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Dr. Mohd. Manzoor Alam
Chairman,
Institute of Objective Studies
 
Letter of Congratulations: His Excellency Shri Ram Nath Kovind, President of India
تفويض جائزة خدمات مدى الحياة السابعة للبروفيسور أختر الواسع الجائزة السابعة
  Findings: Fact- finding of violence in Baska District, BTAD, Assam, May 1, 2014            Provision of Civic Amenities in the Muslim Localities of Delhi            Access to Urban Basic Services in the ‘Muslim Localities’ of Delhi

IOS Calendar 2018

1. Mosques through the Ages (Started from 2011): Three oldest Mosques of India.

2. India: Percentage of Teachers among various Social Categories 2014-15

3. World: Happiness Index 2013-2017

4. World: Islamic banking share in Total Banking by Jurisdiction 2016


PDF OF CALENDAR 2018


ANNOUNCEMENT

Call for Papers

Three-day International Conference

“Towards Equality, Justice and Fraternity in Contemporary India - Creating a Better Tomorrow”

February 16-18, 2018 at New Delhi (India)


APPROACH NOTE


    Important Dates:

  • Last date for submission of abstracts (in pdf & doc file) - January 15, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection of abstracts - January 20, 2018
  • Last date for submission of full paper (in pdf and doc. File) - February 5, 2018

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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY: AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE

by A. R. MOMIN
Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi, 2017, 681 pp.


SOCIOLOGY IN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE: SELECTED READINGS, Edited, with an Introduction

by A. R. Momin
Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi, 2017, 288 pp.




About the books              Article Review by Mazen Hashem              A Rejoinder by A.R. Momin


IOS Lecture on Major Books on Seerah written in Kannada By Abdussalam Puthige

9th December 2017 at Darus Salam Building , Queens Road, Bengaluru

Bengaluru Dec, 9, 2017: The Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi, organised a lecture on the subject "Major books of seerah written in Kannada". The lecture was delivered in Kannada by Abdussalam Puthige, editor-in-chief Kannada daily Vartha Bharthi at Darus Salam Building, Queens Road.

Puthige said that efforts would be made for the introduction of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) life in a larger way. The Muslim community of Karnataka had been keeping a distance from the Kannada language, the result of which was insufficient number of books on seerah in Kannada.  More...


IOS Chairman’s address to youth in Riyadh

November 5, 2017 at Riyadh (KSA)

By Khalid Noor Mohammed


Riyadh, November 5: Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman of the Institute of Objective Studies, Delhi, addressed a group of youngsters in Riyadh. He highlighted the need to acquire knowledge to remain calm in the face of provocation.

He pointed out that there is an acute shortage of good quality Muslim legal experts. We need to fund at least 2 brilliant Muslims to pursue legal studies in Harvard or other prominent universities, he suggested.  More...


IOS ORGANISES TWO-DAY NATIONAL SEMINAR ON “TOWARDS EQUALITY, JUSTICE AND FRATERNITY IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA: CREATING A BETTER TOMORROW THROUGH ISLAMIC STUDIES” AT JODHPUR

October 20 - 21, 2017 in collaboration with Marwar Muslim Educational and Welfare Society, Jodhpur, Rajasthan


 

As part of the 30th Anniversary Celebrations Programme, Institute of Objective Studies, held a two-day National Seminar on “Towards Equality, Justice and Fraternity in Contemporary India: Creating a better Tomorrow through Islamic Studies” at Maulana Azad University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan on October 20 and 21, 2017 in collaboration with Marwar Muslim Educational and Welfare Society. The first-day session which began with the recitation of a Quranic verse by Ajmal Farooque Nadwi, In-charge of Urdu Section, IOS, was inaugurated by the Chancellor of Integral University and the Principal, Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow, Dr. Saeed Al-Azmi.   More...


IOS Organises Two-day International Conference on “The Role of Women in making a Human Society”

September 23-24, 2017 at Calicut (Kerala)

A two-day international conference on the “The Role of Women in Making a Humane Society” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) on September 23-24, 2017 at Calicut (Kerala). The conference was a big success in the sense that women, who were in the focus, registered their presence in large numbers. Women delegates came from several parts of India and abroad and accounted for three-fourths of the attendees. The zest of the participants was so overwhelming that they virtually stormed into the venue.   More...


Services of Mufti Ashraf Ali Baqwi Remembered

September 13, 2017 at Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS and General Secretary, AIMC; Maulana Abdullah Mughesi, President, AIMC; Maulana Abdullah Tarique, Secretary, Idara Umoor-e-Masajid

The Institute of Objective Studies and the All India Milli Council jointly organised a condolence meeting at the conference hall of the Institute on September 13, 2017 to remember Mufti Ashraf Ali Baqwi Qasmi, Amir-e-Shariat, Karnataka and Vice President, All India Milli Council, who left this mundane world on September 8, 2017. Recalling his services to the Muslim community, Maulana Abdullah Mughesi, President, AIMC, said that Mufti Baqwi embodied many qualities, including pursuit of Islamic knowledge, organising capability, a tender heart and meticulous planning. His active role in pushing the caravan of AIMC ahead had been noticeable, he observed. The Chairman, IOS and General Secretary, AIMC, Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam described him as a man of many fine traits which made him a litterateur, poet, expert in Islamic jurisprudence and Hadith. Besides being a deft organiser, he had developed a good rapport with different religions.   More...


IOS organises Discussion on SC Judgment on Instant Triple Talaq

September 9, 2017 at Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

The Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) organised a discussion on “Supreme Court Judgment on Instant Triple Talaq” at the Institute’s conference room on September 9, 2017 in order to convey the conclusion to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) which was scheduled to meet at Bhopal on September 10, 2017. The suggestions of milli organisations, Islamic scholars and lawyers on the issue were to be discussed at Bhopal. Initiating the discussion, the advocate-on-record, Supreme Court of India, Mushtaq Ahmed, said that the matter of triple talaq arose out of a case relating to Hindu marriage filed in the apex court with regard to the question of the share of a woman in family property.   More...


IOS LECTURE ON “GST: CHALLENGES AND IMPACT”

August 25, 2017 at Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Dr. Aftab Alam, Asstt. professor of political science, Zakir Hussain College, Delhi University; Prof. Naushad Ali Azad, former, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, JMI; Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, Director, Acquitas Research and visiting professor, ISB, Hyderabad; Mr. Mathew V, Co-founder of the NGO, Chunaav

The Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) organised a lecture on “GST: Challenges and Impact” on August 25, 2017 at its conference room. The lecture was delivered by the Director, Acquitas Research and visiting professor, ISB, Hyderabad, Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, who traced the history of goods and services tax in India. It was the ex-Prime Minister, VP Singh, who first mooted the idea of a uniform goods and services tax in the country. Later on, Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee set up a committee to go into the issue. The UPA government also deliberated on the GST, but it was vehemently opposed by the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, now the most vociferous proponent of it. He said that the industry wholeheartedly supported the BJP during the parliamentary elections of 2014 in return for the promise to annule the land acquisition law. In order to keep the promise, the Modi government tabled the first resolution in 2014. Since several BJP members of Parliament opposed the move, the government shifted its focus to GST in order to benefit the industry.   More...


IOS – CIVIL SOCIETY NETWORK JOINTLY ORGANISE ONE-DAY SEMINAR ON “ROLE OF MADARSAS IN EDUCATION AND MUSLIM CHILDREN IN NORTH INDIA”

August 18, 2017 at Nehru Guest House, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. Ishtiyaque Danish, Finance Secretary, IOS; Former professor and dean Mohsin Usmani, Middle East and African Studies, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad; Maulana Md. Raziul Islam Nadvi, Secretary, Tasneefi Academy, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind; Dr. SM Mahmud, General Secretary, Civil Society Network

The Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) organised a one-day seminar on “Role of Madarsas in Education and Muslim Children in North India” on August 18, 2017 at Nehru Guest House, Jamia Millia Islamia in association with the Civil Society Network. Spread over five sessions, the seminar discussed issues relating to the content of the syllabi of madarsas, off-take of students for admission to various courses in Indian universities and their financial health.   More...


IOS LECTURE ON “CONSTITUTION AND CONSTITUTIONALISM IN INDIAN CONTEXT”

TWO-DAY 31ST ANNUAL MEETING OF IOS GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND 62ND MEETING OF GOVERNING COUNCIL CONCLUDES


August 13, 2017 at the conference hall, Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. ZM Khan,Secretary General, IOS (Speaker); Prof. Ishtiyaque Danish, Finance Secretary, IOS; Dr. Zafrul Islam Khan, Chairman, Delhi State Minorities Commission and Editor, Milli Gazette; Prof. M Afzal Wani, Assistant Secretary General, IOS

The Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) organised a lecture on “Constitution and Constitutionalism in Indian Context” on August 13, 2017 at the conference hall of the Institute to mark the 31st Annual Meeting of General Assembly. Presided over by the chairman of Delhi State Minorities Commission, Dr. Zafrul Islam Khan, the lecture was delivered by the former Dean, faculty of Social Sciences, JMI and Secretary General, IOS, Prof. ZM Khan. In the lecture, he insisted that a carefully crafted Constitution had been overtly based on the sound principles of Constitutionalism, particularly mentioned in the Preamble. India as a nation was fortunate that it had a long history of liberation movement involving people in general for over 150 years. He said that the participation of common people also provided new vigour and rigour to values of Constitutionalism. India might easily claim as a nation to be the biggest liberal democracy in the world. Democracy did not mean majoritarianism or dictatorship of votes, he clarified.   More...


Services of Journalist Khursheed Alam Recalled

August 7, 2017 at Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: AU Asif, Editor, Chauthi Duniya; Mohd. Shahabuddin (Father of Late Khursheed Alam); Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani, General Secretary, Muslim Majlis-i-Mushawarat; Dr. Zafrul Islam Khan, Chairman, Delhi State Minorities Commission and Editor, Milli Gazette; Kunwar Chandrashekhar, Chancellor, Shobhit University, Meerut

New Delhi, Aug. 7: Glowing tributes were paid to Urdu-Hindi journalist, columnist, and media coordinator of the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) and Feature and News Alliance (FANA), Khursheed Alam at a condolence meeting held here today at the conference hall of the IOS. Khursheed Alam died on August 5. His services to journalism were recalled by his friends and admirers from different walks of life, including journalists and representatives of different Muslim organisations. They eulogised the qualities of Khursheed Alam and remembered their close association with him.   More...


2-day Conference on Conservation of Environment and Role of Religion

July 5-6, 2017 at Central University of Kashmir - India

The Department of Religious Studies Central University of Kashmir, in collaboration with Institute of Objective Studies (IOS), New Delhi, organised a two-day international conference on “Conservation of Environment and Role of Religion” from 5 to 6 July 2017. The conference was sponsored by Nigeen Lake Conservation Organisation (NLCO), Srinagar, Dr Naseer’s Group of Unani & Panchkarma Hospitals, Rahim Greens, Srinagar and Meezan Publications Srinagar Kashmir.   More...


