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2-day seminar on ‘Unity and Diversity: A Constitutional Perspective’ begins in CUK
Srinagar, June 1: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir today said that at present there is huge void between law in books and law in action.

“I urge the students to ensure that full justice is done with the people irrespective of their class and creed and ask  them to follow the footsteps of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Judge Justice (Retd), Mr. Hasnain Masoodi while delivering judgments on crucial matters,”  Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said in his special remarks in the inaugural session of the two day seminar on “Unity and Diversity: A Constitutional Perspective” organised by the Department of Law Central University of Kashmir (CUK) at Nowgam-I academic block of the varsity.

Former Jammu and Kashmir High Court Judge Justice (Retd), Mr. Hasnain Masoodi, Head Department of Law, Prof. Sheikh Showkat, seminar Coordinator, Mr. Hilal Ahmad Najar, Deans of various Schools, Head and Coordinators of other departments, DSW Director, faculty members and students were also present on the occasion.   

He said that we are very proud of the contribution which Justice (Retd), Mr. Hasnain Masoodi, has made in his tenure as the Judge in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. “Everyone knows about the judgments delivered by Mr. Hasnain Masoodi from time to time and the contribution made while delivering justice at all levels. Mr. Masoodi has been unmindful about the consequences of his judgment and what was always in his mind was the merit of the case,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said.  

The varsity Vice-Chancellor said that he has requested Mr. Hasnain Masoodi to be associated with the School of Legal Studies and the modalities for the same would be worked out very soon. “This is being done to get guidance and get benefit from the experience of Mr. Hasnain Masoodi on issues pertaining to Law and other related affairs,” he added.  He said the Ist batch of the B A LLB would pass out in July this year and expressed hope that they will keep the flag of the institution very high, adding that the School of Legal studies was imparting quality education to the students. He said the Department was also offering LLM programme in Criminal Justice System which was unique in India.

While delivering the inaugural address, former Jammu and Kashmir High Court Judge Justice (Retd), Mr. Hasnain Masoodi said that only strict adherence to the Constitutional ideals including unity in diversity concept will make India prosper and achieve a place of prominence amongst the community of nations. “The distortion of history must not make us drift away from core constitutional values,” Mr. Hasnain Masoodi said. He said, “Peaceful coexistence, notwithstanding diverse religions, languages, beliefs, rituals, lifestyles, is what we mean by unity and diversity. Unity and diversity therefore is a concept as old as Indian civilization and is one of the greatest characteristics of India that binds its people together in one bond of humanity,” he added. He said the seminar is expected, not to restrict its focus on dynamics of “unity in diversity concept, but should also focus and discuss on the trend seen off late, as witnessed to misinterpret  “unity” as uniformity and “diversity” as disunity.  

Head of the department, Law, Prof. Sheikh Showkat in his welcome address said, the idea of holding this seminar was conceived in 2014 and due to floods it was postponed. Prof. Showkat said that participants from institutions including Universities of Kashmir and Jammu, Aligarh Muslim University, University of Hyderabad, Jamia Millia Islamia, Central University of Haryana and Pondicherry, National Law University Delhi, Tata Institute of Social Science Research and from higher educational institution of Kerala, Jharkhand are attending this seminar. “This seminar is one among the so many efforts that we are making in pursuit of attaining higher degree of academic excellence, because it is through these seminars that we are able to contribute to the society and a university which is not only supposed to be a consumer of knowledge, becomes capable of producing knowledge,” Prof. Sheikh Showkat remarked. He said that 64 presentations would be made during the two day event.


Assistant Professor, Mrs Gul Afroz conducted the programme proceedings while as seminar coordinator and Assistant Professor, Mr. Hilal Ahmad Najar proposed the vote of thanks. 

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