: Union Minister for Minority Affairs K. Rahman Khan here on Saturday urged the youth to get over their diffidence and work with determination to scale great heights.
He was addressing a gathering on the New Muslim Hostel premises after inaugurating the new commercial complex -II of the hostel at Saraswatipuram here. Being backward was not a stigma, he said and added that India provided equal opportunities to all its people, he added.
His Ministry had resorted to “affirmative action” to provide justice to the deprived sections among minorities by promoting education. Mr. Khan called upon non-governmental organisations working with minority groups to help them get the benefits due to them.
Mr. Khan, who was a resident of the New Muslim Hostel 58 years ago, said that many distinguished individuals had been residents of this hostel. Every Indian should feel proud of his or her diverse culture, Mr. Khan said, and noted that the government’s objective to provide quality education should be complemented by all.
Minority communities and Dalits remained backward since they did not get educational opportunities to excel. He called upon the Muslim youth to aim high as “this country offered you every opportunity to excel.”
He lauded B. Sheik Ali, former Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University and president of the New Muslim Hostel, for his dedication to serve the cause of education. Narasimharaja MLA Tanvir Sait was present.