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GDC Akhnoor Organizes Seminar on Human Rights and Values  

Akhnoor, 11 December, 2011*: Govt Degree College Akhnoor celebrated International Human Rights Day in the college premises here on Saturday.

The Red Cross Unit of College organized a Seminar on Human Rights and Human Values to mark the 63rd anniversary of adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by United Nations on December 10, 1948.  About 10 students were involved in reading 30 different articles of UDHR grouped in a foundation block, four columns and one pediment to their peers. One student categorically read out last three articles 28-30 proclaiming duties of individual towards society. The information was also disseminated among participants.

The speakers underlined the essence of human rights and duties education and awareness among common masses especially youth and students for lasting peace and equitable development in the world today.

Prof. Reena Bhagat, Head of English Department spoke at length about evolution of natural rights since early times into human rights (UDHR) by United Nations, and their journey to post-independence India. There are tremendous improvements in terms of human rights in our country since independence, but more comprehensive efforts are required to take these to each and every member of society, she said.

Prof. Shivani Manchanda, Officer in-Charge, Women Development Unit, gave an overview of women rights and underlined their protection and promotion along with children rights. She said addressing “right to education” article alone can overcome many social stigmas and taboos over time.

Principal of College, Dr. (Mrs.) Kaushal Smotra, who was Chief Guest on the occasion, in her address, underlined the need of protection and promotion of human rights without forgetting the duties. She said human rights and human duties must go parallel to achieve the developmental goals. Living the life with the simple principle of “live and let live” can lead to peaceful world free of human rights violations, she added.

Earlier, Dr. M. Ashaq Malik, Officer in-charge, Red Cross Unit at College, briefed the audience about UDHR, role of Red Cross in envisioning and implementation of human rights especially during emergency (International humanitarian law) and pertinence of celebrating human rights day in college for 2nd consecutive year. He said educational institutions in close association with state human rights commission and other human rights bodies can work together for raising awareness about human rights and duties.

Pooja Chaudhary, B.Sc 2nd year student conducted proceedings of programme.  Prominent among others present on the occasion were Prof. Kuldeep Raj Sharma, Dr. Yashpaul Sharma and Prof. Sanjay Kotw al.




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