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Published On:24 November 2012
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NCMEI initiative helps over 400 students of BTAD rehabilitated in first phase of programme

By Dr. Shabistan Gaffar

Guwahati: “Let us build bridges to connect the communities in conflict,” was the message given by R.S. Mooshahary, Governor of Meghalaya. He was speaking at the flag off ceremony of sponsorships for educational rehabilitation of strife-affected students of BTAD of Assam that was held at Sankardev Kalakshetra Auditorium, Guwahati in presence of Justice MSA Siddiqui, Chairman, National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, Ministry of HRD, Government of India; Education, Research and Development Foundation (ERD Foundation), Guwahati; and supported by Committee on Girls’ Education, NCMEI; and All India Confederation for Women Through Education, New Delhi. Mooshahary further said that once we have built the bridges and there is trust among people, then nobody can come and disturb. Education, he said, could play a big role in enabling the people to build bridges.


Justice M.S.A. Siddiqui, Chairman, NCMEI, Ministry of HRD, Government of India, who is the spirit behind this noble project extended his hearty thanks to all the sponsors either at the organisational level or as individual who donated and through which the first phase of scholarships to more than 400 students of BTAD were distributed. He recalled his earlier meeting of 8th September, 2012 at Guwahati attended by members of the premier educational institutions, who had voluntarily adopted strife affected students for their educational rehabilitation. He felicitated one of the cook namely Mr. Mintu Ali from Guwahati who has sponsored one child from the affected area by paying a sum of Rs.500/- out of his meagre income. He appealed to the audience that everybody should contribute for educational rehabilitation of these unfortunate students. According to him, this is a major contribution for attainment of the peace as communalism can de defeated through education.

Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer, who is the world renowned Islamic Scholar, reformist-cum-author and human rights activist, also contributed for this cause through the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) and in his inspiring address he said communal violence has not only taken place in Kokrajhar but it is an outburst of hatred. He also stressed on education that will defeat the communalism.


Prof Akhter Siddiqui, former Chairman of National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE), and Deen, Faculty of Education Department, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, stressed on the fact that education alone can change the lot of the deprived sections of the society and hence the studies of their children should not allowed to be hampered at any cost.

Dr. NK Choudhury, former VC of Gauhati University, also lauded the work of ERDF and Centre for Educational Rehabilitation (CER) and said that while most other organisations were busy distributing blankets or holding rallies, it is this initiative which focussed on an issue that is of great relevance – education.

Mahbubul Hoque, Chairman ERDF, made a power point presentation which gave the historical background of the conflict in BTAD and the plight of the students whose educational activities have come to a standstill on account of the strife there. He also mentioned about a survey undertaken by ERDF that covered about 14,000 affected students, the selection tests conducted by ERDF where more than 2,000 students appeared and about the first phase of the project which is rehabilitating over 400 students from primary to PG level enabling them to pursue their courses without any hindrance.

Dr. Shabistan Gaffar, Chairperson, Committee for Girls Education NCMEI, extended the vote of thanks to all the dignitaries, who have graced occasion and appreciated their motivational addresses. She also thanked to all the delegates who have come from different parts of Assam and from different State of India and abroad for supporting the initiative jointly taken by the Committee on Girls’ Education, NCMEI and ERD Foundation, Guwahati under the patronage of Hon’ble Justice M.S.A. Siddiqui, Chairman, NCMEI under the project “Centre for Educational Rehabilitation”.


Mrs. Abeda P. Inamdar, Vice-Chairperson, Committee on Girls’ Education, NCMEI; Dr Jamal, Registrar, MES Kerala; Dr Fakhruddin, Hon. Secretary, MESCO Hyderabad; Syed M. Hussaini, PEO, Seed, Texas USA; Dr. Taj Mohammed Khan, Secretary, Rifa Educational Society, Mysore, Karnataka; and Mr. Abdur Rehman Amodi, Director, Amodi Constructions, Aurangabad had also addressed the audience.

Scholarships amounting Rupees 9 lakhs were distributed to 150 students affected by the strife towards six month post-metric scholarships at the rate of Rs.1000 per month. Arrangements were also made for rehabilitating 250 students upto secondary level through various educational institutions at the rate of Rs. 36000/- per annum (@3000 p.m.).

Process for establishment of a residential Women’s College was initiated by laying foundation stone at Badarpur, District Karimganj, Assam. The foundation stone was laid by Justice M.S.A. Siddiqui, Chairman, NCMEI on 10th November, 2012.

At the end of the programme, the students had a meeting with their donors and heads of educational institutions. A batch of 40 primary and middle school level students boarded the bus on their way to Badarpur where they would be provided residential education at the Central Public School, Badarpur. Mr. Mahbubul Hoque, Chairman, ERD Foundation said that 1900+ students of class IV, V & VI appeared for the selection test amount 14,000 strife affected students & have identified 100 in the first phase & hopefully another 500 by January and 150 post-metric students for scholarship & hopefully by next academic session 2000 students will be adopted by different minority institutions across the country.

[Dr. Shabistan Gaffar is Chairperson, Committee on Girls' Education, Nationaal Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi.]

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1 comments for "NCMEI initiative helps over 400 students of BTAD rehabilitated in first phase of programme"

  1. Justice MSA Siddiqui/Dr. Shabistan Gaffar. Both are doing really doing a commendable work and helping in spreading the programmes for Minorities by the Government of India quite honestly, sincerely and devotedly. My best compliments to all of you, and particularly the UPA Government under the stewardship of Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.

    Best wishes,

    Danish Ahmad Khan
    Founder-Editor
    IndianMuslimObserver.com
    New Delhi.

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