A 24-year-old girl from Sopore’s Ningli area has bagged gold medal in Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) at the 34th convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) which was held virtually.Hailing from Sopore area of Baramulla district, Shabnum is the first girl from north Kashmir who has bagged the medal competing at national level. Her father works as a daily wager at Sopore Fruit Mandi.Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre Srinagar Dr. Kamlesh Meena presented the certificate, gold medal & a cheque amounting Rs 10,000/- from Dr. A.P.J. Kalam Award to the awardee at IGNOU Regional Centre Srinagar.Talking to Rising Kashmir, Shabnam said that she wants to work with are those who need help and guidance in coping with life’s stresses and managing responsibilities to achieve healthy households.Speaking on the event, Dr. Kamlesh Meena said that IGNOU is effectively taking many new initiatives to promote the benefit of higher education opportunities and empower youth across Kashmir valley

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