Chairman of the National Minority Commission Vajahath Habeebulla has said that he had suggested to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to set up a minority commission in the State on the lines of the National Minority Commission.

He was delivering the keynote address at the Abdusabah Moulavi commemoration programme organised by the Farook College Old Students Association (FOSA) on the college campus here on Thursday.

Mr. Habeebulla said that the interest of the minority communities in the State could have been served better if it had a State-level body in place.

“Implementation of different commission reports related to minority rights and welfare, including the Sachar Committee Report, could have been more closely monitored,” he said.

Mr. Habeebulla also pointed out that more awareness was required among the minority communities of the different schemes and projects the successive governments had envisaged for their benefit. “Only proper education can raise that awareness level,” he said.

Madrassa syllabus

Maintaining that many north-Indian states had already welcomed the newly introduced changes in the Madrassa syllabus, even the inclusion of English education in it, Mr. Habeebulla said that the community should stop looking at such reforms with suspicion.

FOSA president K. Kunhalavi presided. College Principal E.P. Imbichikoya welcomed the gathering. College management secretary K. Kunhammed Koya and FOSA secretary Muhammed Abdul Rasheed spoke.

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