Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir today released three books written in Kashmiri and a yearly magazine during a function organised by the Young Writers Association (YWA) in collaboration with CUK, Radio Kashmir Srinagar and Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, at the Nowgam-I academic block of the varsity here.
Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir was flanked by Radio Kashmir Srinagar, Director, Syed Humayun Qaiser, Dean School of Education, Prof. N A Nadeem, former director Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar, Dr. Rafiq Masoodi, YWA Patron, Ranjoor Tilgami, History professor, Dr. Farooq Fayaz and Dean Students Welfare, Dr Fayaz A Nikka during the function. The event was also attended by Deans of different Schools, Head and Coordinators of other departments, faculty members and students.
The books released by Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir included “Bannenech Kita’ab” written by Khawaja Gulam Ahmad Sopori and compiled by Shahzad Manzoor, “Serann Hun Seir,” written by Abdul Rashid Dar and “Aarzoo” written by Nazir Jan. CUK VC also released the yearly magazine of YWA, “Wyeth.”
Addressing the gathering, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir expressed deep concern over the gradual decline of the use of Kashmiri language in the Valley. He said the upcoming generation is not familiar with Kashmiri and prefers to communicate in other languages. “During the upbringing of child, the parents communicate in Urdu or English and sideline the mother tongue,” he said, adding that miniscule number of children in Kashmir in the contemporary times know how to read and write Kashmiri.
Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir however assured the gathering that the varsity would do whatever is possible to promote Kashmiri. He said that CUK in association with the Academy of Art, Culture and Language, Radio Kashmir Srinagar and YWA would constitute an award for best writing in Kashmiri. Prof. Mir said the award would be given to the writer after a panel thoroughly scrutinizes his/her work.
Dean Students Welfare, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka while speaking on the occasion also underscored the need of promoting Kashmiri. He said the language was dying with each passing day and the need of the hour was to make strenuous efforts to keep it alive.