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Rabi-ul-Awwal 1422H
June 2001
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Statutes Review Panel : Rejects Common Civil Code
Madrassa Modernisation in Rajasthan : Strides by Madrassa Board
Education Meet at Bhatkal: Muslim Education Board Urged
Hyderabad Haj House Nearing Completion
Eight Years After Suleman Bakery Episode: Police Officer in the Docks
Shivaji's Biography in Urdu: Exploding the Myths of History
Rights Violation: Milli Council to Pursue Cases: Dr. Alam
New Vistas in Biotechnology
'Basera' Inaugurated
Azad Urdu University Courses
Essay Contest for Students, Teachers
Civil Services Exam: 13 Muslims among 427
Al Qamar Hospital to Open
Muslim Managed Schools in Karnataka: Performance in SSLC Examinations 2001
Impart Secular Character to the Police
Hamdard Scholarships
Jamiatul Ulema to Build Children's Village in Quake-hit Town
News in Brief

Statutes Review Panel

Rejects Common Civil Code

“National interest will not be served by Uniform Code.” says panel

By A Staff Writer

New Delhi: The Statutes Review Panel has dismissed Uniform Civil Code as an issue of little significance and urgency and has refused to be drawn into the debate on uniformity in personal laws followed by various faith groups. The Commission, appointed by the Vajpayee Government has instead gone into more fundamental questions and suggested enlarging the gamut of fundamental rights etc. While releasing its second lot of consultation papers at a press conference here, it has asserted that Uniform Civil Code was not such a relevant issue to be discussed.

Asked if the Commission contemplates examining the issue of Uniform Civil Code, Justice B. P. Jeevan Reddy, the spokespersons of the Commission said, all the laws for citizens are uniform and the same, except personal laws which are applicable to certain religious groups. Arguing against the formulation of UCC, Justice Reddy, cryptically remarked, “even among Hindus, there are various shades and schools of personal laws such as Madras school, Bombay school, Mythily school and Daya Bhaga school, etc. “Where is the need and hurry to make them uniform? How does it harm if four or five different religious communities have their own personal laws”.

Terming the debate on common civil laws as baseless, Justice Reddy threw a poser to protagonists, “How will the national interest be served by making such laws”. The law is a very vast subject and personal law is a small peg of matter. Even the transfer of property law, law of contract and criminal laws are the same uniform “ he added.

Concurring the arguments presented by Justice Reddy, Chairman of the Panel, Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah, chairperson statute panel, in an oblique reference to the ruling BJP, said: “ It (the UCC) was not on panel agenda, it might be on political parties agenda.

In the second lot of consultation papers, the issues thrown open for public debate and suggestion include the pace of Socio-economic change under the Constitution, the institution of Governor, enlargement of fundamental rights and article 356. But the most significant paper is on “enlargement of fundamental right” prepared under the supervision of Mr. Soli J. Sorabjee, a attorney general and member of the Commission. The advisory panel for this paper, included legal luminary Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer (Chairperson), Mr Justice B.P. Jeevan Reddy, Justice Jagoned Rao, Mr. C. R. Irani (of The Statesman), educationist Prof. Amrik Singh, social scientist Prof. Andre Beteille and academic Prof. Mushirul Hasan.

Regarding the strengthening of the fundamental rights, panel’s suggestion is to enlarge the articles 15 and 16 to include “ethnic or social origin, colour, age, language, political or other opinion, property and birth. This will have far reaching consequences. This would make it virtually impossible of reserving high offices only for the “naturally born Indian citizens”, the promise made in the NDA Agenda adopted for the elections in 1999. This was widely perceived to be a step to bar Ms. Sonia Gandhi from becoming the prime minister. The inclusive and pluralistic tone of the suggestions to enlargement of the right to equality is sharply at variance with the sectarianism, espoused by the Hindus groups.

These papers would have caused heartburn and frustration to the Sangh Parivar unlike the first set of papers released in January, which bore the stamp of its hidden agenda.

Answering a pointed query whether the panel proposes any changes in the existing laws concerning to minorities, in view of constant onslaught from the communal forces, Justice Venkatachaliah said the Commission would welcome the suggestions from the minority groups and due consideration would be given to these suggestions,

The responses could be sent to The Secretary with in a months time.
Address : National Commission to Review the working of the Constitution, Vigyan Bhavan Annexe, Maulana Azad road, New Delhi 110011.
Website: www.