IOS Discussion on the book “Hindustan mein Dini Sahafat Ka Manzarnama”

May 13, 2017 at Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

A discussion on the book “Hindustan mein Dini Sahafat Ka Manzarnama” (The Scenario of Religious Journalism in India), was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its conference hall on May 13, 2017. Initiating the discussion, the author of the book and a veteran Urdu journalist, Suhail Anjum, commented that the number of religious journals and periodicals had gone up abnormally and what was needed was to honestly critique the journals published in the past as well as the present, irrespective of their association with one school of thought or the other. He noted that the labour he put in during the last 4-5 years resulted in a book which was his individual venture. The book saw the light of the day due to the interest shown by the IOS chairman, Dr. M. Manzoor Alam. “Maybe, there are some shortcomings in the book, but this is my first such work”, he said. It was up to the reviewers to suggest further additions for making it more useful. He insisted that he honestly accessed the journals representing various schools of Islamic thought to the best of his capabilities and gave them a proper place in his book.   More...


IOS Summer Teens Youth Camp 2017

May 8-12, 2017 at Government Youth Hostel, Calicut


L-R: A S Zainaba,P K Ramla, Jameela Basheer, the presidium to attend Q&A session
Prof P Koya introducing women presidium

Calicut: The Institute of Objective Studies (Calicut chapter) organised a five-day “Summer Teens Youth Camp”, for higher secondary and undergraduate-level students, from May 8 to 12, 2017 at Government Youth Hostel, Calicut. It attracted boys and girls from different parts of the state making it a unique experience for participants. The camp consisted of more than twenty different sessions and presentations led by prominent scholars and trainers on a variety of topics ranging from Islam to contemporary social, political, educational and environmental issues. Fifty chosen students, half of them girls, attended the camp. They did not only listen to the lectures but also showcased their skills in arts and sports. They prayed, played and ate together, and went home with the memories of five eventful and life-changing days.   More...


Excerpts from IOS Chairman’s remarks at select gathering of Muslim NRIs

May 10, 2017 at Riyadh KSA

"One must not despair of Allah's mercy. I am confident that in India, as in the rest of world, things will change for the better. Allah is the best disposer of affairs. The recent incidents in Saharanpur are a pointer".

"There are four things that we learn from the Seerah: 1. Keep yourself united, 2. Scuttle your adversaries, 3. Guard your secrets, 4. Strive to unravel the secrets of the enemy."

"In the recent UP elections every opposition party focussed on non-issues like foreign trips undertaken by Prime Minister Modi, the suits he wears, and the likes, whereas, the BJP spoke of more substantive issues, though divisive in nature."

"All major Muslim organisations had decided prior to the UP elections that no organisation would make any statement favouring any political party. But, unfortunately, a few insignificant Muslim leaders, broke rank and announced their support for a specific political dispensation. This, as expected, led to the media using these statements to polarise the majority."  More...


Meeting of IOS Committee on Electoral Reforms and Use of EVMs in India

May 9, 2017 at Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad, Advocate, Prof. Arshi Khan, Mr. V.B. Rawat, Dr. Md. Aftab Alam

Prof. Arshi Khan, while initiating the discussion said that it was necessary to uphold legitimacy of the state, rights of citizens as well as purpose of political parties in election system. He elaborated the elections system in India and said that India followed the FPTP principle in which the candidate with most votes won the election.   More...


61st Meeting of the Governing Council (GC) of the IOS

May 6, 2017 at Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

The 61st meeting of the Governing Council of the Institute of Objective Studies was held at its conference room on May 6, 2017 which was attended by members of the governing council and special invitees from across the country.

The meeting reviewed the progress of its various ongoing research projects, and other activities and programmes undertaken by it.   More...


Workshop on Managing, Measuring and Maximising the Intellectual Capital of IOS in Digital Environment

April 29, 2017 at Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

A workshop on “Managing, Measuring and Maximising the Intellectual Capital of IOS in Digital Environment” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its conference hall on April 29, 2017. Speaking at the workshop, the Chairman of IOS, Dr. M. Manzoor Alam said that we were living in digital India and we had to be digital. He further stressed that digitalisation had become important in the present context as data collection and its dissemination was just a matter of seconds. This facilitated fast work of an organisation which meant saving time and money. This also led to less, or almost no, pendency of work. Referring to an incident in UAE some 10 years ago, he said that the then king of the Emirate had ordered all government servants to become computer savvy or else they would face the axe. His order had a salutary effect on them: they became computer literate and started working on computers. He asked those working in the IOS to emulate the example and reduce paper work by switching over to computer.   More...


Two-day national seminar
on
“Towards Equality, Justice and Fraternity in Contemporary India - Creating a Better Tomorrow through Law”


April 22-23, 2017 at Aliah University, Kolkata


L-R: Mr. Abdul Basit Ismail, convenor of the Conference and Editor Eastern Post, Kolkata; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS; Justice Ruma Pal, Former judge of the Supreme Court; Justice Rajindar Sachar, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court; Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, Lok Ayukta, Sikkim and former Chief Justice of Hyderabad High Court; Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Prof. TK Oommen, Emeritus, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Dr. Abu Talib Khan, Vice-Chancellor of Aliah University, Kolkata; Prof. Amzed Hussein, HOD of English, Aliah University, Kolkata; Prof. Afzal Wani, Assistant Secretary General of the IOS

A two-day national seminar on “Towards Equality, Justice and Fraternity in Contemporary India - Creating a Better Tomorrow through Law” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies in association with the Deptt. of English, Aliah University, concluded on April 22-23, 2017 in Kolkata. The seminar witnessed an impressive presence of the academia, jurists, judges, human rights activists, social scientists and the members of civil society. They unitedly made a call for a united fight against communalism and the forces of fascism that were out to destroy India’s age-old traditions of mutual love, brotherhood and the entire social fabric that was woven over hundreds of years of trust and respect for each other’s religious persuasions.   More...

Approach Note   |   Speech of Chairman   |   News Carried by Two Circles.Net


IOS Consultative Meet on Post-Election Scenario in Uttar Pradesh

April 13, 2017 at Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

A consultative meet on “Post Election Scenario in Uttar Pradesh” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its conference room on April 13, 2017. The participants in the meet were seized of the growing influence of Hindutva that was taking in its stride state after state. UP being the latest example where development agenda of the Samajwadi Party and the social engineering formula of the Bahujan Samaj Party failed to elicit support of the electorate which, if put together, would have secured more votes than the Bhartiya Janata Party got in percentage terms. But that would not be. Initiating the discussion, the Secretary General of the IOS, Prof. ZM Khan, said that the BJP government in UP was tightening its grip over all institutions of democracy. Secularism was its first casualty and the minorities as well as other weaker sections were being harassed. The government was trying to create ghettos for Muslims. There was no space for tolerance and respect for others. He said that the space occupied by the media, NGOs and other civil society groups was being narrowed by government control. “Sab ka Sath, Sab ka Vikas” had been reduced to a farce. He urged those who cherished values of secularism to come out in the open to counter the false propaganda of the RSS. This needed a lot of support from the people and intellectuals. Joining hands with like-minded people was imperative as the RSS had occupied a vast space with manpower, money and muscle power. Referring to efforts of the IOS to study the issues and come out with conclusions, he said that it had contributed to the understanding of the current scenario. The conclusions were alarming and called for a serious thinking and action, he added.   More...


Iftikhar Gilani receives IOS Twelfth Shah Waliullah Award

April 3, 2017 at Conference Hall, FTK Centre for Information Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi


Justice A.M. Ahmadi, Former Chief Justice of India presents Twelfth Shah Waliullah Award to Mr. S. Iftikhar Gilani, Editor (Strategic Affairs) and Chief of National Bureau of DNA

The Twelfth Shah Waliullah Award on “Media, Society and Indian Muslims” was presented to Syed Iftikhar Gilani, editor (strategic affairs) and chief of national bureau of DNA by Justice AM Ahmadi, former Chief Justice of India at a function organised by the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) on April 3, 2017 at the conference hall, FTK Centre for Information Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. The award carries a cheque of Rs. 1 lakh, presented by Dr. Syed Farooq, President, Tasmia Educational Foundation, and a scroll of honour was presented by Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS. The award instituted by the IOS is given every year to a person whose contribution to a selected field is worthy of recognition. Prof. Haseena Hashia, a member of the governing council, IOS, presented a cheque for Rs. 25,000, and a certificate, as prize for the best essay to Dr. Nasheed Imtiaz, asstt. professor, Deptt. of Psychology, AMU, Aligarh.  More...


IOS and Milli Council remember Syed Shahabuddin

March 8, 2017 at Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Janab Intezar Naeem, assistant secretary of Jamat-e-Islami Hind for Milli Affairs; Dr. Syed Farooq, chairman of Tasmia Education and Welfare Society; Mrs. Parveen Amanullah, former minister of Bihar and the daughter of Syed Shahabuddin; Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, chairman of the IOS; Mr. Navaid Hamid, president of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat; Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mehdi Salafi, chief of the Markazi Jamaate Ahle Hadith of India; Mr. Abdul Mannan, joint director of Delhi State Cancer Institute

New Delhi: “Syed Shahabuddin’s entire life symbolised discipline, sacrifice and persistent struggle. He visualised equality among all citizens, justice, freedom and fraternity. He strove to attain these goals throughout his life. He moulded his domestic and public life accordingly, so that the people emulated it and the philosophy got a further boost”. These views were expressed by Parveen Amanullah, former minister of Bihar and the daughter of Syed Shahabuddin, at a condolence meeting jointly organised by the Institute of Objective Studies and the All India Milli Council at the IOS conference hall here on March 8, 2017 to pay tribute to his memory. She said that her father wanted to resolve all issues within the framework of the Constitution. He never went beyond the pale of the Constitution as he had an unwavering faith in democracy. These were the principles which he followed all along his life. Thinking like him and acting on his thoughts would be a fitting tribute to him, she added.   More...


IOS International Conference

“The Legacy of Muhammad Hamidullah and Its Contemporary Relevance”

February 17-18, 2017 at Conference Hall, FTK-CIT, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (India)


L-R: Ms. Sadida Athaullah, Grand niece of Dr Hamidullah; Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi, Member of Parliament; Prof. M. Nejatullah Siddiqui, Former Professor of Economics, King Abdul Aziz University, Riyadh, KSA; Mr. K. Rahman Khan, Former Union Minister for Minority Affairs; Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman of the IOS; Prof. Omar Hasan Kasule, Secretary-General, International Institute of Islamic Thought, KSA; Maulana Abdullah Mughesi, President of the All India Milli Council; Maulana Saeedur Rahman Azmi, Chancellor of the Integral University, Lucknow, and Principal, Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema; Prof. Mohsin Usmani, Former Dean, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

A two-day international conference on “The Legacy of Muhammad Hamidullah and Its Contemporary Relevance” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at FTK-CIT, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, on February 17-18, 2017. It was inaugurated by the former Union Minister for Minority Affairs, K. Rahman Khan, who stressed the need for popularising the works of Dr Hamidullah in the country as very few intellectuals were aware of his contribution to the study of the Quran and Seerah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). His mastery over several Oriental and Western languages was exemplified by his translation of the Quran into French, which was highly acclaimed by scholars of the West and millions of copies of the translation had been sold so far. Making an impassioned plea for taking his works to the common man, he said that a majority of people were unable to understand his work. “Under such circumstances how could his legacy be taken forward to the younger generation?” he asked. He called for the popularisation of Dr Hamidullah’s works, particularly on Hadith. This was necessary since his works were based on original texts and were well-researched.   More...


IOS Lecture on ‘Will Demonetisation Eliminate Black Money and Corruption?’

