The Deccan Chronicle in its issue dated 22nd June 2009 has published a pleasant news on its front page under the heading "Dream come true - VIT gives Nisha key to success". The story runs like this. S. Jennifer Nisha (17), daughter of a road-side hawker Shahul Hameed whose income is about Rs.1000 per month, hailing from a conservative poor Muslim family fought against all odds to become a district topper at the Melur Government Girls' Higher Secondary School by securing 1142 marks. Ms. Christopher Jeyaseelan, a tuition master gave her free tuition and encouraged her.
As her family background did not permit her to persue higher education, she was asked to undergo a teacher training course but VIT's STAR scheme which meets the entire education expenses of selected toppers, came as a blessing to her. Her school headmistress Ms. Roselin Mary took her to the VIT counselling for government school toppers in Madurai and she was one of the 12 successful candidates out of 38 poor rural toppers from the southern districts. She has chosen to study EEE in her B.tech engineering course.
The appreciable thing in this report is that a Muslim girl is helped by her non-muslim teachers and VIT comes to her help in making her dream for higher education come true. It shows the excellent atmosphere prevailing here for brilliant students -whatever may be their caste, creed or community. This is a shining example in the midst of reports of so many exploitations that we read in newspapers and come across in person.
It will be better if the Omeiat Journal makes a survey about scholarship schemes if any available in other institutions particularly run by Muslims for the benefit of the poor and needy.
We should be proud of students like Nisha and be thankful to her teachers, institution and VIT which encouraged her voluntarily with all interest and enthusiasm the like of which is rare now-a-days. One hopes that it will inspire students to study well, guide teachers to do dedicated service and influence institutions to serve better.
V.M. KHALEELUR RAHMAN
(Omeiat Journal July 2009)