Muslim expatriates open resource center for IIT aspirants *Ajmer: Ecumenical Palm Sunday

April 5, 2012 by  
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Bihar, April 03, 2012: Indian Muslim expatriates have opened a Learning Centre in Patna to help Muslim students preparing for entrance exams for IIT, Medical etc. The center will have rich resource materials, free computer and internet access. The centre has been set up with the joint efforts of Indian Muslim Educational Foundation of North America (IMEFNA) and Bihar Anjuman.

The center would help the students preparing for competitive exams like engineering (including IIT) and medical entrance exams, in their studies, by providing free computer and internet access apart from necessary books, guides and useful materials.

IMEFNA and Bihar Anjuman have also announced to provide scholarship to the students who clear their exams.

The centre will be sponsored by IMEFNA and jointly managed by Muslim Education and Social Welfare Trust, Patna, and Bihar Anjuman’s Patna chapter.

IMEFNA, a Chicago based NGO has been helping students with scholarships to pursue post 12th education, under their Upward-Bound program. They tied with Hyderabad based organizations to provide assistance to students of Andhra Pradesh also.

Bihar Anjuman ( has been trying to transform non-meritorious poor students into meritorious ones, send them to diploma engg courses, and finance their studies until their employment. They have established 21 coaching centres so far in Bihar and Jharkhand.

The inauguration of the centre featured dignitaries from politics and community. The Chief Guest was Dr. Ranjan Prasad Yadav, Member of Parliament from Patna. Other guests included Mr. Shayam Rajak, Minister of Food and Civil Supply (Govt of Bihar), Retd. Major General Waseem Khairwi, Secretary IMESWT, Professor Shah Shamim Muaami, Sajjada Nasheen, Khanqah Munnamia, Patna City, Maulana Anisur Rahman Qasmi, Secretary, Imarat-e-Sharia, Bihar, Jharkand and Orrisa, and Chairman of Bihar State Hajj Committee.

Addressing the gathering, IMEFNA’s founder-chairman, Khurshid Mallick presented an introduction of IMEFNA’s objectives and threw some light on its activities focused on technical education of Muslim youth. He also described the purpose of this New Learning Centre. He declared that this centre would host a library that would cater to the need of a large number of the students of the area.

Enam Khan, the convenor of Bihar Anjuman’s Patna chapter presented the vision, mission and objectives of Bihar Anjuman and RHBAR, its NGO. He explained how the currently functional 19 RAHBAR Coaching centres are helping the government school students to transform from non-meritorious levels to become engineers. He congratulated IMEFNA for this excellent initiative to help the meritorious students who cannot afford the modern facilities and books. He thanked IMEFNA, The Aligarh Forum, Aligarh Alumni Association of Washington DC, Charity Way Foundation, and the members of Bihar Anjuman’s online Forums for helping Bihar Anjuman in its mission.

Pune based trainer, Saeed Ahmed Sayyed, who has conducted more than 400 personality development workshops in 70 cities across India, highlighted the importance of making Muslim youth competitive in the professional world including defence services. “Our youth must contribute to every sphere of economy and in every govt service. Guiding them to achieve these goals is a noble task indeed. He lamented that Muslim youth lack in personality traits, despite being intelligent and hard-working; personality plays the most important role in the competitive world, he said.

– tcn

Ajmer: Ecumenical Palm Sunday


Rajasthan, April 04, 2012: To recall how Jesus was welcomed To Jerusalem.

A unique procession of nine floats, the first of its kind, along a 4kms route passing the main thoroughfares of the city had the participation of all the denominational churches on April 1.

The novel idea was the brainchild of Fr. Cosmos Shekhawat, a local priest held in high esteem by the people. Fr. Shekhawat is presently the Principal of St. Paul’s School, Ajmer. He is also the President of the Inter-Faith Fellowship Group (Sarva Dharm Maitri Sangh).

More than 800 Christians- laypersons, nuns and priests participated in this procession with great devotion, singing hymns and praying all along the way. There were three vans with loud speakers to facilitate this.

What was really edifying was that though the Hindu brethren were celebrating Ramnavami, many of these well-wishers had voluntarily posted themselves along the route showering rose petals and distributing bottles and pouches of drinking water.

Before the procession started, Rev. W.F. Philip, Methodist pastor thanked the Christian community for coming out in large numbers. He said it was ironical that at Jesus’s time, the very same people who had welcomed Jesus with Hosannas and palm branches, laying down their garments for Jesus to walk on, later turned hostile and brazenly de-robed him. He exhorted the people to remain faithful to the Redeemer.

The Catholic Church had four floats representing their own parish as follows:

1. Immaculate Conception Cathedral : Jesus brought down from the cross and laid in the arms of Mary

2. Rosary Church: Jesus sentenced to death and brought before Pilate

3. Our Lady of Dolours Church, Bhatta : Jesus carrying the cross

4. St. Joseph’s Church: The resurrection.

The other churches that participated were:

1. Central Methodist Church: Jesus washing the feet of the apostles

2. St. Luke’s Methodist Church: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

3. Mount Carmel Church (Church of North India): The Crucifixion

4. Robson Memorial and St. Mary’s Church (Church of North India): The Last Supper

5. St. John’s (Anglican Church): Sermon on the Mount.

At the conclusion, Catholic priest Father Clement Cutinho, spoke on the significance of Palm Sunday and traced the origin of the celebration.

The district administration was co-operative, especially the Road Traffic Police. The procession started at 3.30 p.m. and lasted for three hours.

Milk shake and soft drinks were distributed to all participants to beat the scorching heat at the end.

– sr. mariolla, cri

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