Taking the leap towards growth

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73 - RifaThe Concerted efforts of the institutions under the Rifa – hul muslimeen Educational Trust have healped educational graph Masore’s Musilm community gain an upward trajectory .ENN reports

Historically known for of Karnataka, has been challenging. Prior to 1961, the Muslim community was not keen on attaining education. There were hardly any high schools in the city and only a handful of Muslim boys could secure admissions in these schools. The re- maining students, which formed the majority, either discontinued their education or migrated to other cities.
It was only after the establishment of Farooqia Boys High School in 1961, Farooqia Girls High School in 1963 and the Farooqia Teachers Training Institution in 1977 that things took a turn for the better and the Muslim community was drawn into taking the initial steps towards learning and knowledge. Today, with the concerted efforts of these institutions, the graph of education in the Muslim community in this city has managed to gain an upward trajectory.
It all started when leaders of the Muslim community congregated at Anjuman- e-Itehade Islam under the chairmanship of Mohsin-Ul-Mulk and Mohammed Sait and resolved to establish a high School which was named the Farooqia Boys’ High School, after the second Kalif of Islam, Hazrath Umar Farooque. Majlis-e-Rifa-hul Muslimeen, a registered society managing two orphanages – Muslim Boys Orphanage and Muslim Girls Orphanage made the application and soon, Farooqia Boys School started functioning in the premises of Muslim Boys Orphanage.

Institutions under Rifa-hul Muslimeen Edcational Trust
1. Farooqia Dental College
2. Farooqia Institute of Pharmacy and Farooqia College of Pharmacy
3. Farooqia P.U.College
4. Farooqia Girls Composite PU College
5. Farooqia Boys High School
6. Farooqia Girls High School
7. Farooqia Girls High School II
8. Farooqia D. Ed., College
9. Farooqia Womens Polytechnic
10. Farooqia Model Urdu Higher Primary School
11. Farooqia Nursery School
12. Dr.TMA Pai UHPS
13. Farooqia Nursery School

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Later, the Rifa-hul Muslimeen Education Society was registered under the Societies Act in the year 1970. Farooqia Boys’ High School came under Rifa-hul Muslimeen Educational Society, which was later converted into Rifa-hul Muslimeen Educational Trust in the year 1985 for effective management.
The philosophy of the founders was to propagate education in the community. The mission was to bring back the community to the fold of education. It wanted to see that they must put a stop to the fall- ing graph of education in the community and wanted to see every Muslim boy and girl educated. The vision was to establish a chain of educational institutions ranging from nursery classes to professional courses.
Today, the Rifahul Muslimeen Educational Trust employs about 500 staff members including teaching staff and nonteaching staff. The total strength in the thirteen institutions it manages is about 5,000 students, with girls forming around 40 per cent of this number. BDS, MDS, Pharma D and B Pharma are the most sought after courses here. The organisation is also set to start a Girls P U College for Commerce from 2015. The student intake is showing positive signs and in B.Pharm, the intake has increased from 40 to 60 this year after it received the necessary approvals from the controlling agencies.
The society also provides various incentives to poor and deserving girls students. This, in many ways, has helped it gain the trust and support of the community and the society at large.

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