January 21, 2017 at Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Dr Md Aftab Alam, Asstt. Professor of Political Science, Zakir Husain College, University of Delhi; Mr. Ashish Gupta, Deputy Editor of Fortune India; Prof. Amir Ullah Khan, Director, Aequitas Research and Visiting Professor, ISB, Hyderabad; Prof. Naushad Ali Azad, Former Dean of Social Sciences, JMI and Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS

A lecture on “Will Demonetisation Eliminate Black Money and Corruption?” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its conference room on January 21, 2017. Prof. Amir Ullah Khan, Director, Aequitas Research and Visiting Professor, ISB, Hyderabad, who was the main speaker, held that the announcement to demonetise high-value currency notes of Rs 500 and 1000 denominations, was not necessitated by any economics but by extraneous factors like casualties of army jawans in Pathankot, situation created by the suicide of Rohit Vemula in the Central University of Hyderabad and disappearance of JNU student, Najeeb Ahmad in mysterious circumstances, etc. These incidents mounted pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to divert attention of the people and come out with the announcement that could be hailed as unparalleled in independent India’s history. This announcement impacted the psyche of the nation as the headlines of electronic and print media dramatically changed immediately after the Prime Minister addressed the nation on the night of November 8 last year. Few, or no economists were consulted before embarking on such an exercise of far-reaching consequence.  More...


IOS organises Discussion on ‘American Election and
President- Elect Trump: Towards Making a New America


December 24, 2016 at Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Dr Md Aftab Alam, Asstt. Professor of Political Science, Zakir Husain College, University of Delhi; Prof. Arshi Khan, Deptt. of Political Science, AMU, Aligarh; IOS; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS; Sukumar Muralidharan, Programme Manager, International Federation of Journalists and ex-bureau chief and deputy editor, The Hindu; Sanjay Kapoor, managing editor, Hardnews Magazine and guest professor, O. P. Jindal Global University

A discussion on “American Election and President-Elect Trump: Towards Making a New America” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its conference room on December 24, 2016. Sanjay Kapoor, managing editor, Hardnews Magazine and guest professor, O. P. Jindal Global University, who initiated the discussion, shared his experience during his stay in Iran around the time the results of the elections to the US presidency were being declared. He said that the public sentiment in Iran was against the nuclear deal signed by President Hasan Rouhani with US President Barack Obama. Victory of the Republican nominee Donald Trump as US President was bound to impact American foreign policy on West Asia.   More...


IOS Lecture on “Higher Education - Status of Muslims vis-a-vis
Other Social Groups in India - 2015”


December 8, 2016 at Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Dr Nakhat Husain Nadwi, In-charge, Arabic Section, IOS: Md. Mutawassim Khan, Manager (research) Data Bank, IOS; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS;

A lecture on “Higher Education - Status of Muslims vis-a-vis Other Social Groups, in India – 2015” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies here on December 8, 2016. Speaking on the subject, manager (research) data bank, Institute of Objective Studies, Md. Mutawassim Khan, held that the percentage of Muslims pursuing higher education was lowest compared to Hindus and Christians who accounted for 20 and 13 percent respectively. According to the draft report prepared by the Union ministry of human resource development, only 11 percent Muslims took up higher education. He said that the figures of other communities were above the national average of 18.8 percent. He noted that the draft report was based on the National Sample Survey (2009-10) data. The low percentage among Muslims could be attributed to various socio-economic reasons. He observed that the situation was worse in rural areas as only 6.7 percent Muslims took up higher education.   More...



Media Coverage: PRESS CONFERENCE | PROGRAMME COVERAGE | PRINT MEDIA

 

Meet on “equality, justice, fraternity”

November 5, 2016 at Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India, Rafi Marg, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. Furqan Qamar, Former Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh and General Secretary, Association of Indian Universities; Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Vice-Chancellor of Maulana Azad University, Jodhpur; Dr. Shakeel Ahmad, Former Union Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology; Justice AM Ahmadi, Former Chief Justice of India; K. Rahman Khan, Former Union Minister for Minority Affairs; Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Brigadier S Ahmed Ali, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University; Prof. M. Aslam, Vice-Chancellor of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

Inaugural Session

The Institute of Objective Studies organised a national conference on “Towards Equality, Justice and Fraternity in Contemporary India: Creating a Better Tomorrow Through Education” at Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India, Rafi Marg, New Delhi, on November 5, 2016 to mark its 30th anniversary celebrations.   More...


IOS-Magadh ‘Varsity interfaith seminar

September 24-25, 2016 at Magadh University in Bodhgaya, Bihar

A two-day national seminar on “Importance of Inter-Religious Understanding: Its Implications for Mankind” jointly organised by Forum for Inter-religious Understanding, Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) and Deptt. of Buddhist Studies & Directorate of Distance Education, Magadh University in Bodhgaya, concluded on September 25, 2016. The deliberations that started on September 24 saw the convergence of religious leaders from six main religions who unequivocally underscored the need for the creation of a congenial atmosphere for peaceful co-existence, harmony, mutual respect and tolerance.   More...


IOS remembers Dr. A.R. Kidwai

September 3, 2016 at Institute Building, 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Dr. Kidwai’s sister Najma Rizvi; Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Dr. A.R. Kidwai’s son, Monis Kidwai; Prof. Ishtiyaque Danish, Finance Secretary, IOS

The Institute of Objective Studies held a condolence meeting at its conference hall on September 3, 2016 to mourn the death of the former governor of Bihar, West Bengal and Haryana and the ex-chairman of the Union Public Service Commission, and a recipient of the prestigious civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan, Dr. Akhlaqur Rehman Kidwai. Paying glowing tributes to the memory of Dr. Kidwai, the Chairman of IOS, Dr. M. Manzoor Alam recalled his valuable services to society and state. He said that Dr. Kidwai was a strategist and a planner who proved that devotion to duty was key to success. He announced that IOS would discharge its moral duty to bring to light the multi-faceted personality of Dr. Kidwai. He urged Dr Kidwai’s close family members to do their bit by establishing a foundation in his name to perpetuate his memory. He insisted that since Dr. Kidwai had an unbounded interest in science, a scholarship in science could be instituted in his name. He also suggested that a book on his life and works should be brought out for the younger generation to take inspiration from him.   More...


IOS organises “Consultative Meeting on New Education Policy”

August 9, 2016 at Nehru House, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. M. Ishtiaq, Vice-Chancellor, Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, Bihar; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS; Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Prof. M. Aslam, Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

The Institute of Objective Studies organised a Consultative Meeting on New Education Policy on August 9, 2016 at Nehru House, Jamia Millia Islamia. Initiating the discussion, the Secretary General, IOS, Prof. ZM Khan, highlighted the main points in the new education policy and said that the Preamble to the Indian Constitution spoke of secularism which could only be achieved through the process of secularisation. Education was a means of socialisation, though it had always been a state subject. Basic education required a lot of thinking as that was the very foundation on which the development of the faculties of children rested. He explained that higher education did not require much to be done as the students in higher portals of knowledge were left to fend for themselves. But what constituted a threat to education was the nationalist agenda of right-wingers who, if not stopped, would inflict an irreparable damage on our polity. He said that the IOS was engaged in debating issues like education and social backwardness of the marginalised sections. The Institute had also taken care of regional identities and aspirations of people by undertaking their case studies. He said that the silver lining in an atmosphere of despondency was that the people in general were very tolerant.   More...


30th IOS General Assembly Annual Meet Concludes

August 5-6, 2016 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


A view of 60th Governing Council meeting

The Institute of Objective Studies’ three-day 30th Annual General Assembly Meeting and the 60th Governing Council meeting attended by delegates from Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Jammu & Kashmir concluded on August 7, 2016. The progress of the decisions taken at the earlier meeting was reviewed. The delegates unanimously endorsed the progress of various projects under review. The delegates discussed the issues in the context of the country and the Muslim community threadbare and took several important decisions by a voice vote. At both the meetings, it was unanimously decided to hold 30th anniversary celebrations of the IOS in coming November in Delhi.  More...


IOS Lecture on “Republic of Turkey in the midst of crisis-Military coup or terrorism in uniform: An Overview”

August 6, 2016 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS; Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Prof. Arshi Khan, Department of Political Science, AMU, Aligarh, Prof. M. Afzal Wani, School of Law & Legal Studies, G. G. Singh Indraprastha University and Asstt. Secretary General, IOS

The Institute of Objective Studies organised a lecture on “Republic of Turkey in the midst of crisis-Military coup or terrorism in uniform: An Overview” on the occasion of the 30th Annual Meeting of its General Assembly at its conference hall on August 6, 2016. Delivering the lecture, Prof. Arshi Khan of the Department of Political Science, AMU, Aligarh observed that the Republic of Turkey took its rebirth in a decisive form on July 15, 2016 to re-engage itself in nation-building process and restructuring the Turkish state for greater security, stability, development and peace. He said that the Turkish people witnessed a new kind of terrorism on the night of July 15 in different parts of the country when attempts were made to capture or kill the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and damage the state.   More...


IOS Lecture on “Usury to Interest: History and Possible Lessons”

July 30, 2016 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. Javed Ahmad Khan, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; Dr. Kaleem Alam, Researcher, Islamic Economics Institute (IEI), King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,

A lecture on “Usury to Interest: History and Possible Lessons” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its conference hall on July 30, 2016. Delivering the lecture, Dr. Kaleem Alam, Researcher, Islamic Economics Institute (IEI), King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, observed that usury meant excessive interest charged on the borrower which was illegal and was prohibited. With the passage of time, those who traded or prastised usury were disliked by the society. This brought the clergy face to face with the rulers who became more assertive leading to the development from usury to interest. He explained that those who were in the business of usury were known as “usurers”. The Jews were known to be dealing in usury, though it was prohibited to them by Judaism. They continued to do the business as usual by interpreting religion in their own interest which, according to them, was permitted. They practised of usury while dealing with non-Jews. He maintained that Christianity was opposed to the practice of usury.   More...


Strong Urge, a Must for Benefiting from Quran:
Dr. Md. Akram Nadwi


July 21, 2016 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

Presenting the correct interpretation of the Quran in the light of a comparative study of Imam Ibne Taimiya and Allama Farahi at the Committee Room of the IOS on July 21, 2016, the Islamic scholar and a research fellow of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Dr Md. Akram Nadwi said that the urge to benefit from the Quran should be strong. Besides, he said, it was necessary to understand how the one to whom the Quran was revealed as well as we understood it. He clarified that while Ibne Taimiya considered the Quran as the word of Allah, Allama Farahi treated it as a book.   More...


IOS organises Eid Milan Programme

July 17, 2016 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

The Institute of Objective Studies organised an Eid Milan programme on July 17, 2016 in collaboration with the All India Milli Council. Important people from different walks of life, including non-Muslims, attended the function. Notable among those who spoke on the occasion included Maulana Asrarul Haq Qasmi, MP, Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani, Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, Prof. Afzal Wani, VB Rawat, veteran journalist Santosh Bhartiya and Franklin Caesar.   More...


