*Appreciated initiatives of ‘Sarhad-Pune’
JAMMU, Dec 8: A team of journalists, administrators, politicians and hoteliers led by Chairman/CEC of LAHDC, Kargil, Feroz Ahmad Khan visited Pune recently on an exposure tour to strengthen relations between Pune and Kargil.
The tour was organised by Pune-based NGO, Sarhad, which has shared a close bond with Kargil and surrounding areas since 1998.
CEC of LAHDC, was the chief guest for the 36th edition of India’s pioneering marathon, Pune International Marathon. Speaking on the occasion, the Feroz Khan said that the event is an opportunity to gain first-hand experience to improve the organising of Kargil International Marathon at a larger scale. “By organising such events, relations between Pune and Kargil will become much stronger. We are also exploring exchanges in the fields of tourism, education and sports,” he added.
The team from Kargil also visited Arham Group of Colleges in Pune. The team led by the CEC inspected the campus and visited various sections including classrooms and laboratories.
President of Arham College, Dr Shailesh Pagarayia provided an overview of various activities and courses at the college. He expressed optimism about academic exchange between the college and Kargil through institutional support for students from Kargil. He added that if LAHDC, Kargil recommended meritorious students, the college is willing to provide them with free education in various courses. The possibility of organising skill development opportunities for students from Kargil was also discussed during the meeting.
He also facilitated an interaction with the first student they supported during which Ajaz Ahmed from Barchey village in Kargil shared his experience and expressed gratitude to Arham Foundation. The team also watched a documentary on Sarhad and the life of Sanjay Nahar, especially his work to uplift society in violence-affected areas. Sarhad has also been supporting the education of over 39 students from Kargil over the last two decades. The shepherd who alerted the Indian Army about the intruders in Kargil before the war, Tashi Namgyal, his son Stanzin Dorjey as well as Abbas Kaksari, who brought the mutilated body of Capt Saurabh Kalia from across the LoC during the war and his daughter Nasreen are among the students who are being supported by Sarhad in Pune. The team also visited Osho International Meditation Centre and Sarhad School and College of Arts, Commerce and Science.
CEC of LAHDC, Kargil, Feroz Ahmad Khan also inaugurated the Kargil International Marathon Office in Pune, which will be functional throughout the year to promote the event. He assured that the next edition of the marathon in Kargil in 2023 will be at a mega-scale and invited everyone to contribute towards making it a successful event.