British MP and Indian media stalwarts to address SIO in Mumbai

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Panaji, Nov 6 (UNI) British Member of Parliament George Galloway and Indian media stalwarts, including Kuldip Nayar and Tarun Tejpal, will address the silver jubilee conference of the apolitical Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) in Mumbai on November 25.

Three caravans from New Delhi, Kolkata and Calicut converge in Mumbai as part of the SIO's national campaign on ''25 years of redefining education, regaining struggle and renovating society'' seeking reorienting education system to mould the students into socially responsible citizens, according to the organisers here today.

Interacting with mediapersons, Syed Mazhar, Akhbar Khan and Abdul Wahed coordinating the event, said the Mumbai conference would be preceded by a conference in Goa University and a public meeting in Margao's Lohia Maidan on November 22 with the Calicut caravan arriving in Goa.

Asked what issues the Islamic students were facing in educational institutions, they said the organisation demand total implementation of various government schemes including mid-day meal programme in letter and spirit for the benefit of the target groups.

They claimed that SIO was the only ''apolitical'' students organisation with about 150,000 workforce, members and sympathisers in the country striving for better ''inter-faith understanding and cordial relations'' in the student community.

The organisation believe in reservations for ''socially and economically backward'' student community, but not on the basis of religion,caste or creed,they said.

This apart, the organisation had been striving for promoting virtues and uprooting evils from the educational institutions besides training the students into becoming ''exemplary citizens of India'', they added.

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