P K Jaiswar
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, April 3: A two-day workshop on "generating awareness about contemporary social problems and adult education" was organised by the department of adult continuing education and extension, at the Guru Nanak Dev University here.
State information commissioner Kulbir Singh inaugurated the workshop.
Talking about social problems like drugs, unemployment, female feticide, and illiteracy, Kulbir Singh, during his inaugural address, stressed on the overall development of the personality of individuals.
Earlier, Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, SSP Amritsar, in his keynote address, said different social problems could not be dealt with in isolation. He said history reveals that most of the social reforms were initiated by individuals, which became mass movements at later stages.
He asked the students to take a pledge to fight social evils at their own level and make their own contribution to help the society to deal with social issues.
Dr. Raghbir Singh, dean, academic affairs, in the presidential remarks, expressed his concern over the prevailing social problems and said they should be taken on a priority basis.
Dr. RS Sandhu, director and head of the sociology department, introduced the theme of the workshop and also highlighted the achievements of the department.
He said about 2,700 individuals had been trained under different vocational courses till now. He said the department was also running a centre in the central jail, Amritsar, and providing training to the inmates for three vocational courses.