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Kashmiri researcher to speak at UNGA Science Summit

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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.

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Sufi poetry collection ‘Ganji Asrar’ released

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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

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

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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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