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Volume 16-09 No : 201
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At Akbar Pheer Bhoy College, being humanitarian is a way of life. Average and below average students are helped to secure a first class and distinction, discovers Mohammed Hanif Lakdawala
The never-say-die spirit of Mumbai is ubiquitous, whether in a local train, housing societies or the educational institutes. One such institution is the Anjuman-e-Islam’s Akbar Pheer Bhoy College at Maulana Shaukat Ali Road in south Mumbai.
Akbar Pheer Bhoy College is one of the institutions where Hindu and Muslim students are in equal proposition. Even the staff and faculty are equal in proposition. It’s a classical case study in communal harmony and integration. Though managed by the Anjuman-e-Islam and located in the thickly populated Muslim locality, its a favourite choice with the non-Muslim students for its cosmopolitan culture.
Disha, a second year student of the Bachelor of Management studies preferred A P College to other so called posh colleges because of its unique culture. “I had the option to join other colleges, but I preferred AP College because of the vibrant college environment”, she said.
One of the unique point of A P college is that it welcomes those students who are unable to get admission elsewhere. “Other colleges admit merit holders and claim credit when those students come again in the merit list, whereas we take average and below average students and help them to get a first class and distinction”, said Principal, Hashmi.
Last year, the Bachelor in Management Studies (BMS) batch produced three merit holders. One of the students Waseem Khan has been invited by the U S Government to participate in a program entitled “Student leaders and Civic responsibilities”, in the United States in September, 2003.
Out of the five students selected from India, Waseem is the only one from Maharastra. “I was an average student. A P college provided me with an opportunity and environment where my latent talent manifested and I not only got distinction in the Final year BMS, but also was selected by the American center under their students exchange programme”, said Waseem.
Nilofer shifted from the prestigious Wilson College to A P College just for the opportunity provided here. “ I feel very pampered here. The opportunities provided to us to grow and learn here is not available in other colleges, said Nilofer.
Principal S A M Hashmi said that A P College takes care of the first generation learners. “Many of our students belong to the families who have never been to school. We not only provide quality education but also take care of their aspirations”, he said. “Our college never refuses admission to students just because they cannot afford fees. We provide them with instalment facilities”.
A P college has special provision for those students who cannot pay their fees. The college management bears the burden if students have secured 55 per cent in the last examination.
A P College is doing yeoman’s service by providing Management and Media courses to the Muslim students and even the students from the deprived sections of the society. It is the first Muslim-managed Institution to start the degree courses in Media and Management.
The cabin of vice-principal Syed Iqbal who is also in charge of these professional courses reveals the importance and encouragement given to the students in A P College. He has made his PC and cabin available to the BMM and BMS students. At any given time, students of professional courses are seen discussing their studies, progress and even career, prospects with him.
“I want to provide the best facilities to my students. My desire is to see them grow and prosper in life”, said Syed Iqbal. “We take care of the student needs and based on their feedback appoint the best of faculty”.
No doubt teachers and management of the educational institutions can be the greatest change agents as far as the destiny of the Community is concerned. If teachers and management of Muslim institutions show their concern and commitment, the future of the community will certainly be bright.
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New Delhi: A new Quranic software prepared in Pakistan will make the printing of the Quran a lot more easier. The software has provision for using various fonts, can employ various traditional calligraphic styles and enable printing in choicest of colours. This was revealed here by Pakistani computer engineer Hassan Rasheed while talking to the United News of India (UNI). Rasheed is here in connection with the International Book Fair currently being held at Pragati Maidan.
Rasheed said this way the numerous traditional calligraphic styles could also be preserved for future as it was feared that with the advent of the computer, the calligraphy as an art would vanish. The software is applicable to various page layouts such as with meanings in other languages, with interpretation and with broader margins or with notes. It provides new tools for embellishment of the pages in ornate styles.
Rasheed said the software was developed in collaboration with several Indian software engineers.
Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in the United States today. The ten states with the largest Muslim populations, listed in order, are California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Indiana, Michigan, Virginia, Texas, Ohio and Maryland (Council on American Islamic Relations, 20001
There are 1,209 mosques in the United States. More than 60 percent of these have been founded in the last two decades. Today, Muslims in the United States outnumber Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians, the United Church of Christ and many other Christian denominations.
More than 20 percent of American mosques have a full-time school. In the United States today, there are over 400 Islamic schools, three colleges, 400 associations, an estimated 200,DOO businesses and over 200 publications, journals and weekly newspapers (Council on Islamic Education, I 998). 62.4 percent of American Muslims are registered voters (American Muslim Council, August 2000). The Muslim community in America is made up of people from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and national origins. In a typical American mosque nearly 90 percent have some Asian, African-American, and Arab members (US Department of State, 2001). 22.4 percent of American Muslims were born in the United States American Muslim Council, August 2000). 61.8 percent of all American Muslims are college graduates American Muslim Council, August 2000). 58.1 percent of American Muslims are men and 41.9 percent are women (American Muslim Council, August 2000).