SRINAGAR: The Directorate of Students Welfare (DSW), Central University of Kashmir (CUK) in association with Doordarshan Kendra (DDK) Srinagar, organised a one-day training programme on Tamil Language, in connection with Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat, celebrations, by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, which began from 31 October 2017 and will conclude on 30 October 2018.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, Dean School of Education and Director Nowgam Campus-I, Prof. N A Nadeem, Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, Dean Students Welfare, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka, faculty members and students were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said that India is a diverse country with people belonging to different religious beliefs and cultures, speaking divergent languages, living together as one entity. “The country is so diverse that one can even find multiplicity in language, culture, food habits and even dressing within the states,” he said.
He said that in connection with the Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat celebration, the CUK is lucky to be paired with Tamil Nadu, which is a peace-loving state. He said the programme would provide an opportunity to the students to exchange the cultural niceties of the Jammu and Kashmir with their counterparts in higher educational institutions of Tamil Nadu.
Speaking on the occasion, Registrar, Prof. Mohammad Afzal Zargar said the varsity is sending students to one of the universities in Tamil Nadu wherein they would showcase the culture and tradition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that faculty would also interact with their counterparts in the higher educational institutions of Tamil Nadu.
Dean School of Education and Director Nowgam Campus-I, Prof. NA Nadeem while addressing the gathering said India has to be inclusive and any attempt to standardise it would destroy the social fabric of the country. “The people have to work tirelessly to promote communal harmony and religious tolerance, which is the strong feature of democratic India,” he said.
Earlier, Dean Students Welfare, Dr Fayaz Ahmad Nikka welcomed the guests and briefed on the theme of the event. He said India is a unique nation, whose fabric has been woven by diverse linguistic, cultural and religious threads, held together into a composite national identity by a rich history of cultural evolution.
Ruby Nissa conducted the programme proceedings while as Assistant Professor, Department of Convergent Journalism, Dr Johan K Babu proposed the vote of thanks. Assistant Professors in Teacher Education Department, School of Education, Arokia Mary and Arun Christopher were the resource persons for the training programme.