Rajouri girl role model for millions of youth
17 March 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: It may sound strange but it is true that a female Army officer hailing from this militancy infested State is all set to become a role model for millions of youth across the country, who aspire to be part of Armed Forces. The Army Officer Wahida Prizm, a resident of remote Azmatabad area of border district of Rajouri, shot to popularity when she became the first woman officer of the country to lead passing out parade of Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) on March 14, 2006. Within a year, she brought another pride to Jammu and Kashmir by finding a rare mention in the books of National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT), which has chosen her to be part of young achievers’ chapter in the textbooks for Class-IV. The textbooks which will be part of Class-IV curriculum from forthcoming academic session will not only inspire youth to join Army but also teach them that if the energies are channelised in a proper direction everything can be achieved in the life. The topic about Wahida Prizm’s struggle will depict the grit and determination which rose a girl from remote and militancy infested village to the limelight at national level and made her a brand ambassador of armed forces. She, in her interview, has spoken about women’s role in Army, her mother Hajra Begum, presently residing in Bathindi area, disclosed while quoting Wahida’s conversations with her soon after the interview with NCERT some days back. 'Obviously my daughter will be a source of inspiration for crores of students, who will read about her in their textbooks', she added with proud, adding 'she has not only earned name and fame to the family for being first person from J&K to find mention in NCERT books but also to entire Jammu and Kashmir. Hajra Begum further said that Wahida truly stood to her words which she spoke during her childhood— 'I want to do something which nobody has done before'. She said that Wahida has proved that even students from remote corners can leave behind their counterparts in urban and reputed educational institutions provided they don’t allow their eyes deviate from the goal and struggle to achieve the same'. Presently on the moon nine, Wahida has only regret in the life that her father Gulzar Ahmed, who helped her a lot in shaping her career, could not see her achieving heights, Javed said. Wahida Prizm initiated first step towards making a mark in the male bastion by participating in the Republic Day Parade at Darhal during her schoolhood, Hajra Begum recalled and said that despite being the student of fourth standard she led the students of higher secondary in the R-Day Parade that too under snowfall.