Monday, July 5, 2010

Academic Revolution Among Muslim Students: As Good Omen For Educationally Backward Community

In the 2010- IIT (JEEE) result, a considerable number of Muslim students and students from weak economic background have secured success. It has proved that wealth cannot be the obstacle in the way to gain success.

India is considered a rich hub for IIT experts. The world has many expectations from it in this regard, hence increasing the job opportunities available in the field. The importance of IIT globally has resulted into a tough competition. In the 2010 entrance exam, the number of the students appeared stood at more than 4.5 lakh for just around 10, 000 seats.

The result announced late in May brought happiness to many economically poor students who were IIT aspirants. It was more encouraging for Muslims; an educationally backward community in India. Though in comparison to their about 14% populating they could not secure seats, they came up with far better performance than previous years. Suitable guidance at an appropriate time and arrangement for coaching may take the community students forward in competitive exams.

Muslims spend a lot without a solid and encouraging result. The extravagance over various kinds of delicious edible items, dinner & tea parties and on formation of organizations for publicity may be directed for a constructive purpose of educating Muslim students. Many poor Muslim students have aspiration for higher education but their economical background does not allow them fulfil their goal.

A bit of practical work can do wonder for a community which already has such examples of Hina Yasmeen from Chhattisgarh. Her husband Abdul Wahid had died before his dream of seeing two sons Aman and Yasir emerging triumphant either in civil services or IIT competitive examinations could come true. Wahid’s murder by Maoists in May 2009, had come as a jolt for the family. However, the determined widow made possible what was seemingly impossible. Yasmeen turned down a proposal by the Chhattisgarh government for appointing both her sons on compassionate grounds saying that her husband wanted both to qualify in the IIT-JEE or Indian Civil Service Examination. The determined Yasmeen took both the sons to Hyderabad to prepare for the entrance examination. She showed trust in her children and they fulfilled their parents’ dream. After reading the news the Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh rushed to the family, congratulated them and announced Rs one lakh assistance for each of the sons.

This is mere one example how without caring financial obstacles students are venturing in competitive examinations. As for trying their fate in IIT-JEE, students have many thanks to extend to “Super 30” coaching centre run under the patronage of Abhyanandji.

Super 30 is a highly ambitious and innovative educational
program running under the banner of "Ramanujan School of
Mathematics". It hunts for 30 meritorious talents from among
the economically backward sections of the society and shapes
them for India's most prestigious institution – the Indian
Institute of Technology (IIT). In the last seven years, it has
produced hundreds IITians from extremely poor background.
During this program students are provided absolutely free
coaching, lodging and food.

Following the pattern of “Super 30”, an eminent scholar and visionary from Bihar Maulana Wali Rahmani started “Rahmani 30” in 2008 under Rahmani Foundation. It is also run under the supervision of Abhyanandji.

Most interesting fact about it is that the man behind Rahmani 30 is an orthodox mullah. It strongly negates the wrong notion that maulvis are against the modern education.

Rahmani 30 conducts tests at various places to select 30 students year whom it prepares for IIT-JEE. Rahmani 30 bears all the expenses of the students in this process. Last year it got cent per cent result as all the 10 students who attained coaching under Rahmani 30 were selected in IIT-JEE 2009 examination.

This year, though only 4 out of 12 students could crack the ITT-JEE test, they got higher ranks. They all got success in IEEE examination.

Besides IIT, the performance of Muslim students has been encouraging in Indian Civil Services examinations too. Shah Faisal, from Kashmir, topped UPSC examination. His achievement could be possible only by Hamdard Study Centre which has been playing active role in providing coaching for civil services examination with satisfactory results.

In other academic fields, too, Muslim students have been showing excellent performance. One Shaista Neelu from Uttar Pradesh has secured the top spot in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) examination in which as many as 17,080 students had appeared.

S Jasmine Bano from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu topped the High School board exam by security 495 marks out of 500.

These all undeniable facts testify that there is extraordinary talent in Muslim students. What they need is appropriate guidance and of course financial assistance.
We have example of Rahmani 30 and Hamdard Study Centre and their results have been encouraging. It will be a constructive step by the Muslim community to finance the existing coaching centres to expand their scale. Extravagance by the community in luxuries should be avoided to only invest the same wealth for opening more coaching centres for IAS, IIT and other academic fields. What are the countless Muslim organizations doing? Can anyone of them take this initiative?
MS Desk

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