Ziraat Times News Desk

Srinagar, August 01: Hundreds of students, scholars, teachers and other respectable persons of the society today attended the mega-conference titled “Our Times, Our Challenges: Education and Environment” organised by Moral Education, Environment & Relief Council of Private Schools’ Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) at Convocation complex in Kashmir University.

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On the occasion, Private Schools Association of J&K announced a special incentive program for students of schools who will help in reducing polythene use and its unsafe disposal.

Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University Prof Talat Ahmad and Vice Chancellor of Central University of Kashmir Prof Mehraj Ud Din Mir delivered key speeches at the event. At least 2000 participants, including academicians, students, environmentalists, civil society activists, media personnel attended the conference.

One of the main attractions of the event was the speech by Dr Mahmood Chandia from University of Central Lancashire, UK and Muhammad Aadam from Bolton UK. The speakers discussed the two main challenges facing the society one being the lacunae in the education sector and another being the destruction of the environment. 

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Dr Chandia called on the people to refrain from using products like polythene which end up harming the environment. He described how the conservation of the environment is important for the wellbeing of an individual as well as society. The speakers discussed how religion also stresses on the preservation of flora and fauna.

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The speakers also expressed concern on the degradation of moral values among the younger generation. They called for the strengthening of character among students for which one should also incorporate the beautiful teachings of the religion and incorporate the best international practices of teaching.

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Prof Mehraj praised PSAJK for organising such a conference on this important issue. He said that deliberating on these vital issues is the need of the hour. He called for framing education of children right from early years in such a way that he or she turns into an ideal person. He said that if we focus on the early years, only then a solid change will be visible in the coming years.

Prof Talat also expressed his views and suggestions on how to improve our education sector and conserve the environment. The vice-chancellors stressed on the sustainable living where both humans and environment are in win-win situation.

G N Var, president J&K Private Schools Association, on the occasion, announced a special incentives program for the students of private schools who will work for reducing polythene use and its unsafe disposal.

Earlier, Dr G N Qasba, former commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, while speaking on the occasion called upon for an incentive program for students in order to promote their active participation in environmental protection and conservation.

Arjimand Hussain Talib, Ziraat Times founder, speaking on the occasion highlighted the challenges of extinction of species and climate change and underlined the need for making education more relevant to finding solutions to these challenges. He exhorted the students to work both at professional and individual levels to conserve environment.

Congratulating the JKPSA for practically engaging in working to conserve and preserve Kashmir’s environment, he congratulated the association for offering hope and optimism in an environment that is beset with immense challenges.

Mian Javed, former CCF and advisor to J&K PSA on environmental issues talked about the PSA’s mission 1 million trees and its utility.

Other who spoke on the occasion include Dr Margoob (eminent psychiatrist and activist).

The conference was part of the initiatives taken by Moral Education, Environment and Relief Council (MEERC) under the aegis of PSAJK. President PSAJK G N VAR and Chairman MEERC, Manzoor Ahmad Wangnoo were also present on the occasion and thanked the dignitaries for making the conference a huge success.

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