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National Seminar organised at JU

JAMMU: A one-day National Seminar on Contemporary World Literatures in English: A Cultural Study was organised by the Department of English University of at Jammu University in collaboration with Prof. D.K. Rampal Memorial Trust. Prof Manoj Dhar, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu was the Chief Guest in the inaugural function.

In his inaugural address Prof Dhar complimented organisers for hosting the Seminar in memory of a visionary, academician and administrator, Prof. D.K. Rampal.

'Contemporary Worlds Literature is an eclectic mix of movements like Postmodernism, Postcolonialism, feminism and many other emergent fields that need to be revisited and regenerated in critical and scholarly readings such as these to contextualise the understanding of the current times better." he added.

He appreciated the Trust for organising an academic event of this magnitude and stressed it was fortunate that the trust chose to collaborate with the University of Jammu.

Prof. Anu Shukla from CDLUniversity, Sirsa, Haryana, delivered the Keynote address in which she touched upon the theme of the seminar and brought out the neglect of the genre of crime fiction in Indian Writing in English in contemporary critical discourse. She also outlined the suggested readings for the benefit of the scholars.

Former Vice Chancellor of Jammu University and Chairman of Prof. D.K Rampal Trust Prof. Y.R Malhotra also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the vision of the Trust. He spoke of the need of the civil society to support such research activities and provide platform to the students and scholars to showcase their research.

Earlier the programme started with lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the dignitaries followed by the formal welcome address by Prof. Monika Sethi, Head, Dept. of English and Convener of the Seminar who also outlined the purpose and structure of the Seminar.

She also welcomed the plenary speakers Prof Pankaj Sharma from CDL University Sirsa and Prof Roshan Lal Sharma from the Central University, Dharamshala, HP and said that their expertise will greatly benefit the students and scholars of the department.

Prof. Sucheta Pathania, Professor, English Department of English proposed the vote of thanks where she particularly expressed her gratitude for the presence of Prof R.D. Sharma on this occasion.

It was during his tenure that the Trust was instituted in the University and the annual seminar had its inception in collaboration with the Department of English.

Swati Vijay conducted the proceedings.

Those who were prominently present included Prof. Rajini Dhingra, Registrar, University of Jammu, Prof. Satnam Kour Raina, Principal, IMFA, Prof. Shiv Dev Manhas, Head, Dept. of Dogri, Prof. Ramnandhan Singh, Head, Dept. of Buddhist Studies, Prof. Parmeshwari, Dept. of Hindi, Prof. Parvinder Kour, Dept. of Hindi, Dr. Riyaz Ahmed, Dept. of Urdu, Dr. Vandana Sharma, Head, Dept. of English, Central University of Jammu, Prof. Geetanjali Rana, Dean Humanities, Cluster University of Jammu, Dr. Ravinder Singh, Dr. Sadaf Shah, Dr Garima Gupta and many other teachers from the University and colleges, delegates from outside the state, scholars and students.

Eighty research papers were presented by the scholars of literature from across the country in eleven parallel technical sessions that were followed with intensive deliberations on the theme.

Prof. Posh Charak distributed the certificates to the various paper presenters as Chief Guest of the Valedictory function.

She congratulated the department lauding it for the giant leaps it has taken in terms of research-based activities and research-oriented programmes.

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