CUK holds seminar to commemorate National Education Day

CUK holds seminar to commemorate National Education Day
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Ganderbal: School of Education (SoE), Central University of Kashmir (CUK) organized a one-day seminar-cum-webinar on “Pandemic Pedagogy: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities,” on the National Education Day.

According to a press note, the seminar was held to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of India.

In his address, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Farooq Ahmad Shah, said, “Maulana Abul Kalam was a visionary and gave importance to the education of the common man, emphasizing that basic education needs to be a fundamental right of every child in India.” Prof. Shah said, “It took our nation almost five decades to give legal binding to the vision of Maulana Azad in terms of making ‘Right to Education a Fundamental Right for children from six to 14 years of age in 2009”.

In her keynote address, Chairperson, National Institute of Open Schooling, New Delhi, Prof Saroj Sharma, said, “India was lucky to have Maulana Azad as first Education Minister as he was instrumental in establishing the first IIT at Kharagpur besides setting up other institutions at national level”. She said, “Maulana Azad served the nation in many capacities and roles as freedom fighter, philosopher, writer, educationist, journalist, extension worker, education minister and so on”.

Finance Officer, Prof. Fayaz Ahmad Nika, said, “Available online technology is not a panache for all the problems/diseases which affected the whole humanity as a result of Covid-19. Online teaching has been a great answer to many questions posed by Covid-19 scenario but it cannot possibly be a replacement for in person interaction between the teacher and the taught”.

Prof, SoE, Prof. Nighat Basu, said, “Maulana Azad was a champion of secularism and Human values. He was an institution by himself who championed the cause of girl education, universal education, adult education and citizenship education.” She said he (Maulana) was an extension worker who reached the unreached and built a knowledge-based society.

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