‘Living is easy with eyes closed for these kids as they want to steam ahead with the biggest handicap a man can be born with and that is born in areas not conducive for studies!’
‘It could have been never because of the fact that such areas were never ever touched before as far as education went. There was a problem and the first one was, never did a child understand that it was important to study also’!
‘Leave aside development a child was born but the parents never ever understood his or her mission in life. But these were the grand old times when Kashmiri young men/women wanted to storm ahead, from the townships and cities each one of them considered themselves as big punters but from the rural areas many were straggling and considered by city kids as no hopers in the fast moving world!’
‘Back in 1990 the situation was that the interiors and in the border villages no one was bothered for the growing up kids, they just thought what the blank future stared at them but it was not supposed to happen. It never did because such a thing some men in Olive green’s do get into their brains! And they did!
‘The first and foremost always has to be facilitating education in the most inhospitable of terrains in J&K! At times as to how children study where no one supports them, the first is weather a usual impediment where humans have no control over, the second has to be the unknown enemy, could be a next door neighbor and the third was in form or kind of text that should not have been read to them as it was for destruction of Kashmir!’
‘The Indian Army knew what was required. By the way Handwara, Kupwara, Lolab, Bangus were not easy places to live but some men, always smiling at times brooding but lovers of humanity created the wedge and web of hope. The results can be seen on the ground! These men had to be from a family of lovers who taught only one thing, ‘keep humanity united, even if we have to consign ourselves to flames or soil. It is one and the same thing!’
‘The need to deliver sustainable and equitable development underscores the importance of gaining a better understanding of the role of public policy with regard to Corporate Social Responsibility and its potential to contribute to the development agenda. That is what Indian Army wants because the kids from the interiors are sincere, gone are the days when the tricksters said (Gaon wala hai yaar, bik Jaye ga, thoda sa paisa bas apna hai, kuch bhi karega). But there is a wholesome problem all the way the kids have replied for the better and they want to move ahead! The Indian Army has provided them with all the ammunition of knowledge to move ahead!’!
They say that people are innately afraid of those who need them, they say that people are afraid of clingy-ness (having a clingy personality means that a person tends to stay very close to someone for support, protection, and more. While children will cry and throw tantrums when separated from a parental figure, being clingy may manifest in different forms in a romantic relationship. It includes engaging in acts such as being the most friendly of all) But Kashmiri kids in the interiors never understood in past eras that someone was trying to ease them out of difficulties they were in. Now they have begun to realize it. It is not that late but it is for the good of Kashmiri society! It always was! Indian Army believes in initiatives and they have taken many and I will tell you as to what they have done now:
GOC Chinar Corps, Lt Gen DP Pandey felicitated students of first and second batch of Kashmir Super 30 (Medical), who are now successfully undergoing the MBBS course after clearing NEET and the project’s CSR partners HPCL & National Integrity and Educational Development Organization (NIEDO).
The initiative was the vision of the then GOC Chinar Corps, Lt Gen AK Bhatt and was conceptualized and put into operational mode on 15 June 2018, when GOC Chinar Corps was commanding Kilo Force.
Till date, 68 students have successfully undergone the program over the last two batches with hundred percent results. The third batch of 35 students has appeared in NEET examination in Sep 2021.
Super 30 (Medical) is a joint CSR project with HPCL and NIEDO and has won the prestigious FICCI CSR Award 2019-20 amongst over 300 Corporate Companies vying for the best CSR project award. FICCI CSR Award is one of the most reputed awards for CSR projects that recognizes the importance of the work being done in this field.
The project is located at Haft Chinar, Srinagar. There are two educational CSR projects which the Army is running in the Valley. ‘Super-50 (Engineering)’, a joint venture by Army, Petronet and Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL) is being run at Baramulla since 2013.
The second project of Army is HPCL Kashmir Super 30, Centre of Excellence and Wellness which was conceptualized by Srinagar based Chinar Corps in December 2017 to secure a better future for disadvantaged Kashmiri youth and is a full-time residential program to coach and mentor them for a period of twelve months for entrance examinations of various Medical Streams/Colleges spread across in India.
The program is co-partnered with HPCL, corporate partner and National Integrity & Educational Development Organization (NIEDO), training partner. The project is located at Haft Chinar, Srinagar.
Inadequacy of quality education, mentoring faculty and infrastructure are major disadvantages for students hailing from non urban, semi rural and rural areas who aspire for higher education qualifications at the national level. Thus, these students remain severely handicapped while appearing for competitive exams for entrance into Engineering, Medical, Defence, Law, Banking, Fashion and miscellaneous other streams after class 12th.
Indian Army decided to initiate a fully annual residential educational, coaching and mentoring project along with a wellness module (soft skills, personality development and personal grooming) running concurrently for children coming from disadvantaged background, ideally from rural, semi-rural and semi urban areas of UT of Kashmir Valley, Jammu & Ladakh for entry into colleges / universities / institutes / profession across India in Medical fields after clearing NEET exam.
GOC Chinar Corps speaking on the occasion complimented the efforts and dedication of the students and support of their parents. He announced that the fourth batch will commence on 25 September 2021. In line with Chinar Corps’ efforts to empower women, 20 girl students are being considered for the fourth batch. The selected girls will join the fourth batch after a month, i.e. from end October 2020.
The fourth batch will host 50 students – 30 boys & 20 girls. Necessary infrastructure development will also be undertaken to support the project. The GOC appreciated the support extended by HPCL & NIEDO in supporting and guiding the students in their endeavor.
The event was attended by GOC CIF (K), Dr Rohit Srivastava, Managing Trustee of NIEDO, senior Army officials and civil dignitaries. Mr. Pusph Joshi, Dir. HR HPCL attended the event through virtual link.
Indian Army knows what talent is and also the potential to realize it. The game of education is tough and only the fittest survive and the fit and brilliant are everywhere. They just have to be picked up, their rough edges sharpened and see what they can do! The Indian Army is trying precisely that! They too are like stars in the sky, maybe the children of lesser Gods to our world. They deserve to shine! The Indian Army is providing them the ladder to go up and up to infinite levels. That is precisely what they are doing! No exaggerations by the way!