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Muslims girls holding placards during a demonstration 

Muslims girls holding placards during a demonstration 
on 25 Feb. against the French consulate in 
Mumbai against hijab ban


MINORITY SCHOLARSHIPS USURPED
 
Khatoli (Muzaffarnagar): It seems corruption and irregularities have laid hands on minority students’ scholarships. While school authorities have become used to obtain scholarships by showing fake list of students, officials at education and minority departments are knee-deep in corruption. Palms are greased even for ascertaining the number of students in schools.

When an officer, after receipt of a complaint, conducted a survey of 30 schools in Muzaffarnagar, it was found that the registration of hundreds of students was fake. While on the one hand thousands of deserving students are deprived of scholarships, on the other hand many school authorities receive scholarship amounts on fake list of nursery students as students of class 1. It was further revealed that some officers would start their formality of ascertaining the number of students only after receiving the bribe amount. SJR Naqvi, district incharge of the Minority Department said such corruptions have proved the hollowness of the state government’s ‘Real good’ slogan. The department still has to get 3 crore rupees or else 63,000 students would be deprived of their scholarships.

MADRASAS TO HAVE ITI CENTRES
Azamgarh: Commissioner Dr Jagatpal Singh has said that a Mini ITI scheme would be implemented in madrasas and madrasa students would be trained in technical education. About half a dozen mini ITI centres would be opened in madrasas in Azamgarh division. This will include two centres in Azamgarh, one in Baliya and three in Mau. Singh said after implementation of the scheme, modern subjects would be introduced in madrasas which would raise the standard of education for madrasa students and open new vistas of livelihood for them. Applications for ITI centres would be considered only in case of recognised secondary madrasas which provide education for three consecutive years. Whether the madrasa is run in its own building or a rented building there would be a 10-year job agreement, Singh said.

TRAINING CAMP FOR QAZIS IN NORTH-EAST
Badarpur (Assam): A qazi (Islamic jurist) is the successor of the Prophet (PBUH) and he is authorised to deliver justice, get the rights to whom they belong and commit no discrimination in the process as per the guidance of Allah and His messenger. These views were expressed by Maulana Muhammad Wali Rahmani at the end of ‘Qazi-e-Shariat Training camp’ organised by the North Eastern chapter of Imaarate Shariah, Bihar. Rahmani spoke in detail about the present system of justice and its loopholes and also explained the beauty of Islamic system of justice. He spoke about the bad impact on society and individual because of excessive delay in administering justice in cases of property, marriage, divorce, etc. He paid tribute to late Maulana Abdul Jaleel who established Darul Qaza in the region. Maulana Atiq Ahmad Bastawi said that the training camp would help in furthering the cause of qaza. Senior Islamic Scholar Maulana Taiyibur Rahman expressed happiness over the success of the training camp and said it would encourage and provide proper guidance to the qazis of the six north eastern states who participated in it.

URDU MEDIUM SCHOOLS ON DOWNGRADE
Rampur: Participants of a seminar organised at the Shamsi Girls Inter College deliberated on worsening conditions of Urdu medium schools in Uttar Pradesh and their failure in fulfilling the demands of modern education. Speaking on this occasion Muhammad Asim Raja, secretary of a Muslim reforms organisation said that the first Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Memorial Lecture was held in this college under the auspices of Maulana Azad National Urdu University Study Centre, Rampur. He said that Maulana Azad whom the new generation had forgotten, was closely associated with Rampur. The new generation does not know that Muslims and ulama had rendered the highest sacrifice for the country’s freedom.

Musarrat Hussain Khan Azad said that Maulana Azad had fought the first Parliamentary election from Rampur. The reason for differences between Maulana Azad and Nawab Raza Ali Khan was that the former wanted to maintain the identity of the state of Rampur and was against its merger.

