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The Milli Gazette Online 

Professor Muhammad Iqbal, senior most Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Science at Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, has taken over charge as the Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard after the successful completion of the tenure of his predecessor, Mr Siraj Hussain, IAS. He will hold this office until the Vice-Chancellor Designate, Mr Wajaht Habeebullah, currently Secretary to the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, joins as the next Vice-Chancellor.

Kamal Sabri, a graduate from Delhi University in Political Science, belongs to a family of musicians and his lineage goes down to many generations of Sarangi masters. Given the freedom of choosing his own professional career he chose to master the art of Sarangi playing and learnt this art from his father, Padmashri Ustad Sabri Khan on the ancestral Sarangi which originally belonged to his great grand father. He says that at the age of 9 he for the first time played on this musical instrument in a television concert and thereafter played on many occasions including in Indo-Pak film, Khamosh Paani, Hollywood film Republic Love and another film Mother Teressa. His latest album is Swar Alankar which has five tracks. He says that Sarangi has hundred notes or colours and that is probably why it is called ‘Sau Rangi’. 

Raza Foundation, an institution set up by SH Raza, a familiar and famous name in the world of arts, aims at promotion of art among Indian youth. Though based in Paris for the past about five decades, his heart burns with the passion of helping talented aspirants who want to devote themselves to art. He thinks that budding artist should be free from economic worries and then only they can rise higher and higher. That is why he has set up Raza Foundation to provide financial help to such youths in the fields of art, music, poetry etc and also to encourage them by awarding prizes. Recently he was in Delhi when the English translation titled Passion of his autobiography was released by another famous artiste and stage personality, Habib Tanvir in Alliance Francaise’s Romain Rolland Gallery at Lodhi Road. He also gave away Raza Foundation Award, which carries an amount of Rs one lakh, to Bhopal’s Rahim Mirza. Raza says that he knows the language of art and wants this language to spread among budding artists. 

PROF. KHALIDUZ ZAMAN KHAN of the department of poetical works has been appointed new Dean of the Faculty of Unani Medicines, AMU for a period of two years. 

ADNAN HIROLI , a student of Ness Wadia College Pune, has been selected by Bristol Academy of Sports UK for training in football. Soccer Nova, a Pune based football academy, organised a nationwide talent search on the grounds of Poona Club under the supervision of five coaches of the academy led by Tony Ricketts. As many as 95 young talents from all over the country proved their prowess. Two of them were selected for a year’s scholarship offered by the Academy to study and honing the football skills at the Academy itself. Hiroli during his school days participated in school, district and state level competitions and reached the national level twice in 2002 and 2003. 

Justice Altamash Kabeer, a judge of Kolkata High Court has been appointed Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court. According to an official announcement, his new appointment will be effective from the date he assumes charge.

The Central government has constituted a 28-member Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister headed by chemical scientist, CNR. Rao to assist and advise the prime minister on matters pertaining to science and technology in the country. Muslim members of this Committee are SE Hasnain and EA Siddiq of the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad.

Mohammad Ehtashamul Haq Ansari, who has been spearheading the movement for improving the lot of bidi workers of Bihar for about a decade through Azad Bidi Mazdoor Union has been appointed president of Bihar Unit of Bandhua Mazdoor (bonded labour) Mukti Morcha by its national president Swamy Agnivesh.

Prof Tarannum Mushtaq, head of the department of Urdu in Narasinha Dutt College, Howrah has been conferred upon Doctorate Degree by Kolkata University on her thesis in Urdu on Maghribi Bengal main Urdu Nazm ka Irtiqa (Evolution of Urdu Poem in West Bengal). She had completed her thesis under the supervision and guidance of Prof Yusuf Taqi, a renowned Urdu poet, writer and researcher. 

Distinguished geographer and Padmashri awardee, Prof Mohammad Shafi of Aligarh Muslim University has been appointed member of the Scientific Committee of International Social Science Council whose Head Office is in Paris. He is the first Indian to be conferred this honour. 

Neema Khalil, a Commerce student of Ghulam Mohammad Momin Women’s College, Bhiwandi, was elected general secretary (GS) of Mumbai University, representing its 271 affiliated colleges and 3.75 lakh students. She is the first Muslim girl student to be elected to this enviable post, defeating her 15 rivals. She says that previously she had no interest in politics and in a way she hated politicians but after her election as GS when she visited the Parliament House in Delhi, she was impressed to see the Parliamentary proceedings and great political leaders and all her antipathy to-wards politics and politicians vanished. She says that political power, capability and media are the three things without which Muslims cannot succeed in educational, economic and political fields. She thinks that power can be achieved through politics and capability and command over media can be acquired through education which must not be ignored at any cost.

Tamanna Yasrab bint Yunus Baig, a 6th class student of Oxford Nursery and Higher Primary School secured distinctive position in Kolar district level declamation contest in English. She was honoured at a function held on the occasion of Republic Day in which state minister Srinivas Gauda and others were also present.

The Department of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi has conferred Doctorate Degree on Mohammad Faheem Akhtar Nadwi for his thesis in Urdu on Problems of Modern Age, their Solutions and the Problem of Ijtehad with reference to India. He completed his thesis under the supervision and guidance of Prof Akhtarul Wasey, Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Languages. Akhtar Nadwi is a scholar of Nadwatul Ulama and author of many books. «

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