Publish Date: Aug 19 2013 12:00PM

Srinagar, Aug 17: In a local initiative that could boost education sector in the state, Kashmir’s premier business house, the Chowdhary Group on Sunday formally launched Hattrick Public School(HPS).
 For the Chowdhary Group, it’s a dream project coming up on sprawling 100 Kanals campus at Zakura, where the group promises to offer educational standards at par with national level.
 Launching the initiative at the glittering function at SKICC, Chairman, Chowdhary Group, Showkat Chowdhary said:“Hattric Public School is a dream project for us and we want to give something back to our society.  There is no way better than to provide education to our future generation.”
 Naming Shahid Buch, his friend as the brain behind this initiative, Showkat informed the audience that the group has no role except for financing the project.
 “It was Shahid Buch, who guided me to launch this initiative, which is first of its kind and will provide excellent schooling to Kashmiri children. We have an advisory board, which looks after the affairs of the school and Chowdhary Group doesn’t interfere in their decision or policy making,” said Showkat.
 Announcing five percent reservation for economically weak students, he assured that Chowdhary Group would bear the expenses of these kids selected through draw of lots.
 Former Vice-Chancellor Islamic University, Prof Sidiq Wahid in his opening remarks emphasized  on the need to have teachers with “passion, discipline and qualification.”
 “I urge the management of this newly launched school and other educational institutions in Kashmir to listen to the teachers in order to achieve the goals of excellence,” Wahid said.
 On the occasion, Babar Chowdhary, Managing Director of the Chowdhary Group also announced launch of Hattrick Resort and said: “Our new ventures need your support and Hattrick Resort will be one of the best resorts not only in the state but in north India that will match international standards. The resort will be constructed on 100 kanals of land with 10 huts having 5 luxury suites to attract high-end tourists to Kashmir. ”
 The HPS logo was unveiled by the Minister for Tourism GA Mir, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
 “It is a good gesture that big business houses like Hattrick are venturing into the field of education. The state government with the help of Government of India has established schools in almost every area in the state. But still we are lagging behind when it comes to providing quality education and I think opening of new schools with high standards will help us in providing better education to our next generation,” Mir said.
 “We cannot expect that multinational companies would invest in Kashmir given the status of this place and even if we want them here we cannot provide them land for building infrastructure so it is an opportunity for local business community to come up with new ventures,” he said adding that infrastructure should not come at the cost of environment.
 Provincial President National Conference and MLA Amira Kadal Nasir Aslam Wani also spoke on the occasion. “It is good that business houses are now venturing into education sector. There is limited choice in education sector and coming up of HPS will help in bridging this gap,” he said adding “Schools are important for the development of society and we welcome such initiatives.”
 The HPS Principal announced the date for issuance of forms for prospective candidates for admissions in the school.
 On the occasion, Chowdhary Group felicitated prominent personalities from various walks of life. On behalf of GK Communications Pvt Ltd, Rashid Makhdoomi, Printer and Publisher received the memento for its contributions in print media. (With inputs GKNN) 

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