‘Are Kashmiris Talented? How talented are Kashmiris? What’s your opinion about Kashmir?’ These are some of the questions that an average user on a popular website asks.
Dear readers, there never was a doubt about the immense talent of the young people of Jammu and Kashmir. It is just that a front page image of teens hurling stones sell better than a teen scoring a goal.
Not forgetting to mention how a picture of an angry Kashmiri girl, Afsan Ashiq, pelting stone got her into national media spotlight, more so after it was discovered that she was an enthusiastic footballer.
Kashmir has a young generation who is in search of a bright and productive future and wants to make it big in life, like youngsters of any other state or even country. They are ready to serve the nation.
Met two very bright Kashmiri children Adeeba Tak and Moin Mir today. They have won full scholarships to pursue undergraduate courses in mechanical engineering and computer science engineering in University of Pennsylvania and University of Princeton, respectively. All the best!
— YusufJameelیوسف جمیل (@jameelyusuf) April 10, 2018
Against all odds, stories of pain and sufferings here, is a Kashmiri tale of hope and dedication.
If there is any unbiased book written on Kashmir, Adeeba Tak from Shopian will find her name in that history book for being one of the very few students across the world who managed to get a full scholarship from University of Pennsylvania! Well, a dream university for many.
Let’s all applaud #AdeebaTak for securing admission at the University of Pennsylvania in Aeronautical Engineering with a 100% Scholarship. She hails from Shopian and has made us all so proud of her#Kashmiri #Kashmiris #EducationForAll pic.twitter.com/nWJLHCxhQd
— Rabyanoor (@rabyanoor1) March 30, 2018
A huge admirer of the ‘Missile Man of India’, former scientist President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Adeeba has achieved a dream that perhaps every single student on the planet may have; Bagging a 100% US scholarship, to pursue her dream of being an aeronautical engineer.
“I had a dream of becoming an engineer. Everyone said why pursue it, it is not good for girls. I, however, continued. My teachers were a real help. There were times when we didn’t know what was happening around. There was so much unrest in 2016, but our teachers ensured we continued to study,” Adeeba Tak told India Today.
Shopian girl wins US scholarship, Adeeba Tak makes Kashmir proud. While unrest consumes the Valley, Kashmiri youth focus on brighter future; they shun stones for books, stories from the #ValleyOfHope on #Epicentre with @maryashakil at 10pm | #ValleyOfHope pic.twitter.com/c9zRSakQnj
— News18 (@CNNnews18) April 9, 2018
At the time when strife was gulping the entire area, the bright Kashmiri girl, Adeeba shuned violence and embraced education. She worked hard and studied harder. Her talent first came to fore when she topped the first edition of a local institute, RISE’s Talent Search Examination in 2015 in Srinagar.
Just like the best apples from the ‘land of apple paradise’ of Shopian are picked by hand and send to the market, RISE coaching centre hand-picked Adeeba for the scholarship. Since then, for more than two years, she was consistently groomed on the admission for UPenn (University of Pennsylvania).
We may lack resources or our dreams may be at odds with reality, but that shouldn’t stop us from dreaming. We must always be motivated to realize our dreams and pursue them.
Our Students Adeeba Tak and Moin Mir talked to @islahmufti for @CNNnews18 .https://t.co/UJnmAIPhne
— RiSE (@RiseWithRiSE) June 10, 2018
She credits her success to the almighty Allah and then the coaching centre.
This August, with the start of the apple season in her native Shopian, Adeeba will make her way to study mechanical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
To become an aeronautical engineer has been her main focus.
Kudos! 18-year-old Adeeba Tak from #Shopian district in South #Kashmir has brought laurels to the #Valley by securing admission in the University of Pennsylvania, #USA to pursue Mechanical Engineering. She has been offered 100% scholarship to pursue the course. pic.twitter.com/Eh736jEDp7
— NooriBadat (@NooriBadat) April 3, 2018
Her family is proud today of what she has achieved. “I feel the children should be given opportunities to do what they want to. She has made us all proud. We are very happy,” said Adeeba’s mother.
Facing all odds, Adeeba will be the first girl to achieve such a feat from the Valley. But, Adeeba is not all about studies, she is also a good cook “I make a fairly good Rogan josh,” she giggles and also confesses on catching up on her favorite movies and television shows before leaving for the US.
Adeeba Tak, ace student, becomes first Kashmiri girl to win full scholarship at UPenn. Adeeba will study engineering (either mechanical or aeronautical ~ conflicting reports). Well done, young lady. #STEM #Kashmir #WomenInSTEM https://t.co/MfgjUPhFjn
— Sabbah Haji Baji (@imsabbah) April 1, 2018
Before she ventures out of her comfort zone and goes off to study in America, Adeeba wants to travel in India and spend time with her family.
“When I reach the US, I’ll treasure those moments the most,” she says with a laugh.
And before you can raise another question, ‘Do Kashmiris like India’? I would like to add that we feel the same about India just like any other state. We are as much as a part of India as you are.
We love you all and take pleasure in the unconditional love that we get in turn. We want to live by each other’s happiness.