SEMINAR ON MAULANA AZAD BILGRAMI
New Delhi: Maulana Muhammad Ali Azad Bilgrami was a genius Arabic litterateur of 12th century hijrah (18 century). He is the first Indian poet of Arabic whose poetic compilation is available. These views were expressed by Prof. Zubair Ahmad Farooqui of Jamia Millia Islamia at a one-day seminar organised by the Arabic Department, University of Delhi on Maulana Azad Bilgrami’s services to Arabic. Farooqui said Bilgrami’s contemporaries had acknowledged his poetic genius and that the King of Yemen had accorded him the title of Hassan Al-Hind.

Prof. Muhammad Noman Khan, Head of Arabic Department, DU while shedding light on Indo-Arab relations said that Arabic used to be spoken in India, even before the advent of Islam here. Arab traders had good relationship with India and they exported Indian goods to Egypt, Syria and Europe. Others who spoke on this occasion included Prof. Ijtiba Nadwi, Prof. K M Muhammad, Prof. Kafil Ahmad Qasmi, Prof. Budruddin Al-Hafiz, Dr Farhana Taiyab Siddiqui and Prof. Faizanullah Farooqui of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

TABLIGHI JAMAAT IS WELL ORGANISED
New Delhi: Given a cursory look, Tablighi Jamaat does not appear to be organised but from within it is a well-organised and strong group. This was observed by a German scholar. He was delivering an analytical speech on Tablighi Jamaat's western perspective at the Department of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia. He termed the Jamaat as a modern movement.

DELHI GOVT. HOLDS URDU WORKSHOP
New Delhi: Urdu cell of the language department of Delhi government under its Urdu training scheme of the new linguistic policy organised a four-day workshop from 1 to 4 March for practical implementation of official work in Urdu at Ghalib Institute. Language experts from different universities, government and non-government institutions participated in the workshop.

RAZA LIBRARY ATTRACTS DIPLOMATS
Rampur: Rampur’s Raza Library in the past has attracted foreign tourists and diplomats. And it attracts them even today. Foreign representatives are surprised to see the ancient treasure-trove of knowledge. Recently, a former director of Kuwait Museum and a Hungarian diplomat to India, along with his wife visited this Asia’s celebrated library. The diplomat said that the library had more collections of rare and valuable old manuscripts than those of the Kuwait Museum. After seeing the Quran written on camel hide by Hazrat Ali (RA), he said that Quran was the unique and lone Islamic treasure that is being preserved in this library. After observing the work of Conservation Laboratory, the diplomat said that it was at par with European and American laboratories. Singapore’s ambassador to India, who also visited the library along with his wife was greatly surprised and impressed by the grandeur of its building and could not contain his words of admiration.

After seeing a pictorial copy of Ramayana in Persian, he said he had not seen such an old book with coloured photos. OSD, Dr Waqarul Hasan Siddiqui provided detailed information to the honourable guests.

GOVT.’S EDUCATIONAL POLICY CRITICISED
Sultanpur: Politicians are responsible for poisoning education which is posing a threat to the entire country. This was stated by Rajkishore Singh, president of district panchayat at the Kedar Nath Singh Memorial National Conference, jointly sponsored by the University Grants Commission, ICSSR and Planning Commission here at Kamla Nehru Institute of Physical and Social Sciences. Speaking on “challenges before management of higher education’ Kamleshwar asked educationists to see why the prestigious Allahbad University had lost its excellent academic standard. Dr SM Tripathi, Reader, Department of Hindi said today’s academic situation is in line with nepotism of distant past when Arjun’s guru Dronacharya cut Akloya’s thumb so that the latter could not compete with Arjun. He further said that even today education was a property of the rich where as the poor boy, howsoever brilliant he may be was being deprived of it. Former Pro Vice Chancellor of Allahabad University, Prof Jagdish Prakash maintained that the absence of teacher in today’s culture of globalisation, increase in the number of students etc were responsible for decline of educational standard. While terming the Prime Minister’s feel good slogan as a deception, Prof. Harkesh Singh of Banaras Hindu University held the government accountable for the poor academic system. ¤

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