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Rajasthan professor awarded for work in Uri
Rajasthan University professor Leena Parmar has been given the 'You Inspire Us' award by the Women Peace Power Foundation of the US for her work with orphans in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri sector under the army's Operation Ujala.
The sociology professor has been working with the army for all the children who have lost their parents in terrorist strikes.
"I have been working with the Indian Army since 2002. I have a great interest in army operations and I am the only person in the country to have completed my PhD in military sociology," said Parmar.
She said the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan is the most sensitive area in the world where "you really get a chance to work for a cause".
She has contributed to other army projects earlier.
The army runs a special school and hostel for children in Uri's Rampura village. Children from as many as 21 nearby villages in a 35 km radius come to the school, facilitated by the army that picks them and drops them back home.
"When these children come to school they are in a state of fear. But our efforts, the school atmosphere and friendly efforts of the army make them feel safe, secure and comfortable," said Parmar.
She had earlier been awarded the Ambassador for Peace award by the Universal Peace Foundation.