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Federation of Muslim Educational Institutions launched

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New Delhi: “With a population of 1.5 billion and possessing 70% natural resources of the world, it is regrettable that the Muslim Ummah does not have a single university of its own among the world’s 100 best universities,” said Justice Suhail Ahmad Siddiqi, chairman of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, at the launch of Federation of Muslim Educational Institutions India( FMEII) here at Jamaat Islami Hind’s markaz on 12 March 2011, which was chaired by Manzoor Ahmad (IPS), president of FMEII.

It is to be noted that FMEII is a national level federation with which, according to federation’s Secretary General Mujtaba Farooq, about 2000 NGOs are associated so far. According to FMEII’s concept paper, the main idea behind this federation is to undertake joint action to bring together Muslim educational Institution to the national level, without interference in their internal functioning and administration and also to protect their rights and pave the way for their development and progress in a democratic, constitutional and peaceful manner. Speaking at the inaugural function Prof. I K Siddiq Hasan, Vice President of Jamaate Islami Hind said that Muslim organizations should come forward and establish community centres to search and promote talent.

Milli Gazette editor Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan said that there is a dire need to work hard for the betterment and improvement of Muslim institutions and to lay stress on quality education as well as healthcare. Most of our schemes always remain on paper and do not materialize because we do not know how to get our rights.

Speaking on the occasion Syed Shahabuddin, former MP and president of All India Majlis Mushawarat, said that Jamia Millia Islamia’s winning minority status is welcomed but different bits of news are doing the rounds that SC fraternity is planning to challenge it in court, because of which this status may be changed or its implementation may be stayed. So we have to be alert and ready for the possible legal battle. Manzoor Ahmad IPS, former V.C of Agra University, said that FMEII has been formed to meet a very important need of the hour.

Among other speakers on this occasion were Dr. Zafar Mahmood, Syeda Bilgrami Imam of NCM Abdul Khaliq, general secretary, Lok Janshakti Party. Mujtaba Farooq and others. The FMEII, already has its regional chapters in 18 states and has been established under the aegis of Jamate Islami Hind. Its area of operation will be the whole of India.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 20

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