Thursday, May 19, 2011


Applications are invited for IDB Scholarship from Meritorious but financially needy Muslim students who have passed SSC (10+2) examination and granted admission or intend to seek admission in the 1st year of undergraduate professional courses in        session -2011-12 in the fields of Medicine (including Ayurvedic,  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.
Prospective students should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have secured minimum 60% marks in English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Mathematics in SSC (10+2) examination except for Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu who should have 70 % in the aggregate in above four subjects. Students joining Degree Courses after Diploma will not be considered.
  • Applicants for bachelor courses in BBA+MBA (integrated Course) 4 Years and Law have scored minimum 60% marks in English and optional/elective subjects in SSC (10+2).
  • Age not over 24 years and not in receipt of any other scholarship.
  • Students or his/her 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 his/her community and country on completion of their studies for a period not less than the duration of the scholarship.

The IDB Scholarship is an Interest-Free Loan to the students. It is required to be refunded in easy installments by the students as advised by the IDB or local counter-part organization after he/she completes his/her education and starts employment. This refunded amount will further be used in awarding scholarship to other needy students in pursuit of their higher professional education.

The shortlisted students on the basis of their performance in SSC (class XII) Examinations will be called to attend Pre-Selection Program and Interview at the centre in their respective states/region on the date and place as specified in the application forms. Applicants must have to submit the proof of admission if granted and the attested copy of the marksheet of 10th Class and SSC (10+2) examination with the application form.

Application forms can be obtained free of cost either by hand or by sending a  self-addressed envelop of 25x11cm size with postage stamps of Rs.15 affixed on it to:

E-3, Abul Fazl Enclave, Jamia Nagar
New Delhi  110 025
011-26957004, 26941028, 26941354

Application form can also be downloaded from:

Application form duly completed with all required documents should be submitted to Muslim Education Trust, New Delhi on or before 5th August, 2011 with or without admission subject to submission of the proof immediately on admission in any of the above disciplines.

Human Head And Brain Size

Human Head And Brain Size
The human head contains 22 bones, consisting the cranium and the facial bones. The cranium is formed by 8 bones. The skull has many little holes in its base which allow the cranial nerves to travel to their destinations. The face consists of 14 bones including the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw). The cranium protects the brain, which, for an average adult male weighs about 1400 gram (49 oz). The brain of Russian novelist Turgenev, weighed 2021g (71 oz), Bismarck's brain weighed 1807g (64 oz), while that of famous French statesman Gambetta was 1294g (46 oz). Female average brain mass is slightly less than that of males. The largest woman's brain recorded weighed 1742g (61 oz). Einstein's brain weighed 1230 gram (43.39 ounces), meaning Einstein's brain was smaller than average.

Human brain: left is front of brain (your face side)
An elephant's brain weighs 5000g (176oz or 11 lb), a whale's 10000g (352oz or 22lb). In proportion to the body, the whale has a much smaller brain than man. This seem to give man the edge, until it was discovered that the dwarf monkey has 1g of brain per 27g (0.95oz) of body, and the capuchin monkey has 1g of brain per 17,5g body, whereas man has 1 gram of brain to 44g of body.
Photographic memory
Most scientists believe that “photographic memory” is a myth. Clever people train their brains to remember well. In fact, as humans we simply do not remember things well. Of the three beings known to be able to recognize themselves in the mirror, the orangutan, the dolphin and the human, only the humans turns around and instantly cannot remember what his/her own face looks like. (Try drawing a picture of yourself without looking in the mirror:)
Brain power
The human brains consists of more than 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) through which the brain's commands are sent in the form of electric pulses. These pulses travel at more than 400 km/h (250 mph), creating enough electricity to power a light bulb. The brain consumes more energy than any other organ, burning up a whopping 20% of the food we take in.
The left side of your brain controls the right side of your body and the right side of your brain controls the left side of your body.
It is estimated that the mental capacity of a 100-year old human with perfect memory could be represented by computer with 10 to the power of 15 bits (one petabit). At the current rate of computer chip development, that figure can be reached in about 35 years. However, that represents just memory capacity, not the extremely complex processes of thought creation and emotions.
The seeing brain
One-quarter of the brains in used to control the eye. We actually see with our brains, with the eyes basically being cameras.
You're born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206.
But consider this: for all the complexity of the brain, you still have only one thought at a time. Make it a positive thought.

