Sibal sees need for change in education sector

Staff Reporter

Markazu counselling centre opened

Kozhikode: Union Minister for Human Resources Development Kapil Sibal inaugurated a counselling centre set up under the Institute of Human Resources Activation and Management (IHRAM), a division of Markazu Saquafathi Sunniyya, at Karanthur in Kozhikode on Monday. Mr. Sibal also laid the foundations for a women’s hostel on the Markaz campus.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sibal said there was need for educational visionaries like A.P. Aboobacker Musaliyar who had made immense contribution to education. He praised the initiative taken by Mr. Musaliyar in starting Markazu Saquafathi Sunniyya more than 25 years ago to provide education to tens of thousands of students, including girls, from the minority community. “The future of India will be built by visionaries like Sheikh Aboobacker Musaliyar and not people like me,” he said.

‘Change inevitable’

Later, during an interaction with students, teachers and Principals of different schools under the Markaz management, Mr. Sibal said a fundamental change was inevitable in the education sector to face the challenges of the changed global scenario. The HRD Minister said each student had the ability to contribute to the growth and development of the nation and educational institutes should be able to help students nurture and develop their individual talents.

Replying to a question, Mr. Sibal said the present government had no plans of interfering with the theological studies of any religious groups in the country. “But students studying in such religious institutions should be given the freedom to choose some sort of secular education,” he said.

Pandit N.K. Sharma inaugurated a computer lab at Markaz. General secretary of Markaz A.P. Aboobacker Musaliyar presided over the function. Senior Director of Markaz A.P. Abdul Hakkim Az-hari, Markaz president Sayyid Fazal Shihab Al-Jifri and general manager C. Muhammed Faizy, among others, spoke.

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