Renaming Institutions will Present ‘Local Heroes’ Before Children: Govt

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration said on Wednesday that the objective of renaming institutions in the Union Territory after martyrs and prominent awardees' was to present the local heroes before children to inspire and familiarize them with their contribution.

The remarks about it were made by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole on Wednesday during a meeting with the officers of various government departments for renaming institutions and infrastructure with martyrs and prominent awardees' names, an official spokesperson said.

The meeting was attended by Director Handloom & Handicrafts, Secretary J&K Sports Council Srinagar, Joint Director Youth Services and Sports, Additional Secretary Academy of Art Culture and Languages, Srinagar, Deputy Director Libraries, Zila Sainik Welfare Officer, Srinagar, artists and artisans.

During the meeting, official spokesperson said that the Div Com enjoined the officers to identify the prominent persons who have received awards like Padma or Sahitya Akademy awards or other national and international awards in any field including handloom, handicraft, literature, education, medicine, art, sports etc.

“He said the objective of renaming institutions is to present our local heroes before children to inspire and familiarize them with the contribution of such prominent personalities besides giving them recognition,” he said.

“Also, he directed officers to compile the list of awardees with relevant description including date of birth, place of birth, parentage, education, field of interest, work, photographs and year of receiving award, and the list of infrastructures of their respective departments so that the institutions and buildings shall be named as per relevance to the person,” he added.

Pole, as per the official spokesperson said that these details will be written on the metal plates installed at the institutions and buildings, so that the students, youth and general public will remember them.

He further said that the Div Com asked Dy. Director Libraries to provide the details of those libraries which have been already named with famous personalities and also compile details of those legends and their contribution.

“Similarly, he asked the Secretary Sports Council and JD, YS&S to provide the details of indoor and outdoor stadiums and the national and international medalists who have achieved first, second or third position in government held events whether in individual or group competition so these infrastructures shall be named appropriately,” he said.

Further, Pole, the official spokesperson said, also directed officers present in the meeting to conduct the survey and collect information of descendents of awardees and their present status.

“Meanwhile, Div Com stressed on linkage of artist, artisan and sports awardees with the schools to teach students skills which will help to preserve our local rich culture,” he added.

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