New Delhi, June 26: The IIT-JEE Advanced 2015 examination results have brought great cheer to the engineering aspirants of Jammu and Kashmir, especially the Kashmir valley.
According to reports, the students from the valley and one from Kargil, coached under a programme sponsored by the Indian Army as a part of its two and a half decade old welfare initiative – Operation Sadbhavna, have cleared the examination.
Zahid Ahmed Quershi of Kupwara secured all India 89th rank and Gazi Hussain Malik of Shopian secured all India 112th rank in the physically challenged category while Ajaz Ali of Kargil secured all India 598th rank in Scheduled Tribe category.
Last year, Indian Army launched this initiative, naming it as the ‘Kashmir Super 30’ project on the pattern of the well-known ‘Super 30’ programme of Bihar, under partnership with the Centre for social responsibility and leadership.
In the first year, 23 underprivileged yet academically brilliant students were selected from across the state and coached for competitive examinations in the engineering stream. Of these, one cleared the IIT-JEE Advanced examination and as many as 17 found seats in other prestigious engineering colleges, an impressive beginning by all standards.
Buoyed by the success, the army selected 36 students for the current academic session. Apart from the three who cleared the IIT entrance, 27 more have secured admission in various engineering colleges within and outside the state.
This impressive feat is an ode to the students of the state, especially the Kashmir valley. They have proved beyond doubt that, given the right platform, they are second to none on the achievement index. They have the willpower and the intellect to compete with the very best.
The Indian Army has over the years established 46 Army Goodwill Schools and rendered assistance to approximately 1,900 state government run schools in remote areas through renovation, construction of additional class rooms, libraries, toilets, playgrounds, sports facilities, provisioning of furniture, computers, educational software packages, stationary and books.
Approximately one lakh students have obtained middle and higher secondary level education in Army Goodwill Schools in the last 15 years. About 14,000 students are currently obtaining quality education at primary/ higher secondary levels. 840 students from economically weaker sections are receiving scholarships for studies in schools within and outside the state; the outlay for this scholarship scheme is more that Rs. two crores.
The popularity of Army Goodwill Schools can be measured by the fact that there is a growing demand by the local population for opening more such schools.
Besides imparting quality education the Army Goodwill Schools are also providing employment to qualified youth of the state. As on date, nearly 1,000 teaching and non-teaching staff from among the local population is employed in various Army Goodwill Schools.
(With ANI Inputs)