Army sponsors India tour for Kashmiri students


Uri : In December 2005, just two years back, Nusrat Arif an eight class student of High School Salamabad were among many children in Uri whose minds were full of horrible scenes as devastating earthquake razed her house to rubble and her books were beneath tons of debris. She has a reason to smile as her mind was freshened after returning from a 15 day long educational tour to various historical places of India.

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Nusrat while talking to News Agency of Kashmir said, “This was my dream to see the historical and religious places of India which has come true with help of army. As we all come from poor families our parents can hardly effort such an expensive tour for us.”

“The tour has provided me an opportunity to pray for peace and tranquility of Jammu and Kashmir in most sacred shrine of Ajmeer Sharief, and such tours helps in overall development of a student,” added Nusrat.

Another student Asma said,” The tour provided us a chance to learn the cultural ethos of our country and see people living in the different cultures, regions and societies.”

Nusrat and Asama were among the 32 girl students from various schools of frontier township Uri who returned from 14 days educational tour organized by Kalaphar Brigade of 12 infantry Brigade of army.

The returning students were warmly received in a flagging in function held at Uri.

The students shared their experiences and nostalgic memories of the tour as it was their first stride outside the valley. The tour was headed by Major Rajeev Kumar Ohilyaz of 6 BIHAR regiment of army.

Major Rajeev Kumar Ohilyaz told News Agency of Kashmir that the group of students was taken to national capital Delhi where children were taken to important places historical and cultural importance which includes Taj Mehal, Jama Masjid, Ajmer Sharief and other tourist resorts of North India.

Speaking to media persons on this occasion Brigadier, 12 Infantry Brigade Sector Uri, Narinder Pal Singh Hira said that aim of organizing such tours is to provide exposure to the students living in the far off villages of Uri Tehsil and such efforts army has proved to be a milestone towards widening the horizons of children to look forward and improve their future prospects.(NAK)