Varsities mark National Science Day
By Insha Latief / Muzamil Mattoo
SRINAGAR: Modernisation and creeping western values have left people with psychiatric and psychological disorders isolated, Noted psychiatrist Dr Arshad Hussain said here Tuesday, while informing that six out of ten commonest disabilities, according to WHO, in the world are psychiatric.
Dr Hussain was speaking at a function organized on National Science Day by Central University of Kashmir dedicated to differently-abled persons.
“We no longer take care of people with mental disability because we are on a path of nuclearization. Such people roam on roads, get maimed or killed. We don’t have that disability friendly structure,” Dr Hussain said.
He said that in today’s world, a person can live with physical disabilities but not with slightest of mental disability.
Citing an example of a family in Ganderbal whose male members haven’t come out of the house from seven years, he said, “Just because of the mere ignorance which persist in our society, we don’t know how many people are living in the dark rooms with proper physical ability but with mental disability. There are hidden disabilities in a person which they have to face.”
Stating that science had to be used for service and benefits of the mankind, he said that institutions should be disabled-friendly and such people should be given all type of support.
M Nayyar Azim, Dean School of Animal Science, Central University of Kashmir said that there were around 7-8 crore specially-abled people in the country.
“The main aim of the event is to sensitize the society of their role towards specially-abled people. They can be empowered with resources and barrier free environment,” Azim said.
Talking about the legal rights of specially-abled persons, S M Afzal said, “Facilities like ramps in institutions, separate buses, rehabilitation schemes and also funds has to be provided to them but all the laws are violated. They are being misused and nobody is to check them.”
Khurshid Ali, academician stressed on the use of science and technology to eradicate the natural and manmade disease.
Vice Chancellor, CUK, Mehraj-ud-Din Mir said that Science has brought tremendous change in our society. He said, “The purpose of Science is to serve mankind and not to destroy the civilization.”
At another function organized by the Islamic University of Science and Technology Awantipora to celebrate the ‘National Science Day’ dedicated to Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Azad for his contribution towards the differently-abled persons, Vice Chancellor, IUST, Prof. Mushtaq A Siddiqi said, scientific invocation has made it possible to get the treatment done for the differently-abled persons.
“Though the treatment like stem cell therapies are costly and can’t be afforded by the differently-abled as they have more financial constraints then the normal people. Thus the role of the society is to provide help and support to them” Siddiqi said.
He said the society has to change its mindset towards the differently-abled people and their behaviour should be appropriate and encouraging.
A performance by specially-abled students of the Zaiba Aapa Institute of Inclusive Education Bijbehara was also held on the occasion.
Dean Academic Affairs and Coordinating Chairman Prof. Mushtaq A Qurishi hailed Dr Kalam for his contribution in Science field.
“APJ Abdul Kalam has contributed a lot to this field, It was due to him that there was an advancement in the research and development of prosthetic limbs, which were reduced in weight from 3.5 Kgs to 400 gms because of the light weight constituent materials generally used in space technology.”
He also stressed on the stressed that the advances in science and technology will help in the upbringing of the differently abled people in comparison to the current competitive scenario of the world.
A parallel symposium was also conducted on “Scientific Contribution for Specially Abled Persons, Future Prospects” and prizes were also distributed among the best three paper presenters.