KL NEWS NETWORK
15 girls from South Kashmir Saturday returned from a fortnight long tour to South India, army said this evening.
“On its successful completion, the tour was flagged-in by Maj Gen Arvind Dutta, Victor Force Commander. A function was organised to felicitate them at Balapur, in which parents of participating children, Principal and teachers of the school were also present,” a Srinagar based defence spokesperson said.
Addressing the gathering Maj Gen Dutta, the spokesperson said, “reiterated the importance of women empowerment, girl education and awareness to bring prosperity and development in the state and more importantly the need of students to work hard, set higher goals and be an inclusive part in development of India.”
The spokesperson said, “during the tour, they visited various educational institutions like the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Madras Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Indian Coast Guard, Marina Beach in Chennai and Air Force Station Tambaram.”
The spokesperson while quoting one of 15 participants – Basila Rafiqa – said, “we visited various renowned educational institutes in Chennai and wish to pursue higher studies there. We were also inspired by meeting the Women cadets at OTA and wish to become Army officers and be a role model for other young girls in Kashmir.”