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Refresher Course in Human Rights concludes at JU

JAMMU: The two weeks interdisciplinary refresher course in Human Rights which had begun on 15th February 2021 culminated today at the University of Jammu. 

The course was conducted by the UGC- Human Resource Development Centre. 

26 college and university faculty members of not only Jammu & Kashmir but also from Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra participated in the course.

Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest Prof. Jasbir Singh, Controller of Examination, JU congratulated the HRDC for organizing a refresher course on a topic that holds special relevance in today's world. He said that through courses like these that we are creating peer educators for safeguarding human rights. 

He applauded the organizers for covering themes like the rights of transgender, disabled, which are often overlooked. He was of the view that existing gender and social inequalities are exacerbated by COVID-19 and are impacting girls and women in different ways to men and boys. 

He opined that there is an unavoidable connection between health and human rights. Promoting and protecting health requires explicit and concrete efforts to promote and protect human rights and dignity. Further, he said that during Covid times the rights of health workers need to be addressed.

Earlier, in the program the course coordinator Prof.Samridhi Arora (Dept. of Home Science) presented a brief report and an overview of the activities and lectures delivered during the duration of the course.

Some of the main themes covered included an overview of human rights, child rights, Women rights, Disability Rights, Contemporary adoption laws and practice, intercountry adoption, rights-based perspective in the delivery of services to children and policies and programmes for the empowerment of women, Rights of the prisoners, environmental laws and rights, sustainable development goals and human rights, transgender rights, international human rights law, Public Interest Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms and human rights, the impact of Covid 19 on women rights, Right to Information, Positive youth development and rights, education for social empowerment, protection of women from domestic violence, sexual harassment at the workplace, missing children, and the role of ICPS and CHILDLINE in child protection. Resource persons invited for the course are actively involved in the field of human rights and some of them have suffered human rights violations in their life. Some of the prominent speakers and resource persons include Prof. Kulwant Singh (JU), Prof Vijay Nagpal (Punjab University, Chandigarh), Prof. Rekha Chowdhary ( Retd faculty, JU), Prof. Rajesh Gill (Punjab University, Chandigarh), Prof. Neeru Sharma (JU), Prof. Dipankar Sengupta (JU), Dr. Aman Hingorani ( Advocate, Supreme Court of India), Prof. Bharati Kumar (National Law University, Delhi), Dr Vinita Bhargav ( Lady Irwin College, DU), Dr. Manju Dhoundiyal (Deputy Director, NIPCCD, Gawhati), Dr. K.P.Singh (Retd DGP, Haryana), Dr. Savita Nayyar ( JU), Dhananjay Chauhan (transgender social activist from Chandigarh), Dr. G.R.Ghani ( Retd Commissioner secretary), Sr. Advocates Mr.Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed, Advocate Farman Ali Magray, Bharti Ali (HAQ: A child rights organization), Enakshi Ganguly (Human rights activist) Manjri (Childline India foundation), Dr. Anupa Sharma (Protection Officer, ICPS). 

Presentations were also made by the participants on various topics related to human rights.

Prof. Arora impressed upon the participants to create awareness about our human rights and be a human rights educator in their respective fields. The participants gave feedback on the course and appreciated the efforts of the organizers, resource persons, and the content of the course

Director HRDC Prof. Rahul Gupta shared with the audience the working of the centre and mentioned that the centre is dedicated to running quality courses that are of utility to the participants. He thanked the participants for choosing the University of Jammu for attending the course.

Dr. Sarika Manhas (Associate Prof.) and course co-coordinator welcomed the guests and apprised the audience about the relevance of the refresher course in developing sensitivity towards human rights.

A formal vote of thanks was presented by Sh. Ranjeet Kalra, Faculty HRDC, University of Jammu.

The entire refresher course was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Samridhi Arora and Dr. Sarika Manhas in the Department of Home Science.

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