Solutions for a more peaceful night's Sleep

Solutions for a more peaceful Night's Sleep
Most people do not get the recommended eight hours of sleep required for good health, safety and optimum performance. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation of America (NSF) recently reported that 63 percent of Americans are sleep deprived.During stressful times  such as the loss of a loved one, a change in job status or a serious illness  the numbers of those who suffer from sleep deficiency can be even greater. Ironically, this is the time when a good night's sleep is even more important to facilitate recovery and healing.
The following suggestions may ensure a more peaceful and restorative night's sleep for the entire household.
Struggling for Much-Needed Rest 
People who suffer from anxiety often have difficulty falling asleep, wake up frequently during the night, arise too early in the morning, or experience unrefreshing sleep. These symptoms of insomnia are fueled by stress, grief, worry and disrupted sleep schedules.
One solution to combating insomnia is to create a restful sleep environment in every bedroom in the house. This includes keeping the temperature cool, the light dim and the bed comfortable.
“Choosing a good mattress can make a difference in the quality of sleep you get at night and the way you feel during the day,” said Dr. Gary Zammit from the Sleep Disorders Institute at St. Luke's  Roosevelt Medical Center in New York City. “Most people do not realize that their bed can be preventing them from sleeping well and, in some cases, keeping them awake.”
Insomnia can be a forerunner of depression and other health-related problems, so it is important to seek a doctor's advice if symptoms persist.
Recognizing That Your Body Needs Sleep 
For many involved in a crisis, daytime sleepiness is a frequent problem. Even if a person is getting the recommended eight hours of sleep a night, stress and emotional fatigue can cause excessive sleepiness and frequent dozing off. This can be especially harmful for adults since daytime sleepiness can lead to health problems or dangerous situations when they drive a vehicle.
The best solutions for overcoming daytime sleepiness are to stick to a normal sleep routine and get extra rest if your body needs it. When stressed, adults should pay careful attention to what their bodies are telling them, make good judgments about getting to bed earlier and take frequent naps.
Lack of concentration, nodding off during quiet activities or having trouble waking up in the morning are signs that a child is not getting enough sleep. Parents should remember that if the sleep schedule is disrupted even one night, a child may experience these symptoms.
“Children copy their parents' sleep patterns, so it's important for parents to maintain consistent sleep schedules and get enough sleep at night,” says Dr. Zammit. “Getting a good night's sleep should be a family priority, and it starts with the adults in the household.”
Soothing Bad Dreams 
Nightmares  vivid, long, scary dreams  are more frequent during times of stress, anxiety and helplessness. Children aged 3 to 6 are the most common sufferers of bad dreams, but traumatic events can increase the occurrence of nightmares in adults as well.
To avoid the anxiety nightmares can cause, it is important for adults to monitor the amount of television their family watches before bedtime and discuss any disturbing images with their kids. When children have nightmares, parents should comfort them by talking about the bad dream and offering reassurance that they are available whenever needed.
To reduce the chance of having nightmares, adults should avoid eating directly before bedtime and reduce their intake of caffeine and alcohol, as each will increase brain activity that can disrupt sleep. 

2nd All India Muslim Educational Conference

2nd All India Muslim Educational Conference 
By TCN Special Correspondent 
Mr. Tariq Azam 
Azamgarh! All India Educational Movement organized its second two- day conference in Shibli Academy, Azamgarh. The inaugural session on 6th March was chaired by Mr.Tarique Azam, a resident of Azamgarh and presently residing in Malaysia. Mr. Azam, an lIT, Madras graduate, was the moving spirit behind holding this conference in Azamgarh. He is determined to revive the past glory of Azamgarh and gear it up to face the challenges of new millennium. 

