Kozhikode: A civic reception was accorded to Muslim Educational Society (MES) State president P.A. Fazal Gafoor, here on Thursday.
Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy, who inaugurated the civic reception, said everybody can be successful if they were given an opportunity. The success of Malappuram in education in recent times was a perfect example of this. Malappuram district was once the most backward in terms of education achievements, he said.
Mr. Chandy lauded the efforts of MES in pushing forward a community which was suffering from educational backwardness. A permanent progress and growth was possible only through education, he said. Education Minister M.A. Baby handed over a memento to Dr. Gafoor. Mayor M. Bhaskaran presided. Former Ministers, M.K. Muneer and E.T. Mohammed Basheer, MES general secretary P.O.J. Lebba and P.T.A. Rahim, MLA, were among those who spoke on the occasion.
Dr. Gafoor who had his primary schooling in England, later studied at St. Joseph’s HS, Malabar Christian College, Calicut Medical College, Osmania University and MGR University. He is a neurologist.
Dr. Gafoor is the son of P.K. Abdul Gafoor, one of the founders of MES. Dr. Fazal Gafoor served as district president of the MES, its State secretary, All-India president of its youth wing and as its general secretary.
Awards given away
Later, speaking at a function organised to distribute the awards instituted by the State Institute of Languages here on Thursday, Mr.Baby said that when awards were in plenty and ineligible persons sat in judgement for selecting the winners, it was only right to reject them.
However, awards also served the purpose of bringing to the limelight the talented people. Hence, awards had a symbolic attachment. It also bestowed a lot of responsibilities, the Minister said.
The Minister gave away the Vaikom Mohammed Basheer award to Raghavan Atholi for his novel Chorapparisham. M.P. Sadasivan received the N.P.Kumaran award for translation. R.V.M. Divakaran received the award for criticism.