New Delhi(16-18 Sept): “The Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) will increase efforts towards Policy intervention in National Education”, said P.M. Salih, Secretary General of SIO at the concluding ceremony of the 3 day National Workshop on ‘National Education Agenda’ organized by SIO at Faculty of Arts, University of Delhi.
Mr. Salih further said, “There is a great need for research and proposals keeping in mind the needs of the Indian society. It is of utmost importance to discuss the issues of the larger population and bring forth stronger recommendations for better Education Policy”. “Alongwith theoretical debates and discussions it’s also important to struggle these policies as most of them do not reach their due implementation”, he added.
Prof. Janaki Rajan, Professor of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia while delivering the Keynote Address on the topic ‘Education in India: Policy & Practices’ dealt with the founding principles of Education for all in the light of the Indian constitution. She further elaborated on the deprivation of the poor and the marginalized sections of the society from quality education. Education is being the wand of the elite to progress and the current system only adds to the sorry state of the poor. An overall reformation is needed to change the scenario with a greater commitment from all the stake holders of education, she added.
Speaking at the seminar on the topic ‘India’s Education Policy: a Historical Overview’, Prof. Apoorvanand, Professor in Hindi, University of Delhi elaborated on the various education commissions and committees and their recommendations. Sharing his experiences as a part of the Yash Pal Committee, he highlighted that a all inclusive education system is needed with interdisciplinary studies and choice of technical and theoretical studies to eradicate the question of employability.
Prof. Vikas Gupta, Professor of History, University of Delhi addressed on the topic ‘Challenges of Secondary and Primary Education in India – Some Major Concern’. He initiated his discussion with the enrolment records published annually as he indicated that the attendance records are the essential element to evaluate the current position of our educational progress. Further he shared his experiences of visiting various schools across Delhi and interacting with students.
Prof. Sudhanshu Bhushan, Professor of Higher Education, National University of Education Planning and Administration (NUEPA) dealt with the issue of ‘Challenges in Higher Education in India – Present scenario’. He focused his discussion on three major questions vis-à-vis holistic approach to education, policy populism to include all sections of the underprivileged and employability of the students.
Prof. Sushma Jaireth, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) interacted on the topic ‘Madarasa Education: Issues and Reforms’. Prof. Sushma placing instances of her experience while studying the madarasa education over the last six years from gender perspective and visits several madarasas during this tenure spoke on issues relating to streamlining the madarasa education alongwith the current education system that prevails in the society.
The discussions on the topic ‘Minority Education in India: Challenges and Initiatives’ were held by Prof. M.A. Baseer from Nanded, Maharashtra. He introduced the minority education policies and elaborated over the minority scholarship schemes. He pin-pointed at the loop-holes of the government in providing education to the minorities while indicating towards the various reports that hold the government responsible for the task.
Mr. Ashfak Ahmed, Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind spoke on the topic ‘Analysis of the Impact of Communalisation in Education’. He presented various reports on the communal politics and the intrusion of communal elements in the education system. He also placed instances from textbooks and the teaching patterns whereby communalism is spreading its roots.
Papers were presented on ‘Sachar Commission Report: Recommendations on Education’ by Irshad Hussain, National Secretary, SIO; ‘Lyngdoh Commission Report: Recommendations and Practical Issues’ & ‘Reservation Policies in Education Sector’ by Irshad, Member, Education Strategy Cell and ‘Financing of Education’ by Abdur Raheem Sharique, Member, Education Strategy Cell.
Sharique Ansar, National Secretary, SIO delivered the Welcome Address at the Inaugural Ceremony. The concluding ceremony began with the Quranic discourse on Education by Maulana Abdus Salaam Islahi, Asst. Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. National Secretaries of SIO – Asif Ali, Shoukat Ali and Shaikh Shoaib were also present during the workshop. Students from across the country attended the workshop.