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Interfaith program Message Of Peace to be held at Patna May 1

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 26 April 2011 | Posted in , ,

IMO News Service

The Islamic Dawah and Research Foundation, Patna, is going to organise an Interfaith Program ‘Pyame-Aman’ (Message of Peace) at Patna on May 1, 2011. According to the organizer of the program M. Naushad Ansari the holding of such a n event is a historical moment for Bihar as this unique interfaith program intends to bring together people of all faiths such as Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Atheism etc.

The program will be held from 4 pm to 10 pm at Anjuman Islamia Hall, Muradpur, Near Patna Market.

The speakers at the program include Acharya Kishore Kunal, President, Dharmik Nyas Parishad, Bihar; Khurshid Imam, Software Engineer, Bangalore (He would be speaking on the topic ‘Misconceptions about religion of GOD’); Ahsanul Hoda, President, IDRF, Patna; Acharya Shri Sudarshan ji Maharaj, Gurgaon; Dharmacharya Swami Harinarayanand, General Secretary, Bharat Sadhu Samaj.

[For further details, Contact: M. Naushad Ansari. Mobile # 09036935053, 09334127275, 09334412342, 09204444974]

ANNOUNCEMENT: Invitation of Proposals for the Year 2011-12 under HRD Scheme

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 14 March 2011 | Posted in ,

Government of India
Ministry of Textiles
Office of the Development Commissioner
(Handicrafts)
West Block No. VII, R. K. Puram, New Delhi – 110066

The proposals of the following components under Human Recourse Development Scheme of the office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) are invited on the prescribed Performa from eligible Organizations for the year 2011-12.

A. TRAINING THROUGH EXTABLISHED INSTITUTIONS:

This programme will be implemented through existing Vocational Institutions/it is/Polytechnics etc. Training of Handicrafts artisans in crafts related skills such as Wood Carving, Wood Inlay, and Embroidery etc. through short-term and long- term period varying from 1 to 9 months based on the type of craft.

Financial Assistance: Rs. 24 lakhs for Non-recurring (One time grant) towards machinery & equipments and Recurring grant of Rs 13.90 Lakhs per year will be provided per training programme for 5 years.

B. TRAINING IN INNOVATIONVE DESIGNS FOR THE PERSONS INVOLVED IN PATTERN MAKING/TALIM WRITING/PLASTER/RUBBER MOULDS/BLOCK MAKING ETC.:

In the process of production, particularly for uniformity and higher productivity, artisans use POP moulds, stencils, wooden blocks etc. This programme aims to provide training to artisans in such related skills.

C. TRAINING OF ARTISANS/SHG LEADERS/NGO IN CAPACITY BUILDING:

This programme aims to train the artisans & NGOs, potential entrepreneur and SHG leaders in non-technical skills such as micro finance/entrepreneurship development/preparation for business plans/preparation of project reports/packaging/export procedure/documentation etc.

Financial Assistance: Rs.2.00 lakhs per training programme.

D. TRAINING THROUGH GURU SHISHYA PARAMPARA:

The Scheme is for training the semi-skilled artisans to upgrade their skills to add value additional skills artisans through master craftsperson, who possess good skills for better value additions, quality of output, finishing and innovating techniques use of improved tools and technology. This traning will enable for improved production as well as productivity to adapt the changing trends.

Financial Assistance: Rs. 2.12 lakhs for each training programme for 6 months duration.

E. CONDUCTING SEMINAR/WORKSHOP:

This programme is for continuous dissemination and creation of awareness about scheme/programmes, Technological developments, marketing intelligence etc. amongst different stakeholders of Handicrafts sector as well as sharing of experience.

Financial Assistance: Need Based.

How to Apply:

The eligible organizations/institutions may submit their proposal to the respective Regional Offices of that area on the address given below by 30th April, 2011:

1. Regional Director (ER), Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), CGO Complex, 3rd Floor, A-Wing, DF Block, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700064

2. Regional Director (NER), Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Central Block 2nd Floor, Housefed Office Complex, Beltola Basistha Road, Guwahati-781006, Assam.

3. Regional Director (WR), Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), 294-P, Nariman Point, 3rd Floor, Haroon House, Mumbai-400001, Maharashtra.

4. Regional Director (SR), Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Shastri Bhawan, 26, Haddows Road, Chennai-600006

5. Regional Director (NR), Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), West Block No. VIII, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066.

6. Regional Director (CR), Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Kendriya Bhawan, Aliganj, Sector-H, Lucknow-226001, (U.P.)

Proposals can also be submitted in the respective Marketing & Service Extension Centre of Office of DC (Handicrafts) of that area. Addresses of Marketing Service Extension Centre are also available on official website.

