Srinagar: Second annual Irom Sharmila Scholarship has been announced by the organisers. The scholarship is open to any post-graduate student enrolled in any educational institution studying in Delhi in any subject coming from an area with internal armed conflict.
The scholarship was set up last year to honour the struggle of Iron Lady of Manipur, Irom Sharmila, who is on a continuous hunger strike for last 14 years, to demand that the Indian government repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA).
The award is based on a combination of financial need, academic merit, contribution to society and suffering under AFSPA or similar laws. The scholarship is a lump sum of Rs 50,000.
Interested candidates should send a detailed covering letter explaining why they should be considered, and a copy of their cv to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must reach by December 31, 2014. The award will be announced on March 14, 2015, which is Irom Sharmila’s birthday.
A Kashmiri student Iymon Majid a postgraduate student in the Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia, bagged the first Irom Sharmila Scholarship.
Iymon, who hails from North Kashmir’s Sopore town, had countless stories to narrate of how AFSPA affected his life. “In 1995, I was stamped with an agonizing experience on my memory. Indian army commandeered our house and threw us out. In the next two years, we changed four houses, with us finally migrating from the main town of Sopore,” Iymon wrote in his cover letter based on which he was shortlisted.