It is big career milestone for the star cyclist as he has now excelled in academics as well after having faced many demoralizing hardships while being in Kashmir University. Akber khan had joined GNDU after being failed by Kashmir University in MPed first year despite giving examinations. Upon that he was offered free admission by GNDU and then went on to win two gold medals for the GNDU in Inter-University competition.
“First of all I want to thank the GNDU Amritsar administration for their support. GNDU has helped me throughout the degree. There support and encouragement for the students especially for the outstanding sports quota students is worth mentioning. I also want thank Dr Sukhdev Director Sports and Rajesh Kaushik my coach at GNDU who have been very helpful to me,” Akber said.
“GNDU is a one of the top University of India and has lifted prestigious Makka Trophy, 22 times. GNDI is known for producing high quality players. On the top of that I am dejected with the attitude and work culture Kashmir University sports administration. Their stubborn and unprofessional approach towards outstanding sports students is biased which is very unfortunate and heartbreaking .I wish that in future that our own University will also be helpful to outstanding sports students like other Universities of our Country so that sports will progress and prosper in our State,” he said.
He said that Kashmir University sports staff is never present in the field and it is unheard of to hear that they have fought or promoting any sports persons.
“I have never seen sports staff of KU in the ground in morning training session. On the other hand in GNDU I saw competition among coaches they are working hard to get top results in All India Inter University competitions,” Akber said.
“I present this on a heartaching note that we don’t have a good sports environment at the University of Kashmir, despite the fact that we have excellent coaches available. Being the first outstanding sports person from Kashmir to have got admitted in GNDU, I urge the sport persons of the Valley to seek admission there. One of the Professor of Kashmir university once happened to visit Guru Nanak Dev University ; and he was astonished to see the sports persons doing the training at the University. He called me on the phone and expressed his astonishment in doleful and melancholic terms. He was astounded to witness something which the University of Kashmir has completely failed at,” he added.
Akber invoked the failure of Kashmir University sports staff in helping players like Waseem Raza, Mudasir Gojree while they were pursuing degrees in academics.
“The failure of Kashmir University doesn’t end at Akber Khan (cyclist); but Waseem Raza and Mudasir Gojree (cricketers) met with the same fate earlier. It’s the worst possible thing that Kashmiri sports persons are experiencing at the hands of the University of Kashmir,” he added.