Madrassa Modernisation in Rajasthan

Strides by Madrassa Board

Modern subjects and languages are finding acceptance by madrassas of Rajasthan


By A Staff Writer

Jaipur: Braving all odds, the madrassas functioning with scant resources in Rajasthan have achieved new heights in the modernization of education and shown excellent results in the middle school examinations this year. The Madrassas registered as schools with the State Government have achieved 90 to 100 per cent results against the 65 per cent results of the Government-run schools situated in the Muslim-dominated localities.

The State Government had recognized 619 madrassas in 1999 and had allocated a financial assistance of Rs. two crores for them in the state budget in that year. The budget could not be utilized in time and has been reduced to only Rs. 78 lakhs now. The Government now proposes to appoint Shiksha Karmis (education workers) in madrassas from the budget.

However, over 5,000 madrassas functioning in remote areas across Rajasthan are spreading education among the Muslim masses in extremely adverse circumstances. Bereft of basic infrastructure, these institutions are surviving only on donations from zakat, khairat and fitrah. The modernization is the much-needed first step towards bringing them to the mainstream of education.

Sixty per cent of the madrassa students have secured first division with distinction against 20 per cent students in Government schools. Moreover, girls constitute more than 50 per cent of the madrassa students declared successful in the examination.

The Rajasthan Madrassa Board — a representative body of madrassas in the State - organized a Talimi Convention, at Muslim Musafirkhana here recently to facilitate these students, parents and teachers, with Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot, participating in the function and awarded medals and trophies to the students.

Sabeeha Parveen of Rehmani Model School, Jaipur, achieved a record among all the students in the madrassas by securing the highest marks at 92 per cent. Madrassa Board Chairman Abdul Qayoom Akhtar pointed out that more and more madrassas were approaching them to introduce modern education in their curriculum. This will facilitate imparting of modern languages and subjects such as Hindi, English, Mathematics and Science, in addition to Deeniyath (Theology).

The Board has already launched an ambitious project for introduction of computer education in madrassas. A fully computerized madrassa is currently under construction in the Muslim dominated Ramganj locality here and a time- bound programme to supply computers as well as technical know-how to other madrassas has been chalked out.

Gehlot, speaking in the convention, said the State Government would provide a one-time grant of Rs. 4,500 each to 500 more madrassas - apart from the 619 recognised madrassas - this year and appoint Shiksha Karmis there under the Rajiv Gandhi golden jubilee schools scheme.

Muslim children studying in madrassas have an inherent talent that needs to be tapped in order to ensure that the gradual drop-out of children in the higher classes is minimized. The dismal figure of 0.15 per cent Muslim students in colleges and universities in Rajasthan indeed poses an enormous challenge to the madrassas which have started education upto the middle school level.


Education Meet at Bhatkal

Muslim Education Board Urged

06Bhatkal Meeting

Azmathullah Shariff

Bhatkal (Karnataka): An all India Muslim educational conference held here in the first week of May recommended formation of a Muslim education board on a national level to look after the educational affairs of Muslims, gather data and liaise with the Central and the state governments. This forms part of several resolutions passed by the Conference held under the aegis of Anjuman Hami-e-Muslimeen, Bhatkal, a town 400 kms northwest of Bangalore. Another resolution urged the community to ensure primary education through mother tongue and avail of all state and central government schemes in order to preserve the linguistic, cultural and religious identity of Muslims.

