His wife died three years ago. However, a resident of Friends Colony, Parvesh Malik, has chosen a unique way to keep her memory alive. He sponsors education of students, a dream of his Parveen Malik.
He also ensured that that a "Parveen Malik Award" was instituted at the local SD College for Women. The award provides Rs 10,000 a year to needy students. Parveen served the college as lecturer for nearly 32 years before attaining superannuation in 2005.
“She wanted to celebrate golden jubilee of our marriage on June 23, 2013. Now, I am distributing cash and books to needy students from the money, we had saved for the occasion. It will be a small tribute to my teacher wife,” Malik said, adding that students would be given free books on Sunday.
Responding to an Hindustan Times story on 14-year-old budding hockey player Akash Mehra,who lost his legs in a mishap, Malik, who retired as senior English teacher from United Christian Institute in 1995, also came forward to extend monetary assistance to him. "My wife is my motivation. Though I am not a rich person, I will continue to serve children," he added, recalling his wife's love for the students.