Srinagar: Vice-Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad on Thursday inaugurated a two-day seminar on ‘European Literary Genres and Kashmiri Language’.
The national-level seminar has been organised by the Department of Kashmiri. In his presidential address, Prof Talat reiterated the importance of language learning in higher education institutions in the backdrop of its emphasis outlined in the National Education Policy-2020.
Noting that Kashmiri literature needs to be promoted and popularised, Prof Talat said the Department of Kashmiri is a flagship department in the university and all efforts will be made to provide it with full faculty strength.
He said that establishment of a Translation Centre at the department is under university’s consideration, even as he urged young students and scholars to read Kashmiri literature and also write in Kashmiri language for its greater promotion.
KU Registrar Dr Nisar A Mir, who was a guest of honour, assured the university administration’s full support to all endeavours aimed at promotion of Kashmiri language and literature. “I see young students participating in this seminar as conscious upholders and promoters of Kashmiri language and literature,” he said, congratulating the department for keeping alive the tradition of holding the annual seminars on various aspects of Kashmiri language and literature.
Former Head Department of Kashmiri Prof Shafi Shauq delivered the keynote address, discussing in detail the categories and conventions of the European literary genres and their application in Kashmiri literature.
In his special address, Prof Majrooh Rashid, Chairman, Habba Khatoon Centre for Kashmiri Language and Literature IUST Awantipora, highlighted the role that the Department of Kashmiri has played for the upliftment of the Kashmiri language and literature and for the promotion of quality research.
Head Department of Kashmiri Prof Mafooza Jan highlighted the aims and objectives of the two-day seminar. Dr Shafqat Altaf conducted proceedings of the inaugural session during which a two-minute silence was observed in memory of noted Kashmiri writer, critic and folklorist Naji Munawar who passed away recently.
The Vice-Chancellor also released the 42nd edition of ‘Anhaar’, a peer-reviewed journal of the department. Apart from Prof Talat, the department also felicitated and honoured Prof Shauq, Prof Majrooh and Dr Shafqat Altaf in recognition of their distinguished services in their respective fields.