DJMC hosts Ajaz-ul-Haque’s talk on ‘Language and Academics’

Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (DJMC) hosted noted producer and writer, Mr. Ajaz-ul-Haque for a guest talk on the theme ‘Language and Academics: One without the other’ at the college conference hall on May 29.

Mr. Ajaz works as a producer for Education Multimedia Research Centre (Kashmir University).  He has produced, scripted, moderated and presented lectures, documentaries and discussions on various themes. He has taught at various institutions of the valley as a visiting faculty and delivered lectures on creative writing, language, literature and other themes. He is also known for long running column ‘The Write Hand’ which was published in Greater Kashmir for over two decades. He also worked as the Opinion Page Editor at Greater Kashmir.

Arguing that reading is a craft which requires practice, Mr. Ajaz listed the various tools which make one a better reader. “Reading better means reading more slowly,” he said while quoting David Mikics’s book ‘Slow Reading in a Hurried Age’.

Pointing to pervasive “dull writing” in academics, Mr. Ajaz advocated originality of thought and expression. He underlined the need to use simple, specific and clear language even when expressing complex ideas.

Mr. Ajaz pointed to the use of unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon. He quoted from works of famous authors and popular dialogues from films to illustrate his arguments.

Mr. Ajaz also shared his own journey in the world of literature and shared some interesting anecdotes much to the delight of the audience.

Incharge Principal and HOD Chemistry, Prof. Safiya Khalil presented a memento to the guest.

Earlier, Head, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, Dr. Suhail Ahmad briefed the audience about the impressive profile of the guest speaker. Dr. Suhail recalled his own association with the guest and said his talks have always been attracting audience owing to his unique articulation of ideas laced with wit and humour.

Besides students from Journalism & Mass Communication and English department, several faculty members of the college also attended the session.  Mr. Ajaz answered the queries of the students in an engrossing interaction session.


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