Assam: National Workshop on Programmes and Schemes held at Hojai

June 28, 2014 by  
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MoMAAssam, 23 June, 2014: Eminent leaders and thinkers from different parts of the country exhorted the members of the minority communities to introspect over their problems and remedies thereto during the one-day national workshop on ‘The Programmes and Schemes of Ministry of Minority Affairs (MoMA), Government of India for their Socio-Economic and Educational Development’ on Sunday at Newland Doctors Colony, Hojai in Assam’s Nagaon district.

In a bid to create awareness among the Minority Communities for their ‘Socio-cultural, economic and educational backwardness of India with special reference to Assam: the workshop was organized by Ajmal Foundation, Hojai, in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, New Delhi.

The programme generated a lot of heat and ire against the vested interest groups who were keen on keeping the minority communities of the country in the ‘backward’ seat so that the upper crust could perpetuate their hegemony over the distressed and downtrodden community.

The keynote speaker, Professor, Mohammad Akhtar Siddiqui of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, highlighted ‘the Policy on’ Education of Minority Girls: Implementation and issues. Speaking on the occasion Siddiqui stressed on educational upliftment of the minority communities specially Muslims. He further said, “Muslim women’s are still educationally more backward than the Schedule Cast (SC) and Schedule Tribe (ST) as per the latest Government report”.

Prof. Dr. Raj V Siddiqui, Member- National Minorities Education Committee, HRDM, Government of India, New Delhi, briefly discussed focusing on ‘Alleviation of poverty through management of sustainable resources’ in the occasion.

Mrs Anita Nuna, Faculty and Programme Co-ordinator, Department of Women’s Studies, NCERT, New Delhi, urged all the participants to create more awareness about the projects and schemes which are available to all Ministries including Ministry of Minority Affairs.

Dr. Shabistan Gaffar, Chairperson, Committee on Girls Education, National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, Govt. of India, Dr. Halima Sadia Rizvi, Professor and Head, Department of Economics, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Khasrul Islam, Manager, Ajmal Foundation also highlighted the different aspects of Ministry of Minority Affairs in the workshop.

It’s to be noted that around 50 NGOs from Nagaon and 200 Participants of different organizations/institutions from different parts of Assam took part actively in the Workshop for awareness of the different Schemes of the Minority Communities.

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