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Rapid development and educational progress in
|Though the best way to find out the
all-round specially the educational, progress of Muslims of South India
and the method of achieving these is by living among them and seeing for
ourselves, another way is by studying their own reports prepared from time
to time. We can also get some information through newspapers and in this
way a comparison of educational progress of Muslims of North and South
India and the methods adopted for this purpose can very well be gauged.
For the present we have two famous and widely circulated dailies of
Hyderabad viz Munsif and Siyasat.
A review of this progress, based on the news appearing in these papers
during the last few day can be very helpful in opening the eyes of Muslims
of North India as to how people there are engaged in developmental,
particularly educational, activities and what is their methodology and
style of thinking. In many cases, single persons and single organizations
are running so many institutions and a single institution is performing
many types of works and services. It may be remembered that the Urdu
newspaper in India with highest circulation is the daily Hind Samachar
published from Jullunder in Punjab. Second number is of Mumbai's Inqilab.
Hyderabad's Siyasat and Munsif are at No. 3 and 4. Usual issues of Siyasat
comprise 12 pages and is priced Rs 2.50. Special issues contain 24 pages
and is priced Rs 3.50. Special issues of Munsif contain 20 pages, price
being Rs 3.00.
Now that the examinations are over and new academic year is scheduled to
start shortly, news related to education, educational institutions,
teachers, information advertisements, demands, appeals etc are being
published in great numbers in these papers. There was a news item that in
order to create interest in higher education and a sense of competition
among Muslim students (boys as well as girls), Abid Ali Khan Educational
Trust, in cooperation with Indo-British Muslim Educational Foundation, has
distributed a scholarship amount of Rs 82,000 among 43 boys and girls
students from tenth class upto graduation level. It may be mentioned in
this connection that Abid Ali Khan Educational Trust has been founded in
the memory of late Abid Ali Khan, former editor of Siyasat.
In a function held in the Golden Jubilee Auditorium of 'Siyasat' for
distribution of scholarships, the editor of Siaysat said while addressing
the students that this institution (Siyasat) is regularly guiding and
helping the young generation of the community in providing opportunities
for higher education and is also playing an important role in developing
the minds of students. Describing the activities of the Trust he said that
arrangements for the coaching of M.Set have been made in cooperation with
M.S. Education. M.Set examinations are conducted for admissions to
engineering and medical colleges. The Trust is also making arrangements
for free coaching for G.U.M. through Mehboob Hussain Jigar Career
Guidance. The Trust is also providing guidance for teaching of Urdu to
students not knowing Urdu and also for preparing for other examinations.
Arrangements have also been made for computer education in Siyasat.
Being very much impressed by the educational activities of the Siyasat.
Specially the activities benefiting the boy and girl students of the
nation and having faith and trust in it, Dr Fasihuddin Ali Khan, who is
residing in London, has decided to award scholarships, in cooperation with
this institution, to intelligent and deserving students of the nation with
a view to developing educational interest in them. He has already
presented a cheque for one lakh rupees. Ten boy and girl students top
ranking in M. Set have been awarded Rs ten thousand each. Similarly, boy
and girl students receiving education in S.S.C. Intermediate, Computer
Science, graduation, B.Ed., B.Tech., B.Pharmacy, journalism, nursing and
home science and Sayed Nasiruddin Ansari, who is preparing for IAS, were
awarded three thousand rupees each as scholarships. Students joining MBBS
and engineering courses were also given scholarships.
There is a news item in the paper which is in fact an advertisement in
view of its contents, but seeing its utility and necessity for the general
public, the paper published it as a news item, free of cost. This is a
fine example of service to the community, its people, public institutions
and mutual cooperation among newspapers. Obviously, the paper will recover
its cost in some other form at some other time or the institution
publishing this news may compensate the newspaper in some other way.
Anyway, it has been stated in this news that in the old city of Hyderabad,
Confederation of Voluntary Associations (COVA) is managing almost
seventy-five madrasas which assists the schools and madrasas in providing
trained, capable, experienced, and also untrained, teachers. Applications
are invited for the posts of teachers of all subjects at primary, middle
and High School level and also for Physical Educational Trainer (PET),
administrator, accountant, computer operator, office boys and girls
security staff and 'ayahs' for member schools of COVA. It has also been
stated in this news that applications should be forwarded individually by
post at COVA address along with details and passport-size photographs.
COVA was set up in 1994 in the form of a confederation of some small
organizations. The city of Hyderabad is the cradle of the composite
culture and civilization where followers of different religions and faiths
live peacefully. But for the last few years some anti-social and fascist
elements are regularly spoiling the peaceful atmosphere of the city in the
garb of politics and religion for their personal interest. Peace-loving
citizens become victims of riots planned by these elements.
In order to control and improve the worsening condition and to take
effective steps to promote building, developmental and welfare activities
in the city and region and also to impress upon the youth to participate
in such promotional activities, a large network has been created by
uniting smaller mohalla-level committees and welfare organizations.
Special care is taken to see that in this process smaller organizations do
not lose their identity. Rather, these should be encouraged and their
identity should be maintained. With this end in view, confederation of
Voluntary Associations (COVA) was formed in 1994.
COVA is purely a social and welfare association whose objective is to
provide economic stability to the people, healthy atmosphere to the youth
by involving them in developmental activities like social progress and
strengthening social and communal harmony for a peaceful society.
'Subversive activities destroy society and building and developmental
activities bring about prosperity in society.' The objective of COVA is to
prove the truth of this slogan, for the attainment of which different
programmes have been initiated in which work is in progress. For the
present, COVA is working in cooperation with about 200 small, local
organizations of the old city. In addition to this, it is also engaged in
10 other districts of Andhra Pradesh outside Hyderabad. The strategy of
COVA is that it avoids its own involvement in the execution of different
programmes but implements the programmes by involving local people and
organizations. In this way it tries to awaken in them a sense of
responsibility and duty towards other people and also themselves.
Programmes for the progress and welfare of children and youth are in
progress. In addition to these, programmes like science exhibitions,
Women's Day, Youth Festival etc are held every year. One of the annual
programmes undertaken is summer camp which is held every year from 1 to 31
This year 40 summer camps were organized in poor localities of the old
city in which, according to informed sources, 4000 boys and girls took
part every day. Timings of the camps were from 6 to 8 in the morning. The
entire responsibility for organizing and running the camps is that of
local organizations. This organization appoints a young, capable and
active boy or girl as volunteer for every thirty children who help in
arranging sports and maintaining discipline in this group. Games and
sports like carrom, chess, badminton, volley ball footfall, kabaddi,
sketching etc are held in these camps in which boys and girls take part
with great enthusiasm. In addition to these, arrangements are made to
teach painting, henna designing, hand embroidery etc to girls only in
which girls acquire proficiency in a short time.
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