IOS Consultative Meet on Communal Violence Bill
November 20, 2013 at IOS Meeting Room, New Delhi
New Delhi, Nov. 20, 2013: A consensus emerged on the efficacy and purposefulness of the proposed Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2013 at a consultative meeting organised by the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) here last evening.
Participants at the meeting, drawn from legal and academic fraternity and social service, unequivocally acknowledged that the proposed bill was certainly an improvement over the previous two bills of 2005 and 2011. More...
Group of Experts’ Suggestions on
Wakf Amendment Act 2013
October 08, 2013 at IICC, New Delhi
New Delhi, October 9: A group of experts, concerned citizens, jurists and activists has made suggestions regarding the Wakf Amendment Act 2013.
The group was brought together by Institute of Objective Studies at a conference for a review of the Act here last evening at India Islamic Culture Centre included the following:
Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman IOS; Justice Abdus Sattar Qureshi, former judge of the Gujarat High Court; Justice Fakhruddin, former judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court, Justice A.M. Ahmadi, former Chief Justice of India; Dr M. R. Haque (Qaiser Shamim) former secretary, Central Waqf Council; Syed Zafar Mahmood, president Zakat Foundation of India; MU Siddiqui formerly deputy secretary (Home); PA Inamdar and Dr Fakhruddin Mohammad, educationists. More...
Proceedings of the Panel Discussion on Wakf Amendment Act, 2013
Two-day International Conference on
India and Muslim World in the 21st Century
February 15-16, 2013 at Constitution Club, Anexe, Rafi Marg, New Delhi
L-R: Prof. Z.M. Khan, Secretary General, Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi; H.E. Mr. Abdul Rahman Ghannam M. AlGhannam, Undersecretary, Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Da’wah and Guidance, Riyadh, KSA; Mr. Harish Chandra Singh Rawat, Union Minister of Water Resources, Govt. of India; Mr. K. Rahman Khan, Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India; Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, Chairman, Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi; Maulana Dr. Saeed Al Azami Al Nadwi, Chancellor, Integral University and Chief Editor, Al Baas Al Islami, Lucknow; Prof. Aftab Kamal Pasha, Director, Gulf Studies Programme, Centre for West Asian & African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
New Delhi, Feb. 15: A two-day international conference on “India and the Muslim World in the 21st Century” began here today with a recitation from the holy Quran by Maulana Abdullah Tarique. The programme was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) at the Constitution Club.
IOS General Secretary Prof. ZM Khan welcomed the guests and introduced the IOS in its 27th year of existence. He talked about the considerable research and publication, seminar and symposia the institute had done so far, as well as about its year-long Silver Jubilee celebrations, over which period it organised 14 international seminars across the country. He also talked about its proposed university.
The conference was formally inaugurated by Union Minister of Minority Affairs, K Rahman Khan, who hoped that India and the Muslim world would unite to prevent the mistakes of the 20th century, which was marked by colonial exploitation and monumental violence.
He said India, “the largest and highly successful democracy”, had a long history of relationship with the Muslim world and Islam, which preaches peace and unity of humanity. More...
Fifth Qazi Mujahidul Islam Memorial Lecture at IOS
New Delhi, May 18: Islamic thought has the proven potential to unite and heal a fractious world creaking under pressures of racial and ethnic strife and ravaged by commercial greed, Prof. Syed Abdul Bari said here today.
He was delivering the Fifth Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi Lecture at the Institute of Objective Studies on “Universality of Islamic Thought.” Prof. Abdul Bari said that without the necessary framework of revealed knowledge, humanity cannot be held together merely on the basis of empirical knowledge.
He said that rampant utilitarianism, consumerism and globalisation had weakened the human capability for empathy and altruism. The Islamically-guided ways of reformers like Maulana Ilyas, Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi, Maulana Abul Ala Mawdudi and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (all of whom guided the Subcontinent for several decades in the 20th century) were still relevant.
He said to achieve the high standards of Islamic morality one had to rise above petty personal gains and foolish prejudices. “As mischief mongers are trying to distort the real face of Islam, Muslims should strive to project the true picture in their writings and day-to-day conduct,” Prof. Abdul Bari said.
He also emphasised the importance of giving a better deal to Muslim women for creating a more just society and improving the image of the faith tarnished by hostile propagandists.
IOS Secretary General Prof. Z.M. Khan, who chaired the proceedings, began his concluding remarks with an introduction of IOS and late Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi. He said that a new contextual reading of Islam was essential for the faith’s growth in the 21st century.
