At KU, SAARC Fraternity Continues Donation Campaign for Nepal

KL Report


FB_IMG_1430309874500The students from South Asian Nations Wednesday continued their campaign to help quake hit devastated South Asian member Nepal.

Pertinently, Himalyan land locked nation, Nepal was severely hit by earthquake last Saturday killing ten thousand people (Nepal PM on Tuesday put figures like this) and devastating the heritage rich country.

Pursuing their Post Graduation, along with Kashmiri locals, the SAARC students started a campaign from Kashmir University campus on Monday to help, howsoever little, Nepalese people.

“We have got incredible support from the students and staff at the varsity,” said Zakaria. “Local students have helped us a lot.” Zakaria comes from Bangladesh.

The Kashmir University, since 2013, started MA Program (Kashmir and South Asian Studies) at its UNESCO MS Institute of Kashmir Studies (UMIKS). And two students each from eight South Asian nations forming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperationare selected every year for the program. Besides, 14 local students from Jammu and Kashmir are selected through common entrance test conducted by the varsity authorities.

For Bishnu Pokhrael, who comes from the quake hit Nepal, collecting donations is more personal and emotional.

“The loss, I mean human loss, is irreversible; my heart cries when I read news about the death of people the number of which is still counting,” Pokhrael said. “Anything material, in terms of infrastructure, will be reconstructed again; may be in a better way but who shall return us our own people – human resource!”

The students along with their Kashmiri counterparts went from department to department carrying small boxes – Save Nepal – where from they collected donations. In the evening, they made a chain and stood near two entrances of the varsity holding placards reading “Save Nepal”, “Save Humanity”.

“When devastative floods hit Kashmir last year we were here. We are witness to its fury, since then where ever we went nobody let us down,” Bishnu said. “It is really adorable.”


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