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News and Events – October 2014
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MOOT ON HUMANITARIAN LAW KICKS OFF, PARTICIPANTS URGE FOR TERMINATION OF WAR CRIMES
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Islam has great contribution to the humanitarian law; most of its concepts have been introduced by Muslims while extremism and violation of the humanitarian laws have become the leading challenges of the hour which must be dealt with constructive dialogue and active involvement of international criminal court.

These were the views of the participants of a two-day International Conference titled “Humanitarian Action in the World of today-Challenges and Perspectives in the Light of Shariah and Humanitarian law” which commenced here on Wednesday. The two-day moot is being jointly organized by International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) & The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Pakistan.

“Islam is a religion of peace and it invites towards brotherhood, Islam has established the bases of humanitarian work in all circumstances such as impositions of emergencies of armed disputes”, said President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh while addressing the opening session of the conference which was joined by the ICRC top leadership and national, foreign scholars and experts. He added that humanitarian work is an authentic Islamic objective which is encouraged by Islam in its holy book and also by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Humanitarian work is a noble aspect of the mankind and humanitarian workers deserve appreciation and reverence, he maintained.

Mr. Retro Stocker, ICRC Head of Delegation, Pakistan said in his speech that the main objective of the this conference is to promote an understanding of the Islamic Law applicable during armed conflict and the compatibility of international humanitarian law with it. “The conference would provide an opportunity to discuss the importance and relevance of the concept of neutral and impartial humanitarian action in a divided and protracted world” he added.

The participants took keen interest in the speech of Dr. Mahmood Al Mubarak, Director Centre for International Legal Studies Saudi Arabia who also criticized western countries for violating the international human law such as inappropriate dealing with the prisoners in the Iraq war. He urged international criminal court to work more for the termination of war crimes while stressing that countries which violate the laws being strong, should be pressurized and IHL must be implemented on equal bases.

“War does not mean unlimited destruction and killing of civilians, it is vital to have dialogue on termination of war crimes and cooperation for saving the lives of war victims, said veteran ICRC member Francois Bugnion, who is working with ICRC more than 45 years.

The first session of the conference was “Rules of the preservation of humanity in Islamic Law and Humanitarian Law” which was presided by Mufti Muhammad Rafi Usmani, Head Dar-ul-Uloom Korangi, Karachi. While concluding the session he said Islamic Shariah introduced humanitarian laws thousands years ago while ICRC’s work also deserves appreciation. He urged international community to work together for providing resources to ICRS and he also urged ICRC to convey war crimes to UN and its institutions. Second session was dedicated to the topic “Direct participation to hostilities and protection of civilians during wars” which was presided by Maulana Abdul Malik, President Rabit-Tul-Madaaris Al-Islamiyah, Pakistan. The session was also addressed by Dr.Tayeb Munir of IIUI and various renowned scholars. The first day was also joined by various scholars and administrative officers IIUI.

The conference would conclude today (Thursday) in which indigenous and foreign scholars would discuss vital topics.

PRESIDENT IIUI HOSTS DINNER IN HONOUR OF INT’L CONFERENCE GUESTS
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
President International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Dr. Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh hosted a dinner in honour of the guests of the two day international conference titled “Humanitarian Action in the World of today-Challenges and Perspectives in the Light of Shariah and Humanitarian law” organized by IIUI and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Pakistan.

The dinner was attended by Mr. Retro Stocker, ICRC Head of Delegation, Pakistan, other ICRC key members, renowned national and international scholars, Vice President Academics IIUI Dr. Mohammad Bashir Khan, Director Generals, Deans and Director of the university.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Al-Draiweesh welcomed distinguished guests and termed the conference as a vital step in the service of mankind. He said the conference is an omen of strong mutual cooperation between IIUI and ICRC and vowed that such cooperation would remain continue in future. He urged the participants to disseminate Islam’s message of peace.

The ICRC representative thanked President IIUI for arranging such a prestigious event in honour of the guests and assured that ICRC would be found keen in regard of mutual cooperation in future.

It is worth mentioning that conference is aimed at promoting the understanding and knowledge of rules of Islamic Law for Armed conflict and to highlight the compatibility of modern Humanitarian Law with Islam.

