Umar Khurshid


A coaching centre operating from the uptown area of Srinagar’s Parraypora on Saturday issued a full page advertisement in a prominent local daily newspaper.

The coaching institute, ‘HOPE CLASSES’ in its tagline claims to be “Gateway for medical and engineering”.

The advertisement contained photographs of 30 students who according to the institute have qualified NEET-2017 entrance examinations for MBBS and another list of 30 students who have qualified JEE-2017 entrance examinations for engineering.

“HOPE classes take pride in congratulating the Gems who brought laurels to institute in its very first year of coaching,” reads the sub title of the advertisement.

However, Kashmir Life examined the list of the qualified students and the results found will shock you, literally!

One of the candidates, Mohd Yaqoob, who happens to have qualified MBBS entrance, according to the advertisement, features an image from one of the victims of Peshawar Army School terror attack (when) that consumed lives of more than 130 students. The barbaric attack was orchestrated in December 2014.

Yaqoob features in the list of qualified MBBS students at serial number 11, while he also features in the list of qualified JEE students at the same spot.

Another student, who features at serial number 16 in the list of MBBS qualified students also features at serial number 17 in JEE qualified students list. Though, there is a possibility of a student qualifying both the exams. However, the student, named as Irfan Ahmad in the list, happens to feature an image of Shahveer Jafry, a Pakistani YouTube sensation.

Another candidate, who like other two has qualified both the entrance exams features at serial number 24 in MBBS list and at serial number 13 in JEE list.

The candidate is a girl namely, Hadiya Jan in JEE list and Hadiya Ja(a)n in MBBS list.

Hadiya Jan or Ja(a)n features an image that has been taken from Alamy, a photo stock website.

When Kashmir Life asked to search the identical images it led us to Alamy. The image in Alamy features under “Muslim Girls” tag.

Talking to Kashmir Life a representative of the institute said that the images have been used by mistakeand they will issue a “corrigendum” for the same.


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