IOS organises Discussion on ‘Liberty and Fraternity in the Constitution: A Review’ in collaboration with DPLA, CFD and AIMC

July 16, 2016 at Nehru House, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi


L-R: Mr John Dayal, Eminent journalist and human rights activist; Dr ND Pancholi, Secretary General, Citizens for Democracy; Dr M. Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Prof. M. Aslam, Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University; MD Thomas, Founder Director, Institute of Peace and Harmony;

The Institute of Objective Studies organised a discussion on “Liberty and Fraternity in the Constitution: A Review” on July 16, 2016 at Nehru House, Jamia Millia Islamia in association with the Democratic People’s Lawyer Association (DPLA), Citizens For Democracy (CFD) and the All India Milli Council (AIMC). Introducing the theme, Prof. M. Afzal Wani, Professor, school of Law & Legal Studies, G. G. Singh Indraprastha University and Asstt. Secretary General, IOS stressed that it was fraternity that was cardinal for integrating humanity. It strengthened the belief that all human beings belonged to the same earliest parents. In the absence of basic traits of humanism, human vision got narrower. If that happened, man would destroy everything before being destroyed himself. Referring to the Quranic teachings, “Best among you is one who performs best” he said that this was also applicable to our Constitution which set for itself the goal of fraternity. Violation of the Constitution meant violation of humanity. Noting that the Prophet (pbuh) established norms of humanity, he maintained that global humanity was possible only by promoting fraternity.   More...


IOS Lecture on “Current Conditions of Progress in the Muslim World”

June 4, 2016 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Dr. Zubair Zafar Khan, Asstt. Prof., Deptt. of Islamic Studies, AMU; Prof. M. Afzal Wani, Asstt. Secretary General, IOS; Mr. M.M. Khan, Manager (Research), IOS Data Bank

The Institute of Objective Studies organised a lecture on “Current Conditions of Progress in the Muslim World” at its conference hall on June 4, 2016. Dr. Zubair Zafar Khan, Asstt. Prof., Deptt. of Islamic Studies, AMU, who delivered the lecture, dwelt at length on the present state of progress in the Muslim world in the field of education, technology, economy, research and innovation, space science, media, sports, etc. He pointed to certain amazing facts about the standard of development in the Muslim majority countries in comparison to some leading nations of the world. Commenting on the total world population of about 7.068 billion, he said that Christians accounted for 33.39 percent followed by the Muslims who were 22.74 percent. While Hindus constituted 13.8 percent, Buddhists accounted for 6.77 percent, Sikhs 0.35 percent, Jews 0.22 percent, Bahais 0.11 percent and the followers of other religions constituted 10.95 percent. This also included the figure of non-religious people and atheists who accounted for 9.66 percent and 2.01 percent respectively. He held that the Muslim population was 1.65 billion and the Jewish population stood at 14 million Muslims were 117 times the Jews.   More...


IOS Lecture on “Communal Violence and the Identity of Groups”

May 21, 2016 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. Shamim A. Ansari, Professor of Psychology at Aligarh Muslim University; Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS

A lecture on “Communal Violence and the Identity of Groups” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its Conference hall on May 21, 2016. Delivering the lecture, Prof. Shamim A. Ansari, Professor of Psychology at Aligarh Muslim University, observed that communal violence was one of the most vulnerable conditions that not only widened the gap among the groups, but was also detrimental to nation’s growth and development. This was the tragedy of the Indian sub-continent that no one realised the cost of communal violence in terms of men, material and economic resources, he said. Emphasising the need for controlling communal violence for the sake of nation-building, he said that the identification of reasons for such a national social evil was very important. In this connection, he cited identity crises as the most important reason adding that it weakened one’s psycho-social make-up so far as the perception about oneself and others was concerned.   More...


IOS organises Symposium on Nationalism Today: Issues and Challenges

April 30, 2016 at Deputy Speaker’s Hall, Constitution Club, New Delhi


L-R: Dr Md Aftab Alam, Asstt. Professor of Political Science, Zakir Husain College, University of Delhi; Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani, Secretary, Jamat-i-Ulemae Hind; Harsh Mander, Social activist; Justice Rajinder Singh Sachar, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court; John Dayal, Senior journalist and activist; Dr Hilal Ahmed, CSDS; Prof. Achin Vanaik, Delhi University

New Delhi: A symposium on “Nationalism Today: Issues and Challenges” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies on April 30, 2016 at the Deputy Speaker’s Hall, Constitution Club here. Justice Rajinder Singh Sachar, former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, who presided over the symposium, said that nationalism implied that all citizens of India irrespective of their religions, caste, creed, etc. were equal.   More...


59th Meeting of Governing Council (GC) of the IOS

April 19, 2016 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

New Delhi, April 19: The 59th meeting of the Governing Council of the Institute of Objective Studies held here today which was attended by members of the governing council and special invitees from across the country.

The meeting reviewed the progress of its various ongoing research projects, and other activities and programmes undertaken by it.   More...


IOS organises Lecture on “Life and Literary Contribution of Mir Hasan Dehlvi”

March 26, 2016 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Dr. Nakhat Husain, IOS; Prof. Qazi Obaidur Rahman Hashmi, former head, department of Urdu, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; Prof. Syed Sadique; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS; Prof. Ishtiyaque Danish, Finance Secretary, IOS

The Institute of Objective Studies organised the Eighth Qazi Mujahidul Islam Memorial Lecture on “The Life and Literary Contribution of Mir Hasan Dehlvi” on March 26, 2016 at the conference hall of the Institute. Delivering the lecture, Prof. Qazi Obaidur Rahman Hashmi, former head, department of Urdu, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, said that Mir Hasan left Delhi grudgingly along with his father, Mir Zahak and other members of the family in the wake of Ahmed Shah Abdali’s attack on Delhi in 1758. After staying briefly at Deg near Delhi, he reached Lucknow after suffering hardships in the arduous journey. Lucknow could not attract him for long and he moved to Faizabad where he felt at home. The period from 1728 to 1786 could be described as Mir Hasan’s life-time which was very turbulent for the Moghul period. He explained that Mir Hasan’s literary journey assumed importance from the historical point of view as several Urdu poets, including Mir Taqi Mir, Mirza Rafi Sauda, etc., were his contemporaries. This was the time when Mirza Sauda’s Urdu poetry was at its height when the duo, Mir Hasan and his father Mir Ghulam Husain Zahak were staying at Faizabad. Though Mir Hasan was much younger than Mirza Sauda, he had started writing Urdu poems at an early age in Delhi. According to the Kulliyaat-i- Mir Hasan (collected works of Mir Hasan), he tried every form of poetry - ghazal, qasidah, rubai, marsia, mathnawi, etc. Mir Hasan attained fame for his Mathnawi Sahrulbayan which was the finest example of his mastery ever language and diction.   More...


Tajdar Taj’s anthology Barfili Zamin ka Suraj released at IOS-NSS function

March 20, 2016 at University’s Shankar Rao Chavan auditorium on the Kalina campus, Mumbai

New Delhi: The third anthology of Tajdar Taj, Barfili Zamin ka Suraj (Sun of the Snowy Land), was released on March 20, 2016 at a function jointly organised by the Institute of Objective Studies and the National Service Scheme of Bombay University at the University’s Shankar Rao Chavan auditorium on the Kalina campus, Mumbai. Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities, Padma Shri Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, released the collection amidst applause from the audience who gave it an standings ovation. Speaking on the occasion, he read out a couplet from the collection: Garmiye fikr mili shahr-i-ghazal ko humse/Humne barfili zaminon mein ugaya suraj (the city of ghazal got the warmth of thought from us/ we grew the sun in snowy lands).   More...


IOS organises “Review Meeting on Education Policies in India”

March 19, 2016 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

The Institute of Objective Studies organised a “Review Meeting on Education Policies in India” at its Conference hall on March 19, 2016. Initiating the discussion, The Secretary General, IOS, Prof. ZM Khan, called for intensive debate on the proposed educational policy of the Centre. He said that a New Education Policy Task Force (NEPTF) was already in place and before it was finalised, detailed deliberations needed to be made. He said that there were three areas which had not undergone structural changes. These were civil services, law and education.   More...


IOS Kolkata chapter hosts lecture of the Chairman

March 12, 2016 at IOS Kolkata Chapter

The Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) Kolkata Chapter organized a lecture on “The Role of Muslim Youth in the 21st century” by Dr. Mohammed Manzoor Alam, Chairman of the IOS on 12th March, 2016. The lecture was presented before a number of guests including representatives of youth from different fields.   More...


IOS Aligarh Chapter organises symposium on Women’s empowerment

March 8, 2016 at IOS Aligarh Chapter

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, 2016 (March 8) the Aligarh College of Engineering & Management, Aligarh College of Education in collaboration with IOS, Aligarh Chapter organised a symposium on “The Dream of Women’s Empowerment: How to Translate it into Reality”. After welcoming the audience and the guests M. Serajuddin Khan, assistant coordinator, Institute of Objective Studies, Aligarh chapter, briefly introduced the topic of the day and invited Dr. Rubina Shahnaz, a faculty member of ACE, who after giving a brief history, purpose and importance of the day said that there was an urgent need for changing the mindset of men and women for redressal of problems faced by the fair sex around the globe.   More...


IOS organises Lecture on “The Budget 2016: Correcting Past Mistakes, or Making New Ones”

March 5, 2016 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Dr. Waqar Anwar, Advisor (finance), Jamaat-e-Islami Hind; Prof. Naushad Ali Azad, Former dean, faculty of social sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia; Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS; Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, Advisor, Gates Foundation and visiting professor, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad; Dr. Kaleem Alam, Islamic Economic Institute, King Abdulaziz University, KSA

A lecture on “The Budget 2016: Correcting Past Mistakes, or Making New Ones” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its Conference Hall on March 5, 2016. Delivering the lecture, Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, Advisor, Gates Foundation and visiting professor, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, described the budget as the worst presented by any finance minister in the last few years. He said that the big disappointment with the NDA even for its own declared fans was that it was unable to match its own rhetoric and promises in what was its most important budget exercise half way through its term. Referring to the promise of bringing back black money stashed away in tax havens abroad, he said that not much success had been achieved. Another amnesty scheme had been launched after the failure of the previous one that delivered only Rs. 3,770 crore. The gold monetisation scheme that the Prime Minster endorsed returned a meager 900 kilogrammes of gold. Similarly, Cleaning of Ganga, Swachchh Bharat and bullet trains had all been largely ignored by the budget with no fresh allocations or increased outlays, he pointed out.   More...


معهد الدراسات الموضوعية يقيم حفل تأبين في وفاة سماحة الشيخ الدكتور طه جابر العلواني يرحمه الله

يوم السبت الموافق 5 مارس 2016 في مقره بنيو دلهي

أقام معهد الدراسات الموضوعية حفل تأيين في وفاة المفكر الإسلامي الكبير، وأحد مؤسسي المعهد العالمي للفكر الإسلامي ورئيسه السابق سماحة الشيخ الدكتور طه جابر العلواني يوم السبت الموافق 5 مارس 2016 في مقره بنيو دلهي، بأشراف فضيلة الدكتور محمد منظور عالم، رئيس معهد الدراسات الموضوعية و بحضور أمينه العام البروفيسور ظهور محمد خان. وجرى في الحفل التعريف على خدمات علمية وفكرية وبحثية جليلة للفقيد مع تقديم كتبه التي ترجمها ونشرها معهد الدراسات الموضوعية باللغات الهندية.   ...More


IOS Condolence on the demise of Hassan 'Abd Allah al-Turabi

New Delhi, March 7: The Institute of Objective expressed its immense grief and sorrow on the sad demise of Hassan 'Abd Allah al-Turabi, an eminent religious and Islamist political leader in Sudan, who passed away on March 5, 2016.

