By Nurul Islam Laskar, Muslim Mirror News,
GUWAHATI, DECEMBER 28: Over 70 rank holder students from the Muslim community cutting across the country, from Jammu & Kashmir to Kerala and from Gujarat to Nagaland, received their gold, silver and bronze medals at the jam packed AFMI 22nd International Convention on Education & Gala Award Ceremony held at Pragjyoti ITA Centre Auditorium in the city on Saturday. There were an overwhelming number of girl students among the medal winners which signaled the urge for education among Muslim girls of today.
The Convention began with a recitation from the Holy Quran followed by welcome address delivered by the Convention Chairman, Sirajuddin Ajmal. It may be mentioned here that the Convention is being organized and hosted by two of Assam’s front ranking NGOs, Ajmal Foundation & Markazul Ma’arif.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr AR Nakadar (Detroit USA), Founding Trustee of AFMI. As far as education is concerned, he said, “We want to see Assam as the Number One state in India and for achieving this, AFMI will extend all cooperation and support to the Ajmal Group and other like-minded organization working with the same objectives.”
Dr Ayub Khan (Toronto Canada), President AFMI, gave an overview of AFMI’s various projects meant to benefit the student community of India. He said Assam was a bastion of knowledge in the past and would continue to be so in the future too. His appeal to the students was, “Be innovators, and not imitators.”
AFMI also conferred the Sir Syed Award to Badruddin Ajmal MP & CEO of Ajmal CSR for his outstanding contribution to the cause of education in the North Eastern part of India. Noted Urdu poet MD Nawaz Khan Deobandi was conferred with the Mir Taqi Mir Award for his role in promotion of Urdu poetry beyond the frontiers of India.
Prof PK Abdul Azis, VC University of Science & Technology Meghalaya and former VC of Aligarh Muslim University exhorted the students to serve the country with zest and dedication on completion of their academic pursuits.
The chief guest of the event, Devanand Konwar, Governor of Tripura shared the experiences of his student days with the audience. He said real education is based on values and character and the students should not overlook these in their pursuit for material possessions.
The inaugural session was followed by two academic sessions, one on ‘Motivation as a contributing factor in promoting excellence’ and another on ‘Enhancing learning & Leadership opportunities’ in which experts from India and abroad participated.
The concluding address was made by Maulana Badruddin Ajmal MP who expressed the hope that Mission Education would get a new momentum in the region with the hosting of the two-day AFMI Convention in Guwahati. He urged upon the new generation to preserve old values and develop a mindset to compete so that no one dared to call them ‘beggars for government favours.’
Union Minister for Minority Affairs, K Rahman Khan is expected to be present at the concluding day of the Convention on Sunday.