Thursday, 15 January 2015

Chinar Foundation
15.1.2015, 9.30 p.m.
 Just came back after attending the third meeting of the Chinar Foundation. The meeting lasted for over 2 hours. I will post the minutes after they are finalized and sent to me by Dr.Indira Behara, our General Secretary ( email : dr.ibehara@gmail.com ).
 Among others, Ramesh Raina, President  of All India Kashmiri Samaj ( an organization of mostly Kashmiri speaking Kashmiri Pandits), Col. Katju, President of the Chinar Foundation, and also of the Kashmiri Pandits Association ( consisting mainly of non Kashmiri speaking Kashmiri Pandits ), and Riaz Patloo from Srinagar attended.
 Several office bearers from Delhi, Kashmir, Jammu and even Ladakh were chosen. Their names, and the posts they will occupy, will be mentioned in the minutes Indira will send me, and will be posted on facebook.
 In the meeting Riaz Patloo of the J&K University ( who had come from Srinagar to attend the meeting ) pointed out that there was a scheme called the Prime Minister's Scholarship Scheme for giving 5000 scholarships every year to students of J&K studying outside the state, and for this a sum of money had already been sanctioned by the Government of India.  However, presently no scholarships are being given to such students.
 The members of the Chinar Foundation authorized the patron ( myself ) to write to the Prime Minister and the HRD Minister to release this grant immediately, as many of the students are from poor families and are facing great hardship without such scholarships. The letter will be sent by me tomorrow, and also posted on facebook

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