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Urdu Girls High School Gaya Celebrates Golden Jubilee

Gaya: Magadh University Vice Chancellor Dr Mohammad Ishtiaque made the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Urdu Girls High School Gaya, an aided minority school, an occasion for introspection not only for the school but for the community in the area. He prompted the community leaders, particularly those behind the affairs of any minority educational institution in the country, to self analyse and do whatever they can to improve the conditions and advised them not to be much dependent on government aid. The VC exhorted the school committee to learn the lessons from Christians and Sikhs in running their institutions.

The VC felt pity for the school that even in its golden jubilee year the school did not have its own land and was running from a building constructed on waqf land (though built by its own resources). The landbelongee to the 100-year-old  Madarsa Anwarul Uloom which had spared a small portion of its land 50 years ago for the school while it imparts education in Urdu. He said that the community itself should come forward to manage its space crunch first, then only aid should be expected from the government.  

The VC said Urdu is the best medium of education but one should not remain content with this and should endeavour to join the mainstream by acquiring other language skills.

These thoughts were expressed while the VC was delivering his presidential address on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Urdu Girls High School, one of the first schools for girls belonging to the linguistic minorities in Bihar.

Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, SC/ST welfare minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi promised all help to the school management in its struggle to get land and building. Dr Syed Zafar Imam, a New York-based medical consultant, had come down from the US to grace the occasion. He  advised the guardians of the students to focus much on the skills of math during study as this could guarantee bright careers in future.

The coordinator of the Golden Jubilee programme, Tameemuddin Humble, organised and presented about a dozen items of school’s cultural programme staged by its students, in which a drama on women education was appreciated by all.

On this occasion, the foundation stone of the Golden Jubilee Bloc, the building to be built pulling the old one, was laid by the chief guest, Mr Jeetan Ram Manjhi. A website of the school, www.urdugirlshighschool.com  was also launched by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mohammad Ishtiyaque. A 68-page souvenir focusing on Girls’ Education was released during this function.
    Tameemuddin Humble

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2014 on page no. 13

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