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  • MOU signed with nine countries for student, faculty exchange programmes, reservation of students
  • Kashmir among 3 shortlisted places to host global conference in 2019

INDONESIA: In a first, a delegation of Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) participated in the International conference titled “Dawah and Islamic Education; Challenge, Concept and Policy,” in Indonesia.  The PSAJK delegation, which was only one to be invited from India, detailed the situation regarding education among muslims in the subcontinent in general and Kashmir in particular. They actively participated in sharing of ideas for achieving quality Islamic Education in tune with world standards. 

The conference organised by Mu’allimin and Mu’allimaat Muhammadiyah (MMM), a leading non-profit and social group of Indonesia, was convened to discuss ways and strategies to elevate the quality of Dawah and Islamic education in the world.  “The conference was attended by leading academicians and educations of the Islamic world. All of them felt that the level of education in Islamic world, be it Islamic or Science, lags in quality,” said G N Var. “There were number of brain storming sessions aimed to devise ways to standardise the level of education in the Islamic world.”

According to the organisers, the grand conference, which was organised on the eve of centenary celebrations of the parent organisation, was aimed to become a media of aspiration and network among people and organisation of Dawah and Islamic Education institutions coming from various countries. The conference was attended by delegates from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Japan, India, United Kingdom and Turkey.

Institutions and organisations of these nine countries signed the MOU to promote value based moral education, student and faculty exchange programmes, reservation for meritorious and deserving students. “The MOU was one of our biggest achievements. It has opened the gates of best educational institutes of nine countries for our students,” said Var. “The collaboration will also lead to increase in the professional capacity of institutes and quality of education. We will also be able to host students from these countries. It will have a far reaching effect.”

The speakers at the conference described the golden age of learning in Islamic world and described the reasons that led to downfall of the knowledge industry. There was a unanimous commitment to share the knowledge and work hard to reclaim the knowledge centre status. The conference agreed to rejuvenate the understanding and spirit of Al-Maun to inspite progressive Dawah and forward looking Islamic education in the new century.

While giving a presentation, the Director of MMM said that the institute models its education on renowned Islamic thinker KHA Dahlan’s four principles. The first principle is Ilm before Amal (first to understand and then apply), second being akhlaq or character building, third being competency building (skill development) and fourth being critical thinking. The last principle advocates student centred learning and encourages the students to question and debate.

KHA Dahlan was an Indonesian Islamic revivalist who established Muhammadiyah. The conference also agreed to annually organise the conference at a global scale. The PSAJK put forward the name of Kashmir for the next round of conference to be held in 2019. After the deliberations, three finalists namely Kashmir, Malaysia and Turkey were shortlisted for the host candidates. The final announcement of venue will be confirmed by 28 February 2019.

MMM is a major Islamic Non-Government Organisation of Indonesia with more than 9000 Schools and 184 Universities. Muhammadiyah is the second largest Islamic organization in Indonesia with 29 million members and solely devoted to social and educational activities.

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NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last evening approved implementation of Shahpur Kandi Dam Projecton river Ravi, which has been declared a national project. The Cabinet also approved Central Assistance of Rs 485.38 crfor the project to be provided over next five years. On completion of the project an Irrigation Potential of 5,000 ha in Punjab State and 32,173 ha in J&K State would be created.

Funding for Central Assistance to Shahpur Kandi Dam project shall be made through NABARD under existing system for funding of 99 PMKSY-AIBP projects under LTIF. In addition to existing monitoring mechanism for projects by Central Water Commission, a committee headed by Member, Central Water Commission and consisting of concerned Chief Engineers of Punjab and J&K and other concerned officers would be constituted to oversee/monitor the implementation of project.

The Advisory committee of MoWR, RD&GR on Irrigation, Flood Control and Multipurpose Projects accepted the second Revised Cost Estimate amounting to Rs 2715.70 crore (February, 2018 Price Level) in its 138th meeting held on 31.10.2018. The project would be completed by June 2022. Pertinently, J&K and Punjab Government signed an MoU on 8 September this year for the implementation of the project, which was hanging fire for almost 4 decades.

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JAMMU: Under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Plan, Aryans Group of Colleges, Rajpura Near Chandigarh today celebrated its Founder’s Day with the Blind children. The function started with the prayer recitation followed by the Cake Cutting Ceremony by the students. Woolen wears, Fruits etc were also distributed to the students on the occasion. The function was attended by Prof. Roshan Lal Kataria himself;  Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group; Management of Institute for Blind including Chairman, Major General Rajender Nath PVSM (Retd.); Principal, Mr. J.S. Jayara; Secretary, Mrs. Prem Girdhar, Honorary Joint Secretary; Mrs Kuljeet Kaur, Music Teacher etc were also present on the occasion.

 Mr. J.S Jayara while thanking said that these special students needs inclusion not exclusion, integration not disintegration to integrate them into the mainstream of social life. Jayara further added that these children are visually impaired but not visionary hence equal opportunities to these special children should be given for their self reliance to ensure full participation in the society.

It is to be mentioned that Aryans Group was started with one B School. But in a short span of 12 years, with the guidance & support of Prof. Kataria, the Group has established its Engineering College, Law College, Management College, Pharmacy College, Agriculture College, Business School, Education College, Nursing College, Degree College, Polytechnic College and Primary School. 

Born and brought up of Muktsar, Prof Roshan Lal Kataria is founder of Aryans Group of Colleges. Prof. Roshan Lal Kataria did his MA (Economics) from Dehradun. He started his career in Economics lecturer from Government College, Muktsar and later on worked in Govt College Zira, DAV Institutions. He also worked in Chandigarh for more than a decade for spreading awareness regarding UGC/NET examination.