The IIUI and the ICRC have already organized a first International Conference on “The Protection of War Victims in the Light of Islamic Law and IHL” in Islamabad in 2004, in which scholars and leaders from the Middle East and South Asia participated.

PRESIDENT IIUI HOSTS EID MILLAN PARTY
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
President International Islamic University Islamabad hosted an Eid Millan party in the honour of university officials which was attended by Rector IIUI Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Vice President Academics Dr. Mohammad Bashir Khan, Director General AF&P Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja, Deans, Directors and hundreds of university employees of male and female campus.

Addressing the event, Dr. Al-Draiweesh said we should share our pleasures. He said university had two immense events in the shape of Eid and permanent appointment of Rector IIUI Dr. Masoom Yasinzai. He urged university officials for unity and stressed upon them to work hard for university progress.

On the occasion, Rector and President IIUI met the employees and urged all to work for the betterment and development of the society. University employees thanked IIUI President for arrangement of the party and showed full trust on his leadership.

IIUI, ICRC TO JOINTLY ORGANIZE INT’L CONFERENCE TODAY (WEDNESDAY)
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
A two-day International Conference titled “Humanitarian Action in the World of today-Challenges and Perspectives in the Light of Shariah and Humanitarian law” would start from today (Wednesday) which is being organized by International Islamic University and The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Pakistan.

The event will start at 9am, at Marriot hotel and its opening session would be addressed by President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh and Mr Reto Stocker, ICRC Head of Delegation, Pakistan while Dr Ameur Zemmali Former ICRC Advisor for Islamic Affairs would apprise about the introduction of the conference.

According to the organizers, conference is aimed at promoting the understanding and knowledge of rules of Islamic Law for Armed conflict and to highlight the compatibility of modern Humanitarian Law with Islam.

In the conference, Invited international and indigenous scholars would discuss ways to strengthen the cooperation and deepen the dialogue between IIUI, other Islamic institutions and the ICRC for the common purpose of preserving the life and dignity of victims of armed violence.

MAURITIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER CALLS ON RECTOR, PRESIDENT IIUI
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
High Commissioner of Mauritius Mohammad Rashad Daureeawo visited International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) Tuesday, called on Rector IIUI Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai and President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh where issues of common interests and matters for strengthening bilateral relations were discussed.

During meeting of Mauritian high commissioner and IIUI Rector both the personalities agreed that bilateral cooperation in the field of education would pave the way for improving educational standards. Rashad Daureeawo said his government is keen for strengthening ties with the Pakistani educational institutions. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, while apprising him about IIUI told that university is a unique hub of cultural diversity where students are being nurtured in balanced and harmonious milieu. He added that IIUI is not only providing quality education in Islamic subjects but its facilities are also providing quality education in sciences. He also assured that he would play his role for mutual cooperation between IIUI and Mauritian universities.

During the meeting of Dr. Al-Draiweesh and Rashad Daureeawo, the point of signing MoUs for extending mutual ties was agreed. Rashad Daureeawo said on the occasion that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are playing key role for providing quality knowledge to the students of Muslim Ummah. He also lauded the role of IIUI and showed keen interest for taking measures regarding exchange of delegations from both sides. He also invited President IIUI to visit his country.

President IIUI, speaking on the occasion said IIUI doors are wide open for the students of entire world. He added that IIUI is building balanced minds who acquire contemporary education at the varsity with a blend of Islamic teachings. Dr. Al-Draiweesh said IIUI would fully cooperate in the regard of signing MoUs with Mauritian universities. He hoped that such ideas would further strengthen the bilateral ties while it would also help for taking measure regarding improvement of education.

EID MILLAN PARTY TO BE HELD ON OCTOBER 21
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
An Eid-Millan Party would be held on Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 at 02:00 p.m (after Zohar Prayer) in front of Hazrat Umar Farooq (R.A) Administration Block, New Campus of the International Islamic University. The party will be attended by the Rector IIUI Dr. Masoom Yasinzai and President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh.

