Baramulla, Jan 20: 29-year-old Syed Abid Shah Bukhari from a remote village in north Kashmir's Sopore district is one of the aspirants who qualified the Union Territories' prestigious Administrative l Services examination.
Abid who is son of Syed Fayaz Shah Bukhari, a resident of Machipora Reshiabad Zainageer has acquired 28th rank in the recently declared JKPSC civil Service exam.
Abid says ‘’it has not been a cake walk after his father, a pharmacist, was killed in cross firing in 2004 at the Hathishah Bridge in Sopore”.
"My only support in achieving this feat is my mother," Abid said. "I wouldn't have been able to achieve it without her support," he added.
Abid, who holds a B.Sc degree from Government Degree College Sopore and a PG in Urdu from MAANU, worked hard to succeed in the exam. As the news about Abids success spread in the area, congratulations started pouring in from all sides .
"We have only one doctor in our village. There is not a single private school in our village," Abid said. "I will be the only second gazetted officer in my area. It is an honor for my village." he added.
Abid's mother has worked tirelessly to educate her children and make both the ends meet
"My elder sister is a private school teacher, my younger sister is a BDS doctor and youngest brother is a data analyst. We owe a lot to our mother," Abid said.
Abid told Rising Kashmir that her mother managed the family affairs through the family pension and earnings from a small chunk of orchard.
"I was fully aware of my family's financial situation and knew that there could be no compromise on my dedication to my studies," said Abid.
"I learned how to turn challenges into opportunities through self-confidence and perseverance, and ultimately it paid off as I have now succeeded in the civil services."
In a message to the youth, Abid encourages hard work and perseverance as a means to reach great heights. "Prioritize your needs, focus on your studies, and never give up," he said.