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Best International Award for EPS
Bhopal:
Eastern Public School (EPS), the only IB World School in Bhopal, has been conferred the prestigious “Best International School in India for Service to the Community” Award at a ceremony in New Delhi on March 25. A leading Market Research Company “Worldwide Achievers” in association with ‘Headlines Today’ and ‘Mail Today’ organized the Asia Education Summit and the Awards ceremony. Abhinav Bindra, an Olympian Gold medalist in Shooting presented the awards.
Other schools which were also given awards included Cambridge University Press, Amity University, Shewag International School, The Punjab Public School, Podar Jumbo Kids, National Academy of Sports Management and National Institute of Fine Arts etc.
EPS was founded by Dr. Mansoor Durrani 12 years ago and is currently headed by Director Mr. Umar Jaffar. EPS offers all three programmes of International Baccalaureate Organization (PYP, MYP and DP) and IGCSE of Cambridge International Examinations for age group 3 to 18. It is the only Complete IB World School in Bhopal, the second in Madhya Pradesh and tenth in the country. The School also plans to offer 50% scholarship to those students who score more than 9 CGPA or above in CBSE 10th Board examinations or equivalent in other programmes for admissions into EPS’ Grade 11 IB Diploma programmes as part of the School’s commitment to the Community. Durrani speaking on the occasion said, the school had endeavoured to empower Muslim children with the best educational experience and at a cost that is just one-tenth of what an average parent has to incur while getting his kids into an IB School.

Muslim Girl wins Gita Contest in Mumbai
Mumbai:
A 12-year-old Muslim girl has emerged topper at a contest on the Bhagavad Gita. Mariyam Asif Siddiqui who studies in Class 6 in a school at Mira Road near Mumbai won the contest from among 4,500 students who appeared for the competition. She received the first prize in an inter-school competition for explaining the teachings of the holy book. “We are delighted. She prepared a whole month for the contest,” her father Mr. Asif told PTI.
Mariyam studies in Cosmopolitan High School at Mira Road and participated in “Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Champion League” organised by ISKCON International Society last month with an objective to spread teachings of the holy book. Around 195 schools had participated in this competition. Of them, 105 were private and 90 were municipal schools. Mariyam said she learned from Bhagavad Gita that humanity is the biggest religion in this world.
“It was very interesting to read Bhagavad Gita as I have got a lot of information about life from it. The holy book has taught me the golden rules of life. It says that though there are many religions but humanity is the biggest religion among all,” Mariyam said. The English version of the holy book was given to students for a month for preparation purpose. A teacher was also appointed to help students understand the book in detail. After a month, a written examination was held with 100 questions. Mr. Asif said he is happy and a proud father as his daughter has shown a keen interest in reading a holy book of another religion.
“I have told children to respect every religion as they show us the right path,” he said.
(www.thehindu.com)

Shah Waliullah Awards: The Institute of Objective Studies has announced Maulana Rabe Hasni Nadwi as the winner of the Maulana Shah Waliullah Award for the year 2013. Nadwi currently heads the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and has authored around two dozen books, all published by the Majlis Tahqeeqat wo Nashriyat, an in-house publication of the Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow. It simultaneously announced name of noted writer and legal luminary A. G. Noorani for the conferment of the 6th Life Time Achievement Award. Both awards carry Rs. one lakh in cash, and a memento. A junior category Shah Waliullah Award will be given jointly to research scholars Muhammad Kifayathulla and Najmussaher. The announcements were made by Prof. Ishtiyaq Danish, member secretary of the Shah Waliullah Award Committee on April 7.

Maymar Charitable Trust: The Maymar Charitable Trust will begin disbursing scholarships for the academic year 2015-16. The Trust helps 400 deserving students from Bengaluru and its environs and runs charitable dispensaries in underprivileged areas such as Siddapura, D.J.Halli, Padrayanapura, Avalahalli where 300 patients are treated everyday. The Trust has appealed for donations from philanthropists. Contact: Haji A. Rahman, 94489-27786, Javeed Gafoor, 98456-02586, n

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