PUNE: The first ever Muslim Assembly for social and educational reforms in the state was held in Pune on Saturday. The assembly was organised by Shikshan Hakka Manch. Two important resolutions for educational reforms in the Muslim community were passed at the Assembly.
“Firstly, we demand 5 per cent reservation for Muslim minority community in education that was sanctioned to us by the Supreme Court. It should be made available at the earliest. The other important resolution passed at the Assembly is that the minority students should get 25 per cent reservation in minority schools on the lines of reservation of seats under Right of Children to Free and Compulsory and Education (RTE) Act,” Matin Mujawar, President, Shikshan Hakka Manch said.
Mujawar added that other demands like appropriate utilisation of funds allocated by the state for welfare of minorities and promotion of educational facilities in the areas with majority Muslim population in the form of libraries, counselling centres, were included in the list of resolutions to be submitted to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The Assembly was attended by Muslim scholars, representatives of various segments of the community, as well as teachers and parents. The participants discussed several issues including importance of education amongst minority communities and need to preserve Urdu schools.
“The diminishing number of Urdu-medium schools is another issue to look out for. There are many Urdu schools amongst the 1,300-plus Zilla Parishad schools that the government wants to shut down. It’s necessary to preserve these schools to conserve our language and culture,” Mujawar said.
He said, “At the Assembly, one of the sessions was on awareness about drawbacks of students using mobile Internet. While the Internet connection available on smartphones has many benefits, it has disadvantages and parents need to keep tabs on how much time their children spend here.”