AAGHAZ Foundation, a community-driven organisation working to eradicate illiteracy among Indian Muslim, organised a seminar on ‘Education and Empowerment Challenges Facing Indian Muslims and the Way Forward’ at Lucknow on September 16th. Academicians, muslim clerics, scientists, professionals, and businessmen turned up for the event at Umanath Bali’s J.S. Prasad auditorium. Maulana Saed-Ur-Rahman Azmi, Principal of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema, was the chief guest.
The President of the foundation and Dubai-based journalist, Mazhar Farooqui, made a power point presentation on the educational and economic status of Muslims in India. He gave an overview of Aaghaz Foundation’s zero-expense model and its efforts in rooting out illiteracy from the community.
“Education is a potent tool for nation-building and Aaghaz is doing just that by plugging school drop outs and shaping the careers of underprivileged Muslim children,” said Maulana Saed-Ur-Rahman Azmi.
US based Cancer Scientist and social activist Dr Razi Raziuddin described Sir Syed’s vision and urged the community to support educational projects. His presentation ‘Aligarh Movement & Cause of Indian Muslims Uplift: A Journey Continues’ emphasised on the need of activating a “latent and dormant” Aligarh Movement Phase 2 to renergise the community.
Anis Ansari Vice Chancellor, Khwaja Moiunddin Chisti Urdu Farsi University, highlighted the importance of skilled-based education. Citing the example of Asma Husain Institute of Fashion Technology, which has helped several Muslim girls find rewarding jobs, Ansari offered free job-oriented training to girl students of Aaghaz wanting to pursue a career at the Institute run by his wife.
India Wisdom Foundation President and head of the Virology Group at New Delhi’s International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Dr Shaheed Jameel, also addressed the gathering. Dr Jameel, too, stressed on the need of education and how it ‘plays a vital role in community empowerment’.
US based Nuclear Engineer Sohail Tanvir said Aaghaz is a role model for other organisations and described how the Foundation’s Guidance and Counselling Centre (LGCC) has paved the way for the establishment of similar centres in other cities, including the one managed by him in Gorakhpur.
The Seminar concluded with Maulana Saeedur Rahman givinng away Certificates of Appreciation to dozens of prominent acamedicians for their Work in Muslim Education.