SRINAGAR: The Central University of Kashmir (CUK) was ready to accept any joint academic venture that may come from any corner of the world, for the benefit of students, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said Thursday.
Prof Mir was talking on the valedictory function of the two-day international conference on the “Conservation of environment and role of religion,” organized by its department of Religious Studies.
He thanked the dignitaries who came from different countries and insisted that the suggestions and conclusions arrived at during the conference should be acted upon in letter and spirit so that conservation of environment becomes a reality. The two-day conference was spread over 16 sessions during which more than 60 research papers were read out by scholars from various universities.
Some of the prominent participants in the conference included Leonard Swidler, Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University, Paul B. Mojzes from Croatia (former Yugoslavia) and now a Naturalized citizen of the United States of America. He is a professor emeritus of religious studies and co-editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies with Leonard Swidler. Mufti Mustafa Ceric, alumni of the University of Azhar, Cairo, and also Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia, Puninder Singh, a doctoral student in linguistic anthropology at the University of Michigan, Professor Dr. Siddharth Singh, the Ex-Head, Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University (B.H.U.), Varanasi and about more than 50 other prominent scholars and researchers from the country and abroad.
In the beginning of the valedictory function, a documentary film titled ‘Wanje Gaash’ produced by the students of the Department of Convergent Journalism was also screened. The film bagged an award of appreciation during World Film Festival held at Srinagar in Kashmir.