The Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) has appealed to Muslim professionals across the country to come forward and conduct Skill Development Lectures (SDL) in schools run by Muslim trusts or Urdu-medium civic schools to encourage students to take up careers in defence and research, civil services, law and media.
The week-long national campaign “Hum Banenge Hind ki Nayi Pehchan” (We will become the new identity of India) has been organised between August 15 and August 22 to pay tribute to former president late APJ Abdul Kalam and to create awareness among Muslim students about the importance of education. The association members have said that the government too must start such an initiative.
The SDLs are intended to make the students understand the need for quality education in order to contribute to nation building. Volunteers who have come forward have been trained by the AMP members to conduct lectures along with audio-visual aids. “SDLs and sessions on career counseling are important for Muslim students, especially those studying in vernacular medium schools. These students are unable to connect with the scenario today,” said computer engineer and businessman Aamir Edresy, the founder and president of AMP.
Edresy added, “AMP and its aim of nation-building by imparting education is based on the wise words of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, who once said, Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
On Saturday, nearly 80 professionals, from Mumbai and Pune, were trained to conduct the lectures. AMP is planning to conduct these lectures in at least 250 schools across the country.
Muzna Memon, a chartered accountant and vice president, finance, Deutsche Bank, has enrolled himself to be a trainer for the cause in Mumbai. “Our focus currently is on students who are already part of mainstream education. But a lot of Muslim students study in madrassas. We have planned to convince them to opt for mainstream education. We hope to interact so much so that they do not look at the trainers as just another teacher but a role model.”
Abrar Syed, head of the national coordinating team of AMP, said, “I am associated with AMP for past six years now. Nowadays, teachers only read out what is there in the textbooks and that is not enough in today’s competitive world.”
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