Ganderbal: The Department of Tourism Studies (DTS) of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) held a one-day seminar on “Tourism for Inclusive Growth” on Monday, to celebrate World Tourism Day, at the Green Campus here .
Vice Chancellor, Professor Mehraj ud Din Mir, Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Director of the Center for Life Skills and Soft Skills, Professor Ashish Dahiya, Registrar, Professor M Afzal Zargar, Dean of Faculty of Business Studies, Professor Farooq A Shah, Vintage General Manager, Mr. Jahangir Ah. Khan, DTS coordinator, Mr. Faizan Ashraf Mir, faculty, academics and students attended the seminar.
In his presidential speech, Vice Chancellor Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, according to a statement received by the GNS, said that the realization of famous tourist destinations including Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonmarg and others has become a scourge rather than a boon to the valley’s tourism sector. “The need of the hour is to construct buildings in tourist destinations, which do not harm the fragile ecology and the environment of this particular place and which conform to the architecture and local tastes”, said said Professor Mehraj ud Din Mir. and asked the students to become the architects of the same. He said that despite several setbacks, the tourism industry is growing with each passing day and providing livelihoods for thousands of people across Kashmir.
In his keynote address supplemented by a presentation, Professor Ashish Dahiya said that the tourism industry is the biggest generator of jobs in the world and in India. “Inclusive growth in the tourism sector could be achieved through equitable opportunities for stakeholders, maximizing economic links with the local economy and minimizing economic leakage from the economy,” he said. .
In his special remarks, the Registrar Prof M Afzal Zargar said the tourism industry has been adversely affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic across the world and the need of the hour is to revive and rejuvenate it. “To develop the industry in the country, we need to promote local tourists so that regional tourism is stimulated,” he said. About DTS, he said,
“DTS trains the human resources necessary for the ever growing tourism sector and students should try to explore and find new travel destinations in Jammu and Kashmir.”
Addressing the participants, Prof Farooq A Shah, Dean School of Business Studies, said that all stakeholders should essentially be part of any policy developed for the promotion and development of tourism. “People in all parts of the country should be taken into account before formulating policy as this directly affects their livelihoods,” he said and called for the sustainable development of tourist destinations across Jammu, the Kashmir and Ladakh.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jahangir Ah. Khan, stressed the need for framing and subsequent implementation of tourism policy. “Students are expected to provide valuable contributions to government for policy making as this would directly affect their careers in the tourism sector,” he added.
DTS Coordinator Mr. Faizan Ashraf Mir, in his welcoming speech, gave a detailed account of the story behind the celebration of the Day. He said the Day is celebrated every year to support the tourism industry and raise awareness among the masses about the role of tourism in the overall growth and development of society. DTS Assistant Professor Ms. Shahnaz Akhtar led the program discussions while DTS Assistant Professor Dr. Ramjit proposed the vote of thanks.
Later, DTS hosted a student photo and videography competition and brainstorming session on concept notes for innovation. (GNS)