Varsity celebrates Iqbal Day
Srinagar, Nov 20: The Central University of Kashmir (CUK) officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj-ud-Din today asked the students and youth, to translate the thoughts, views and ideas expressed by noted poet and philosopher, Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal, through his poetic and literary works, into actions.
“People across the world who are translating the thoughts of Dr. Iqbal in actions have become highly successful in their lives and have led by example,” Prof. Mehraj-ud-Din said while addressing the students and faculty during a symposium on ‘Iqbal Day’ titled, “Dunya Nahin Hai Mardane Jafakash Key liye Tang,” organized jointly by the Department of Students Welfare and Department of Urdu at Magarmal Academic block of the varsity.
He said that Dr. Iqbal had played a pivotal role in the unification of Muslim Ummah across the world. “However, Muslims at present are divided not only at global level, but at regional levels,” CUK officiating VC said.
Dean School of Languages, Prof. Muhammad Aslam, Director Iqbal Institute and Director South Campus, University of Kashmir, Dr. Bashir Ahmad Nehvi, renowned poet, Mr. Ayyub Sabir, Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, Controller of Examinations, Dr. Nazir A Gilkar, Coordinator Department of Urdu, Dr. Nusrat Jabeen, Librarian, Mr. Reyaz Rufaie, Students Welfare Officer, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka and Department of Convergent Journalism Coordinator, Mr Asif Khan were among others present on the occasion.
Director Iqbal Institute Director South Campus, University of Kashmir, Dr. Bashir Ahmad Nehvi, dwelt at length on the life and poetic works of Dr. Iqbal. “Dr. Iqbal, whose ancestors, were from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, had a special liking and love for the Valley and its people. This can be gauged from his works wherein he has depicted, described and praised the natural beauty of Kashmir,” Dr. Nehvi said. He further said, Dr. Iqbal had written 25,000 couplets out of which 15000 were written in Persian and 8000 in Urdu.
Poet, Mr. Ayyub Sabir shared several couplets of Dr. Iqbal and his lifetime experience with the audience. He said that the thoughts perpetuated by Dr. Iqbal were exemplary and asked the students to inculcate these in order to achieve success in this life and hereafter.
Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, described Dr. Iqbal as philosopher, thinker, visionary and poet par excellence. “Dr. Iqbal’s work has touched every aspect of human life,” he said adding that in order to achieve the success, the obstacles should not dishearten oneself but it should rather re-invigorate the person with more enthusiasm and passion.
Controller of Examinations, Dr. N A Gilkar, said that the youth have to be optimistic in their approach as pessimism creates inertia. “Dr. Iqbal’s work have left an indelible mark and will remain relevant for the generations to come,” he added.
Dr. Altaf also spoke on the occasion and threw light on the philosophical works on Dr. Iqbal.
As many as 16 students from different departments made presentation on the occasion. Mr. Shoaib Ahmad Wani from the Department of Urdu bagged the first position while as Mr. Showkat Ahmad and Mr. Tufail Ahmad Dar of Economics shared the second slot. Ms. Nasiba Mehraj from the Department of Tourism and Mr Sameer Ahmad Bhat from the Department of Education shared the third slot.
Dr. Fayaz A Nikka conducted the programme proceedings while as Dr. Nusrat Jabeen presented the vote of thanks.