The State of Jammu and Kashmir is a land of immense talent. Every now and then, there is some or the other person who is setting an example not just for our Valley but also for the entire country. One such person is an IPS officer Dr Ruveda Salam. She is the first woman IPS officer from Kashmir. She cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams not just once but twice!
She is from Kupwara district of the Kashmir Valley. She comes from a place where most women of her age get married and start a family but this woman stood strong and pursued her dreams. When she was growing up, her father wanted her to become an IPS. So, it was him who motivated her and that’s what made her more determined about her goals.
Before this, she got into medical college. She completed her MBBS from Government Medical College in Srinagar. Instead of doing a post graduation in medicine, she chose to prepare for the UPSC. She cleared UPSC in the very first attempt in 2013 and got selected for Indian Police Service cadre.
Now she has been working in Chennai as an ACP. “Being a young ACP is a challenging role. It carries a lot of responsibility. I am in a state where people respect the police. When girls see me in uniform they look at me with admiration!” she says.
Ruveda used to give motivational speeches to the youth, particularly girls. She encourages the young girls in Jammu and Kashmir not to get confined around the walls. She had conducted a workshop for girls in Hyderabad as well. The girls who attended the workshop were totally inspired from her.
Other than that, in her free time, she even writes poems. She likes Robert Frost and William Wordsworth. She jogs to be fit. She also likes to explore new places and speak to locals to know more about their culture.
Development will lead to peace in Jammu and Kashmir. “Peace and development go together. We should look to the future. Living outside has helped me understand the situation better,” said Ruveda.
In 2018, the President of India facilitated 112 women achievers who have achieved a first in any field on 20th Jan 2018 at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Known as ‘First Ladies’, these women have been identified by the Ministry of Women and Child Development of Government of India. Dr. Ruveda Salam was one of the women who were on the list. She made the entire valley proud on her. She works for our valley in every possible way she can and make ensure that development and peace prevail in the state of J&K.
Result season of Class 12th and 10th is going on. Students are biting their nails and are curious about their results. Be it education, sports, extracurricular activities, the youth of our state has performed well in every department. We had so many achievements in the very starting month of January in the field of sports. And the wind is still the same, only this time the category has changed. Recently, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) results of class 10th and 12th are out. People are going gaga over it. Students had performed tremendously well and our valley proud of them.
One such student who has become the topper of CBSE Class 12th result in Jammu and Kashmir is Vivek Mishra. He belongs to a humble rural background. He is the son of BSF ex- head constable. With a score of 97.80 percent by scoring 489 out of 500 marks he has made his family proud. He did his from BSF Senior Secondary School from humanities stream. In an interaction at his school, he dedicated his success to his parents and teachers. Moreover, he shared his tips and the success mantras with the students. He believes that doing the right things at the right time is all you need to be a winner.
Even Inspector General of BSF Jammu Frontier, NS Jamwal congratulated Vivek and his parents for the success.
NS Jamwal said, “Students like Vivek are real gems and they inspire others to do better. It is a combined effort and hard work of students, parents and teachers together which has resulted in this exemplary achievement of the BSF School.”
The principal of his school SK Shukla and BSF chief Rajni Kant Mishra also applauded him for the hard work he had done the entire year.
When asked for his further plan, he told he wants to graduate from Delhi University and then he will try for civil services exams.
Apart from him, seven students from JK Public School, Kunjwani, Jammu have also performed well. Anoushka Bhatnagar (Humanities) scored 96.4% marks, Khushboo Khajuria (Humanities) 96%, Riya Choudhary (Humanities) 95.8%, Aahwan Gupta (Commerce) 95.6%, Sanskriti Singh (Humanities) 95.4%, Aman Goswami (Non-medical) 95.2 % and Bhavini Sharma (Humanities) scored 95% marks.
SK Singh, the principal said,”This is a proud moment for the entire JKPS family. We at JK Public School are committed for the holistic development of our future leaders. Our alumni students are now representing J&K State in defence sector as army officers, film industry as actors, legal services as advocates, medical services as doctors, and in the research sector as scientists and engineers.”
Conquering in every field is what our Kashmiri youth is trying to do. A step at a time will take you to the road of success. And that’s the idea of New Age Kashmir!