GCW Gandhi Nagar, MAM College lift Silver Rolling Trophy at Declamation Contest

Governor with the winners of the Declamation contest at GCW Gandhi Nagar in Jammu.
Governor with the winners of the Declamation contest at GCW Gandhi Nagar in Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 12: The team comprising Sanam Sharief Khan of the Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu and Waheed Anjum of the MAM College, Jammu won the Silver Rolling Trophy instituted by N. N. Vohra, Governor, Jammu and Kashmir, at the 5th Annual Inter-State (Northern Zone) Declamation Contest, which was organized by the Department of Higher Education at the Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, here.
The Runner-Up Trophy was bagged by the team comprising Mr. Aflaq Ahmed of GDC Rajouri and Dhruvika Pandita of GCET, Jammu.
The topic of the Declamation Contest was “What Should Best Come First: Cleaning Up of Habitats or Eradication of Corruption and Maladministra-tion from Governance.”
N. N. Vohra, Governor was the chief guest and Usha Vohra, First Lady was the guest of honour on the occasion.
The Governor appreciated the speakers for their clear perceptions and impressive articulation and observed that if it was feasible students from beyond the Northern Zone could be involved in this annual contest. He assured enhanced support to the College for facilitating larger participation of students from rural and remote areas in the Jammu region.
The Governor observed that while cleaning premises is a physical activity, eradication of corruption and cleaning up of entire Government system requires firm political determination. He observed that the rot of corruption can not be got rid overnight and for achieving this vital objective we require honest, and efficient political leaders at the helm of affairs supported by dedicated public servants.
The Governor said that this Rolling Trophy was instituted 5 years back on the assumption that boys and girls from the Valley, Ladakh and the neighbouring northern states would participate in the annual contest. As it had not been possible to attract students from all parts of the State, it had been decided to expand the horizon of this contest and another Rolling Trophy was instituted by him to enable the Government College for Women, Srinagar, to organize an annual Inter-State Declamation during the summer season. This event had been scheduled to be held at Srinagar this year but due to the unprecedented floods in the State it had to be deferred.
The Governor congratulated Dr. Kiran Bakshi, Principal of the Government College for Women Gandhinagar and her colleagues for the successful organization of the event.
Later, the Governor presented the Rolling Trophy to the winning team and also gave prizes to the runner-up team. He presented cash prize of Rs. 11,000 to Ms. Sanam Sharief Khan of Government College For Women, Gandhi Nagar for being adjudged first; Rs. 7,500 to Ms. Apoorva of Indra Prastha College, Delhi for being adjudged second and Rs. 5,000 to Waheed Anjum of Govt. MAM College Jammu for standing third in the contest. He also gave away consolation prizes to Mansoor Ashraf of Govt. Amar Singh College, Srinagar, Dhruvika Pandita of GCET Jammu and Yudhveer of District Institute of Education Training, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Besides, individual mementoes and participation certificates were given to all the contestants.
Governor also presented mementos to Professor Ved Ghai, former HoD, Department of Sanskrit, University of Jammu; Rajeshwar Jasrotia, Chief Conservator of Forest; Vidya Sagar, former District and Session Judge; Professor Varun Tripathi, Director, School of Philosophy and Culture, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Prof. Deepshikha Kotwal, former HoD, Department of English, University of Jammu who were the Jury members on the occasion and to Prof. Nalini Kohli, former Director Colleges; Z.A. Chat, Nodal Principal, Shri Amar Singh College, Srinagar; and Narinder Khajuria, Additional Secretary, Governor’s Secretariat who were the Observers of the Declamation Contest.
The Governor and the First Lady were presented mementos.
Sheikh Mushtaq Ahmed, Secretary, Higher Education Department, also spoke on the occasion.
Dr. Kiran Bakshi, Principal, Government College for Women, Gandhinagar, Jammu, in her welcome address gave details of the participants of the Declamation Contest. She said that a total of 32 students from Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir had participated in this contest.
Professor T.A Kawoos, Director Colleges, presented a formal Vote of Thanks.
Earlier, students of the College presented a captivating cultural programme which included a creative dance and Qawwalli presentation.
Principals of various colleges, college teachers and students were present on the occasion.

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