Awantipora, Mar 28: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) in association with the University of Kashmir and Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) jointly organised a panel discussion on “India’s G-20 Presidency: Climate Change and Future World Order,” at IUST campus here Tuesday under the aegis of G-20 University Connect, Engaging Young Minds.
The event provided a maiden platform to the Vice Chancellors of all the three universities including Prof. Neelofar Khan (Chief Guest), Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Prof. Farooq Ahmad Shah (Co-patron), Vice Chancellor, Central University of Kashmir (CUK) and Prof. Shakil Ahmad Romshoo, Vice Chancellor Islamic University of Science and Technology (Patron) to share their thoughts and ideas about the topic and expressing willingness to collaborate with each other and share the resources and human resources wherever possible.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir, Prof Neelofer Hasan Khan stressed on the youth to shape their future and take part in such events through their innovations and by generating ideas through community outreach. IUST Vice Chancellor Prof. Shakil A. Ramshoo stressed on policy making being the base for shaping the future. He also spoke about raising the voice for climate change.
CUK Vice Chancellor, Prof. Farooq Ahmad Shah talked about India’s presidential responsibility in the G20 for the ongoing year. He also spoke about India’s potential and agenda framing for collective leadership in the world.
CUK Registrar, Prof M Afzal Zargar praised the participation of three Vice Chancellors of the sister universities in Kashmir for coming together to take part in the celebrations of India’s G-20 presidency. Stressing on the collaboration towards engaging young minds, he focused on the sustainable development goals and shaping the future being one of the strong nations among the global powers. He informed that the CUK being one of the 75 universities identified for the G-20 university connect programmes has slated more than 35 programmes from 20th of March till 10th of April, when a major event is being conducted at SKICC, Srinagar.
All the three Vice Chancellors and Registrars unanimously agreed on making such events more frequent in the future and collaborating on many programmes that can help the youth from the universities to connect and create in line with NEP-2020.
The introduction to the G20 University Connect was given by Dr Abhiruchi Ojha, Incharge Nodal officer, from CUK. She informed the gathering about the importance and idea of G-20. IUST Registrar, Prof Naseer Iqbal proposed the vote of thanks.
IUST hosts G-20 University Connect
A one day programme on G20 University Connect was hosted by Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) in collaboration with the University of Kashmir and Central University of Kashmir. The function was attended by Prof. Shakil Ahmad Romshoo, Vice Chancellor IUST (Patron) and Prof. Farooq Ahmad Shah, Vice Chancellor CUK (Co-patron) while the Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof. Nilofar Khan was the Chief Guest.
In his address, Prof. Shakil Ahmad Romshoo described the role of G20 block in framing Policies for addressing emerging world challenges especially, climate change, energy, food and water security, inclusivity etc and said that these global concerns require global consensus for redressal. He said that India’s G20 presidency which bears the theme “One Earth, One Family, One Future” symbolises the necessity of concerted and collective efforts for common good across the globe. He further said that such events play an important role in spreading awareness and sensitising our youth who are tomorrow’s leaders.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Farooq Ahmad Shah said that it is important that the concerns of the world are discussed at multilateral fora for finding acceptable solutions. He said that G20 constitutes about 80% of the world’s GDP and has a tremendous role in steering global policy-making. In her presidential address, Prof. Nilofar Khan said that the theme of today’s programme is apt as the impact of climate change is visible across the world. She further said that the universities should join hands in generating knowledge that shall help to address important societal issues like drug addiction etc. She congratulated the organizers and suggested a deeper university connect.