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JAMIA FINE ARTS STUDENTS
New Delhi: The final year students of Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) of Jamia Millia Islamia heaved a sigh of relief after Jamia authorities announced their decision to release the results on July 30. Forty-one out 65 students of BFA final year had been failed for not participating in a tour to Orissa, considered to be part of the course for BFA students. The students’ argument was that they had never seen any such tour being arranged and that it was not a compulsory tour.
After meeting JMI authorities, including the vice-chancellor, dean of the faculty of education Ms Talat Aziz said that these students had been passed and that the decision had been taken in the interest of the students.
EVERY BEARDED MAN IS “TERRORIST"
Rampur: In a meeting of party activists here on July 19, national general secretary of Samajwadi Party and a member of legislative assembly of Uttar Pradesh, Muhammad Azam Khan said that there is no rule of law in UP. Law and order situation had aggravated and every bearded person was being labelled as terrorist. He was speaking about Maulana Mahmood Madani's harassment.
It should be noted that Maulana Mahmood Madani, son of former MP, Maulana Asad Madani were searched and harassed at Kanpur Railway station on July 17. Kanpur GRP was informed that two suspect persons were travelling in Shatabdi Express. When the train reached Kanpur, the GRP got Mahmood Madani and his friend off the train and misbehaved with them. Their luggage was searched but nothing objectionable was found. Later when the GRP was told that Madani was the son of former Rajya Sabha MP and grandson of Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani, they were set off. Azam Khan called it a conspiracy to harass Muslims.
ISLAMIC QUIZ COMPETITION
To mark the third death anniversary of Hakeem Abdul Hameed, founder of Jamia Hamdard University, an inter-school quiz competition : "Hakeem Abdul Hameed Memorial Quiz Competition" was organised by the university on July 21. One hundred-seventy-five students from 22 schools of Delhi participated in the competition.
Madrasatul Banat Al-Islamia, Okhla, Jamia Senior Secondary School (first shift), Jamia Nagar and Anglo Arabic Senior Secondary School, Ajmeri Gate occupied the first, second and third positions respectively. The students had to go through three tests both oral and written.
Well-known Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, chief guest, distributed prizes and certificates to winning teams. Prizes were also distributed among losing teams.
TIME TO EDUCATE MUSLIM GIRLS
Saharanpur: Member of Muslim Personal Law Board and rector of Jamiatul Tayyibat, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Maulana Muhammad Yaqoob while talking recently to news persons has said that it was important to give modern education to girls besides religious education. Jamiatut Tayyibat is the first institution of its kind in Saharanpur where girls are taught religious and modern subjects.
IGNORANCE CHANGES BOON INTO BANE
Dhampur: Speaking at a condolence meeting of Syed Afzal Mehdi on July 7 in Nehtor, Dhampur district of Uttar Pradesh, Maulana Dr Syed Kalbe Sadiq, vice president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board said that ignorance changes every bliss into curse. He said what we needed was to wage a war against ignorance and poverty. He said that religion was not the name of deprivation from boons and bounties. Science and technology do not mislead a person whose relation to God is intact, he said.
SIR SYED PARK TO BE EXPANDED
Aligarh: "Aligarh is known for Sir Syed. Expansion of a park named after him is a bright step." There views were expressed by Vivek Bansal, member of legislative assembly from Aligarh on July 24 at the inauguration of Sir Syed park situated in Shamshad Market area of Aligarh. He appreciated the steps taken by Sir Syed Vichar Manch for taking responsibility of the park’s expansion.
HAMEED QURAISHI REMEMBERED
Saharanpur: "Urooje Adab", a literary organisation in Saharanpur, organised a poetic symposium in the memory of its founder poet Hameed Quraishi. While paying tribute to the poet participants remembered his outstanding services to Urdu literature.
Presiding over the meeting, freedom fighter and president of the organisation Zahur Ahmad said that Quraishi was a good man besides being a good poet. He led a modest life, he said.
