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Bhatkal Anjuman’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations kick off
By Aftab Kola

The Anjuman Hami-e-Muslimeen, Bhatkal, Karnataka’s oldest Muslim education trust, completed 80 years of meritorious service to the society. The Trust manages more than 11 institutions having 5000 students. Its Anjuman Engineering College at Bhatkal is a prestigious institution that offers technical education that draws students from all over the country. This picturesque town of Bhatkal has been home to a large number of Navayath Muslims (an article on Navayths will appear in a forthcoming issue of the MG). Bhatkal is situated on the west coast in the state of Karnataka.

The inaugural function of the Platinum Jubilee of Anjuman Hami-e Muslimeen was held on 20 May 2000 in an impressive manner. Inaugurating the celebrations Maulana Ashraf Ali Qasmi, Ameere-Shariya, Imarate-Shariyath, Kanataka observed that Islam stressed on education as the first revelation from Allah (SWT) to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was ‘read.’ This sets an example for the mankind to seek knowledge, he added. Lauding Anjuman’s progress the Ameer said that Anjuman should carry on the commendable work to achieve its mission. Mr. RV Deshpande, the Karnataka minister for industries, opined that rapport between industries and institutions should be maintained in order to make the students abreast of latest technology. Appreciating Anjuman’s efforts in spearheading the cause of education Deshpande appealed to the Trust to give thrust on information technology courses. Mr. JD Naik, Bhatkal MLA, urged the Anjuman to start a medical college in the district. Prof. AM Khusro, chairman, financial commission, in his keynote address, dwelt on ‘steps to be taken for economic resurgence of Muslim community’. He opined that economic development is possible through modern education only. And added, that the information technology must be integrated with religious and cultural background. Mr. Khusro urged the Anjuman to accord priority to women education.

Mr. S. M. Syed Khaleel, president of Anjuman, announced that in order to improve the educational standard among Muslims an All India Muslim Education Conference will be held at Bhatkal as part of the celebrations. Mr. Khaleel said that a series of lectures are being organized every month. Mr. Khaleel is playing a pivotal role in conducting multifarious activities in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.

Earlier, Mr. Syed Hasan Sakkaf, chairman, Memorial Lecture Committee, welcomed while Mr. Muallim Zafar Ali, general secretary, Anjuman, thanked the audience. Mr. Syed Batin and Aftab Kola conducted the proceedings.

The next day was devoted to memorial lectures. Mr. Sayyid Hamid, chancellor, Jamia Hamdard, spoke on ‘Madrasa education-strength, relevance, and need for reforms.’ He asserted that education is not meant for employment only as is being understood. And thus the myth that the doors of employment are closed for madrasa-educated youth does not hold water, he added. There was a seminar devoted to the two founders of the Anjuman. While Mr. MA Gani delivered a talk on late MM Siddique, Syed Hasan Sakkaf presented a paper on late IH Siddique.

The main celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee are slated for mid-November. 
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