Khari Boy : Role Model for Many Others

Ramban, July 06: Salman Sharief comes from an underprivileged family in a remote village of Pachal in
Khari tehsil of Ramban District (J&K). Despite his financial struggles, Salman Sharief had a keen
interest in pursuing Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Technology (BMLT) degree. However, he did
not have the financial means to pay for his education.
Through Education Assistance Program under Operation Sadbhavana, the Indian Army
identified Salman Sharief potential and offered him financial support to pursue his studies at St.
Soldier Group of Institutions in Jalandhar (Punjab). With the Army’s support, Salman Sharief was
able to enroll in the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Technology (BLMT) program and focus on
his studies without worrying about the financial burden. He received an annual stipend that
covered his tuition fees, hostel and food expenses and other educational costs.
Salman Sharief who is currently in his first year has worked hard and shown immense
dedication to his studies. He has excelled in his academics and his efforts have been recognized
with several awards and accolades. He has also actively participated in extracurricular activities
and has shown leadership skills.
The Indian Army’s civic action program under Operation Sadbhavana has been a lifeline
for students like Salman Sharief, who have the potential but lack the financial means to pursue
their education. The story is a drop of the ocean of sustained efforts over the past three decades
of the Indian Army in the state of J&K, which has empowered countless underprivileged students
to realize their dreams and build a better future for themselves and their families.

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