UPSC success story: From militancy-hit Valley, India gets an inspiration

Athar Aamir ul Shafi Khan was placed second in the merit list after the results were declared.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: May 11, 2016 6:21 am
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South Kashmir’s Devipora village spent Tuesday celebrating a 23-year-old’s spectacular success in the civil services exam. Athar Aamir ul Shafi Khan was placed second in the merit list after the results were declared. With this success, he also achieved the feat of cracking the exam twice in a row, while improving his ranking from 560 last year to number two this year.

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“It was a dream come true… I always wanted to join civil services, though I got selected last year and stood at 560 rank. This year again I tried for improvement of my rank and managed to bag second position,’’ Athar told The Indian Express.

Currently undergoing civil services training in Lucknow, he said that J&K will be his first preference for posting, but he was ready to serve anywhere in the country. “If I am sent to any place in the country, I will work will zeal and dedication,” he added.

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In Devipora, Athar’s father Mohammad Shafi Khan hoped that his son’s success would inspire other youths in the Valley.

“My son is the first IAS officer from the village and our family. I hope he will become an inspiration for other students of the area as well,’’ said Mohammad Shafi, who teaches economics at the Government Higher Secondary School in Anantnag.

Of late, the region from where Athar hails has seen a spike in militancy with dozens of local youths joining militant ranks. Security agencies have been worried about educated young men joining militancy in the area.

The young officer, meanwhile, said he wants to work for the youth and try to play his role in making the society corruption free. “I wish my selection becomes an inspiration for the youth from entire Kashmir, especially south Kashmir,’’ he said.

According to his family, Athar was always a bright student who cracked many competitive examinations. He did his schooling from Iqbal Memorial Institute, Anantnag and Biscoe, Srinagar. In 2010, he got selected for IIT Mandi and completed his engineering two years ago. “I left my medical course (at the Government Medical College, Jammu) halfway once I got selected to the IIT,’’ he said.

“Talent was always there, but after Shah Faisal topped UPSC exam, it gave confidence to others from Kashmir,’’ said Nisar Iqbal, who teaches Computer Science at government college.

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    Ajitdada
    May 11, 2016 at 1:57 am
    more and more Kashmiris should show their talents. They should improve the people's life.
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    Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
    May 11, 2016 at 5:17 am
    While the NATIVES----KASHMIRI PUNDITS are still struggling after been driven out form their native land,--------these MULLAHS and MULLIS converts and dissent ants of INVADED MULLAHS are busy offering LADDOS to each other,----have a bit of a shame.
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    Ajit Das
    May 11, 2016 at 4:11 am
    Kudos to Athar! His success is an act of inspiration from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Wish him a glorious tenure as a civil servant.
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    Dr.Deshpande
    May 11, 2016 at 2:26 am
    Hearty congratulations Dear Athar Aamir . We are all proud of yo-. a proud brilliant scholar of our country-India. Keep it up. I know some of your teachers of IIT Mandi. Talent has nothing to do with any place. You are bright scholar and will do your best in removing corruption and nepotism from this country.lt;br/gt;with my blessings,lt;br/gt;Professor Ashok Deshpande PhD (Engineering)
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    Dipak
    May 11, 2016 at 3:34 am
    Our heartiest congratulations and best wishes for the most successful life.
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    kjingar
    May 11, 2016 at 5:05 am
    Congratulations dear. I hope you can change the Kashmir into real heaven.
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    Niladrinath Mohanty
    May 11, 2016 at 1:30 am
    I will be happy if this success story brings about a change in the mindset of Kashmiri students.
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    m shyam
    May 11, 2016 at 7:33 am
    Very good. Should work for strengthening the country.
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