The conference coincided with the platinum jubilee of the Anjuman which has completed 80 years of service in the field of education. Nearly 3,000 participants and 130 delegates from different places attended the conference. Important personalities who attended included Prof. B. Sheik Ali, former vice chancellor of Mangalore and Goa Universities; Prof Imtiyaz Ahmed from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi; Economist Prof A.M.Khusro; former bureaucrats Moosa Raza and Syed Shahabuddin, noted academics Prof K.M. Bahauddin, Prof Ahmed Sajjad, Dr. M.K.A Siddiqui; religious scholars Moulana Hakeem Mohammad Abdullah Mughisi, and Moulana Mohammad Salim from Darul-uloom (Waqf), Deoband. Among others who addressed the gathering include K. Rahman Khan, MP, former Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia A. K. Hafizka, Karnataka’s Minister for Industries R.V.Deshpande and Dubai based President of Anjuman S. M. Khaleel. Dr. G. Parmeshwar announced a sum of Rs. one lakh from his trust to start a scholarship in Anjuman in the memory of S. M. Yahya,

A book entitled Yahya - Vision and Action profiling the life and activities of former Karnataka Minister and former president of Anjuman Siddique Mohammad Yahya co-authored by Aftab Kola, D. H. Shabbar and Syed Hassan Sakkaf was also released at the occasion. Karnataka Minister for Higher Education Dr. G. Parmeshwar announced a sum of Rs. one lakh from his trust to start a scholarship in Anjuman in the memory of Yahya.

The Anjuman runs a string of educational institutions including an engineering college.


Hyderabad Haj House Nearing Completion

06Hyd Haj House

By M. A. Mujeeb

Hyderabad: The Haj House at Hyderabad is likely to be inaugurated by either Imam of Kaaba or the Imam of Majid-e-Nabavi. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has approached the Ministry of External Affairs to secure its good offices in extending invitations to foreign personalities.

The Haj House is fast nearing completion and is likely to be commissioned any time next month. The complex being built over a plot of land measuring 4,555 square yards near Public Gardens and the Legislative Assembly will have two blocks. The front block with eight floors is expected to accommodate the offices of Urdu Academy, Minority Finance Corporation, and the State Haj Committee. The rear block with 13 floors will serve as a transit halt for Haj pilgrims. It will accommodate nearly 600 pilgrims. Both the blocks are connected with a mosque with 800 capacity. The project has cost nearly Rs. 11 crore. Saleem Davawala has designed the complex.


Eight Years After Suleman Bakery Episode

Police Officer in the Docks

A Mumbai cop will be tried for killing of nine Muslims in cold blood in a Bakery during the 1993 riots

M H Lakdawala in Mumbai

Some justice after eight years!

This is how most people in Mumbai react to the FIR lodged against former joint commissioner of Mumbai Police R. D. Tyagi whose Special Operations Squad had allegedly shot dead nine persons inside the famous Suleman Bakery in Central Mumbai during January 1993 anti-Muslim violence. Bakery’s proprietor hopes that somebody pays for the day ‘’bakers and oven-hands were mistaken for AK-47 wielding hoodlums’. Memories of nine young men shot heartlessly by the Mumbai police inside Suleman Bakery still reverberate in the small by-lanes of Mohammed Ali Road. For those who have been waiting for justice all these years, there is a ray of hope.

The owner of Suleman Bakery, Abdul Satar Suleman Mithaiwala, who feels that the law has finally taken its own course. He says, “I firmly believe that justice will be delivered by God. The FIR is a due process of law but has come after a long time. It cannot bring back all the young men whom I have lost in the riots.”

Five of the deceased were his employees, three were local youth and another, the priest of the adjoining Chunabhatti Mosque. Forty others at the bakery were arrested on various charges. ‘’Where were the AK-47s we were supposed to have kept in the bakery? And if we were firing them, where are the bullet marks? The tip-off that Tyagi received about terrorists holed up in our bakery was utter rubbish,’’ says Suleman.

The Srikrishna Commission of Inquiry into the riots concluded: “The police acted in a manner not befitting the police force of any civilised, democratic state... The responsibility for this incident must squarely fall on Joint Commissioner of Police R D Tyagi, who was overall in-charge of the operations... Tyagi, and inspectors Lahane and Deshmukh (SOS) are guilty of excessive and unnecessary firing resulting in the death of nine Muslims.” No FIR has been filed against Deshmukh.

Tyagi’s credentials were known once he joined the Shiv Sena after retirement. He even contested MLC’s election on a Sena ticket and lost by a big margin.

What exactly did Tyagi do? He told Justice Srikrishna that he ordered his men to enter the bakery and arrest those firing from inside. He said he did not order the firing and expressed surprise at the high casualty toll. But evidence produced before the Commission reveals a different picture:

But the expert assessor appointed by the Commission, Dr Pritam Phatnani, said that the post-mortem reports indicated that the victims were shot in the back as they were trying to flee.

