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Arabic School’s Old Boys Assn conf.

New Delhi: An educational conference on ‘Education of Tomorrow’ was held in Delhi’s historical and oldest school, Anglo Arabic Sr. Sec. School last month (October) chaired by Sirajuddin Qureshi, Chairman of India Islamic Cultural Centre. On this occasion Association’s website www.angloarabicschool.com and souvenir were also launched. Chief Patron of the Association Dr. S. Y. Qureshi, who was formerly Chief Election Commissioner said in his inaugural address that we are proud of being the students of Delhi’s oldest school but at the same time it is also essential that we must pay serious and concerted attention to quality education. In view of shortage of schools in Old Delhi he suggested that there should be two shifts in this school so that maximum number of students could benefit from this school. Special guest and Chairman of Urgent Care Cenre and Hospital Dr. Parvez Ahmad while launching the Association’s website and releasing the Souvenir laid emphasis on the need of promotion of quality education and skill development. He said that after completing school education, parents and teachers should keep an eye on, in which colleges our students are seeking admission, what occupations they are adopting and upto what level they reach in the field of higher education. In this way we can ensure the educational progress of our students, he said.

Sirajuddin Qureshi said in his presidential address “we need to study and judge the educational standard at global level and to educate and train our students in speaking English”. He further said that in our zeal and efforts to promote girls education we are becoming slow and less enthusiastic in the promotion of boys education with the result that they are being left behind in education. Hence we need to pay equal attention to the education of both boys and girls. Former Lok Sabha MP, Shahid Siddiqi said that after 1857 when every thing had come to an end, this institution in the form of Delhi College had started educational renaissance and had widely spread the light of modern sciences. He said that now we should re-start educational movement from this very institution and spread the light of education in the lanes and bylanes of Old Delhi and for this we should try to obtain all kinds of help from the government/s irrespective of the political party forming the government. M. Afzal, Congress leader while speaking in this conference said that in today’s era quality education is difficult to acquire without money hence it is very difficult to search talent among the poor students of Anglo-Arabic School. He made an appeal to the people to acquire membership of Delhi Education Society and Old Boys Association and suggested that Delhi Education Society and Old Boys Association should work together so that it could move forward with full force. Among others who spoke in this conference on different subjects were Prof. Akhtar Siddiqi of Jamia Millia’s Department of Education who spoke on the topic of quality education, Hamdard Laboratories (India)’s Trustee Hamid Ahmad who spoke on ‘Promotion of Skill’, Satish Chander, former teacher of Modern School who spoke on the topic of ‘Educational Standard of Delhi’s Muslim Students’.

At the end, President of Delhi Education Society and Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University, Prof. Tala’t Ahmad emphasised the need for imparting of good and quality education in schools and said that without this our students cannot excel in higher education. Hence, along with school building, there is greater need for the appointment of better teachers and creation of the atmosphere of ideal and exemplary education.

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

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