President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, in his message, has invited all Director Generals, Deans, Directors, Academic and Administrative staff (male and female) to join the Eid Millan Party. The event will be addressed by both the Rector and President IIUI. Read More …

IIUI, ICRC TO ORGANIZE INT’L CONFERENCE FROM OCTOBER 23
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
A two-day International Conference titled “Humanitarian Action in the World of today-Challenges and Perspectives in the Light of Shariah and Humanitarian law” would be arranged by International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) & The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Pakistan on 22-23 October, 2014 in Islamabad.

The IIUI and the ICRC have already organized a first International Conference on “The Protection of War Victims in the Light of Islamic Law and IHL” in Islamabad in 2004, in which scholars and leaders from the Middle East and South Asia participated. According to the organizers, coming conference is aimed at promoting the understanding and knowledge of rules of Islamic Law for Armed conflict and to highlight the compatibility of modern Humanitarian Law with Islam.

In the conference, Invited international and indigenous scholars would discuss ways to strengthen the cooperation and deepen the dialogue between IIUI, other Islamic institutions and the ICRC for the common purpose of preserving the life and dignity of victims of armed violence. The conference would also help to have a lively and open debate to find common ground for neutral and impartial humanitarian action, and for exchange and between humanitarian actors in the contemporary polarized world.

Opening session of the two-day moot would be addressed by President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh and Mr Reto Stocker, ICRC Head of Delegation, Pakistan while Dr Ameur Zemmali Former ICRC Advisor for Islamic Affairs would apprise about the introduction of the conference.

On the First day of the two-day international moot sessions on “Rules for the preservation of humanity in Islamic law and Humanitarian Law” and “Direct participation to hostilities & Protection of Civilians during Wars: Humanitarian Law and Islamic law perspectives” would be held which would be chaired and attended by Retd. Justice Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, Vice President, Dar-ul-Uloom Korangi Karachi (TBC), Mr Ronald Ofteringer, ICRC Advisor on Global Affairs, Geneva, Mufti Munibur Rehman, President Tanzimul Madaaris (Ahl-e-Sunnat) Pakistan (TBC), Dr Bettahir Boujellal, National human Rights Committee in Qatar Humanitarian Law Perspective, Dr Ameur Zemmali, Ex.Advisor Islamic Affairs, ICRC, Geneva.

Conference would also be attended by the renowned journalists, analysts and famous social figures of the country while scholars from International Islamic University and various scholars across the country would also join various sessions to discuss the topics.

IRD TO ORGANIZE TWO DAYS NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ISLAM AND WEST; MUTUAL UNDERSTANDINGS, NEEDS AND DEMANDS
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Iqbal International Institute of Research and Dialogue International Islamic University Islamabad is going to hold two days national conference titled” Islam and West; Mutual Understandings, needs and demands“ with the cooperation of Council of Islamic Ideology Pakistan. The conference will be held on 28, 29 October respectively at Quaid e Azam Auditorium Faisal Masjid Campus IIUI. In the conference, mutual relationships and behaviors between Islam and West will be reviewed in detail.

While keeping the mutual understandings in views, the participants will also focus on how to remove the misconception and misapprehensions between Islam and West and a joint venture may also be devised to sustain peaceful coexistence. The participants would also discuss and review the historical background of Western thoughts about Islam, narrative written by Western Writers and Orientalists and highlight the importance of interaction of dialogue between scholars of both the sides. The conference will be joined renowned scholars, Ulemas, Khutba Writers, Thinkers and Researchers from across the country.

PAKISTAN READING PROJECT TRAINING PROGRAM HELD AT EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
A three days teacher training program by USAID Pakistan Reading project was organized at Department of Education of International Islamic University. Training sessions which were held in Fatima-tu-Zahra block of female campus were aimed to introduce the training modules developed by Pakistan Reading Project for Associate Degree in Education (ADE) program. All faculty members of department of education attended this training.

Training sessions were joined and inaugurated by Dean FSS Prof. Dr. N. B. Jumani and Dy. Dean, Chairperson Department of Education Dr. Samina Malik. They stressed upon the importance of arranging such type of teacher training programs for university teachers and vowed to hold such activities in future also.