Police said no firearm was recovered either from the 78 arrested, or from the bakery or the madrassa. Nor was any policeman hurt. Tyagi claimed he had been fired at by at least one sten gun, but not a single shell was recovered from the site,

The question that is now being asked by the Human Rights activists is whether Tyagi and the others would be arrested as is the norm after an offence of murder is registered. Normally, an arrest follows immediately, as a matter of course, when any FIR for murder is registered. Should there be an exception now? Though additional police commissioner K.P. Raghuvanshi said there would not be any arrest “at the moment,’’ lawyers largely feel that an arrest ought to be made or the public would believe that the police get preferential treatment. The city’s policemen are angry and upset that a case has been registered against a former boss

“It is not correct to take action against a person nine years after the incident, that too when the policeman is not in service. Policemen will hesitate to take action in future,” said a senior officer on condition of anonymity.

But not all officers agree. “ The police has only registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Tyagi and he has to face investigations. If an officer has acted sincerely, he need not worry.”

Criminal law advocate Nusrat Shah noted that in cognizable (where the punishment is over two years in jail) and non-bailable offences such as murder, the police cannot exercise its discretion whether to arrest or not. Arresting and granting bail is one thing but not to arrest at all would send wrong signals, he observed.

In view of the heinousness of the crime, lawyers and activists feel an arrest is only natural now that the FIR is filed. There is no reason why the state government should show any preferential treatment in this case, people will lose faith in law and judiciary, said human rights activists.

Colin Gonsalves, advocate and an activist said Mr Tyagi and others should be arrested as the Srikrishna Commission also found that they have used excessive force.


Shivaji's Biography in Urdu

Exploding the Myths of History

M H Lakdawala in Mumbai

Shivaji is one of the cult figures in Maharashtra. The Maratha hero who waged war against the mighty Mughal emperor Aurangzeb has been turned into an anti-Muslim warrior by biographers who have vested interest in keeping the communal pot boiling. Consequently, while one section of the Maharashtra populace is led to believe that Shivaji was their hero, the other section is forced to view Aurangzeb as a ‘Mujahid’ and consider his wars as one for Islam’s supremacy in the Deccan plateau. In the melee, history is a clear casualty.

Setting the history right is Iqbal Ahmed, a bank employee who will be soon coming out with a biography in Urdu that unravels the mystic that makes Shivaji the popular hero for eight crore Maharashtrians.

Iqbal hardly knew anything about Shivaji till the early last year when he spotted an English translation of a Marathi book on Shivaji by K. S. Keluskar. Authored in 1920 by Babasaheb Purandre, the book carried a lot of Marathi bakhars, ballads that chronicled his life as well as reflected the popular love for the Maratha hero. Helped by his Marathi speaking friends, Iqbal gained an insight into Shivaji’s persona. He considers them the most authentic source on the warrior-king, free from the prejudices of both English and the Muslim historians. Today, a year later, Iqbal has almost completed the first well-researched Urdu biography of Shivaji in almost 180 years. While describing episodes from Shivaji’ s life, Iqbal has given all three versions, to ensure that nobody takes offence. This is the first time Urdu readers will be introduced to bakhars.

Shivaji established shariat courts for Muslims and had Muslim confidants and bodyguards. Religious chauvinism never was his trait. Till 17th century, power struggle was never interpreted in Hindu-Muslim terms.

The task became urgent for Iqbal after the BJP took over, for it gave the same theory a geographical twist, equating Indian civilisation with Hindu civilisation. Says Iqbal, “I believe in writer Niyaz Fatehpuri’ s theory of cultural amalgamation (tehzeebi sangam). My language is a product of this sangam. So is the European renaissance, which is based on Arab discoveries. I can’ t work on an international level, so I began in my own backyard.”

