Srinagar: The Department of Urdu University of Kashmir organised its first alumni meet under the banner of ‘Milan-2022’.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Nilofer Khan addressed the glittering event as chief guest and reiterated the importance of developing strong alumni connections for greater visibility of the institution on the national academic landscape.
“I am glad to be a part of this scholarly gathering where we have the pass-outs of this important department in our University sharing their experiences and expertise with our young students and research scholars,” Prof Nilofer said, congratulating the department for organising the programme.
Prof Nilofer said alumni meets are not merely occasions for pass-outs to recollect their memories of their university days but are equally important to help facilitate scholarly interaction of young students with eminent academics from their concerned fields of study.
“This (alumni meet) therefore offers them (young students) an occasion to take valuable inputs from established professionals and plan their future endeavours in a better way,” the VC said.
Eminent poets, writers and scholars—all alumni of the Department of Urdu—shared the dais and their experiences on the occasion. These, among others, included Prof Mohammad Zaman Azurdah, Prof Nazir A Malik, Prof Shafaq Sopori, Prof Nikhat Nazar and Prof Nasreen Kausar.
Head, Department of Urdu, Prof Aejaz Mohammad Sheikh, traced the history and evolution of the department, which holds the distinction of producing eminent scholars, including two former Vice-Chancellors.
On the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor also released the 67th volume of the department journal ‘Bazyaft’ and a book authored by Prof Nasreen Kousar.
Other prominent alumni present included Prof Sujan Kour, Dr M Aijaz Ashraf, Dr Salim Salik, Dr Mohamamd Yousuf Wani, Dr Faiz Qaziabadi, Dr Mohammad Hussain Zargar, Dr Kousar Muzamil, Dr Shah Faisal, Dr Asrar Ahmad, Dr Fayroza Majeed, Mr Abdul Hameed Ganai, Mr Musthaq Sopori, Mr Majid Majeed and Mr Muneer Manzar.