Vice president of "Urooje Adab" and former municipal commissioner Jawed Khan Saroha said that Urdu not only creates unity but also guides people to lead a fair life. Many poets recited poems to pay tribute to Quraishi.
MUSLIM COLLEGE REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
Buland Shahar: The results of the year 2002 of BA (Final) of Muslim Girls Degree College. (MGDC) Buland Shahar district of Uttar Pradesh have been hundred percent. Affiliated to Chaudhry Charan Singh University of Meerut, the college has been imparting education to women for the last seven years with no discrimination of caste and religion. Two out of 113 students, in the BA final year examinations 2002, secured first division, 66 students secured second division while the remaining 45 students secured third division. Both first divisioners belong to Muslim community.
The percentage of BA second year pass students was 97 while it was 98.5 per cent for BA final year students.
After Naya Abbasi Girls Degree college of Amroha, whose three students had ranked first, second and third in the entire district, this is another Muslim girls college to achieve great success.
In answer to a question, Jamshed Ali Khan, principal of MGDC Buland Shahar said the results of 2002 of the college were the best in the entire district.
GOVT’S DUAL POLICY WITH MINORITIES
New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chairman of Minorities Committee and former member of Parliament from Bihar, MAA Fatmi has accused central government of following double standard policy regarding minorities institutions. In a press release in Delhi on July 27, he demanded the government to clarify its stand on un-aided minorities institutions. He was referring to a statement of Attorney General of Supreme Court Soli Sorabjee who had said in Supreme Court on July 26 that minorities could reserve all seats for children of minority communities provided that admission procedure was clear and unambiguous. Fatmi objected to it saying that it was indication of government’s dubious intention.
He appealed to all secular minded people to raise their voice in support of Article 29 and 30 of the Constitution which allowed minorities to set up their own educational institutions.
ARABIC REFRESHER COURSE
New Delhi: A 3-week long refresher course in Arabic, organised by Academic Staff College, Jamia Millia Islamia ended on July 27. 22 teachers from different colleges and universities including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi participated in the course. Besides taking part in the lectures and debates on a variety of subjects, the teachers also participated in research work planning, book survey, essay writing, symposia and group discussions.
While speaking on the importance of Arabic at the valedictory function, Dr Salah Al-Mukhtar, ambassador of the Republic of Iraq mentioned how human rights were being violated. He appealed to humanists to convey the message of peace and to unite against the so-called monopolists of human rights who were violating them in the name of new universal system. Dr Salah also distributed certificates to participants. Others who spoke on the occasion included Prof Muhammad Akhtar Siddiqui, director Academic Staff College, Dr Farhana Tayyib Siddiqui, Prof Ziaul Hasan Nadwi and Prof Rafiul Imad Fainan.
LUCKNOW'S HISTORIC JAMA MASJID
Lucknow: Resembling the Jama Masjid of Delhi and built in 1845, Lucknow's historic Jama Masjid is a proof of Avadh regime's architectural excellence and taste. Three of its domes were on the verge of collapse due to Archaeological Survey negligence. However, people residing near the mosque have given a new life to the old building. With a meagre amount of Rs 816, the residents of Thakurganj mohalla started repair work in 1945. Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, all extended monetary assistance and an amount of Rs 3.5 lakh was collected. Repair work started with the permission of Archaeological Survey of India.
CONSPIRACY TO BLAME MADRASAHS
Jaipur: Rajasthan state president of Jamaate Islami, Hind, Engineer Muhammad Saleem has expressed concern over a news published in the daily Navjoti under the title of "ISI’s help to Rajasthan madrasahs". He said that it had not been specified as to which madrasahs were involved in illegal activities. He clarified that both the state and central governments have denied any illegal activities taking place in madrasahs of Rajasthan. It was part of a conspiracy to blame Muslim minorities’ institutions. He said that in fact madrasahs were playing important role in promoting education.
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