Eminent educationists, scientists, professionals, businessmen and clerics from India and abroad came together to discuss challenges facing the Muslim community during a seminar at Rai Umanath Bali auditorium here on Sunday.
The programme ‘Education and Empowerment Challenges Facing Indian Muslims and the Way Forward’ was organised by Aaghaz Foundation- a city-based non-profit organisation working for eliminating illiteracy within the community.
Principal of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema, Maulana Saeed-ur-Rehman Azmi, the chief guest, emphasised the role of education in the nation’s development. He said education was the only road to emancipation and a potent tool in getting the society rid of all differences.
“There is no alternative to education if one has to fit in with the contemporary society. In fact it is the only treasure that can eliminate all the differences in society,” Azmi said. Vice chancellor of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Urdu Farsi University Anis Ansari lais emphasis on the need to focus on providing skilled education to students. He stressed for efforts required for minimising school dropouts, particularly among the marginalised sections of the Muslim community.
Earlier, president of the foundation and deputy editor, Gulf News, Dubai, Mazhar Farooqui spelled out the economic conditions of Muslins in India through a power point presentation. He also informed the audience about the efforts of the organisation to eliminate illiteracy.
US based cancer scientist and founder member of Indian Wisdom Foundation (IWF) Dr Razi Raziuddin provided a detailed analysis about the way forward for the upliftment of the community through education. Shahid Jameel, president of (IWF), noted scientist, Tanveer Saleem, Maulana Naeem Ur Rahman to name a few were also present during the seminar.