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Educational conference it Bhopal

New Delhi: The All India Educational Movement (AIEM) organised its annual educational conference at Bhopal on 5-6 March on the theme "Education and Communal Harmony"

Mr. Shiv Chaubey, Chairman MP State Mining Corporation, was the chief guest of the inaugural function. Poet Shamim Tariq spoke in the inaugural session. On this occasion a souvenir was released in the memory of late Saiyid Hamid, the first President of AIEM.

The valedictory session was held on 6 March where Mr. Tariq Zafar, Vice Chancellor of Bhoj Open University, was the Chief Guest. The conference had detailed discussions on various topics and adopted resolutions on communal harmony. Various sessions were chaired by Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, editor of The Milli Gazette, Mr. A.R. Agwan, Chairman of Universal Knowledge Trust, Dr. Khwaja M. Shahid, former PVC, MANUU, Mr. Mansoor Agha, Vice President, AIEM, and Dr. Shabistan Ghaffar, Chairperson Confederation for Empowerment of Women through Education.

Resolutions adopted at the conference said India is a multi-religious and multi-cultural nation... Striving for uniformity in a society is a myth which harms unity… The State education policy should essentially promote all inclusive policy; free from all biases... Promotion of tolerance has become highly crucial in the current national discourse since it is important for national integration and inclusive development. Education is and can be an indispensible instrument for the promotion of tolerance which can be promoted by strengthening the idea of common neighborhood schools and improving quality of government     schools and inculcating moral education based on best references from all     cultures and religions. A resolution about the changing scenario of education said, during last few years enrollment of students has multiplied all over the country. But quality of education has dipped greatly. This needs immediate attention by providing good number of well trained and dedicated teachers. AIEM exhorts to all education lovers to start teachers training facilities which may be of short term and long term nature. The Conference noted with concern that state is withdrawing from education with the result that the interest of weaker sections and minorities will be hurt.

Another resolution on  Quality Education in Schools said, our public and private education systems need to keep up with changing trends and reward creativity, original thinking, research and innovation. The system should evolve zero-defect policy on quality education and ensure physical, mental, psychological and linguistic development of the students by adopting parameters advocated by educational experts in the field. The Conference resolved that there is need to create not only good doctors, engineers and scientists but above all good human beings. The Government should also arrange periodical short term courses to achieve desired quality education. A resolution on the New Education Policy said that our education system is geared towards teaching and testing knowledge at every level as opposed to teaching skills… Knowledge is largely forgotten after the semester exam is over. Year after year Indian students focus on cramming information…this is a fundamental flaw of our educational system. The Conference exhorted the authorities to ensure equitable quality education, provision of teaching mother tongue in schools as per the Policy. Another resolution about Right to Education said, the state has failed to open required numbers of schools with facilities enunciated in this Act. The mandatory norms of infrastructure have hampered development of small units. Virtually these norms have turned education in corporate sector and increased cost of education which is beyond the reach of middle and lower middle classes. AIEM exhorts the government to relax these norms and allow blooming schools from even huts.  On women education, a resolution said in recent years education among girls has increased manifold…Education is most important tool of women empowerment… At the same time it is unfortunate that our boys lag far behind which is creating several socio-cultural problems. Need of the hour seems to be that the community should come forward to create competitive atmospheres for boys along with going on emphasizing on girls education.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2016 on page no. 13

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