13 January, 2017
UGC-Human Resource Development Center organized a Special Interaction Programme at the end of the 3rd Semester of M. A. Programme, “Kashmir and South Asia Studies” at the UGC-HRDC, Jamia Millia Islamia in collaboration with UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute of Kashmir Studies, UMIKS, University of Kashmir and South Asia Foundation (SAF).
Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor; JMI, Madame France Marquet, Principal Trustee, South Asia Foundation, Prof. Veena Sikri, Vice Chairperson South Asia Foundation & former Ambassador to Bangladesh; Dr. Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, Member South Asia Foundation & former Member, Planning Commission; Mr. Prabhakaran Menon, CEO, South Asia Foundation including several Jamia faculty members along with students graced the occasion and participated in the interaction programme.
On the occasion, Chief Guest Prof. Talat Ahmad presented a portrait of Madanjeet Singh to Madame France Marquet, Principal Trustee, SAF. In his address Prof. Talat Ahmad remarked that the vision and mission of the South Asia Foundation, is to promote Peace and Regional Cooperation among the South Asian Countries. While speaking on the personality of Goodwill Ambassador he said that Madanjeet Singh was believer of secularist philosophy and had great commitment towards building peaceful relations and atmosphere between the countries and this course is the best example in that direction.
Speaking on the occasion the Principal Trustee of the foundation Madame France emphasized that the students from Kashmir and other South Asian Countries would be the brand Ambassadors for peace. She added that the dream of Madanjeet Singh was to see South Asia as peaceful and prosperous region and we all need to work together to make his dream come true. Prof. Anisur Rahman, Director, UGC-HRDC, JMI presented a portrait to the Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia. In memory of Madanjeet Singh, mementos were also given to all the dignitaries.
Dr. Muslim Jan Course Coordinator UMIKS, University of Kashmir presented a detailed report of the 3rd Semester academic activities including special lectures by eminent scholars like Dr. Henrik Chetan Aspengren, Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University, Sweden on the topic Social Science and the Question of Modernity in South Asia and Dr. Syeda Afshana, Media Education and Research Center, University of Kashmir on the topic Gender and Conflict in South Asia. Good Governance and Human Development in South Asia by Dr. Niharika Tiwari and Role of Media in South Asia by Ms. Jyoti Malhotra, Freelance Journalist.
Prof. Anisur Rahman, Director, UGC-HRDC, in his welcome address also outlined activities of the forth coming Semester. In the end Vice Chancellor appreciated the efforts of Director UGC HRDC, Prof. Anisur Rehman and Coordinator UMIKS and also congratulated the whole team. The students were very happy and shared their experiences with the dignitaries. The Programme ended with the vote of thanks.