Women in Security, Conflict, Management and Peace, (WISCOMP) in collaboration with DPS Budgam, organized an impressive event at the KSERT College Complex, Humahama, today.While Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath, founder Director WISCOMP was the Chief Guest, Prof. Neerja Mattoo presided over the function. Prof. Saifuddin Soz was invited by WISCOMP to speak on the occasion.Dr. Meenakshi made her commitment clear that, apart from her concern for protection of human rights in Kashmir, she and her colleagues in the WISCOMP, would see how best this organization could serve the womanhood in Kashmir.Dr. Meenakshi said that she had taken notice of Prof. Soz’s agenda for a credible survey on what went wrong with women in Kashmir during the recent years and how best relief and reparations could be organized in a systematic manner.Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath agreed with Prof Soz that the Civil Society outside the J&K State did not do what it could do for Kashmiris, particularly for women. She also elaborated that the civil society in Kashmir must concentrate its attention primarily on Education as it is only Education that is an effective instrument of Social Change.Prof. Neerja Mattoo, who presided the function, said that all that can be done for women would amount to great service to humanity.
Prof. Neerja assured Dr. Meenakshi that colleagues from Kashmir associated with the WISCOMP, would work resolutely with her for realizing the objectives of WISCOMP.Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath thanked Mrs. Mumtazunnisa Soz, Vice Chairperson, DPS Budgam, Mehfooz Aslam Principal, DPS Budgam, Bushan Lal Kher, Principal KSERT College, Humhama, Mrs. Shobna Sirohi, Headmistress DPS Budgam and all others who were also present in the function.Earlier, in his initial remarks Prof. Saifuddin Soz explained certain features of life in Kashmir. He (Prof. Soz) also presented his own perception on what agenda WISCOMP should follow in Kashmir. On this occasion, Prof. Soz sought help from Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath to help through her advice as to how to make education in this state socially relevant and job oriented. Prof. Soz said that as of now, our system of education swelled ranks of the unemployed and it was a dangerous trend.Prof. Soz thanked Dr. Meenakshi for her sustained interest for promotion of cordial relations between India and Pakistan. He said further that he knew it personally that Dr. Meenakshi was one of the founders of Neemrana initiative to bring India and Pakistan together.Prof. Soz shared the feeling with the audience that Dr. Meenakshi was like him an incorrigible optimist for friendship between India and Pakistan and both of us hope that one day, India and Pakistan will be together for everlasting friendship and peace.Mehfooz Aslam, Principal DPS, Budgam proposed a vote of thanks. Authorized for circulation to be press by Mehfooz Aslam, Principal DPS, Budgam. (KNS)