Iftikhar Ali Khan: A life dedicated to underprivileged girls

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By Khushboo Khan, Muslim Mirror

Iftikhar Ali Khan, a chemistry teacher at Faiz-e-Aam College in Meerut, is persistently paying efforts to carve the future of girls with extremely humble background such as the daughter of rag pickers and beggars. His vision is to uplift these girls and ensure a bright future.

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Khan strongly believes that only education can shape the destiny of the unprivileged. To pursue his vision, he set up a school in 2012 at his barely constructed house. Later, he borrowed Rs 45 lakh from a bank for construction of a separate building and other formalities to get it registered.

At present, the academy has 3 floors with basic amenities, including the computer lab and sewing machines for vocational courses. Along with other subjects, the school offers the vocational courses such as beautician, sewing and diploma programmes.

Of the 200 girls enrolled there, around 100 are orphans. He does not charge any fee. They are provided free uniforms, books and food free of cost.

Iftikhar Ali Khan giving instruction to students in classroom.

The students there are guided by five female teachers so interaction between them can be comfortable. The institution is named as ‘Effort Academy: Vocational Training Centre’.

Khan aims to provide a good professional and English education to these unprivileged girls, so that they can survive and autonomously earn bread. He concentrates on imbibed moral values of their lives.

He spends his monthly salary to repay the loan and other expense of the school. He is the single man (unmarried) and considers their student as daughters. He aimed to secure their future as much he can. At present, around 3,000 students get education free of cost in his school.

Iftikhar Ali Khan with Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi.

“I always aimed to make some change in the life of the unprivileged people. I have seen many girls begging on roads and work as the rag pickers. This is an irony that we barely work for any change in the society. As a teacher, it is my responsibility to dedicate the life to the society. In 2012, I decided to open an academy for such unprivileged girls so that they can live respectfully. Despite any communal or social difference, girls get the education here,” Khan told MuslimMirror.

He said, initially, locals were opposed to the idea of establishing the school. They created many hindrances. They were resisting the idea of educating poor girls in the posh locality.

Another challenge he faced was convincing the parents of the girls. “They were not ready to send their daughters for any academic purpose as they help them earn bread through different means. After a lot of efforts, I somehow got success in convincing them,” he said adding that “he never asked for any assistance from outsiders”.

“I spent  from my pocket as I want to see them successful in their lives. I never married, but consider all of them as my own daughters. Right now, I am happy that at least they are getting the education as other children. We provide them food, mineral water, books and uniform and I have a dream to establish a boarding school for them so that they can spend their whole day in the school,” he added.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Well done sir, May Almighty Allah bless you and give successful life for you and you students. In Sha Allah you will be given good compensation by Almighty Allah here and hereafter.
    thanks and best regards,
    Mohammad Rashid

  2. Masha Allah. This man made me proud today — as an Indian, as a human being and as a Muslim — all together. Jai Hind !

    Some reminders from the article —
    “Khan strongly believes that only education can shape the destiny of the unprivileged.
    He concentrates on imbibed moral values of their lives.
    At present, around 3,000 students get education free of cost in his school.
    As a teacher, it is my responsibility to dedicate the life to the society.
    Despite any communal or social difference (Hindu,Muslim,Dalit,Sikh,Christian, Buddhist,etc)–all girls get the education here.”

    He may not be rich and prosperous or famous in media, but in eyes of God Almighty – he is the really successful Muslim Indian.
    Can our Muslim leaders and Islamic scholars learn something about true Islam from Iftikhar Ali Khan sahab’s selflessness and Ikhlas?
    Hope some cow-vigilantes do not lynch him on suspicion of being non-vegetarian?
    May Allah give him long healthy life, good life-partner– and take good work for humanity from him and protect him.
    Thanks to MM for this article.
    Muslim Mirror should publish his organisation’s bank details — for readers to contribute in good cause.

  3. By Khushboo Khan, Muslim Mirror

    Iftikhar Ali Khan, a chemistry teacher at Faiz-e-Aam College in Meerut, is persistently paying efforts to carve the future of girls with extremely humble background such as the daughter of rag pickers and beggars. His vision is to uplift these girls and ensure a bright future.

    I commend the Writer of the Article, khushboo Khan, Muslim Mirror, for highlighting the efforts of Dr.Iftikhar Ali Khan, in his e devotion and dedication to provide a better Future and Life to the needy and the Destitute young Girls, by providing Assistance in al aspects to be able to generate modest Income to be able to be self Supporting.
    I am a retired staff of the United Nations Children’s fund { UNICEF } I am aware of the efforts and follow up needed to take care of the Needy and the Destitute.
    My wife, Habiba and I will be happy & be able to support and share his efforts, we live in madurai, Tamil Nadu.
    We can be contacted – 98 941 50893. Abdul Gani.
    Email. abdulganikarim@hotmail.com

  4. Masha Allah! May all the girls live great lives in future.
    This is one of the most practical examples I have ever come across with a step put forward to change the society. I always aim to help the needy and reading this article has strengthened my confidence and belief in myself.
    I would be more that happy to come forward with my humble contribution towards this.

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