Published On:27 December 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Vision 2020 in Hyderabad during December 27-31

Hyderabad: A group of local, national and global organisations are coming together to host India's education conclave in the city between December 27 and 31, to discuss Vision 2020 which aims at empowering the Muslim community socially and economically.

Vision 2020, according to Hyderabad-based Mesco president Fakhruddin Mohammed, is a plan prepared by Muslim groups in India with the assistance of other similar organisations in the West sometime back with a view to "motivate and inspire the community as well as provide it with necessary facilities to improve literacy levels and achieve excellence in the field of education."

He told media persons on Saturday that while the national literacy rate hovers around 70 per cent it is less than 50 per cent among Muslims. The literacy rate among Muslim girls and women is little over 30 per cent. "The backwardness in education has led to the community's backwardness in other areas. As several commission reports pointed out that the community is highly backward socially and economically. We believe that unless the barriers in getting education are broken we see no overall tangible progress for the community," he explained.

The conclave which coincides with 30 years of service by Mesco is being held in association with the National Commission for Minority Education, American Federation of Muslims of India, International Institute of Islamic Medicine of North America, India Muslim Relief and Charities and Seeds-both from the US, Confederation of Muslim Educational Institutions of India, New Delhi, Azam Campus, Pune, and Muslim Education Society from Kerala.

Speaking on the occasion Tajuddin Ahmed, president AFMI, said that the conclave will discuss means to set up 1000 model schools in the country to supplement the government of India's plan to establish 6,000 educational institutions in Muslim concentrated areas.

Fakhruddin said since the literacy among Muslim females is very low a special session will be held during the five-day conclave to find out ways of improving levels of education among them.

Vision 2020 has identified states such as Assam, West Bengal, and Bihar where the Muslim population is sizable but they lack behind other communities in various social parameters. Muslims in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana are also particularly backward.

A host of experts from within the country and abroad will be taking part in the conclave which will be concluded on December 31, he said.

(Courtesy: The Times of India)

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