Under a initiative launched by Indian Army in 2014, known as Operation Sadbhavna, 15 students from Jammu and Kashmir have reportedly cracked the JEE (Mains) 2016 competitive examination.
The coaching programme, known as Super 30, is based on the Bihar model of the same name- which has attained global recognition.
The Kashmir Super 30 is being run in partnership with the Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership.
The Super 30 this year was conducted by the Dagger Division of the Army located at Baramullah, Kashmir. The division held a felicitation ceremony for the successful students in which Major General JS Nain, General Officer Commanding of the Division lauded the perseverance and hard work put in by the students.
"The result gives a clear indication that students from Jammu and Kashmir, especially so the Kashmir valley, have the capacity to compete with the best in the country and come out victorious. What is important is to provide to them the right platform. A salute to the Indian army for supporting such a noble cause," said Colonel (Retired) Jasbir Sarai, a functionary of AAP party from Chandigarh who takes keen interest in the affairs of Jammu and Kashmir.
How it all began
The Kashmir Super 30 initiative was launched in a modest manner with less than 30 students in the first year.
Special care was taken to select students from a lower strata with the requisite academic acumen to be able to take on the challenge with necessary coaching.
Of the first batch, one student cleared the IIT-JEE Advanced examination and as many as 17 found seats in other prestigious engineering colleges, an impressive beginning by all standards.
Buoyed by the success, the army selected 36 students in 2015. Three of the students cleared the IIT entrance exam while 27 other students were eligible for admission in various engineering colleges within and outside the state.
Over the years, the Army has, under the ambit of Operation Sadbhavna, expanded the scope of its education initiative.
What started as provision of primary education in Army Goodwill Schools has now expanded to the professional level with initiatives like the Super 30.
The army is reportedly making a tremendous effort to help students pursue higher education outside the state. Most of the students studying in Army Goodwill Schools under scholarship have been given assistance in bagging admission in institutes outside Jammu and Kashmir.