To Iqbal’ s delight, Shivaji’ s life proved his belief in tehzeebi sangam. Be it the way in which Shivaji’s father and uncle, Shahji and Sharifji, got their names, or the way betrothal of Jijabai and Shahji came to be solemnised, be it the Shariah courts established by Shivaji, or the fact that one of Shivaji’s closest confidants Madar Mehtar, and Jijabai’ s personal bodyguard Siddhi Bilal, were both Muslims — all of it proved that “till the 17th century at least, there was nothing like Hindu-Muslim conflict. Aurangzeb and Shivaji seized every opportunity they could to further their political ambitions, neither of them were motivated by religion.” Iqbal has pointed this out at the end of every chapter. What saddens Iqbal is the way in which Shivaji continues to be taught in schools. He points out that Shivaji never used the word “Muslim” for his adversary army, he called them ‘Turki’ or even ‘ Mughal’? Iqbal’ s sons felt Muslims were offenders when they studied accounts of Shivaji’s life in textbooks. He has now gifted Babasaheb Purandare’ s book to them with the words, “May Allah make our children understand the currents of history.”

P.S.: Iqbal Ahmed is looking for a publisher for the book. He laments that Urdu publishers have shown no enthusiasm for the book. “The 700-page manuscript”, Iqbal claims, “is outcome of the years of painstaking research and effort.”


Rights Violation

Milli Council to Pursue Cases: Dr. Alam

By A Staff Writer

Bangalore: The All India Milli Council has decided to attend to legal aspects of cases in which human rights of the Muslims have been severely violated. This was stated by Dr. Manzoor Alam, secretary of the Council in an interview with Islamic Voice last month.

Dr. Alam who was here on an organizational tour said, even the most horrendous of the cases pertaining to right violations of the Muslim community have brought no relief merely because no one in the community pursued them seriously. The Council has decided to strengthen its legal aid cell in a major way at its sixth general convention held in Chennai in February 2001. Drawing an analogy with the Sikh community, he said Sikh bodies fiercely pursued the cases of the anti Sikh violence during 1984 and were able to secure relief for scores of victims and indictment of several culprits belonging to the then ruling Congress (I).

He said the Milli Council would take up on a priority basis the cold blooded murder of the Muslim youth of Hashimpura and Maliana villages near Meerut in 1987 by the notorious killer force Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) of Uttar Pradesh and throwing of their corpses in the canal passing by the area. He said a former retired officer of the Delhi Police is assisting in building up the cases while advocate Mushtaque Ahmed and human rights activist Prof Iqbal A. Ansari would attempt legal relief.

Dr. Alam said the Council’s cell is also looking into the recent case of killing two Muslim youths in Batla House locality in Delhi on the trumped up charges of their being terrorists and being involved in attack on barracks inside the high security Lal Qila.

Dr. Alam said the Council is minutely looking into reports of anti Muslim violence in Kanpur, Allahabad High Court’s Lucknow Bench directive to redraft the Babri Masjid case while dropping cases against eight leading lights of the Sangh parivar and the Prime Minister’s statement regarding the construction of mandir being a national aspiration.


New Vistas in Biotechnology

Pune (from Syed Sayeed Ahmed): “Only 10 per cent of the research potential in the field of botany has so far been tapped. The field offers a vast scope for the development. India is yet to give due importance to research in the field of botany which could throw up solutions for increasing needs of food, fuel and fodder.” This was stated by Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, Head, Department of Health Sciences in the University of Pune while inaugurating a seminar on ‘New Vistas in Biotechnology’ in the Pune College of Arts, Science and Commerce run by the Anjuman Khairul Islam Trust.

Dr. S. N. Pathan, Director of Higher Education, Maharashtra Dr. S. N. Pathan said the human survival depended on the research in the field of botany and development in the field of biotechnology. He called on the financial institutions to liberally finance biotechnology projects under universities and colleges as it offers limitless scope for expansion. Among those who presented papers at the seminar were Reader of Zoology, Pune University, Dr. Dipti Deobhalkar; Dr M. C. Srinivas of National Chemical Laboratories; Dr. Ramesh Bhonde of National Centre for Cell Sciences; Mrs. Sangita Sawant and Urmila Kulkarni, both from Pune University’s Botany department. Dr. S. N. Kotwal, Principal, Pune College proposed a vote of thanks.


