Two years after he donated a huge sum of money barely few days
before his death, the dream of the local philanthropist Abdul
Gafoor finally came true when Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi
laid the foundation stone of the Jamia ITI College here in
Malegaon July 06.
"The establishment of this ITI
college has become possible only because of the huge money the
local philanthropist Abdul Gafoor had donated to me with a promise
to use them for the education of the local youths", Maualana
Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi said while paying tribute to him after
laying the foundation stone of the Jamia ITI college in Malegaon
"Today I am fulfilling the promise I
had made two years back to Abdul Gafoor. The building construction
would be complete by next six months and the academic
activities would begin immediately after that", he added.
According to Maulana Ayyub Qasmi -
one of the local coordinators, Abdul Gafoor - a local businessman
and owner of a textile mills, was impressed by the
work of Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi done in the field of
education. Hence he approached him in 2009 and donated 10 million Indian rupees in cash and in
the form of lands with a request to use the amount
for the education of the Malegaonians.
"It was an unfortunate coincidence that Abdul Gafoor died just
three days after handing over the entire amount to Maulana
Vastanvi", Qasmi recalled.
Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi is
already running a chain of Madaris, engineering, medical and ITI
colleges across India. The Jamia ITI college in Malegaon will work
as an extension branch of Jamia ITI, Akkalkuwa. It will initially run the
short-term professional courses including electrician, plumbing,
draftsman, mechanic and automobile. New courses would be
introduced phase-wise later on.