Mumtaz Alam | Inclusive India
New Delhi, March 19— A prominent Muslim organization, Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind has selected 656 students from different faiths on basis of their merits for scholarships worth Rs one crore. The scholarships are meant for higher and professional courses including medical, engineering and computer science.
“For the academic year 2020-21, Jamiat Ulama has started the process to distribute scholarships among 656 meritorious students for higher and professional education. It is important that non-Muslim students are also included among the recipients this year,” said Jamiat in a media statement on Thursday.
Fazlur Rahman Qasmi, Press Secretary of Jamiat, said that the organization had started the scholarship program for financially poor but brilliant and studious students in the year 2012. For this purpose, an education aid fund was set up by the Maulana Arshad Madani Public Trust and a committee of educationists was formed to select students on basis of their merits.
“In view of the number of the needy students this year, Jamiat president Maulana Arshad Madani increased the scholarship amount from Rs 50 lakh to Rs one crore. Applicants for scholarship included a good number of non-Muslim students. Students were selected on the basis conditions and rules set up for the scholarships. Non-Muslim students who fulfilled the merit were also selected for the scholarship,” he said.
Jamiat provides scholarship for various courses including medical, engineering, B. Tech, M. Tech, Polytechnic, Graduation in science stream, B.Com. BA, BBA, BCA, Mass Communication etc.
Qasmi quoted Jamiat president Maulana Arshad Madani: “The history of Jamiat Ulama stands witness to the fact that it has always worked rising above castes, classes, religions and sects. Therefore, it is not surprising if non-Muslim students were also selected for the scholarship this year. Rather, it is an occasion for our great happiness that our small effort will help many needy non-Muslim students to better their future. Whatever be the situation, we do not go away from the traditions of our elders. Our elders have always worked without any religious discrimination. Service to humanity was their basic mission.”
Jamiat president said that his organization would continue to provide scholarship to meritorious students from across faiths.