Shopian, Jun 29: A 16-year-old youth from South Kashmir’s Shopian has brought laurels to the entire Jammu and Kashmir as he has won a Scholarship of over Rs 60 lakh to study in Germany.
Anayat Yousuf (16), son of Mohammed Yousuf, a resident of Pinjura village of Shopian, a student of 12th class, will now pursue International Baccalaureate Diploma on scholarship he has bagged from United World Colleges (UGC).
Anayat said that after passing class 8, he enrolled himself at the Kashmir Institute of Excellence (KIE) Higher secondary school and during that he got in contact with Kashmir Education Initiative (KEI) a US based non-profit organization that supports the education of underprivileged children in Kashmir.
He said that KEI helped him to get prepare for the UWC scholarship and with their support, he applied to get the scholarship.
“The applicant had to write essays on which they were shortlisting the candidates and accordingly out of thousands of students only 140 were called for interview in entire India,” he said. “I appeared in interview in first week of March and I got selection call on June 02. I am among 20 students from India who have been selected to pursue the program with over Rs 60 lakh scholarship.”
Besides getting this scholarship, Anayat has more feathers in his cap which includes a medal of distinction for achieving Zonal Rank 19 in SOF-National Science Olympiad 2020-21 and an International Rank 533. He is also a silver medallist in Goprep Talent Search Examination.
Anayat has also done a project on the utilization of waste paper and the preservation of handicrafts in the 26th National Science Congress and is an active member of Design for Change-USA, a global student’s movement where Anayat says he has been taught Metacognition, leadership skills among others.
The young lad said that he is going to start his own academy on his father’s name so as to help all students of Kashmir, who want to avail scholarships and study abroad. “Students here are only after doctorate and engineering but world is beyond that,” he said.
Anayat further added that there is no short cut to success and no alternative to hard work in achieving any dream and he is very happy that he has got the opportunity to study abroad.