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Muslim girls outshine boys in academic achievement
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUNE 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Jun. 2011 12:32 AM IST
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Speakers at the annual Nagaland Muslim student’s felicitation programme organized by Muslim Council Dimapur expressed delight over the excellent performance of girls in academics and appreciated the Muslim community for encouraging the students in pursuit of their studies.
Speaking at the felicitation programme for Muslim HLSC and HSSLC students as chief guest on Sunday at Holy Cross Higher Secondary School, Hall, Dimapur, Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar said he was impressed to see girls outshining boys in their exams and expressed happiness that the number of Muslim HSLC and HSSLC candidates in the felicitation programme had increased to eighty from eight from its initial stage ten years back.
He also lauded the Muslim community for encouraging students to perform well in their studies and to prevail the spirit of unity in diversity in the state. Expressing serious concern for the uplift of minority community, he said the government would do every possible way for the upliftment of the minorities. Emphasizing on vocational studies, Kumar urged students to opt for vocational studies and to make use of the loan available to them.
Later the governor also released the MCD magazine.
Special guest of the programme, MLA and political secretary to chief minister of Meghalaya, Sayeedullah Nonghrum also congratulated the successful candidates and expressed happiness to see girls excelling in their academic studies. He expressed his future dream to see women reservation for Muslims.
Commissioner Home and CEO, government of Nagaland J. Alam and Mahbubul Haque chairman of Education, Research and Development Foundation (EDRF) Guwahati attended the programme as special invitees.
J. Alam in his speech asserted that a community can attain anything with good leadership and unity.
He said though the Muslim community was the largest minority group in the country, with literacy rate of 59.1%, it has only 4% graduates and 2% post graduates. Alam said Muslims were backward in educational field and need to move forward. However, he said Muslim students are moving forward in increasing number. He also said the community was doing good works when compared with other communities and encouraged the gathering to continue with the good works.
Mahbubul Hoque credited the success behind Muslim students in Nagaland to the environment created by the state government and the stakeholders. He also briefed the venture of ERDF and said ERD Foundation focus on minority education in the north east and providing free education to below poverty line students. He opined that students in rural areas lack right counseling in pursuing higher studies but expressed hope that the Trust in collaboration with the Muslim community will organize counseling programme and seminars in Dimapur.
Vice president Naga hoho, Inoka Assumi, president Muslim Council Dimapur, A. Hannan Tapadar also spoke on the occasion. The programme was also attended by various leaders including members from Dimapur Naga Students Union, Naga Hoho, Naga Council, Dimapur, Muslim community, parents, teachers and students. More than 75 HSLC and HSSLC students who scored more than 60% were felicitated. In the programme, late Imtiaz Hussian memorial award, a computer set for the best Muslim student of the year was awarded to Ruksana Begum from Don Bosco Higher Secondary School Dimapur who stood among the top 22 in HSLC exam and the second best student award of `5,000 was given to Abdul Noor of Kendra Vidyala Sewak (CBSE).
Meanwhile, impressed by the performance of Rukshana, Chandu Agrawal, a businessman and social worker decided to sponsor Rukshan for a couple of years.

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