Shopian man wins ‘International Young Economist Award 2021′


Making Kashmir proud, Gowhar son of the soil has been awarded “International Young Economist Award 2021” by Centre for Professional Advancement, West Midlands.

Wani is currently working on an index on the basis of which performance of sustainable tourism in Kashmir valley could be measured any time.

Wani 27 has also won Best Research Scholar Award 2020-21 by Novel Research Academy.

Gower also won IRSD Preeminent Young Researcher Award by Green Thinkerz Society in association with Western Sydney University Australia and Wakelet Manchester United Kingdom.

He also won Pratibha Samman Golden Peacock Award by MLVA Trust Mumbai.

Hailing from a remote village of Safanagri Zainapora in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, Gowhar grew up in a humble background. His journey to success was not easy and had to work hard.

He started his schooling from Government Middle School Safanagri at the age of 6. He did his High schooling from Government Boys High School Wachi.

Due to low income, Gowhar always relied on his own talent and never went to any private educational institution in his entire life.

He obtained his Bachelors and Masters in Economics from University of Kashmir in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

In September 2017, he was selected for a PhD research programme in the department of Economics Central University of Kerala.

Within three years, he presented 11 papers in national and international conferences and attended 11 workshops and training courses on research methodology, quantitative techniques and learning softwares, economics and others.

In addition, Gowhar has participated in 24 seminars, symposiums and webinars and published several papers in national and international journals. Besides, he has also edited some books.

In year 2020 he was honored with several awards for his valuable contribution in research. The awards Gowhar received so far include Young Researcher Award by Institute of Scholars Bangalore, Young Scientist Award by Aufau Science Forum, International Young Scientist Award by International Institute of Organised Research, Indo Asian- Elinor Ostrom Distinguished Innovative Researcher Award in Economics by IMRF- Institute of Higher Education and research,

He is also one of the researchers who have been awarded among top 100 International Distinguished Researcher Award from Green Thinkerz Society.

Gowhar has also won 3rd prize in essay competition from Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) Pune.

He says that his research area is to study infrastructure, service quality influence on sustainable development in Kashmir valley.

“I am researching whether the tourism in the valley is supporting normal tourism development or sustainable development through the prism of sustainable development by applying various economic parameters.

Wani is of the view that students of valley are not less in any way as compared to people from other parts of the world. But he believes owing to lack of exposure and support they are not able to excel.

“IQ level of our students is very high. But due to the lack of friendly attitude of the teachers they work under tremendous pressure whereas teachers from south India are very friendly,” he believes.

He says that research output of the valley is very low as compared to other parts of India and the world.

“There is a need for research oriented syllabi in the valley,” he says.