Details information regarding eligibility and the scheme etc. are also available on website: http://www.handicrafts.nic.in link scheme: HRD.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Workshop on Sufi literature and social responsibility Nov 20-21

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 19 September 2010 | Posted in ,

IMO News Service

New Delhi: Ektara India (www.ektara.org), a group of media and arts professionals based in Delhi, India, involved in many activities of culture, arts, research and peacemaking, has decided to hold a workshop on the issue of “Sufi Literature and Social Responsibility” on November 20-21, 2010 (Sat/Sunday) at New Delhi.

“In a time when listening to Sufi music and qawwali becomes more and more trendy, this workshop will try to analyze and appreciate Sufi music in the larger perspective of social relevance,” a press release issued by Ektara India said.

“Could Sufi music help people learn ways to coexist in today’s multicultural society? Does it have a social relevance in today’s life or is it just some meditative chanting that provides peace and tranquility to an individual in today’s stressful urban life? These are the few questions which the workshop will explore,” the press release said.

Several scholars, music practitioners and media professionals like Madan Gopal Singh, Atmaram, Yousuf Saeed, Dhruv Sangari and others are expected to participate in this intensive workshop.

The workshop is open for all who have an interest in Sufi poetry, music and Qawwali.

Ektara India would also present a certificate of participation to each participant. More information regarding registration for the workshop can be taken from the website of Ektara India www.ektara.org.

Free Coaching For Civil Services/PCS (J)

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 09 June 2010 | Posted in

FREE COACHING FOR CIVIL SERVICES/PCS (J)
(For Minorities/SCs/STs (upto 40% for women)
RESIDENTIAL COACHING ACADEMY (RCA)
ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY, U.P.
(Free Coaching, Library & Hostel Facilities)

Entrance Test: 15th July 2010 (10:00 am to 12:00 Noon) at
Aligarh, Srinagar, Lucknow, Patna, Kolkata, Kozhikode & Guwahati.

Connecting American and Indian Muslim Communities through Common Faith and Services

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 08 June 2010 | Posted in

Connecting American and Indian Muslim Communities through Common Faith and Services
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Dr. Omar Khalidi
Dr. Parvez Ahmed
Dr. Muqtedar Khan
Junaid Afeef, Esq.
Azam Nizamuddin, Esq.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010
10:00 - 11:15 AM
Session 5H Room 30
Stevens E. Douglass Convention Center
Rosemont, IL,

National Meet On Women's Reservation Bill 2010

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 26 April 2010 | Posted in ,


National Meet On Women's Reservation Bill 2010

Greetings for peace,

Women’s reservation Bill that was passed in the Rajya Sabha using Marshals for some of the members of Parliament has received critical responses in India. There are organizations who feel that a major milestone has been achieved with regard to gender justice, but at the same time, there are critical concerns with reference to inclusive justice for women belonging to Dalit, OBC and Muslim communities that have not been addressed in the bill. Considering the critical responses from the political parties representing these groups and community organizations, National Economic Forum of Muslim (NEFM), Indian Muslim Research and Coordination Centre (IMRC), Jamait-E-Islami Hind, Milli Gazette in cooperation with several other organizations is organizing a National Meet on Women's Reservation Bill 2010: Issues and Implications for Dalits,Mulsims and OBCs on 27 April, 2010(Tuesday) at Constitution Club from 4.00 pm to 7 p.m.

It would be a honor and privilege for us if you could participate and share your views in this important meeting in order to ensure that gender justice is achieved with social inclusion through the Women’s Reservation Bill. We believe your participation and sharing would greatly enrich the deliberations towards making the Women’s Reservation Bill sensitive to the concerns of social inclusion.

Looking forward to your kind acceptance of our invitation.

With warmest regards.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. M.J.Khan                          
President, NEFM           

Mr. Mujtaba Farooq
Gen.Secretary,JIH                    

Dr. M.Mukhtar Alam
Executive Director, IMRC

Najma Sultana Scholarship for Muslim Students

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 03 April 2010 | Posted in , ,


Najma Sultana Scholarship for Muslim Students

Dr. Najma Sultana, who was born near Hyderabad and practices medicine in the United States, has instituted a scholarship fund for Muslim women and men wanting to study journalism at IMII.

