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Published On:30 June 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

IDB scholarship forms for Muslims available in Companion School in Bhopal

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The poor Muslim students who have passed out 12th Board examinations in 2012 and have secured admissions in professional courses such as engineering, medical, MBA etc. can apply for Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank, (IDB), scholarships.

According to Dr. Maulana Arif Junaid Nadwi, the local coordinator, the application forms of IDB scholarships for the professional courses are available in Companion School in Ginnori locality of the old city on all working days from 11 am to 1 pm. The Companion School is situated at A-24/1 Inside Captan Saheb ki Bagia, opposite Masjid Roshan (Dhobiyaan), behind Hamidia School (Boys).

The interviews for awarding scholarship shall be held all over India in the month of September 2012. The final selection result shall be declared by 1st week of November. The completed application forms with relevant required documents must be submitted to Muslim Education Trust, (MET), New Delhi (and not directly to the IDB Headquarters in Jeddah), by July 31, 2012.

To qualify for the IDB Scholarships, Students should meet the following requirements: (i) Must have secured minimum 60 per cent marks in English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Mathematics in SSC (10+2) examination; (ii) Applicants for bachelor courses in Business Administration (BBA) and Law must have scored minimum 60 per cent marks in English and optional/elective subjects in SSC (10+2); Age not over 24 years and not in receipt of any other scholarship.

Only if the students or their parents are financially weak and unable to pay for his/her education. Students opting for payment seats need not apply. Students benefiting from this scholarship must undertake to serve their community and country on completion of their studies.

The approved areas of study Under the Program include: Bachelor's Degree Courses in Medicine (including Ayurveda, Unani & Homeopathy) Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Lab Technician, Bio-Technology and Microbiology, Engineering(all branches) Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Food Technology, Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Law.

It may be mentioned here that the Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, introduced its scholarship program in many countries including India in the year of 1983 with a view to promote professional education among Muslim community. The IDB Scholarship Program is more than just a scholarship program in the traditional sense, i.e. as a straight financial assistance to needy and qualified students. It is also a tool for the improvement of the social and economic conditions of the Muslim community as a whole. It is a scholarship program and a community development program at the same time, since the scholarship is given as an interest-free loan (Qardh-e-Hasna) to the students but as a grant to the community to which they belong to in the shape of its refunds.

Besides, the students are also required to take part in the development of their community through their respective profession. The repaid fund is recycled, to provide scholarships for other deserving students, to complement the IDB Scholarship Program and to ensure continuity of the Program in the long run, while the community development services rendered by the students will contribute to the overall development of the community and the country.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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