Srinagar: A 13-day ‘awareness tour’ organized by the army for the parents of children studying in Class 10 and 12 to Chandigarh, Solan and Shimla was flagged in at a ceremony held at Drugmulla, Kupwara on Thursday.
According to an army statement, a grand ceremony was organized at Drugmulla Military Station to welcome back 20 parents of children studying in Class 10 and 12, hailing from remote areas of Karnah, Kupwara. “The primary aim of this tour was to give an opportunity to the parents to explore various avenues and future prospects available for their wards after schooling and also to showcase them the diverse cultural heritage of the country.
“During these 13 days the parents toured various universities and educational institutions including engineering colleges, Rashtriya Military School, Chail and Army Public School, Dagshai where presently five students from the Valley are studying on scholarship.
“These parents also visited Army Training Command at Shimla where in they were briefed in details about various job opportunities available in the armed forces. Besides this the tour members also visited various tourist destinations in Chandigarh and Shimla,” the statement said.
“These parents who have hardly travelled till Srinagar and were in total darkness as far as the knowledge of educational opportunities available for their children to grow and lead a better life, were grateful to the army which provided them an opportunity to move out of the Tangdhar bowl and explore various possibilities and avenues available in the country,” it added.