Srinagar- After prolonged legal battle, the Arya Samaj Trust has reopened its school at Saraf Kadal area in the old city after 32 years. The school, locals said, was closed in the aftermath of the ‘armed uprising’ in Kashmir in early 90’s.
The Arya Samaj Trust run DAV Public School in downtown was renamed as Naqshbandi Public School, after a local resident illegally occupied the building in the year 1992.
“After a prolonged legal battle, the trust finally got the possession of the building and the DAV school which was closed in the year 1991 was reopened after 32 years. I have been appointed as a head of the school serving 35 students from poor families,” a Calcutta based woman posted as a principal of the Arya Samaj School told Kashmir Observer.
The school, which she said, was primarily founded to help the underprivileged, was reopened much to the delight of the parents and students.
A local resident said the Arya Samaj Trust with the help of some prominent businessmen from Srinagar, eventually regained control of the property, following years of legal wrangling.
They said the school, which is housed in a rundown building at Saraf Kadal, does not charge any fee from the students belonging to poor families.
“Although we don’t charge any fees from the students, however some parents voluntarily contribute Rs 500 per month as I already said the school has been established to serve the underprivileged,” the school principal added.
Locals living in the vicinity appreciated the efforts of the Arya Samaj Trust in getting back its property after 32 years, saying “we hope the students belonging to underprivileged families will receive a quality education at DAV School,”
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