On his demise, Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, Chairman, Institute of Objective Studies said that the Muslim world has lost "one of the most influential figures in modern Sudanese politics, and a "longtime ideological leader". He was instrumental in institutionalizing shariah (Islamic law) in the northern part of the country, he further said. He recalled his meeting with Al-Turabi way back in late 70s in Riyadh where he interacted with him over the issues of Muslim world.

May Allah accept all his good deeds, bless him with the choicest place in the heaven and grant Muslim ummah all the patience to bear this loss, Aameen.


IOS Aligarh chapter organises lecture on Palestine

February 29, 2016 at IOS Aligarh chapter


Speaker: Prof. Arshi Khan, department of political science, A.M.U., Aligarh

The Aligarh chapter of the Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi organised a lecture on “Palestine: A nation without a state”, in the faculty of arts lounge, Aligarh Muslim University, on February 29, in which students from different streams actively participated.

Assistant coordinator of the chapter, M. Serajuddin Khan, invited Prof. Mohammad Muqim who formally welcomed the speaker and the audience and gave a brief introduction of the institute and contributions made by various chapters as well as the headquarters after recitation of a verse from the holy Quran.   More...


YOUTH DIALOGUE:
WE ALSO HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY


February 20, 2016 at IOS Calicut chapter

Calicut: IOS Calicut chapter of the Institute of Objective Studies conducted a youth dialogue with the theme ‘WE ALSO HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY’ on 20th February 2016 at Islamic Youth Centre auditorium, Kozhikode. Around 30 youths, both men and women, attended the programme to air their views, anxieties and hopes about Indian Muslims as well as Muslims in other parts of the world. The participants were drawn from various fields.   More...


IOS Lecture on “Secular Subjects in Islamic Syllabi”

February 20, 2016 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. Ishtiaque Danish, Department of Islamic Studies, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi; Prof. Mohsin Usmani, Former professor of Arabic; Prof. Z.M. Khan, Secretary General, IOS

The Institute of Objective Studies organised a lecture on “Secular Subjects in Islamic Syllabi” on February 20, 2016 at its conference hall. Delivering the lecture, Prof. Ishtiaque Danish, Department of Islamic Studies, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, held that Islamic and modern education were not two different things in the early years of Islam. Mathematics and physics were part of the curriculum as the ordination in respect of Allah’s will had come through the Prophet (PBUH) which could not have been understood without mathematics. This perhaps was the reason why at the Suffa, in Masjid-i-Nabwi and nine other mosques, the teaching of mathematics and astronomy was included in the syllabus. As the teachings of the Prophet Muhamamd (PBUH) did not distinguish between Islamic and secular subjects, the question of separation of two subjects did not arise, he said. He insisted that Britain was believed to have distinguished between the two streams, but the moot question which still remained enigmatic was how knowledge found way into that country from Arabians.   More...


Scintillating lecture on seerah

February 13, 2016 at IOS Calicut chapter


L-R: Mr A A Vahab, Director, IYC scholarship programme; Prof. P. Koya, Coordinator, IOS Calicut Chapter; Sheikh Muhammad Karakunnu, Jamat-e-Islami Hind, Kerala

Calicut: IOS Calicut chapter organised a lecture on the Prophet’s (PBUH) biographies in Malayalam on 13th February here. Sheikh Muhammad Karakunnu, the learned speaker who is currently the Asstt. Ameer of Jamat-e-Islami Hind, Kerala observed that Malayalam is rich in seerah. There are many original works as well as translations brought out by many publishing houses and several of them are in print. Biographies of the Prophet (PBUH) are mostly best sellers.   More...


Two-day IOS National Seminar on “Minority Rights and Constitutional Safeguards: the Role of State, Judiciary and Civil Society” at Patna

February 6-7, 2016 at A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna


L-R: Ven. Tenzin Lama Thapke, Chief Monk, Tibet Monastery, Bodh Gaya; Prof. Amarjit S. Narang, School of Social Sciences, IGNOU, New Delhi; Mr. Y.H. Muchhala, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court, Mumbai; Mr. K. Rahman Khan, Former Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India; Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Maulana Anisur Rahman Qasmi, Nazim, Imarate Shariah, Bihar, Orissa & Jharkhand; Prof. Z.M. Khan, Secretary General, IOS; Father Manthra S.J., St. Xavier School, Patna

A two-day national seminar on “Minority Rights and Constitutional Safeguards: The Role of State, Judiciary and Civil Society”, organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna was held on February 6-7, 2016. It ended with the adoption of an 18-point resolution after deliberations over six business sessions where the participation of a cross-section of society reflected seriousness, importance and relevance of the themes.   More...    Impressions of the seminar


IOS organises Interactive Session with Nepalese Minister,
Vishwendra Paswan


January 19, 2016 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman of the IOS felicitates to Mr. Vishwendra Paswan, Minister of Science, Technology, Environment and Population, Republic of Nepal

The Institute of Objective Studies organised an Interactive Session with the Minister of Science, Technology, Environment and Population, Republic of Nepal, Vishwendra Paswan at its Conference hall on January 19, 2016. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the minister said that while drafting the new Constitution of Nepal, care had been taken to include all sections of society in order to ensure social justice. Saying that the new constitution was secular and democratic, he insisted that if the reservation to the weaker sections of society was provided in the Constitution, it would prove to be one of the best in the world. He expressed his government’s readiness to amend the Constitution adding that it required consensus among the other stakeholders as a two-third majority was needed to effect a change in the statute. The government was waiting for the response of other political parties, he said. Referring to the minorities, especially the Muslims, he said that their population was 45 lakh and the present Nepalese dispensation was eager to give reservation to them in proportion to their population.   More...


IOS Lecture on “Development of Islamic Economics and Finance in India”

January 9, 2016 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. Javed Ahmad Khan, officiating director, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; Dr Waquar Anwar, Financial Advisor, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind; Prof Naushad Ali Azad, former Dean, faculty of social sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS

The Institute of Objective Studies organised a lecture on “Development of Islamic Economics and Finance in India” on January 9, 2016 in its conference hall. Delivering the lecture on the subject, Prof. Javed Ahmad Khan, officiating director, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, held that the concept of Islamic banking emerged after the growth of petro-dollars. This was a phenomenon that emerged some 50 years ago. He said that the central concept in interest-free banking and finance was justice, which was achieved mainly through the sharing of risk. Stakeholders were supposed to share profit and losses, and charging interest was prohibited. He noted that the risk could not be transferred from person to person or country to country. He said that one area that had not been adequately addressed was the role of interest-free banking in financial inclusion. Globally, interest-free banking had witnessed a significant increase, especially in the wake of the financial crisis a few years ago. According to Lagarde (2015), total Islamic finance assets were estimated at around US$ 2 trillion, practically a ten-fold increase a decade, and outperforming the growth of conventional finance in many places, he observed.   More...


Lecture on “Towards Islamic Methodology of Studying World Religions - Some Theoretical Issues”

December 12, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani, Secretary, Jamiat-i-Ulma-i-Hind; Prof. Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi, Former Director, Shah-i-Hamdan Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Kashmir, Srinagar; Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS, Prof. M Afzal Wani, Assistant Secretary General, IOS

A lecture on “Towards Islamic Methodology of Studying World Religions - Some Theoretical Issues” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its Conference hall on December 12, 2015. Delivering the lecture, Prof. Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi, former director, Shah-i-Hamdan Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Kashmir, Srinagar observed that the phenomenon of religion had attracted the attention of intellectuals and thinkers from the distant past to the present times. Owing to its presence everywhere, intellectuals from various fields of life arose to search for the origin, nature and function of religion in human life. He said that in the course of its history, religion had caught the attention of various academic disciplines, studied by anthropology, sociology, psychology, science, political science, theoretical economics and philosophy. He noted that it was during the 18th and 19th centuries when some important intellectual developments took place and the scientific method accompanied by a wealth of material on religious phenomenon penetrated into the West that the various religious theorists presented their respective theories of religion. He said that the early interpreters of religion theorised that religion was the result of rational effort to comprehend the basic question of existence. The first prominent interpreter among them was EB Taylor (1832-1917), who, surveying through the mass of material on primitives that was pouring into Europe during the 19th century, concluded that religion originated as primitives used their child-like reasoning to answer certain problems.   More...


Scientific Investigation of Revealed Knowledge

November 11, 2015 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

A presentation on “Scientific Investigation of Revealed Knowledge – A Project with unlimited potential for peace and development” was made by Mr. Jamshed Akhtar in a meeting held at the Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi on November 11, 2015.

The link of the project is provided below for the use of readers. Any comments, suggestions may kindly be sent at ios.newdelhi@gmail.com   Scientific Investigation of Revealed Knowledge...


IOS Felicitates Prof. (Dr) Seyed E. Hasnain

December 5, 2015 at the CIT Auditorium at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Padma Shri Prof. (Dr) Seyed E Hasnain of the Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, was felicitated by the Institute of Objective Studies at an impressive ceremony at the CIT Auditorium at Jamia Millia Islamia here on December 5, 2015 for his exceptional contribution to molecular biology and epidemiology of mycobacterium tuberculosis. Speaking on “Scientific Discoveries and Prophecies in the Holy Quran”, on the occasion, Dr. Hasnain noted that Allah revealed Quran to Prophet Mohammad (SW) 1400 years ago to guide humanity, but not a single word had been added to or subtracted from it afterwards. The predictions made in the Quran had been proved true by science. He said that ever since the Quran was revealed, it had possessed countless scientific, mathematical and historical miracles. “The divine knowledge is contained in the “Mother of Books (Ummul Kitab)” and the “Tablet Preserved (Lauh-i-Mahfooz)”, he said. He observed that many of the verses revealed in the Quran had only been recently discovered by science and the use of modern technology. Explaining the relationship of science with religion, he quoted the theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate, Albert Einstein who had said, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”   More...     PPT of (Dr) Seyed E. Hasnain...


IOS holds Panel Discussion on “Bihar Elections 2015: Impact on Social Fabric”

November 28, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

A panel discussion on “Bihar Elections 2015: Impact on Social Fabric” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its conference hall on November 28, 2015. Initiating the discussion, senior journalist AU Asif said that the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) romped home following rejection of the issues by the electorate raised by the BJP. Referring to the well-known journalist, Rajdeep Sardesai’s book on the parliamentary elections of 2014, he said that Rajdeep had predicted that the outcome of the elections would prove a trend-setter for India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement during the current winter session of Parliament reaffirming his commitment to the values enshrined in the Indian Constitution was the first of its kind in the history of the country. Terming the unity among the political parties in Bihar as significant, he held that it should not be confined to winning elections. It should be a beginning for setting high standards of tolerance and promoting a composite culture, thus saving the Constitution from onslaughts. He felt the need for advance planning on this count.   More...


IOS organises Lecture on “Empowerment and Mainstreaming of Muslims - A Distance Education Perspective”

November 21, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Prof. M. Aslam, Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General IOS; Prof. Obaidur Rahman Hashmi, NCPUL, New Delhi

The Institute of Objective Studies organised a lecture on “Empowerment and Mainstreaming of Muslims-A Distance Education Perspective” at the conference hall of the Institute on November 21, 2015. Delivering the lecture, the Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, Prof. M. Aslam, held that the plight of Muslims had not changed even after more than six decades of Independence. This was a matter of serious concern. Referring to the Sachar Committee Report, he said that it also made it evident that the socio-economic deprivation of the community was fuelled by their lack of education and representation in the governance structures. The spatial distribution of population figures of Muslims revealed two distinct features. First, they were widespread and concentrated in selected districts. Second, they were disproportionately urban.   More...


