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