J&K's Minister for Education Naeem Akhtar on Monday praised the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani for his contribution in education sector, saying he has "educated lot of youth in Sopore."
"Geelani Sahab has also taught a lot of people here (in Sopore) and apart from him, we have other people who produced educated people in this north Kashmir town," Akther said, addressing students and teachers at Government Degree College Sopore.
He said receiving education doesn't only mean getting certificates. "An educated person should be able to achieve recognition as well," he said.
"Like I am a Muslim from the past 500 years and a Kashmiri from the past 300 years, I am also an Indian from the past 70 years," he said, speaking at the Inter College Tarana Festival held at the Sopore College.
The minister said Sopore town has a history of its association with music and education and asked the present generation of the town to "lead the way for its revival."
Stating that there were no boundaries for youth to prove their identity, Akther said "there is a world outside where they can make their recognition."
"But for this, your intelligence and capability will act as your passport," he said.
"Since Shah Faesal made it to the IAS, around 60 more youth cracked the IAS examination and it is emerging as a trend here. And now these youth are recognized throughout India. Their boundaries didn't end at their native places," he said.