Central University of Kashmir (CUK)

GANDERBAL — The Women’s Empowerment Committee (WEC) of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) celebrated International Women’s Day at Green Campus of the varsity here today.

The theme of International Women’s Day-2019, identified by the United Nations is ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’.

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The WEC organized a poster competition for the Undergraduate and Postgraduate students of the varsity, students from neighboring educational institutions and the university staff on the topics “Planet 50-50”, “Women and Conflict”, “Gender-Balanced World” and “Voicing the Unheard.”

Addressing the gathering, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said that women play an important role in the overall development of the society. “During contemporary times, women are working shoulder to shoulder with men in all the spheres of life and are also managing their household chores,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said.

He highlighted the objective of organizing the poster competition to provide a platform to the students of the varsity and other educational institutions to showcase their hidden talent.

He complimented the WEC for holding regular programmes for the empowerment of women and hailed the two students of School of Education for their dissertation on the achievements and contribution of Kashmiri women.

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Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, along with Prof. Fayaz A Nikka, Prof. Parveen Pandit, Prof. N A Nadeem and Prof. Nighat Basu later distributed certificates among the participants.

Speaking on the occasion, Registrar, Prof. Fayaz A Nikka, said that the women stand empowered in a civilized society. “Islam gave status to the women.” However, he said that there are certain areas wherein we have to define different parameters of equality adding that both men and women have to understand their proper roles in order to maintain the social order.

Jury comprising artists, Arshad Sualeh and Naushad Gayoor praised the students for exhibiting wonderful talent during the competition and urged them to express their feelings through the medium of the art. “Art is an oldest form of expression and every human being is an artist,” the duo remarked.

While addressing the valediction session, Chairperson, WEC, Prof. Nighat Basu, said the Commission has organized several events to sensitize the women about their rights.

Member Secretary, Arokia Mary welcomed the guests and deliberated on the issues confronting the women folk.

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The proceedings of the programme were conducted by Insha Farooq while as Dr. Abhiruchi Ojha proposed the vote of thanks.

In the poster competition, the first prize of Rs 2000 was bagged by Minha Nissar, from Department of Politics and Governance, while as second and third prize of Rs 1500 and Rs 1000 was awarded to Asma Firdous and Zeenia of the Department of English. The consolation prize of Rs 500 each were bagged by Salsabeel of the GDC Kangan and Mussaib Rashid of Department of Politics and Governance, CUK.

During the function, the students of Education presented their dissertation on the contribution of Kashmiri women.

Rafia Jan presented her dissertation on “An analytical study of life, work, idea and contribution of Mehmooda Ahmad Ali Shah to women in education,” and Ms Iram Quyoom presented her dissertation on a study of life and contribution of Atiqa Bano.

CUK Vice-Chancellor gave a cash prize of Rs 5000 each to the students who presented their dissertation and announced enhancement of the cash prize to Rs 10,000 working on such projects in future.

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