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Assam Muslims urge AMU Campus in Dhubri
A meeting of around sixty prominent educationists and community leaders including MLAs and MPs here has decided to organize a National Conference on Minority Education in Northeast under the aegis of Aligarh Muslim University. The gathering lauded the initiatives taken by the present Vice Chancellor of AMU Prof P. K. Abdul Azis in repositioning the University as national model for promoting the educational aspirations of the minorities in India. The meeting was convened by the Dhubri MP Maulana Badruddin Ajmal who has also put the proposal to set up an AMU Centre in Assam.

The meeting was attended by Prof. Mohammad Shabbir, Dean, Faculty of Law and Member-in-Charge, Legal Affairs of the University. Addressing the meeting he said that being a Central University, AMU intends to establish a strong bond and an enduring academic linkage with minority managed educational institutions and create a networking environment so that the synergy created could be of immense benefit to the Educational Institutions in India. Aligarh Muslim University is thus mandated to carry out extensive work of specified nature all over the country for educational and cultural upliftment of the Muslims.

Eminent scholar Dr Baharul Islam presented a background paper on the initiatives of Prof P.K. Abdul Azis under Sec 5(20(c) of AMU Amendment Act. He stressed the need to rejuvenate the Aligarh Movement initiated by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and to start afresh a new educational revolution in India. The meeting decided to organize a National Conference on 'Minority Education in Northeast India' in collaboration with Aligarh Muslim University.

Badruddin Ajmal stressed the need to hold such a conferences to bring in all the stakeholders under one platform and prepare them for an affirmative action plan. Educationists form across the region will be invited and it is expected that NGO's and leaders of minority community will attend the conference. He has assured to co-sponsor the conference by Ajmal Foundation.

The meeting also discussed the need of setting up a Center of AMU in Assam. Mr H. R. A. Chaudhury, a member of the AMU Court from Assam raised the demand to set up one such center in Assam. Maulana Ajmal has written to the Vice Chancellor as well to the Prime Minister, Minister for HRD and the Chief Minister of Assam to propose a 'Special' Center of AMU in Dhubri, one of the most economically backward districts in the country.
3-D Film on Tipu Sultan
By A Staff Writer
Kannada Film producer S. Nagaraj would produce a 3-D film on the life of 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan at at an estimated cost of Rs. 10 crore. It will take 18 months to complete the film which will use animation technology on a wide scale for the production of this film. He said, the film would avoid controversy and controversial aspect of the life of the Mysore ruler who fell martyr while defending the last bastion of an Indian rule against British forces on May 4, 1799 at Srirangapatnam in the 4th Mysore War. Nagaraj informed that several historians and script writers were working on the film's script and the designing of the film would commence in September this year. He said Tipu Sultan was the only Indian ruler to whom a copy of the Declaration of the Independence of America was sent in 1776.

It is presumed that the film would include several aspects of the popular Kannada drama 'Tipuveena Kansugalu' directed and produced by noted Kannada playwright Girish Karnad.

Hamdard Scholarships for bright Muslim students
New Delhi:
The Hamdard Education Society will grant a number of loan scholarships to students who have passed SSLC, PUC, Degree and those pursuing doctorates this year. The scholarships will be to the tune of Rs. 350 a month for those who have passed SSLC, Rs. 550 for the PUC passed, Rs. 800 for degree holders and Rs. 1,200 a month for those enrolled for their Ph.D. Selection will be on all-India basis. The SSLC/PUC passed should have secured 80% marks while for the other categories it will be 70 and 75 per cent. A relaxation of 5% will be given for those enrolled in social sciences i.e., Economics, Sociology, Journalism, law, commerce etc as well as those who have passed from CBSE and ICSE streams. The applicants will be called to Delhi for written exam and interview for which the Society will arrange for travel and boarding in Delhi.

A HES pressnote said, the Society has been giving these scholarships since 1986 and has so far granted them to 342 students in India during the period.

Scholarship forms can be downloaded from or can be had from : Secretary, Hamdard Education Society, Talimabad, Sangam Vihar, New Delhi-110062. Ph: 011-26045063, 26042064, 26042370. The last date for receipt of application is: September 18, 2010.
Job placement website
Karnataka Government has launched job placement website which can be accessed at and a job helpline named 'Koushalyasri' which can be reached by dialing phone no. 080-40621191 upto 94. The website has been launched by the Karnataka Examination Authority in collaboration with Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation.

