Bhalla asks students to spread message of peace, communal harmony
STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Rich culture and traditions of Ladakh region were showcased through impressive dance and folk-song items, as Student Association of Ladakh Jammu (SAOLJ) celebrated its 26th Annual Day on Tuesday. Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla was the Chief Guest while President Ajaz Mir, Rehana Batool, Sabah Sharif, Tahira Bano, Assistant Professors and a number of students were also present on the occasion. During the programme, students displayed a gamut of talent. Meritorious students of Ladakh, who have qualified different competitive exams, were also honoured on the occasion. In his address, Bhalla said that such celebrations immensely help in preserving rich cultural heritage of a region besides giving exposure to budding talent. Such functions are a perfect platform for showcasing and preserving our culture and traditions, he said. He also highlighted importance of unity and cultural harmony and advised students to work hard for achieving their goals in life. For tapping potential for adventure sports and mountaineering, which involves hiking and climbing on hilly terrain, former Minister said that Kargil should be pitched as base-camp for expeditions to ‘Nun Kun’ peak. He urged local youth to get trained in skills related to tourism besides contributing in tourism promotion in their areas. “Culture and traditions symbolise identity of an area so we all must work collectively to preserve this uniqueness for the posterity,” Bhalla maintained. Bhalla said that government must take innovative steps to further improve the education facilities being provided to students. He added that the focus should be laid on ensuring a more friendly and comfortable environment to students so that they can to do their best in academics and extracurricular activities. He appealed to the government to address demands of students comprising introduction of Bhoti language at senior secondary as well as university level courses besides declaring Ladakh under Schedule-VI of the Indian Constitution.
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