Indian Army's 'Super 50' initiative aids Kashmir students to pursue medical education dreams

The Indian Army's  'Army HPCL Kashmir Super 50' initiative is helping students in North Kashmir in pursuing their dreams of medical education.

 

Under the 'Army HPCL Kashmir Super 50' initiative, the Indian Army is preparing students for medical competitive examinations free of cost in the North Kashmir area. Financial support for students who get admission to elite medical colleges is also being provided by the Indian Army in terms of sponsoring their fees.

North Kashmir returning to normalcy

The situation in North Kashmir is returning to normal as the prevailing conditions improve, such as the reduction in terror occurrences and an increase in the number of pupils attending school, said Major General SS Slaria, GOC, Kilo Force while speaking to the news agency ANI.

"In North Kashmir, the security situation is stable. It is moving towards normalcy. Once you look at the benchmarks, there are many positives," said the major general.

"Terror instances are going down. Incidents of 'Hartaals' are going down. The tourism sector is looking up with better arrivals of tourists, and more students are going to schools," he added.

Remarking further, he said, "The young have to choose their heroes well. If they choose them well, they will be on the right path."

50 students studying free of cost

Explaining the project, a teacher at the Indian Army-sponsored institute, Wahid Farooq, said that as a part of the initiative, there are 30 boys and 20 girls studying in the coaching institute free of cost.

Adding further, he said, "The project was converted from Super 30 to Super 50 in 2021, after which girls were also inducted. We have 30 boys and 20 girls studying here and they are provided with free-of-cost facilities to pursue their ambitions."

Project started in 2018

"We started this project in 2018 and visited every school and conducted written examinations to shortlist students for the coaching programme. In 2018, we took 30 students out of which 25 cleared the entrance examination for the medical colleges," he further told ANI.

"The Army is also sponsoring fees once students get admissions to institutions such as AIIMS," he added.

100% success rate for boys

Another teacher at the coaching institute, Anupreeta Shandilya, further informed that the success record for the boys has been 100 percent.

Talking further about the success, she said, "I have been teaching here since July last year. When the students come, we take them through the subjects in a gradual manner, beginning with the basics."

"It is really surprising that no matter which area they come from they all want to do well. We have a 100 per cent success record for boys and I am sure the girls will also do well in the near future," she remarked further.

What is the admission process?

Admissions to the coaching institute take place following written exams and interviews, said Hakima, a student, while talking to the news agency ANI.

Continuing further, she said, "It has been almost three months since I started studying here. I got to know about this coaching centre after standard 12."

"We have to fill in a form after which there is an entrance examination. An interview is taken and then the students are selected," she explained further.

Better alternative than pricey coaching classes in cities

When it comes to the facilities, Hakima says they are good, and the coaching is a better option for kids who cannot afford to pay for pricey coaching in large cities.

Talking about her aspirations, she said, "I want to become a doctor. The facilities are good here. The teachers are quite competent. It is a good opportunity for students who cannot afford expensive coaching in other cities."

Another student stated that the coaching institute benefits him a lot because of the face-to-face meetings with the trainers.

He said further, "There are a lot of facilities here, including hostels. We have face-to-face interactions with the faculties."

"In the cities, there is an expense of almost Rs 2 to 3 lakhs for medical coaching. The Army is giving us all the facilities for free. We are benefitting a lot," he added.

"I am from Rajouri. The facilities are good. Mobile phones are not allowed here, which is a good thing. The teachers clear all our doubts," said another student, Mohammad Imran.

(With ANI inputs)

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