Minority Schools Confederation launched
The problems faced due to the fee structure levied by the Justice Govindarajan Committee on private schools, and the need to safeguard minority rights dominated the inaugural session of the first State-level conference of the Confederation of Tamil Nadu Minority Schools.
The Confederation was also officially launched at the conference on Thursday, in which heads of the minority and linguistic schools from across the State participated.
Addressing the gathering, A. M. Chinnappa, Archbishop of Madras Mylapore, said “We must prove to the world that we are not business people, but have come with a mission of imparting quality education, particularly to the poor and the downtrodden.
If we prove this, all will accept this federation.” He said it was the directive on the fee structure, which has brought all minority schools together and they should work together on several counts including safeguarding the rights of the minorities which have been trampled on.
Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali said education should not be looked as a business. He urged entrepreneurs to adopt existing schools and support them as well as start more educational institutions.
C.M.K.Reddy, Chairman, Linguistic Minority of Tamil Nadu, urged that the Confederation be united in conveying the views, and a strong action committee be formed. Chief Khasi Mufti Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub said an educational institution once declared a minority school or college continues to be so and minority certificate should not insisted upon every year.
Chief Guest Fr. Vincent Chinnadurai, Chairman, Tamil Nadu State Minority Commission, wished the Confederation all success.
Lawrence Pious Dorairaj, Fr. Antony Puthenangady, pastor M. Anbalagan and committee members of the confederation spoke. The status of minority schools in the State, the degree of prejudice and discrimination faced by them and the problems they have are among the issues to be looked into in 2010-11.