STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Centre for Studies in Museology in collaboration with Dean Students’ Welfare observed International Museum Day on theme ‘Rural Craft of Jammu: Cultural Hub for Livelihood’. The programme consisted of a training session cum workshop under the guidance of the trainees of the Centre. Prof Manoj Dhar, Vice Chancellor University of Jammu stressed upon the need for preserving and promoting glorious heritage to bequeath rich values for the posterity. To connect with roots is imperative for taking forward the cultural legacy which is essential for the growth and development, he added. “While various schemes are in vogue under skill development programme, the initiatives have to come from youth themselves who have to be innovative and enterprising,” said Prof Dhar, adding that on completion of training, they will be awarded certificates enabling them to derive dividends of various schemes for setting-up income generating units. The Vice-Chancellor advised the Centre to collaborate with Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Centre of the University for honing skills of the students. He suggested a proper commercialisation and marketing route for this creative skill for the economic development of the region. “These crafts can be used as mementoes, souvenirs for remembrance for tourists visiting the region”, he said. Speaking on the occasion, Ravinder Singh, former Secretary Khadi and Village Industries J&K said that the current generation has been cut off and disconnected from culture and heritage. He talked about incentives and subsidies available for setting up enterprises in Khadi, village and small scale industries. He suggested inclusive development by developing clusters of artisans working in this field. Prof Poonam Chaudhary lighted ceremonial lamp followed by Saraswati Vandana. On the occasion, mementoes prepared by trainees of the Centre were presented to the Vice-Chancellor, Resource person and associate Dean Students Welfare. Earlier, Prof Poonam Chaudhary, in her welcome address, briefed audience about activities of the Centre and reasons for choosing the theme of the workshop. Rural crafts of Jammu that remained the focus were table mat and coasters, Chabbdi making, Earrings and Binnas, Pakkhis and Crochet work. The workshop was conducted by students of Jammu University and its affiliated colleges and Cluster University. The trainers and scholars were Monika Chaudhary, Poonam Sharma, Sandhya, Dorjey Yuron, Varun Nadh, Poonam Bral, Tanya Paul, Rashi, Sheena Maini, Mamta Sharma, Meena Sharma and Rudrika. These students were the target group keeping in view their employable age. Dr Garima Gupta, Assistant Professor, Department of English conducted the programme and underlined importance of intangible heritage for social, cultural and economic relevance. Dr Malay Dey, Assistant Professor, Centre for Studies in Museology presented formal vote of thanks.
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