Meanwhile, an orientation session for fall 2014 semester was held at department of education. The event was organized in auditorium Fatima-tu-Zahra block female campus. Dean FSS Prof. Dr. N. B. Jumani, Dy. Dean FSS, Chairperson Department of Education Dr. Samina Malik, all faculty members and new students attended the ceremony. On the occasion, Dr. N. B. Jumani enlightened the students with his inspirational and motivational speech about professional degrees in Education and their future prospects. Earlier, Dr Samina Malik also gave a welcome note to all students.

IIUI OFFICERS GET PROMOTIONS
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
On the recommendations made by the Departmental Promotion Committee, the Board of Governors International Islamic University approved promotion of as many as five officers in its 74th meeting to next grade. The name of officers who got promotion included in the list of promotees issued by HR department, two officers got promoted from deputy director to additional director are Mr. Muhammad Jamil and Ms. Nuzhat Zareen. Furthermore Mr. Ashfaq Ali and Mr. Munir Baig promoted to deputy director, While Mr. Muhmmad Nawaz promoted to assistant director and Mr. Miraj ul Hassan promoted to private secretary.

DR. TAHIR MANSORI APPOINTED AS VICE PRESIDENT OF HIGHER STUDIES AND RESEARCH IIUI
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Professor Dr. Tahir Mansori has been appointed as Vice President of Higher Studies and Research International Islamic University Islamabad. The appointment made by the Board of Governors IIUI on the recommendations of President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh. Dr. Mansori has been serving Shariah Academy as Director General since 2011 which he will continue. Dr. Mansori has well national and international repute in academia and research, especially in the field of Islamic Banking, Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamic commercial law, Muslim Family Law and gender relations.

Earlier, Dr. Mansoori was a Dean of Faculty of Shariah & Law in the University. Dr. Mansoori is a member of the Task Force on Islamic Banking, State Bank of Pakistan and member of the Religious Board, Mudarabah Companies. He has contributed 31 research articles in English, Arabic and Urdu languages and his nine scholarly books have been published. Dr. Tahir Mansori has been a resource person in number of national and international conferences and seminars. He has supervised eight Ph.D and 20 M.Phill/LL.M. theses.

IRI TO HOLD NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN NOVEMBER
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Islamic Research Institute of International Islamic University has decided to organize a national conference on Quran Studies which would be held from November 11 to November 13.

The conference would be attended by indigenous and foreign scholars who would present thesis and reviews on various topics including literary and research work, Promotion of Quranic comprehension in women, Problems in comprehension of Quran.

Meanwhile, a gathering to condole for the death of the relatives of various employees was also held at Old Campus of the university which was attended by officials of Dawah Academy, Shariah Academy and New Campus. The meeting was presided over by Head Fiqh Unit Dr Asmat Ullah while Executive Director Iqbal Institute for Research and Dialogue Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed also participated in the meeting.

GERMAN DELEGATION VISITS IIUI, ATTENDS WORKSHOP TITLED “IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON URDU SHORT STORY”
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
A two day workshop on “Impact of Social Media on Urdu Short Story” concluded here at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in which twenty member German student delegation from University of Erfurt Germany, lead by Dr. Jamal Malik also participated, where evolution, background and growth of Urdu short story, writing techniques, themes and impact of social media were discussed by the renowned experts.

This is worth mentioning here that the workshop was jointly organized by Department of Urdu (Female) IIUI and Department of Muslim Cultural History and Religion, University of Erfurt, Germany.

Jamal Malik, who is holding the chair for Islamic Studies at the University of Erfurt addressed the participant, discussed the various aspects, phases and features of Urdu short story. While admiring organization of this interactive workshop Dr. Jamal termed it a vital mile stone to create a milieu of dialogue and interaction between East and West. He also paid tribute to Islamic University on organizing such fruitful activity and encouraged students to participate more to broaden their vision and exposure.

Mrs. Bushra Malik from University of Erfurt, Dr. Nelofar Iqbal, Director Female Campus IIUI Dr. Zaitoon Begum, Head Urdu Dept female Dr. Najiba Arif, also addressed the concluding ceremony. The workshop was also attended by faculty members including Dr. Sanahat Mushtaq, Dr. Humaira Ashfaq, Summaya Shad, Ms. Shadab and student from Punjab University Lahore, University of Peshawar and IIUI.

