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'Muslim students account for only 13.2 pc in Uttar Pradesh schools'
Sunday October 20, 2013 7:20 PM, Staff Reporter

Muslim students in Uttar Pradesh account for just 13.2 pe cent of the total strenghth in Uttar Pradesh schools, a local NGO claimed Sunday.

"According to latest reports, Muslims form only 13.2 percent segment of the total students strength in UP schools whereas they should be 18.5 percent based upon their population", Farhat Ali Khan, Chairman of Minority Education Cell said.

Ali was chairing a meeting of the Forum for Muslim Studies & Analysis (FMSA) held at Media Centre Aligarh Sunday.

"Uttar Pradesh is also far behind than Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat in the literacy rate of Muslims", he added.

He said present government is also not serious on educating Muslims.

Secretary General of FMSA Jasim Mohammad said, National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education collected data which indicated that Muslims were educationally most backward in those states "where noise is made more for their education".

"Monitoring Committee found with report of DIAS for 2012-13 that, "each third Muslim child is being deprived off from school admission", he said.

He further pointed out that, "Apart of providing scholarships to the Muslim children, the government must come forward to provide adequate atmosphere and sustainable infrastructure to Muslim children."

He said that Uttar Pradesh government is continuously ignoring establishment of Urdu medium schools by not granting permission to Urdu medium school and extending financial help.

AMU EC member Dr. Mohammad Shahid said constitutionally every language should be encouraged and the minorities have been granted rights for establishing educational institutions of their choice but permissions are not being granted for Urdu medium Schools. "It is an open violation of Constitutional provisions", he said.

Meanwhile, AMU Court member Prof. Humayun Murad said that education is no doubt necessary but the issue of security of Muslims is on top.

He said that the victims of Muzaffarnagar riots are still displaced and the region is under fear psychosis while the Samajwadi Party and the Congress are only indulging in politics.


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