The Conference started with the recitation and translation of verses from holy Quran by Mr. Qamar Abbasi. In his welcome address, Dr. Iftekhar Ahmad, Principal, Shibli National College, exhorted Muslims to move with modern times and laid emphasis on making Muslim institutions as centres of excellence. He congratulated Mr. Amanullah Khan (Chairman Central Organizing Committee) and Mr. Tarique Azam for selecting Azamgarh as the venue of this conference. Mr. Amanullah Khan gave detailed introduction of All India Educational Movement and its program of establishing information centre in various places and establishment of an educational fund. He praised the potential and literary tradition of Azamgarh and said that the purpose of holding this conference in Azamgarh is to let it become an educational hub. 
In his inaugural address, Mr. Tarique Azam, who incidentally was the lead Engineer for foundation and sub-structure design of world's tallest building (Malaysia), threw light on the mission of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan who sowed a seed which became a giant tree (Banyan). He lamented that though inspired by Sir Syed, Allama Shibli Nomani established National School (1883) in Azamgrh which indeed has become a towering tree in the form of Shibli National College but not many such tree like institutions could be established. He pointed out the shortcomings of Madarsa education in developing vocational skills in their students, so necessary to lead an honorable life. He criticized government's move to establish primary and secondary level institutions and termed this system as "total collapse". He also lamented the control of 20% population over 89% national economy and said that education is the only way by which poor and downtrodden people can come up in life and playa positive role in the world. He announced establishment of coaching and guidance centres in different parts of the district starting from the one in Shibli National College today. Mr. Rizwan Falahi, who has come from UK, emphasized imparting the kind of education which recognizes the supremacy of Almighty "Allah". 
Through example of Israel's former Prime Minister, Golda Meir, who imbibed the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuhi), he explained the success and victories of Israel. Mauling Mustaqeem Ahsan Azmi, President Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind, Maharashtra, Maulana Mustaqeem Ahsan Azmi, President Jamiat Ulama-l-Hind, Maharashtra, emphasized the role of Madarsa education in a Muslim society and gave detailed account of Jamiat's legal defense of Muslim youths incarcerating in different j ails of the country. 
Professor Ram Puniyani, retired from IIT Bombay, in his keynote address as Chief Guest narrated the situation which led to partition of the country and pointed out the sinister hegemonic design of British as well as modem Capitalist forces in controlling the resources of the world. He gave a very good account of their "divide and rule" policy. He said that one kind of terrorism is born out of the "womb of injustice, poverty and persecution". The other kind is when people are brain washed in factories of extremist/fascist forces. He quoted Swami Vivekanand "Islam didn't spread through sword but the downtrodden suffering masses in India accepted Islam influenced by its philosophy of equity and brotherhood". He pointed the positive influence of reservation obtained by Dr. Ambedkar on the life of Dalits but said that 'Muslims were denied this opportunity. He also pointed out ghettoisation of Muslims through fear psychosis developed by way of engineered communal riots. He also laid emphasis on a United Charter of Human Rights for upholding the dignity of human beings. 
Mr. Abrar Ahmad Islahi (Rabta Alam Islami, Makkah, KSA) gave an account of British design of curricula aimed at subjugating the vanquished Muslims. Though Sir Syed Ahmad Khan tried to counter this sinister design of British by 'establishing a University but it could not spread as desired. He also emphasized on acquisition of all kind of knowledge and said that Muslims never differentiated between types of education and gave examples of philosophers like Ibne Sina, Razi etc. As per Mr. Islahi 1000/0 Muslims should be able to impart not only modern education but they may be able to perform all kinds of duties expected from a Muslim e.g. namaz-e-janaza etc. emphasized on acquisition of all kind of knowledge and said that Muslims never differentiated between types of education and gave examples of philosophers like Ibne Sina, Razi etc. As per Mr. Islahi 1000/0 Muslims should be able to impart not only modern education but they may be able to perform all kinds of duties expected from a Muslim e.g. namaz-e-janaza etc. 
Mr. Javed (former minister, Maharashtra) exhorted Muslims to observe changing attitude of the world in the field of education and must transform accordingly. He opined inclusion of Muslims among OBC and said that this can be done by State Government. 
In his presidential remarks Professor Ishtiaq Ahmad Zilli said that it was Allama Shibli who gave importance to reform syllabus of Madarsa. He explained the importance of holding this educational conference in Azamgarh. 
Dr. Ahmad Safi Ansari, Manager, Ziauddin Khan Memorial School, Badharia (Azamgarh) conducted.  

