Srinagar, Dec 06: Director Tourism Kashmir Nisar Ahmad Wani Thursday urged the travel trade and hoteliers to promote fair practices in the trade as it will help attract more travellers and build a positive image of the State.
The Director said this during an introductory and interactive meeting with the representatives of the travel and hospitality sector associations here at Directorate office.
All the heads and representatives of the Valley’s major travel and hotel associations attended the meeting.
He said the department would ensure fair practice in the trade for the memorable experience of the visitors.
Director Tourism said they are establishing a dedicated grievance cell with a toll-free number for registering any complaint.
He said the complaints after verification will be redressed on a fast track basis.
While laying stress on the eco-tourism, Director Tourism Kashmir said service providers should also take care of the fragile environment of the State while earning their livelihood to save the wealth of state’s natural resources for the posterity.
The travel and hotel bodies representatives spoke at length about various issues which tourism sector is facing. They also put forth their suggestions for the promotion of tourism in the winter season.
The director gave a patient hearing to the suggestions and the views from each representative. He assured his unflinching support to the stakeholders and desired that the department would work as a family to successfully market the State as one of the prime tourist destinations of the country.
On the occasion, the travel trade and hoteliers requested the Director Tourism to promote the State aggressively during the winter months.
They also suggested organizing road shows at various cities within and outside the country.
They also sought free movement of tourists on Srinagar-Jammu national highway as per their tour plans and raised issue of harassment meted out to the travellers at tourist places.
On the occasion, Director Tourism Kashmir urged them to submit their suggestions in writing with the department for the timely implementation of all their valuable suggestions, which would help in promoting tourism sector of the whole state.
Later, the Director Tourism Kashmir also convened meeting with the officers and the other employees of the department to take stock of infrastructure developments at various tourism destinations of the Kashmir division.
Deputy Director Kashmir Masrat Hashim, Deputy Director Publicity Riyaz Ahmad Shah, Deputy Director Recreation Mohammad Sarfaraz, Deputy Director M&W Abdul QayoomKirmani, SSP Enforcement Amarjit Singh besides assistant directors and other officers of the department attended the meeting.
Advisor Ganai for multifarious strategy to tackle substance abuse among youth
Srinagar, Dec 09: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Sunday held an extensive public grievance camp here at Church Lane under the aegis of Governor’s Grievance Cell for redress of public grievances.
During the camp, the Advisor met around 45 public delegations and scores of individuals from across the Kashmir division, who apprised him with various issues and problems faced by them.
Several delegations who called on Advisor Ganai urged him to direct the law enforcing agencies to act swiftly in controlling “substance abuse” alongside the highway and other areas across south Kashmir. In this regard, Ganai directed police and civil administration to work in close coordination and act to end substance abuse in the Valley.
“We as a society must come forward and do something to end this menace,” he told the deputation. “We must keep a vigil on our children, who are going this way. Besides government machinery, we all have to play our role,” he said.
Ganai asked Police authorities to devise a proper mechanism so that the menace of drug-trafficking could be stamped out from the society.
A delegation of students and scholars of Linguistics from various universities demanded that the subject should be introduced at the 10+2 and at the undergraduate level.
A delegation of Department of Floriculture demanded immediate regularization, while as the deputation from Payeen, Bandipora demanded up gradation of middle school in their area.
A delegation of south Kashmir’s Tral town raised many issues with the Advisor to which he assured prompt redress. A delegation of senior assistants from the Department of Floriculture development raised the issue of their promotions with the Advisor.
The Advisor assured them that their issue would surely be examined. A delegation from Waltengoo, Kulgam also discussed their issues with the Advisor. Scores of other delegations from Garind Bugam, Intezamia Committee, Munawarabad, Srinagar, Intezamia Committee, Chatabal Srinagar apprised the Advisor with their issues.
A delegation of retired Agriculture officers, delegation from Langate, Kupwara among others raised their issues and appealed the Advisor to address their grievances’ on priority.