   1. Scholarship amount: Up to Rs 50,000
   2. Eligibility: The scholarships are available to those Muslim students who fulfill the following criteria:
      a. Annual income of parents: Less than Rs 10 lakhs
      b. Minimum marks in Graduation: 45%
   3. Preference: Students coming from small towns and rural areas will be given preference to students coming from metros.
   4. Last date to apply: April 15, 2010

Workshop on Muslim Women's Rights

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 05 March 2010 | Posted in ,


Workshop on Muslim Women's Rights (Mumbai, March 15-17, 2010)

The Institute of Islamic Studies and the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism , Mumbai is going to organize a seminar cum workshop on ‘Rights of Muslim Women- Theory and Practice’ for those who are actively involved in promoting and working for the awareness of Muslim women’s right in their respective areas. This training will equip them with adequate knowledge and skills to do their work more effectively and efficiently. Needless to say such training is highly necessary for those working in this field.

The Proposed Communal Violence Bill 2009 in its present form is totally unacceptable! : Online Petition

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The Proposed Communal Violence Bill 2009 in its present form is totally unacceptable! : Online Petition

This is an urgent call to all democrats and responsible citizens to register their protest to the government of India for not having taken into consideration widespread demands since 2005 by independent legal experts, human rights defenders and secular activists for a much needed proper legislation on Communal Violence. Despite repeated efforts from civil society groups seeking specific changes in the proposed communal violence, the government has turned a deaf ear.

In the present form the Communal Violence Bill has been rejected by all major anti-communal groups in India and it will prove to be dangerous for the minorities, Muslims, Christians and all others. The govt is pushing the bill. We must mount pressure within this week to stop the govt from tabling this bill in the Parliament.

Indian Muslim News - ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 07 February 2010 | Posted in ,

Maharashtra government to spend Rs. 60 crore on minority scholarship schemes
 
In the next 60 days, the Minorities Development Department of the Government of Maharashtra is going to invite applications and sanction nearly Rs. 60 crore towards scholarships and reimbursement of fees.

During the last academic year, there was a scholarship scheme for SSC-passed and HSC-passed students studying for any Degree or Diploma courses. Rs 36 crores were earmarked for 20,000 scholarships under the scheme which pays full fees or Rs 25,000 whichever is less. Last year there were only 6,000 applicants, which means that 14,000 scholarships went un-applied for.

A student who qualifies for the scholarship in the first year of diploma/degree course will automatically receive the scholarship amount every year for the entire duration of the course. The only condition is that the student has passed the annual exam.

Similarly there is a scheme for only SSC-passed students (re-imbursement of course fees, subject to a maximum of Rs.4,000, for short term employment oriented certificate courses). Here again there were not sufficient applicants last year.

There is a third scheme (this is a Central govt scheme routed through state government) for payment of course fees for SSC-passed students in non-professional courses. Maharashtra has a quota of 60,000 such scholarships/fee reimbursements but so far there are only 15,000 applications.

The criteria for eligibility of scholarship/fee re-imbursement are quite simple: 1. Must be a domicile of Maharashtra 2. Must belong to the minority community (Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Parsi)) 3. Family income should be less than Rs.2.5 lakh per year.

The entire process of application, scrutiny, sanction and disbursal has to be completed before March 2010.

Besides the three, the state is also running central government’s Merit cum Means Scholarship Scheme. The objective of the Scheme is to provide financial assistance to the poor and meritorious students belonging to minority communities to enable them to pursue professional and technical courses.

Under this scheme, selected candidate will get an amount of Rs.20,000/- to Rs.25,000/. A total of 5000 students all over Maharashtra will be provided these scholarships, out of which 30% is reserved for girls. Last date for submission of application is 18th February, 2010.

Students in Maharashtra can apply for this scheme online at the website of Directorate of Technical Education http://www.dte.org.in/mcm/. Or the forms can be downloaded and submitted to the educational institutes.

Indian Muslim News - ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 05 November 2009 | Posted in

Short Course on International Human Rights Law

The Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham offers a short course on International Human Rights Law. The course is aimed at government officials, lawyers, human rights field workers and other NGO and IGO personnel and gives a full overview of international human rights standards in practice around the world.

Our three month course gives students an in-depth understanding of international human rights standards and the international machinery of the United Nations, Council of Europe, the OAS and the African Union. The course also shows how these standards are implemented and how they work in practice. There are two programmes each year: January to March and September to December.

