UDHAMPUR, May 20: Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Army Commander Northern Command presented financial aid to 71 selected students from BPL category and remote areas of Jammu & Kashmir in an impressive function, here today.
The financial aid provided under Sadbhavana to needy children included scholarship to the tune of Rs 1.45 crore. The 71 students (45 for Army Public School, Beas and 26 for Drona Boys Hostel, Udhampur) were handed over the scholarship certificates and cheques which covers the complete expenditure of their schools to include education fees, boarding, lodging and transportation.
Speaking on the occasion, the Army Commander said that Army would do everything possible within the ambit of Operation Sadbhavana to assist the civil population of J&K especially those who are affected by terrorism, to address their problems.
Realising the importance of role of education in transforming the society, the Army has identified education as priority area for military – civic programme under Sadbhavana in J&K.
He said the idea of sponsoring education of these students at the Army Public School, Beas and Drona Boys Hostels has many benefits, adding the students not only get the best of education at par with any premier education institute in the country, but also get an opportunity to get to know the diverse culture of this great nation.
The Army Commander also felicitated the proud alumni of both the institutes who came to attend the function from far and wide.
Sharing their experiences, the students of both APS Beas and Drona Boys Hostel Udhampur were grateful to the Army for sponsoring their education.