Meet Moin Khan, Kashmiri Pizza delivery boy who becomes Sub-Inspector

SRINAGAR: An IPS officer’s free of cost coaching classes ‘Operation Dreams’ helped a youngster from militancy-infested Jammu and Kashmir to become Sub-Inspector.

Currently undergoing training at the Udhampur police training academy, the journey from Pizza delivery boy to a man stands tall in Khaki with stars glittering on his shoulder, is not an easy one for Moin Khan.

But, he credits his achievement to IPS officer Sandeep Chaudhary who runs coaching classes ‘Operation Dreams’ free of cost.

Who is Moin Khan?

Khan, a 28-year old from a penury-ridden family picked up petty works to earn for over seven years after the tragic accident of his father Mohammed Sharief in 2009.

From working as a waiter to a a car washer and to a helper at a grocery store, Khan, along with pursuing academics, did ever job to fend his family. “I belong to Thanda Pani village in Nagrota constituency of Jammu district. My parents are illiterate and I am the first graduate in the family,” Khan said.

From Pizza Hut waiter to SI

After completing his graduation in Commerce via correspondence in 2012, Khan joined Pizza Hut as a waiter for a salary of Rs 2,500 per month for three years and simultaneously pursued BBA.
Eventually, he came across a notification for the recruitment of Sub-Inspectors in 2016 and applied for it.

“A friend told me about ‘Operation Dreams’ being run by an IPS officer at a banquet hall where students from weaker sections were taught free of cost. I joined the classes which helped me crack the exams. In December last year, results were declared and a week ago I joined the police training academy at Udhampur,” reported Hindustan Times.

Operation Dreams

Sandeep Chaudhary, senior superintendent of police Shopian, has started ‘Operation Dreams’ with an aim to give free coaching classes for aspiring students coming from varied backgrounds to crack competitive examinations so as to achieve their goals.

“We began Operation Dreams in Jammu where I would teach 150 students from 8am to 10am. Moin Khan worked very hard and cracked the physical, written and interview stage of the examination. I am proud of him.”

“His is a story of pure grit. It is quite a journey from a Pizza Hut waiter to a police sub-inspector. No excuse is big enough to crush our dreams,” Chaudhary said.

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Interestingly, Chaudhary, a 2012-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) never got a formal college education or went to a costly coaching centre to crack the UPSC examination.

“I did my BA and MA from Indira Gandhi National Open University. I joined Punjab University for regular course in journalism for about three months but then I dropped out due to circumstances and joined MA in public administration from IGNOU.

“I completed my education through correspondence – which was not very costly but I was guided at every stage, even during UPSC preparation, by friends and seniors,” he said.

Mr. Chaudhary’s dedication through his initiative is worth appreciating and hopes that more officers follow suit.