SHOPIAN — An awareness programme on anti-corruption laws in observance of Vigilance Awareness Week under the banner of ‘My College My Pride’ was organized on Wednesday in the auditorium of Government Degree College Shopian by the College Debates and Seminars Committee. The programme was organized in collaboration with the Anti-Corruption Bureau Anantnag.
Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Mr. Sachin Kumar (IAS) was the chief guest on the occasion. Prof. Tariq Hussain, Vice Principal attended the event as the guest of honour. The guest speakers included Mr. Mohammad Shafiq, DySp ACB Anantnag and Mr. Khurshid Ahmad, Public Prosecutor Pulwama.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Mr. Sachin Kumar emphasized the role of educated youth in making the nation stronger by way of making the system and the society free of any form of corruption.
Mr. Mohammad Shafiq discussed the anti-corruption measures taken by ACB in detecting, investigating and prosecuting corrupt officials. He sought the help of people in coming forward with complaints of bribery/corruption from any government official.
Public Prosecutor Pulwama, Mr. Khurshid threw light on various facets and forms of corrupt practices and opined that corruption can be rooted out completely only when people take upon themselves the duty of building a morally and ethically upright nation.
Prof. Tariq Hussain, Vice Principal of the college stressed the need for students to spread the message of a corruption-free system and society among their family members and wider society. He said that time has come when we need to practice more and preach less.
Prof. Mehmood Tak, senior faculty member and Head Department of Botany asked the students to do their bit by way of honest and upright actions. He asked the students not to resort to malpractices with respect to their studies and examinations.
Three students of the college delivered impressive speeches on the theme of rooting out corruption and were awarded cash prizes by the ACB officials.
In his concluding remarks, Prof. Shahnawaz Ahmad Khanday, Head Department of Sociology, sought to highlight the importance of understanding the menace of corruption in a holistic manner and taking adequate measures at individual and societal levels to root it out.
The programme ended with a Vote of Thanks to all in attendance. The proceedings of the programme were conducted by Dr. Umar Farooq from the Department of Botany.