What comes first in your mind when you hear any news from kashmir related to army?

Clash between Indian Army and Terrorist, or news about seperatist or stone pelting. right?

It has become quite apparent that channelising the energy of the youth towards constructive activity is a key result area and an imperative for the government’s policy to fight terrorism, unrest and separatism in the state.

A initiative by Indian Army with training partner CSRL & Petronet LNG named Super-40 Initiative trained 40 students, from which 08 students cracked IIT-JEE Mains. First time ever this initiative was successful to help 02 girls to crack this exam as well. Indian Army is proud of these Kashmiri youths.

The budgetary support for the programme is provided through public/private companies under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives and the funds are routed through CSRL. For the pilot project in 2013-14, Power Grid India contributed Rs 30 lakhs; for the second batch Rs 50 lakhs were provided by Rural Electrification Council (REC); the third batch was funded for Rs 50 lakhs by TATA Relief Committee (TRC).

The first batch commenced training in June 2013 with 23 students. The results achieved were encouraging with one student cracking the IIT/JEE, seven students joining the NIT, Srinagar and the remaining securing admission in other State Engineering Colleges.

The second batch of 36 students, commenced training in June 2014; of these three qualified for the IIT/JEE, nine for NIT, Srinagar, nine for AMU and 13 for the JKCET.

The third batch of 26 students commenced training in July 2015. Out of these 15 students cleared the IIT/JEE mains and 03 students qualified for IIT-JEE adv. 13 Students cleared the JKCET exam.

The project initially christened ‘Kashmir Super 30’ drew inspiration from the widely acclaimed Super-30 Programme initiated by Shri Abhayanand, for aspiring students from a socially disadvantaged background in Bihar.

Every year since 2013, 40 students (35 boys and 05 girls) are selected from an economically weaker section of society in J&K who have scored above 60% marks in 10+2 and have aptitude and capability to sit for competitive examinations in the Engineering stream. Students are selected by a process of advertisement, visits to schools in remote areas and a rigorous aptitude test.

For the current i.e. fourth batch, a tripartite agreement has been signed among Petronet LNG Limited (PLL), Indian Army and CSRL. PLL has agreed to provide Rupees Eighty Nine Lakh Fifty Thousand for the project as part of its CSR initiative. The funds are released by PLL directly to CSRL progressively, as per a schedule which forms part of the agreement.

It is notable that even when the Kashmir Valley was enveloped in unrest and turmoil during the summer months, the coaching of the current batch went on unhindered. The students are now in an advanced state of readiness to compete with the very best in India when the examination is held.

In view of the huge response and unprecedented success ratio, efforts are underway to enhance the batch strength to 50 in the coming academic year.

SO all the very best to these youth talented students and many many congratulation to Indian Army as well.