New Delhi: The central government did not implement a single recommendation of the “Report and Recommendations on Minority Girls’ Education” for improving educational standards and enhancing educational opportunities of minority girls. This was revealed by the chairman of National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) Justice M.S.A. Siddiqui at a conference here. Addressing the conference on “Role of NCMEI in Strengthening the Minority Educational Institutions in India” on Friday, Justice Siddiqui said the NCMEI’s Committee on Girls Education has submitted a comprehensive report on minority girls education to the HRD ministry in December 2012 and the minister appreciated the report saying he will implement the recommendations made by the Committee but not a single recommendation was realized.
The Committee on Girls Education was constituted in 2007 to formulate and submit recommendations on ways and means to ameliorate the grave situation of girls of minority communities, in general, and that of Muslim girls in particular.
Continuing his speech, he Justice Siddiqui also lambasted UP Muslims for ruining minority educational institutions in the state for their petty gains. Stressing the need of developing leadership in the educational field, he said minority educational institutions in UP are in the pathetic state as squabble for controlling the institutions has reached its nadir as a result many institutions were taken over by the local administration. He urged the Aligarh Muslim University to intervene into the matter since it has also been assigned the task of cultural and educational advancement of Indian Muslims. Stressing the importance of technical and skill development, he said the Muslim community is skill-full community compared to other communities but there is a need to channelize these talents and minority educational institutions can play a vital role in this regard.
He further said that the NCMEI has solved many educational problems facing by the minority educational institutions in India such as, NOC for starting Medical, Engineering, Nursing and other Colleges and NOC for CBSE affiliation; recognition to many educational institutions, grievances facing in relation to recognition, affiliation, appointment of teachers, reservation policy, medium of instructions since its inception. Stressing that education is the only way to change the community, he said the honorary coordinators appointed by the Commission at District, State, Zonal and National level have done marvellous service in addressing the educational problems facing by the minorities and creating awareness about the powers and functions of NCMEI and the opportunities available to the minorities under the Constitution of India. He pointed that that West Bengal is one of the most backward States in India and the educational profile of Muslim community is very worst as compared to other States.
Speaking on the occasion, President of M.C.E. Society Pune P.A. Inamdar said generating awareness among the community in availing benefits under NCMEI and Constitution of India is prime need of hour. He also appreciated the bold decisions taken by the commission in major issues like NOC to Medical and Engineering colleges, CBSE and recognitions etc.
During the programme Justice Siddiqui released the book on “Role of NCMEI in Strengthening the Minority Educational Profile in India” prepared by Dr. Shabistan Gaffar, President, All India Confederation for Women’s Empowerment Through Education. Dr. Shabistan Gaffar made a short introduction about the substance of the book. Following are the salient features of the book:-
* Landmark Judgments Relating to Minority Educational Insinuations
* Issues of Minority Educational Institutions solved by the NCMEI
* Major Highlights of the Commission
* Orientation Programme to Minority Managed Elementary/Secondary/Higher Secondary and Higher Educational Institutions
* Empowerment of Minority Educational Institutions through National Institute of Open Schooling
* Educational rehabilitation of strife affected students of Assam through NCMEI
* Recommendation of Chairman, NCMEI on Educational Opportunities for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir
* Recommendation of Chairman, NCMEI on Rehabilitation of victims of violence affected people in Muzaffarnagar
* Honorary Coordinators of NCMEI
On the occasion, ‘Indian Institute of Women Studies’ also formally launched. Dr. Anita Nuna, Faculty & Programme Coordinator, Department of Women’s Studies, NCERT, said in his address that the government must ensure implementation of any scheme when it launches. She cited the example of ‘Area Intensive Scheme” for promoting education among minorities which was launched in 1993 but not a single school was opened in minority areas under the scheme. The scheme was then merged in SPQEM but it is not solution for minority educational backwardness, adding that the expected measure of success has not occurred due to reasons like bureaucratic delays, political compulsions, social and cultural constraints.
The conference, organized by the All India Confederation for Women’s Empowerment through Education (AICWETE) in collaboration with NCMEI, was attended by education activists across the country.