Celebrating The Spirit Of A Kashmiri Woman: Sahar Saleem Part 2

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Sahar Saleem is a distinguished scientist from Jammu and Kashmir who has made a name for herself in the field of science by becoming the first researcher from the region to receive the prestigious SERB-Research Scientist Award. Known for her groundbreaking research on the intricate mechanisms of breast cancer, she is focused on exploring alternative methods to antibiotics, which could potentially address the problem of antibiotic resistance. A student of Mallinson School, she graduated from Women’s Collage MA Road.

Despite the challenges posed by the unpredictable nature of scientific research, Sahar’s unyielding positivity and dedication to her work inspire others around her. Her outstanding achievements have been recognized with the DST-INSPIRE Faculty Award in 2017.

Currently, she is working as SERB Scientist at SKUSAST, Kashmir.

I have been incredibly blessed to have the most supportive family. My parents have always been by my side urging me to shoot high. They have taught me to follow my dreams and do what makes me happy because that’s where true happiness and success lies. My husband is the wind beneath my wings, he is the reason I can fly. He is my cheerleader, always boosting me up and making me believe that I am capable of doing anything. A supportive family is a strong backbone that helps you to stand tall.”

 

Aside from her contributions to science, Sahar is passionate about keeping Kashmiri culture alive and maintaining cultural ties with her homeland. She acknowledges that Kashmiri culture is immensely rich and diverse, with a unique signature in everything from architecture and food to language and folk songs. While she has made efforts to teach her two daughters, Ahana and Amal about Kashmiri culture. She admits that there is more she can do to preserve and promote it. Married to Dr. Aflaq Hamid, Sahar believes that the hospitality of Kashmiri culture has suffered due to the lack of coexistence of diverse communities, and she hopes to see more amalgamation of various aspects of Kashmiri culture in the future.

As a source of inspiration, Sehar looks up to her own mother, whom she describes as an epitome of strength and patience. She also admires Dr. Humaira Gowher, a renowned scientist at Purdue University, Indiana, USA. Sehar’s message to the next generation is to explore possibilities beyond the Valley of Kashmir, make good choices, and above all, be patient. She believes that hard work and perseverance can lead to success in any field, and that belief in oneself is crucial. Sahar Saleem is a true inspiration to young women in Kashmir and beyond, as she continues to excel in her field and make a difference in the world.