IDB Scholarships
New Delhi:
The Students Islamic Trust has invited applications for grant of IDB Scholarships for Muslims students who are enrolling themselves for 2010-2011 session in Medicine (all disciplines), BE, Agriculture, Fisheries, Biotechnology, Microbiology, MBA, BBA, LL.B., Forestry etc. The applicants must have scored a minimum of 60% marks in the PUC/Plus two/Intermediate examination held this year. The application forms can be had from website: www. or or can be had in person from SIO office, No. 7 SRK Garden, Behind Masjid e Husna, Jayanagar East, Bangalore-560041, Ph: 98861-59889.
Hospital services in Bangalore
The Canara Bank Relief and Welfare Society has set up Sevakshetra Hospital in Banshankari to help members of the weaker section and minorities. It is a 100-bed hospital and caters to the inhabitants of Banashankari, Ilyasnagar, Yarabnagar, Avalahalli and nearby areas ion Bangalore. Mr. D. M. Iqbal, a member of the Society has appealed to the residents to make use of the facility as it has Nephrology departments, five dialysis machines, Dental surgery department. Top consultants are available for treatment. It was recently inaugurated by Mr. A. C. Mahajan, Chairman, Canara Bank.
IFA Publications
New Delhi:
The Islamic Fiqh Academy here has set up its publication division which has been named IFA Publications. It publishes the reports and discussions of the seminars held by the Academy during the last 20 years on various subjects such as Bank interest, insurance, organ transplantation, stem cells, cloning, leasing, joint ventures, and several other issues where an interface between Islamic sharia and modern sciences or human sciences becomes inevitable. The Academy will now sell and distribute these seminar reports through IFA Publications which can be contacted at IFA Publications, 161-F, Basement, Joga Bai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025, Ph: 26983728, email: [email protected] or website:
World class Qur'an Software developed by Indian firm
By A Staff Writer
iSoft Solutions, an IT firm based here will be launching a world class software for learning, reading and listening the holy Quran. The software will be available for purchase in the month of Ramadan which is likely to begin on August 14 this year. It has been named as 'Al-Misbah li ma'rifatil Qur'an' i.e. 'The Enlightening Lamp for proper Understanding of the Qur'an'.

The distinctive features of the software include original pages of the text of the Mushafs of the Qur'an, in the Indian and Madani print. It gives a delightful reading experience. The original copies have been further processed using digital technology to minimize stress caused by reading on computer screens.

One of the best utility features of the software is the Tajweed (Quranic intonation) learning course. It contains useful audio-visual set of chapters to acquaint a person with the techniques for correct pronunciation of the words of the Book of Allah. The course contents are from basic to intermediate level and are suitable for learners of all ages. The software also has a full screen reader function with keyboard control which allows a person to read the Quran from a 10-15 feet distance from the computer screen. It includes high quality audio recitations of the Quran by world famous reciters like As-Sudais, Ash-Shuraim, Mishray Rashid Al Afasy, Sa'd al Ghamidi, Abdur Rahman al Huzaifi and Qari Abdul Basit.

The software also contains translations of the Qur'an in Urdu, Hindi and English languages by Fateh Mohammed Jalandhari (Urdu-Hindi), Abul A'ala Mauddudi (Urdu-Hindi), Mohammed Junagadhi (Urdu-Hindi), Saheeh International (English), Mohsin Khan (English), M. M. Pickthall (English) along with high quality audio narrations of the same. It will also feature audio books on Uloom ul Quran (Quranic sciences) and Fazail ul Qur'an (virtues of the Quran).

Says Aqeel Ahmed, Managing Director and founder of iSoft Solutions, 'It is not a software, technically speaking, it is a vast database of the knowledge of the Quran, collected, coded upon, and presented with computer control'. It will also contain a limited version in the form of video DVDs, playable on a standalone DVD player and also for Multimedia Mobile phones.

The software is considered a laudable achievement for an Indian firm to complete a task of such magnitude. 'The inspiration came from within', says Aqeel Ahmed, who himself is just a matriculate, but an accomplished computer expert, who yearned to learn and understand the Qur'an at a grown up age. He led a team of dedicated employees to create the software. contact: iSoft Solutions, Plot No.151/P, Arif Colony, Aurangabad (MS) India. +91-240-240 00 68, +91-240-240 17 86, +91-976 33 77 130

When corporates own media - 'Investigative Journalism turns a mirage'
By Nazrul Bari
As a part of the celebrations of its Golden jubilee (2010-2011), Film and Television Institute of India(FTII), Pune, organized a national seminar on 'New trends- Television Broadcasting and programming on July 20-21 in its premises. Eminent personalities from fields of advertisement, television, broadcasting and journalism participated.

Noted columnist and former editor of The Times of India, Dilip Padgaokar, speaking focusing on the moral dilemmas of the media lamented that investigative journalism had become a mirage as political parties, corporate houses and builders have come to own the Television channels.

Prof. Qasim of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, spoke about technological advances and the evaluation of television. Mr. Inamdar of cable service from Pune, having branches all over India, spoke about changes in cable transmission. The advertisement guru Mr. Prahlad Kakkar spoke about the techniques of film making. He said: Media offers lucrative and challenging careers for youth provided they developed devotion towards their profession.

