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Published in the 1-15 Aug 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

JIH, SIO distributes prizes among meritorious students

New Delhi: Jamaat-e Islami Hind (JIH) and its student wing, Students Islamic Organisation (SIO), organised a function at Islamia Inter College, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh on July 18 where prizes were given away to meritorious students. The prize distribution function was organised under their educational awareness campaign.

Speaking on the occasion, Maulana Ashfaque Ahmad, JIH’s secretary for education, said that moral values in the Indian society were on decline. He said that the cause of lawlessness in the society is the educational system which is devoid of moral ideology. Expressing concern over the decline of Urdu in Uttar Pradesh, he said that in 1948 after Independence, 48 per cent students had appeared for matriculation examination in UP with Urdu-medium. The condition today is very much different. Illiteracy among Muslims has increased because Urdu has been excluded from the educational system. 

He said that in UP, literacy rate is only 57 per cent whereas the national literacy rate is 65 per cent. Among women, literacy is only 43 per cent in UP. Laying emphasis on the education of girls, he said that separate educational institutions for girls at different levels, especially at secondary and higher secondary levels, needed to be established becaue Muslim parents discontinue the education of girls when they grow up. He said that we do talk about the rights of women but do not pay attention to their education.

Maulana Ahmad added that the central government had allocated a special fund last year under its ‘Education for all’ scheme but UP did not take any advantage as a result of which one and a half lakh vacancies for teachers could not be filled up. He said that the government, society, educational institutions and parents, in short everyone will have to play their role for the promotion of education. Islam has made the head of the family reponsibe for the education and training of its members.

The chief guest, UP minister for public works, Sanjay Garg, speaking on the occasion said that receiving education is the fundamental right of every citizen in a democratic country. He added that it is the constitutional responsibility of the state to provide education to its citizens. Providing education is also the responsibily of social organisations and parents in order to remove darkness of ignorance. Garg said that the effort to provide modern education along with religious education is praiseworthy.

Prizes were given away to meritorious students of different high schools and colleges of Saharanpur who had obtained highest marks in their educational institutions. Both Muslim and non-Muslim students were awarded.

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