Mumbai: Over 2,000
delegates from Maharashtra and other parts of the country will
deliberate on the educational challenges confronting the Muslim
community at a two-day conference here May 29-30, an official said
Vice President Hamid Ansari will inaugurate the "Conference on
Educational Challenges in the Muslim Community" at the Mumbai
University's Kalina Campus, said Maulana Azad Vichar Manch
president Husain Dalwai, a Rajya Sabha Member.
"The recommendations of the Sachar Committee have been welcomed by
the community, but dissemination and on-the-ground implementation
have thrown up many challenges," Dalwai told media-persons.
Calling for "active and persistent" co-operation between the
government and the activists of the community, Dalwai said that
facilitation of this co-operation needs detailed interpretation of
the Sachar Committee recommendations.
There should be a regular debate and discourse on the issues, and
most importantly, a process for network formation for
implementation of the recommendations, he urged.
The MAVM's proposed two-day conference will be a step in this
direction where the delegates, comprising academicians and
community activists, share their expertise and experience.
Minister for Minority Affairs K. Rahman Khan shall deliver the
keynote address at the conference, while Dalwai shall present the
Among the topics that the Muslim community grapples with that will
be addressed at the conference are: Perspectives to Muslim
education, communalism as an impediment to Muslim education,
vocational and technical education for Muslim youth, strategies
for education of Muslim girls, utilising Wakf funds for educating
the community, challenges before Muslim educational institutions,
financial challenges for promoting education in the community and
specific issues before Muslim Dalits and Other Backward Classes,
with possible solutions.