Nurturing Dreams: Through Career Counseling in the Heart of Rampur

By Hiba Zafar| Awaz-e-Khwateen

Nestled in the heart of Uttar Pradesh, Rampur, with its rich cultural tapestry and historical significance, witnessed a transformative event on December 12th. Awaz-e-Khwateen put together a career counseling program at Rajkiya Balika Government Girls Inter College, Kila Rampur, aiming to unlock new opportunities for young women in the realm of technical education. The gathering welcomed esteemed personalities, including Simrat Singh Gill, Abhilash Kumar, Hashim Raza Jalalpuri, and Director of Awaz-e-Khwateen, Ratna Shukla Anand.
Unveiling Career Horizons:
Simrat Singh Gill, a distinguished lecturer from Government Polytechnic College, graced the occasion as the chief guest. The event unfolded with dignitaries such as Hashim Raza Jalalpuri, Abhilash Kumar, and Dr. Geeta Saini, each imparting valuable insights into the landscape of technical education and career possibilities. The program resonated with a collective vision—encouraging young women to explore fields like medicine and engineering.

Empowering Objectives:
The main purpose was to encourage and lead female students toward technical education. Director Ratna Shukla Anand pointed out that girls should take up different fields of work because learning has no age. The event was meant to enlighten the students on government programs for their advantage and educate how girls can achieve the best in any chosen discipline.

Impactful Outcomes:
Ratna Shukla Anand’s powerful message resonated, urging girls in Rampur to aspire to become doctors and engineers. The program stirred motivation, encouraging students to recognize the value of time. Principal Dr Geeta Saini stressed the importance of financial independence, while Simrat Singh Gill emphasized the significance of science for societal progress, urging students to consider technical education post-Class 10. To sum up, the occurrence of this event acted as a catalyst that ignited change and steered young women towards various career choices. The speakers’ collective wisdom was bent on the destruction of normative gender roles and the creation of new female leaders in Rampur. The focus of the program to encourage female students to venture in technical fields and pursue careers in various areas indicates the change in society’s opinions. Another remarkable effect of the occasion was that it gave motivation to the students in Rampur, making them want to be doctors and engineers. The encouragement of the existing government schemes for their benefit further reinforced the concept that girls can turn out to be successful in any field they opt for, thus, pointing towards the possibility of positive change through education and direction.

Exploring Rampur’s Treasures: A Visit to the Raza Library

As the sun cast its golden hues over the enchanting city, Rampur became the canvas for a progressive initiative. Home to the iconic Raza Library, Rampur’s allure extends beyond its historical roots, embracing modern aspirations and dreams. Following the successful event, the Awaz-e-Khwateen team visited the world-renowned Raza Library. Established by Nawab Faizullah Khan in 1774, the library is a treasure house of Indo-Islamic learning and arts. Nawab Muhammad Saeed Khan’s efforts in creating a separate department and appointing Allama Yousuf Ali Mehvi underscored the library’s commitment to preserving knowledge and cultural heritage.

The visit added a cultural and educational dimension to the impactful day, reinforcing the importance of holistic growth for the students of Rampur. The minars of the Rampur Raza Library imagined and built by Hamid Ali Khan, are an impressive symbol of communal harmony. Each minar has its own story, with the highest window being for the mandir, the second one for gurudwara, the third one for church and the fourth masjid. This deliberate construction depicts a peaceful combination of religious symbols, which creates an atmosphere of tolerance and appreciation.
Among its notable holdings are rare manuscripts that connect various religions and cultures.

The Persian version of the Ramayana is one such prominent exhibit on display in the library, which speaks to its purpose of preserving literary works in different languages. The Persian translation demonstrates the universality of epics, expressed beyond linguistic restrictions and uniting cultures.
Also interesting are the Qur’an written on parchment in Kufic script, which is traditionally attributed to Hazrat Ali. This artefact is of great importance to Islamic heritage as it serves as a direct connection to the early times of Islam. The use of parchment and the conservation method—between sheets made out of deer’s intestine—testifies to all the care that has been taken with regard to preserving these sacred books.

The library collection with its varied manuscripts and many Mughal Paintings represents the fusion of cultures and cohabitation under the sign of religious traditions. It acts as a light of wisdom, leading us to an understanding of our common human history and the interdependence of cultures. Through its special acquisitions, the Rampur Raza Library is engaged in promoting and celebrating the rich and diverse aspects of human expression.

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