Srinagar, Nov 12 (UNI) As part of its endeavour to provide quality education and learning opportunities to the school children of militancy-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir, the Army had sent 35 students on an educational-cum-motivational tour of the country.
The school children were drawn from various schools in south Kashmir and also from the remote Warwan valley in Doda district of Jammu region.
The tour was flagged off from Khundru near Qazigund on October 30 and the children returned to the Valley today after a memorable trip to Jammu, Ambala, Nasirabad, Jaipur, Delhi and Amritsar.
After sight-seeing in Jammu and Ambala, the children paid obeisance at the historic shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer followed by a visit to the famed Pushkar Mela.
In Jaipur, they interacted with Army Commander South Western Command Lt Gen P K Singh and visited the Amber Fort, the Jaigarh Fort and the Hawa Mahal.
The children were taken to the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Parliament House and given a joy ride on the metro rail in Delhi.
They visited the Golden Temple and the Wagah Border in Amritsar.
During the tour, the children interacted with several senior Army and civilian dignitaries and also exchanged notes with their counterparts at all the places.
''The group reached here today after almost two weeks of fun and an unbelievable enrichening knowledge about the world beyond the Jawahar Tunnel at Banihal,'' a defence spokesman said.
On reaching Wuzur, he said the children could not hide their exuberance and eagerness to share their experiences with their parents and the loved ones.
The culmination of the tour was marked with a cultural show and presentation of prizes by General Officer Commanding (GOC) Victor Force Maj Gen S K Bhardwaj at Awantipora.
Addressing the children, Maj Gen Bhardwaj asked them to spread the message of peace and prosperity among others and tell their friends about the state of development outside the state which was only possible in an environment of peace and tranquility.
He asked the children to contribute in the pursuit of peace, which will facilitate similar development in the state.
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