UPES honours the family of Martyr Lance Naik Pradeep Rawat; launches ‘NAMAN’ to extend more support

Delhi: The 7th edition of the annual Shaheed Memorial cricket tournament hosted by UPES to pay tribute to the martyrs of Indian Armed Forces and financially support their families, concluded today. Commencing on 17th December 2020, the tournament was organised to remember and support the family of Lance Naik Pradeep Rawat of 4th Garhwal Rifles who lost his life fighting for the nation in Uri in 2018. He hailed from Bagi Bamund village in Chamba block of Garhwal district. Hon’ble chief guest Shri Arvind Pandey, Cabinet Minister for School Education, Adult Education, Sanskrit Education, Sports, Youth Welfare, Panchayati Raj and hon’ble guest of honour Maj. Gen. Rajendra Singh Thakur were present at UPES Bidholi campus to pay homage to the brave soldier and interacted with his family. A cheque for INR 2,51,000 raised through the tournament was presented to the family of the brave soldier. UPES is also starting project NAMAN to extend more support to the families of martyrs hailing from Uttarakhand.

The final match of the tournament was played today between UPES and UPCL teams. UPES won the match by 55 runs after setting the target of 191 runs for UPCL. Mohit Miyan of UPES was awarded the best batsman for scoring 561 runs and most valuable player of the tournament for his all-round performance. Kiran Singh of UPCL was awarded the best bowler of the tournament for taking 17 wickets.

Paying tribute to Lance Naik Pradeep Rawat, Dr. Sunil Rai, Vice Chancellor, UPES said “He was a valiant and courageous soldier who made supreme sacrifice and laid down his life at the young age of 28 years for the nation. Shaheed Memorial Tournament and Naman are small steps from our side to honour him and martyrs like him and help their dependents live better lives. Education and its power can make it possible in many ways”. Through Naman UPES has pledged to:

1. Fund complete school education of one martyr’s children every year

2. Support the dependent of the martyr in finding job opportunities

3. Provide special training and development to the martyr’s widow under the existing women empowerment program of UPES- ‘Shakti’

4. Offer full higher education scholarships to the children of five martyrs from Uttarakhand every year

Shri Arvind Pandey said, “A martryr lives forever and today is the victory of martyrs like Pradeep Rawat. I congratulate UPES for a higher purpose initiative – Naman”.