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Defying all odds, Baramulla girl qualifies KAS



Quit studies at SKUAST to take up lowly-paid job to support her family , completed graduation through distance mode

Waris Fayaz

Sopore, Jan 20 (KNO): 25 -year-old Nadia Shameem of Adoora Baramulla has proved that no financial crisis, hardship and adversity can stop you from achieving your goal. Nadia, who cleared the prestigious Jammu & Kashmir Combined Competitive Examination, quit regular studies at very young age and took up a lowly-paid government job to support her family financially, but didn’t give up her dream of making it big in life.

Talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Nadia said she did her schooling from Kekashan School, Handwara.

“I have done my initial schooling from Kehkashan School Handwara. After passing my 10th class examination, I got admission in the Saint Joseph Baramulla for higher secondary education. I secured 3rd position in the entrance examination conducted by the institution for admission,” she said.

Nadia said she got admission in SKUAST Kashmir, but had to quit her studies after she was selected for a job of in the civil secretariat.

“I had to quit my studies due to financial constraints. I joined as an orderly in the civil secretariat to support my family ,” she said.

Nadia said she continued her studies through distance mode after taking up the job.

“I completed my B.A (Hons) in Sociology from IGNOU because I wanted Sociology to be my optional,” she said, adding that she simultaneously started preparing for civil services.

“After getting into service, I got more insights and inspirations to be part of the service,” she added.

Nadia, who cracked the prestigious civil service examination in her maiden attempt, said her mother and her teachers were an inspiration for her.

“The motivation behind my journey was my mother, my teachers and my colleagues who had faith in me. Everybody would feel that I have the potential to do the best against all odds. This thing kept the fire alive in me,” she said.

She said it was a bit difficult to balance between job and studies, but she managed.

“I would get up early to study and off days on Saturday and Sunday really helped me in preparation for the examination. I took earned leave right before Prelims, Mains and Interview,” she said.

Her mother Shameema, a housewife, says her daughter excelled in studies right from childhood.

“My daughter has been an amazing student. She bagged state-level positions in 10th as well as 12th class. She was loved by all her teachers and relatives for being extraordinary,” she said.

Shameema says her daughter was adamant to be financially independent.

“It was her decision to quit studies at SKUAST as she is a very responsible daughter. After taking up the job, she took up another challenge to clear the civil services examination. She qualified the examination. I am proud of my daughter,” she said—(KNO)

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NTA NEET UG 2023 exam: Registration, important documents, fees, major details students need to know



Registration for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Undergraduate (NEET-UG) 2023 is expected to begin soon for the medical entrance exam that is scheduled to be held on May 7.

However, the National Testing Agency (NTA), the exam conducting body, is yet to declare the NEET UG 2023 registration dates.

Once activated, candidates will be able to apply for the NEET UG 2023 application from the official website– and

NEET UG 2023: How to apply

Go to the official website of the National Testing Agency-

Click on the NEET UG 2023 registration link.

Create your login credentials and log in.

Fill up the application form carefully and upload the required documents.
Pay the application fee and submit the form.

The Test pattern of NEET (UG) – 2022 comprises four Subjects. Each subject will consist of two sections. Section A will consist of 35 Questions and Section B will have 15 Questions, out of these 15 Questions, candidates can choose to attempt any 10 Questions.

NEET (UG) – 2022 was conducted as Pen & Paper-based Test.

NEET 2023: Important documents

A valid mobile number

A valid email ID

Scanned Images of the

Candidate’s recent Passport size Photograph

Postcard-size Photograph

Left and Right-hand Fingers and Thumb impression

Category Certificate (if applicable)

Citizenship Certificate (if applicable)

PwD Certificate (wherever applicable)

Class 10 pass certificate.

NEET UG 2023: Marking scheme

Last year, the NEET UG exam was for 720 marks. The Candidates are advised to keep visiting the official websites of NTA ( and ( for the latest updates. (DNA)


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Kashmir Innovator Bags Rs 50 Lakh BIRAC BIG Grant



SRINAGAR: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K) innovator Sameena Lone has been selected for the Government of India’s BIRAC BIG grant worth Rs 50 lakh.

Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) is a flagship programme of the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), which provides the right admixture of fuel and support to young startups and entrepreneurial individuals. BIG is the Department of Biotechnology (DBT)’s largest early-stage biotech funding programme in India. Funding grant of up to Rs 50 lakh (USD 60,500 approx) to best-in-class innovative ideas to build and refine the idea to proof-of-concept.

Sameena Lone, an innovator cum scholar in the SKUAST-K’s Division of Vegetable Science, supervised by Dr Khursheed Hussain, Assistant Professor, Division of vegetable science, SKUAST-K and mentored by Naveed Hamid, BDA, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Cell of the university, submitted her innovative proposal on ‘Organic & Disease-Free Seed Potato Production through Tissue Culture in Kashmir’ under Industrial Biotechnology, Clean Energy & Environment category in Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Not-for-Profit Company’ of Government of India which supports technology innovators and entrepreneurs to pursue a promising technology idea, and establish and validate proof of concept (POC) for the idea under the BIG grant scheme a few months back. More than 500 innovators across the country had applied under the said scheme and only 26 got selected for the final pitching round before the panel committee from which only nine innovators were selected under the given category across the nation.

SKUAST-K innovator is the only one from Jammu and Kashmir to receive the BIRAC BIG grant in the present round.

Vice Chancellor SKUAST Kashmir Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai congratulated the innovator and her team of mentors for securing the BIRAC Grant. He appreciated the level of effort and dedication of the team and support from SKUASTK Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship Centre that brought laurels to the University. He further added that such achievements are so precious that they not only boost the morale of the innovators but help in developing the ecosystem for innovations, incubations & startups.

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