Dr Kiran Bedi, India’s first woman Indian Police Service (IPS) officer has impressed upon the needy and deserving students of Jammu and Kashmir to work hard and remain steadfast in their endeavor to achieve higher education and fulfill their dreams.
“There must be thirst and passion inside you to pursue education with all the zeal and enthusiasm so as to better your lives and the lives of those who have great expectations from you,” said Dr Bedi while presiding over the scholarship ceremony in Gandhi Bhawan, University of Kashmir here on Monday.
The scholarship mela was organized by Aryans Group of Colleges for the students of Jammu and Kashmir under a scheme in which scholarships are given purely on Merit-cum-Means basis which are partly financed by the bank, party contributed by the student and funded by the College.
While distributing the cheques of scholarship amongst the students Dr Bedi said “It is great to see the students from Jammu and Kashmir particularly Kashmir making it to the prestigious civil service exams like IAS and IPS with some of them topping at national level. This shows that the students of J&K are highly talented but what they need is the right kind of exposure, proper guidance and financial support from various institutions like banks and colleges to fulfill their ambitions.”
Dr Bedi added that the main aim of this scholarship program is to make sure that those students of J&K who cannot afford higher and professional education do not lag behind from their counterparts in the country and are provided equal opportunities to excel in their career.
While appreciating the efforts of Prof Talat Ahamd, VC University of Kashmir, Dr Bedi said “The support provided by the Vice Chancellor of the Kashmir University to this program is commendable and his passion and quest to provide better and quality higher education to all the students of Kashmir are appreciable.”
Speaking on the occasion Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat said “Besides our own professional work we should always engage ourselves in social service and strive for the upliftment of education of our children so as to empower the future generation with high morals of education and”
Prof Talat while requesting Dr Bedi to make more visits to the Varsity in future said “The atmosphere is very conducive for education here in the valley and I request you to come over here again and again and interact with our students so as to inspire them to qualify prestigious civil service exams.”
Prof Talat added “The students of Kashmir have great talent and keeping in view this we are going to start a residential coaching centre at the KU campus for which the GOI has assured us of full assistance. This centre will provide coaching to all the students of the valley and help them for preparing to crack the civil services.”
On the occasion Dr Kiran Bedi felicitated Prof Talat with an award for his contribution in transforming the higher education scenario in the valley over the last two years.
Other who were felicitated on the occasion for their contribution in popularizing the nature of various loan schemes for poor and deserving students through various forms of media and coaching centres included Rashid Makhdoomi Printer and Publisher Greater Kashmir, Sajad Bazaz Head Corporate Communications JK Bank, Mandeep Singh from FM radio and GN War from SN Das Gupta college.
Earlier Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh said that around 250 students from Jammu and Kashmir have joined Aryans Group of colleges over the last 2 years who were financially supported by J&K Bank.
Shafat Banday President Corporate Credits J&K Bank said that the bank has dedicated itself for the welfare of the children of the valley and education loans from 10-20 lakhs are being provided by the bank under different schemes