SWAT - Another girl of Swat Valley - Neelam Ibrar Chattan -  has won the European Union - Paiman Trust Gold Award in recognition of her tireless efforts for peace.
Born in 1994 at Saidu Sharif, Swat district, Neelam is studying at the Government Girls Degree College Saidu Sharif.
The award has proved that with the fear of gun and threats, Swat’s girls are in no mood to sit idle and are now motivated to play their decisive role in all fields of life come what may.
“The inspiration given by Malala Yousafzai, who have become legend across the world, to raise the voice against the social atrocities and work for change on the basis of the education,” said Mehboob Ali who is a well-known educationist of the area while talking to The Nation.
Neelam raised her voice at all the forums when Tailban almost had got hold of Swat with all their barbarities.
In such terror-ridden situation, Neelam courageously stood up and intimated to the government and district administration about the consequences of the Taliban factor.
Her tremendous efforts for peace as a volunteer was a proof of her success story due to which the European Union - Paiman Trust, a non-profit organization, awarded her gold medal.
When people migrated to lower parts of the country during the operation Rah-e-Rast in Swat valley, she never forgot her own hometown’s poor brothers and sisters. She along with her other fellows launched a donation campaign for IDPs. She distributed relief goods and food items among the IDPs in 2009.
Neelam said that global peace and human development are facing constant threat by the spread of small arms around the world. These arms encourage violence on racial and sectarian basis.
In 2012, Neelam decided to launch a proper campaign which was termed “Peace for New Generation” to divert government attention towards the concern issue.
Talking to this correspondent, she said, “Aim of my campaign is to protect those children whose relatives are missing or died.”
“I don’t want my people to see that time again which we had experienced in 2007,” she maintained.
6,000 APPEAR FOR UOP ENTRY TEST
Staff Reporter from Peshawar adds: Up to 6,000 candidates appeared in the University of Peshawar aptitude test for admission into the Masters Degree programme held at the main cricket ground of university.
The candidates appeared against 2500 allocated seats in the 42 different disciplines of the varsity where MA, M.Sc programme is being offered.
The total candidates included 1905 female and 3886 male students.
Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr. Rasul Jan monitored the test. He was accompanied by Registrar Dr. Syed Fazl-i-Hadi, Director Admissions Prof. Dr. Hizbullah Khan and other officers of the University.
Besides around 200 invigilating staff were also deployed and assigned the task of smooth conduct of the test.
Four separate categories of test ranging from Biological Sciences (UAT-BIOS), Physical and Numerical Sciences (UAT-PNS), Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (UAT-AHSS) and Commerce and Interscience (UAT-CIS) were designed for the candidates seeking admission in various disciplines.
The result of the test would be announced tomorrow at varsity’s website: www.upesh.edu.pk