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Anglo-Arabic School/ministry dispute harming education

New Delhi: Maulana Azad Education Foundation’s Polytechnic Centre running under ministry for minorities affairs was opened in Delhi’s oldest and historical School Anglo Arabic School’s premises so that Muslim girls of Old Delhi could be provided professional education for their empowerment. This Centre had been working smoothly but the said ministry suddenly decided to transfer this Centre under the care and control of its other institution Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS) without taking Anglo Arabic School and Delhi Education Society (DES) which manages this School into confidence. The School and DES did not like this and they locked the Centre in February this year (2016). Subsequently after negotiations an understanding was reached between the DSE & School on the one hand and the ministry on the other which agreed that the Polytechnic will not be shifted to MANAS. Ministry’s officials were to visit the School premises and make arrangements for ‘return’ of the polytechnic Centre to the School, on its premises but this simple task could not be done by the ministry’s officers in about 8 months (from Feb. ‘16 till date). Though the process of ‘return’ of the Centre to Anglo-Arabic School is going on but at a snail’s pace and ministry officials could not visit the School so far (probably deliberately) without realising that because of their ‘Fabian’ or delaying tactics not only the education of girls is suffering very much but teachers who teach them are also not getting their salaries. The ministry has also agreed to DES’s condition that this Centre will be run under the Foundation. However the Society (DES) put forward the proposal that in this Polytechnic some additional technical and vocational courses also should be taught which may open more avenues of employment for these girls. However, unmindful of the educational loss to (Muslim) girls and salaries of teachers not being paid to them, the  Centre is still locked and the matter is pending since February ‘16. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2016 on page no. 14

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