Vice-President of India Releases “Masadir-i- Seerat-i-Nabwi
(Volume I & II)” at an IOS Function


November 20, 2015 at Conference Hall, Vice President's House, 6, Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi-110 011

New Delhi: The Vice-President of India, M. Hamid Ansari, released the book Masadir-i- Seerat-i-Nabwi {sources of the biographies of the Prophet (SW)} Volume I & II written by Prof. M. Yasin Mazhar Siddiqui, at a function organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at the Conference Hall, Vice-President’s House here on November 20, 2015. Releasing the book, he said it was a research work with erudition, adding that it would be fruitful for students and teachers alike. They would have an opportunity to benefit from the sources of the biographies of the Prophet (SW). He hoped that on the completion of the project undertaken by the IOS, an encyclopedia of Islam, would be in place. He said that the Islamic chroniclers of the history of Islam who found a place on the very first page of volume I, would be a subject of further research. He made out a case for continuous research on the subject and the publication of more and more books on it. He said that such authors and history should not be confined to shelves; they must come out in order to benefit the seekers of knowledge. Frankly admitting that he was never a student of history and Islamic Studies, he said that he always tried to get a whiff of fresh air from history and Islamic Studies. Describing the present work as a monumental one, he said that it must be widely acclaimed. More...


IOS organises Panel Discussion on “Post-Bihar Poll: Where do we go from here?”

November 14, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: AU Asif, Senior Journalist; Rizwan Ahsan, Political Activist and Analyst; Qasim Syed, Chief Editor, Urdu daily, Roznama Khabrein; Dr. Aftab Alam, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Zakir Husain College, Delhi University; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS; Iftekhar Geelani, National Bureau Chief, DNA; Bhasha Singh, Bureau Chief, Hindi news magazine, Outlook

A panel discussion on “Post-Bihar Poll: Where do we go from here?” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies, on November 14, 2015 at the conference hall of the Institute. Initiating the discussion senior journalist, AU Asif, referred to the veteran journalist, Rajdeep Sardesai’s book on Lok Sabha elections-2014 and said that the scenario post-parliamentary polls had changed for the better after the recently-held Bihar assembly elections. He observed that the voters rose above the OBC politics and exercised their right to franchise. Muslims too played a significant role in tilting the balance in favour of the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) by silently casting their vote. He noted that three-fourths of the candidates fielded by both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav belonging to their castes registered their victory. Besides, high-caste voters supported the Mahagathbandhan demonstrating political maturity and far-sightedness of Biharis, he pointed out. More...


IOS holds lecture on “Turkish General Elections: Results and Implications”

November 10, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. Javed Ahmad Khan, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; Prof. Aftab Kamal Pasha of the Centre for West Asian and African Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman of the IOS;

The Institute of Objective Studies hosted a lecture on the “Turkish General Elections: Results and Implications” on November 10, 2015 at the conference hall of the Institute. Delivering the lecture Prof. Arshi Khan of Department of Political Science, AMU, Aligarh and Member of General Assembly, IOS, held that the stunning victory of the Justice and Development (AK) party of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, in the snap poll called on November 1 last would turn over a new leaf in the country. The election was necessitated because AK refused to accept losing its majority in the previous poll in June. The religious-nationalist party’s campaign strategy involved cracking down on Kurdish militants. He believed that AK would use its political capital to restart the peace process with the Kurds. He said that Erdogan and AK were optimistic that they could use their pro-religious credentials to split conservative Kurdish parties. He observed that AK officials had begun discussing plans for Erdogan’s long-standing ambition: Changing the constitution to create an executive presidency. Erdogan would allow Ahmet Devutoglu, the prime minister, to wield official power, while pulling the strings in the background. Prof. Khan said European leaders were desperate for Turkish help in stemming the flow of migrants. In mid-October the European Union and Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, agreed to reopen negotiations on several aspects of accession of Turkey to EU in exchange for a deal on refugees. More...


IOS organises lecture on “Unity of Ummah: Limits and Etiquette of Disagreement”

October 31, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. Ishtiyaque Danish, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Jamia Hamdard; Maulana Ateeq Ahmad Bastavi, ustad of Tafseer, Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General IOS; Prof. M. Afzal Wani, Professor of law at the Guru Gobind Singh IP University

The Institute of Objective Studies hosted a lecture on the “Unity of Ummah: Limits and Etiquette of Disagreement” on October 31, 2015 at the conference hall of the Institute. Maulana Ateeq Ahmad Bastavi, ustad of Tafseer, Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow, convenor, Darul Qaza Committee of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, founder-member and secretary, Islamic Fiqh Academy and member, General Assembly of the IOS, who delivered the lecture, emphasised that prophets from Adam (PBUH) to the Prophet Hazrat Mohammad Mustafa (SAW) spread the message of oneness of God and unceasingly strove for impressing upon mankind to keep itself away from paganism and multiplicity of godhood. As far as the existence of one God is concerned, there was no difference among the prophets. They invited their ummah to follow God, who is the Master of all the creation transcending all the worlds. He said that the holy Quran has preserved the record of the call of a number of prophets to their followers in several surahs. Referring to the teachings of Prophet Adam and Prophet Noah, he said that their call was centered on the existence of God. This could be treated as the beginning of the Unity of Ummah, he noted. He remarked that Surah Hijrah contained teachings that pointed to unity among Muslims. These teachings fostered love and affection among the faithful and forbade such actions that might create cleavage in the ranks of Muslims. More...


IOS organise lecture on “Challenges to Constitutional Mandate for Religious Harmony”

October 17, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi


L-R: Dr. Tariq AShraf, founder member, Civil Society Network, New Delhi; Prof. Khwaja Abdul Muntaqim, Ex-Additional Legislative Counsel to the Govt. of India and Visiting Professor, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Amity University; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary-General of the IOS; Prof. Refaqat Ali Khan, Vice Chairman of the IOS; Prof. Eqbal Husain of the Faculty of Law, JMI

A lecture on “Challenges to Constitutional Mandate for Religious Harmony” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies in its conference hall on October 17, 2015. Delivering the lecture, Ex-Additional Legislative Counsel to the Govt. of India and Visiting Professor, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Amity University, Prof. Khwaja Abdul Muntaqim, pleaded for immediate enactment of the “Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2011 against the backdrop of incidents of communal violence against Muslims in different parts of the country. More...


IOS lecture on “Muslim Minority and Legitimacy of Government of India’s Federal Democracy”

October 10, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Institute Building, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

New Delhi, Oct. 10: As part of a series of lectures, the Institute of Objective Studies organised a lecture on the “Muslim Minority and Legitimacy of Government of India’s Federal Democracy” at the conference hall of the Institute here today. Delivering the lecture, Prof. Arshi Khan of the Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University and Member of the General Assembly, IOS, commented that democracy was not only the name of the elected and contested institutions, but it was directly connected with the legitimacy and the performance of the government. In plural societies like India, the role of democracy differed from being the agency of administration and control, because the governing institutions were expected to provide security, rights and participation to the excluded minority community as major part of constitutional obligations. He noted that the purpose of democracy in India was also concerned with the performance of the government vis-à-vis the Muslim minority and other excluded groups. More...


IOS Mourns Dr Barzinji





Condolence meeting on September 28, 2015 at IOS, New Delhi

New Delhi, Sept. 28: The staff of Institute of Objective Studies, led by its Chairman Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam, mourned the death of Islamic scholar and visionary leader of international Islamic movement, Dr Jamal Barzinji. Dr Barzinji, who died on September 26 in the United States, had been battling a rare form of cancer. He was 76.

The condolence meet, which began with a recital from the Quran by Maulana Khalid Nadvi of the IOS, was chaired by the Chairman Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam, who had been a close associate of Dr Barzinji for decades. In his brief address he fondly reminisced about the three visits of Dr Barzinji to India for IOS-organised programme. More...


IOS organises lecture on “Universal Human Values and India”

September 19, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

The Institute of Objective Studies organised a lecture on the “Universal Human Values and India” on September 19, 2015 at the conference hall of the Institute. Delivering the lecture, Educator of Jeevan Vidya, for a Universal, Self Reliant, Awakened and Contented Society, Mr. Som Dev, said that today’s confrontation was centered on search for self or individual identity. He stated that the entire purpose for existence rested on the twin fundamental questions of the purpose of life and the way to lead it. In our thought process, man was missing, because the way we received education, the manual which would have guided us, was missing. Elaborating upon his point, he said that we did get education, but that was worthless as the manual was missing. He observed that whatever man did, thought and spoke, was done in search of pleasure. Every human being in the world had the motivation of pleasure. Pleasure was, in fact, the willing acceptance of something. While noting that the ways to attain pleasure differed from man to man, he said that the denial of something was tantamount to unwillingness or rejection of pleasure. One’s pleasure might be rejected by someone else as unhappiness. More...


IOS and Deptt. of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia jointly organise “Stabilising Population Growth Rates: Discussion on Census 2011”

September 14, 2015 at Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia

The Institute of Objective Studies organised a discussion on “Stabilising Population Growth Rates: Discussion on Census 2011” in collaboration with the Department of Political Science, JMI at the conference room of the Department here on September 14, 2015. Former Registrar-General and Census Commissioner of India, Dr. AR Nanda, the main speaker, said that census was essentially based on demographic data and its scientific analysis could be done from different angles. Holding that the annual growth rate was the best measure to determine the rate of fertility, he said that it was still at 2.3 percent and India had to strive for achieving 2.1 percent rate of fertility. He noted that the sex ratio had also improved to 943 per thousand from 930 per thousand. He pointed out that there were a lot of conceptual myths regarding population. But population could not be stabilised. There were no quick fixes to limit the family, but huge distribution of wealth and income definitely played a role in high, medium and low growth rate. While arguing against Malthusian thinking on population, he said that policy imponderables demanded that the younger generation which was our largest asset must be put to better use. More...


IOS hosts lecture on “Origin and Development of Hinduism”

September 12, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

The Institute of Objective Studies organised a lecture on the “Origin and Development of Hinduism” at the conference hall of the IOS here on September 12, 2015. President, Universal Knowledge Trust and former Secretary General, IOS, A R Agwan, who spoke on the subject, held that two prominent views about the origin of Hinduism were prevalent. While one section of scholars and researchers believed that Hinduism had its origin in the present Indian territory, the other group, mostly led by Western scholars and indologists reached the conclusion that the Aryans were key contributors in the formation and development of Hinduism. He said that the origin of the word Hindu was itself debated by academics. The most argued interpretation could be that it had its roots in “Sapta-Sindhu”, which generally meant the area of the present-day Pakistan, Afghanistan and part of western India. He remarked that in the prevailing socio-political accounts, Hindus hardly took that territory as their “holy land.” They would also not like the word “Hindu” to be replaced by “Sindhu,” he said. He argued that the main hurdle in accepting Indian origin of Hinduism was archeology. The archeological evidence to prove either the so-called “Ramayana Route” or the existence of the people of the Mahabharata period could not be found out, creating doubts regarding the historicity of these major events imbedded in Hindu traditions. He said that no evidence of urbanisation in the present Indian Territory existed before the seventh century BCE. More...


