13-Oct-2015: The 'Centre for Promotion of Educational and Cultural Advancement of Muslims of India' (CEPECAMI), Aligarh Muslim University has recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mannapat Foundation (MF) for implementing the 'Vision 2040' Project aimed to equip the downtrodden sections of the society and make them self-reliant by imparting training, education and self-employment opportunities. AMU Registrar, Dr Asfar Ali Khan and Trustee, MF, Mr Ameer Ahmad signed the MoU.
This MoU shall be valid initially for a period of one year, subject to further extension based on assessment of outcomes.
Vision 2040 Project was conceived by MF, a Kochi based registered charitable 'Trust' working all over India for the development of marginalized sections of the population of Uttar Pradesh and other areas.
After the signing of the MoU, CEPECAMI and MF will jointly organize campaigns for spreading awareness about the Vision 2040 Project. They will also work together for the identification of needs of the target beneficiaries, project goals and expected results for implementing Vision 2040.
The two organizations will further work together to evolve a federation for education, entrepreneurship and livelihood of institutions, NGO's and individuals committed in contributing to the betterment of the marginalized communities.
The MoU document signed between the CEPECAMI, AMU and MF stated that they will engage in arranging awareness classes for the villagers on the need of health, hygiene, self employment and collective farming opportunities.
This document further clarified that they will establish facilitation centres in rural and urban areas regarding governmental schemes, grants and governmental initiatives like 'Right to Information', 'Right to Education', etc. The MoU also includes the establishment of vocational coaching centres, entrance coaching centres, 'Padho- Bhado' schemes and identifying school drop outs and to work for increasing Gross Enrolment in schools.
Offering health assistance through mobile medical units, installing solar lights, bore wells and constructions of public toilets will also be a part of the joint work of CEPECAMI, AMU and MF.
With the signing of the MoU, AMU will now arrange office space to facilitate MF and will provide volunteers from the university to work on the Vision 2040.
CEPECAMI, AMU shall provide advisory services for the promotion pf culture and education among Muslims identified for the project.
The document also stated that CEPECAMI shall play a lead role in statistical data collection, data analysis and in the preparation and the implementation of the resultant action plan for the development of the targeted segments as conceived in Vision 2040. The CEPECAMI shall also act as a catalyst for the welfare of the marginalized and underserved communities as envisaged in the project.
Meanwhile, MF will be responsible for mobilizing the funds required for implementing the Vision 2040 Project and shall arrange the same through its own resources as well as with the help of other philanthropic organizations and individuals.
The document specifically mentioned that the MF will establish an evaluation framework for the appraisal of the progress of Vision 2040 and ensure target achievement under the Project. MF hall also lay down organizational supervision and oversight requirements for the project.