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(THE MISSION FOR NEW LIFE) A PUBLIC CHARITABLE TRUST
ABOUT THE TRUST Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan Educational Trust (SAKET) is a public charitable trust, established by a Registered Deed of Trust, registered before the Registrar of Assurance, Kolkata, in the year 2007. It is a public charitable trust in nature and performs its activities with the aim and objective of empowering the youth of the underprivileged and deprived section of the society through education. It looks forward towards the upliftment of the destitutes. Its mission is to see that the youth are not deprived of their Basic Rights to proper standard of education because of any socio-economic reasons or likewise. SAKET came to existence with the objective to form a Public Charitable Trust for the purpose of establishing Educational Institutions so as to impart, disseminate and promote education and learning in all of its branches and to organize, establish, deliver, perform all work which will facilitate the socio economic empowerment of the underdeveloped and underprivileged people of the country. SAKET has already established an academy, GLOBAL ACADEMY FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT (GACD), for providing training to students for their career development. Specialized training from experts of respective fields are provided to students to shape their career. People at SAKET believe that to maintain an amicable atmosphere in a multicultural environment, all must work, study and live together for the healthy
upliftment of the community which also gives a wider horizon to the community members. Keeping this in mind, SAKET is open for one and all. SAKET’s foundation is laid in the suburbs of Topsia, one of the most backward areas of Kolkata. Topsia has got a total population of approximately 2 lacs with only 2 schools to accommodate the children of all. As a result majority of the children do not even see the doors of the school. Thus, Topsia is sinking more and more into darkness. Members of SAKET believe that it is very easy to curse the darkness, very difficult to light a lamp. A large number of people residing in Topsia fall below the poverty line and this contribute to one of the major reasons why they can not afford to send their children to schools. The poor people send their wards out of their hard earned money to the road-side so called English medium schools. Students are even deprived of the minimum standard of education there and thus, being exploited in the name of English medium school. This results in the double victimization of the poor people of Topsia. This lamp, in the name of SAKET, is lit with a resolute devotion, determination, conviction and a valiant foot forward. SAKET saw the light of the day on the 3rd day of November, 2007.
GENESIS OF TRUST Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan, the settler of the trust, spent his childhood on the dismal lanes of Topsia where he encountered the pathetic conditions of the muslims and even worked as a hawker on the streets of Esplanade. Through dogged determination and perseverance, he attained academic scholarship of distinction and firmly believes hat proper education is the only tool for social empowerment of any community. He, therefore, seeks to upgrade educational level of the under privileged through SAKET.
MISSION STATEMENT Every citizen has the Basic Rights to proper standard of education and SAKET’s endeavor will be to see that they do not be deprived of it because of any socio economic reasons or likewise.
OBJECTIVE OF THE TRUST To form a Public Charitable Trust for the purpose of establishing Educational Institutions so as to impart, disseminate and promote education and
learning in all of its branches and to organize, establish, deliver, perform all work, job as the trustee may think fit for the socio economic empowerment of the underdeveloped and underprevilleged people of the country.
PROPOSED PROGRAMME (during formation) 1. Establishment of GLOBAL ACADEMY for Career Development with aim to provide training for various competitive exams and counseling at schools enabling the students to make correct career choices. 2. Establishment of Modern English Medium School and Boarding Complexes. 3. Establishment of Other Educational Institution including. ABOUT THE TRUSTEES 1. Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan : He is an educationist and a visionary who has a life time ambition to contribute his mite in removing the educational backwardness and deprivation of the underprivileged. He is a post graduate from The National University Of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) as well as from the University Of Essex in the United Kingdom. He is the recipient of the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship by the British Council. He has authored three publications that has been well received by the legal fraternity. Presently engaged as a regular faculty of law at the NUJS and as a visiting faculty in other institutions. 2. Taj Mohammad : He is a prosecutor presently holding the post of Deputy Director, Directorate of Prosecution, Government of West Bengal. He is also associated with several academic and social activities. He is a well known social activist who works for the upliftment of the deprived section of the society. 3. Nasir Ahmed : He is an entrepreneur and the member of the West Bengal Wakf Board. He is associated with several social and educational organizations in different capacities which includes The Education Cell, Calcutta Muslim Orphanage, The M.M.Foundation Trust and The Islamic Education Welfare Trust. He lends his support towards the development of the destitutes. 4. Md. Siraj Khan : He is a business man and is deeply concerned with the development of the Muslim Minority. 5. Reshma Khatoon : She is an educationist and endeavors to work for the development of the condition of the Muslims. ABOUT BOARD OF ADVISORS The Board of Advisors is comprised of eminent personalities, all being paragons in their respective fields of Judiciary, Advocacy, Executive etc. They lend their invaluable knowledge and experience for the better functioning of SAKET.
