Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) president and independent MLA from J&K, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, better known as Engineer Rashid, announced setting up of free coaching centres for poor and deserving twelfth class students of his constituency during the winter vacations.
Rashid was speaking at the launch function of a book titled ‘The Pride OF Kashmir’, throwing light on different aspects of life of Sheikhul Hadees Moulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri.
He appealed to the audience to focus on improving educational skills among the students .
Rashid heads Langate constituency which comes in the frontier district of Kupwara. During winters when schools are closed for the long winter vacation, and students of these far-flung areas have to face lot of difficulties.
This step from the lawmaker will help hundreds of students who either have to opt for private coaching centres where they have to pay hefty amount of money.
While some students can afford these coaching centres, others have to study themselves in their homes.
Rashid has also announced that yearly awards (to be given to the best students of Langate Constituency) to be named after great poet, educationist and religious scholar Late Ali Mohammad Shahbaz.
He also announced renaming of ‘Student of the year award’ for district Kupwara to be named as ‘Moulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri Award for Excellence.’
The MLA applauded the author of the book Prof Nazir Qadiri for his hard work and sincere efforts in writing the book and bringing into light various aspects of Anwar Kashmiri Shah in public domain.
Rashid is a controversial lawmaker who is always been in news for one reason or the other. He was attacked by the lawmakers of BJP in the state assembly after he hosted a beef party in Srinagar. He was also attacked with ink by Hindu Sena in New Delhi.