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About Jamia Hamdard

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 Hamdard Study Circle

It is in the interest of our nation which has an immerse diversity of races, languages, castes and creeds, that all sections of society actively participate in the management of the country and the exciting adventure of development. Although the country has witnessed about four and a half decades of planned development, the goal of growth with justice has not yet been achieved. Strides have certainly been made in the sphere of growth, but justice been left behind. With the result disparities between haves and have-nots have increased. Communities and groups, who failed to secure proper representation in Government jobs, feel frustrated and discriminate against. This induces a tendency among the weaker sections to withdraw from the mainstream of national progress. The worst hit seem to be Muslims who had slid back educationally. In addition to the prejudices, which may be operating against them in some quarters, their capability to compete with their educationally advanced countrymen has been declining.

The problem facing the backward minorities and weaker sections are manifold. One of these is loss of morale and direction resulting from a ridiculously low share in the management and governance of the country, and lack of leadership. These deficiencies could be reduced to some extent if these groups and communities could get an adequate share in many government offices and holding other position of influence. Coaching and guidance for competitive examinations can certainly improve prospects of their success. Short of reservation for which there is in fact a strong case, intensive coaching can bring about reasonable representation of minorities in Government jobs. Although the Muslim Community suffers from several initial handicaps such as low literacy, economic backwardness and a growing sense of insecurity; a well-designed and properly executed programme of coaching can effectively raise their competitive capability and as a result, their representation in government jobs.  

Even though the UGC has opened about 50 coaching centre for educationally backward minorities in selected universities and colleges all over the country, the result so far have neither been encouraging nor commensurate with the funds and energy spent. Apart from lack of commitment on the part authorities managing these coaching centres. Laxity in selection of candidates and non-availability of proper residential accommodation seem to be major defects in the implementation of   UGC’s scheme of coaching. Feeling concern at the indifferent performance of the UGC scheme, a parallel scheme of coaching was drawn up by the Ministry of Welfare. The implementation of the scheme has been entrusted to voluntary organisations. This scheme has an edge over the UGC’s scheme in that the N.G.O.s generally bring dedication to bear on the task of securing for our youth entry into the services. But they do not have the facilities available on the campuses of universities and colleges. The odds appear to be evenly balanced between the two programmes

Hakeem Abdul Hameed Saheb, President, of the Hamdard Education Society, has been giving anxious thought for quite some time to the problems facing the educationally backward minorities. The measure adopted by official agencies for their upliftment have been deficient both in planning and execution. His persistent probe in reasons for the backwardness of Muslims has let to the conclusion that what they desperately need is leadership which at the moment is conspicuous by its absence. The only leadership of sorts that the community threw up was a week, unimaginative, excitable and slow moving political leadership. Creation of positive leadership, however, is along gestation process. Nothing daunted, he drew up a multi-prolonged plan for creating leadership among Muslims and improving their manpower. In the formulation and implementation of this plan he has been assisted by Mr. Saiyid Hameed, a retired IAS officer and former Vice-Chancellor Aligarh Muslim University, who joined him as an honorary secretary of the Hamdard Education Society and an advisor.

The planks of the leadership programme are as under:

1.      The Hamdard talents search cum scholarship scheme was introduced in the year 1985. it has generated healthy emulation and competition among the students from different states and has certainly helped them in preparing for and securing admission and perusing successfully professional courses like Medicines Engineering and Business Administration. 

2.      A residential public school has been established. It has been designed to spot talent from the minority community and nurture it to its full fruition. It will prepare students for performing leadership roles not only in government organisations but also as scientist, doctors, engineers and management experts.  

3.      The third and the most important step in the leadership creation series id the opening of Hamdard Study Circle, also in Talimabad, Sangam Vihar, South Delhi. This is the first coaching centre in the country with full infrastructure, including hostel facilities and a well laid out campus in order to safe guard against dilution of effort the Hamdard Study Circle has concentrated on preparing candidates only for the civil service examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. The study circle started functioning from March 1992.