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CUK holds webinar on ‘Life and Contributions of Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’

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Srinagar: Department of Students Welfare (DSW) in association with the Department of Politics and Governance, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Multidisciplinary Research Centre for Law, Public Policy and Social Action, SC/ST/PwD cell of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) organised a webinar on “Life and Contributions of Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar” to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Friday.

In his message, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. A Ravinder Nath, said, Babasaheb Dr. B. R.  Ambedkar focused on mainstreaming the untouchables into Indian society and fought for social, economic and political equality as well as equal opportunity to all.

“Dr. Ambedkar demanded justice to untouchables and other weaker sections of the society via making provisions in the Indian Constitution. Bharat Ratna Dr B R Ambedkar is a Source of inspiration and motivation for many socially suppressed classes in general and first generation students in specific.

He was a man with reformative ideas and greater deeds. He not only served as Chairman, Drafting Committee of Indian Constitution but played pivotal role in formation of Reserve Bank of India. We the teaching fraternity feel proud that he served to Head as Principal for Government Law College.” The Vice Chancellor appreciated the organiser for arranging a very impressive online programme at short notice.

Addressing the participants, Dean Academic Affairs, Prof. Shahid Rasool, said Dr.B R. Ambedkar left an indelible mark on the history of India, and also at International level, despite coming from a humble background.

“He gave the country a robust constitution, which is guiding the Indian democracy and saw its growth and development and is protecting the freedom of individuals.” Prof. Shahid Rasool said uniqueness of Dr Ambedkar personality is that all, irrespective of ideologies, take ownership of Baba Sahab.  He asked the participants to follow the principles of Dr. Ambedkar and take his teachings to all sections of society to realise his dreams of equality and build a stronger nation.

In his speech, I/c Dean School of Social Sciences and Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, described Babasaheb Dr. Ambedkar as one of the tallest figures in Indian history and said that his teachings are still holding good during contemporary times also. “He (Dr. Ambedkar) was for the empowerment of individuals, especially women, through education, adding that he was the champion of the womens’ rights.

“He was the spirit for the constitution of India and campaigned for the advancement of the discouraged classes.” Prof. Zargar said that we should hold frequent programmes to educate the students about the teachings of Dr. Ambedkar.

Speaking on the occasion, Dean School of Legal Studies and CoE, Prof. Farooq A Mir, said, Dr. B. R.  Ambedkar was not only an individual, but an institution and a movement. He was a multifaceted personality, an extraordinary patriot, social mastermind, political reformer, philosophical with dynamic thoughts and his contribution in different social reforms and framing of the Constitution has been immense.

Prof. Farooq A Shah, Chairperson, Anti-Discriminatory Cell, CUK, and Director Research and Development, said that Dr. B. R.  Ambedkar was an institution in himself and a multi-dimensional personality, He was born during the times when Indian society was plagued with untouchability and superstition, which he fought tooth and nail.

Earlier, in his welcome address by the Finance Officer/Dean Students  Welfare,  Dr. Mehraj-Ud-Din Shah, said, Dr B. R. Ambedkar was the person who had given the standards of social equity. “Despite being born into a socially marginalised community, he rose to become one of the most influential leaders of his time and his efforts towards the uplift of the downtrodden and the marginalised have earned him the title of ‘Father of the Indian Constitution’.

Faculty members, Dr. Anil Kumar, I/c, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Multidisciplinary Research Centre for Law, Public Policy and Social Action, Dr. Altaf Naqueshbandi, Liaison officer, SC/ST/PwD Cell, Dr. Nookaraju Bendukurthi, Member SC/ST/PwD Cell, Dr. Abhiruchi Ojha, Assistant Professor, Deptt of Politics and Governance, delivered lectures on the theme.

Research scholars Saqib Najam, and Rifat Ayoub, and students Tarun Kumar, Deptt of Law, and Insha Mushtaq Dar, Deptt of Convergent Journalism, Junaid Bini Zahoor, Deptt of IT, Raqib, Deptt of Commerce, Prabash Ranjan, Deptt. of Politics and Governance, made presentations on the occasion. Dr. Himabindu conducted the proceedings and Dy DSW, Tulmulla, Dr. Asif Khan, proposed vote of thanks.

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