Deptt of Edu holds symposium on National Edu Day
Srinagar, Nov 11: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj-ud-Din today said the foundation stone of the present educational system was laid down by the first Education Minister of Independent India, Moulana Abul Kalam Azad.
“Those who succeeded Abul Kalam Azad as Education Ministers followed his policies and plan of action with regard to the universalization of education,” Prof. Mehraj-ud-Din said while addressing a symposium “Moulana Azad-Life, Works and Contribution to Educational Though and Practice,” organized by the Department of Education to commemorate the birth anniversary of Moulana Abul Kalam Azad, also referred to as National Education Day.
Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, Dean School of Education, Prof. N A Nadeem, Dean School of Social Sciences, Prof. G M Bhat, Controller of Examination, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar, Chief Librarian, Mr. Reyaz Rufai, Head of Department Law, Prof. Sheikh Showkat and Associate Prof. Department of Management Studies, Dr. Fayaz Ahmad Nikka were also present on the occasion.
The officiating Vice-Chancellor said the increasing number of higher educational institutions in India, which don’t have requisite and sufficient infrastructure and faculty, have become a cause of concern for the academicians. “These institutions are unable to provide quality education to the enrolled students,” he added.
He assured the CUK students of mitigating their grievances if any.
Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, described Moulana Abul Kalam as a great visionary, freedom fighter, social reformer, journalist and an educationist par excellence. “The concepts of Moulana Azad for the universalization of education still hold good,” Prof Zargar said. He said that Moulana Azad played a pioneering role in the establishment of the Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) and IISc Bangalore, which have now become institutions of repute across the world. He said that the contribution of Moulana Azad towards the promotion of education in India is immense.
Describing Moulana Azad as an educational thinker, Dean School of Education, Prof. N A Nadeem, said: “Moulana Azad, after becoming the minister, was responsible for evolving common pattern of Education.” “Most of the policy decisions adopted by the Governments on education were decided during his (Azad’s) and they are still followed in letter and spirit,” he said adding that Moulana laid more stress on technical education.
Later on, as many as 26 students from various departments participated in the symposium. Mr. Sharoz Khushal of the Department of Management Studies, bagged the top slot and won a cash prize of Rs 3000 while as Ms. Insha Farid of the Convergent Journalism and Ms. Saba Maqbool of the Department of Economics shared the second and third prize.
Controller of Examination, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar, Head of Department Law, Prof. Sheikh Showkat and Associate Prof. Department of Management Studies, Dr. Fayaz Ahmad Nikka were the adjudicators while as Asst Prof. Department of Education, Mr. Muhammad Syed conducted the proceedings.