By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,
Patna: Daughters of poor Muslim fathers, these students of Class VIII to X now have a dream in their eyes. Picked up from local families whose sole breadwinners are either mason, auto driver or watch mechanics or other menial workers, these girls are being coached free so that they do not drop from high school classes due to financial constraints. A big salute to Bihar Anjuman for the initiative.
Girl students at Bihar Anjuman coaching centre in Patna
This coaching center in Phulwarisharif area of Bihar’s capital where girls are being coached along with boys is part of a major initiative of Anjuman to coach school students to minimize drop-out and raise percentage of minority students in colleges and universities. Their ultimate goal is to increase the numbers of minority students from Bihar and Jharkhand in technical courses and raise the employment levels for Muslims.
Apart from regular free coaching these students are offered monthly awards for good academic performance and attendance to hold their interest and to promote a healthy competition among the peers.
Boys at Bihar Anjuman coaching centre in Patna
The Anjuman has by June 2010 established seven such coaching centres (Patna, Samastipur, Darbhanga, Aurangabad, Chakardharpur, Gopalganj, Muzaffarpur). On July 11, they started their 8th centre in Jamshedpur and on coming August 1, the 9th will be started in Arwal district. Their plan is to establish one centre in each district of Bihar and Jharkhand. They are also planning to cover students of Class V to VII on one hand and Class XI and XII on the other.At each centre about 100 students are being coached by the Anjuman.
The four students who were coached by Bihar Anjuman and now have qualified for admission in Civil Engineering at MANUU. Syed Anwar Bari, founder member of Anjuman and Maulana Anisur Rahman Qasmi, Nazim Imarat Sharia are also with the students
The initiative has started to yield result. In the Bihar Board examination (for Class X) 10 students (5 boys, 5 girls) from the coaching appeared and all 10 cleared it with first division. “In a big further step the Anjuman coached four of them for civil engineering course. Result is 100%. All four have qualified for admission in Civil Engineering at Maulana Azad National Urdu University,” informs Enam Khan, the Convenor of Bihar Chapter of Anjuman. The four have secured high ranks at national level: 69, 112, 135 and 224. “It is a marvelous achievement,” says Khan. Indeed it is.
Not only education, the Anjuman is working on various other fronts with the sole aim to uplift the Muslim community.
Since 2000 the Anjuman has been offering donations to Imarat Sharia for marriage of poor girls and for higher technical education of students from the weaker sections of the society. Besides, in 2008, they provided Imarat about Rs 40 lakh for flood affected people. The Anjuman also spent huge sum on the affected people of Kashmir and Gujarat earthquakes.
Anjuman is also running Rahbar Job Information Centre at ITI institute of Imarat Sharia in Patna. The centre serves as a connecting point between the employers in India and abroad and the pass-outs of the Imarat’s ITI institute and other unemployed youth of Bihar and Jharkhand.
The Anjuman, a network of individuals and organizations, is running all these activities under the banner of Rahbar, a registered national NGO in India.
Syed Anwar Bari, Dubai-based businessman from Bihar and Founder Member of Bihar Anjuman
Giving a background of Bihar Anjuman, Syed Anwar Bari, Founder Member of the Anjuman says: “We started it in Dubai in 1995. We felt all Biharis in Dubai should sit together and a hold a meeting to sort out any problem if anyone of us is facing. We also wanted to touch the issues of education and unemployment of our brothers in Bihar. So we started with offering scholarships to meritorious but poor students here in Bihar. Then we planned to start coaching centre in each district of Bihar and Jharkhand. We have opened 12 and planning to open 10 each year.”
The Anjuman has intensified effort for educational uplift of the Muslim community particularly after the disclosure of Sachar Committee Report, says Bari in an interview to TwoCircles.net.