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Published in the 16-31 Oct 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

Hamdard Centre invites proposals for research

The newly formed Centre for Studies on Indian Muslims at Delhi’s Jamia Hamdard has invited proposals from individuals/research organizations having relevant experience to carry out research on following subjects:

Perspectives of Madrasa Graduates on Madrasa Reform

This project would look at diverse perspectives on madrasa education as articulated by madrasa graduates who have gone on to regular universities for higher studies. Having studied at madrasas, they have an insider’s perspective on the madrasa system that many who have written on madrasas lack. Having also received a university education, they have an exposure to alternate forms of education that most ‘ulama associated with the madrasas do not possess. Hence, they are in a unique position to offer critical insights on the madrasa system and offer suggestions for reform. The focus of the study would be on how these individuals look at the question of madrasa reform and the concrete suggestions that they put forward in this regard. The study would take the form of in-depth interviews with 25-30 madrasa graduates who are now studying or have finished their studies at regular universities. 

Role of Dargahs in Promoting Education

Sufi shrines or dargahs are found almost all over India, and number several thousands. Some of them are administered by local waqf boards, while many others are independent. Dargahs are generally looked after by hereditary custodians (sajjadanashins and mujawirs). For many, custodianship of a shrine is a lucrative profession, and allegations abound about corrupt custodians misusing the donations that shrines receive for their own personal use. Few custodians of dargahs maintain proper accounts.

Representation of Muslims in Discretionary 

Appointments of the state(s) / CentralGovernment
Government service is an important source of upward social mobility as well as a source of empowerment for marginalized communities, as the case of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes so clearly shows. The proposed study would look at the representation of Muslims in discretionary appointments of the state and central governments in selected departments. 

According to a note from the centre, synopsis must include a note on methodology, time-frame and estimated budget under different heads. The studies would be based on intensive fieldwork. A resume of individuals/research organizations submitting the proposals is also required. For more details, contact the centre’s head, Dr. Yoginder Sikand on or The last date for submission of proposals is 15 October, 2004.

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