The last five decades have been witnessing a remarkable and glorious transformation in the educational upbringing of the Muslims in Kerala, traditionally the most backward community in education. The driving force behind this envious achievement has been the committed and tiring toil of The Muslim Educational Society (MES).
In 1994, it was the setting up of the MES College of Engineering at Kuttippuram in Malappuram District, the first self-financing college in the private sector in Kerala, that kick started an historic revolution that was to follow in the state to promote education to the deprived class and MES has a real right and reason to be proud of this committed initiative to fulfill its mission. The establishment of the college itself was a bold revolutionary step in a state like Kerala where professional educations were conducted only through Government/Aided colleges. The college management shouldered that challenge courageously and established the college by breaking all wrong notions and apprehensions regarding the private partnership in higher education in the succeeding years. This model was followed by many and thereby Kerala is having more than hundred engineering colleges in the self-financing sector.
As MESCE was established in an educationally backward area of Kerala, it performs a vital role in the empowerment of students from the minority community in Malabar region. The vision of MESCE is to develop an institution of international standing to provide quality education in Engineering Technology and Management and empower students to face challenges and taking care of societal responsibilities. The mission towards this is to inculcate leadership qualities, human values and social responsibilities in the youth to make them leaders in nation building. The national average of gross enrolment ratio in India is 26% and for the Muslim community it is 16%. In this scenario MES takes an extra effort to uplift the backward community and thereby bridge the gap through this institution.
In every year about 600 students are enrolled in our institution, in that more than 50% seats are exclusively for the minority community. For the past five years, an average of 420 students from minority communities have graduated and among that 35% are girls. Result analysis of university examinations are done separately for minority girls and boys students to keep track of those who got admitted through this criteria and this will help to improve the quality of education and helps in improving the performance of students.
MESCE conducts career guidance cum engineering aptitude test for plus two pass out students. It is a good opportunity for the talented students from economically backward communities to get exposure in the engineering field. The selected students will be eligible for fee reduction. In addition to this college provides special scholarships for bright students. Our students have scored several top positions in the university examinations. Though the college is a minority institution, it also caters to the needs of students belonging to other communities and thereby acts as an important vehicle of development of the backward Malabar region of the state. Many of the alumni from MESCE are now working in reputed companies like All India Radio, Tata Consultancy Service, Atkins Dubai, SPIA Tech (India) Pvt. Ltd., Arch alive Architects etc. Also many alumni are entrepreneurs. Gen-Robotic, Fanta code etc. are few of the start-up initiatives which attracted much accolades in national and international levels.
Though Kerala is much proud of its status as a state having 100% literacy, when coming to the higher education sector, there is much scope for improvement. Such an improvement will be possible only through the active participation and enrolment of all social groups especially that of marginalised and deprived communities. Here lies the process of bringing Muslim girls to the fold of tertiary education becomes an important contribution to the development of the society.
It can be proudly mentioned that it was the MES which is instrumental in enhancing the educational status of especially Muslim Women who were behind the doors till then, destined to be the home maker throughout their life. It is gratifying to note that MES has enhanced their presence in the educational field. Moreover the campus is having a vibrant, diverse and multicultural community and students from different backgrounds are studying here to discover a world of different ideas and experiences
The college stands for equality and wishes to create a more inclusive society for our girl students. Women empowerment implies the ability of women to take decisions with regard to their life and work and giving them equal rights in all spheres like: personal, social, economic and so on. College had taken several activities to empower girl students and make them self-reliant. Women Development Cell in MESCE strives to maintain and augment the gender-neutral atmosphere of college by organizing seminars, workshops on Gender sensitization and legal awareness. From our previous history, it is observed that women students showed more academic excellence and bagged top positions in University examinations.
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