Jammu, Dec 12: In a remarkable confluence of academic reflection and celebration, the Diocese of Jammu-Srinagar Education Society (DJSES) hosted a symposium titled “Shaping the Future: Challenges and Insights for Tomorrow” at the prestigious Govt Convention Centre, Jammu.
The event, meticulously curated by Fr. Shaiju Chacko, Chairman of the Diocesan Education Board, provided a platform for leading educationists, parents, students, and distinguished guests to engage in insightful discussions and celebrate remarkable contributions.
The symposium, inaugurated by Dr Sudhir Singh, Director of Academics at the J&K Board of School Education, set the stage for profound reflections on the evolving landscape of education.
A distinguished panel, featuring Kavita Chatterjee Das, Dr. Annie Koshi, Dr. Anthony Joseph, Syeda Naghma Abidi, and Dr. Gurmeet Kour Gill, led robust discussions on crucial topics such as the changing role of teachers, social commitment in education, mental health awareness, gender sensitivity, and inclusive practices.
The invaluable insights shared by the panelists resonated with the attentive audience, sparking engaging conversations among educators and parents.
Dr. Parikshat Singh Manhas, Chairman of Jammu & Kashmir Board of School Education, delivered a valedictory address, offering profound insights into the challenges and opportunities in education and outlining a roadmap for the future that emphasised collaboration and innovation in educational practices.
The symposium also served as a stage to honour exemplary contributions to education. Rev. Fr. Varkey. TJ, the senior-most priest in the diocese, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his unparalleled 50 years of priesthood, service, and wisdom.
Taj Maqsood received a welldeserved award marking five decades of dedicated service at Burn Hall School, Srinagar.
In addition to these prestigious awards, the Society acknowledged the commitment and dedication of 16 employees completing 25 years of service with Silver Jubilee Felicitations, recognising their pivotal roles in shaping the minds of generations.
The academic accomplishments of students in Class XII and X Boards of the 2022-23 session were also celebrated. Special recognitions were bestowed upon Einar Abdullah and Hafsa Shah of St Joseph’s School, Baramulla, who secured the first ranks in Class XII and X, respectively. These awards underscored the society’s commitment to fostering academic excellence and holistic development.
Bishop Ivan Pereira, President of DJSES, delivered a powerful closing message, emphasising the need for continued dedication to education and community service.
The impactful discussions of the symposium, coupled with the inspiring award ceremony, created a unique blend of academic discourse and celebratory recognition.
Fr Sebastian Velankanni offered a heartfelt vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all participants, guests, and organisers for their collaborative efforts in making the event a resounding success.
The symposium left an indelible mark, illuminating new pathways for the future of education and fostering a spirit of celebration and appreciation within the educational community.