Three day seminar on Women’s Writing begins in KU

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Srinagar: A 3-day national seminar on “Women`s Writing: Language, Literature and Theory” organised by Department of English started at University of Kashmir here on Monday.
In his presidential address, Vice Chancellor Kashmir University Prof. Talat Ahmad while dismissing the view of some writers and novelists on women writing said, “I don’t believe what writers like V S Naipaul say about women writers when they remark that women have a narrow world-view but as a student of research and science and from what experience has taught me I can say that women are equally far-sighted and creative as men in all areas of life be it scientific research or English literature.”
He said there is 50 percent participation of women in the KU campus in both academic and scientific areas of research which implies that human minds are similarly structured with potentials for language, reason, faith (including the capacity to embrace contradictions) and appreciation of logic and beauty.
While felicitating and distributing souvenirs amongst former women teachers of the department of English University of Kashmir, Prof. Talat said, “It is great to see that the department of English is honoring its former teachers and academicians on the occasion and this felicitation is an acknowledgement of the work and contribution of our teachers in taking the institution to great heights.”
Earlier, welcoming the participants and guests head of the department of English and Seminar Director Prof Lily Want while presenting a profile of the department of English said, “The department evaluates the curriculum on a regular basis so as to prepare our students to face growing challenges in the market-oriented industry and keeping this thing in mind we have decided to introduce a PG diploma in spoken English.”
“The department has produced 20 M. Phil scholars and 14 PhD scholars in the last five years and during the same period the department facilitated the job-placements of 40 students in different colleges and universities across the country as teachers and researchers,” she added.
In his keynote address Prof Badri Raina, former Professor of English, Delhi University while referring to a research done by United Nations said, “Despite of this so-called women emancipation and liberal world view in present times UN statistics show that women all over the world own a mere two percent of the assets which implies that women have not been denied their literary space only but economic as well.”
Registrar KU, Prof S. Fayaz, Dean Academic Affairs, Prof A M Shah, Controller examination Prof A S Bhat, deans of various faculties, professors, teachers and students from various departments of the university were present during the inaugural session. Six papers were presented during the inaugural day of the seminar in two sessions.

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