April 9: The Ladies' Club, Aligarh Muslim University organized a Fete at the Ismat Literacy and Handicraft Centre. The members of the Club set up stalls and presented handicraft items made at the school on exhibition-cum-sale.
Inaugurating the fete, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah, Vice Chancellor, AMU congratulated the Club members for serving the cause of women empowerment. He said that providing opportunity for quality education and employment is true service to the nation. He said that the school that the Ladies' Club has started for the girls of underprivileged section is a great service to the society.
General Shah assured of his unflinching support in philanthropic exercise of the Club.
Welcoming the guests, President and founder of the Ismat Literacy Center, Ms. Jamila majid Siddiqui said that the Centre had been organizing this fete regularly. She said that the Centre was established 15 years ago and it runs purely on donations and volunteer work.
Guest of Honour, Mr. Vivek Bansal, MLC, encouraged the members, teachers and students of the Center and urged them to work for the promotion of education among women in order to reform the society at grassroots level.
The Patron of the Club, Mrs. Sabiha Simi Shah, handed over the eco friendly products fashioned for the fete to the Coordinator of the Center, Ms. Sabiha Naz Lari. He said that all the girls coming from weak and marginal sections get free literacy and vocational classes at the Center.
Joint Secretary, Ms. Faiza Abbasi said that the members had made interesting items from waste paper to give society a message to reduce use of polythene. It also fetched revenue from the sale in the fete. Secretary, Ms. Azra Farooqi conducted the Programme and Cultural Secretary Ms. Samina Khan moved the vote of thanks.
Vice President Ms. Sajida Nabi, Associate Vice President Ms. Farida Zafar Alam, Treasurer Ms. Asif Izhar Ali, Joint Secretary Ms. Nishat Iqbaluddin and several distinguished ladies visited the daylong Fete. Noted scientist, Dr. Shahid Jameel also graced the function.