For further details please contact Kobie Neita at +44 (0) 115 846 6309 or kobie.neita@nottingham.ac.uk

ANNOUNCEMENT: National Council Of Dalit Christians

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 03 November 2009 | Posted in ,


NATIONAL COUNCIL OF DALIT CHRISTIANS
(With the collaboration of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India and National Council of Churches in India)

Invites you to a
Rally that starts at 9.00 am from Kerala House, New Delhi and the Dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi till 6.00 pm
On 18th November, 2009 (Wednesday) to express the Urgency and Gravity of Christians’ Muslims’ and Secular-minded peoples’
Just Demand for

SCHEDULED CASTE RIGHTS TO
DALIT CHRISTIANS AND DALIT MUSLIMS
The Constitutional Scheduled Caste Order 1950, restricted SC status only to SCs professing Hinduism later on extended to SCs who embraced Sikhism and Buddhism. Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims have been denied their right for the last fifty nine years. National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities-NCRLM stated that non inclusion of SC Christians and SC Muslims in the SC list is a discrimination based on religion and goes against the articles 14, 15 and 25 of the Constitution of India. Religion must be de-linked from caste. The discriminatory Para 3 of the Constitutional Scheduled Caste Order 1950 should be deleted by appropriate action. But, it is very unfortunate that the Union Government has shelved this report and makes millions of SC Christians and SC Muslims continue to suffer unjustly. The Writ petition filed in the Supreme Court in 2004 is unduly delayed because of the indifference of the Union Government to give a reply to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has recommended that Scheduled Caste status must be extended to the Scheduled Caste Christians and Scheduled Caste Muslims. The National Commission for Minorities too has supported the demand.

Most of the political parties have supported the demand of Scheduled Caste Christians and Muslims. Various dharnas and protest rallies have been organized in the state and national level to assert our rights. Prime Ministers including the present one and various Ministers have made assurances that it would be done. So far they have been only empty promises.

OUR DEMANDS
Table the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities in the Parliament with Action Taken Report and implement its recommendations.
Give appropriate answer to the query of the Supreme Court to the Writ Petitions demanding the deletion of the unjust para 3 of the Constitution Scheduled Castes Order 1950 to extend Scheduled Caste Status to Christians and Muslims of Scheduled Caste origin.

For Further details, contact the following persons

Prof. M. Mary John
Chairman
09848408236

Mr. V.J. George
National Convener
09895555832

Mr. Franklin Caesar Thomas
National Coordinator
09818805668

Fr. A.X.J. Bosco
Convener
09444181037

Indian Muslim News - ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 02 November 2009 | Posted in ,

Course 13E10: Human Rights Litigation

3 February - 20 April 2010

Application deadline: 1 December 2009

Instructor: Krassimir Kanev

This distance learning course provides participants with knowledge of the concept, types, venues and strategies of human rights litigation. It focuses on strategic litigation and legal aid both internationally and domestically, and explores a variety of strategies: issue or group oriented litigation, community based services, legal clinics, NGO or law firm resourced actions and others. Participants are familiarised with court ordered structural relief, as well as with conventional victim-centered legal remedies. Non-litigation strategies to maximise the chances of winning cases and to ensure the effective enforcement of decisions too are considered. The course places impact litigation in its social and institutional context exploring issues of its legitimacy, as well as the ethics and accountability of human rights lawyering. In the last part it highlights litigation for the vindication of several groups of substantive rights, including economic and social rights, freedom from torture, equality and asylum. Participants will be provided with examples from various jurisdictions in the world illustrating strategic human rights litigation in practice.

The course involves 50 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructors, and assignments, and is offered over a 11-week period, beginning on 3 February 2010. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning. Participants will do the required reading, prepare individual and group assignments and participate actively in group discussions. The course draws on a variety of sources, including, but not limited to: ERRC/Interights/MPG, Strategic Litigation of Race Discrimination in Europe: From Principles to Practice (Nottingham: Russell Press Ltd., 2004); Richard Wilson, Jennifer Rasmussen, Promoting Justice: A Practical Guide to Human Rights Lawyering (IHRLG, 2001); Southern Africa Litigation Centre, International Treaty Obligations in Human Rights: A Practical Guide (2005); Litigating Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Achievements, Challenges, Strategies (Geneva: COHRE, 2003).

The maximum number of participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1: Concept of Strategic Human Rights Litigation

Week 2: Types of Human Rights Litigation Strategies

Week 3: International Litigation – Mechanisms and Remedies

Week 4: Transnational and Domestic Litigation – Mechanisms and Remedies

Week 5: "Open week"

Week 6: Strategising in Practice

Week 7: Ethics of Human Rights Litigation

Week 8: Challenges and Obstacles to Human Rights Litigation

Week 9: Advocacy - Maximising the Effectiveness of Litigation

Week 10: Strategic Litigation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Week 11: Strategic Litigation in Cases of Discrimination

Instructor

Dr. Krassimir Kanev is Chairperson of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee. He serves as a board member of a number of human rights organisations, including the Association for the Prevention of Torture and the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. Dr. Kanev teaches human rights and sociology of law at Sofia University (Bulgaria) and has taught at several universities in Europe and the USA. He has published on a variety of human rights issues and served as an OSCE and UN expert in trainings of NGOs and government officials in Europe and Central Asia. He has been an HREA e-learning instructor since 2003 for the courses Human Rights Monitoring, Human Rights Advocacy (in Russian), and Human Rights Litigation.