29th Annual Meeting of General Assembly of IOS concludes with Lecture on “Towards an Inclusive India: Vision for 2015”

September 6, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

New Delhi, September 6: The two-day 29th Annual meeting of General Assembly of the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) concluded here today. A number of decisions were taken on the occasion. According to the decisions taken, the IOS will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year. Besides, national and international seminars and workshops on the new education policy will be organised in Delhi and other places of the country. Similarly, about six seminars on “Minority Rights and Identities and Constitutional Safeguards: The Role of State, Judiciary and Civil Society” will be organised. More...


IOS organises “Discourse on Major Books on Seerah”

August 29, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

New Delhi, Aug. 29: “Discourse on Major Books on Seerah”, was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its conference hall here today. Former Dean, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, Prof. Mohsin Usmani Nadvi who delivered the lecture, held that the number of books profiling the life of the Prophet (Seerah) in various languages ran into thousands. This included a fairly good number of books written by non-Muslims. He said that during the times of the Caliphs (RA), the work on Seerah and the Hadith could not be taken up as the main concern then was to save verses of the Holy Quran by compiling them. Chroniclers concentrated on the life of the Prophet (SAW) only after they were sure that the compilation of the Quran was complete and there was no apprehension of duplication. Thus the work on the Seerah began about 150 years after the passing away of the Prophet (SAW). More...


IOS lecture on “Building up an Inclusive Civilisation in India: Experiments in Good Governance and Human Rights by Muslim Rulers”

August 22, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

New Delhi, August 22: The Institute of Objective Studies organised a lecture on “Building up an Inclusive Civilisation in India: Experiments in Good Governance and Human Rights by Muslim Rulers” at its conference hall here today. Delivering the lecture, former Professor and Head of the Department of History and Dean Faculty of Humanities and Languages, JMI, New Delhi and the Vice-Chairman of the IOS, Prof. Refaqat Ali Khan insisted that the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966 and the recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur, 1997 were, in principle already in practice in Islamic states nearly one and a half thousand years ago. More...


IOS Organises Consultative Meeting on Legal Aid

August 7, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

With a view to providing legal aid to the Muslims of village Atali in Haryana who had been targeted by communal mischief-makers for carrying out repair works in a mosque, a consultative meeting was held at the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) here on August 7, 2015 under the chairmanship of the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, Mr. Justice AM Ahmadi. After going into all the aspects of the issue, it was decided at the meeting to file an application in the Supreme Court in this connection invoking Article 32 of the Indian Constitution which guarantees redressal of grievances. It gives the right to an individual to knock at the doors of the Supreme Court for enforcing such guarantee if hurdles were coming in the way. Under this constitutional provision, the court may be approached to direct the government for dispensing justice to the aggrieved in order to restore the majesty of law. More...


IOS and Milli Council hold Eid Milan Party

August 2, 2015 at 162, Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

The Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) in association with the All India Milli Council organised an Eid Milan programme at the IOS conference hall of the IOS on August 2, 2015. Speaking at the function, social activist VB Rawat said, “Fascism is attempting to enter our country in the garb of democracy. Adivasis are demanding their rights as about one crore of them have been deprived of their land. Adivasis and the minorities constitute the majority of those who are in jails. The concept of Hindutva was based on the brahminical order and the main purpose of the strident Hindutva was to save the brahminical order. American capitalism is only playing a catalytic role to further strengthen the Hindutva. He maintained that brahminism was unwilling to restore to Dalits their due and now the Muslims were being targeted. More...



First Prof. D. Prempati Memorial Lecture
on
“Democracy and Fascism”


August 8, 2015 at Gandhi Peace Foundation, Deen Dayal Marg, New Delhi

Prof. D. Prempati Memorial Committee and New Democratic Party of India

We are here to discuss issues that are central to the wellbeing and integrity of India for years and decades. As we are commemorating the life and achievements of one of the stalwarts of the second half of the 20th century, our dear departed friend, guide, and philosopher, the inimitable D. Prempatiji who cherished human freedom, dignity and equality, it would be highly becoming if we discuss these issues in depth. He was so free-spirited that he never accepted the superiority or inferiority of birth, a primary focus of varna dharma that assigns people a position in life according to the varna in which they are born. The underlying logic of it is that the upper castes (savarnas) are fair and the lower orders are black varna meaning colour. Interestingly, Prempatiji was deeply dark coloured, a fact that he paraded like a badge of honour. More...Lecture on Hindutva by Dr. M. Manzoor Alam



IOS, FIAN, TCT jointly organise consultation on “National Food Security Act: Challenges in Implementation”

August 5, 2015 at Deputy Chairman Hall, Constitution Club, New Delhi

The Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) in association with FIAN India and The Child Trust organised a consultation on “National Food Security Act: Challenges in Implementation” at the Deputy Chairman Hall, Constitution Club, New Delhi on August 5, 2015. The Chairman of the IOS, Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam in his welcome speech outlined the objectives of the seminar and said that some clarity on the implementation issues related to the National Food Security Act was needed. More...


IOS Eleventh Shah Waliullah Award to Maulana Syed Mohammad Rabey Hasani Nadwi

August 1, 2015 at Faculty of Engineering and Technology Auditorium, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Organised by Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi


The eleventh Shah Waliullah Award “on Education in Islamic Perspective,” was presented at a glittering ceremony organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology Auditorium, Jamia Millia Islamia here on August 1, 2015. The award was received by Dr. Shah Ebadur Rehman Nishat in the absence of the awardee, Maulana Syed Mohammad Rabey Hasani Nadvi, President, All India Personal Law Board and Rector, the world-famous Islamic University, Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow. Maulana Rabey could not make it to the function on account of ill-health. While the ex-Chief Justice of India, Mr. Justice A.M. Ahmadi handed the cheque of one lakh rupees and the scroll, Maulana Abdullah Mughesi, President of the All India Milli Council, presented the memento to him. Dr. Nishat, who deputised for Maulana Rabey read out a message from him. In his message, the Maulana expressed his gratitude to the IOS for shortlisting him as a recipient of the eleventh Shah Waliullah Award. He noted that the topic for the current year’s award was relevant as the Muslims had achieved excellence in the realm of knowledge by following Islamic teachings in letter and spirit during a period extending to about one thousand years, the impact of which was worthy of emulation by others. He urged Muslims to understand the value of education in Islamic perspective. He remarked that the holy Quran mandated seeking real knowledge, which came through observation as well as experience. More...

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‘Waqf property responsibility of every Muslim’,
declares National Seminar on Awqaf in India


July 25-26, 2015 at Hotel The Lalit Ashok, Bangaluru –Karnataka

Organised by K.K. Educational & Charitable Trust, Bangalore
in association with
Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi



Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, Chairman, Institute of Objective Studies delivers welcome address.

Bengaluru, July 26: A national seminar on Awqaf in India, jointly organised by KK Education and Charitable Trust (KKECT), Institute of Objective Studies (IOS), New Delhi and Karnataka State Board of Awqaf, was held on July 25-26, 2015 at hotel Lalit Ashok here. The delegates included chairmen and CEOs of wqaf boards from states, intellectuals, muthawallis of waqf institutions, senior legal experts, former judges and advocates, ulema, intellectuals, financial experts, community leaders and media representatives. More...     Welcome address of Dr. M. Manzoor Alam



A G Noorani gets IOS Lifetime Achievement Award

May 23, 2015 at Deputy Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India Annexe , New Delhi


Mr. A G Noorani receives Sixth IOS Lifetime Achievement Award

New Delhi, May 23: The Institute of Objective Studies organised an impressive investiture ceremony at the Deputy Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India Annexe here today to confer the Sixth IOS Lifetime Achievement Award on the eminent constitutional expert, author and well-known political commentator, Mr. A G Noorani. He was presented with the Scroll of Honour by the Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah. While former Chief Justice of India, Mr. Justice A M Ahmadi, handed over a cheque for one lakh rupees, the judge, Supreme Court of India, Mr. Justice A K Sikri presented the memento to him. More...



IOS Honours Padamshri Prof. (Dr) N.R. Madhava Menon, Prof. (Dr) Talat Ahmad and Prof. (Dr) Faizan Mustafa

May 9, 2015 at India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. (Dr) Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad; Padamshri Prof. (Dr) N.R. Madhava Menon, Chancellor, Guru Ghasidas Central University, Chhattisgarh; Mr. Justice Madan B. Lokur, Judge, Supreme Court of India; Prof. (Dr) Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS

New Delhi, May 9: The Institute of Objective Studies organised a function to honour three eminent academics, Padamshri Prof. (Dr) N.R. Madhava Menon, Chancellor, Guru Ghasidas Central University, Chhattisgarh, Prof. (Dr) Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Prof. (Dr) Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad at the India Islamic Cultural Centre here today. More...



IOS Lecture on “Inadequacy of Protection of Minorities Languages under the Indian Constitution”

April 25, 2015 at IOS Conference Hall, New Delhi


L-R: Dr. Eqbal Hussain, Associate Prof. of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia; Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Justice Kalimullah Khan, Former Judge, Allahabad High Court; Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed, Advocate-on-Record, Supreme Court of India and member, General Assembly, IOS

New Delhi, April 25: A lecture on “Inadequacy of Protection of Minorities Languages under the Indian Constitution” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its conference hall here today. Advocate-on-Record, Supreme Court of India and member, General Assembly of IOS, Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed delivered the lecture, in which he insisted that provisions relating to the protection of minorities’ languages in the Constitution of India were express as well as implied. Besides, certain judgments of the Supreme Court had upheld the rights of religious and linguistic minorities. He said that the minorities had been given the right to manage their religious affairs. Hence religious denominations had a right to establish and maintain religious and charitable institutions. He held that Article 29 of the Constitution implicitly referred to the protection of the minorities’ languages by saying that any section that was in a minority could be guaranteed the protection of its distinct language. Describing Article 30 as the conscience of the nation, he said that the minorities whether religious or linguistic, were given the right to set up and administer institutions of their choice. This implied that by virtue of being a linguistic and religious minority, a community could use the language of its choice as medium of instruction. This provision also applied to Urdu as a medium of instruction, he argued. More...



IOS organises Seventh Qazi Mujahidul Islam Memorial Lecture on “Sufism: Relevance and Significance in Contemporary Context”

April 18, 2015 at IOS Conference Hall, New Delhi


Speaker: Shah Qadri Syed Mustafa Rifai Jilani Nadwi, Sajjadah Nashin, Khanqah Qadriya wo Rafaiya, Bangalore ando on the stage from left to right: Dr. S. Farooq, Chairman, Tasmia Education and Social Welfare Society & Himalaya Drugs; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS; Maulana Khalid Husain Nadwi, Member-Secretary, IOS Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies

New Delhi: April 18: The Institute of Objective Studies organised the Seventh Qazi Mujahidul Islam Memorial Lecture on “Sufism: Relevance and Significance in Contemporary Context” at the conference hall of the Institute here on April 18, 2015. Delivering the lecture, Shah Qadri Syed Mustafa Rifai Jilani Nadwi, Sajjadah Nashin, Khanqah Qadriya wo Rafaiya, Bangalore, Founder President of Idaarah Al-Islah, Bangalore and Member General Assembly, IOS, New Delhi, noted that Sufism did not denote merely to dress up in woolen garments and patched clothes, nor did it mean to go into a state of ecstasy at a melodious devotional song (qawwali) sung by a qawwal. He explained that a Sufi’s exterior and his inner self should be clean, purified and without malice towards anybody. Besides, a Sufi was required to protect and preserve his knowledge, behaviour, religion and Shariah. He said that Sufism rested on four pillars, viz; love for Allah, strict allegiance to Quranic commands, fear of the Day of Judgment and aversion to the destructible, mundane world. More...



