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CUK's DCJ organizes film screening, puppet show
VC, Registrar hail efforts of students, faculty
Srinagar, Sept 21: The Department of Convergent Journalism (DCJ), Central University of Kashmir (CUK) organised film screening and puppet show at the varsity’s Nowgam campus on Monday.

Officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din was the chief guest at the event titled “Expressions” while Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar was the guest of honour.

Dean School of Media Studies, Prof. S Fayyaz, Coordinator, Mr. Asif Khan, other faculty members and students were also present on the occasion.

                                                                          

Three documentaries—‘Saaz’, ‘Meeras’ and ‘Waenji Gaash’—made by the DCJ students were screened on the occasion. The third-semester students of the department also presented a puppet show on the theme ‘Smart City Srinagar’. 

Officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din congratulated the students and faculty of DCJ “for putting up an impressive show.”

“DCJ has proved that it has talent both in the students as well as the faculty,” he said while praising the films and the puppet show. He suggested DCJ to present the puppet show at other places of Srinagar city also and assured all possible support for the same. “The University would provide all necessary support and cooperation for showing these documentaries in the educational institutions of Jammu and Kashmir and other institutions outside State,” he added.  

“Recently your department has made a change in curriculum. We have seen that it has got the approval from the Academic Council,” he added. Prof Mehraj stressed on the need for practical approach in curriculum.

“It will give you firsthand knowledge. You have so many other issues on which you can prepare documentaries to make the  society aware and sensitized,” he said while assuring full support from the university in this regard.

He suggested to the department to approach Doordarshan and other forums “so that the documentaries are seen by public at large”.

Hailing the initiative of the department, Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar said: “There is only one word for the whole show – awesome.”

“From choosing relevant subjects to execution to the message conveyed by the films, they were really inspiring. I must congratulate the students, their teachers, the Coordinator and the Dean of Media Studies for this excellent performance.”

“The puppet show was full of message. The students should do more of such events for the welfare of the society,” the Registrar said while reiterating the role of students in nation building.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Coordinator DCJ, Mr. Asif Khan expressed gratitude to the university administration for extending wholehearted support towards the department. “At DCJ we always look to expose students to practical application of theoretical concepts taught in the classrooms. As part of that effort, the students have come up with various media products including the documentaries,” he said.

Mr. Khan said the aim of screening films and puppet show was to showcase the different expressions of communication- the blend of old (puppetry) and new (short films) media.

Assistant Professor, DCJ, Mr Raashid Maqbool conducted the programme proceedings.
 

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