November 22nd, 2012


DDBs in J-K should be restructured: Habibullah

Chairman of the National Minority Commission, Wajahat Habibullah on Wednesday advocated restructuring of the existing District Development Boards (DDBs) in Jammu and Kashmir amidst highlighting the contribution made by these institutions in development at the grass root level.
Speaking in national seminar on devolution of powers in Jammu and Kashmir on the campus, Wahahat Habibullah said that the 73rd and 74th amendments played a major role in the decentralisation of power. He elaborated the democracy at the grass root level, Halqa Majlis (Gram Sabhas) and also spoke about functional democracy in 21st century.
Earlier, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu, Prof M.P.S Ishar, in his inaugural address, appreciated the work being done by Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR) and wished seminar a success.
This seminar is being organised by the Dean Research Studies and Department of Sociology, University of Jammu in collaboration with Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR), Delhi.
Various eminent scholars and delegates from different universities and centres are participating  in the three days deliberations spread over different sessions under various sub themes like issues of devolution of power, demand for devolution of powers in J and K, experience of Hill Councils of Ladakh and Panchayati Raj institutions.
Earlier, the session began with the introductory remarks by Dean Research Studies, Prof. Rekha Chowdhary. She talked about inter-state relations with reference to devolution of power in J and K. Prof Chowdhary also discussed Article-370, along with Autonomy issue in the State.
Director of the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR), Sushobha Bharve elaborated the works of Centre, which has been working since 2001. She discussed about difference between dialogues and debates and emphasised on the traditional method of dialogue which is still relevant today. She also talked about comparative study of autonomy as well as about devolution of power.
Head of the Department of Sociology, Prof. Abha Chauhan delivered the welcome address in which she formally welcomed all the dignitaries. She spoke about the progress made by Department of Sociology.
In the key note address, Prof. Balveer Arora spoke about the devolution of powers in J and K emphasising on four key elements namely decentralisation, local self government, cascading autonomy, scalability of autonomy and its potentials and also about multi-governance model in complex societies. He also discussed about state’s rights in context of Indian federalism.
The formal vote of thanks was presented by Dr.Hema Gandotra ,  Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology. The session was conducted by Dr. Vishav Raksha, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology.


Sanskrit workshop postponed
Department of Sanskrit has postponed the proposed week-long national workshop for next date in March. The workshop on the topic `Vedic Prehlikayen  Evam Vedic Shakhayen Tatha Sampratika Samaja’ was scheduled to take place from 1st December  to 7th December. Now, the workshop shall take from 5th March to 11th March.


MCA Deptt holds fresher cum farewell party
MCA Department of Jammu University on Wednesday organised fresher cum farewell function at the Seminar Hall.  A cultural programme was presented by the students of MCA Department. Vice-Chancellor, Jammu University, Prof. Mohan Paul Singh Ishar  was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Programme started with the guest performance of  Rockstar Anmol Amla along with his band members, which was highly appreciated by the audience and the students.
Anmol Amla enthralled the audience by his self composed songs specially ‘Jammu Sher Di Kudiyan”. Later during the performance some old classic Bollywood numbers were also performed by them  like Inteha Ho Gayi Intezaar Ki, Hum Kis Gali and Hona Tha Pyaar. The band includes Ishan Dubey on the Lead Guitar, Avneesh Sharma on the Bass Guitar, John Victor on the Drums and Anuj Sethi on the Rhythm Guitar. Keshav Prajapati a talented budding singer and guitarist of the State performed Bollywood numbers which spellbound the audience.
A skit was presented by the new comers of MCA Department, which was followed by the introduction session between the freshers and the seniors. The HOD MCA Department presented vote of thanks.

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