KG News Desk
UDHAMPUR, April 9: Adversity sometimes brings out the best in a man. And, what better example to prove this than the militancy ridden hills of Kashmir, which are slowly shedding their past and its inhabitants emerging out of their shadows, to show their talent to the world, an army spokesman in a statement issued here said.
Master Sunak Singh of vill Galiote, Panchari in Udhampur is a shining example of how a person can overcome adversity through sheer determination. His father Gopal Singh, a member of VDC was killed by militants in the year 2001. Mrs Neema Devi had an onerous task of bringing up four children. Master Sunak Singh scored 93% overall in his class X Board was spotted in his village by an Army soldier and his name was refered to the Army authorities in Udhampur. Accordingly, he has been granted admission in Army Public School, Udhampur and is also sponsored for boarding and wedging in th Drona Boys Hostel (DBH), he said.
The DBH facility was initially conceived in 1998 with an aim to provide a healthy and conducive environment to the children of Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) sponsored and Op-Sadbhavana category in under to groom children to become responsible citizen of India.  Later in 2004, its scope was enhanced to include the Gujjar, Bakkarwal and militancy affected category.  Today, its a full-fledged establishment that houses 40 boys. Besides providing for basic necessities of boarding & lodging, it lays special emphasis on career counseling and towards this engages tutors; monitors performance through an officer-in charge, who regularly interacts with the wards & imparts them guidance towards achieving higher goals in life, he said.
Besides excelling in academics, DBH wards are encouraged to participate in all types of sports and extra curricular activities, including NCC, science exhibitions and community festivals and other events. Recently the children were taken on a National Integration Tour to Rajasthan & Gujarat, where they were exposed to the rich culture, history and development of these States, he said.
The civic actions undertaken by the Army’s Northern Command includes a wide range of activities across the entire spectrum of development relief and demonstrate the friendly face of the soldier. It is ensured that ‘Op Sadbhavana’ projects are planned as per the needs of the local population, he said.