(Ms. Naaz Khair)
The study proposes to investigate the efforts of the Muslim community in the field of education in India during the period 1986 to 2016. This is the period post the Supreme Court Shah Bano verdict in 1985, the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act in 1986 and up to 2016 when the country witnessed an intense debate over the triple talaaq issue. Other significant national developments of consequence for the Muslim community during this period included, implementation of the Mandal Commission Report on reservations for OBCs in 1990, demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, several major incidents of communal violence primarily aimed at the Muslim community and affecting states including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra (South Asia Collective, 2016), the passing of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992, the Sachar Committee Report, 2006, the creation of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, 2006 and the Ranganath Mishra Report, 2007. The Institute of Objective studies was set up at the beginning of this period in 1986 and completed thirty years of dedicated service to the nation, Muslim community and other minorities in 2016.