Two universities, one mission: Help flood- affected students

IQBAL KIRMANI
Srinagar: Two major varsities of the state— Kashmir University and Islamic University of Science and Technology— are raising funds to help students affected by the devastating floods.
While IUST, Awantipora has already distributed relief comprising of kangris, pherans, school bags and stationary items among the flood-hit students of Zalpora Sumbal, KU’s Institute of Kashmir Studies along with law department is going to organise a fund raising event on November 15.
Azin Mir, chief organizer of the IUST initiative for “Zalpora donation drive” said that she had come across the village while working with an NGO and wanted to help the student community. The organisers raised an amount of 60,000 inside the varsity for the said purpose.
She said that the village of Zalpora comprising 340 households has three schools in the vicinity, all of them damaged by the floods.
Organisers told Kashmir Reader that they are planning to launch another drive for other villages.
According to the organisers they distributed 350 kangris, 325 school bags, stationary including 3 copies, 4 pencils for each student. They also distributed jackets, sweaters, pherans and shoes among the Zalpora people.
Azin was accompanied by Bisma, Basit, Muneeb, Waqar, Dawood, Rasiq, Wasiq and Tabassum all students of B.Tech course of IUST.
Meanwhile KU students are all set to organise a fund raising event on Saturday in the convocation complex.
Named “Ittifaq, in solidarity with flood victims”, students of IKS department of law are jointly organizing the event on November 15.
“Our target is to generate as much we can from the event and utilize money for the welfare of students,” Nida Rehman, organizer of the event said. The organizers said that through that money they intend to help students from university who have suffered in the recent floods.
Expecting to generate a minimum sum of 50,000 ‘Ittefaq’ team wants to help students in any way. “Even if we could help one student from this event this too will be an indicator that our event was a success,” said Nida.

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