Later on, delegation also called on Director General (AF&P) IIUI Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja, where they were given a comprehensive briefing about university by him that was also attended by Deans, Directors of different departments of the university.

WORKSHOP ON “IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON URDU SHORT STORY” KICKS OFF
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
A two day workshop on “Impact of Social Media on Urdu Short Story” commenced Monday at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) where historical background of Urdu short story, writing techniques, themes and impact of social media on it were discussed by the renowned experts.

The workshop is being jointly organized by Department of Urdu (Female) IIUI and University of Erfurt, Germany. On the first day speakers including Mrs. Bushra Malik from University of Erfurt, Head Urdu Dept Najiba Arif, Dr. Sanahat Mushtaq, Dr. Humaira Ashfaq, Summaya Shad and Ms. Shadab delivered lectures on various topics.

“Social media can be a source of meaningful changes in the society as it is the most vital way to disseminate the voice for any objective” said Mrs. Bushra Malik who is attached to Urdu teaching in Germany and also head and originator of Young Women Writers Forum in Pakistan. She added that societies which face dissociation from literature and pen ultimately lose their social values.

Mrs. Bushra also discussed Egypt revolution, role of social media in recent Scotland referendum and its role in women empowerment. She stressed upon the participants to deeply study the Urdu classical literature and lives of the writer while hoping it would be helpful for young writers to bring constructive literature in front of society.

Earlier, Najiba Arif apprised the participants regarding aims and objectives of the workshop and said renowned personalities have been invited in the workshop and it would be an immense opportunity for creative students to broaden their exposure.

Concluding ceremony of the workshop will be held today (Tuesday) at central library of the varsity at 10 am which will be presided by Director General (AF&P) IIUI Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja while Director female campus Dr. Zaitoon Begum and experts from Germany will also participate in the ceremony.

IIUI SPOKESPERSON DENOUNCES NEWS ITEM REGARDING MISMANAGEMENT AT VARSITY
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
In response to a news item pertaining to the Daily Dawn News item titled, “Mismanagement Mars Islamic University’s affairs” by Kashif Abbasi, the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) spokesman said that news item does not represent actual facts while at this juncture when the university has recently achieved dynamic leadership in the form of appointments of its higher leadership and gearing up to further expedite its progress pace, news story like the one published in Daily Dawn is indeed most unfortunate and contrary to the facts.

The spokesperson has categorically stated that Academic and administrative affairs of International Islamic University Islamabad are being run very smoothly and recent appointments of President and Rector on regular basis is a clear indicator in this regard.

The spokesperson affirmed that IIUI administration is fully cognizant of its responsibilities being most important educational institution of Muslim Ummah. It has been taking all requisite steps to ensure the provision of quality education while all faculties and departments of the International Islamic University are being headed by senior faculty members having excellent academic record and robust administrative experience. He further stated that there was lack of senior professors in some faculties due to government’s ban on jobs (which is lifted only recently) and administrative responsibilities were given to Deputy Deans as an interim measure.

Responding to the allegation of Deputy Dean’s posting against the rules, IIUI spokesperson clarified that position of Deputy Dean is a statutory position and in its recent meeting, the Board of Trustees of International Islamic University had fully endorsed it. While indicating the misreporting in the news item he added that the Faculty of Basic & Applied Sciences is headed by a fulltime Professor and likewise senior faculty members are looking after the affairs of Faculty of Arabic and Faculty of Languages and Literature. IIUI spokesperson said now when ban on jobs is lifted, the University administration is keen to fill permanent positions through a fair and competitive process.

The University Spokesperson, while referring to the point mentioned regarding the inappropriate appointment of the head of physics at female campus, clarified Department of Physics in Female Campus is headed by faculty member who specializes in nanotechnology and this perfectly matches with the specialization of Physics program at IIUI.

