Infosys has been a sure stop on the itinerary of several heads of state visiting the city. On Tuesday, it was the turn of young girls from Kashmir to visit the Infosys campus at Electronics City and interact with employees of the IT major.

Software engineers explained to the eager students, who are visiting as part of ‘Operation Sadbhavana’, a programme of the Indian Army, about the technology and their work.

“People at Infosys told us to work hard and achieve our dreams,” said Shaheena Akhtar, a student of Army Public School in Reasi district, describing her experience as “awe-inspiring”.

This group of 20 girls, aged between 15 and 18, all students of Army Schools, are on a 10-day trip. In Bangalore, they also visited the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bishop Cotton Girls’ School, Bangalore Palace, Cubbon Park and the aquarium, before finding time to shop at M.G. Road and Brigade Road.

‘Operation Sadbhavana’ is an initiative of the Indian Army that focusses on developing literacy, enabling women’s empowerment, public health, and relief and rehabilitation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The objective of this trip is to expose the students of remote areas to the outside world,” said Lt. Col. Atul Chavan. “I want to become a teacher and inspire other people to achieve their dreams and this trip really gave me a lot of confidence,” said Shahnaz Bano, another student.

Continuing the trip, the girls travelled to Chennai on Wednesday.