Three Kupwara youth received gold medals from President Ramnath Kovind during the recent convocation of the University of Kashmir (KU).
The three individuals namely Peerzada Muhammad Zahid, Fayaz Ahmad Bhat and Asif Iqbal Shah achieved this feat in their respective fields.
All the gold.
Peerzada Muhammad Zahid who is a son of a farmer hails from a very far off place, Chandigam Lolab. He has been awarded gold medal in Urdu subject.
Zahid qualified UGC-NET while he was in MA 3rd semester and after the completion of his degree, he qualified UGC-JRF which paved way for him to get enrolled for PhD.
Zahid, who has been simultaneously preparing for civil services, said that his happiness went beyond limits when he qualified the PhD entrance.
“I will be the first student in entire area to get a PhD degree. My aim is to contribute towards Urdu literature,” Zahid said.
Another youth Fayaz Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Kahipora Rajwar, Handwara was given gold medal for being topper in the department of Geology.
Fayaz, son of a class IV employee, completed his graduation from GDC Handwara in 2017.
He is currently enrolled in PhD programme at KU and yearns to be earthquake geologist.
One more youth from BatporaLangateHandwara received gold medal in Disaster Management for his meritorious performance.
Asif Iqbal Shah, son of a known Physics lecturer has science background.
Asif, an alumni of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), has done his Bachelors in Physics Honours.
“Since I have been preparing for civil services, I thought about going for Masters in such a subject that could bear me fruit in qualifying the prestigious UPSC exams,” he said.
Asif, who is presently working as contractual lecturer in GDC Handwara, qualified UGC-NET the previous year..