Who should apply

The course is particularly intended for legal professionals -- lawyers, staff working in legal advice centres, lawyers workings at NGOs. It is assumed that participants are familiar with the relevant human rights standards. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

Costs

The course tuition fee is € 525 for residents of OECD countries* and € 200 for permanent residents of non-OECD countries. Tuition for auditors is € 200 for residents of OECD countries and € 70 for permanent residents of non-OECD countries. There are no scholarships available for this course.

* Current member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

Application

The deadline for applications is 1 December 2009. Applications received after that day unfortunately cannot be accepted. Successful applicants will be notified by 7 December 2009. Full tuition payment for accepted participants is due on 31 December 2009.

Online application

Indian Muslim News - ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 18 September 2009 | Posted in

What it means to be a Muslim in India Today?

National Meet on the Status of Muslims on October 3-5 in New Delhi

Anhad is organizing a National Meet on the Status of Muslims to document the continuing ways of discrimination, exclusion, persecution of Muslims in India today, to document overt as well as low intensity violence and the insecurity that they live with, and to prepare a charter of demands for the present government. We also plan to develop a strategy paper for voluntary organizations who are working for the minority rights.

During the three day meet senior activists, academicians, grass root workers and victims would present and listen to testimonies and reports, and reflect on these conditions.

Panelists:

Admiral Ramdas, Ahmad Saeed Malihabadi, Asghar Ali Engineer, Colin Gonsalves, Gagan Sethi, Ghanshyam Shah, Hanif Lakdawala, Harsh Mander, Justice Bhargava , Kavita Srivastava, Mahesh Bhat, Prashant Bhushan, Ram Puniyani, Rooprekha Verma, Sandeep Pandey, Shahid Latif, Tarun Tejpal, Uma Chakravarty, Zafar Agha, Zahid Ali Khan, Zoya Hasan

Speakers:

Abu Zafar, Ajit Sahi, Amit Sengupta, Apoorvanand, Arshad Ajmal, Ashish Khaitan, Avinash Kumar, Azam Khan, Aziz Mubaraki, Baharul Islam, Farah Naqvi , Harinder Baweja, Hozzefa Ujjaini, Iftikhar Gilani, Irfan Engineer, Jawed Naqvi, Jyoti Punwani, Manisha Sethi, Manoj Jha, Mehmood bhai, Minakshi Ganguly, Mohd Azam Khan, Mohd Shuaib, Nagma Nadaf, Naseem Ansari , Nihal Ahmad Ansari , Nishat Hussain, Noorjahan, Poornima Joshi, Rajendra Y J Clifton ( to be confirmed), Rajiv Yadav, Rashida Khan, Sarwar Raza, Shafeeq Mahajir, Shahnawaz Alam, Shesh Narain Singh, Sohail Hashmi, Vidyadhar Gadgil , Vineet Tiwari, Vrinda Grover, Yogesh Diwan, Yusuf Shaikh , Zaheer Ali Khan, Zakia Soman

Indian Muslim News - ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 12 September 2009 | Posted in ,

Inaugral Ceremony of Cinemela Festival 2009

WHEN:

13 September/6.30 pm onwards

WHERE:

KC Open Air Theatre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

GUESTS/SPEAKERS:

Anwar Jamal, Renowned filmmaker and Director of National Award winning film, Swaraaj: The Little Republic

Prof Amitabh Mattoo, Renowned academician and Former Vice Chancellor, Jammu University

Prof S.N Malakar, President, Jawaharlal Nehru University Teacher's Association

Dr Ira Bhaskar, Associate Professor, Cinema Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Happymon Jacob, Assistant Professor, CIPOD/SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Dr. Chandan Srivastava, Senior Associate Fellow, CSDS

Sandeep Singh, President, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENING

PHOTO EXHIBITION:

Inauguration of 4 days Photo exhibition on Peace Builders in 30 crises zones world over.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE:

Sufi-Bhakti Music by Dhruv Sangari and the Rooh

THEATER:

Wed-Lock, a theater Performance by Pandies’ Theater

Quintessentially a forum exercise, Wed-Lock – directed by Sanjay Kumar - puts the beleaguered institution of marriage on the table.

SCREENINGS:

Films made by Lumière brothers- Auguste Lumière & Louis Lumière (1895)

Shot Dead for Development/Surya Shankar Dash/Kui/1min

The film uses the sacred art form to depict the devastation brought by the big companies in the tribal areas.

Gaon Chodab Nahi/K.P Sasi/4 min

The video song describes the present day exploitation of tribal land and forests in the name of development.

