Sunday, April 6, 2014

Maulana Azad National Urdu University mulls centre for religious studies

HYDERABAD: The Maulana Azad National Urdu University (Manuu) is planning to set up a Deeni Taleemi Markaz or the Centre for Religious Studies in the city with a view to developing "moderate and balanced" leadership among students in various fields.

The central varsity, which has developed a concept note on the project, held a workshop on its campus on Wednesday which saw the participation of noted educationist P A Inamdar. "Given the deterioration in the traditional value system I am confident that the University Grants Commission would endorse the idea of the centre," vice-chancellor Mohammed Miyan told the participants at the workshop.

The concept note pointed out that due to the tremendous decline in the fundamental human values in modern times, the deprived and vulnerable sections such as women, senior citizens and children are being subjected to violence and exploitation.

Against this background a Supreme Court judgment of 2002 had asked for the inclusion of teachings from religions and basic human values in the education system, the note explained.

The mission of the new centre will be to remove lacunae in the education system and curricula and help in creating a social order with high human values. The tradition of peaceful co-existence and communal harmony should be inculcated in students and help them take up leadership in religion, education and society in general.

The objectives of the centre include strengthening and promoting the composite culture of India and help students from religious schools and other non-traditional institutions to join the national mainstream.

Ahmedullah Khan, former dean of School of Law, Osmania University, spoke about the 2002 SC verdict and said that it provided a good base on which the centre could be started. Khaja Shahed, pro-VC of Manuu, said with suggestions from experts and support from the government the university will be able to open the centre soon.

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