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Human Eye Detects Sound

Human Eye Detects Sound
The human eye can detect millions of colors and is sensitive to light and sounds. Yes, sound. University research studies show that mild and incidental noises cause the pupils of the eyes to dilate.
According to David Louis's book of Fascinating Facts, it is believed that this is why surgeons, watchmakers, and others who perform delicate manual operations are so bothered by uninvited noise: the sounds cause their pupils to change focus and blur their vision.
The “millions of colors” that the eye can detect are the three primary colors of red, green and blue and the millions of combinations that result from these three colors. (In 1878, Ewald Hering proposed the theory that the four unique hues of red, green, blue, and yellow form the basis of all colors.)
The eye is, of course, just a lens for the brain. You actually see with your brain. 

The Mind Set

A man saw an Elephant, a huge creatures were being held by only a rope tied to their legs. It was obvious that that elephants could, at any time, run away by breaking the ropes but these beautiful, magnificent animals just stand there and make no attempt to run away. After asking for the reason, the trainer said: “When they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and at that age, it is enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe that they cannot break the rope. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break it."
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life holding onto a belief that we cannot do something,simply because we failed at it once before? How many of us refuse to attempt something new and challenging because of our so called MINDSET?
“The powerful and gigantic creature has limited its present abilities by the limitations of its past”
Your attempt may fail, but never fail to make an attempt....
CHOOSE not to accept the false boundaries and limitations created by the past...

India and the Islamic Banking System

India and the Islamic Banking System 

Dr. Naved Khan

Islamic Banking System has been gradually gaining footholes in many countries. But heated arguments have been going on whether this system would be more stable than the traditional banking system. Not surprisingly India too has been drawn into the debate. Arguments for both sides have been made by economists and political leaders.  
Islamic banks are organized on the same structural pattern as conventional banks. But the use of interest is eliminated from their operations. (Siddiqui, 1983)  The Islamic banking and finance sector has been increasing its market share day by day in global finance industry. Today, over 300 Islamic banks and finance organizations have been successfully running their businesses from Dubai, LOs Angeles, London, Karachi, Jakarta, Cairo, Riyadh and many other cities in the world. Total assets of all these are well in reach of the mile-stone of $ 400 billions. (Bakhsh, 2011)  HSBC bank also started its branches as “HSBC Amanah” in some parts of the world.  It is the global Islamic financial services business of the HSBC Group. It was established in 1998 with the aim of making HSBC the leading provider of Islamic financial services worldwide. With established and successful operations in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Europe, HSBC Amanah represents the largest and most comprehensive Islamic proposition of any international bank. (HSBC Bank, 2011)
 The debate in India has also been going on a wide scale. Prime Minister, Dr. Mahmohan Singh said that he would ask RBI to take a look at the demand for establishing Islamic banking in India. He said that he would seek the Central Bank's views on the matter. The statement is significant as it comes against the backdrop of the RBI governor D. Subbarao's statement that Islamic banking cannot be allowed within the current rules of the RBI. “With the present set of Banking Regulation Act, Islamic banking just cannot take place as many of the banking principles in place are based on interest payments. However, Islamic banking is possible through a separate legislation.” (Ramesh, 2010)
The Muslim countries of the world have not been investing in Indian banking sector owing to the RBI policies based on interest. If India adopts the Islamic banking, capital inflow would increase to a great extent because of the investment of the Gulf countries.  India is aggressively pitching for $1 trillion worth of Sharia-compliant funds from the Gulf countries for investments in its infrastructure development; the UPA government has drafted a report on Islamic banking and RBI and finance ministry are jointly working on necessary legislative changes to implement the same. (TNN, 2010) A committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary and comprising secretaries from other ministries, including finance, has submitted a report to the government recently on the prospects of Islamic banking in the country and on drawing investments from abroad. Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson K. Rahman Khan said the government has already started similar initiatives with UTI and SBI where certain mutual fund alternatives are available for people to invest in such funds. (TNN, 2010)
No doubt, the conventional banks have been vigorously flourishing with the interest REGIME.  On the other hands, the Islamic banks have also been thriving by making their transactions without, charging or offering, interest because interest is prohibited in Islam.  Conventional system of banking has been successfully using the tool of credit creation for making money and for controlling money market.  Islamic banks have also been creating credit but unlike the conventional banks, they have not been charging or offering interest.  In lieu of charging interest Islamic banks have been using some other tools, like Mudaraba, Musharka, Murabaha, Ijarah etc for credit creation or for controlling money market.  
But, of course, the implementation of Islamic Banking System in India is not an easy task.  Almost all the RBI policies related to finance are based on interest. Adoption of this system may lead to re-framing these policies. The task is not so easy but some steps can be taken to initiate the changes through legislation.  The very well known example of this system in India is Muslim Fund (an Islamic Bank) started in Deoband around 40 years ago and has been doing well even today.
As the Islamic banking system is against exploitation, it will facilitate the development of the poor and the marginalized.  The system should be given a chance in developing countries like India.

