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Community Initiative

Building a Vision
By A Staff Writer
Berhampore, Murshidabad

Tucked away in the historic town of Behrampore is the Al-Falah Mission English School which pursues excellence in education. While kids can smile as there are no homework rules here, the elders can ponder over how they can be part of this Mission.

If you think Hazarduari and Katra mosque are all that Murshidabad has to offer, you are mistaken. Just 197 km from Kolkata is the historic town of Behrampore, which has witnessed many tides of history that have changed the destiny of the country from the mid-17th century. Behrampore, along with the Cossimbazar area, was the first capital of the British in Bengal. History literally oozes from every corner of this town.

Tucked away in Behrampore is the Al-Falah Mission English School. The Al Falah Mission English School is a unique English Medium residential school in the Eastern and North Eastern Region of the country. It is run by a registered NGO, Al Falah Mission Berhampore. Though a minority institution in character, it is open to all sections of people irrespective of caste, creed and community. The school provides hostel facilities where special and focused care is taken to maintain high standard in food, health, hygiene, academic environment, extra-curricular activities and most importantly character building of the students. Efforts are on to bring the hostel to the highest national standard in all respects as envisaged by the government. Children of 3 years of age and above are admitted into the hostel on the principle of providing good learning environment from a very early stage. The school admits pupils for Nursery to Class – VII. One class will be added every year till Class XII. Forms are issued from the month of December.

Most modern teaching methods have been incorporated in the school. Children will be happy to know that there is “No Provision of Home Work”. More reasons to smile…private tuition is not allowed or needed. The institution imparts lessons on Islam, key Islamic values and Islamic way of life. There is also provision for a pupil to learn to read the holy Quran with the right accent (Tajweed).

There is a separate Zakat Fund. This Fund is meant for sponsoring poor and deserving students partly or fully. Zakat is audited every year to ensure that it is utilised in a proper and permitted way as enjoined in the holy Quran.

The School has good liaison with other national and international institutions of repute to achieve the goal of excellence in the academic standard of the institution.

The school follows the syllabus as recommended by CBSE. Academic session is from April to March. The Institution presently has managed to build four storeyed building and has on its rolls 120 students, but finds its very difficult to admit more students due to lack of adequate space and other infrastructure. A girls hostel and staff quarters are urgently needed. The affiliation process for CBSE is underway. The affiliation rules strictly require adequate number of 400 sqft. classrooms apart from 3 laboratories, library, playground and girls hostel. All these involve a lot of financial expenditure amounting to over 50 lakhs and as there is no source of substantial income to meet the development expenses, it is getting very difficult to comply with the requirements of affiliation unless the community pitches in to help.

The community always talks about education and the future of the youngsters. This is the right time to ponder over the fact that if the Muslims put their hearts together for a noble cause, the dream of 100 per cent literacy among Muslims will soon take shape. The community members are requested to extend their help for the expansion of this school. All financial help may be sent by M.O., DD or Cheque in the name of ‘Al Falah Mission, Berhampore’. Address: 124A, Abdus Samad Road, Gorabazar, P.O. Berhampore, Dist. Murshidabad, Pin-742101 (W.B.) India. (A/c No. 163010100033691, Bank – UTI, Berhampore).

For more insight into the plans and projects of Al-Falah Mission School,
write to: Mr. Haroon Rashid,

Al-Falah Mission, N.H. 34, Bhakuri, P.O. – Balarampur, P.S. – Berhampore, Murshidabad.
Ph.: (03482) 260863, Mob: 9434003056, Email : alfalah_mission