In a step towards providing state-of-the-art coaching facility for the medical aspirants of Kashmir valley, the Indian Army launched the Kashmir Super 30 (Medical) project on Tuesday in Srinagar.

The project has been conceptualised by the Army, and it’s a full-time residential programme providing coaching and guidance to students for a period of 12 months. The coaching will prepare the students for entrance examinations of various medical colleges across the country.

The Super 30 programme is being executed by a Kanpur-based NGO, National Integrity & Educational Development Organisation (NIEDO), which will provide the faculty members for academics. The Army will oversee the overall administration, logistics and infrastructure with requisite annual funding from the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL).

The centre, which is located in Srinagar, was inaugurated by Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen AK Bhatt on Tuesday, in the presence of selected students, their parents and representatives of NIEDO and HPCL, among others.

Lt Gen Bhatt complimented the selected students and urged them to continue their hard work. “I will be very happy to see you all joining the medical colleges across India next year,” he said.

After signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Chinar Corps Headquarters on 15 March, NIEDO carried out an exhaustive selection process across Jammu & Kashmir by conducting written examination for over 1,400 students. As many as 170 students were shortlisted for screening tests and interviews. Finally, the best 30 students were selected for the 12-month training under the Super 30 project.

The project is expected to provide a platform for the deserving students of J&K to shine and be role models, and also reinvigorate the process of peace, progress and stability in the state.