May 2016 News

Show Kashmir In Properlight, Appeals Civils Topper

10 May 2016
Times of India
Isha Jain

Lucknow: Minutes after he cracked the prestigious Union Public Service Commission's exam securing All India Rank-2nd, there was a beeline of journalists outside Athar Aamir ul Shafi Khan's room number 30 at the Indian Railways Institute of Transport Management (IRITM), here on Tuesday . Though 23-year-old Athar hails from Devipora-Mattan village in Anantnag district, 60km south of Srinagar, he was in Lucknow undergoing training at IRITM after he secured AIR 560th in UPSC 2014 exams and made it to India Railway Traffic Services (IRTS). Surrounded by reporters, Athar said, 'I had never expected that I would rank second all India.' Preferring the home state J&K as his cadre, Athar said, 'I think there are a lot of misconceptions about Kashmir but we can work together to bring a positive change.' He added, 'Kashmir is culturally rich. More and more people should visit Kashmir as tourists and help business grow there. People only know the dark side of Kashmir so I request media to show the positive side of Kashmir.' Athar received his early education from Evergreen public school at Devipora village in Anantnag district during the peak of militancy in the early 1990s. 'I hope I fulfil to the best of my ability whatever responsibilities I get,' he said. For Athar, his inspiration is his grandfather Ghulam Ahmed Khan, a farmer. Son of economics teacher Mohammad Shafi Khan, Athar passed class X from Iqbal Memorial in Anantnag and shifted to Biscoe School in Srinagar for classes XI and XII. Khan did his B.Tech in electrical enegineering from IIT Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.Athar also got a call from J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti commending his achievement. On Tuesday night, Athar left for Delhi to meet the officials of department of personnel and training.