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15 September 2013

Peace Foundation deliberates on “Measures for socio-economic development of Muslims”

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Patna: Peace Foundation, a newly launched non-profit NGO in Bihar, held a deliberation on “Measures for socio-economic development of Muslims” at its office in Patna on September 8, 2013. The discussion and brainstorming aimed at charted out vision to the Muslims for a better future.

The guests included Enam Khan, Convenor of Bihar Anjuman, Rustam Ali, educationist and retired Chief Genral Manager of BSNL, Shoib Khan, social worker and retired I.P.S officer, Dr. Anwarul Hassan Kazmi, Principal, Patna Muslim High School, Maulana Abdul Majid Qasmi, Secretary, Shanti Sandesh Kendr, Md. Shabbir, Software Engineer, Aftab Hassan Shams, Secretary, Naujawanan-e-Millat Welfare Foundation, Bihar Sharif, Dr. Ashrafun Nabi, Journalist, Naushad Ansari, founder and Secretary of Peace Foundation, Mohammad Quasim, Advocate, Patna High Court and many others.

Naushad Ansari introduced Peace Foundation to the audience and pointed out that Muslims suffer from alarming rate of drop out at secondary level. This entails overall backwardness in social, economic and political fields. The drop outs finally join unskilled labour force with paltry wages and remain backward for generations. Hence, he advised, the best course for development could be to go for vocational courses leading to early employment of the wandering youths. Such youths are required to be encourages and supported to pursue semi-skill short technical courses, for which less effort and less investment is required to be done. At the same time, he stressed that the Masjid Committee should have a check on drop out of children of their localities.
Rustam Ali asked to realize that Muslims share in Jawahar Navoday Vidyalayas (JNVs) is just 4 and 3.8 per cent at all India and Patna region against their population ratio of 13.4 per cent and 18.52 per cent respectively. He emphasised that JNVs provide good quality modern education free of charge. This is indeed a panacea for Muslim’s educational backwardness. He felt need of opening as many coaching centres for the preparation of government school going students of class V level to prepare them for the entrance test of JNVs.

While deliberating on the subject Shoib Khan said that the community should be very focused in their approach. In this age of competition Muslims can surely be successful provided that they plan their future with accuracy and a firm faith in Allah SWT. A good number of government schemes doesn’t reach to the Muslims as they are not aware of such plans. We must awaken and educate the community on the importance of education, short professional courses, governments schemes etc, he emphasized.

Enam Khan of Bihar Anjuman shared his experience of running 24 coaching centres for poor Muslim students in different districts of Bihar and Jharkhand free of charges. The students are from the government schools and from a very lower strata of the society. Many of them have become engineers, diploma engineers and Technocrats with their support. Hence any effort at micro level yield very good results. Felicitation and otivational programs are organized on monthly basis at the different coaching centres which electrifies students zeal to work hard.

Dr. Ashrfun Nabi asked the gathering to bring out publications on the themes of contemporary importance like on the government various development schemes, employment opportunities available at different levels, literatures on communal harmony and civil rights etc.

“Information revolution influences decision makers like in the Assemblies and Parliament, in the judiciary, in the security forces, in policy making etc’ viewed Aftab Hassan Shams. Therefore, he suggested, we should interact with media through press releases, letters to the Editor, conducting media meet occasionally.

Mohammad Quasim asked to organize regular workshops and symposium on public awareness with giving importance to educating the people on the welfare schemes made for minorities as most of the welfare schemes made by the centre for the welfare of minorities are being cornered by other better placed minority groups viz, Jains, Christians etc., he lamented.

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