PM's Remarks Lead to Communal Unrest in UP
New Muslim Engineering Colleges : 5 in Karnataka, 3 in Andhra Pradesh
Young Scientist Devises : Traffic Control System
Book History of Modern Deccan Released
Social Worker Honoured
Furqania Bldg. Commisioned
4-Star Certificate for Shaikh Medical College
Islamic Centre in Hassan
News in Brief
The book titled Management of Dental
Caries through the Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) Approach jointly edited by Prof. M. Rahmathullah and J. E. Frencken was released at Hyderabad on November 26, 2000. (vide newsitem “Painless Cure for Tooth Decay”, page 3, Islamic Voice, December 2000). The book compiles the proceedings of a seminar held at Al-Badar Dental College, Gulbarga in August 1999. Seen in the picture are Prof. M. Rahmatullah (standing), Dean of Al-Badar Dental College, M. O. H. Farook Maraikar, MP and former chief minister of Pondicherry (right) and Dr. Sham Sunder, vice chancellor of NTR University of Health Sciences, Hyderabad. Book is seen in the inset (right).
Communal Unrest in UP
Nasir Obaid in Lucknow
THE sudden spurt of communal tension in Uttar Pradesh particularly after the 8th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition i.e., the December 6 has surprised many. The administration in UP too is surprised at the turn of the event which has compelled it to sound the red alert all over the state. It is mostly attributed to the uncharitable remark by none other than the Prime Minister who though indirectly, justified the demolition of Babri Masjid by terming the Ram Mandir movement as the expression of unfulfilled national sentiment.
Leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha Mrs. Sonia Gandhi’s constituency Amethi was first to witness the communal tension when in a sleepy village Chilauli the minaret of Mosque cum Madrassa was demolished by anti social elements followed by another former Prime Minister’s constituency Ballia where in a similar incident a Muslim youth was stabbed to death.
But the worst happened in communally sensitive city of brasswares Moradabad. On December 9, the news spread that in Gul Shaheed area of the city a portion of a mosque has been demolished following which thousands of Muslims came out on the streets. According to the information available here in the state capital the mob set on fire several shops and stray incidents of firing were also reported. Undeclared curfew was imposed in five police station areas of the city and heavy contingent of police and para-military force including RAF was deployed. District Magistrate S. K. Gupta tried his best to control the situation and the damaged portion of the mosque was rebuilt under heavy police protection. It took a week to restore the normalcy.
However, on December 15, the situation came back to square one when the local convener of Babri Masjid Action committee Mr. Saleem was arrested by the police on charges of rumour-mongering leading to the communal tension. DIG Moradabad range Mr. Rajni Kant Misra says that the probe revealed that the entire exercise of rumour-mongering was carried out in a systematic manner. He alleges that Saleem was the mastermind behind the entire episode, He claimed that Saleem was arrested after thorough investigation and after establishing Saleem’s involvement in the incident. This however is strongly contradicted by the local Muslims who came out openly against this partisan attitude of the police.
Muslims in large number came out on the road and blocked the traffic which culminated in stone pelting and lathi charge by the police. Apprehending trouble indefinite curfew was imposed in Moghalpura, Nagphani Gul Shaheed and Katghar police circles.
It may be noted that Moradabad has witnessed the worst communal riot on the very Id day in 1980 when some miscreants drove a few pigs inside the Idgah and when the Muslims protested a bit vociferously police opened indiscriminate firing killing more than a dozen people including children on the spot.
5 in Karnataka, 3 in Andhra Pradesh
By A Staff Writer
Bangalore: Five Muslim institutions figure among the 36 new engineering colleges issued NOC by the Government of Karnataka on December 29. However, the applicants will set up these colleges only after All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) grants recognition which has to pass the test of its norms regarding land, buildings and infrastructure.
Among the Muslim applicants issued NOC for engineering colleges are Congress MP Jaffer Sharief’s Khader Nawaz Sharief (KNS) College of Engineering, Congress Minority Cell chairman Ubaidullah Sharief’s Heera Engineering College, Gulbarga based Kalle Rawan College of Engineering, Bijapur based SECAB group of Institutions run by Shamsuddin Punekar and Gulbarga based Al-Badar group of institutions headed by Iqbal Ahmed Saradgi MP.
Of these, Kalle Rawan Education Society of Gulbarga, SECAB Education Society of Bijapur and Al-Badar have had longstanding experience in education and have been running a string of institutions. Kalle Rawan group headed by Gulbarga MLA and Housing Minister Qamarul Islam runs a pharmacy college, five primary schools, three high schools, and a polytechnic, in all imparting education to nearly 4,500 students. SECAB too has an impressive array of institutions in Bijapur and Bangalore while Al-Badar runs a Dental College and a Pharmacy College.
Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Government has issued No Objection Certificate (NOCs) for eight new Minority-run engineering colleges in the state. These form part of the total 61 new engineering colleges to be opened in the state during 2001-2002 and the 2002-2003. Of the 61, 43 will begin admission in 2001-2002 and 18 in the subsequent session.
According to Minister of Technical Education A. Rajendra Prasad, the educational societies’ application for the institutions has been recommended to the AICTE for permission. Of the 8 new minority engineering colleges, 3 belong to Muslims, 4 to the Christian community and one to the Sikhs. Alpha Education Society of Allagadda, Sana Education Society of Kodad, Nalgonda district and Farah Education Society of Udaygiri have been sanctioned the NOC on behalf of Muslim. Christians will open colleges at Chirala, Siddipet, Yemmigannur and Satnapalli. Sikhs have been issued NOC for Ibrahimpatnam. Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have adopted a liberal policy in granting sanction for engineering colleges particularly those imparting courses in computer, infotech and software engineering viewing the increased demand for Indian IT professionals from abroad.
Traffic Control System
A PUC Student bags Tamil Nadu’s Young Scientist Award for devising ‘Road Traffic Control System’
By M. H. Sharief in Harur
Krishnagiri (Tamil Nadu) : Ishaq Basha, a student of 12th standard has bagged the Young Scientist Award for his Invention ‘Futuristic Road Traffic Control Systems’ at Science Exhibition held at Kirshnagiri in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. The award is given by the Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology.
Ishaq told Islamic Voice, long queues of freight and passenger vehicles waiting for verification of documents and clearance by Transport Authorities at city checkposts stimulated in him an urge to find a solution. “These documents are checked manually and at times hurriedly, leaving chance for mistakes. This process involves longer time and creates traffic jams and delay in reaching the destinations in time” said Ishaq.
Ishaq’s invention of Computerised Documents Verification System eliminates the cumbersome manual verification at the check posts. The documents are computer fed at the office of the issuing authority, RTO and the applicant given a CD of the documents (tamper proof) along with the documents.
For verification of documents, the CD has to be inserted in the computer terminal put up at the unmanned automatic check post. As soon as the documents are verified, the gate opens automatically and allows as much time as one vehicle would need to pass through. Otherwise, the alarm bell rings and red-signal beeps.
Another system called ‘Heavy Vehicles Filter’ diverts heavy vehicles to bye pass roads. The third system produces electricity from speed breakers put on selective points. The impact of the vehicles on the specially made speed breakers is converted into energy through dynamos fixed at points on the National Highways.
Ishaq Basha was selected to represent Tamil Nadu at the South India Science Fair held at Tirupati recently with his projects. They were well received at the fair and the officials of the Ministry of Surface Transport had shown keen interest about the implementation of the Systems.
Ishaq has an enquiring mind from his childhood and since been doing experiences in the backyard of his house. Ishaq currently a student at Government Higher Secondary School in Dharmapuri, nearly 200 kilometre from Bangalore has not yet thought of patenting his design which took around six month for him to devise. Last year an industrial association of the four South Indian states had given him South India Industrial Award for another device.
Hyderabad: Scion of the erstwhile Nizam family, Prince Mufakham Jah released the History of Modern Deccan at an impressive ceremony at the Public Gardens here on December 3.
The 378-page book is the first volume of the work on history of modern Deccan comprising the 228-year rule of Asaf Jahi rulers in Hyderabad from 1720 to 1948. HEH the Nizam Charitable Trust and the Government of Andhra Pradesh made financial grants in part for the work undertaken by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Oriental Research Institute.
The book also covers the rule of Tipu Sultan, Peshwas of Pune, Arcot, Cuddapah and Kurnool principalities, and throws ample light on culture, economy administration of Deccan etc. Foreword has been written by Mohammad Bin Mahmood, former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and president of the Oriental Research Institute.
In a kind gesture, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has also renewed the lease of the building of the Oriental Research Institute which has been cancelled a few months earlier.
Trivandrum (from Kayamkulam Yoonus) : S. Sayed Khan, former managing director of Kerala State Tourism Development Corporation was adjudged the winner of the Best Social Worker Millennium Award by the Muslim Welfare Organisation of Kerala (MWOK). As an activist with the Thiruvananthapuram Muslim Association and president of the Muslim Education Trust he nurtured the Association’s Central School into a big institution. The Award was presented on December 2 by Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Assembly A. K. Antony. Sayed Khan joined the government service as a block development officer and rose to become the MD of the KSTDC. The ceremony was attended by Award committee president and former MP, Thalekunnil Basheer, K. Surendran MLA, MWOK president M. P. Kunju etc.
