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Lonavala (Maharashtra): Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) organised a two-day convention here for key members from across the country to interact, network and have a better understanding of the organization and its objectives. Dignitaries from different fields such as education, bureaucracy, welfare and politics were invited as guest speakers to motivate and guide the members to get a deep insight as to how each one can work better towards the uplift of the community and society. The Convention was organized at the picturesque location of Lonavala near Mumbai. More than 100 key AMP members, all professionals from different fields, participated in the convention.

Delivering his keynote address, M. M. Ansari, former Information Commissioner and a member of the team of Interlocutors for J&K, said that two basic problems need to be addressed. One is poverty and the other is illiteracy. He said that the focus should be on education through effective utilization of Government plans for the underprivileged. He said that we need to have a pool of trained skilled workers and there should be a paradigm shift of societal change through intensive implementation of technology. He said that as responsible citizens of the country, we should  have great respect for our constitution and need to be careful in all our initiatives undertaken so that a seemingly harmless action may not jeopardize us.

Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, senior leader of a leading political organization and member of the Central Wakf Board said that there should be more emphasis on political empowerment. He said that the current misgivings of the youth towards politics should be cleared so that they emerge as effective leaders of tomorrow. He added that positivity towards the nation is very important. Emphasis should be not only on making people aware of their rights but also about their duties towards the nation and the society.

P. A. Inamdar, leading educationist and industrialist, spoke on “Educational Empowerment of Muslims.. The Road Ahead”. He took the participants through his own brief history and struggle from a humble beginning to how he reached the zenith of success. In his detailed speech, he elaborated that there are ample opportunities for progress in a democratic setup as compared to an autocratic rule where concentration of wealth is only with a few and there are lesser opportunities for economic or financial growth. He said that opportunities are equally available for a person irrespective of his creed or religion and it is up to him how he utilises those opportunities. Regarding the underprivileged, he said that focus should be on employment-oriented courses like ITI for students so that even if they are unable to continue further studies, they are still employable. He said that there is no shortage of traditional skills in the community but the need is to enhance their managerial skills in order to move up the economic ladder.

On the second day, Maulana Mohammad Wali Rahmani spoke on the need of Political Empowerment of Muslims and how to achieve it. His speech was simple, direct and addressed the actual concerns. He said that the present system of education restricts the development of a child; it imparts knowledge only in the literal sense but does not give him the power to think. He said that political empowerment is important in a democracy where we need to be heard and have to be in a position to prove our point and make others realise our worth and for that we first need to recognize our own worth. He continued that political empowerment does not mean establishing our own political party but to identify our rights and make our presence felt in all circles. He reiterated that we need to critically analyse government policies, planning and programmes and keep a check on the same.

Earlier during the day, Aamir Idrisi, president of AMP warmly welcomed the guests and participants and gave them a brief introduction about AMP.  Mohammad Shahanshah Ansari explained the the mission, vision and objectives of AMP. Syed Najeeb-Ur-Rahman took the participants through the detailed history of AMP and its various milestones.Sessions included brain-storming and group discussions on various activities of AMP. Two awards were given for the year 2010-11, one was Award for Excellence to Mr. Irfan Shaikh from Mumbai for his continuous support to AMP in research work for scholarships and job information and the other for Mr. Abrar Sayed as AMP Face of The Year for his tireless efforts in coordination of the establishment of AMP chapters across the country.

The convention passed 10-point resolutions on the following: 1)    Educational Empowerment; 2)    Economic Empowerment; 3)    Monitoring, Recommendation and advocacy on policy matters related to the community; 4) Focusing on Establishments; 5) Striving For Peace & Harmony; 6) Increasing our National Footprint; 7) Being Vocal on matters of National Importance; 8) Nurturing Leadership qualities within The Community; 9) Eradicating Social Vices from The Society and 10) Women Empowerment.

AMP is a platform for Muslim professionals, and volunteers to share their knowledge, intellect, experience and skills for the overall development of not just the Muslim community but also for the whole society at large. For more information, contact Syed Najeeb-Ur-Rahman at info@ampindia.org.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2012 on page no. 13

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