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?Lay stress on excellence in education?

NATIONAL MINORITY Educational Institution Commission chairman Justice M S K Siddiqui has said the government had cleared all hurdles to set up minority educational institutions across the country and it was up to them how best they benefit from the provision.

india Updated: May 20, 2006 15:08 IST

NATIONAL MINORITY Educational Institution Commission chairman Justice M S K Siddiqui has said the government had cleared all hurdles to set up minority educational institutions across the country and it was up to them how best they benefit from the provision.

He called on religious and political leaders not to bring politics in imparting education.Delivering the keynote address on ‘Educational status of minorities in Indian education system’ at the 47th Abhyas Mandal summer lecture series held at Jall auditorium this evening, Justice Siddiqui stressed on promoting excellence in educational institutions so that the minorities who are lagging behind in education could compete with the best in globalised world.

“Islam has placed knowledge at par with God, but today we find Muslims lagging behind in knowledge and education. This is because the religious and political leaders fear that imparting education to them would be a threat to their position and loss of vote bank,” he remarked.

Citing example of Israel and Japan, he said that two countries have invested enormously to promote education among their race. On the other hand, 56 Muslim nations who have 70 per cent of world’s natural resources in their possession have only two-dozen universities in Pakistan and seven in Saudi Arabia. He said that education is not a priority in a country like Arabia, which taught Europe for 600 years at one point of time.

“We don’t need craftsmen, singers or cooks. What we need is engineers, doctors and scientists who can contribute to nation building,” he said of Muslims and added there was no dearth of talent among them; it only needs to be channelised through education.

Laying stress on educating street children and modernising madarsas, Justice Siddiqui said it was important to appoint good teachers and pay them well, as they build creed of able citizens.

The week-long lecture series will conclude tomorrow with address of industrialist Abhay Firodia. Abhyas Mandal will hold also a lecture on nationality and morality by former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh.

First Published: May 20, 2006 15:08 IST