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General Assembly Meeting of IOS

New Delhi: The 3-day 30th General Assembly Meeting of the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) starting on 5 August, was held in Delhi and concluded on 7 August. In addition to General Assembly, meeting of 60th Governing Council was also held in which delegates from Assam, Bengal, Bihar, UP, Delhi, Maharashtra, AP, Karnatak, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, J&K etc participated and after reviewing previous decisions, resolved that IOS’s 30th Foundation Day (birth anniversary) will be inaugurated in November. In this function many decisions were taken for future programmes to be held in the next one year such as release of about two dozen books on different topics in this conference, teaching of Sharia law through distant education or correspondence to Madrasa students so as to create in them the proficiency in modern and Shara’ee laws (report in this connection based on practical aspects is being prepared), to develop contacts with institutions, organisations etc where Qur’anic education is being provided and to hold a national seminar thereon in 2017, to review the educational syllabi of schools being run under Muslim management, to organise lecture series on the topic of Islamophobia in different cities, reviewing Islamic studies in the light of changes taking place in the educational system and also the impact of national and international laws on those in 2016-17, reviewing the efforts being made to distort different aspects of history and efforts to protect and safeguard the real and true history etc are among the basic and important aims and objectives of IOS. It was also decided that an international conference in Delhi will be held on 18 and 19 February 2017 on the topic of educational and academic legacy / heritage and importance of prominent researcher Dr. Hamidullah. A programme will be organised in Kolkata on 2 October highlighting the role of civil society in upholding the constitutional safeguards for the rights of minorities. Yet another plan is to hold the first conference of the newly constituted ‘Forum for Religious Understanding’ in Bodh Gaya (Bihar)’s Magadh University on 24 and 25 September in Cooperation with Magadh University’s Department of Budhist Studies and Distant Education.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2016 on page no. 14

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