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'Lay stress on edu for Muslim women'

DNMUM317316 | 10/6/2014 | Author : Amrita Nayak Dutta | WC :295

Bad-stat | Only 2.5% of Muslim women are graduates

A recent seminar by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) stressed on the need to unveil special measures to ensure adequate education for Muslim girls. The seminar, organised in association with the Committee on Girls' Education, National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, Government of India and All India Confederation for Women's Empowerment Through Education, New Delhi saw people from outside the city too.
A report submitted by the post-Sachar evaluation committee to the Centre revealed that there has been little improvement in the condition of Muslims in general, due to poor implementation of the Sachar committee recommendations.
"Muslim women are a minority within a minority. The Constitution gives equal rights to women of all communities. The Holy Quran also has made learning and gaining knowledge compulsory for Muslims, with no discrimination between men and women," said Dr Shabistan Gaffar, chairperson of NCMEI's Committee on Girls' Education.
Sudheendra Kulkarni, chairman of ORF Mumbai, said the Centre should make Muslim girls' education a matter of high priority. "It should increase budgetary provisions for establishing schools and colleges, constructing more hostels and giving scholarships to meritorious students," he said. It is estimated that only 2.5% of Muslim women are graduates, the lowest among religious communities. It has also been seen that there is a high school dropout rate among Muslim girls.
Shrinivas Shastri, under-secretary, school education, mentioned about the newly set up Quality Cell, which is looking at grievances from all stakeholders and will address quality education across the board.
The highlight of the seminar was the release of documentary UNCLE: the school in himself', and a booklet with the same title, on Syed Feroz Ashraf. The film is directed by Mazhar Kamran. The booklet is authored by Aparna Sivakumar and Dr. Sumedh, both ORF researchers.

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