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"It is Easier to Build Strong Children Than to Repair Broken Men"

Ganderbal, Oct 23: School of Legal Studies (SLS), Central University of Kashmir (CUK) organized a speech competition for the higher secondary students on the theme “It is Easier to Build Strong Children Than to Repair Broken Men,” at Tulmulla Campus here.

As many as 29 students from different educational institutions participated in the competition, which was part of a programme series organized under the auspice of Legal-Aid-Clinic-for-Juveniles established under a project sanctioned by the Department of Justice, Government of India. 

Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir stated that it is a privilege to get the project on juveniles and appreciated the department’s efforts for establishing a legal aid clinic through which several juveniles were acquitted, bailed and counseled. He reiterated that we must reach to our children before they reach the stage of the broken men. He emphasized that there has to be a strong linkage between school education and the universities.

Islamic University of Science and Technology, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mushtaq Siddique, who was the chief guest, spoke at length, about the problems of the contemporary capitalistic world order which “prioritizes the monetary success of the human beings.” “In such an environment, children sometimes get socialized on the wrong lines.” He stressed the need for good parenthood which recognizes the importance of dialogue between the parents and children. He said the recent trends of juveniles getting involved in the commission of heinous crimes should be researched on. He suggested that there is a need to encourage voluntary-ship among the students to address issues like drug addiction among youth.

Prof Farooq Ahmad Mir, Department of Law, in his speech advised the students to develop qualities of self-belief and consistency with regard to their life in general and academic assignments in particular. He quoted Woodsworth in emphasizing that students should learn from every experience and search for sermons even from stones.

Prof. Musadiq Amin Sahaf, Head, Commerce Department, congratulated the department for organizing the events saying that the participation in these events motivates students to develop the spirit of competition among them.

Prof Nighat Basu Professor, Department of Education, appreciated the students for taking interest in the competition and highlighted different roles of women saying that mothers have an important role in moulding and shaping the future of children. 

The participating speakers highlighted the importance of children as future of the nation and role of parents in building strong children. Majority students illustrated how nation-building is impossible without the proper growth and development of the children. However, many speakers regretted how some parents force their children to live up to their dreams without taking into cognizance the child’s own predilections and orientations. Many students said that stress among children is one of the major problems and highlighted the need of counseling for children.


Mr Shahnaz Bashir, Asst Prof, DCJ and Ms Insha Farooq Asst Prof, Management Studies served as jury members. Ms Abina Arshid of Kashmir Harvard, Malbagh, was adjudged as the winner of the speech competition. Ms Nimra Jeelani, Green-valley Buchpora, and Ms Beenish Iqbal, Boys Higher Secondary School, Lar, Ganderbal were declared as 02nd and 03rd runner-ups respectively. The best team award was won by Ms. Aliza Altaf and Ms, Abina Arshad of Kashmir Harvard. 




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