Few of the Muslim MPs have demanded opening of separate IITs and IIMs for Muslims
A senior HRD official, present at the meeting, said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The MPs said since IITs and IIMs have less than 2 per cent of Muslim students, the HRD Ministry should create IITs and IIMs exclusively for Muslim children.”
Well the big question is what can those institutions of higher learning do to the conditions of Muslims in India today. Muslims today are lacking in basic education. For some reason or the other modern education was termed secular and anti-Muslim and thus abandoned. This step over the years has weakened the Muslims educationally and thus financially. Religious leaders never realised the importance of modern education and anyone trying to transgress the boundary was termed a ‘kafir’. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was castigated by the religious schools for his attempt to start a Muslim university which today is one of the most important centers of learning. Worldly education was always a part of the curriculum of the Madarsas.
Farsi was previously taught, during the time of Mughals, because it was the language in which the business of the state was conducted. But sadly over the years the curriculum hasn’t been revised. But then how many Muslims go to Madarsas, just 4%! Its not about the Madarsas but its about the mentality of people which was highly biased against the modern education just because the religious leaders rejected it as anti-Muslim. They never realised that this rejected might have serious consequences later. The partition also was a serious blow to the economic condition of Muslims in the north (interestingly the economic and social condition of Muslims remain far above than that of their North Indian counterparts).
KeralaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s model should be a source of inspiration to the Muslims.
In 2001, only 55 per cent of IndiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 71 million Muslim males were literate, compared to 64.5 percent for the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 461 million non-Muslim males. But in Kerala, the literacy rate for both sexes, is 100 per cent. What is even more impressive is that the first district in the country to become fully literate is Malappuram, a Muslim majority district where the community constitutes 67 per cent of the population.
A survey conducted in Kerala in 1991 showed that Muslims constituted 27.6 per cent of lower primary students, 27.78 per cent of upper primary students and 17.9 in high schools. Roughly, 25 per cent of students up to the secondary level are from the Mus lim community. It is a fair reflection of their demographic percentage in the state. Even more encouraging, there is no gender gap in the figures.
Other south Indian states have fared much better
It has been a similar scenario for Muslims in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. In Tamil Nadu, despite Muslims being only 6 per cent of the population, they are now major stakeholders in private sector education with 27 degree colleges, 12 engineering colleges, 13 polytechnics, and 12 higher secondary schools. In Andhra Pradesh, Muslims across the state run about 1,000 secondary and high schools, 35 engineering colleges, two medical colleges, 12 nursing colleges, 13 pharmacy colleges, three hotel management colleges and 30 arts and science colleges. Karnataka Muslims run three medical colleges, six dental colleges, 30 arts and science colleges, 15 MBA institutes, 10 MCA institutes, 50 teacher education centers, 12 nursing colleges and 20 pharmacy colleges.
Syed Iqbal Hasnain in the HT, 19th December 2006.
Coming to the demands of the MPs. My basic argument is that education should be promoted at the lower level and merit should alone be the criterion of admission at higher institutes of learning. And plus are all the achievers only from IITs or the IIMs? No! You need sound basic education to excel in life. You can do without IITs.
Reservations, as far as I can see, cannot be the solution to the problem of backwardness. They alienate the reserved community. The initiative has to come from within the community. The Government should make sure that inane inclusions like these
On Rajasthan, the textbook says that certain minority groups living in the border districts of Barmer and Jaislamer, who have relatives in Pakistan are engaged in anti national activities, should be monitored carefully.
On Mahatma Gandhi, the political science textbook says that at first he was a supporter of the British. It was only later that he turned against the empire.
should be crushed with force. Changes like these create a feeling of being a victim in the minds of Muslims which creates a divide between the communities. I do not support exclusive schools and colleges for a particular community because they just are a blow to the secular ethics of this country.