By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 14 Sep: A discussion cum debate competition was organised at Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University, on the occasion of ‘Hindi Diwas’. The topic of the discussion was “The Uniform Civil Code is the need of the hour”. Chancellor Jitendra Joshi was the Chief Guest, while Vice-President of the university, Prof Satbir Singh Sehgal, was the Special Guest. Dr SK Shah, Kumar Ashutosh and Dr Bhawna Arora were present as the judges.
The competition, after many rounds, reached the final stage. Participants supporting the motion maintained that Article 44 guided uniform civil code is a practical necessity in the contemporary scenario, emphasising upon uniformity of laws for the entire nation. However, participants opposing the motion contended that the same would be an onslaught upon the secular fabric of the nation. It would alter the marriage, divorce, adoption, property and personal laws adversely impacting social justice.
In a tough contest, Satakshi Sharma and Amrit Raj Dubey were declared winner and Runner-up, respectively, by the judges.
In his address, Dean Prof Rajesh Bahuguna observed that intellectual participation of youth in pressing socio-economic issues is a positive sign for the country. He maintained that keeping the Uniform Civil Code in the category of Directive Principles of State Policy symbolised the intention of the constitutional architects that the same was part of their agenda.
Chancellor Jitendra Joshi congratulated the students, faculty members and organisers on the occasion of ‘Hindi Diwas’. He observed that organising the debate on the Uniform Civil Code and Uttarakhand’s initiative for the same are synchronous. He also noticed the intention of students in favour of the Uniform Civil Code.
Those present on the occasion were Prof Satbir Singh Sahgal, Prof Rajesh Bahuguna, Prof Poonam Rawat, Dr Kuldeep Dutta, Prof SK Shah, Kumar Ashutosh, Dr Bhavna Arora, Ravneet Kaur, Amit Kumar and a large number of students.