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SAARC Charter Day celebrations at Jamia; Mani Shankar Aiyar, Syeda Hameed guests

A day-long function to mark the SAARC Charter Day is being organised by the UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, along with UNESCO’s Madanjeet Singh Institute of Kashmir Studies, University of Kashmir on December 8 with Mani Shankar Aiyar, former Union Minister of Panchayati Raj and Member of Indian National Congress, being the Chief Guest at the valedictory function at 3:30 pm.

The session will be chaired by Dr Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, former Member of the Planning Commission of India and a women’s rights activist and educationist.

A panel discussion chaired by Prof Veena Sikri, former Foreign Secretary and Professor, Jami, will include speakers like Sanjay Kapoor, Editor, Hardnews, Jyoti Malhotra, senior journalist, Dr Henrik Chetan Aspengren from the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University. The panel discussion on ‘Governance, Media and Peace Building in South Asia’ will take place at 10:30 am followed by film screening on South Asia at 2:30 pm. A poster-making and debate competition on South Asia too have been lined up as part of the celebrations.

South Asia Foundation, a secular, non-profit and non-political organisation founded by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Madanjeet Singh in 2000 will provide necessary support for the event.

Students and faculty members are expected to participate in the even.

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