Besides, other senior officers from Agriculture, Floriculture, Transport, SMC, Tourism and other allied departments were present in the public darbar.
Ganai directed the concerned officials to reach out to the people and address their issues at an earliest. He said that people in Kashmir region need patient hearing and prompt grievance redressal mechanism. Several other delegations and individuals met Advisor
During the camp, Ganai said that functioning and service delivery of government departments have been revamped so that the grievances of people are redressed at an earliest and flagship schemes and welfare programmes are fast-paced.
Meanwhile, deputy mayor, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Shiekh Imran called on Advisor to discuss issues pertaining to Srinagar.
‘Proposal to introduce Hindi, Urdu Journalism in IMMC Jammu under consideration’
Jammu, Dec 09: Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan, conferred awards to the top performing students of 2017 batch of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) at the 51st convocation ceremony of the institute in New Delhi.
Anurag Sharma of Jammu campus, who secured first position in English Journalism course among all campuses at all India level, was among the 333 students conferred Post Graduate Diplomas by the Chairman, IIMC and Secretary I & B Amit Khare.
For the fourth time, Jammu Centre of Indian Institute of Mass Communication bagged first position in English Journalism course among all Centers of IIMC at All India level with Anurag Sharma getting this honour making Jammu campus proud.
Sumitra Mahajan, while addressing the Convocation, emphasized value based journalism and said “media draws enormous power, but it also has the responsibility of shaping a good society.” She appreciated the encouragement being given to journalism courses in Indian Languages, observing that communication becomes most effective when it is undertaken in one’s own language.
She also stressed the need of promoting use of regional languages in mass communication saying that a push is required in this direction.
KG Suresh, Director General, IIMC in his report said that in the nine month diploma program IIMC groom the students to become “industry-ready” adding that IIIMC organize workshops for the students and allocate a lot of assignments to hone their writing capabilities. We also impart technical training to our students so that they are able to produce lab journals, documentaries as well as radio and television programmes on their own, he added.
IIMC Jammu campus runs English Journalism which include the subjects of Advertisement and Public Relations, Radio and TV/ development Journalism. In order to promote regional languages a proposal is under consideration to start courses of Hindi and Urdu Journalism from next session like that of Malayalam Journalism, and Odia Journalism started in southern and western campuses.
Recently, the Ministry of HRD has granted the Letter of Intent (LoI) to IIMC to become deemed University under De Novo category.
Be role models, create safe spaces for students: Advisor Ganai to teachers
SRINAGAR, DEC 09: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Sunday asked academics and teaching fraternity to be role models—urging them to create safe spaces for students.
Addressing participants and delegates at two-day Workshop on ‘Training the Trainers’, Ganai said that Jammu and Kashmir is going through difficult times and it is the responsibility of the civil society to help preserve the institutions and guide administration in providing quality education to the children.
Ganai asked teachers to upscale their skills and art of teaching while engaging with the students across the State.
The two-day workshop was organized by Directorate of School Education in collaboration with US based Save the Children.
Director, Department of School Education, Kashmir, Dr Ghulam Nabi Itoo on the occasion said that the ‘Peace Module’ was developed in collaboration Save the Children for students and teachers of the department. He informed that the National Curriculum Framework-2005 has laid emphasis on developing attitude, value and skills among the teachers for organizing activities to nurture of safe environment for the students.
Pertinently, the two-day training was conducted by Associate Professor, Jamia Milia Islamia, Dr Kaushikee. On the occasion, she said that the module would be helpful for the teachers and the student community. She said that such educational modules could also address generational gap, social and family conflicts, economic challenges. She said that Jammu and Kashmir government could make the module as an inevitable part of the teacher’s education.
Addressing the participants, General Manager, State Program Office, Save the Children, Muhammad Sharif Bhat, in his speech said that the module would be supportive to teachers—urging them to make best use of it. He said that the teachers have direct impact on the psychological behaviour of the children and it was highly needed to train the teachers for such programmes. He urged government and policy makers to take it ahead and revise the existing school practices and teachers programme in order to address vital issues in the schools.