CUK holds lecture on ‘Ancient Indian Value System and Concept of Kingship vis-à-vis Democracy’

Ganderbal: Pro Vice Chancellor, Deccan College, Post Graduate and Research Institution, Pune, Prof. Prasad Joshi, delivered an online lecture, “Ancient Indian Value System and Concept of Kingship vis-à-vis Democracy” to the students, research scholars, faculty members and administrative staff of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK), here Wednesday.
The lecture organised by the Department of Students Welfare (DSW) was also attended by Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, Dean DSW and Finance Officer, Dr. Mehraj ud Din Shah and senior functionaries.
Stating that India traditionally had a great value system, Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar said, that there is a dire need to revive the same and inculcate them in the youngsters. “The Indian value system has been duly respected and imbibed by various countries as it symbolises Collectivism and Harmony,” he said, adding the people of the country have always placed a high value on harmony and unity with others. Prof. M Afzal Zargar also discussed Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam “The World Is One Family,” and said the people of the country believe in universal brotherhood. He further gave a brief overview of the CUK functioning and said the varsity was marching ahead on the academics and research front, adding that at present more than 4000 students and research scholars were studying in different departments.
Speaking on the occasion, Pro Vice Chancellor, Deccan College, Post Graduate and Research Institution, Pune, Prof. Prasad Joshi, in his presentation, highlighted the ethos, values, morals and principles practiced by the people of India, in light of various manuscripts, religious books and rulers from time to time. Quoting several scripts, Prof. Prasad Joshi said, “the Indian value system has always put the welfare of the people first.” “The people have to be treated fairly, irrespective of their caste, creed, gender, religion, community and ethnicity,” he said, adding that respecting others’ religious beliefs, cultural and traditional values, forms the bedrock of any democratic set up.
Prof. Joshi said that Kashmir has also been the nectar of knowledge, and several manuscripts have been produced in the region.
Addressing the participants, Dean DSW, Dr. Mehraj ud Din Shah, said, the value system is deeply embedded in our society and has had a huge influence on the democratic set up of the country. He said that several kings came to India to gain knowledge about its value system, adding that the revival of the old value system was the need of the hour in order to make the society free from hatred.
Deputy DSW, Tulmulla Campus, Dr. Asif Khan conducted the programme proceedings while as Coordinator, Deptt of Politics and Governance, Dr. Himabindu, proposed the vote of thanks.



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