The national seminar on ‘The Human Rights Prospects and Challenges‘ was conducted by the Apex Professional University (APU) recently. This seminar was organized by the School of Law and Juridical Sciences, APU in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh. The seminar was held at the Multipurpose Hall, Science Block, APU. This university is focused on offering programs, and conducting research on themes relating to human rights.
The seminar’s welcome speech was given by Dr. Baharul Islam, HOD, School of Law and Juridical Sciences, APU. The Hon’ble Chief Guest for this National Level Seminar was Smt. Jaweplu Chai, District and Sessions Judge, Pasighat, presented the inaugural address. According to Smt. Jaweplu Chai, “Human rights is the soul of our nation and generates the crucial sense of nationhood.” The audience were spellbound by the inspiring speech by the chief guest. Hon’ble Founder & Chancellor of APU, Acharya Dhanwant Singh, a renowned Vastu Professional, was present at the occasion. According to Acharya Dhanwant Singh, “Concepts like tolerance, diversity and attachment must be given importance in the present socio-political environment.”
Dr. Romeo Dupak, Assistant Professor, of the department of Political Science, J N College, Pasighat, shared his opinion about the ‘Human Rights of Indigenous People’. He stated about the various types of rights which a person has, where he spoke about the natural rights of a human being. He explained about the ILO Conventions and laid stress on how the laws and regulations are lagging behind in properly safeguarding the Indigenous people. He also talked about the various Constitutional provisions that are there regarding the different aspects of Human Rights of the indigenous people, including- forest rights, intellectual property rights, land rights, rights against atrocities so on and so forth.
Smt. Jaya Tasung Moyong, General Secretary, Women Against Social Evils (WASE), and chairperson of the Child Welfare Committee, presented ideas relating to ‘Human Rights of Children’. She firstly explained about who a child is and why child rights shall be given. She explained the various rights of a child, like the rights to live in a peaceful society free from molestation, exploitation, degradation etc. She rightly said that children are the future of the Nation, not only in India but in the whole world. They shall be protected from all sorts of violence, neglect, physical and sexual torture. Ms. Moyong stressed upon the fact that no matter how many rights and laws are made, it will be of no use until and unless there is proper implementation. She also highlighted the true scenario of the children of Pasighat how they are exploited in various ways, in terms of child labour, drug addiction, molestation and so on.
Advocate Denzing Sonowal, of the retainer advocate district legal service authority, Pasighat, shared his perceptions to the esteemed gathering, regarding ‘Human Rights of Aged and Disabled people’. He stated the various problems faced by naturally and differently disabled persons. He highlighted the fact that they should be specially treated in respects of jobs, government and Semi- Govt. infrastructure, transportation, etc. Mr. Sonowal also stated that there shall be reservations made in Govt. sector jobs and in the field of education as well.
The session ended with Mr. Asinto Pangge, President of the North East Human Rights Organization, (NEHRO), Guwahati, Assam gave his feelings on the ‘Role of NGOs in Advocacy for the Human rights’. He highlighted the various functions of NGOs. He discussed about the NGOs for the protection of human rights, especially for human rights. The people who cannot approach to the administration of violation of human rights are helped by the NGOs. He highlighted that all the NGOs, directly or indirectly are related to the protection of the rights of human beings. The national seminar, also emphasised the requirement to set up a strong platform to spread knowledge and awareness in the human rights segment.
The national seminar concluded with the distribution of the participation certificates by Prof. (Major) Ashok Kumar, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, APU. The vote of thanks was given by Miss Karishma Handique, Organizing secretary APU, followed by the National Anthem. The seminar was of great relevance to students, academicians, experts from all over India.
About Apex Professional University: Apex Professional University (APU) has been established by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh as a Statutory University under the public private partnership (PPP) scheme in accordance with the provisions contained in section 2(f) of University Grants Commission Act, 1956 and empowered to award degrees in terms of section 22 of UGC Act, 1956. APEX Professional University is also recognized by the Bar Council of India (BCI), National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), Council of Architecture (COA) and Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) for various Degree and Diploma Programs.
Apex Professional University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), ASSOCHAM and Quality Council of India. Forbes Magazine has recognized Apex Professional University (APU) as a “Great Indian Institute” and has been acknowledged as “Best Education Brand” by Economic Times. The University has initiated the process of its accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
Apex Professional University has established an Institute of Indian Knowledge (IIK) as a Centre of Excellence to research, standardize and validate ancient Indian Sciences. IIK conducts courses in Indian System of Architecture (Vastu Shastra), Indian Metaphysical System (Shad Darshana) and Indian System of Healing (Siddha, Ayurveda & Yoga) that equips the students to address the issues of the present world in a rationalized manner.