The programme began with a recital of the holy Quran by Maulana Abdullah Tarique and ended with a vote of thanks by Prof. Ishteyaque Danish, Finance Secretary of the IOS.
IOS meet to commemorate Al-Zahrawi on 1000th anniversary
New Delhi, April 13: The Institute of Objective Studies has decided to organise a three-day international conference on Abul Qasim al-Zahrawi, to mark the 1000th death anniversary of the pioneer physician and surgeon. The conference will be held from December 13 through 16, 2013 at New Delhi.
The above decision was taken at a consultative meeting held today at the Institute which was attended by experts of surgery, medicine and Tib. The Institute’s Chairman Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam said that the conference is being organised to highlight the wide-ranging contributions of Abul Qasim al-Zahrawi to medicine and surgery. Eminent doctors, surgeons, medial scientists and experts of Tib from within and outside the country will participate in the conference.
Those who participated in the meeting included Dr. Ahmad Abdul Hai (Patna), Dr. Fakhruddin Mohammad (Hyderabad), Prof. Dr. M. Amanullah Khan (Aligarh), Prof. Hakeem Zillur Rahman (Aligarh), Dr. M. Farooque, Al-Shifa Hospital, Delhi; Dr. Shakeel Tamanna, Majeedia Hospital, Delhi; Dr. Altaf Ahmad Azmi, Delhi; Prof. A.R. Momin, Mumbai; Prof. Z.M. Khan; Prof. Rifaqat Ali Khan, Prof. Ishteyaque Danish; Dr. Ausaf Ahmad and Prof. Sanghasen Singh (all from Delhi).
Lecture on ‘the impact of the concept of ‘urf (local culture) in islamic legal philosophy on multi-cultural harmony and world peace
New Delhi, March 6, 2013: A thought-provoking lecture on the above topic was delivered by Prof. Alparslan ACIKGENC, Director, Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Philosophy at Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey today at the Institute.
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Bayram, Dean of Chemical and Metallurgy; Prof. Ulvi Avciata, Dean, Faculty of Social Science and literature, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul; Dr. Chi Woo-Won, Pusan University, South Korea and Mr. Ali Akkiz, President, Indialogue Foundation were also present on the occasion.
The programme was presided over by Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, Chairman of the Institute of Objective Studies and participated by eminent persons from different disciplines.
Below is the link of his speech.
Impact of Urf.pdf
Lecture on Indo-Bahrain Relations
New Delhi, February 12, 2013: Dr. Abdul Gaffar, advisor to King of
Bahrain on diplomatic matters, paid a
visit to the IOS Headquarters and
delivered a lecture on Indo-Bahrain
Relations. He put a great deal emphasis
on strengthening the close ties that
already exist between India and Bahrain.
He further said that the bilateral
relationship needs to be further increased
and deepened on both official as well as
public level. He opined that people to
people contract was very important
between the two nations.
Going back into history, Dr. Gaffar
remarked that India and Bahrain are
linked together since ancient time. It is
said that the relationship between the
two nations started before the emergence
of Islam and have been quite cordial all
through history. He further said that the
two countries came closer and closer
after India’s independence. Today the
age-old relationship is deep and
multidimensional and yet can be
increased further, he said. He especially
said that the two countries can further
cooperate in the fields of education,
economy and culture.
During the course of his lecture Dr.
Gaffar also highlighted the importance
of Gulf Cooperation Council and
remarked that Bahrain was playing a
positive and constructive role in
providing stability in the region. He
criticized the negative role of Iran and
Syria in the region and urged India to
play its role positively. He opined that a
stable Gulf region was in every one’s
favour. All the concerned require to
behave wisely ad responsibly to bring
about stability in the region, because
unity and stability will bring prosperity
and development to one and all, he said.
He also said that Islamic banking was
flourishing in Bahrain and playing a very
important role in its economy.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. M.
Manzoor Alam highlighted the important
feature’s of India’s foreign policy which
mainly seeks to establish peace and
cooperation between nations. “We are
passing through a time when the
economic power is shifting from
America and Europe to Asia where India
is emerging as a very strong economic
power”, opined Dr. Alam. He also said
that in such a scenario it would be in the
interest of both, India and Bahrain to
strengthen their bilateral lies. As a Think
Tank the IOS has been playing its role
through conferences and suitable
literature. Dr. Alam informed that the
IOS had planned to organize a
conference in Bahrain to discuss such
issues but unfortunately it could not
materialize. He opined that there was a
need to prepare a healthy literature in
this regard in which the IOS can play a
vital role. He also touched on the
delicate issue of Iran and asked all the
concerned to understand and present
related issues dispassionately so that the
ways of cooperation may be found. Dr.
