NN Vohra, Governor, Monday visited Government College for Women, M.A. Road, Srinagar, and attended a half-day inter-college debate competition organized by The Tribune, J&K, at the Lala Arif Auditorium here. The topic of the debate was “Does Social Media Contribute Towards Enhancing Better Understanding And Cooperation, Nationally and Internationally” and 24 students from 12 different colleges of Kashmir participated in the contest, an official statement said.
“Muvahhid from Govt. Degree College, Bemina, won the Best Speaker award comprising cash prize of Rs.5000 and a Certificate of Merit. The First prize of Rs. 10,000 and Certificates of Merit was won by Sana Shah and Nisheed Zelfi, a team from Government College for Women, M.A. Road. The 2nd prize of Rs. 8000 and Certificates of Merit was bagged by Muvahhid and Safiya, a team from Govt. Degree College, Bemina whereas the 3rd prize of Rs. 5000 and Certificates of Merit was won by Joyjeet Singh and Fatima, a team from National Institute of Technology, Srinagar,” the statement said.
The winners were adjudged by a panel of jurists comprising Mr. Mohd Syed Malik, Dr Shahid Rasool and Prof Nusrat Andrabi. Each of the participants were also given a cash prize of Rs. 1000 and a certificate of participation, the statement said.
“Stressing the importance of debating contests in personality development, the Governor observed that such activities enable the students to improve their articulation and develop coherent and rational thinking, which would enhance their potential for successfully meeting the challenges of life,” it said.
The Governor observed that the revolution in the Information Technology arena has made a vital contribution towards enhancing communication and connectivity and enabled vast improvements in spreading education and advancing medicine, science and technology, besides improved management of trade, business and commerce.
“Real time communications have also contributed to prompt handling of emergencies and disasters. However, the Governor cautioned, there is danger of the various forms of social media being measured for spreading misinformation and rumours which may lead to law and order situations,” it further said.
The statement said that Vohra also suggested the introduction of essay writing competitions.
Raj Chengappa, Editor-in-Chief, “The Tribune” highlighted various instances of benefits and misuse of Social Media and its contribution in developing better understanding among the people and different societies throughout the world, the statement informed.