IUST overcome ABVP activists, JU to fashion football title triumph

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SRINAGAR: Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora Saturday piped Jammu University in the summit clash of football event of State Universities Championship played at Jammu university ground.

In the see-saw battle, IUST kept their nerves to fashion title glory in an atmosphere that favored the hosts. Mohsin Mir was the star for the winners, netting a solitary goal of the finals that proved to be the difference between the two sides.

The summit clash was played in the backdrop of a controversy that was created by ABVP activists. The final was slated to be played on Friday but had to be stopped midway after ABVP activists entered the playing zone to register their protest against the visitors’ ‘showing disrespect to national anthem.’ The activists sporting their organization’s flags accused the IUST students of ‘not standing up’ when national anthem was played at the start of the match on Friday. So much so, ABVP activists forced the organisers to play the national anthem during the course of the game on Friday and warned the IUST players of dire consequences. The ABVP drama forced the organisers to call off the final on Friday, only to be replayed on Saturday. IUST players didn’t get bogged down by the controversy, bringing their A game into play and take home the trophy. 

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According to the press statement issued by the varsity, Vice Chancellor IUST, Prof Mushtaq A. Siddiqi, Registrar, Prof AG Rather and Deans of various Schools, all teaching, non-teaching and student fraternity congratulated the team for this achievement and appreciated the untiring efforts of Director, Physical Education Prof K A Tarzan, and his entire team.

VC while lauding the team spirit and consistency shown by IUST team during the entire event, in his message highlighted that besides curricular activities, the university is highly committed to provide all support and encouragement to its students to explore their hidden talents in extracurricular and co-curricular activities as well.

He also thanked University of Jammu and others for organising the event and stressed that more and more such events need to be organized by universities in state.

 The event was organized by Directorate of Physical Education and Sports, University of Jammu in which eight teams from different universities of J&K state participated.

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