RAISING OF FUNDS
SAKET is mainly dependent on funds collected from individual donors. After completetion of three years of its operation, it may fetch funds from the government for its smooth operation. HOW CAN ONE CONTRIBUTE? 1. Can be a volunteer to any of SAKET’s programmes. 2. Can create awareness about SAKET. 3. Can make donations. 4. Can sponsor gifts to the students. People’s advice and co-operation are most welcomed. ACTIVITIES OF THE TRUST SAKET, established for the noble cause, is actively involved in many such activities which serve the best interest of the underprivileged and deprived section of the society. The activities of SAKET are as follows:
A) GLOBAL ACADEMY FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT (GACD)
GACD is a unit of SAKET and itprovides training for various competitive exams and prepares the students to crack the exams in a more pragmatic fashion. GACD ensures the students a high standard of education with an erudite aroma and expert faculties of respective fields to guide them through. Students at GACD are moulded to take up the challenges of the competitive world outside, made self-dependent and confidence is instilled in them. Courses at GACD are the future shaping endeavours for the youth which provide an excellent portal to articulate the students' dreams, aspirations and achievements. The dire need for students, more particularly to those belonging to the backward and middle class families, to get adequate access and proper standard of education to keep in pace with the contemporary era is the primary cause of concern towards the embarkment of the courses at GACD. Among many, a few of the ongoing programs conducted by GACD are mentioned below: CRASH COURSE FOR WEST BENGAL LEGAL SERVICES EXAMINATION GACD has just finished training with its first batch of students who appeared for the WB Legal Services Examination, 2008. Four months of intensive training was provided to the students at GACD to prepare them for the examination.
ONE YEAR COURSE FOR WEST BENGAL JUDICIAL SERVICES EXAMINATION GACD offers a one year course to the students opting to appear for the West Bengal Judicial Service Examination. Special attention is provided to students as some of them are practicing lawyers so they can not devote requisite time required for the preparation of the examination. CRASH COURSE FOR JOINT ENTRANCE EXAMINATION (JEXPO) GACD offers a crash course for the aspiring engineers to enable them to crack the Joint Entrance Examination (JEXPO). CRASH COURSE FOR JOINT ENTRANCE EXAMINATION, (LAW, CALCUTTA UNIVERSITY) GACD will shortly commence the crash course for the JEE of Law under the University of Calcutta for the students having an aptitude in the legal profession. Students can join after their Higher Secondary Examinations. COURSES TO BE OFFERED SHORTLY AT GACD The following courses among others will be offered soon by GACD: 1. One year training programme for JEE (Engineering & Medical) 2. Two years comprehensive course H.S. and JEE. 3. Communicative English Course. 4. Advance Language Courses. 5. Course for QLTT Examinations. 6. Computer Courses. 7. Other Competitive Examinations like UPSC, WBCS, SSC, PSC, Banking, Railways etc.
B) CAREER COUNSELING AT SCHOOLS
Today’s youth is standing at a crossroad. After passing out class X, they enter into a world of decision-making. The very first decision they have to take is about the future course of study. Unfortunately, very few students are independent enough to decide their future course of study. It is very heartening to know that the future of the present generation is guided by the past generation. Their parents totally ignore the fact that they should also consider their wards’ interest. Some may possess entrepreneurship skills; others may aspire to do something great in literature. But all these aims fall into dust, when these students are forced to yield their parents’ desires. There are even worse situations where students and parents, both do not have sufficient knowledge about the possible career options available to the students and the process to get admitted to those courses. Career counseling programs are conducted under the banner of SAKET at different schools, enabling the students to have clear focus on their goal in life and make the right career choices. Until they focus, they can not achieve their goal. Career counseling programs conducted by GACD, give the wandering thoughts and desires of the students a definite direction and thus, guide them to their goals in life. GACD believes that excellence is not a skill, it is an attitude and one's attitude determines his altitude. Counseling programs are organised at different schools with special focus to vernacular languages institutions. We organized counseling camp at Milan Mela, 2007-2008 where our volunteers provided counseling and guidance to thousands of students. We further have organized career counseling programs in different school of Kolkata, including Momin Memorial High School, Madarsa Aliya etc,
C) HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY (HRA)
It is one of the wings of SAKET which pierces through the tyranny on human race and ensures full protection of the Basic Human Rights. The Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan Educational Trust (SAKET) is not only the pioneer in student career counseling and in preparing students for professional competitive exams but, within a few months of its inauguration, it has entered into an informal partnership with CRY (Child Rights and You) to conduct a
research based on Human Right Violations in respect of Right to Education in Topsia. Topsia happens to be one of the worst hit under-developed areas in Kolkata, spreading at approximately 2 sq. kms area with a high number of illiterates multiplying in number. The locality lacks basic amenities including education which is a Fundamental Right guaranteed under 21A of the Indian Constitution. In such a scene it was SAKET to take up the job of conducting this research. This research is focused basically on reaching out to the little deprived and malnourished children in the area, its objective was to identify the reasons for little children either not attending or being dropped out from schools and the root causes for the growing illiteracy in the area. The first phase of research completed the survey of all the schools and submission of RTI applications before the concerned authorities. It will plan our future course of action only once its research completes and the violation of right to education in the locality is established.
