RAJOURI: An educational tour named ‘Carvaan-e-Aman’ comprising 23 students from remote areas of Rajouri District was conducted by 7 SIKH LI of ‘TITHWAL BRIGADE’ from 04 Dec to 18 Dec 2011. The tour was flagged in by Commander,‘TITHWAL BRIGADE’ at Narian on 19 Dec 2011.
The school children visited Kolkata, Guwahati and Shillong. At Kolkata they visited Victoria Memorial, Birla Planetarium and the Indian Museum. One of the highlights of the stay at Kolkata was interaction with Saurav Ganguly and a friendly cricket match against Ganguly’s Videocon School of Cricket XI at Salt Lake.
In the second stopover at Guwahati, the children met Chief Minister of Assam Mr. Tarun Gagoi and enjoyed a boat ride on Brahmaputra River. At their final tour destination of Shillong, they visited Don Bosco Museum and were taken around the Regimental Centres of the Gorkha Regiment, Assam Regiment and Assam Rifle Training Centre.
Md Shiraz, Age 15 years, of village Pukharni had never seen a train before. He could not believe that the trains could even run underground, as he experienced while enjoying the Metro ride in Kolkata. “Saurav Ganguly must have played school cricket like me. I asked him how he rose to become Captain of the Indian Cricket Team”, said a jubilant Tarif Shah from Kalakote village after meeting the Indian Cricket Star at Kolkata.
Speaking on the occasion of ‘Flagging In’, Brig Rajeev Sirohi, Commander ‘TITHWAL BRIGADE’ motivated the children to match steps with their counterparts in other parts of the country and urged them to inculcate a spirit of nationalism.