A two day international conference on 'The Message of Benevolence, Love and Peace in Indo-Pak Urdu Literature' was inaugurated today at Govt Degree College Doda.
It is pertinent to mention here that such an international conference is being organised for the first time in erstwhile District Doda. This historic step was taken by the department of Urdu under the supervision of Dr Shafqat Hussain Rafiqi Principal GDC Doda. Besides speakers from five countries, scholars and academicians from around ten states of the country are expected to participate and present their research papers in the conference.
The inaugural session which was held at Community Hall Doda was presided over by Dr Shafqat Hussain Rafiqi. The chief guest on this occasion was Prof (Dr) Mohammad Riaz from the Department of Urdu, University of Jammu. Prof Ghulam Rabbani from Bangladesh and Dr Afaq Aziz and Dr Abbur Rasheed from University of Kashmir graced the occasion with their presence. The session was coordinated by Dr Akhter Hussain, HoD Urdu and Chief Organiser of the conference.
In the first technical session which was chaired by Prof G M Bhat Rector Bhaderwah Campus, more than ten papers were presented. Among others Ms Muneera Najad Shiekh from Iran, Mr Mustafa Mohammad Alauddin from Egypt, Ms Mehdiya Sheikh from Iran, Mr Rakesh and Mr Mohammad Rafi from JNU, Mr Mohd Safi Naik from University of Delhi and Mr Porshotam from Osmania University Hyderabad presented their papers.
The speakers threw light on the message of peace and benevolence as reflected in the works of various writers of Urdu Literature. The session was coordinated by Dr Imtiyaz Ahmad Assistant Professor GDC Doda.
The highlight of the last session of the conference was the cultural programme presented by Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Sub Office Doda. The jam packed hall was mesmerized by the performances of renowned singers Mr Farooq Khokhar and Mohsin Dilshad.
At the end of the programme vote of thanks was presented by Dr Javaid Iqbal Tramboo, Convener of the conference.