Saffron, electricity curtailment themes of Sonzal

SRINAGAR: On the second day of the 6th intra University Youth Festival “Sonzal-2013” organized by Department of Students Welfare (DSW) KU hundreds of students from various teaching departments of KU and affiliated/constituent colleges participated in various competitions including elocution, collage making and cartooning.

The topic for the elocution was ’Future of saffron trade: problems and measures to be taken for its sustainable development’ and the performance of the participants was adjudged by a panel of judges  comprising of Dr. Shahid Rasool- Director EMMRC, KU, Dr. S. Iqbal Qureshi-  Director Centre for International Spiritual Studies, IUST and DSP Hazratbal Feroz Yahya.

During the elocution event participants from various colleges and departments of KU highlighted the problems faced by saffron cultivators in Kashmir due to various reasons over the last two-decades with some attributing the downfall in its production due to lack of proper awareness about marketing and effective quality regulation amongst the cultivators.

They said that farmers cultivating saffron are losing the market due to onslaught of inferior imports whereas others asserted that the scientific data collected by SKUAST scientists proved that the environmental change was also responsible for the declining production of Saffron in the valley.

The collage making was also based on saffron in which students presented a beautiful confluence of various newspaper and magazine cuttings and pictorial presentations demonstrating the decreasing production of saffron in the Valley.

Speaking on the occasion one of the judges of the elocution Dr. Shahid Rasool, Director EMMRC said , ” Sonzal provides an excellent platform to the students to sharpen their skills in extra-curricular activities that helps them to present their point of view and to shape their personalities for a better tomorrow.”

The topic for cartoon competition was wari (load shedding/curtailment) in which students presented witty and thought-provoking caricatures with humorous illustrations through sketches while at the same time highlighting the serious problems faced by people in general and the student community in particular due to excessive curtailment in electricity.

In all the three categories the judges and experts who evaluated the performance of the participants were highly appreciative of the enormous talent and innovative skill quality of the students and said that such events should be held regularly in colleges and Universities to promote art.

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