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IICC satisfied with its 22 years achievements: chairman

New Delhi: Chairman of India Islamic Cultural Centre, Sirajuddin Qureshi said while talking to Urdu media persons on the occasin of its Foundation Day that this centre together with all its traditions and achievements is moving forward on the road to progress and gaining new heights and that he is glad to find that today this Centre enjoys a place of honour and success. He said that the sacrifices and services rendered by our respected predecessors for its reconstructions, including (late) Justice M. Hidayatullah, Hakeem Abdul Hameed, Badruddin Taiyyabji, Begum Abida Ahmad, Ghulam Naqshband and others cannot be forgotten. He said that former prime minister (late) Indira Gandhi had laid its foundation stone on 24 August 1984 and after about 22 years i.e. in 2006 its construction was completed, and was inaugurated by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. He said that in the initial stages this Centre consisted of only two old bunglows but today it has a large and beautiful building of its own which anyone can see. He said that about 18 crore rupees were spent on the building of this centre and a loan of Rs. 4 crores was taken which, by the grace of God, has been repaid and now the centre is not only self dependant but is also a profitable institution. He said that out of the Centre’s approximately 3500 members, 3200 are life members and now the centre has more than a hundred staff members, 28 rooms, auditorium, two Conference Halls, one Board Room and so forth and if we get permission for building the second floor, I will get a much more beautiful Centre built.

He said that he feels proud in saying that today IICC is doing such work for education and training which is badly needed by the youth of the country and after 2006 the services it has rendered to students and youths in the field of education and training has taken the shape of a silent revolution and that from 2008 the Centre has organised programmes for personality development, memory workshop, the Qur’an workshop and coaching for Staff Selection Commision examination which have given very positive and fruitful results. He said that four important programmes are going on regularly and the biggest success has been achieved in the field of coaching for Staff Selection Commission examination in which 18 of the centre’s candidates have been selected. He said “he wants to start coaching for central services examination in the Centre” and assured that in the coming year he will arrange for the coaching (civil services exams) so that Muslim youth too could take active and increasing part in IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS etc and bring name and fame to the country and nation. He said these programmes started in 2008 are still going on successfully and so far more than 11000 boys and girls, after being trained here have not only become able to stand firmly on their own feet but have got good jobs in different private sector companies.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2016 on page no. 15

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