The IIUI spokesperson further clarified a statement attributed to Rector IIUI Dr Masoom Yasinzai regarding his recent request to Saudi authorities. Dr Masoom Yasinzai indeed said that during Board of Trustee’s recent meeting held in Saudi Arabia, university has requested to Board members to help IIUI in approaching senior faculty members.

It is important to mention this year a record number of students have applied for admissions in dozens of degree programs across all faculties of the university which clearly reflects the confidence of students and parents in university.

IIUI CELEBRATES RECTOR’S APPOINTMENT, DR. MASOOM YASINZAI APPOINTED AS VARSITY RECTOR
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai has been appointed as Rector International Islamic University Islamabad while a wave of happiness was witnessed Friday amid celebrations on the appointment of Dr. Masoom Yasinzai where top IIUI officials and employees felicitated him and termed his appointment as a vital development for the progress of university.

President Mamnoon Hussain, on the advice of prime minister, gave approval for the appointment of Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai who had been holding the acting charge as varsity Rector for almost last three years.
Professor Yasinzai is renowned international scientist who has also served as Vice Chancellor Baluchistan University and VC Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. He had his primary education from Kuchlak a suburb of Quetta and his research and academic activities date back to 1980 when he started teaching at the University of Baluchistan. He is also known for his administrative and academic contributions in many universities while he has played vital role in launching civil engineering program and Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences at IIUI with his personal efforts.
University officials have shown profound pleasure on positive developments in the shape of permanent leadership of university, as recently IIUI witnessed appointment of Dr. Al-Draiweesh as its president for further four years and now IIUI got a permanent Rector as well. Most of the officials have termed this progress meaningful while saying it would help to take practical steps regarding long term policies.
To congratulate the Rector IIUI a felicitation ceremony was held at new campus which was conducted by Director General AF&P Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja. The ceremony was attended by all DGs, Deans, Directors, Administrative officers, faculty members and many other employees.
“University has now acquired a comprehensive and permanent leadership which is positive omen and today on the sacred day of Arafa we have received a remarkable pleasure in shape of Dr. Masoom’s appointment. We are happy because Rector IIUI and President IIUI are personalities having great exposure, vision and this leadership would pave the way for varsity’s success”, said IIU’s veteran Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja while felicitating Dr. Masoom Yasinzai in the ceremony.
Deans extended their heartiest felicitations and hoped Rector IIUI would set new trends of research at university. They also lauded his role for promotion of academic research in the country while mentioning his services at QAU and Baluchistan University.

All the Directors lauded Dr. Masoom’s caliber of understanding technical and official matters while they hoped IIUI would soon make its place among the ranks of leading international universities under his leadership. Director female campus, Students’ Advisor (male), faculty members and other employees also felicitated Dr. Masoom Yasinzai.
“Work for the internationalization of IIUI is our top most priority and we would work for its further enhancement, energization by calling philanthropists, Ummah’s leader to make this institution a unique hub of recognition of Muslims” Said Rector IIUI while addressing the ceremony. He reiterated his resolve to further expand bilateral ties with other universities and vowed to strengthen the hands of Dr. Al-Draiweesh while appreciating his untiring efforts for the university.
Dr. Masoom stressed mutual respect among all the employees and thanked all for felicitating him on the appointment. He asked IIUI officials to make everyday a productive day with a passion of country’s progress and universities development. He said that work on solar project of 10 MW would soon be initiated which would introduce new trends of university’s progress while he said it would help in financial uplift of the university.
He also appreciated the efforts of President Mamnoon Hussain and Pro Chancellor IIUI Professor Dr. Suliman A. Aba Al-Khail for progress of the university. He vowed to utilize his past experience of administration and research and assured that he would remain available all the time for the guidance. Dr. Masoom maintained that research students are the real strength of the university and they would be of top concentration while he added that measures for creating balance in teaching and research would be taken.


AIMA, KHUTABA FROM PAK ARMY VISITS IIUI
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
The delegation of 84th training course of Aima and Khtaba from Forces of Pakistan offered and organized by Dawah Academy International Islamic University visited IIUI new campus. The 30 member delegation was received at new campus by the Additional Director Protocol and Public Relations IIUI D K Hairan Khattak.

