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Some Urdu Schools Wilt, Others Hold Fort
By A Staff Writer

Your mother tongue is what, you speak at home. But the school’s got to be English. So when parents think global, act local and enrol their children in the English medium, regional language schools feel the pinch.

With each passing year, numbers drop at Urdu medium schools, while some schools had to shut down. Educationists say children need to learn the mother tongue, parents think it is a burden, something that Shabana Warne, educationist and social activist, is worried about. “Every year, the number of students is dropping because parents send them to English-medium schools. But you can be a topper even with a Urdu medium schooling”, said Warne. But that’s not stopping parents from making the move. Principals do not want to quote figures, but all agree the numbers are declining. Also, the quality of students is not as good as it was. That English education is preferred has furrowed many a brow. Parents offer reasons like their work gets done earlier if they converse in English.

To survive the decline in the enrolment, the Anglo Urdu Girls’ High School, Pune has permitted teachers to conduct tuitions in the school premises. “Since everything, including maths and science, is taught in Urdu, we have to think of our students who can’t be taught at home,” explains Principal, Mumtaz Sayyed.

But the problem lies after standard X when there is a complete English medium education. “In our junior college- Abeda Inamdar Junior College, teachers take extra efforts for such students, explain terms in Hindi and Urdu. Students don’t do well in the first term in the sciences, but pick up later,” she says. Though numbers are not as strong as they were at school (now between 42-50 students a class), Sayyed says there’s nothing to worry. Parents want them to learn the mother tongue.

Infertile Muslims Get Reason to Smile
By A Staff Writer

Does Islam permit such intervention? There are so many questions that needed to be answered .Individuals and institutions have wrestled with the problem of religion and medicine. Prince Aly Khan Hospital, an Aga Khan institution in Mazgaon, patronised mainly by Muslims, took over a year to finalise plans for its infertility clinic.

The state-of-the-art infertility clinic, possibly the only Islamic institution in India to offer In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), opened recently with a list of dos and don’ts (the Islamic footnotes) drawn up by the hospital’s ethics committee.

“We will ensure that none of the Shariat laws are broken while providing infertility treatment,” says Dr Gautam Allahabadia, director of the hospital’s infertility clinic. Infertility roughly affects 10% of the population, with lifestyle factors such as late marriages and delayed parenthood contributing to its incidence. According to renowned onco-surgeon Sultan Pradhan, who is chairman of India’s Aga Khan Health Service, there is a “large unmet demand” for such services within the local Muslim population. “If you cannot respond to a couple’s craving for a child, what religion are you practising?” he asks. At the same time, Dr Pradhan says, one must not be too liberal and hurt the sentiments of the people.

Muslim Men Stripped, Assaulted in Udupi
By A Staff Writer

The people of temple town of Udupi have staged several dharnas and protests against the inhuman incident in which two Muslim men were stripped, assaulted, photographed and paraded naked by two Hindu Yuvasena activists. Nearly 10,000 agitators who gathered in the downtown on March 19, on the call of Komu Souharda Vedike (Movement for Communal Harmony) demanded ban on fascist forces ‘who’ they said, ‘were out to create conditions in which mass frenzy could be instigated and mayhem like Gujarat could be replicated’. The agitators were addressed among others by former Karnataka minister Vasanth Salian, Srirama Divana, district unit president of the Vedike, Harish Kini and Janardhana Bhandarkar, both presidents, T. M. Zafrullah, treasurer, and Gopal Shetty of Manavadharma Janajagriti Vedike.

It is said the whole affair was pre-meditated and the Hindu Yuvanseva activists ensnared the naïve Muslims, Hajabba (60) and his son Idinabba (25), into a plot. It is said they first sold them calves and later caught them charging that they were transporting them for slaughtering and selling its meat. They then stripped and thrashed them leading to fractures. They then paraded them in the Adiudupi village from 8 pm to 11 pm. The Police were absent from the scene for all this while.

