|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Feb 17: A two day National Seminar on Heritage of Jammu and Kashmir: Challenges and Prospects was inaugurated in G.G.M. Science College, Jammu. A galaxy of academicians and heritage conservationists were present on the occasion. Among the illustrious speakers were Saleem Beg, noted heritage activist and practitioner. S.M.Sahni, Convener INTACH, Jammu Chapter and Prof. B.L. Bhardwaj, eminent scholar and researcher. In the inaugural session, Dr. C.K. Khajuria, Convener, UGC Heritage Project dwelled upon the theme and objectives of the two day conference. The inaugural session was followed by two technical sessions in which academicians presented papers on diverse aspects of heritage, culture, religion and literary legacy of Jammu & Kashmir. The sessions were chaired by Prof. R.P. Sharma from University of Jammu and Sewa Dass Ji, former DDG, GSI.
Earlier, the Principal of the college, Dr. Ajeet Angral welcomed the dignitaries, participants and paper presenters. In his welcome address, he said that Science College is a Heritage College and it has stood the test of time hence the college will play a crucial role in making the general public aware of the pressing need of preserving the rich heritage of Jammu & Kashmir. He requested the eminent scholars to help in organizing mega events in order to spread awareness about the need of Heritage conservation. He also said despite all the limitations an attempt has been made to start a series of activities and the college will organize such events with effective participations of experts from outside the state.
Speaking on the occasion Prof. B.L. Bhardwaj apprised the participants about the importance of conserving the monuments of Jammu. He also stressed upon saving River Tawi from further degradation.
Vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Sukh Chain Sharma. Prof. Ranvijay Singh, the coordinator of the programme and the following members of the organizing committee Dr. Sanjay Karlupia, Dr. Chanchal Angral, Prof. Dharvinder Kumar, Dr. Alpana Vohra, Dr. Rajesh Kumar, , Dr. Anil Kumar, Dr. Neeti Chibber, Dr. Sanjeev Goswami, Dr. Pooja Nanda, and Sh. Kulwant Singh were present on the occasion.