SAKET PUBLIC SCHOOL (SPS)
The daunting task SAKET has under taken is to establish a Saket Public School for the deprived and under-privileged section of the society. Students deprived of their Basic Rights to Education will be restored back their rights at SAKET whether be it through SPS, HRA or other similar projects. School lays the foundation of a student’s career and SPS will endeavour to concrete such foundations of students so that they stand tall and tough against the test of time. But if we look at today’s younger generation, with their frustrations, restlessness and ‘who cares’ attitude, notice the ever growing crime rate, one things stand out – their lack of basic values. Simple things, like love for the motherland, respect for the elderly, politeness and gratitude, truthfulness and honesty, etc., which were very important day before yesterday, were common enough till yesterday, have suddenly vanished today. Bereft of the values, the younger people really do not know where they are heading.
Getting hundred percent marks in an exam should not be as important as doing the work honestly. Similarly, being good in studies and games is important but still more important is being polite, humble and helpful. Quite often, we find children are not aware of their responsibilities or are not willing to shoulder them. Children should be told not only about their rights but also should be made aware of their duties towards the family, school and society as both rights and duties go hand in hand. These small things, which tend to miss our eyes in the early years or we may think the child to be too small to be burdened with such things. By the time we sit up, it’s too late. So, the earlier we start, the better it is. Conditions will be reverted at SPS as it will toil to instill the right values in a child from the beginning. SPS will have a paid school where reasonable and affordable fees will be charged from the students. Many parents send their child to work during daytime and believe that sending their children to school will not profit them. They even refuse to bear the cost of their education. From the inception of SAKET we plan to run a school which is on one hand a paid school, where reasonable and affordable fees will be charged and on the other hand absolutely free education in evening time will be provided to the child labours, slum area children and other children from poor families. We will endeavour to maintain the same standard of education in both the sessions of SPS. Fee schooling along with all the requisite study materials will be made available for the students. In this way SPS will arm the nation with education. Education has never reached such deprived children but SPS will extend the rays and fragrance of education to such children and thus, contribute in building the future of India. Apne Aap Women Worldwide (A2W2), an international organisation assured to lend forward all hands of cooperation to SAKET for this noble and virtuous cause of establishing the Saket Public School (SPS). SPS is under construction and looks forward towards other such helping hands in the form of donation, monetary or intellectual, or otherwise. After all we have a responsibility towards our society – not only today’s society, but also tomorrow’s.
• SAKET is looking forward to establish other educational institutions i.e., medical, engineering and other educational institutions. These projects of SAKET are under sincere consideration. • SAKET is planning to organize a National Level Conference on the scope and challenges for the establishment of minority educational institutions in India. This conference will have all the intellectuals of India involved in a discussion under one roof to overcome the dearth of minority educational institutions in India. • SAKET intends to organize an educational event (Quiz, Debate, Essay Competition, Moot Court etc.) to keep the students actively involved in studies and at the same time not to lose their interests due to the same routined lifestyle.
SUMMARY OF THE STUDY SAKET came to existence with the objective to form a Public Charitable Trust for the purpose of establishing Educational Institutions so as to impart, disseminate and promote education and learning in all of its branches and to organize, establish, deliver, perform all work which will facilitate the socio economic empowerment of the underdeveloped and underprivileged people of the country. SAKET has already established an academy, GLOBAL ACADEMY FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT (GACD), for providing training to students for their career development. Specialized training from experts of respective fields are provided to students to shape their career. People at SAKET believe that to maintain an amicable atmosphere in a multicultural environment, all must work, study and live together for the healthy upliftment of the community which also gives a wider horizon to the community members. Keeping this in mind, SAKET is open for one and all.
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