Shruti/Harish Vyas/Hindi/30min

A true story of a schoolgirl who contracted HIV from her own uncle who was sexually abusing her for long.

Indian Muslim News - ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 25 August 2009 | Posted in , ,

Maulana Azad Foundation announces scholarship for minority girl students

The Maulana Azad Education Foundation has invited applications for scholarships for meritorious girl students from the minority communities. The scholarship is given to meet the tuition fees, expenses for books, hostel fees etc. Only girl students of Muslim, Christian, Sikh and Buddhist communities are eligible for the scholarship.

Only those students whose parents’ annual income is below Rs 1 lakh need apply. The income certificate from the part of the parents, and not from the school, should be submitted along with the application form. The students should have obtained 55% marks in the 10th standard exam and secured seats in 11th standard or +1. The admission slip issued by the college/school authority where the student is presently studying should also be attached with the application form.

The scholarship amount is Rs 12000 and will be distributed in two equal installments of Rs 6000 each, for 11th and 12th standards. Students once selected for the scholarship will not be eligible for it again. The application form can be downloaded from the website of the Maulana Azad Foundation and its photocopies too can be used. There are no special application fees. The filled up application forms should reach the office of the foundation in New Delhi before August 31. For further details please visit http://maef.nic.in/ScholarshipForGirl.pdf

Indian Muslim News - ANNOUNCEMENT

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Carter Memorial Methodist Church in Needham offers Study on Islam

A Study on Islam will be part of the fall educational offerings at Carter Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Highland Ave., Needham. The study begins Wednesday, September 16 at 10 am. Persons of any faith tradition or of no religious identity who wish to study this world religion are welcome.

This Interfaith Study – for a Muslim and a Jew and several Christian denominations have already registered – will focus on the basic elements of the religion of Islam. The study held on Wednesday mornings 10 am – 11.30 am in the Firth Room at Carter will include the viewing of a 30-minute DVD lecture each session by Professor John L. Esposito of Georgetown University and one of the most prolific American writers on Islam. His book Islam: The Straight Path, Revised Third Edition will be the text. A contemporary English translation of the Quran will also be available for purchase.

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are the three great Abrahamic faiths. They share some commonalities such as monotheism, the Hebrew Bible, origin in the Middle East, and holy sites in Jerusalem. Judaism and Islam are religions of law and have religious languages. Christianity is a religion of belief. Protestant Christianity does not have a single sacred language.

Topics for this twelve-week study include “Islam Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”; “The Five Pillars of Islam”; “Muhammad – Prophet and Statesman”; God’s Word – The Quranic Worldview”; “The Muslim Community – Faith and Politics”; “Paths to God – Islamic Law and Mysticism”; “Islamic Revivalism – Renewal and Reform”; “The Contemporary Resurgence of Islam”; “Islam at the Crossroads”; “Women and Change in Islam”; “Islam in the West”; and “The Future of Islam.” The course will be completed on Dec. 9.

Each session includes a time of sharing, prayer, viewing the DVD lecture, discussion. Participants are invited to make special reports if they wish. A bibliography supplied by Professor Esposito will also be available. Pastor Caroline Edge will facilitate the study. The syllabus is available online at carterumc.org Those intending to participate may kindly register by calling Carter Memorial UMC at 781-444-2460 or emailing pastor@carterumc.org.

Indian Muslim News - ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 13 July 2009 | Posted in

Round Table on Muslims Development Agenda

After the recent verdict of the Lok Sabha polls, there has been much discussion among the media, intellegentia and political circles on the need for Government to initiate some substantial measures for ameliorating the economic condition of India’s 150 million Muslims. The course suggested varied from proactive measures on education and jobs to reservation to acceptance of Mishra Commission recoomendations etc..

The issues concerning Muslims are many; from profiling, security, education, jobs, poverty reduction, and economic participation to social and political empowerment. There is however no agreement on the agenda and the course of action to be followed. This needs to be done, keeping in view the emerging socio-economic environment and the political reality of the day so that what is demanded is substantial enough to make impact, and not just statistics. And what is demanded should be possible to achieve.

We believe that Muslims need enabling environment for them to effectively participate in the mainstream activities and contribute to the social and economic advancement of the nation. Reservation may be important, but not the only way to go, esp. in the context of increasing role of private sector in jobs, education and economic affairs.

In this context and, we have organized a Round Table on Muslims Development Agenda on 14th July, 09 in New Delhi – 110003, inviting a small group of 40 MPs and other eminent persons. We would request people to send their any specific suggestions for being taken up in the discussions.

We can also invite few people, who are working on policy issues or economic development of Muslims, to join us. Would request brief details for sending invites.

