Maulana Azad National Urdu University Join Hands With UNFPA to Empower Madrasa Students

Dr. Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz exchanging documents with Mr. Venkatesh Srinivasan. Dr. M A Sikandar (L) and Prof. Mohd. Shahid (R) also seen.

Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) took a leap forward towards it’s mandate of reaching the unreached by entering into a partnership with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), India Chapter to implement a pilot project on Adolescence Education Program (AEP) in Madrasas of Indian State of Bihar.

A formal launching ceremony of the project was held on January 11, 2019 at MANUU Campus. Bihar is one of the most backward states in India.

Dr. Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz, Vice-Chancellor exchanged the documents with Mr Venkatesh Srinivasan, Assistant Representative, UNFPA in India.

Dr. Parvaiz described the project as a new beginning for MANUU. The endeavour to empower Madrasa students is part of MANUU’s mandate, he said.

Mr. Venkatesh Srinivasan expressed the need to engage educational institutions with national bodies and professional organizations. He offered more collaborative ventures to MANUU including a new project on Media with the involvement of Department of Mass Communication and Journalism.

Dr. M A Sikandar, Registrar, described the pilot project as a mission and in complete consonance with University’s mandate.

Dr M. Vanaja, Project Coordinator, welcomed the guests. Prof. Mohd Shahid, Project Director, briefed about the proposal. Dr Nadeem Noor, UNFPA, Patna, conceptualized the whole situation of marginalized communities in the country and the associated stigma of mainstreaming Indian Muslims. Prof. Faiz Ahmad, Project Coordinator, proposed the vote of thanks.