The delegation lead by course coordinator Waheed Ahmed, later, was given a detailed briefing about the university by Hairan Khattak in which elaborated the objectives and the very core goals of IIUI. Hairan Kahttak apprised the participants about the distinctions of Islamic University in different fields and its contributions as IIUI is one of the top leading universities that producing highly qualified talented graduate duly integrated with the teachings of Islam. He also made them aware about the admission process and its whole criteria. Harian Khattak also explained the vital role and services of IIUI academies and constituents unites in detail. Participants took keen interest in knowing details about university faculties and constituent units; they took interest, ask some queries regarding admission process. Later on, Participants also visited central library and male campus of the university.

IIUI, THAI EMBASSY VOW TO ENHANCE EDUCATIONAL TIES
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Ambassador of Thailand to Pakistan Tomwit Jarnson and Rector International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Dr. Masoom Yasinzai have agreed to expand mutual educational ties between both sides.

The point was agreed on the occasion of the visit of a 15-member Thai delegation to IIUI on Wednesday. The delegation was headed by Tomwit Jarnson along with education experts, officials from ministry of education of Thailand and students of Thailand. Delegation’s meeting with the IIUI Rector was also attended by Director General AF&P Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja.

It was agreed in the meeting that in lieu of further extending the bilateral cooperation measures for signing MoUs would be taken while both sides showed keen interest in exchange of students and scholars.

Ambassador of Thailand said that a number of Thai students have been showing keen interest for education in Pakistan, specially at IIUI, as it offers vital academic programs such as in Islamic Banking and finance, translation and Arabic language. He said Thai government values its relationships with Pakistan while he also assured support for academic linkage between Pakistani and Thai educational institutions. Tomwit Jarnson and Thai delegates lauded the harmonious and multi-cultural milieu being provided at IIUI. Delegates asked questions regarding various academic programs and possibilities of bilateral projects which were briefly answered by Dr. Masoom Yasinzai.

Speaking on the occasion, Rector IIUI said that university appreciates the interest of Thai students in its programs and they would be provided assistance and cooperation on priority basis. He added that university is a hub of various cultures and religions where students are being nurtured in an atmosphere of mutual respect and religious harmony.

Responding to a question regarding IIUI collaborations and its work for dissemination of peace, Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said internationalization is leading agenda of the university and Thai government and students would find IIUI doors wide open for mutual cooperation.

“Islam is religion of peace and mutual respect, IIUI while following these vital attributes of Islam not only works for discouraging the attitude of radicalization but also portrays an example of religious harmony as students of various religions study at university in sectarianism free and peaceful environment” he added. He said IIUI not only discourages the attitudes of violence and rigidity but also it has been a solution provider for these challenges through its renowned scholars who have been presenting Islam’s message of peace and tranquility on various international forums. Rector IIUI also assured that Thai students would be welcomed also in future in all academic programs while he assured that he would remain all times available for paving the way of MoUs of mutual cooperation between both sides.

Later, the delegation was given a detailed briefing about the university by Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja. He told that nearly hundred Thai students were studying at IIUI in previous semester while furthermore have been enrolled in ongoing semester which commenced this month. He also answered to various queries of the students of the delegation.

Exchange of gifts and shields also took place at the end where university crests and publications were presented to the Thai Ambassador and delegates by Rector IIUI while a gift of books was also presented to Dr. Masoom Yasinzai by Mr. Tomwit Jarnson.

DCW ORGANIZES WORKSHOP ON CHILDREN CARE IN ISLAM
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Dawah Centre for Women of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) organized a week long workshop on Training and Care of Children in Islam.

The workshop was attended by house wives and by women of different aspects of life where lectures and skills of children care in the light of Islam were introduced to them by DCW officials. The workshop was aimed at providing guidelines to women regarding brought up of children in the light of Islamic teachings while lectures on children psychology.

A concluding ceremony of the workshop was held at DCW which was attended by Deputy Director General Dawah Academy Dr. Imtiaz Zafar as chief guest. It was also attended by Incharge DCW Shagufta Omar and other DCW officials.

He appreciated DCW’s role in society building and hoped the centre would keep arranging such activities in future.

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