Certificate Distribution Ceremony Among Muslim Girls by Mr. K. Rahman Khan, Minister of Minority Affairs

On 26 December, 2012 at IOS Conference Hall

Awardees receive their awards

New Delhi, Dec. 26: “Sachar Committee’s report is a mirror of Muslims’ condition in India and its recommendations are not only for the government, but also for the Muslims of India who themselves have to come forward to work on different sectors in which they have been left behind and work together with the Indian government for removing their backwardness in different spheres”. These views were expressed by Mr. K. Rahman Khan, Minister for Minority Affairs, while distributing certificates among the successful Muslim girl students of IOS Centre for Computer Learning at a function jointly organised by the Institute of Objective Studies and Delhi Minorities Commission here today. While appreciating the efforts made by the Institute of Objective Studies he said that despite being a research institution the IOS had objectively examined different issues being faced by the Muslim community in India and presented it before government in a scientific manner. This made it a distinct institution which has no parallel in the country.

He agreed that the schemes meant for the welfare of underprivileged and minorities were not reaching the intended segments of the society and sought help from Institute of Objective Studies in identifying the reasons behind it. In order to make necessary changes in the terms of various schemes, it was necessary to identify the difficulties and hurdles in implementation of these schemes, he said.

While referring to the compilation of socio-economic data bank, he applauded the role of the IOS for doing extensive work on it. He further said that Sachar Committee had talked about taking it up at national level. If the IOS was ready for it, he could formally speak about it, he further said.

L-R: Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Mr. K. Rahman Khan, Minister for Minority Affairs, Govt. of India; Mr. Safdar H. Khan, Chairman, Delhi Minorities Commission; Mr. Pushpinder Singh, Member, Delhi Minorities Commission, and Prof. Z.M. Khan, Secretary General, IOS

He informed about the introduction of the Equal Opportunity Commission Bill soon by the government in order to prevent discrimination against minorities in jobs.

Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, while stressing the need for education among Muslim girls said that he had a plan to establish an institute for technology and management for Muslim girls. “We have the requisite piece of land and seek support from Maulana Azad Foundation or any other similar government institution for sponsoring the project and providing infrastructure”, he said. He also informed about the IOS Drive for Eradication of Illiteracy started by the Institute of Objective Studies.

A view of audience

Mr. Safdar H. Khan, Chairman, Delhi Minorities Commission, highlighted various schemes initiated by Delhi Minorities Commission.

Mr. Pushpinder Singh, Member, Delhi Minorities Commission, and Prof. Z.M. Khan, Secretary General, IOS also expressed their views on the occasion. Some of the eminent participants of the programme included Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad, Adv., Sardar Gurdeep Singh, Prof. Eqbal Hussain, Prof. Rifaqat Ali Khan, Mr. I.H. Khan and Mr. Feroze Ghazi Adv., besides participation of a large number of girl students of the IOS Centre for Computer Learning.


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