KG News Desk

Sopore, May 7: Chinar 9 Jawan Festival was held at Sanctorum Institute on Saturday which was attended by more than 2300 students and locals from of Sopore and Baramulla in north Kashmir, an army official in a statement issued here said.

“The event was organised by the Army Camp Uplona, Baramulla under the patronage of the Chinar Corps at Srinagar and received a huge response both from the students as well as the media. The event was an exclusive event planned for the students as well as the unemployed youth of the area & the response generated was unprecedented”, the official said.

It was in furtherance of the initiatives being undertaken by the Army to promote and motivate the youth of the Valley. The event was attended by various dignitaries to include Maj Gen Jarken Gamlin, GOC Sharifabad, Brigadier Shabih Haider Naqvi, Commander Haiderbeig, Uttam Chand, DIG, Baramulla, Harmeet Singh, SP Sopore, Mushtaq Ahmed, CEO Baramulla and Tariq Chalkoo, HoD Physics, Degree College, Baramulla, the official said.

The event kicked off with the finals of the Inter School Debate Competition where 12 students competed in two categories for the final prizes. Prior to this, the prelims & semifinals had already been conducted by the Army wherein a total of 115 students from 35 schools from the Distt participated, these rounds were witnessed by 1950 audience, the official said.

The views & the enthusiasm expressed by the students for the competition was indicative of the winds of change which the youth are undergoing in the Valley & it also showcased the true talent of the Kashmiri students, he said.

Chinar 2Thereafter, motivational & inspiring talks were given to the students by Chalkoo as they infused lot of enthusiasm & fervour amongst the students. The students were also given an opportunity to listen to Mr Akhtar from JKEDI Baramulla, Ahmer Khan, a photographer & journalist by profession & Muheet, a young budding entrepreneur from Srinagar. The children were spellbound by the plethora of experience & knowledge shared by the speakers. Thereafter, Brigadier Naqvi addressed the gathering & gave the locals & students lot of thoughts to ponder upon as they embark upon their future careers. Finally, Maj Gen Gamlin addressed the gathering & complimented all for their

participation & encouragement to the initiatives being undertaken by the Army. He assured the local populace & the students for the continued & unstinted support from the Army in all matters related to the development of the society as well as efforts to harbinger peace in the Valley.

The event was thereafter, opened to all the students for a one on one interaction with various eminent personalities who had assembled from varied fields so that their experience could be shared by the students. To facilitate this, career option wise stalls were made so that focused career counselling could be carried out for all the budding students & local unemployed youth. The various career options on display were Medical, Engineering, Teaching, Hospitality, Nursing, Air Hostess, Civil Services,  Photography, Journalism, Event Management, Beauty Salon, Painting/Artist, Website/Graphic Designing, Fitness Instructor, Lawyer, Army, JKEDI, ITI & UDAAN. Various handouts on all career options were also prepared & distributed among all the students.

Simultaneously, medical care was also provided to the gathering by virtue of the medical camp which was also a part of the event. Doctors from Army as well as civil hospital including lady doctors were present to provide medical care & attention.

The event witnessed an euphoric response & as per the locals such an initiative had never been undertaken earlier in the area. The personal interaction carried out with successful people from various fields was the high point of the event as per most of the students. In addition, the plethora of information on display was an eye opener for many students & once they returned back, a gleam of excitement & a ray of hope for a better & a brighter future was palpable. This event was also able to further reinforce the bond of the AWAAM with the JAWAAN.