Alam said that the Muslim world needed
to register rapid developments, including
inventions, in the field of science and
technology. The Muslim world needs to
invest a great deal in science and
technology education and can seek and
receive a lot of help from India, he said.
Prof. Aftab Kamal Pasha, an expert
of Gulf Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru
University, New Delhi remarked that
ideologues like Dr. Gaffar can play a
positive and vital role in strengthening
the bilateral relations of India and
Bahrain. He said that Dr. Gaffar received
his higher education at Pune University
and has been visiting India frequently
because of which he is well are of
India’s culture, history, economy and
political realities. He is, therefore, wellplaced
to play a role, said Dr. Pasha.
Prof. Z.M. Khan introduced the IOS
and Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Advocate
conducted the programme.
Scintillating Presentation by Dr Shariff
Deals with ways of increasing inclusion and creating equal opportunity
New Delhi, February 1, 2013: Eminent development economist Dr Abusaleh Shariff, principal author of the Sachar Report and chief scholar US-India Policy Institute (Washington), made a scintillating presentation on “A Vision for India: Equality, Duty and Equal Opportunity” here at the India Islamic Culture Centre.
Dr Shariff, who had been ailing for sometime, presented some key points of his larger report, deciding on an abbreviated version because of his health. He focused on what held back efforts to extend inclusion of marginalised groups, particularly Muslims, in economic development.
Placing the “local” perspective within a macro picture, he pointed out three major factors that curtailed the access of the excluded to benefits, entitlements and the general social and economic good. Firstly, “societal factors are sustaining exclusion”, he asserted.
By “societal factors,” he explained, he meant caste formations, religious and ethnic groupings and the like to be naturally excluding. Some were, and had been, powerful for decades and centuries, while others remained dispossessed and disadvantaged. This had to be redressed for creating an inclusive economy, polity and society. More...
One-Day Workshop on “RESEARCH METHODOLOGY: FUNDAMNETALS AND PRACTICES”
21 Jan 2013 at Arts Faculty Lounge, Aligarh Muslim University
A SUMMARY REPORT
One-day methodology workshop on “research methodology: fundamentals and practices” was organised at Aligrah Muslim University with the financial support of the Institute of Objective Studies and the collaborative efforts of departments like CEPECAMI, Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, Linguistic and philosophy for building research capacity of research scholars in social science. This was organized keeping in view the dilemma that many students face to carry out a research in a more systematic manner because of lack of understanding of ‘fundamentals of research’ despite the course work on research methodology during graduation and post graduation levels. The workshop basically focused on helping participants to understand basics of research methodology with special focus on writing a research proposal. This programme was attended by 157 registered participants belonging to different disciplines and categories like few undergraduates and more from Masters, M.Phil, Ph.D, including scholars from foreign countries. The workshop continued between 9:30 am to 5:00 pm with lunch and tea breaks. More...
IOS Lecture on Sentencing Policy
on January 14, 2013 at IOS Meeting Room
New Delhi, January 14, 2013: Sentencing policies adopted by Judges generally reflect the historical, social, economic and psychological melieu of the societies in which they operate, Prof. M. Afzal Wani, professor of law at GGSIP University (Delhi) and member Law Commission of India, said here today.
He was delivering a lecture on “Sentencing Policies in the Modern World: Suitability and Effectiveness” at the conference room of Institute of Objective Studies. The programme began with a recitation from the holy Quran by Maulana Khalid Nadwi.
He put the issue in the philosophical context of crime and punishment and how different societies had been trying to cope with crime and its consequences on a legal plane.
Prof. Wani traced the rise in crime rates since the time of rise of capitalism and Industrial Revolution in Europe that spread to other parts of the world with colonial expansion. The youth began to be motivated by monetary gain alone (by fair means or foul) and jettisoned moral restraint in pursuit of money and the transient pleasures it could buy.
He put the present wave of crime in Indian cities in the context of crass materialism. He suggested looking into the Quran for a moral anchor and the creation of a just society.
In his comments Prof. Iqbal Hussein said sentencing policies reflected the general moral climate of a society. In his presidential remarks, IOS General Secretary Prof. Z.M. Khan said sentencing policies were founded on the ethos of a society.
The programme was conducted by Mushtaq Ahmad, advocate on record, the Supreme Court of India.
