We will have to develop global outlook in our children
Address by Shri Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra : A very good afternoon to all of you. I am indeed delighted and deeply honoured to share your joy as the Saif Tyabji Girls’ School managed by Anjuman-I-Islam, is celebrating the completion of 75 years of dedicated service to society. I congratulate Anjuman-I-Islam for its immense contributions to the cause of nation building and empowerment of Muslims through education, professional education and welfare of the weaker sections of society. The small sapling of Anjuman I Islam planted by the Founding Fathers in 1874 has blossomed into a huge banyan tree, encompassing over 95 educational and social service institutions, and covering widest range of subjects including engineering, Medicine, business management, architecture, pharmacy, Hotel Management and Catering and so on. The Founders of Anjuman-I-Islam were truly visionaries. We are talking of vocational and technical education now. They created the first school for artisans way back in 1936 itself ! They were truly the pioneers of modern education, great patriots and emancipators of Muslims in India. Platinum Jubilee of the Girls’ School is therefore an occasion to remember with immense gratefulness the Founding Fathers of Anjuman I Islam, namely late Cumruddin Tyabji, late Badruddin Tyabji and late Nakhoda Mohammed Ali Roghey. I was amazed to know that the Saif Tyabji Girls’ School, which was started with only 3 girl students is presently offering education to more than 5400 girls. During the last 75 years of its meaningful existence, the Girls’ School has educated and empowered several generations of women and through them several generations of people. Today I have come here to tell you that I am proud of Anjuman-I-Islam. India is proud of Anjuman-I-Islam. We are equally proud of the Saif Tyabji Girls’ School. I congratulate Anjuman I Islam, President Dr Zahir Kazi and all those associated with the Saif Tyabji Girls’ School as the School celebrates its Platinum Jubilee. Ladies and gentlemen and my dear friends, These children are born at a critical juncture when India is emerging as a major power in the world. The world is looking up to India with great hope and aspiration. We have the largest young population in the world. By 2020, the average age of an Indian will be 29 years, almost 8 years younger than an American or a Chinese. This is our real strength, and you, the students, are our real strength. Referring to this demographic dividend during his tour of Canada recently, the Hon’ble Prime Minister said, and I quote, “Eighty crore youth population, 80 crore dreams, 160 crore strong hands. What can we not achieve?” Last week I saw a news report mentioning the findings of a research group. It said that by 2050, India will overtake Indonesia as the country with the largest Muslim population in the world. Needless to say, Muslims will be called upon to play a crucial role in the progress and development of the nation. It is imperative that we engage the youth in the task of nation building. For this purpose, we will have to provide the best education to the students and equip them with skills and capacity so that they become productive citizens of the nation. A skilled working population at par with the best in the world will help us reap dividends like none other. I will call upon Anjuman to focus on skill development and start skill development centres not only for the students, but also for the uneducated, school drop outs as also for housewives. Dear Teachers and Parents, Mere education and skills will not make our youths self confident, patriotic and responsible citizens of the world. We will have to instill in them values and a sense of duty to the nation to make them contributors to the progress of the nation. Today I will highlight 6 points, which according to me can make our country truly a global leader: 1. Imbibing the spirit of Nation First: For India to become a global power, each one of us will have to think of the nation first. There is a famous quotation, “Ask not what the nation will do for you; ask what you will do for the nation.” We have to fill our students with a sense of pride for the nation, its composite culture, its diversity and its democracy. We have to teach our students to combine their wisdom with concern for the nation and her suffering masses. 2. Respecting the diversity of religions and thoughts : India has been the birthplace of many faiths and religions. While Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism were founded here; Islam, Judaism, Zoroastrianism and Christianity were warmly welcomed in this land. As citizens of a growingly interconnected and interdependent world, we will have to develop in our children global outlook and a feeling of respect for every other religion. 3. Developing respect for women: The attitude of our society towards women remains biased. Even in the 21st century, women continue to suffer discrimination and deprivation under various names and forms. In some parts of the country, a girl child is not even allowed to be born. We will have to change our attitude towards women and make them equal partners in the progress of the nation. For this purpose, parents, teachers and society will have to cultivate the feeling of respect for the girl child and women among children. 4. Fostering Discipline: Discipline and determination are the defining qualities of any society which has made a mark in history. As we register progress in the economic field, we need to imbibe discipline in all walks of life and develop character more vigorously. 5. Promoting the Spirit of Enterprise: For too long, our youths have remained content and complacent with secure jobs. Many youths do not even dream of becoming entrepreneurs. As citizens of emerging India, we need a generation of young enterpreneurs who will create wealth and conquer new frontiers. We want our youths to be job creators and not job seekers. 6. Protecting environment and ecology: The world has been witnessing alarming changes brought about by global climatic changes. There has been a steady degradation of environment and natural resources. All of us will have to wake up to this challenge and work to protect the environment and balance of nature. Before I conclude, I will call upon all of you to remember the words of our Hon’ble Prime Minister to make India neat and clean by the year 2019 when we will be celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. I will appeal to you to play your part in keeping our schools, homes and our surroundings neat and clean. With these words, I congratulate Anjuman I Islam and the Saif Tyabji Girls’ School once again, and wish all of you, success in your future endeavours. I was very happy to hear the patriotic chorus songs presented by the children today and I convey my sincere appreciation to all of them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Mumbai: The Saif Tyabji Girls’s School working under the aegis of Anjuman I Islam, the education society founded under the guidance of former President of the Indian National Congress Justice Badruddin Tyabji, has completed 75 years of its establishment this year. Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao presided over the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the School at Shanmukhananda Hall in Mumbai. Wife of the Governor Smt Vinodha, President of Anjuman I Islam Dr Zahir Kazi and others were present on the occasion. In his speech, the Governor applauded the contribution of Anjuman I Islam to the empowerment of Muslims through education.