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Progress of backward minorities must for nation to become stronger: Ansari

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K. Rahman Khan, Union Minister for Minority Affairs, honouring VIT Chancellor G.Viswanathan at the diamond jubilee celebrations of The New College in Chennai on Tuesday.— photo: k. pichumani
K. Rahman Khan, Union Minister for Minority Affairs, honouring VIT Chancellor G.Viswanathan at the diamond jubilee celebrations of The New College in Chennai on Tuesday.— photo: k. pichumani

Vice-President M. Hamid Ansari on Tuesday stressed the need for addressing the uneven implementation of various developmental programmes targeted at minorities in India, not as a measure of charity but as an imperative for the country to emerge as a stronger nation-state.

Inaugurating the diamond jubilee celebrations of The New College here, the Vice-President urged the Government to plan better the welfare schemes and programmes and ensure effective delivery to the targeted populations.

“The advancement and mainstreaming of backward segments of the minority communities, especially the Muslims, was not a question of charity or welfare. It is an imperative for India to emerge as a modern, developed nation-state, with its minorities being fully mainstreamed in social, political and economic spheres,” he said.

According to the Vice President, despite having special provisions enshrined in the Constitution for equality and guarantee of rights of minorities, the 12{+t}{+h}Five Year Plan document had brought to the fore the perception of discrimination and alienation in the Muslim community in India. In fact, the scope and scale of this problem had been quantified by the Sachar Committee Report in 2006 and the Ranganath Mishra Report in 2007. Calling for engagement from all sections of society over and above the efforts of the State in the upliftment of backward communities, the Vice President also sought raising awareness of Government programmes and schemes at the local level to resolve what one report termed the “complete disconnect between minority welfare infrastructure and Muslim civil society…”

In his special address, Governor K. Rosaiah, commended The New College’s dedication and commitment to uplift backward Muslims and weaker sections of society.

K. Rahman Khan, Union Minister for Minority Affairs, urged the Muslim community to seize the initiative in empowering itself and leverage the special provisions enshrined in the Constitution for socially and educationally backward classes of citizens.

Launching the diamond jubilee souvenir, G. K. Vasan, Union Shipping Minister and an alumnus of the college, said the college was a bastion of tradition and old values and at the same time open to modern thought. Ten educationists were felicitated, some posthumously,

The recipients of the citation and memento were B.S. Abdur Rahman, founder, Crescent Engineering College; G. Viswanathan, founder-chancellor VIT University; Mohammed Hashim, chairman, K.H. Foundation; Moulavi Nazeer Hussain, founder, The New College; K. Mohammed Ubeidullah and Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed, co-founders of New College and SIET; Jamal Mohammed, founder Jamal Mohamed College, Tiruchi; Abdul Hakeem, founder Abdul Hakeem College of Engineering and Technology, Vellore; T. Abdul Waheed, founder, Muslim Educational Association of Southern India and Hamid Abdul Kadir, founder, Sathak Group of Institutions.


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