Dr. Mohd Naved Khan
UGC Academic Staff College
AMU, Aligarh

Notes and References:
HSBC Bank, branch. html.  Accessed on 12 March 2011
Ramesh, P.R., “PM to Seek RBI's Views on Islamic Banking”, The Economic Times, Kuala Lampur, 28 October 2010
Siddiqi, M.N., 'Banking Without Interest' The Islamic Foundation, Leicester, UK, 1983.
TNN “Government may allow Islamic banking, eyes $1tn funds”, The Times of India, New Delhi, 28 January 2010.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

3-Day IOS Silver Jubilee Celebrations Conference

3-Day IOS Silver Jubilee Celebrations Conference

New Delhi, April 16 "The way forward can no longer be the destructive path of soul -development, but the less trodden path of holistic material-spiritual development of man, society, culture and State." 
Expressing his above views here on the second day of the three-day international inaugural conference on "Towards Knowledge, Development and Peace---Outlining Roadmaps for the Future" to mark the silver jubilee celebrations of think tank Institute of Objective studies (IOS) being held at the India Islamic Cultural Centre, internationally renowned scholar and Kualalumpur-based International Islamic University former rector Prof M Kamal Hassan said the current uprising or social unrest brewing in a number of middle eastern societies today had its roots in long-standing economic, social and political discontent which was suppressed by the greedy and autocratic leaders whose strong grip on the political system was, nonetheless, endorsed and sustained by the Western promoters of democracy and human rights themselves. 

He also said the intelligent and educated Arab youth and intelligentsia could no longer bear the hypocrisy of both national leaders and international forces of global hegemony. Quoting a number of economists, he opined emphasis on achieving human welfare involving the enlargement of all human choices whether economic, social, cultural or economic had today become the overall objective. He concluded the most important goal of development was human freedom. 
Earlier, Union Law Minister Dr Veerappa Moily, in his inaugural address on Friday, said the knowledge agenda of 10S was a national agenda provided every section of the society should get a space. "IOS should get success, and if it succeeds,India would succeed," declared Moily emotionally.

Minister of State for Human Resources Development Dr D Purandeswari averred nation should be bonded by cultural internationalism instead of cultural nationalism. She said man had been reduced to a status of a consumer. Presiding over the inaugural function, former Supreme Court Chief Justice A M Ahmadi said nation could not go forward without knowledge, development and peace. He lauded 10S initiatives in this connection. 
Besides, three business plenary sessions on knowledge, development and peace as well as three parallel sessions on prospects of creating knowledge societies in the 21st century, development strategies in contemporary world and peace in the era of globalization were addressed by a galaxy of eminent scholars. The conference participated by delegates from inside and outside the country, would end Sunday. 
According to 10S Chairman and economist Dr M Manzoor Alam, besides the inaugural and concluding functions, there would be held 12 conferences in the state capitals during 2011-12. 

Ataur Rahman,
Administrative Officer,
Institute of Objective Studie
Mob.: 9810131927 

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