JK Governor stresses vital importance of education of girl child


Srinagar, June 10 (Scoop News) –N. N. Vohra, Governor, has emphasized the crucial importance of ensuring educating the girl child and lauded the Women’s Welfare Trust, Srinagar, for taking bold initiatives decades ago for the promotion of women’s education in the Kashmir Valley.      

          The Governor, as Chief Guest, was addressing a Fund Raising function organized by the Women’s Welfare Trust, Srinagar at SKICC here last evening, with a view to raise resources for effectively reviving the two schools run by the Trust in Srinagar to impart education to the girls, particularly those belonging to the under-privileged sections of society.

          Mrs. Usha Vohra, First Lady;  Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister for Tourism and Culture;  Shabir Ahmad Khan, Minister of State for Power; Mrs. Khemlata Wakhloo, Chairperson, State Social Welfare Board; Dr. Girija Dhar, President, Women’s Welfare Trust, Srinagar; Ms. Mehmooda Ali Shah, eminent pioneering educationist of the State;  Vijay Dhar, intellectuals, writers, academicians, prominent citizens, functionaries and Members of the Women’s Welfare Trust and school children were present on the occasion. 

          The Governor observed that it is an important challenge for the Government to ensure that all children, particularly those belonging to the less-privileged segments of society, receive education. He called upon one and all to contribute towards supplementing the efforts made by the Government and social and voluntary organizations for securing this vital objective. He lauded the Women’s Welfare Trust for carrying put this noble task for the past more than eight decades and complimented Dr. Girija Dhar and her valued colleagues for their commitment towards the promotion of education of the girl child by reviving and running Vasanta Girls High School and Kashyapa Girls High School in Srinagar, both of which had been set up by the Trust. He assured Dr. Dhar of continuing strong support for carrying out activities of the Trust aimed at the promotion of education of the girl child.

          The Governor complimented and paid tribute to Ms. Mehmooda Ali Shah for her invaluable pioneering contribution towards the educational advancement of women in the State.

          A dance presentation titled “Kashmir, Kashmiris and Kashmiriyat” was made on the occasion by Ms. Rama Vaidyanathan, a well known Bharatnatyam dancer. The three part dance presentation was based on Lal Ded’s mystical poetic verses and a selection of contemporary poetry on Kashmir by Ms. Meera Khanna, a writer and social activist. The presentation was choreographed by Ms. Rama Vaidyanathan herself, while the verses in English were narrated by Ms. Meera Khanna.     

          The Governor and the Lady Governor interacted with Ms. Rama Vaidyanathan and congratulated her for her superb dance performance. They also felicitated Ms. Vaidyanathan and all the accompanying artists by presenting them mementos on this occasion.

          Earlier, on arrival at the function, the Governor, Lady Governor and other dignitaries were welcomed by the girl students of Vasanta and Kashyapa Girls High Schools by presenting them mementos.

         Dr. Girija Dhar, President, Women’s Welfare Trust, Srinagar, in her welcome address, gave details of the activities of the Trust. She thanked the Governor for supporting the Trust in its endeavours for fully reviving the two Schools run by it.

          Prof. Rita Jitendra gave details about the dance performance.

          Dr. G. K. Muju, Secretary, Women’s Welfare Trust, presented a Vote of Thanks.