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Posted Online on Wednesday 21, September 2005 15:55 IST

AFMI honors visionaries, social workers and educationists, Excellence award to PM Sayeed 

The Milli Gazette (online edition)

September 21, 2005

Dallas (USA): Some of India's best and hardworking visionaries, social workers and educationists were honored at the glittering annual convention of the American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI) held here on the weekend at the famous Southfork Ranch. 

The highlight of the two day function was the formal announcement of the intent to launch All India Muslim Education Board which is being formed to give a collective voice and platform to organizations, institutions and individuals working towards the cause of the educational upliftment of Indian Muslims. The announcement of the board was well received by the gathered dignitaries. 

From left: Akram Syed (AFMI, President-elect), Hon PM Sayeed, and Dr Syed Samee (President, AFMI)
From left: Akram Syed (AFMI, President-elect), 
Hon PM Sayeed, and Dr Syed Samee (President, AFMI)

Dr Sam Pitroda, innovator, entrepreneur and chairman of National Knowledge Commission, was awarded the Pride of India Award for his visionary approach in utilizing technology for providing sustainable development at the grassroots level. Receiving the award Dr Pitroda emphasized the role of science and technology in solving the problems and urged organizations like AFMI to play a leading role in such an endeavor. 

AFMI conferred its excellence award on the Hon. PM Sayeed (Indian Minister of Power) for his tireless services in the causes of social justice including the emancipation of the downtrodden. 

Professor Mushirul Hasan (eminent historian and Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia [Central University, New Delhi]), Dr. Abu Saleh Shariff (Chief Economist at the National Council of Applied Economic Research and Secretary of the Indian Prime Minister's High Level Committee preparing a report on the status of the Muslim Community of India), Mr. Syed Sadaqath Peeran (Chairman, Al-Ameen Educational Society, Bangalore), Ms Farida Hussain (All India Women's Conference, Hyderabad) and Mr Abid Abedi (CEO, Adea Solutions) were conferred with the excellence awards for their outstanding services in the cause of education and entrepreneurship respectively.

Social workers and eminent cinema & TV personalities Ms Nandita Das and Mr Farooque Sheikh also spoke at the conference and called for an all out effort for the educational and social empowerment of all people in India and eradication of illiteracy, poverty and backwardness. Ms. Nandita Das stressed the role of mass media in spreading the message and creating awareness. Two short films about dropout children produced by her organization were screened which greatly moved the audience 

Many of the panelist who presided over the sessions were unanimous in their recognition of their need for universalization of primary education in India.

Mr Akram Syed, President-elect of AFMI said that for sustainable development and growth to occur in Emerging India, attention should be focused on equity, education and entrepreneurship. He called upon the NGOs working in the field of education to partner with AFMI to realize the common goal of “Education for All”. 

AFMI is a North American based grassroots organization dedicated to the socio-economic and educational development of Muslims and other underprivileged masses in India. AFMI has chapters in major cities of USA and in Toronto, Canada. AFMI's educational activities, notably its annual awards program for Muslim toppers in tenth and twelfth standards from across India, have been recognized for encouraging talent and promoting academic excellence among Indian Muslims. The annual international convention of AFMI will beheld this year in Kanpur in December where toppers of X and XII Board exams will be awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals. Composition of the education board and other details will also be announced at the event. [www.afmi.org] «

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