Sixty-one out of 84 awardees were girls. Gold, silver and bronze medalists received Rs7,000, Rs5,000 and Rs3,000 respectively
Ghazala Ahmad | Clarion India
NEW DELHI – Eighty-four meritorious school students from across the country were felicitated at a two-day event which ended here on Sunday. Students from 19 states who passed Class 10 and 12 in 2022 received medals, certificates and cash prizes at the event organised by the Delhi Youth Welfare Association (DYWA) and the American Federation of Muslims of Indian origin (AFMI).
The felicitated students and their parents were ecstatic. “I was truly impressed when I got to know that people in America are so committed to contributing to the welfare of students here in India. This is very motivating,” said Ifrah Rauf, who received a silver medal.
Ifrah scored 95.6 per cent marks in Class 12 and is now pursuing B.C.A from Indraprastha University. Ifrah’s mother is a teacher and her father a software professional. “This is encouraging for parents as well. This makes us believe that we took the right step by getting our daughter educated,” said Ifrah’s mother, Tayyaba Rehman who was present at the convention.
Sixty-one out of 84 awardees were girls. Gold, silver and bronze medallists received Rs7,000, Rs5,000 and Rs3,000 respectively.
“It is fantastic to see so many students, especially girls, scoring so high in schools,” said Najeeb Jung, former Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, who was the chief guest at the programme. “We should remember that knowledge is different from education. While you get educated through curriculum, it is also important to get knowledge because it tells you how to be a better human being and how to treat people around you. Good scores will get you a job but knowledge will change your perspective,” said Jung.
He cautioned the audience against the misuse of technology. “It is good that we learn and use social media but we have to avoid addiction and ensure that the tech companies don’t manipulate us,” he said.
AFMI was formed in 1989 in Detroit (USA). It has held conventions all over the country since its inception and has honored more than 4,000 students from over 400 of India’s districts.
DYWA, formed in Delhi’s Walled City in 1990, works to promote education for underprivileged children. It runs scholarship schemes, distribution of course books and a library housing more than 4,000 books, among other initiatives.
Khalil Ahmed, the patron of DYWA, said that in the present age and time, we should not always associate education with jobs and careers. “Get educated to understand yourself, the world and the journey of life,” he said. “If you get a job, it is an added bonus. If you don’t get one, it is not the end of the world. If you have a family business, focus on expanding the same and take it to new heights. Don’t look down at it,” said Ahmed.
The awardees included two sisters from Telangana. Nargis Sultana (gold medal) and Nafees Sultana (silver medal) scored 95 per cent and 93 per cent in Grade 12. Nargis wants to be a doctor and is preparing for NEET. Nafees is pursuing bachelor’s in pharmacy in Telangana.
A visibly jubilant father of the duo, Mohammad Abdul Saleem, said: “Me and my wife could not complete school education. We were clear that we would get our daughters educated and make them self- dependent.”
Events like this, he said, boost our morale.
This was AFMI’s 32nd convention to honour student achievers in the country.
Dr. Kavita Sharma, former president of South Asian University, Dr. Akhtarul Wasey, president of Maulana Azad University, Jodhpur, historians Swapna Liddle and Samina Mishra were also present at the event,
“In a jungle, trees compete to get sunlight. In the process, they outgrow each other. Similarly, we have tried to create healthy competition among students. They get motivated and inspired when they see each other at such events,” said Shafi Lokhandwala, an AFMI member.