This Community Development Workshop was a national level program for IDB graduates and also the AGM of AIGA to offer Community leadership and to analyze the challenges before the community. There was the training through specially designed topics from IDB which were conducted by IDB Graduates and some guest speaker. This year we are very fortunate to have Dr. Khursheed Mallick, President IMEFNA, USA and Dr. Mahmut Sogut, Educational Counsular to the Turkish embassy in India.
Participants: A total of 48 persons attended the workshop with 26 graduate participants from 8 zones and 8 HSCs. Some HSCs and graduates were unable to attend the workshop due to various genuine reasons.
Venue: Lake Land Country Club was the venue of this program. Apart from auditoriums they have good accommodation and meals facilities at a very affordable cost.
The Inaugural Session: The workshop started at 11:00 AM. with recitation of verses from the holy Quran by Dr. Mikail Islam an IDB graduate. Er. Ayatullah Farooq Molla, Asst. Secretary, AIGA welcomed the guests and participants from different parts of India. In his opening remarks he introduced the IDB sponsored CDW and its purpose.
Mr Amanullah Khan, Chairman MET, in his Keynote address pointed out what steps the MET has been taking towards educational upliftment of the community. He also described the importance of AIGA in the development of the community in general and the Country as a whole in particular. He thanked IDB Group for this support. Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, President All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat and Editor Milli Gazette delivered inaugural address in which he expressed his extreme happiness by being in a group of people who are highly dedicated in their work for the community. Dr. Ashraf Ali, General Secretary, AIGA presented his secretarial report and informed the house about the various steps and the initiatives taken by the different AIGA state chapter to uplift the community and to serve the humanity. He presented a detailed data report collected from the different state chapters of AIGA and told the house that AIGA is now increasing its strength under the guidance and care of the MET and HSCs. Mr. Ashraf Ali told the house that AIGA has its goal set up to be an active partner in the reformation process of the community. Getting them from the bye lanes of poverty, general illiteracy and socio-political and intellectual backwardness to progressive, literate and intellectual society with socio-political leadership based on the teaching of Quran and Sunnah. He advised the participants to practice Islam, be a Committed Muslim and become a Competent Professional.
Mahmut Sogut, Educational Consular, EET felt immense pleasure to see the AIGA leaders and IDB Graduates coming from all part of India. He told that Leadership is the ability to see beyond assumed boundaries, and to come up with solutions or paths that few can visualize. The leader must then project this vision for everyone to see and pursue.
Dr. Khurshid Mallick, President, Indian Muslim Education Foundation of North America described what professional and systematic approach AIGA should take to managing projects, Identify community needs, and how to alleviate poverty from Muslim community. There are a variety of ways to assess community needs. “Select one that fits your program's capacity and the scope of the volunteer effort. For a one-day project, choose an assessment technique that is less time-consuming. If you are committing to a long-term project, conduct an in-depth assessment to ensure that you are effectively utilizing your resources”, He Suggested.
The inaugural session ended by presidential address by Br. P Musthafa, President AIGA. He felt that the mission of IDB is to promote comprehensive human development with a focus on the priority areas of alleviating poverty, improving health, promoting education, improving governance and prospering the people. He told the house that AIGA offers a platform to all professionals who have keen interest in developing the community in particular and society in general and offsetting all the problems. In his remark he expressed his sincere thanks to all participants and hoped that the workshop will be successful and it will enhance the capacity and zeal of AIGA members.
In the Budget Session of AIGA AGM Dr. Ashraf presented the budgetary report before the house and told the house that AIGA needs more budgetary support in order to run the program in an effective manner and to run and sustain the different welfare schemes. He requested all graduates to contribute at least Rs. 1000 as annual fee for the welfare schemes run by AIGA. He also suggested that every state chapter must contribute a sum of Rs. 10,000 to the central body.
Dr. Ashraf also appreciated the initiative taken by the Delhi Chapter to publish AIGA brochure and advised other state chapter to follow the example and we must explore the sources of donations from organizations and persons to achieve our target.
Later on several group discussions and Brain Storming Sessions were conducted to explore the ideas and to generate the KPIs to strengthen the AIGA as a National NGO.
Mr. Jabir Yusuf the representative of Mr. Mohammad Javed AIGA EXCO Member and an IT Expert presented the software developed by them. It was a detailed presentation and it promised to give the AIGA leaders an effective tool in handling and managing the database of graduates with the status of refund and social activities.
The Questions were asked and answered. The participants were fully satisfied with the software. The big challenge is now to stand it with necessary database preparation and feeding of the data.
The members appreciated the good work done by Mr. Mohammad Javed and his team who designed this software free of cost. The development of such a software in the market would have cost huge money.