The incident came to light only when Kannada Prabha, a Kannada daily from Indian Express group in Bangalore published the details of the shameful incident. Second day, the incident found an echo in the Assembly when independent MLA from Brahmavar, Jayaprakash Hegde raised the issue forcing the Chief Minister to assure an inquiry.

Inquiries reveal that the police had arrested three of the accused involved in the incident while two main culprits, namely Vasanth and Kumar are still eluding the police dragnet.

Several human rights organisations and civil liberties groups have condemned the incident and accused the Parivar of insulting a community under the garb of an incident.

Meanwhile, the sentiments also run here high due to eviction of two women devotees from a local temple. The women were asked to get out of the dining room of the temple as ‘it was meant for only Brahmins’.

PU College in Ganguli

After four years, the Touheed Educational Trust has ventured into opening a separate Pre-university college for girls- from this coming academic year 2005-06 (from June 2005). It will be called “Touheed Girls’ Independent Pre-University College, Ganguli” Courses offered: Arts and Commerce only- (for the time being due to lack of funds for a full fledged laboratory for the Science division). Urdu / Kannada as languages along with Islamic studies / Deeniyat for Muslim girls and moral science for others, home science and such other useful courses in consultation with the expert educationists.

As per the official project plan, the new building construction will be spread over in 6 phases. For further details, get in touch with,Administrator- Akhther Ahmed Khan-Email:

First Arterial Bypass Surgery

A successful arterial bypass surgery was conducted for the first time at Al-Ameen Hospital here. Dr F.Sadruddin Shariff and his team conducted the surgery on Ziaulla, a resident of Tumkur who hails from a very poor economic background. For further details contact: Dr. F. Sadruddin Shariff Ph:9845450005/22260882.

AFMI Honours Students

The American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI) selected 95 meritorious students from all over India and felicitated them with gold, silver and bronze medals. Seven students from Kerala received the honours too for their meritorious performance in the SSLC examination last year-Naufia, P.A, A. Shana S. Unni, Jasna.M. Surmiya M, Shanif P.Y, Shaniba T.B (12th class) and Naeema Umer (12th class) received the medals. For more details contact: Muslim Service Society, Kochi, Ph:2233787.

Aqsa Educational Trust in Tumkur

The Aqsa Educational & Charitable Trust, was established in 1987 by a group of intellectuals keeping in mind the need to give primary education in Urdu medium.

The Aqsa trust has tied up with the Islamic curriculum of Maulana Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi Open Islamic Academy, Bhatkal. The Trust conducted the Islamic open course examinations and over 300 students from various schools appeared for the exam. Nine students from the fourth to the graduation level secured gold medals, and 11 students received the special awards. Last month, the students were felicitated at Danah Palace wedding hall. Maulana P.M ZakiraWalajah distributed the Gold Medals to the meritorious students. K.V Ashraf Husain, president of the Trust presided over the function. For more details, contact Aqsa Educational & Charitable Trust (R.), Vinobhanagar, Tumkur – 572 101, Karnataka, India. Ph.: 0091 – 816 – 2211457, 2275786, 2277879. Email :

Seminar on Dawah

A two-day seminar on Dawah under the patronage of Hazrath Maulana Nizamuddin Saheb, (Ameer-e-Shariat, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkand) will be held on May 7 and 8, 2005, in Patna. Delegates from all over India who are involved in Dawah work will be attending and a Board of Dawah workers will be formed. Among the prominent delegates attending the seminar are Maulana Sajjad Nomani (Lucknow), S. Abdullah Tariq (Rampur), Maulana Kaleem SidiqueSaheb (Phulhat, Muzzafarnagar, UP) Maulana Khalid Saifullah (Hyderabad), Riyaz Moosa Mallabari (Omerabad) and others. Those interested in participating in the seminar can contact Dr. Liyaqat Ali Khan, Mobile: 98354 52363 / 92348 77507 / 98352 95100.