'Basera' Inaugurated


By A Staff Writer

Bangalore: ‘Basera’, the complex comprising Working Girls Hostel, Home for the Aged and Destitutes was inaugurated here in the city outskirts on May 20. Basera has been constructed by Bazm-e-Niswan, an NGO of Muslim Women in Bangalore.

‘Basera’ is located at Benaganahalli on Old Madras Road 10 kms from the city center. The 4-floor complex will have a working women’s hostel, a destitute home and a home for the aged. Altogether it can accommodate 250 inmates. It has 30,000 square feet of floor area and has come upon an area measuring 60 by 80 ft.

The Women’s Hostel provides single accommodation as well as dormitories for working women besides dining halls, reading room, library, prayer hall and common rooms with TV sets. The complex has two lifts and solar heaters. The complex has been built at a cost of Rs. 1.5 crore and it took five years to complete. Speaking on the occasion Farukh Khaiser, secretary Bazm-e-Niswan said, “the project is first of its kind in the country where Muslim women can stay, follow the tenets of their religion and enjoy a clean and dignified atmosphere.

Khaiser said, ‘Basera’ will also host NRI girl students, lonely mothers of people working abroad and can host groups of girl visitors from other places.

Al-Ameen founder Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed Khan commissioned the building. Mr Ziaullah Shariff, Chairman, India Builders Corporation, who financed the project in a major way said while he had given the body to the project, it remains with the Bazm-e-Niswan to put soul into it by living up to its cherished ideals. Farukh Khaiser presented a report of the 30 years of achievement of Bazme-e-Niswan. For more information contact: Farukh Khaiser, Secretary, Bazm-e-Niswan, 37, Muniswami Road, Tasker Town, Bangalore-560051, Phone: 080-2860023, 2241373.


Azad Urdu University Courses

Hyderabad: Moulana Azad National Urdu University campus is coming up at Manikonda village in Ranga Reddy district on 200 acres land in the outskirts of Hyderabad. The University will be introducing 2-year diploma in education from June this year to cater to the needs of qualified Urdu teachers. Besides, the University will hold six months vocational courses from January next. These will include automotive mechanic course for two and three-wheelers, domestic appliances, electric motor re-winding etc. The distance learning programme of the University has proved to be popular and has a strength of 10,000 students spread across India. At present the university offers courses such as B.A., B.Com., B.Sc., Certificate courses in Food and Nutrition, Proficiency in Urdu through Hindi, Certificate in Computing etc. Any one 18 years of age is eligible for admission through a written test which would be conducted on August 19. Those with 10+2 qualification can seek admission directly without eligibility test.


Essay Contest for Students, Teachers

Kochi: The Forum for Faith and Fraternity has invited essays in English on “Islam as I know it” for its second essay contest. The essays will be received and awarded in three categories i.e., Muslim students from universities, non-Muslim students from universities and non-Muslim teachers. Evaluation criteria will be different for the three categories. There will be three awards for each category. The first prize will be Rs. 50,000 and a set of Encyclopaedia Brittanica, second prize will be Rs. 35,000 and a collection of English classics and the third prize will be Rs. 25,000 and a collection of English classics. Ten consolation prizes will also be given. Aspirants can have the details from Forum for Faith and Fraternity, Post Box: 4239, Cochin-17, Kerala or visit the website: Registration form can be had by sending Rs. 20 for students and Rs. 40 for teachers.


Civil Services Exam

13 Muslims among 427

New Delhi: Shahla Nigar from Ranchi (Jharkhand) has notched up the second rank in the Civil Services examinations, the results of which were announced on May 16. An M.Phil, Shahla is among the 13 Muslim candidates who cleared the Civil Services (Main) examinations for the top government jobs in the country. She is currently working as assistant manager in NABARD in Chandigarh. She did her graduation from Miranda College and MA from Hindu college in Delhi.

A total of 427 candidates were recommended for the IAS, IPS, IFS and 26 other cadres. Of these nearly half per cent belong to the reserved categories groups.


Al Qamar Hospital to Open

Gulbarga: Al-Qamar Hospital here will be commissioned shortly. The 55-bed hospital on Mijguri Road in the thickly populated areas of the city will have outpatients, maternity, surgery, paediatrics departments, intensive care unit and diagnostic laboratories. The hospital has been built under the leadership of Qamarul Islam, MLA by a group of citizens for providing treatment on reasonable cost. The four floor hospital will have quarters for nurses and duty doctors besides ambulance services.


