Governor Om Prakash Kohli has called for encouraging secular education in the country by striking a balance between religious and world-class education of Muslim children to produce better human beings who can keep abreast with fast changes and stiff competition in the current times.
Felicitating about 450 Muslim students of the city Sunday who scored 75 per cent and above marks in board examinations this year, the Governor said the very Muslim community which had produced great personalities like Maulana Azad and Dr Zakir Husain in the past could produce such persons even now from among these children.
“No matter what is one’s religion, one can believe it freely but no one should hate other religions,” he said.
Above all, the main focus of education should be on humanism and patriotism, he said. “These are the values that would not be taught any school or college but through their families.”
He also advised the community to be wary of opportunistic political parties who would misguide them by giving wrong notions and political slogans. “We are living in a democracy, if citizens are educated, aware and informed democracy can run batter,” Kohli said, adding “people must be thinking, analytical and good citizens to take right decisions to have a better democratic system.”
In his initial remarks, he expressed happiness at the continuous change in general perception about lack of focus on education among Muslims, saying such a perception was a stigma on the community.
Earlier, Gujarat University vice-chancellor Dr M N Patel declared that F D Education Trust would get affiliation for a commerce college soon once that enrollment ratio was increased to 32 per cent. He expressed happiness at the fact that out of 450 prize winning students, 300 were girls.