Contact:

M.J. Khan

President

National Economic Forum for Muslims (NEFM)

502, Rohit House, Tolstoy Road,

New Delhi – 110001

Ph: 011-23731128, 29, 46569160

Fax: 011-23731130

Mobile: 9313591749

Email: nefm06@gmail.com

Indian Muslim News - ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 11 July 2009 | Posted in ,

Scholarships for boys studying in Bangalore Danish Educational Trust has announced DANISH POST-MATRIC SCHOLARSHIPS (ZAKAT FUND) for BOYS studying in Bangalore only from this academic year 2009-2010. The trust was founded in the year 2006 by concerned educationists and activists has helped more than 300 students in the past 3 years to pursue Medicine, Engineering, Journalism, Law & Civil Services. Courses for which scholarship will be given & No. of Scholarships 1. P.U.C – (1st & 2nd year) : 200 Scholarships 2. I.T.I – (1st & 2nd Year) : 50 Scholarships 3. Diploma - Technical (1st , 2nd & 3rd year ) : 50 Scholarships 4. Diploma - Paramedical (1st, 2nd & 3rd year) : 50 Scholarships Total : 350 Scholarships Amount of Scholarship: Rs.3000/- only for each selected student. Who can apply? 1. The student must be from economically poor family eligible for ZAKAT help. 2. Minimum % in SSLC (a) For P.U.C - 55% (b) For I.T.I & Diploma – 50%. 3. Only BOYS studying in Bangalore can apply for this scholarship. How to apply? Eligible students can DOWNLOAD the APPLICATION FORM from our website www.danishtrust.co.in or visit our office to collect the application form. Last date to submit filled in application forms in person or through post/courier : Saturday, 1st August 2009 Contact: Danish Educational Trust No. 85, Sheriff House, Richmond Road, Next to Karnataka State Hajj Committee Office, Bangalore - 560025. Phone: 080 – 41121281. Email: danishtrust@gmail.com

Indian Muslim News - ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 09 July 2009 | Posted in

