Important seminar on ‘Muslim Education and Employment in the post-Sachar Scenario’ concludes: Know what was discussed
Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali (retd), while delivering his presidential address in the Valedictory Function of the National Seminar on â€˜Muslim Education and Employment in the post-Sachar Scenario: Initiatives and Achievementsâ€™ organized by UGC Human Resource Development (HRD) Centre, AMU and Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi said that Indiaâ€™s development is not possible without the progress of its minorities.
He further said that Muslims like other minorities are vital segment for the progress of our nation and Muslims will have to walk shoulder to shoulder with their other country folks and brethren for the countryâ€™s progress.
Brigadier Ali lamented that there are signs of awakening in Indian Muslims. â€œOn a regular basis, Muslim women from the lower economic strata keep visiting us for the admissions of their wards,â€ he said adding that it is a sign of an educational awakening in Muslims as many of these women are illiterate but they want to secure admissions for their sons and daughters in AMU schools.
He advised Muslims not to go in the shells fearing discrimination against them. â€œCome forward in the progress of this country and God will help you when you want to help your selves,â€ said the AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier Ali.
Giving examples from his work experience, Brigadier Ali said that through out his career in serving the nation, he was never discriminated. â€œMy colleagues in the Indian Army, who were followers of various religions treated me like their brother,â€ said Brigadier Ali.
He further urged Indian Muslims to avoid going into deeper alienation and show the rest of the country that they are equal â€˜Jolly Goodâ€™ fellows like their other country men and women.
However, he also pointed out that a very low level of Muslim representation in Government employment, education is a cause of concern, and with this seminar we can ponder over important issues related to progress of Muslims.
In his Key Note address, the Chief Guest of the function, Dr M Muzammil, Vice Chancellor, B R Ambedkar University, Agra said that it is time that we integrate Madrasa and modern education. He pointed out that had this integration been done earlier, Indian Muslims would not have been in the condition in which they find themselves.
He further pointed out that there are government scholarships available for the education of minority community but many Muslims are unaware of them.
â€˜It is time to focus on the implementation of policies after Sachar Committee findings. Now that Muslims have a documented evidence of their grievances provided by the Government of India, Muslims should now focus on the implementation of the policies targeted for their betterment,â€ said Dr Muzammil.
He said that there is a high number of Muslim students, who drop out from schools due to financial constraints. â€These drops out need â€˜Stateâ€™ support as many of them are capable of joining schools again while some are talented with various skills,â€ Dr M Muzammil.
â€œThere are Government policies from which the under privileged Muslims can benefit however, we should make sure that the lower economic sections of Muslims benefit from them,â€ Dr M Muzammil.
He also said that there is a need to motivate the lower class and the middle class Muslims for entering the Indian mainstream.
While presenting the seminar resolutions, Professor Asmer Beg said that in the post-Sachar Committee scenario, it is necessary that we have a dedicated research centre doing empirical study on the progress of Muslims and other under privileged communities in India. He pointed out that Aligarh Muslim University is the best place to have such a centre.
Prof Beg added that after paper presentations in six different technical sessions of the national seminar, we can all come to a conclusion that there is a need for sensitization of scholarships and other beneficiary government schemes available for the Indian Muslim community and other minorities.
He lamented that in a democracy, people need proper procedures to approach the government for their benefits and Muslims exactly need to do that.
Prof Beg also revealed that a volume on the collection of various papers presented in this two-day seminar with the resolutions will be published soon.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier Ali, presented a memento to Prof M Muzammil. The participants of the seminar received souvenirs and certificates from Mrs Rizwana Ali, wife of AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier Ali. These participants had presented more than 30 papers during the two-day National Seminar.
Professor A R Kidwai, Director, HRDC, AMU in his vote of thanks appreciated the participants of the seminar for their cooperation. He also said that we hope to organize more such seminars in the future.
Dr Faiza Abbasi conducted the Seminar.