Dr. Najma Heptulla, the Union Minister for Minority Affairs said that religions may be many but faith is one. Among practioners of various religions, mutual respect and understanding are of utmost importance for growth and development of all and resultant development of the Nation. Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs assured to take the development to the last member of the minority society.
Earlier Shri Naseem Ahmad, Chairman, National Minority Commission welcomed the participants.
The one day Conference focusing on Development of Minorities will have two Technical sessions besides inaugural, and Valedictory. In session one on Capacity building of Minority Educational Institutions in India Prof.Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor Jamia Milia Islamia will deliver the keynote address. Session two on Corporate Social Responsibility and Development of Minorities in India will be addressed by Shri S S Mundra, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India.
The Conference is held every year on a theme which the National Commission for Minorities considers as relevant and important to the Minorities and the State Minorities Commissions, the State Governments particularly the Minority Welfare Departments and NGOs dealing with minority issues. The last Annual Conference held in 2013 was on the theme Sensitivity of the Majority, Responsibility of the Minorities In Secular India.