Srinagar, Nov 7: Senior PDP leader Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday vehemently supported the demand for establishment of a full-fledged university in Ladakh with its headquarter in Kargil.
In a press release issued to the media, Bukhari said the Kashmir University’s satellite campus in Ladakh region is vibrant in district Kargil while as with almost similar infrastructural facilities available in Leh district, its out campus, remains almost deserted.
Expressing serious concern over the declining enrolment in Ladakh colleges that has come down drastically due to the delay in examination and declaration of results, Bukhari observed that with no full-fledged university available in Ladakh, the students of the region are forced to leave their homes in pursuit of higher education.
“The government under the new education policy in the country and the state is committed to provide quality education including higher education at the doorsteps of the students. But it is most unfortunate that the successive regimes in the center and the state failed to address this long pending demand of students of Ladakh,” he remarked, while adding that during his tenure as the education minister in J&K, to begin with, he had proposed establishment of three cluster universities for Pir Panchal region, Chenab Valley and Ladakh.
“Unfortunately with the breakdown of coalition government in the state, the proposal of establishing these cluster universities remained unexecuted. I call upon the governor led administration to pursue those proposals and get the requisite funding from the Ministry of Human Resources Development government of India for their early implementation,” he remarked.
Bukhari said that any modern welfare state is committed for providing equal opportunities to its citizens regardless of the topography, language and ethnicity of its people. “Ladakhi students could be seen pursuing their higher studies outside the state like Chandigarh, Delhi or Punjab. While moving out from the state for higher learning is good but the government cannot shy away from its responsibility of providing institutions of higher studies to its students in all its regions of the state,” he added.
He said that reportedly around 3,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from Ladakh are forced to pursue higher studies outside the region because of the government’s failure to address their demand. “I think only a dedicated University could serve as a catalyst to bring a change in the educational scenario in Ladakh by turning its students into better human resources and productive regional workforce for capacity-building in the state,” he demanded.
No one can stop AIP now: Rasheed
Srinagar, May 23: Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) President and Party’s candidate for Baramulla Parliamentary constituency Er Rasheed has said that results are much encouraging for AIP and no one on earth can stop the party from becoming alternative to NC, PDP and other regional parties.
In a statement issued today, Rasheed said that the spirit of democracy needs to be respected and all those who have won the elections deserve congratulations. However, AIP has proved all political analysis wrong and has shown excellent performance by improving its performance beyond imagination. Those who used to accuse AIP of dividing votes should realize that party was not there to divide votes but to give a befitting fight despite all compulsions and the results have proved all those forces wrong who claimed to be lone warriors of Kashmiris.
Rasheed while thanking AIP cadres said that party is thankful to every single voter and party colleagues who voted and worked for an ideology and have laid a strong foundation stone for the future. AIP promises to follow its pro-people agenda with consistency and sincerity. One should not forget that AIP decided at the eleventh hour to contest the elections and without a proper cadre the party volunteers succeeded in sending a deep message to the masses that AIP has the potential to replace those who have given Kashmiris nothing except disappointments and false promises.
Rasheed reiterated his appeal to sincere political workers to join AIP and become part of a change which will not only ensure leadership that represents sentiments, sacrifices and aspiration of masses but will also give them best and corruption-free governance.
Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) put in all-out efforts to highlight Kashmir issue globally: Mirwaiz
Srinagar, May 23: The 52nd death anniversary of Mahajar-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) was observed on both sides of the divide in Kashmir with full respect and honor.
Paying rich tributes to the martyrs of battle of Badr and to highlight the role and great contribution of Muhajir-e-Milat (RA) on social, moral, educational and religious and political front, Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Umar Farooq while addressing the gathering at the historic Aali Masjid at Eidgah here, shed light on the life and religious political contribution of late Mirwaiz.
While paying rich tributes to him for his commitment to the people’s political movement as a pioneer in creating awareness among them regarding their political rights for which he was exiled, Mirwaiz paid homage to the great leader for his great contribution in the spread of religious teachings and social justice among the people of the state. He said that Mujahir-e-Milat put in all-out efforts during his lifetime to highlight the Kashmir issue globally and to pitch for Kashmiri’s.
Mirwaiz said that the translation and commentary of holy Quran in Kashmiri language by the late Mirwaiz helped put Kashmir on the global Islamic map and earned him great respect in Islamic world.
Mirwaiz also paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the battle of Badr stating that the great companions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) despite being less in number fought against the enemy to keep the Islamic flag high and that their priceless sacrifices will always be remembered till the day of judgment.
Those who spoke on the occasion include Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng, Moulana Khursheed Ahmed Qanoongo, and Moulana Syedur Rehman Shams. The speakers paid rich tributes to Mujahir-e-Milat and vowed to take his mission to its logical conclusion.
Ganai interacts with KCCI delegation, others
Srinagar, May 23: As part of the weekly outreach programme, Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai Thursday interacted with a number of delegations and individuals at J&K Governor’s Grievance Cell at Church Lane, Sonawar in Srinagar.
More than 22 delegations and scores of individuals from various parts of the Valley projected a number of issues on the occasion and sought their immediate redressal.
The delegations which met the Advisor during the day-long interaction include Amarnath Yatra Baltal Traders, delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry, College Contractual Teachers, General line Teachers Forum and Academic Arrangement Teachers besides delegations from Umar Colony Lal Bazar, Nowgam Anantnag and Pahoo Pulwama among others.
The Advisor gave a patient hearing to the deputations and individuals and said that all the genuine issues put forth during the public hearing will be looked into.