Muslim Managed Schools in Karnataka

Performance in SSLC Examinations 2001

Islamic Voice is making a humble attempt at assessing the performance of the Muslim managed high schools in Karnataka in SSLC Board Examinations held during March 2001. Muslim managed schools being mostly patronized by the community could serve as some index of the community’s status in education. Furnished below is the data we could collect from 33 high schools. This is far from satisfactory considering the fact that Bangalore alone has nearly 170 Muslim managed high schools, though a vast majority of them are run as business proposition and do neither want nor flaunt their minority character. In several cases data is incomplete and NA (Not Available) is the only way we could have filled the slot. We intend to expand the reach to all the schools in the state and then cover other South Indian states over the years. Cooperation of our esteemed readers in approaching the schools will be welcome. You are requested to send us the names, addresses, phone nos., e-mail addresses and names of the office bearers for the purpose.

The data being furnished is very sketchy. A Muslim managed school need not teach Muslim students alone. Nor do we have data pertaining to boy-girl ratio in co-ed institutions. It is just a start. Allah willing, we hope to add on to it year after year. Editor

Sl. No. Name of the 
High School
No. Of
1st Class 2nd Class Fail Pass%
1 Al-Ameen H.S., B'lore 95 34 37 NA 95%
2 Imamia H.S., B'lore 146 53 62 NA 94%
3 Jamia ul-uloom H.S, B.lore 101 77 21 NA 100%
4 Quwwathul Islam H.S, B.lore 214 51 59 NA 71%
5 New Generation H.S, B.lore 25 23 2 NA 100%
6 Nobel Saint H.S, B.lore 101 77 21 NA 100%
7 Florence H.S, B.lore NA NA NA NA 96%
8 Crescent H.S, B.lore 110 23 40 NA 85%
9 BET Sofia H.S, B.lore 71 27 20 NA NA
10 SJM H.S, B.lore NA NA NA NA 87%
11 Abdul Bari’s H.S, B.lore NA 32 26 NA 86%
12 CIS H.S, B.lore NA NA NA NA 78%
13 Iqra H.S., B.lore NA NA NA NA 85%
14 Madrasa-e-Niswan H.S., B.lore NA NA NA NA 40%
15 Najmus-Sehar Girls H.S., B.lore 43 6 8 NA 44%
16 CES H.S., B.lore NA 22 9 NA 85%
17 Shantiniketan H.S (1)., B.lore 18 9 6 NA 90%
18 Shantiniketan H.S (2)., B.lore 29 13 11 NA 93%
19 Muslim Orphanage Girls H.S., B.lore 69 9 5 NA 30%
20 Al-Ameen Girls H.S.,B.lore 12 1 8 NA 100%
21 CMA H.S., B.lore 142 12 37 NA 52%
22 CMA Girls H.S., B.lore NA NA NA NA 40%
23 Millat H.S., Davanegere NA NA NA NIL 100%
24 Zainabiya H.S., Alipur 9 6 2 NA 88%
25 Bintul Huda H.S., Alipur 16 2 3 NA NA
26 Anjuman Girls H.S., Bhatkal 193 60 39 NA NA
27 Islamia Anglo Urdu H.S., Bhatkal 143 19 29 NA NA
28 Shams H.S., Bhatkal 19 6 2 6 NA
29 Al-Mahmood H.S., Bhadravathi 40 10 14 6 86%
30 Al-Mahmood H.S., Holehannur 22 3 8 5 77%
31 Al-Mahmood H.S., Shimoga 32 4 7 12 NA
32 Al-Mahmood H.S., Holeloor 19 2 4 8 NA
33 Hilal H.S, B’lore 30 6 8 NA 33%

NA = Not Available, H.S.= High School


Impart Secular Character to the Police

New Delhi: The National Minorities Commission did not have any intention to inquire into the anti Muslim violence in Kanpur during March 16-19. This was conveyed to a joint delegation of the Minorities Council of India, Milli Council, Moemin, and All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarat and the Institute of Objective Studies by Commission chairman Justice Mohammad Shameem.