Bangalore: The library of the Furqania Academy Trust has begun functioning in the ground floor of the new building of the Academy. With 40,000 volumes, the library has rich collection of books on sharia and the modern sciences. The Auditorium cum conference hall is coming up on the second floor of the building in BTM Layout of Bangalore. Furquania Academy was set up by Maulana Shahabuddin Nadwi 35 years ago and specialises in establishing the intellectual and rational aspects of the holy Qur’an from the perspective of the contemporary ideological issues. For details contact: Furqania Academy Trust, 82, 10th Main, 1st Cross, BTM 1st Stage, Bangalore-560 029. Website:
Belgaum : The A. M. Shaikh Homeopathic Medical College here has received the four 4-Star accreditation certificate from the National Assessment Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore. The NAAC certificate was handed over to Principal of the College Dr. R. Y. Nadaf on November 25 by Dr. S. Chandrashekhar Shetty, Vice chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.
The A.M.Shaikh Medical College has already received the ISO-9002 from the TUV, Germany.
Hassan : The Islamic Centre was inaugurated here on November 24 by Jamaate Islami Hind Secretary Mr. Ejaz Ahmed Aslam. The Centre has 15,000 square feet area in three floors and is located in the heart of the town. The prayer hall has segregated wuzu and namaz facilities for both men and women. Nearly 60 women attended the Juma congregation for the first time in the town on the day of inauguration.
The Centre has a library, reading room, bookstall and a prayer hall with namaz capacity for 500 persons. The Jamaat, SIO and Islamic Welfare Society offices are also housed in the Centre. Mr. Rabbani Akhtar is the president of the Centre while Syed Abdul Khaliq is the secretary. (Phone : 08172-64694)
Appointed: Mr. Islam A. Siddiqui, an Indian-American will be the next under secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programmes at the US Department of Agriculture. He is the second South Asian Muslim to reach higher echelons of US Administration.
The under secretary is number three post in the Department after the Secretary (which combines both cabinet minister and head) and the deputy secretary. Siddiqui is a graduate of the UP Agriculture University.
Earlier, in 1990, Ms. Shirin Tahir-Kheli was appointed the alternate US representative to the United Nations. Born in Hyderabad, she moved to Peshawar in Pakistan and then migrated to the United States of America. She was till then the highest ranking Muslim in the US government. Prior to appointment to the US mission in UN, Shirin had served in the US State Department and on the National Security Council. She is currently at the School of Advanced International Studies in the Johns Hopkins University in Washington. She is one among the likely nominees for the post of assistant secretary of state for South Asia, the region including the populous states of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Yet another person tipped for the post is Afghan-born Zalmay Khalilzad who is currently with the Rand Corporation, considered to be a leading thinktank in the US. His recent study urges the US to forge special ties with India. Khalilzad was earlier Assistant Secretary of Defence in the George Bush Administration (1988-92).
Milli Council Meet
Change of Dates
Chennai : The dates for the 6th All India meet to be held here have been changed yet again. The meet will now be held on February 3 and 4, 2001. A reception committee has been formed here to oversee the arrangements under the chairmanship of Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammad Abdul Ali. The dates announced earlier (vide Islamic Voice December 2000 issue) were January 19-21. The Council will hold its biennial elections.
Mumbai : The Rehmani Foundation here which has been running a number of community help projects has made a public appeal for donations. The foundation runs the Rehmani Urdu High School in Pune and help the Muslim Samaj Prabodhan Sanstha at Pune in maintaining an orphanage at Sayyed Nagar in a Pune suburb. According to a press release by Managing Trustee Dr. Abdul Karim M. Naik, the foundation provides midday meals to 6 municipal balwadiesin Mumbai and conducts medical check up camps for the sick and needy persons. It plans to upgrade the Pune Orphanage on the SOS Village pattern. Donations and charities can be directed to : Rehmani Foundation (non Profit Public Charitable Trust), 43/A, Nava Nagar, Next to Dockyar Railway Station, Mumbai-400010, Ph.: 022-3710656, 3758074, 3776601, e-mail:
Tiny Quran Released
Madurai : A tiny sized Quran was released at the MSS Wakf Board College here last month. Measuring 4 cm in length as well as breadth, the Quran has been brought out by J. Shahul Hameed of Dheen Printers. It was released by Town Kajiar (Town Qazi) Kaja Muyinudeen in the presence of Speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly P T R Palanivel Rajan and Madurai Mayor Kulandaivelu. It can be read only with a magnifying glass. It is available at Dheen Printers, 32 Karumbalai Road, Madurai-625020 for a hadiya of Rs. 50.
Haj Flights Schedule
Mumbai : The flights to Jeddah for Haj 2001 commence from January 27. According to the press release by Executive Officer Abdul Rashid Mir, the flights will depart from different destination as per the following schedule: from Delhi - January 27 to February 26, Kolkatta (Calcutta) - January 27 to February 27, Bangalore - January 27 to February 11, Ahmedabad - January 31 to February 26, Chennai - February 12 to February 21, and Hyderabad - February 14 to February 26. Hyderabad had been added this year as a new destination.