Columnist Sevanti Ninan said that news is often entertainment and mostly comprises polarized debate. Nina Sabnani, animation expert from IIT, Mumbai, and Mr, Manav from Etv Hyderabad also shared their views. The seminar was organized by Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed, Dean , Film and Television Institute of India.
Hira Foundation disburses scholarships
Hira Foundation, an educational and charitable trust, disbursed scholarships worth Rs. 5.5 lakh among 248 students with poor economic background here on July 11. Among them 46 students were orphans. The Foundation announced to give monthly scholarship to the orphans.

The Foundation, which was formed in 2004, distributes scholarship every year. This year it has started a new project to distribute a special scholarship for orphans on a monthly basis. The group is attached with Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

At the function held in Hidayath Centre here on Saturday, the Trust distributed Rs 48,750 worth scholarship among 46 orphans. As many as 202 poor students shared scholarship totaling Rs 4,98,750.

Speaking on the occasion, Shaukat Ali K, State President of Student Islamic Organisation of India, called upon student community to cultivate good character and insisted education should not drag youth away from morality.

Maulana Yahya Thagal Madani, Khatheeb, Havva Jum'a Masjid Bolangadi also spoke. (TCN News)
Move to encourage entrepreneurship among minorities
New Delhi:
The government has approved an increase of Rs.5,000 crore in the authorised share capital of a state-controlled finance corporation to encourage entrepreneurship among the minorities. The capital of the National Minorities Development Finance Corporation (NMDFC) has been raised to Rs.1,500 crore from Rs.1,000 crore, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni told reporters here, after the cabinet took the decision. In the increased capital, the share of central government will be be Rs.975 crore, of state governments Rs.390 crore and of individuals and institutions Rs.135 crore. The NMDFC is a state-controlled non-profit company and provides financial assistance to people from the minority communities below the poverty line to encourage employment among them.

The hike in the share capital share of the corporation comes in the backdrop of the government's initiatives for economic development of the minorities after the recommendations of the Sachar Committee that highlighted the backwardness of Muslims and other minorities in India.

"The equity contribution from the central government together with contribution from state governments and individuals and institutions and also the recovery of loans from beneficiaries will be spent for providing term loans and micro finance through state channelising agencies (SCAs) and for providing micro finance through NGOs," the minister said.
Marwar Society to open General Nursing College
The Marwar Muslim Educational and Welfare Society's (MMEWS) Mai Khadija General Nursing College here will be inaugurated here by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in the second week of August. The new college would offer a three and half years course in General Nursing and Midwifery. General Secretary Mohammad Atique informed Islamic Voice that the college will have an intake of 30 students. The Society already runs Mai Khadija BSc Nursing College which offers a four and half year course with 30 students intake. The Society runs a string of schools, colleges and professional institutions.
From Beirut to Jerusalem - Translated in Kannada
Kannada translation of From Beirut to Jerusalem, a book authored by Ang Swee Chai, was released in Bangalore in the second week of July. Translation has been rendered by Fakir Muhammaed Katpadi. The English version has been published by The Other Press, 607, Mutiara Majestic, Jalan Othman, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. The Other Press has published the Kannada version too.

The author Ang Swee Chai grew up supporting Israel. Arabs, she was told were terrorists. But in 1982, the British media broadcasted the relentless bombing of Beirut by Israeli planes. Shocked, her view of Israel began to change. It was then that she heard of an international appeal for an orthopaedic surgeon to treat war victims in Beirut. The petite woman—she is just under 1.5 metre, resigned her job in London and set out on a journey to war torn Beirut.

From Beirut to Jerusalem is the true story of one woman's journey to make the world notice the plight of the Palestinian people.

International Urdu Meet in Bangalore
By A Staff Writer
The Karnataka Urdu Academy would organize an International Urdu Conference and Urdu Mela in the city between December 24 and 27. It will showcase Urdu's contribution to calligraphy, Qawwali, drawing and photography, and food culture. The Conference would draw delegates, writers, critics, poets and authors from Pakistan, Mauritius, the UK, the US, Russia, Japan and Central Asia. The executive committee of the Academy which met on July 4 drew elaborate plans for the conference and proposed a budget of Rs. 2 crore, according to a press release from Academy registrar S. Mohd. Rahmatul Huq. The Academy proposes to publish books on noted litterateurs from the State like Prof. Wahab Andalib, Dr. Amina Khatoon, Mir Mahmood Hussain, Prof. Khalid Irfan, Ejaz Timmapuri, Nafees Bangalori, Sabir Shahabadi, Khaleel Khawar, Shah Abulhassan Adeeb, Kausar Jaferi, Nisar Ahmed Sherkoti, etc. It will also bring out works of noted Urdu writers Gopi Chand Narang, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, and books on Fariduddin Ganj Shakar. Selected works from authors of international fame such as Milan Kundera, Francis Kafka, Jean Paul Sartre, and Dostovosky will also be brought out in Urdu. Some of the poetry selection of the current chairman Khaleelur Rahman Mamoon IPS would also be published. Mr. Anees Siddiqui will compile a directory of Urdu writers and authors in Karnataka and the Urdu-Kannada-English dictionary will also be digitized, the press release added.