Jamia Hamdard launches MBA Programme
New Delhi

Jamia Hamdard has launched a two-year full time Masters in Business Management (MBA) with specialization in Health Management, Hospital Management and Pharmaceutical Management. The programme aims at preparing professionals for a challenging career in managerial positions in hospitals, NGOs, funding agencies, Pharmaceutical companies and multi-national healthcare organisations both in the public and private sectors.

Personalised Coaching Centre

Larkspur House of Learning, (N.I.O.S. syllabus), National Institute of Open Schooling offers the child an opportunity to complete his 10th Std through N.I.O.S. run by the Government of India and accepted by the P.U.C. Board.

Set up recently by two dynamic educators, Husna Rahaman and Sanober Fathima, it comprises features like -Regular school hours with no extra hours for tuition (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Flexibility in choice of subjects e.g., drop any subject desired, Finely Structured syllabus. Friendly atmosphere. Qualified Special Educators who will lessen parent’s burden in teaching. Exams held twice a year – enabling students to attempt subject wise.

One government approved certificate given at the successful completion of all subjects. Valid for admission to any P.U. College. Acceptable indoor games and extra curricular activities. Admissions open for 7th std and 10th std. Centrally located at Ulsoor Bangalore.

If you have a child who can benefit from such an opportunity Contact Husna Rahaman-Ph: 98807 11736, 080 – 2272 7183. 3/4 Berlie Street Cross, Langford town, Bangalore.

Common Islamic Syllabus

Representatives of Muslim- managed institutions participated in a seminar to frame and introduce a common Islamic Syllabus in the institutions managed by them. The programme was organised by Abul Hasan Islamic Academy, Bhatkal at NGS Palace in Basavanagudi.

Participating in the seminar, Maulana Ilyas Nadwi of Abul Hasan Nadwi Islamic Academy, Bhatkal stated, “the main aim and objectives of the seminar is not to force academy designed syllabus on others, but to stimulate the Muslim managed institutions to take care of the Deen and Iman of their Muslim student community”. Maulana Riyaz-ur-Rahman speaking on the occasion, said that the syllabus designed and developed by Abul Hasan Nadvi Islamic Academy, Bhatkal will be made available to various institutions. If the need demands certain alterations and changes, then the opinion and suggestions will be sought from other institutions. Nearly 150 delegates from different parts of Karnataka attended the seminar.

25 Muslim MLAs Elected in Bihar
By A Staff Writer

The new 243-member Legislative Assembly—now under suspended animation in the wake of imposition of President’s rule—has 25 Muslim members. The Rashtriya Janata Dal has 11 Muslim MLAs. The Janata Dal (United) which was part of the BJP –led NDA, has four Muslims. Three managed to win on the Congress ticket while two could get elected on Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ticket. The Samajwadi Party, the Bahujana Samaj Party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) have one Muslim member each in their new legislature parties. One Muslim could get in as an independent. There is no Muslim representation from the 22-member strong Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) headed by Ram Vilas Paswan who demanded that a Muslim be made the chief minister of the State.

Deck Cleared
By Andalib Akhter

for Urdu University

The Uttar Pradesh Assembly has recently passed the Urdu University Bill through a voice vote, making way for the establishment of the much needed higher educational institution for the minorities. Earlier, Governor, T.V. Rajeswar Rao had struck down the Bill thrice before on the ground that no individual can become the pro-chancellor for life of the proposed university. This time, the Bill was introduced as a private member Bill, suggesting that the proposed University in Rampur would be a private one. Also, the new Bill made no mention of Md Azam Khan as the pro-chancellor. It said that the head of the Maulana Mohd Ali Jauhar Trust would become the chancellor of the university. The word “Maulana” attached to the name of the university has been dropped. This has been done due to technical reasons as a Bill proposing the Maulana Mohd Ali Jauhar University is already pending with the Governor.