Seminar Explores Indigenous Tribes of Ladakh: Preserving Culture and Promoting Conservation Efforts

One-day seminar titled “Indigenous Tribes of Ladakh: Understanding Vulnerability, Inclusivity, and Conservation Efforts” was meticulously organized by the Tribal Research Institute (TRI), Kargil Campus, University of Ladakh, on June 9. The esteemed inauguration of the seminar was graced by Prof. (Dr.) Ashok Kumar Sharma, the Registrar of the University of Ladakh, who served as the chief guest.

Kaneez Fatima, the Rector of Kargil Campus, University of Ladakh, emphasized the policy’s significance in preserving the cultural legacy and traditions of the tribes of Ladakh through the Tribal Research Institute. She urged the pioneers in the field of Ladakh tribes to provide research assistance and guidance, acting as torchbearers to achieve the institute’s intended objective.

During the event, Prof. (Dr.) Ashok Kumar Sharma, the Registrar of UoL, emphasized the urgent need for preserving, protecting, and promoting the cultural heritage of the Ladakh region on a global scale. He also highlighted the untapped potential of the youth and the application of affordable, low-cost technology to accomplish this goal.

In the technical session, Dr. Sonam Wangchok, President of the International Association for Ladakh Studies, emphasized the preservation of intangible cultural heritage through traditional fairs and festivals. He called for community participation in the restoration and conservation of these valuable cultural elements.

The seminar featured presentations on various themes by esteemed professionals in their respective fields, including Dr. Tsewang Gyalsten, a research scholar; Dr. Monisha Ahmad, an anthropologist and cultural researcher; Dr. Jamphel Shayen, Assistant Professor of English at GMDC Zanskar; Mohammad Ali, a research scholar; Dr. Tsewang Gyaltsen, Assistant Professor of Political Science at GMDC Zanskar; Nawang Tsering Shakpso; Imteeaz Ali, a research scholar, and Dr. Nargis Khatoon, a research scholar.

Dr. Mehboob Ali, Assistant Professor at Kargil Campus, UoL, expressed sincere gratitude to Prof. S.K. Mehta, the Vice Chancellor of UoL, and Kaneez Fatima, the Rector of Kargil Campus, UoL, for their unwavering technical and logistical support, which contributed to the resounding success of the event. He also commended the participation of the research scholars, attendees, and non-teaching staff members.

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