Ganderbal: Women’s Empowerment Committee (WEC) of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) celebrated International Women’s Day at Green Campus of the varsity here on Tuesday.
The theme of International Women’s Day-2019, identified by the United Nations is ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’.
The WEC organised a poster competition for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the varsity, students from neighbouring educational institutions and the university staff on the topics “Planet 50-50”, “Women and Conflict”, “Gender-Balanced World” and “Voicing the Unheard.”
Addressing the gathering, Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mehraj ud Din Mir said that women play an important role in the overall development of the society. “During contemporary times, women are working shoulder to shoulder with men in all the spheres of life and are also managing their household chores,” he said.
He highlighted the objective of organizing the poster competition to provide a platform to the students of the varsity and other educational institutions to showcase their hidden talent. He complimented the WEC for holding regular programmes for the empowerment of women and hailed the two students of School of Education for their dissertation on the achievements and contribution of Kashmiri women.
Later, Prof Mir, along with Prof Fayaz A Nikka, Prof Parveen Pandit, Prof N A Nadeem and Prof Nighat Basu later distributed certificates among the participants.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Nikka said the women stand empowered in a civilized society. “Islam gave status to the women.” However, he said that there are certain areas wherein we have to define different parameters of equality adding that both men and women have to understand their proper roles in order to maintain the social order.
Jury comprising artists, Arshad Sualeh and Naushad Gayoor praised the students for exhibiting wonderful talent during the competition and urged them to express their feelings through the medium of the art. “Art is an oldest form of expression and every human being is an artist,” they remarked.
While addressing the valedictory session, Chairperson WEC, Prof Nighat Basu said the Commission has organised several events to sensitize the women about their rights.
Member Secretary, Arokia Mary welcomed the guests and deliberated on the issues confronting the women folk.
In the poster competition, Minha Nissar from Department of Politics bagged the first prize of Rs 2000 and Governance, while as second and third prize of Rs 1500 and Rs 1000 was awarded to Asma Firdous and Zeenia of the Department of English. The consolation prize of Rs 500 each were bagged by Salsabeel of the GDC, Kangan and Mussaib Rashid of Department of Politics and Governance, CUK.
During the function, the students presented their dissertation on the contribution of Kashmiri women. Rafia Jan presented her dissertation on “An analytical study life, work, idea and contribution of Mehmooda Ahmad Ali Shah to women in education,” and Iram Quyoom presented her dissertation on a study of life and contribution of Atiqa Bano.
CUK Vice-Chancellor gave a cash prize of Rs 5000 each to the students who presented their dissertation and announced enhancement of the cash prize to Rs 10,000 working on such projects in future.