They pelt stones at the army, but the army returns the ‘favor’ by transforming them into ‘academic toppers’

The Indian Army is an institution that not only guards the nation, but also aims at empowering youth. When the national interest comes first, results are bound to follow. Nine students from Kashmir have cleared the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) through the army’s super 40 coaching initiative this year.

An army spokesman said that the Kashmir super 40 initiative for coaching Kashmiri Youths has broken all records. “The success achieved this year was overwhelming, with nine getting through. Twenty-eight students, including two girls, had previously qualified in the JEE Main, the first step of the selection process, in April 2017,” he added.

The official said that 24 super 40 students from Kashmir met chief of the Indian Army General Bipin Rawat at the Army headquarters in New Delhi. The students thanked the Indian army for helping them in shaping their careers, despite the challenges faced in the valley.

The army chief heaped praise on the Kashmiri youths saying that their courage & commitment was commendable. General Rawat urged the Kashmiri youths to motivate other Kashmiri youngsters so that even they could be a part of nation building process and contribute towards the progress of the nation. The Army chief promised the Kashmiri youths that their dreams would be realized and they would have a bright future.

The Super 40 coaching initiative has been conducted by the army in collaboration with the Centre for Social Responsibility and Learning (CSRL) and Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL) since 2013. The programme provides a platform for all the talented & underprivileged students from Kashmir to compete at the national level. The Army official said the students selected are provided with free lodging for 11 months and classes at zero-cost.

The Centre aims to surpass 2017’s success in 2018 with a bigger and better batch strength of 50 students.

Bad news for liberals and separatists. 1300 Kashmiri youths appeared for the Indian Army’s entrance exam in May, this year. Burhan Wani’s successor Sabzar Ahmed has been gunned down by the armed forces. And now talent & ‘nationalist’ students are showing others the way. Kashmir is India. India is Kashmir. Pelt stones at separatists, not the army.

They deserve respect.

Credit: Hindustan Times

Tony Joseph