Indian Army’s initiative helps J&K students crack IIT-JEE Advanced exam

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The IIT-JEE Advanced 2015 examination results have brought a big smile on the faces of engineering aspirants of Jammu and Kashmir.

Two students from the Kashmir 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 prestigious 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.

The ‘Kashmir Super 30’ project based on the lines of the famous ‘Super 30’ programme of Bihar, was launched by the Indian Army last year in partnership with the Central government in order to provide 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.

With initial success in the initiative, 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.

(Pic: Rashmie Jaaju/used for representational purpose)

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