Okhla(New Delhi) : The Youth Domain of Volunteers of Change organized a discussion on the above theme in the morning of 18 November 2018, at Quah Fitness Club, Abul Fazl Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi. It was sponsored by Habeeb Foundation.
Abdul Rashid Agwan the Convener of VoC chaired the discussion whereas Dr Rihan Khan Suri, Training and Placement Officer, Jamia Millia Islamia, presented the keynote and the guest of honor Kaleemul Hafeez CMD Hotel River View, Adil Azmi of Hub9, mechanical consultant Sajid Anas, Raghuvans Rai of C3, Shuaibul Islam of Tech-Mahendra Foundation, etc spoke on the occasion.
Amjad Khan sparked off the program with the recitation of Sura Asr followed by welcome address of the organizer and Youth Domain Incharge Aazam Tahir who briefly introduced the VoC as well as activities of the Youth Domain. The program came to close with the vote of thanks by Shahid Raza an active member of the domain and prayers led by M.Moinuddin Jamai the President of Habeeb Foundation.
At the outset, Dr Rihan Khan Suri thanked Volunteers of Change for inviting him to speak on a topic close to his heart on which he was going to share his views and expertise for the first time in the locality.
Then, he made his first point saying that there is a clear north-south divide among Indian Muslims in attitude towards education and employment. Punctuality, selflessness and sincerity of cause are three basic qualities which led to matching progress of southern Muslims along with other sections of society, which almost lack among Muslims of north India, he said
As regards jobs, he informed that 30% of the present jobs would vanish in near future due to advances in artificial intelligence and robotics and the career plan of younger generations should accordingly be molded. He said that progress in technology is ten times faster than in any other field of life and it highly shapes nature of jobs today and tomorrow. Without considering this future reality in employment planning, no section of society would be able to compete for better jobs soon, he remarked.
Dr Suri referred the recent job policy of Google where skill and expertise was considered more important than degrees and certificates. Thus, the real worth in future employability would be the ability to do things rather than knowing about them, he went on to say.
While suggesting for Muslim youths to opt for business and entrepreneurship with proper education and training as a good choice, he pointed out that job markets would be having more scope for IT experts and for those who have command on any national or international language besides English, including Arabic.
Delhi is a hub of jobs and opportunities are galore but “Opportunities are for the people who are already ready to avail them, they are not for those who see an opportunity and start preparing for it. Opportunities are swift to come and go” he remarked.
The learned scholar, while mentioning about the prevalent myth among Muslims that government jobs are not there, advised that youth should compete for subordinate services with proper preparation and expert coaching. He also appreciated the progress of Muslim girls in education and suggested that they should go for appropriate jobs.
Education as Entrepreneurship
While speaking on the above theme, Kaleemul Hafeez said that education is a core strength of any community. He expressed his pleasure on the VoC’s holding of the present discussion and the illuminating talk of Dr Suri. The learned discussant compared educational attainment of Muslims with other minorities and concluded that the latter are far ahead due to education only.
He mentioned that in his recent book “Taalim se hee Tasweer Badalegi” he wrote one chapter on ‘education as business’ and traced out in history that Muslim Education Society began its mission in Kerala as a business model almost a century back. He also recalled the contribution of Al-Amin Mission Banglore, in promoting Muslim education, led by Dr Mumtaz Ali who used to promote education in different parts of India through providing seed money and the acclaimed success of Al-Amin West Bengal under the able leadership of Nurul Hasan is an inspiring outcome of such a visionary philanthropy.
He stressed on the promotion of entrepreneurship among Muslims, which remains the only way to generate large number of jobs for the aspirants.
Abdul Rashid Agwan said that in spite of many efforts by the organizing team the targetted youth did not turn up in the program in large number due to the general pessimism that prevails in Muslim society which needs to be abolished for generating a pro-development atmosphere.
He referred a recent survey of Volunteers of Change which revealed that 34% graduates and post graduates of Okhla reported unemployed. The employment status of the lower sections would have been even worse, he said. This is an alarming situation and many evils emerging in local society are the product of this reality, he remarked.
He felt need for the formation of an expert group for the promotion of employment and employability in Okhla and for establishing a centre for employment registration and guidance.
Agwan was of the opinion that there is a jobless growth in India today and needs job intensive ventures to come up. He suggested that in the particular cultural environment among Muslims, women-alone set-ups should come up in large numbers for increasing productivity of Muslim women who presently comprise only 15% workforce of the community.
Er. Sajid Anas remarked that funds are very important for development and qualitative employment of youths should be deemed essential for pooling resources in that regard. He said that the reality of India, beyond the vibrance of certain token advances in science and technology, could be witnessed in remote parts of the country such as villages of West Bengal. He appealed youths to realize the fact that the classroom is quite different than the real life. He stressed on the development of ability among youths to communicate in a better way for selling oneself out in the job market.
Adil Azmi felt the need to promote innovation and business venturism among youths. He mentioned that Muslims relish on Biryani but start-ups for online sell of this traditional dish were launched by some other sections. Through confidence building and hand-handling, youths could be encouraged to become employer rather than employees, he said.
While narrating his own experience, Raghuvans Rai said that life could be reshaped from all sorts of failure and depression and youths must not let themselves down by any challenge in life as it might prove a new opportunity unto itself.
Shuaibul Islam of Tech Mahendra Foundation discussed that very many opportunities are there but Muslim youths seem uninterested and unprepared to avail them.