Srinagar: The department of convergent journalism (DCJ), Central University of Kashmir (CUK) organised a book release and reading session on Tuesday.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Mehrajuddin Mir was the chief guest at the event where the recently released book ‘Scattered Souls’ authored by DCJ faculty member Shahnaz Bashir was reviewed by head department of English Prof Mohammad Aslam.
A question-answer with the author was moderated by fellow faculty member Raashid Maqbool during which Shahnaz shared his experiences of telling the stories of people through creative writing. On the occasion, Prof Mir also released the book entitled ‘Media & Communication for Development’ by another faculty member Dr John K Babu.
The vice-chancellor congratulated the authors for their feat and acknowledged the efforts of the journalism department. He called for more such creative endeavours and impressed upon the students to narrate the stories they observe.
Prof Aslam applauded Shahnaz’s effort in keeping up with the evolving English language. He said those who live in Kashmir could easily relate with the characters of the short stories to someone they personally know or have met at some point in their lives.
In another event, to sensitize the students about the use and benefits of digital economy, the Directorate of Students Welfare (DSW) of the CUK organized an orientation programme for the student volunteers from various departments of the varsity as part of Vittaya Saksharta Abhiyan (VISAKA).
The VC inaugurated the event and asked the participants that in a technology savvy environment the use of plastic cards for daily transactions was a blessing to be capitalized on. He stressed upon the need to provide incentives to the students for their involvement in such campaigns and to make them real agents for social change.
Dean Students Welfare Dr Fayaz Ahmad Nika underscored the need for social transformation to make the shift from cash dependent economy to less-cash economy an acceptable change.
Regional Manager State Bank of India Mahinder Kumar Basan apprised the participants about the new technology oriented banking products launched to ease the way of modern living.