New Delhi: The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (M) runs Jamiat Open School (JOS) organized a felicitation program for the madrassa students who passed out X examination through the national open school this year. The event was held at JUH headquarter on September 15 and Prof. Saroj Sharma, chairperson of the National Institute of Open Schools (NIOS), was the chief guest.
The President of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hindu, Maulana Mahmood As’ad Madani, stated in his welcome address that “modern times are fast changing with all the new technologies coming fast; therefore, it was felt that it was necessary to provide the Madrassa students with tools and knowledge that can help them address the issues of the modern world and so that they can confront the challenges head-on. Only then would they be able to comprehend their obligations and the proper approach to expressing their opinions, and that comprehension is the key.
He continued, “The valuable relationship between Jamiat Open School (JOS) and the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) aims to help the students analyze and meet modern issues. He praised NIOS’s commitment to this wonderful joint venture effort. There are no flaws in the Madrassa system; they are currently providing education. All they need to do is improve their abilities.
I am grateful to NIOS for helping us fulfill the aspirations of so many students. I have high hopes that NIOS will be able to boast that the majority of its talented pupils attended Jamiat Open School, he added.
Elaborating on the value of such bilateral efforts, Prof. Saroj Sharma stated that according to ‘UNESCO’s Learning: The Treasure Within (1996)’, education throughout life is based on four pillars: learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together, and learning to be. This joint venture between Jamiat Open School and the National Institute of Open Schooling aspires to help students achieve these objectives. They should carry on with the shared legacy of growing and learning together. The aim is to preserve our culture and build the nation.
She lauded JOS’s efforts towards raising the bar of literacy level in the country and said that the New Education Policy aims to bring many languages into its fold, such as Pashto and Persian. Hopefully, we will keep up with modern advancements and succeed in carrying forward this shared legacy of growing together.”
Dr. PA Inamdar, President of P.A. Inamdar University, lauded the Madrasa system and said it is making millions literate without any government help, thus helping in nation-building. He added that ‘Deen’ (religion) will be better understood if these students also have knowledge of ‘Dunia’ (the world). He stressed the learning of artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies and felt the need to include new tools in the system to equip the students to better face the challenges of life and times. The speed of education should match the speed of the world, he said.
Maulana Niaz Ahmad Farooqui, Secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, shed light on the JOS efforts and how they are boosting the prospects of empowerment and a bright future for madrassa students. He said 110000 students from 285 madrassas across the country, mostly from UP and Bihar, were enrolled in the Jamiat Open School.
Trophies were awarded to several teachers and the top-performing, deserving children. Numerous notable figures from NIOS and the education field attended the event, including Dr. S. Farooq (Chairman of the Tasmia Society), Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Zubair Gopalani, and Kamal Faruqui (Member of AIPLB), among others.