongside the fact that organisations and institutions must have a robust gender policy in vogue to deal with matters of gender discrimination which don’t fall under the 2013 legislation against sexual harassment,” she said.

Vice-Chancellor of University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad, who presided over the interaction session, said a strong message must go out that women are a very important part of the society and need to be respected everywhere, including at their workplaces, to enable them to work without any fear or sense of insecurity.

He said the Internal Committees (ICs) must know their powers and function without any fear or bias to help make workplaces for women secure for them in all respects.

“Kashmir is culturally a place where we see a lot of respect for women. It is very important. Because unless and until you don’t give women equal respect, powers and space, they will continue to feel insecure,” he said.

Chairperson of KU’s Internal Committee Prof Neelofar Khan—chief organiser of Saturday’s interaction session—said it is the varsity’s continued endeavour to go for capacity-building and sensitisation of Internal Committees to boost their functioning.

“The IC chairpersons will have to work with great dedication to implement the provisions of the legislation and ensure workplaces for women are safe and secure through and through,” she said.

KU Registrar Dr Nisar Ahmad Mir said the role of ICs is crucial to ensure implementation of the Act in its letter and spirit.

He said such sensitisation programmes are important for IC chairpersons to understand their powers and functions provided in the Act. “Eventually it is the implementation of these provisions that will bring about a change all-around,” he said.

Dean School of Law Prof Mohammad Ayoub gave a detailed power-point presentation about the genesis, objectives and legal provisions of the Act, especially in line with its three main objectives, including Prohibition, Prevention and Redress.

The interaction session, among others, was attended by top varsity academics and officers including Dean College Development Council Prof G M Sangmi, Dean Behavioural Sciences Prof Showket A Shah, Coordinator Centre for Women’s Studies Prof Tabassum Firdous, and Ms Neha Mahajan, Counsellor NCW.

Dr Saima Farhad conducted proceedings of the interaction session and also presented a vote of thanks.


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