IOS Lecture on “Budget and Social Sector Implications
(Social Justice, Women and Child Health, Education and Minorities)”


March 27, 2015 at IOS Conference Hall, New Delhi


L-R: Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, Deputy Director, Gate Foundation and Visiting Professor, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad & Infinity Business School Gurgaon, Haryana; Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Dr. Waquar Anwar, an expert from the Indian Centre for Islamic Finance (ICIF), New Delhi; Dr. Mohd. Aftab Alam, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Zakir Husain College, New Delhi

New Delhi, March 27: A lecture on “Budget and Social Sector Implications (Social Justice, Women and Child Health, Education and Minorities)” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its conference hall here today. Speaking on the subject, Member, Post-Sachar Evaluation Committee, Deputy Director, Gate Foundation and Visiting Professor, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and Infinity Business School, Gurgaon, Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, held that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s budget for the financial year 2015-16 was a confused statement of the vision of what the government wanted to do and how it intended to achieve it. More...



IOS organises lecture on “Religious Minorities in India and Legal Perspective"

March 21, 2015 at IOS Conference Hall, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. Manzoor Ahmed, Ex-I.P.S. Officer and Vice-Chancellor of Swami Vivekanand Subharti University, Meerut; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS; Prof. Refaqat Ali Khan, Vice-chairman of the IOS

New Delhi, March 21: The Institute of Objective Studies organised a lecture on “Religious Minorities in India and Legal Perspective” at its convention hall here today. Ex-I.P.S. Officer and Vice-Chancellor of Swami Vivekanand Subharti University, Meerut, Prof. Manzoor Ahmad, who delivered the lecture, focused on the constitutional provisions for the religious minorities to profess and propagate their religious belief. He examined how the freedom of religion, right to equality and the right to maintain their cultural identity guaranteed under the Constitution were being allowed to be practised unfettered. He said that a sustained attempt was made by the British Raj to introduce English culture by means of education. This was more pronounced during the period 1937-45. But the post-independence period was crucial for Hindutva forces to replace the ascendency of the British culture. More...



IOS Lecture on “New Challenges and Islamisation of Epistemology in the 21st Century”

March 7, 2015 at IOS Conference Hall, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. Ishtiyaque Danish, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Jamia Hamdard; Prof. Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi, Former Director, Shah-i-Hamdan Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Kashmir, Srinagar; Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS;

New Delhi, March 7: A lecture on “New Challenges and Islamisation of Epistemology in the 21st Century” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its conference hall here today. Delivering the lecture, former Director, Shah-i-Hamdan Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Prof. Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi differentiated assumptions of God between Western and Islamic philosophers. While Western thinkers like Hobbes, Macaulay, Darwin, etc, believed that if at all God existed, He had no concern with humankind. More...



IOS Lecture on “Tracing the Roots of Environmentalism Under the Indian Constitution”

February 28, 2015 at IOS Conference Hall, New Delhi


L-R: Advocate Mushtaq Ahmad; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS; Justice Z.U. Khan, Former Judge, Allahabad High Court; Prof. M. Zafar Mahfooz Nomani, Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

New Delhi, February 28: A lecture on “Tracing the Roots of Environmentalism Under Indian Constitution” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at its conference hall here today. Prof. M. Zafar Mahfooz Nomani, Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and a member of the General Assembly, IOS, who delivered the lecture, called for radical changes in environmental policy and the law. Judicial activism through the right to life as the foremost human right to live without the deleterious invasion of pollution, environmental degradation and ecological imbalances could help foster environmental justice, he said. More...



IOS Lecture on “Urban Governance and Challenges of Decentralisation and Citizen Participation”

February 21, 2015 at IOS Conference Hall, New Delhi


L-R: Mushtaq Ahmad, Senior Advocate; Dr. Onkar Mittal, President, Civil Society Network, New Delhi; Dr. Tarique Ashraf, Civil Society Network, Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS

New Delhi, February 21: The Institute of Objective Studies organised a lecture on “Urban Governance and Challenges of Decentralisation and Citizen Participation” here today at the Conference Hall of the Institute. Delivering the lecture, Dr. Onkar Mittal, President, Civil Society Network, New Delhi, observed that the term “good governance” was being commonly used in politics these days. But it was imperative to know what it stood for and the challenges it had thrown up before governments. More...



Condolence meeting on the demise of Saiyyid Hamid,
B.S. Abdur Rahman and Dr. Ausaf Ahmad


February 5, 2015 at IOS Conference Hall, New Delhi


L-R: Ms Sumbul Begum, daughter of late Dr. Ausaf Ahmad; Mr V.A.S. Ibrahim, Resident Director, Coastal Energy Pvt. Ltd. and associate with late B.S. Abdur Rahman; Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman, Institute of Objective Studies; Dr. S. Farooq, Chairman, Tasmia Education and Social Welfare Society & Himalaya Drugs; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, Institute of Objective Studies; Mr Samar Hamid, son of late Saiyyid Hamid

New Delhi, Feb. 5: Glowing tributes were paid Saiyyid Hamid, B.S. Abdur Rahman and Dr. Ausaf Ahmad at a condolence meeting organised by the Institute of Objective Studies here today. Recalling the services of Saiyyid Hamid, his son, Samar Hamid said that his father left an indelible mark on public life. He saw Saiyyid Hamid from close quarters and found that he was special, unique and a man of determination and indomitable courage. He said that Saiyyid Hamid left a trail of qualities for others to follow. He had a keen understanding of things and transcended barriers of thought. More...



IOS Lecture on “Islam, Democracy and Islamic World”

January 31, 2015 at IOS Conference Hall, New Delhi


L-R: Prof. Hameed Naseem Rafiabadi, Islamic Studies, Kashmir University, Srinagar; Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman, Institute of Objective Studies; Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, Institute of Objective Studies; Prof. Mohsin Usmani Nadvi, Former Dean of Arab Studies, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

New Delhi, Jan. 31: A lecture on “Islam, Democracy and Islamic World” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) here today at its Conference Hall. Delivering the lecture, former Dean of Arab Studies, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, Prof. Mohsin Usmani Nadvi, insisted that while power in Western democracies rested with the people, in Islam, Allah is the supreme ruler. But this was not a basic difference. This only meant that in a democracy there was no scope for dictatorship or monarchy. Democracy did not negate the supremacy of Allah, he noted. This was the reason why democratic system of governance received support from Islam and its followers as a whole. He said that Islam accepted the word “Caliphate”, instead of democracy. He observed that the challenge of democracy before the Islamic world was a 21st century phenomenon. More...



Release of Report on “Access to Urban Basic Services in the Muslim Localities of Delhi
(A Research Study)”


January 28, 2015 at Nehru Guest House of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi


View of releases the report on “Access to Urban Basic Services in the Muslim Localities of Delhi (A Research Study)”

New Delhi, January 28: Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice Rajinder Singh Sachar, released the report on “Access to Urban Basic Services in the Muslim Localities of Delhi (A Research Study)” here at a function organised by the Institute of Objective Studies at the Nehru Guest House of Jamia Millia Islamia. Delivering his address, he took the Modi government to task for omitting the words “secular” and “socialist” enshrined in the Preamble to the Constitution in an advertisement released by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, in the newspapers on January 26, the Republic Day. More...



IOS Lecture on “Hindutva: A Concept and Practice in the Context of Muslim Society”

January 24, 2015 at IOS Conference Hall, New Delhi


L-R: Maulana Abdul Hamid Nomani, Secretary Jamiat e Ulema e Hind; Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS; Prof. Z.M. Khan, Secretary General, IOS

New Delhi, Jan. 24: The Institute of Objective Studies organised a lecture on the “Hindutva: A Concept and Practice in the Context of Muslim Society” here today at the Conference Hall of the Institute. Delivering the lecture, Secretary, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, Maulana Abdul Hamid Nomani, explained that Hinduism and Hindutva connoted different meanings. While Hinduism was a religion based on a positive outlook, Hindutva, as defined by the Supreme Court, was a way of life, he said. More...



IOS Seminar on "Application of Equality before Law in India: The Constitutional Mandate and Present Trend"

January 17, 2015 at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi


L-R: Mr. Arun Kumar Maji, Advocate, Supreme Court and convener, Democratic People’s Lawyers Association ; Prof. M. Afzal Wani, Dean, School of Law and Legal Studies, GG Singh Indraprastha University; Prof. Z. M. Khan, Secretary General IOS; Justice A.M. Ahmadi, Former Chief Justice of India; Justice Rajinder Sachar, Former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court; Mr. Deepak Kumar Singh, advocate, Supreme Court; Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad, Advocate-on-record, Supreme Court of India; And Dr. Eqbal Hussain, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia delivers his views

New Delhi, Jan. 17: A Seminar on “Application of Equality Before Law in India: The Constitutional Mandate and Present Trend” was jointly organised by the Institute of Objective Studies, Democratic People’s Lawyers Association and Citizens’ Forum for Rule of Law at the Indian Law Institute, here today.

Former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court and a noted public figure, Justice Rajinder Sachar in his address held that the country was currently passing through a difficult phase of its history. However, there was no cause for despondency as we had not weakened yet, he said. More...



IOS organises Lecture on “Justice in Crisis”

January 10, 2015 at IOS Conference Hall

New Delhi, Jan. 10: A lecture on “Justice in Crisis” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) here today. Dean, School of Law and Legal Studies, GGS Indraprastha University, New Delhi, Prof. M. Afzal Wani, who delivered the lecture, held that when a judge, supposed to be a conscience keeper of society, failed in his endeavour to maintain the confidence of the people in the system, it culminated into spoiling of the whole polity, leaving everyone in disarray, dismay, hopelessness, chaos, mistrust, misery and misfortune, which ultimately produced corruption. More...



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Case for interest-free banking and finance By K C Tyagi

In an open letter addressed to the citizens of the country published on 26th May 2015, i.e., on the occasion of completing one year of the Union government, the Prime Minister stated that government was dedicated to the poor, marginalised and those left behind. Sabka sath Sabka vikas, the slogan extensively used in BJP campaign, also conveyed the same idea. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna was also aimed at financial inclusion of the most deprived sections of the society. More...


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Time for review of decision on mutual fund

It is time now for the Union government to have a fresh look at its decision to defer a Shariah-compliant mutual fund by the State Bank of India.

The SBI had decided to launch it in December 2014 after due consultation with and permission from the Reserve Bank of India and the Union government.
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Some Progress at Last

After years of effort the struggle for having a full-fledged Islamic banking system in India met with a moderate measure of success when the State Bank of India announced last week that it would launch a Shariah-compliant mutual fund in December.

It is for the first time that a state-owned bank is to start an Islamic financial instrument in India. The SBI has got both the Reserve Bank of India’s and the government’s permission for it. Happily, Muslim leaders have already welcomed it.
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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.
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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
New Delhi.

Dear Sir,

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.

Thanking you,
With warm regards,

(Dr. M. Manzoor Alam)
Chairman

Encl.: Submission

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
New Delhi

Dear Sir/Madam,

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.

Thanking you,
With warm regards,

(Dr. M. Manzoor Alam)
Chairman

Encl.: Submission



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