By Nilofar Suhrawardy, TMO
RANCHI (JHARKHAND): The 20th International Educational Convention and Gala Award Ceremony hosted by American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI) held here (December 24-25) is the first Muslim convention of national as well as international level to be held in Jharkhandâ€™s capital city.
The chief guest at AFMIâ€™s Ranchi-convention was Dr. Syed Ahmed, Governor of Jharkhand. In his opinion, â€œFemale education is a mustâ€ as that helps in the â€œliteracy of the entire family.â€
Trustee and founder, AFMI, Dr. A. S. Nakedar highlighted importance of â€œsocial justice, gender equality, 100% literacy with substantial importance given to both formal and religious education.â€
Appreciating the educational importance of Indian Muslims, Subodh Kant Sahai, Union Minister of Tourism, took note of Jharkhand children being among the national toppers. Among 11, class ten toppers from India, three belong to Jharkhand. Sahai pointed out that AFMIâ€™s convention have held people in Jharkhand and outside become aware of educational importance given by Indian Muslims in this state and elsewhere. He pointed out, â€œWe have gone through a tough stage when because of communal polarization, secularism was at stake. The situation has changed now.â€ Sahai also expressed â€œsalaamâ€ for Indian madarsas giving importance to education.
Though Haji Hussain Ansari, Minority Welfare Minister (Jharkhand) accepted that Muslims are moving ahead, with help of AFMI and other organizations, he pointed out their â€œprogress is not in keeping with their population.â€
During his address, former Union Minister and present member of Parliament, Ram Vilas Paswan complimented AFMI and Dr. Nakedar for holding these conventions and giving awards to deserving students. This contributes in enhancing the social importance of Indian Muslims. Paswan also laid stress on his favor for AFMIâ€™s approach in giving importance to religious education together with different aspects of academics (Dec 25).
AFMI, formed by American Muslims of Indian origin in 1989, aims to work towards educational and economic upliftment of Indian Muslims with cooperation between American and Indian relief and educational organizations.
All over India, the Top Eleven from Class 10th are:
Inamdar Farhat Iqbal â€“ 97.2% (Maharashtra); Kanize Robab Ali â€“ 96.71% (West Bengal); Ruksar Banu â€“ 96.48% (Karnataka); Memon Shaheen Iqbal Bhai â€“ 95.60% (Gujarat) with the following having secured 95 %:– Suffeya Zeb (Bihar); Nausheen Najmul Haque Ansari (Jharkhand); Nafis Ahmed Siraj Ahemd (Jharkhand), Aarifuzzaman (Jharkhand); Navar P.M. (Kerala); Faheem K. (Kerala) and Sheikh Mohammed Israil (Orissa).
The Top Ten from Class 12th Examination (all over India) are:
Maha Fathima â€“ 98% (Kerala); Sarah S.D. â€“ 96.33% (Tamil Nadu); Maria Yusuf Lakkadwala- 95.4% (Maharashtra); Israrbanu Mansoor Ballary â€“ 95.33% (Karnataka);
Syed Safaraz Syed Hasham â€“ 95.30% (Andhra Pradesh); Mohd. Arish Abdul Nasir â€“ 94.20% (Uttar Pradesh); Rana Junaid Babar â€“ 94.00% (Gujarat); Sarfaraz Abdul Gafoor â€“ 93.08 % (Rajasthan); Sakina Pitalwala â€“ 91.8% (Madhya Pradesh) and Nazneen Nighar Sultana- 91% (Orissa)
In addition to national level awards, six candidates from different states were selected for gold, silver and bronze medals.