Though Justice Shameem agreed that negative and biased role by Uttar Pradesh Police and the Provincial Armed Constabulary contributed to heavy loss of lives and property in Kanpur, he said the UP government had not submitted him any report regarding the riots, despite specific request through letters and fax.

Minorities Council chairman Prof. Iqbal A. Ansari wanted to know the actions initiated by the Commission to bring about reforms in Police in view of the reports by several Commission regarding riots in Aligarh (1978, 90), Muradabad (1980), Bhagalpur (1989), Meerut (1982, 87) and the book by former BSF Director General Vibhuti N. Roy. The members reminded the Commission chairman about imparting secular character to the Police by enhancing the representation to the individuals from the minorities and introducing fair measures to control the crowd and training them in human rights.


Hamdard Scholarships

New Delhi: Hamdard Education Society invites applications from students who have passed the High School, Intermediate, Graduate and Post Graduate examination in 2001 and intend to continue their education at least upto the academic year 2002-2003. Loan scholarships will be awarded to students selected out of those who have passed the respective examinations. The selection of candidates will be on an all-India basis. The best students emerging from the scrutiny of applications will be called for a written examination and interview at Delhi. Scholarship forms can be had from the Secretary, Hamdard Education Society, Talimabad, Sangam Vihar, New Delhi-110062. The last date for receipt of application forms in this office is 1st September, 2001 and examinations are likely to be held in October 2001.


Jamiatul Ulema to Build Children's Village in Quake-hit Town

New Delhi: Jamiatul Ulema e Hind will build a ‘Children’s Village’ in quake devastated Anjar town. Its foundation stone was laid by Jamiat president Maulana Asad Madani last month. The village will host children orphaned by the earthquake last January. Madani said the villages will have small homes, each having six kids under the care of a matron and they will be nurtured in a homely atmosphere. Several philanthropists from South Africa have announced funding the construction of these homes. Maulana Madani also laid the foundation for a girls hostel and a technical institute in Ektanagar in the Kutch area. The Jamiat is also building a mosque and a colony for quake victims in Ajrakpur.


News in Brief

Haj House in Bhopal

Bhopal: The foundation stone was laid here for the Haj House at Edigah Hills by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh on April 30. Singh assured of introduction of direct Haj flights between Bhopal and Jeddah. The state government allotted land for the proposed haj house which will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore.

Charitable Hospital

Malegaon: Foundation was laid here for a charitable hospital under the aegis of Malegaon Medical Foundation at Ayeshanagar locality in the first week of May. Religious scholar Mufti Mohammad Ismail laid the foundation while local MLA Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed presided at the ceremony.

Imarat Sharia to Start ITIs

Patna: The Imarat e Sharia Bihar has been permitted to start three Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) by the Ministry of Labour and Employment of the Union government. According to a directive received here, Riazul Uloom in Sathi in Champaran district would start Riaz ITI, the Minnatullah Rahmani ITI will begin functioning at Imarat’s Phulwari Sharif complex while Imarat Technical Institute will come up at Gulab Bagh at Purnea district.

Fifth Rank in Kerala

Trivandrum: Miss Simna. L of Nirmala Bhavan School, Trivandrum became the top scorer among Muslim candidates of the SSLC examination by securing fifth rank in the state. She scored 583 marks out of 600.

Rs 8 Crore for Urdu Bureau

New Delhi: The Central Government has allocated Rs 8 crore for the National Bureau for Promotion of Urdu this year. In a letter to the Bureau Director Mohammed Hameedullah Bhatt, Union HRD Minister Prof. Murli Manohar Joshi said the allocation has been increased in view of the need to link promotion of Urdu with information technology (IT) Mission.

Free Admission in B.E

New Delhi: The All India Educational Movement intends to sponsor a few Muslim Students from the financially weaker section of the community in private engineering colleges for admission. Students desirous of availing of this scheme may apply with a written justification for being considered. Please send a self addressed envelop with postage stamps for Rs.6 to Amanullah Khan, All India Educational Movement, E-3, Abul Fazl Enclave; P.O. Jamianagar, New Delhi - 110025. Phone: ( 011) 692 9354, 692 7004.


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