The Central University of Kashmir’s Directorate of Students Welfare (DSW) in collaboration with the Department of Urdu today commemorated Iqbal Day by organizing a one-day symposium on “Iqbal Ka Tasawur-e Khudi” at its Magarmal Bagh Academic Block.
Urdu Department, Coordinator, Prof. N A Malik, presided over the function which was also attended by Controller of Examinations, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar, Director Department of Students Welfare, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka, Librarian, Riyaz Rufaie, Department of Convergent Journalism, Coordinator, Asif Khan, Cultural Coordinator, Ihsan Malik other faculty, staff members and students of various departments.
Addressing the gathering, Urdu Department, Coordinator, Prof. N A Malik said that the message conveyed by Sir Muhammad Iqbal through his poetry and other works wasn’t for any particular religion, community, group or discipline, but was for masses. “Iqbal was for all,” Prof. Malik remarked. He said that of all the fine philosophical thoughts that Iqbal gave, “Khudi” has come to be known as the pride of his philosophy. Khudi, to Iqbal, is the inseparable soul and spirit of humanity. “It is this very concept which when awakened in someone, not only does it revolutionize the person, but through this it provides the human society with the true essence and meaning of existence,” Prof. Malik added.
DSW Director, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka while speaking on the occasion said that Sir Muhammad Iqbal’s message still holds relevance in the contemporary world. “Despite drastic change in the situation across the globe, the message of Iqbal still hold true for every individual,” Dr. Fayaz A Nikka said.
DCJ Assistant Prof. Rashid Maqbool paid glowing tributes to the Poet of the East by reciting Kalam-e-Iqbal.
Officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj udDin and Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar conveyed their good wishes to the organizers for the success of the event.
During the symposium, the students also spoke about the topic and were adjudicated by Dr. Nazir A Gilkar, Dr. Parvez Ahmad and Dr. Ishrat Bashir. The first prize containing cash of Rs 2000 was shared by Numana Ibrahim of English Department and Tanveer Ahmad of Urdu Department, while as the second prize of Rs 1500 was shared by Mudasir Fazal of Law Department and Saba Maqbool of Economics Department. The third prize of Rs 1000 was bagged by Shuaib Wani of the Department of Urdu.
Earlier, the programme started with the recitation of Holy Quran by Ian and recitation of Na’at by Nazir Ahmad.
Allama great source of inspiration: VC-KU
KU observes Iqbal day
Srinagar: Iqbal Institute of Culture and Philosophy University of Kashmir today observed ‘Iqbal day’ to commemorate Dr Sir Mohammad Iqbal`s 77th death anniversary during which a seminar was held at KU`s Gandhi Bhawan auditorium.
Deliberating upon the various dimensions of Iqbal`s philosophy the speakers maintained that Iqbal`s thought and vision transgressed time and space and his message is more relevant today than in the past for all ages, societies and nations.
Vice Chancellor KU Professor Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi in his presidential address said that the life and teachings of Allama Iqbal have been a great source of inspiration for him and there is a need to practice the message of this great man in our lives.
He added “There is always a conflict going on between brain and heart. And as ordinary human beings we at times get swayed by the dictations of our mind which understands only logic at the cost of our soul, feelings and inner voice. However it is because of the work and contribution of great legends like Iqbal that we are able to strike a balance between the two which helps us to arrive at better decision –making.”
Professor GR Malik presented an overview of Iqbal`s universal message and its relevance to contemporary world adding that Iqbal is amongst those great researchers and philosophers whose vision and thought are beyond time and space and for all nations and societies irrespective of religion, creed and color.
While speaking on the occasion Prof Margoob Banihali said in his address that Iqbal should live in our hearts and the present generation has a responsibility to handover this rich legacy to the future generations.
Professor B.A Nehvi, Dean Faculty of Arts and Director Iqbal Institute of Culture and Philosophy said “Our love and regard for this great visionary should be like that the Qulyat-e-iqbal should be in everybody’s home especially students and scholars.”
Professor Nehvi while reciting few couplets from Iqbal`s poetry said that world has not been able to produce a poet, visionary and philosopher like Iqbal who had such a deeper understanding of Quran and Prophetic teachings.
Dean Academics Affairs KU Professor M.A Wani, Dean Research KU Prof Sheikh Javed, Registrar KU Prof Zaffar A Reishi and other renowned poets and scholars and students were also present on the occasion.
Several technical sessions were held during the day in which scholars and researchers presented their papers on various facets of Iqbal.
Rising Kashmir, ” Iqbal: Poet of East remembered ,” in Rising Kashmir, April 22, 2015. Accessed on April 22, 2015, at: http://www.risingkashmir.com/iqbal-poet-of-east-remembered/
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