Shopian College Named After Fallen Soldier

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday renamed a government degree college in south Kashmir’s Shopian district after a soldier who was slain in an encounter with militants six years ago.

According to the reports, the Government Degree College Shopian was renamed on Thursday after Imtiyaz Ahmed Thokar, a Para soldier who was killed in an anti-militancy operation in Sopore town of north Kashmir on February 24, 2015.

The college was rechristened as “Imtiyaz Ahmad Thokar Memorial Model Degree College Shopian” during a function that was attended by officers’ police, army, civil administration and college staff. The family members of the slain soldier also attended the ceremony during which the board with the new name of the college was unveiled.

The move to rename educational institutions and roads comes almost a week after the government constituted a high-power committee for renaming government educational institutions and roads after “martyrs” and eminent personalities across the Union Territory.

The seven -member committee is headed by principal secretary home with administrative secretaries from department of rural development and panchayati raj institution, housing and urban development department, director general of police (DGP) CID J-K, general administration development department and secretary culture department and divisional commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu.

The panel has been set up for making recommendations on the representation and proposals for installation of statues and memorial plaques, naming of roads and buildings. (With KNT inputs)

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