Educational empowerment of minority students in higher education: Issues and challenges
Dr. Almeen Ali, Former Secretary, Minority Commission, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow delivered a virtual lecture on “Empowerment of Minority Students in Higher Education: Issues and Challenges” on January 11, 2021. In his lecture he said that the population of Muslims is the second largest population in the country, but they are most backward in the field of education. The main reason for this is their conservative thinking. The minority community like Jainism comparatively are more educated and well settled.
The development of the society is possible only when the backward and minority community, especially the Muslim has to come forward to leave conservative thinking and educate their children. He further said that there are many government schemes, facilities and concessions for educational and economic empowerment of students belonging to minority communities, such as Naya Savera, Nayi Udan, Padho Pardesh schemes, Maulana Azad Fellowship etc., which can benefit the students. He further said that it is very important to pay more attention to the education of girls from backward and minority communities.
Dr. S.B.Singh, senior faculty member of the college gave the presidential address. Convener of the program, Dr. Kamaluddin Sheikh welcomed the guests and participants while Dr. Parul Jain, Coordinator, IQAC introduced the subject. Minority students of DAV PG College alongwith teachers, students from Varanasi and nearby colleges participated in the lecture and also took part in the discussion. The lecture was very interactive. Dr. Najmul Hasan conducted the proceedings of the program and Dr Hasan Bano proposed the vote of thanks.
(Convener of the program)