Dr. Raheman S Nakadar, Founder Trustee AFMI (and publisher of TMO) addressing the 23rd Annual AFMI Convention in Kozhikode, India.
Khozhikode, India – Students from the Muslim community across India – from Jammu & Kashmir to Kerala and from Gujarat to Assam – received their gold, silver and bronze medals at the jam packed AFMI 23rd International Convention on Education & Gala Award Ceremony in Kozhikode (Kerala) on Saturday, December 27. An overwhelming number of medal winners were girls.
AFMI is a philanthropic charity formed by American Muslims of Indian Origin in the year 1989. It strives to improve the socio-economic status of the underprivileged Indian Muslim minorities through education. Since it was founded, AFMI has remained steadfast in its mission to achieve 100 percent literacy amongst Indian Muslims.
AFMI’s vision is to improve literacy and economic status of Muslims in India; help Muslims in India to contribute towards social, political and economic development of the country; strive to advance the cause of underprivileged masses in India in general, and Muslim masses in particular; promote exchange of technology and other resources to development entrepreneurial and leadership skills; and encourage excellence in Muslim youths both in North America and India to strengthen their unique identity.
The Annual Convention on Education and Gala Award Ceremony of AFMI is held in a different city of India every year. The last three Conventions were held in Hyderabad (2011), Ranchi (2012), and Guwahati (2013).
One of the medal-winning students from the minority community receiving her medal and citations from E. Ahamed, former Union Minister and MP.
Following recitation from the Holy Quran, the welcome address was delivered by Dr. Fazal Ghafoor, President, Muslim Education Society (MES). Dr A Raheman S Nakadar, Founder Trustee AFMI, delivered the presidential address. In a keynote address, E. Ahamed, former Union Minister and MP, said “Kerala is the path breaker in the education of Muslim community in India, a fact that no one can refute.” In respect to women’s education and empowerment, Ahamed said that Kerala has emerged as a role model for the whole world.
Ravisha Shirin from Karnataka, who secured perfect marks in her board examination, received the best performance medal. All together 122 best performers among Muslim students of the country received their medals in this unique award presentation ceremony.
AFMI presented the ‘Sir Syed Award’ to Dr. Fazal Ghafoor for his outstanding contribution to the cause of education among the Muslim community in India.