A one day seminar on ‘Preservation of Cultural Heritage of Kashmir’ was organized by the Markaz-I- Noor, Centre for Shaikh –ul- Aalam Studies in connection with the ‘World Heritage Day’ at the University of Kashmir here on Thursday.
Muhammad Salim Beigh, Chairman Indian National Trust for preservation of art and cultural heritage (INTACH) J&K chapter, who was also the chief guest on the occasion, said “Heritage is knowledge and an asset of a nation and it is the responsibility of all of us to preserve it. Scholars and academicians have to come forward for the preservation of our heritage and create awareness amongst the masses and the society.”
He also added that University has a huge role to play in making people aware about the preservation of the rich past.
“The University of Kashmir can play a great role in educating the society about the rich past of our region and this can be done by building linkages between the University and the society as people should be made aware and conscious of the fact that our identity and existence is directly linked with the preservation of our heritage,” said Beigh.
Speaking on the occasion Director Centre of Central Asian Studies (KU) Prof Aijaz Ahmad Banday laid his concern on the negligence of the heritages and called for the preservation of the culture which he said “is the need of an hour”.
“Unfortunately we take many things casually. We have to safeguard our culture but on the contrary we are dismantling and demolishing it and in the process we are loosing our precious heritages .The need of the hour is that we need to preserve it for the new generations to come otherwise they will curse us in future for our failure to uphold what is directly linked with our existence and a glorifying history of our region,” said Prof Banday.
In his keynote address Chairman Markaz-I-Noor Centre for Shaikh –ul- Aalam Studies Prof Bashar Bashir said “The cultural history of our region should be given top priority in various areas of research and for the preservation of the heritage. In this regard the contribution of the Sheikh- Ul -Alam(RA) can prove to be a beacon light. His teachings and contribution to the rich culture and heritage of our traditional past has been remarkable. Our centre is doing best to make people aware about the rich contribution of the Sheikh-ul-Alam to the cultural landscape of Kashmir.”
Dr Aziz Hajini who was the coordinator of the session presented vote of thanks on the occasion.