Scholarship for Minority Students Prime Minister's New 15-Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities
Students belonging to the Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddist and Parsi communities, notified as minority communities under section 2 (c) of National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 are eligible to apply for one of the following scholarships of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. Scheme of Pre-Matric Scholarship for Minorities ► Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students of class I to X in government/recognized private schools/institutes. ► Financial assistance includes admission / tuition fees and maintenance allowance. ► Students who have scored not less than 50% marks in the previous final examination, and whose parents' / guardian's annual income does not exceed Rs. 1 lakh, are eligible for the scholarship. 50% marks requirement will not apply to class I students. ► Those who were awarded the scholarship for 2008-09 and fulfill the conditions of the scheme may apply for renewal of scholarship for 2009-10. Scheme of Post-Matric Scholarship for Minorities ► Scholarship will be awarded to eligible students of class XI upto Ph.D in government / recognized private schools / colleges / universities / institutes including technical and vocational courses of ITIs / ITCs (affiliated with NCVT) of class XI and XII level and the courses other than those covered under merit-cum-means scholarship scheme. ► Financial assistance includes admission / tuition fees and maintenance allowance. ► Students who have scored not less than 50% marks in the previous final examination, and whose parents' / guardian's annual income does not exceed Rs. 2 lakh, are eligible for the scholarship. ► Those who were awarded the scholarship for 2008-09 and fulfill the conditions of the scheme may apply for renewal of scholarship for 2009-10. Scheme of Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for Minorities ► 20,000 new scholarships will be awarded to eligible students studying in technical/professional courses at under graduate and post-graduate levels. ► Financial assistance includes reimbursement of course fees and maintenance allowance. ► Full course fee is reimbursed for 70 listed institutes in the scheme. Course fee up to a maximum of Rs. 20,000/- is reimbursed for other institutes. ► The annual income of parents or guardian of the student should not exceed Rs. 2.50 lakh from all the sources. ► Those who were awarded the scholarship for 2008-09 and fulfill the conditions of the scheme may apply for renewal of scholarship for 2009-10. Note: In each scheme, 30% of scholarships are earmarked for girls belonging to the minority communities. Details of the schemes, including application formats, are available on the website of the Ministry of Minority Affairs www.minorityaffairs.gov.in and http://minorityaffairs.gov.in/newsite/pm15points/pm15points.asp Watch out for the advertisement by your State Government/UT Administration and apply in the prescribed application format through the school/institute/college/university where you are studying. Contact the Department of Minority Welfare or Department dealing with scholarships for students from minority communities in your State/Union Territory for details.
Scheme of Grant-in-Aid to Voluntary Organisations working in the field of Welfare of Scheduled Caste & OBCs
Department for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minorities inviting applications for grant in aid to voluntary organizations working in the field of welfare of SCs and OBCs. Application for the year 2009-10 from eligible organisations in Delhi working in the field of welfare activities for SC/OBCs are invited for the scheme of Grant-in-Aid to voluntary organisations working for SCs and for the scheme of assistance to voluntary organisation for the welfare of OBCs (both ongoing and new). The organisation is reuired to submit the application in duplicate, complete in all respects along with all the requisite documents to this department by 13th July 2009 up to 4.00 pm. For general instructions please visit our website of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment http://socialjustice.nic.in/ngoschemes.html Secretary (Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minorities) Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Room. No. 631, 'A' , Wing, Shastri Bhawan, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi - 110001(India) Telephone No. 91-11-23070801, 23384918 (Fax) e-Mail: msje@nic.in
Free Supply of Stationery to SC/ST/OBC/Minorities (Including Jain Community) for Students Studying in Class VI to XII (2009-10)
This scheme is for all government/aided/recognized public schools affiliated to Directorate of Education/Kendriya Vidyalaya/National Open School/Schools affiliated to NDMC/Delhi Cantonment Board. Applications are invited from eligible students (as per criteria given below) for providing financial assistance to purchase stationary for their students. All SC/ST/OBC/Minority (including Jain community) students who have passed the annual/compartment exam and are currently on the rolls of the schools are eligible under the schemes. Heads of government/aided schools affiliated to Directorate of Education should obtain application form(s) from eligible SC/ST/OBC/Minority students and submit the consolidated demand for the Financial Year 2009-10 to their educational district concerned. The remaining Heads of School should furnish consolidated statement regarding requirement of amount and furnish the same to this department. However, application of students may be retained by Heads of school for their record. Schools which are applying for the first time should indicate the same in their consolidated demand as "Fresh Application" and submit their proposal immediately or latest by the above said date. But in case of those schools which had obtained the amount during the Financial Year 2008-09 should also furnish the utilization certificate clearly wise i.e. SC/ST/OBC/Minority (including Jain community) & Class wise i.e. class VI to XII). It may also be noted that Head of School(s) should furnish ECS details in the prescribed proforma so that required by them can be credited in to school account for further disbursement to students. In case of Government / Aided Schools affiliated to Directorate of Education, Heads of Schools should furnish ECS detail to District concerned along with the consolidated statement. The Dy. Director of the District concerned, in turn, may obtain the required amount from Dy. Director (Science & TV), Dte. of Education, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi-110024, who is the Nodal Officer on the subject. It is also to note that the onus of disbursing the amount to eligible students and furnishing the utilization certificate therein is upon the Heads of School concerned. The closing date for the scheme is 31st August 2009. Rates of Financial Assistance Class VI to VIII - Rs. 450/- Per Annum Class IX to Class XII - Rs. 750 Per Annum Eligibility Criteria ► Free supply of stationery to SC/ST/OBC/Minority student studying in class VI to VIII and class IX to XII. ► The students should not have less than 70% attendance in the preceding academic year. ► Family income should not exceed Rs. 1,00,000/- p.a. and the proof in the form of self declaration (self certified income certificate) as per format given below will be required. ► Should have SC/ST/OBC certificates issued by the competent authority of Delhi i.e. SDM/Dy. Commissioner, Delhi. Forms could be downloaded form the below link: http://scstwelfare.delhigovt.nic.in/free_sanction.htm or http://scstwelfare.delhigovt.nic.in/ Department for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minorities Government of NCT of Delhi IInd Floor, B-Block, Vikas Bhawan, I.P. Estate, New Delhi-110002 Phone: 011-23379511-12 Fax: 011-23379513 Email: ddscstdel@hub.nic.in Website: http://scstwelfare.delhigovt.nic.in/
Jobs for Researcher in Islamic Finance/Microfinance
Islamic Business and Finance Network (IBF Net) invites applications from young researchers to carry out research in the field of Islamic Finance/ Microfinance. Please visit http://www.iiibf.com. A consistently good academic record (PhD for Research Coordinator and Masters in Business Administration/ Economics/Commerce/ Islamic Studies for Research Fellows), flair for writing, familiarity with web-environment are pre-requisites. All researchers would be physically located at its new project site, the Institute of Microfinance and Development, Bhubaneswar- Cuttack, Orissa (http://www.imad. in) , but would work primarily in a web-based environment. The positions are for long-term and offer a consolidated salary of INR10,000 per month for Research Coordinator and INR8000 per month for Research Fellows respectively. Interested candidates may send their CVs to: Dr Mohammed Obaidullah at m_obaidullah@yahoo.com

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