A group of twenty ‘Moulvis’ from North Kashmir returned valley after completing a tour of mainland India while over a dozen girl students are in South Indian state of Tamil Nadu witnessing Indian Air Force actions. The two delegations were sponsored by army.

The tour started on November first and ended on 14th, army said.

“A group of Moulvis and elders of Rafiabad area of north Kashmir returned to Kashmir on Saturday after visiting Ajmer, Jaipur and Delhi,” an army statement said.

Lt Gen Satish Dua, Chinar Corps Commander had flagged of the tour at Badami Bagh Cantonment Srinagar.

“The ceremony included an interaction with the tour members and a talk by the Corps Commander,” a defence spokesperson said.

“The tour members included 20 Moulvis and elders from remote areas of Rafiabad Baramulla visited various destinations outside Kashmir like Bag-e-Bahu, Jama Masjid, Raghunath Mandir and Raghunath Market at Jammu; India Gate, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, Rashtrapati Bhawan and DLF Mall in Delhi; Mayo College at Ajmer; Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Birla Auditorium and Birla Planetarium at Jaipur. The tour participants were highly appreciative of the contribution of Indian Army in organising the tour,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, almost fifteen girl students from South Kashmir sponsored by Indian army’s Srinagar based Chinar Corps who are undergoing educational tour since November 7, reached Chennai on Saturday.

“The Kashmiri students paid visit to Officers’ Training Academy where they witnessed the lady cadets undergoing training to become an Army Officer in the Indian Army. They also met the Commandant of the OTA, Chennai and were inspired. Some of the visiting girls expressed their desire to become Army officer in future,” the statement said.

“During visit to the Academy, the students also visited training area where the cadets get rigorous training. Some girls practiced with the training equipment and obstacles and had a fun. They also visited museum, cadet mess, auditorium, living lines and amusement places there.  The girls met warmly with the lady cadets and enquired about the procedure for joining the defence forces. Guidance was given to these girls in the auditorium about the selection process in the Army.”

The statement said, “in the evening at Tambaram Air Force base, they witnessed take-off and landing of fighter and other aircrafts. Staff of Indian Air Force explained them the function and role of Air Force. They also came to know there that woman also fly the fighter air-crafts. This also made some girls anxious to join the defence especially IAF.” “One of the girls T Altaf expressed her views that after completing 12th class she would crack all the hurdles to become an Army officer. This educational / motivational tour has given an insight and exposure to the girls from Kashmir to witness women empowerment in the country.”


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