KU To Start Papier Machie Course

Two Day Workshop on Papier Machie At KU Concludes

SRINAGAR - With an aim to promote Kashmir’s dying papier machie art, the University of Kashmir today rope in artisans, experts, scholars and academia to have a final look on the syllabus and course content to formally launch six-month certificate course on the art.

The two day national workshop was organised by the Directorate of Life Long Leaning of University of Kashmir in collaboration with the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL)

Speaking at the occasion, Dean Academic Affairs, Prof. AM Shah said that it was a welcome step and urged the university authorities and centres heads to take a lead in expanding the sphere of knowledge to community.

“This is just a beginning and I must congratulate the role of DLL and NCPUL in initiating this programme. I think we as an institution should take a lead in making all such courses happen, because they help the general public in a wider perspective,” he said. “But we need to promote core competence among the artisan community.”

 “This course will help the artisans to make their mark in the real market. They will be taught and educated about the new trends in the craft all over world,” he said, adding “It is a very good initiate that DLL is doing with NCPUL. This has to be a good beginning. This will help the artisans to compete various levels   and they will be visible in the large section of the society.”

Lauding the role of DLL, Prof Shah said that the role of the Directorate has been commendable to initiate such vocational course as there was a dire need to promote the core competence and marketing skills among the artisans of papier mashie art.

 “This is a wonderful initiate that the DLL has taken up, but it needs much deliberations and discussions to sustain the course and it should help the artesian community,” Prof. Shah said.

 “Unfortunately this area is vanishing day by day. But now, we need to promote the core competence areas, marketing and skill development is another aspect that needs to be deliberated, so that we can reach to the wider audience and customers,” he said. “I thank DLL for initiating this course and I suggest them all the angels should be dwelled in drafting the course.”

He said that MOU’s should be signed with the various institutions across India to organise more skill development workshops and product improvement meetings.

“We have always worked to link this department with the various reputed organisations and institutions in the country. We need to understand the scope and the areas of any institutions. If we start working for the artists and artisans, it will boost our economy,” he added.

Director, directorate of Life Long Learning, Dr. GH Mir said that this course will be soon thrown open for the aspirants.

 “We shifted our lap the whole community. We are on to introduce our services in various other areas of the territorial area of the University,” he said.

Speaking at the function, the experts urged that the KU should act as a bridge between the community and academia.

 “Paper machie sector is demining day by day and no one seems to be bothering about it. We are going to launch various courses in Kashmir,” director, NCPUL, New Delhi, Dr Khawaja Muhammad Ekram-Ud-Din said.

The official of NCPUL, present on the occasion said that they would provide every sort of help in making the course go success.

He said that the experts from CDI, State Council for Vocational Training (SCVT) artisans, and scholars were involved to develop the syllabus for the course.

It may be recalled here, the Directorate of Lifelong Learning (DLL), earlier known as Centre for Adult Continuing Education and Extension (CACEE) was established 1978 with academic status under the University of Kashmir in order to bring the change in the lives of the common masses of the region by providing professional, vocational, skill based and job oriented courses, workshops, trainings, seminars, sensitization cum awareness programmes.

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