Seminar on Professionalization of Education Organized
Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mr. K. Rahman Khan urged the Muslim community to draw their own road map and define their own priorities as they have to professionalize their way of life.
Inaugurating a national seminar on “Professionalization of Education: Problems and Opportunities for Indian Muslims” organized by the Centre for Promotion of Educational and Cultural Advancement of Muslims of India at the Aligarh Muslim University.
He said that India has achieved a lot of progress through planning process and such type of planning is needed for the Muslim community by its own intelligentsia.
Paying a rich tribute to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, founder of the Aligarh Muslim University for his vision and mission, he suggested that Muslims should make an effort to mobilize their own resources and establish educational institutions on their own. He said that Muslims should create a corpus fund of Rs. 50 thousand crore for their own education. He lamented that Muslims were equally responsible for their backwardness. He said that in South India, Muslims have established 16 Medical Colleges and more than one hundred Engineering Colleges to provide the professional education to the community. He said that lack of awareness is one of the major causes of backwardness of Muslims.
Delivering the keynote address, Dr. Syed Zafar Mahmood, IRS (Retd.) said that Muslims are the most backward community in the field of education and their share in job market is at the minimum.
He pointed out that the National Minority Scholarship Scheme was not implemented in Gujarat while it was implemented by other BJP ruled states like Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.
He suggested that ITI courses should be extended to Muslim dominated areas and these professional courses should be extended to Madrasa educated children.
Mr. Khan said that Indian Muslims should adopt a positive attitude. He said that since Muslims form the second largest majority, the country cannot progress without their active participation. He said that Sachar Committee report was an eye opener not only for the government but for the whole nation.
Brigadier (Retd.) S. Ahmad Ali, Pro-Vice Chancellor, AMU, in his Presidential Address, said that we live in an age of competition and in job market the demand of professionally and educationally competent and skilled persons is more as compared to merely skilled workers.
Professional education seems a better option especially for Muslims who are blessed with multi-faceted skills yet lag behind in getting coveted jobs due to lack of formal education, he added.
Brig. Ali urged the Muslim community to provide quality education and suggested that the government should fix accountability from Delhi to ground level and establish Community Targeted Centres and the government should provide girls hostels in Muslim centred areas and demanded secularization of education at school level.
Earlier, Prof. Shamim A. Ansari, Director of the Centre said that this centre is one of the most important centres of the University working for the promotion of Muslims of India. He said that knowledge without use is worthless with regard to the professionalization of education. He said that educational institutions must have their fingers on the nerve of market where most demanded jobs are available.
Prof. Ansari observed that Muslim institutions fail to visualize the changing scenario of the world with regard to conditions and nature of job opportunities attracting the people. As a result, Muslims students are generally compelled to pursue traditional education.
Dr. Fazal Mahmood, Joint Convener, proposed a vote of thanks.