Operation Sadbhavana reached the city on Wednesday
It was an army operation with a difference. Operation Sadbhavana reached the city Wednesday morning, with a group of 25 students and teachers from army and government schools in Shopian district in Jammu and Kashmir.
Organised by the 28 Punjab Regiment, the ‘operation', which intends to instil a sense of belonging and national integration, takes the children on a tour of south India.
Arriving in the city, the primary and high school students, mostly from economically weak families, visited the Headquarters of Karnataka and Kerala Sub-Area of the Indian Army. They met Brigadier A. Dutta, Officiating General Officer Commanding for the two Sub-Areas. Later, they visited Madras Engineer Group and Centre, ASC Centre and College and Military School.
The exercise aims to bring poor schoolchildren from remote border regions of interior Kashmir into mainstream society by providing them exposure to the country outside their villages.