KU youth festival begins
Extra-Curricular Activities Integral Part Of Education: Aga Ruhulla
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Srinagar, Oct 30: Describing youth as embodiment of innovation and creativity, the Minister for Science and Information Technology Aga Syed Ruhullah Tuesday said the extra-curricular activities are an essential component of the education process to prepare the students to effectively face different challenges.
Ruhullah was addressing students and faculty members at the University of Kashmir after inaugurating the five-day Intra-University Youth Festival “Sonzal-2012” organized by the Department of Students Welfare.
A KY spokesman said over 700 students from 40 degree colleges and 45 university teaching departments are participating in the festival.
Asserting that the aim of education is not merely passing examinations but produce balanced personalities, Ruhullah said: “The youth festival is a revolutionary initiative in terms of brining or activating the creative and innovative instincts amongst the youth. We as a society have a great responsibility to ensure that our youngsters get a proper platform for showcasing their talent which will help in their overall development.”
Ruhullah, who was the chief guest, said the youth of Kashmir have proven their potential at various national and international forums in both academics as well as extra-curricular activities and have won laurels for the state.
“Our students do not lack talent. They are a repository of innovative and creative ideas. Our youth have qualified the most difficult administrative exams at national level and have won awards and recognition in various national level competitions. However what is needed is that they get a proper direction and University is the best institution which can nurture their talent by providing them more such opportunities,” said Ruhullah.
In his presidential address, the KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Talat said the University would try to rope in the students from other universities outside the state to expand the ambit of the festival.
Prof Talat said: “I am witnessing this event growing with every passing year. Education does not mean only getting degrees and securing marks. It means the overall development of an individual with a healthy mind and soul. And such festivals provide an opportunity to the youth to showcase their talent and at the same time helps in cross fertilization of innovative art, ideas and thoughts.”
Registrar University of Kashmir Prof S Fayaz Ahmad, who was guest of honour, said the University of Kashmir has emerged as the frontrunner in the entire north India and it provides overall development to the students.
“In the past six months more than 500 students of our University have qualified NET and other competitive exams and in the last one year or so our students have bagged 50 national awards in various categories of sports and other events in competitions held across the country,” he said.
The Dean Students Welfare Prof Neelofar Khan said that the festival had become an obsession amongst the youth ever since its first launch in 2007
Cultural Officer DSW Shahid Ali Khan presented vote of thanks.
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