Centre for Distance Education, AMU, is making
continuous efforts to take its educational programmes to the most needed
segments of Indian society through establishment of study centres in various
parts of the country. This initiative needs to take note of the facts related
to the educational backwardness among Muslims following the eye opening reports
of Justice Sachar Committee and Ranganath Mishra Commission.
These reports clearly state that the Muslims constitute the most backward among
the religious minorities in all respect despite their rich cultural heritage
and numerical strength. It was, therefore, envisaged to launch Muslim
modernization scheme in the wake of the strong recommendations of the reports.
It included opening of new educational institutions in Muslim populated areas
and modernization of existing madrasas. It is, however, a long term idea which
could yield fruits in years. In this context, Centre for Distance Education can play a
vital role to impart education to the desperately needed segment of Muslim
community. Education could be taken to the door step of the downtrodden by
identifying the established Madrasas in concerned areas and offering them the
study centres of Centre for Distance Education, AMU, which offers significant
number of courses in Hindi, Urdu and English medium and that too with a very affordable fee structure.
This step could ensure an immediate availability of modern education among
Muslims. This endeavour would be in consonance with the authority given to
Aligarh Muslim University by the Parliament of India under 5(2) C of the
Aligarh Muslim University Act which directs the institution to work for
the Educational and
Cultural Advancement of the Muslims of India.