Certificate Distribution Ceremony Among Muslim Girls by Mr. K. Rahman Khan, Minister of Minority Affairs
On 26 December, 2012 at IOS Conference Hall
New Delhi, Dec. 26: “Sachar Committee’s report is a mirror of Muslims’ condition in India and its recommendation are not only for the government, but also for the Muslims of India who themselves have to come forward to work on different sectors to which they have been left behind and work together with the Indian government for removing their backwardness in different spheres”. These views were expressed by Mr. K. Rahman Khan, Minister for Minority Affairs, while distributing certificates among the successful Muslim girl students of IOS Centre for Computer Learning at a function, jointly organised by the Institute of Objective Studies and Delhi Minorities Commission here today. While appreciating the efforts made by the Institute of Objective Studies he said that despite being a research institution the IOS had objectively examined different issues being faced by the Muslim community in India and presented it before government in a scientific manner. This made it a distinct institution which has no parallel in the country. More...
Shah Waliullah Award-2011 presented to Dr. M.K.A.Siddiqui
On 22 December, 2012 at Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad, Kolkata
A ceremony for the presentation of Hazrat Shah Waliullah Award of the IOS for the year 2011 on the topic “Sociology/Social Anthropology in Islamic Perspective” to Dr M.K.A. Siddiqui, a noted Anthropologist, took place in the glittering hall of the Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad at Shakaspeare Sarani, Kolkata on Dec. 22, 2012. The hall was fairly crowded and a large number of distinguished personalities from all walks of life in the city came to attend the event and to felicitate the scholar for his significant contribution in the field of Sociology and Social Anthropology. What distinguishes Dr. Siddiqui from other scholars is that he discusses apparently controversial and conflicting issues in convincingly logical and Islamic perspectives. A scroll of honour was presented to him along with a memento and a cheque of Rupees one lakh. All the speakers present, acknowledged Dr. Siddiqui’s academic achievements, his contribution as a scholar, researcher, and administrator and as an author of a number of books devoted to the topics of great contemporary relevance. His devotion to the cause of social harmony, inter-community relationship and the problem of socio-economic development, using the tools of sociology and cultural anthropology, through his numerous publications was admired by all the speakers in the meeting. More...
IOS Lecture by Justice Ahmadi on Growing Impunity and Declining Rule of Law
On December 9, 2012 at IOS Conference Hall, New Delhi
New Delhi, Dec. 9, 2012: “The rule of law has an inverse relationship with the public’s sense of impunity,” former Chief Justice of India, Justice A.M. Ahmadi, said here today at a special lecture at the IOS on the occasion of the 26th general assembly meeting of the Institute of Objective Studies.
The title of the lecture was “Increasing Impunity and Declining Rule of Law.” Fascist and communal organisations, whose functionaries spread hatred through their speeches and incite people to violence for political ends, are never bothered about any penal action, he said.
Giving examples of the current politics of lawlessness, he pointed out the insistence of Shiv Sena activists’ hooliganism regarding a proposed memorial for Bal Thackrey in Mumbai’s Shivaji Park and the illegal construction of a Hindu temple adjacent to the Charminar in Hyderabad as expressions of majoritarian impunity. More...
Interactive Session on Producing Teaching and Reference Material to support Academic Programmes in Islamic Perspective
Prof. Omar Hasan Kasule visited the IOS Headquarters on 23-24 November 2012 and interacted with the office bearers as well as academics and experts of various disciplines. On 23rd November Mr. Raju Mansukhani made a power-point presentation about emerging India. He specially focused on the educational scene in the country highlighting both, its merits and demerits, achievements and failure. He also focused on translation and publishing sector in India which has progressed by leaps and bound in the last few decades. He concluded that investment in education and publishing sectors was advisable.
Prof. Refaqat Ali Khan spoke about the difficulties and necessities of translation. Prof. Ishtiyaque Danish highlighted the fact that Muslim being knowledge deficient today need to benefit others and for doing so they need to translate in Urdu or the language they speak. More...
Light at end of tunnel, finally
Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam on the new development towards Islamic banking in India
The Reserve Bank Governor Mr D. Subba Rao’s recent announcement constitutes a significant advance in the field of Islamic banking and finance in India, which has been a cherished goal for all of us, and for the attainment of which the Institute of Objective Studies has worked tirelessly over the last quarter century.
