SRINAGAR: The Chinar Corps entered into a second MoU with Indrani Balan Foundation on Tuesday for financial sustainability of additional four Army Goodwill Schools (AGSs) at Baraub, Dawar, Balapur and Behibagh in Kupwara, Shopian and Kulgam districts respectively and the Army Goodwill Public School (AGPS), Pahalgam in Kashmir.
An army spokesman in a statement said that the event was presided over by Lt Gen DP Pandey, GOC Chinar Corps along with Punit Balan and Jahanvi Dhariwal of Indrani Balan Foundation.
“Indrani Balan Foundation, a welfare foundation is active in a variety of philanthropic work across India. The foundation under Punit Balan has vast experience of social work in fields of education, health and sports, which will contribute immensely in improving quality of education as well as self-sustainability of these schools in future,” said the spokesman.
“Last year, Chinar Corps had signed a similar MoU with Indrani Balan Foundation for financial sustainability of five AGSs of Uri, Wayne, Trehgam & Hajinan in Baramulla and Kupwara Districts for five years,” he said, adding that in addition, the foundation had built a new infrastructure for Pariwar School Society for Specially-abled children of Baramulla.
“This year, the MoU focuses on the four Army Goodwill Schools (AGSs) and Army Goodwill Public School (AGPS) and will entail financial support of Rs. 3,28,00,000 per year for the next five years,,” he said.
“Chinar Corps currently runs 28 Army Goodwill Schools in Kashmir, which educates more than 10,000 students each year,” he added.
“Over one lac students have passed out from these esteemed institutions. This initiative of Indrani Balan Foundation will be a great example for other corporates to come forward and contribute in building prosperous Kashmir,” said the spokesman.
On this occasion, GOC Chinar Corps expressed that this shared vision of the future is the guiding force to rebuild a progressive Kashmir.
He complimented Punit Balan, President, Indrani Balan Foundation & Chief Managing Director, Punit Balan Group for his vision, foresight and initiative to invest in nation-building as a social responsibility.
He wished the Foundation a great success in their endeavours and assured extending all support from Chinar Corps to make the MoU a resounding success and an example for others to emulate.
Post the signing of the MoU a short movie, Mauj Kasheer was screened. The movie has been conceptualized, written and directed by the young and dynamic Suhail Khan, where the cast and crew were all local Kashmiris.
Through this cinematic work, he highlights the changing mindset of citizens, especially the women, who are against their wards joining the militant ranks. The mothers of Kashmir crave for their children to have a successful and safe future. The short movie is being uploaded on Youtube for public viewing, said Col Emron Musavi PRO (Defence) Srinagar.