Geelani appoints son as patron of Sopore school, chairman quits

Geelani appoints son as patron of Sopore school, chairman quits
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Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani has appointed his younger son Naseem Geelani as patron of Unique Educational Institute, Sopore.
The move has created a bad feeling among villagers and the school management in Geelani’s hometown, Dooru. The Unique Educational Institute is run under the management of a trust, the Falah-e-Millat Educational Society.
Naseem’s appointment, according to sources, prompted the chairman of the trust’s management body, GM Bhat, to quit. The trust comprises of members, parents, school staff representative, and educationists.
Before Naseem’s appointment, Geelani was the school’s “Sarparast-e-Aala (patron)” and would occasionally visit the institute, Bhat said.
“Since Geelani sahib is busy and under house detention, he chose his son Naseem as the patron. On paper, I am the trust chairman, but I discontinued from February 2017,” Bhat said. He cited personal reasons such as busy schedule at home and old age for stepping down from the post. He refused to comment on the rift created because of Naseem’s appointment. He did say, however, that the school belongs to a trust and is not a private property.
Before serving as the trust’s chairman for more than two years, Bhat had served as the school’s principal from 2008 till 2014.
Kashmir Reader has learnt that after Geelani appointed his son in his own place, Bhat rushed to the Hurriyat’s Hyderpora headquarters to meet the ailing veteran leader. But he did not receive a proper response, a source said.
“It was Geelani sahib’s personal decision to appoint Naseem as the patron. Naseem was only interested in the school (and not politics),” a source said.
The school, a well-known one in Sopore, was set up in 2006 and provides education from kindergarten to Class 12. Bhat said that the school was set up on more than 30 kanals of land offered by people as donation. “People donated in cash and kind for the school. Geelani sahib is from Dooru and he wanted to set up a school,” Bhat said.
Currently, Naseem is working at the Sher-e-Kashmir Agricultural University of Science and Technology. Naseem said that his father was the “Sarparast-e-Aala” of the school but as he could not participate in the school’s management due to his detention, he had asked him (Naseem) to look after the school affairs.
“The Falah-e-Millat Trust is a group of respected people. I have been asked to look after it. The decision was smooth and no, the chairman has no ill feeling about it,” Naseem told Kashmir Reader.
Nassem said the post is honorary but has certain powers. “The (Trust) Constitution entrusts powers to the patron. I am looking after academic affairs. We provide education material to students and also (facilitate) guest lecturers,” he said, adding that the trust is not personal property but belongs to society.

9 Responses to "Geelani appoints son as patron of Sopore school, chairman quits"

  1. SKChadha   May 11, 2017 at 6:56 am

    “Andha Baante Revri, Apne Apno Ko Det” ….. 😀

  2. ABC   May 11, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Charity starts at home.

  3. shameem malik   May 11, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Patron is better to be selected by members of trust,instead of the patron who by any reason is going to quit.

  4. Paneendra kumar BL   May 12, 2017 at 11:46 am

    why Naseem Geelani never engages in stone pelting, how did he complete his education, in the same way Please allow other students to complete their education, dont pull them into the struggle.

  5. suhail   May 12, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I have worked in this school and they receive the bulk of funding in the name of trust, it is actually a private property to fool the people. They receive the significant amount of money for the free education of poor pupil but unfortunately , the poor students in this school has to pay the same tuition fee as that of the elites. The school is run in the name of trust and the funding received in the name of trust is being utilized for the self centered missions and personal reasons. The people of village were fooled and they give the land out of respect and innocence and now they have understood that it is monarchy. They receive lot of funding from abroad, for the infrastructure, everyone can understand where the money is coming from, they will show you the loans to fool you but reality is something different. I got very disappointed when i saw the real face of those people. They use the political reputation of Kashmiries for their personal benefits. I have no problem with the school, it is good for the people but why the students have to pay the fee when they receive lot of funding from Gulf and Pakistan. The teachers are being treated so harshly and salary of teachers is so low, even some teachers where disgraced and exploited very badly, they left the job. The system and the behavior of those people was so pathetic, for moment i thought, if they will be given the governance of Kashmir what the jerks they are. That is the reason i speak against them, i am with the freedom struggle of Kashmir, that is our cause and i will fight until the last lees of my life , but i am not with leaders who come out with two faces, lamb and wolf. It is because “wolf in wolves exterior is not as dangerous as wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

    • Anon   May 14, 2017 at 6:11 am

      @suhail. Since when does running under some trust man that you have to give free education? Going by your logic, every Institute affiliated with Iqbal Memorial shall provide free education? and how do you know that the money is used for “personal uses”. The school doesn’t undergo development? where does that money come from?

  6. Kashmiri   May 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    and then these articles never make it to the newspapers like GK, RK, Srinagar times etc…for obvious reasons…

  7. kaul   May 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Politicians have alkaline been befooled innocent and peace loving Kashmiris particularly the N C. It is unfortunate that nobody is to lead the masses in positive direction. On one hand dr Farooq misguided the uth and common masses instigated hurriyat to go ahead we r with u and on other hand got elected to parliament with handful of votes. Shame on Sheikh dynasty. A common man has never to be minister or cm and he wants around peace. God may help the innocents.

  8. G. Din   June 19, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Dynasty politics doesn’t even spare the mighty “revolutionaries”. Everyone wants to promote his own Pappu, Muslim, Hindu or Christian or an atheist and agnostic.


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