SRINAGAR: J&K Bank-sponsored ‘Rise Talent Search Examination’ (RTSE) has concluded, with the toppers receiving prizes from the organisers.
In a release issued here on Monday, the bank said RTSE was conducted over a period of three months with about 15,000 students from eight districts of Kashmir division participating in it.
The aim of the activity was to identify, counsel, and mentor talented students in pursuit of their ambitions, it said, adding that through RTSE, Rise identified over 500 talented students from science, commerce and humanities streams, and provided them with necessary counseling through experts.
At the prize distribution ceremony held at JK Bank’s corporate headquarters, the first three toppers in humanities, commerce, and science streams from class 11, 12 and 10 were awarded cash prizes, it said.
The toppers included students from various government and private schools of Bandipora, Shopian, Sopore, Baramulla, Ganderbal, and Budgam districts, it said.
The bank said Shah-I-Hamdan Memorial Institute from Shopian was given ‘best school in the Valley’ award, as it produced first three toppers for class 10 in RTSE.
Adeeba Tak, topper of RTSE class 10, was exhilarated at receiving the first prize trophy and cash prize, it said.
The prizes were distributed among the toppers by Executive President, J&K Bank Abdul Rauf Bhat, who was the chief guest at the event, and Chairman of Ascent Group Mohammad Shafi Pandit, who was the guest of honour.
Speaking about RTSE and J&K Bank’s support to the initiative, Abdul Rauf Bhat said, “J&K Bank is always forthcoming in supporting such initiatives, as they identify and encourage talent, inspire local youth to think big, train and guide them to realize their potential. Further, the fact that the initiative is being taken by the local IIT graduates adds weight and worth, sense and seriousness to the idea.”
He advised the RTSE team to develop quality coaching facilities for other graduate and postgraduate-level competitive examinations. For the geographically remote region like Jammu and Kashmir, it is the need of the hour, he said.
Chairman of Ascent Group spoke about the state of educational awareness in Kashmir.
“When I was preparing for civil services, I faced similar but bigger challenges than that of the students these days. There was lack of information and awareness with respect to civil services or any other competitive examinations.
“The situation is still grim, as most of the students of the valley are unaware of the educational opportunities that they can avail, and lack the necessary guidance to pursue the same. RISE is doing a commendable job in addressing these bottlenecks,” Pandit said.
He said identifying talented students, apprising them about educational opportunities, and encouraging them to chase excellence is need of the hour.