Although in Islamic finance we have already made substantial advance in India in terms of growing acceptance of Shariah-compliant investments and other Shariah-compliant financial services and products. The IOS, with the collaboration of financial consultants Estwind, developed a Shariah index of thousands of companies in India, which has helped pious Muslim investors to invest safely.
However, Islamic banking itself has been a far more tougher nut to crack. Finally, it has begun to crack and we hope to have a proper Islamic banking system in India, which so far had no such institution. Despite a huge body of research carried out by the IOS, and a large number of books published by us, introducing a large number of issues of Islamic economics to the wider society, the scene did not seem to change even a wee bit. More...
IOS/MA/PF/2013.1 January 5, 2013
The In charge Officer,
HON’BLE JUSTICE J.S.VERMA COMMITTEE
for suggesting possible amendments to
criminal and other relevant laws
In response to the call of the HON’BLE JUSTICE J.S.VERMA COMMITTEE constituted for suggesting possible amendments to criminal laws and other relevant laws to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for criminals accused of committing sexual assault of extreme nature against women in the back drop of the 16th December 2012 Gang Rape in Delhi which invoked unprecedented mass protests from the people, the INSTITUTE OF OBJECTIVE STUDIES (IOS), NEW DELHI is herewith submitting some suggestions for the consideration of the committee.
These are some of the suggestions which we could possibly submit within the given time frame. If some more assistance by way of research in the field is required in a special area, the IOS would be ready to render its services without any claim for finances.
With warm regards,
(Dr. M. Manzoor Alam)
IOS/MA/PF/2013.1 January 9, 2013
The In charge Officer,
HON’BLE JUSTICE USHA MEHRA COMMISSION
for suggesting measures to improve safety and security of women in NCT of Delhi and NCR in the light of the 16th December 2010 Delhi Gang Rape Case
In response to the call of the HON’BLE JUSTICE USHA MEHRA COMMISSION constituted for suggesting measures to improve safety and security of women in NCT of Delhi and NCR in the light of the 16th December 2010 Delhi Gang Rape Case, which evoked unprecedented mass protests from the people, the INSTITUTE OF OBJECTIVE STUDIES (IOS), NEW DELHI is herewith submitting some suggestions for the consideration of the Commission.
These submissions are submitted within the given time frame. If some more assistance by way of research in the field is required in a special area, the IOS would be ready to render its services without any claim for financial compensation.
With warm regards,
(Dr. M. Manzoor Alam)
Reports of IOS Silver Jubilee Conferences:
- Report of Three-day International Conference on “Minority Rights and Identities: Challenges and Prospects in an Unfolding Global Scenario” on April 13-15, 2012 at Mavalankar Hall/ Constitution Club, New Delhi
- Report of Three-day International Conference on “Worldview of Development: Challenges and Alternative Paradigm” on March 9-11, 2012 at Hotel Aurora Towers/ Poona College, Pune
- Report of Two-day International Seminar on “Peace and Progress: Role of Religions” on February 11-12, 2012 at AMU, Aligarh
- Report of Two-day Seminar on “Judiciary, Ethics and Justice Delivery in India” on January 21-22, 2012 at Cuttack, Orissa
- Report of Three-day International Conference on “Empowering Women: Paradigms, Sources and Methodologies” on January 6-8, 2012 at Calicut, Kerala
- Report of Three-day International Seminar on “Islamic Culture and Art” on December 30-31, 2011 and January 1, 2012 at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) Hyderabad
- Report of Two-day International Conference on “Challanges before Youth in the Contamporary World” on December 10-11, 2011 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu
- Report of Three-day International Conference on “Good Governance in a Globalising World” on November 18-20, 2011 at Kolkata, West Bengal
- Report of Three-day International Conference on “Power of Media in a Globalising World” & IOS Fourth Lifetime Achievement Award on October 14-16, 2011 at Town Hall / Yuvanika, Bangalore, Karnataka
- Report of Three-day International Conference on Global Trends in Education: Review and Options on September 16-18, 2011 at AN Sinha Institute, Patna, Bihar
- Report of Three-day International Conference on Indo-ASEAN Trade and Investment on July 8-10, 2011 at India International Centre, New Delhi
- Report of Three-day International Conference on Interest-Free Institutional Mechanism (Banking, Finance and Insurance) for Promoting Investment at Kashmir University on June 3-5, 2011
- Report of Two-day International Conference on
Prospects for Islamic Venture Capital Funds in India on May 14-15, 2011 at Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi
- Report of IOS Silver Jubilee Opening Conference on April 15-17, 2011 at India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi