Hyderabad: The Student Islamic Organization (SIO) Telangana in its series of events under the theme “India as a Welfare State” organized a panel discussion on “Minority Education, Challenges and way forward”. At the meeting, various scholars, educators and researchers discussed various aspects of minority education in India.
During the meeting, the principal of Madina Girls College, Faseeh, said that guidance at school and college level is necessary for career opportunities. There is a lack of awareness regarding government programs and scholarships among minority students that should be addressed.
Shaheed Hasrat, SRG-SCERT, said that since many students drop out early, we should focus on primary education rather than higher education.
Another participant, the Principal of Shaheen Academy, Mufti Majeed, said parents should not force students to choose their careers and should give them the freedom to choose their careers according to their abilities.
Asma Firoz, a researcher at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) emphasized girls’ education and said that parents must prioritize girls’ higher education.
Dr. Zubair, Chairman of SIO Hyderabad, said that the lack of implementation of the RTE is a significant problem when it comes to the ratio of teachers and the quality of education. The dropout rate at the district level is higher among Muslims than other communities, which should be addressed immediately. Dr. Talha Faiyazuddin, State Chairman, SIO Telangana, said that SIO has adopted a very strategic plan to help overcome many educational issues and challenges, especially regarding minorities. It aims at in-depth research and learning of the various choke points in the education system that hinder the upliftment and excellence of the Muslim community and navigate towards building the education capacity of the community, thus becoming a learned and prosperous society.