By Mirza Qudrath
A prominent Jeddah-based social organization, whose specific aim is the welfare of Indians in Saudi Arabia and back home, conducted a highly successful mushaira in Jeddah at the weekend.
For Bazm-e-Ittehad Jeddah (BIJ), this was a special event because the organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The mushaira was just one part of the elaborate silver jubilee celebrations.
The center of attraction were the two newly elected members of Maharashtra Assembly, Imtiaz Jaleel from Aurangabad and Waris Yusuf Pathan from Mumbai, both of whom won the elections on Asaduddin Owaisi’s Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) ticket.
Both were honored with the prestigious Salar-e-Millat Award for their community service. The BIJ awards are inspired by the late Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi, who represented the historic south Indian city of Hyderabad in the Indian Parliament for several years. Because of his exemplary leadership, he is popularly referred to as Salar-e-Millat (leader of the community). The constituency is now represented by his eldest son Asaduddin Owaisi, who has emerged as a credible voice of Indian Muslims in recent years.
Jaleel and Pathan were overwhelmed by the huge response from the Indian community in the Kingdom. “Our party’s eyes are firmly set on the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where we expect to make a huge impact,” said Jaleel to thunderous applause. The UP Assembly goes to the polls sometime next year.
He said the MIM is gaining ground thanks to the honest leadership of the Owaisi brothers. He said his party expects to do well in the forthcoming elections to the Aurangabad Municipal CORPORATION. “Please continue to pray for us as we continue to notch one electoral milestone after another,” he said.
Pathan said the party has REGISTERED quite an impact in the Maharashtra Assembly elections. “Now we expect to do well in Mumbai civic polls,” he said. “We will expand in key states … Yes, we will go to UP and we will go to Bihar.”
Pathan said the MIM victory has forced its opponents to take notice. “Those parties who would never raise our issues in legislative bodies are now forced to pay attention,” he said. “The ultimate beneficiaries are the underprivileged Muslims and Hindus. This is the result of our proactive politics.”
A beautiful souvenir, by Editor in Chief and BIJ chief patron Dr. Syed Ali Mahmood and his team Mirza Qudrath Nawaz Baig, Azmath Emraan & M.N. Qureshi, was released on the occasion. It chronicles the journey of the BIJ over the last 25 years and includes priceless photographs of events in Jeddah that were graced by the late Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi and current MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi.
The mushaira was a huge hit and went on until 4 a.m.
Famous poet Shafiq Abidi conducted the Mushaira and entertained the audience with his classic couplets and comments.
Renowned poets from India who graced the occasion with prominent local poets to recite their poetry were Naeem Akhtar Burhanpuri, Rubab Rashidi, Dr. Anjum Bara Bankavi, Aga Sarosh, Waheed Pasha Qadari and Syed Alamdar Rizwi. Local poets were Dr. Syed Naeem Hamid Ali Al-Hamid, Mujahid Syed, Naeem Bazidpuri, Ather Nafees Abbasi, Dr. Aleem Khan Falki, Mahtab Qader, Sadiq Kirmani, Dr. Mohammed Karim Baibani, Nasir Burni, Anwar Ansari and Altaf Shaheryar.
The first poet was the young Altaf Shaheryar who warmed the hearts of the audience with his sentimental couplets, which were appreciated by all.
Hamain Izharkarna chahiyatha
Palat ker waar karna chahiyatha
Hokomatkardiya us kay hawalay
Jisay sansar karna chahiyatha
A few couplets of Sajid Kirman’s oriented style poetry.
Khatain hein merifitrat main
ye kis nay kahdiya foqolbasher houn.
Waheed Pasha Shah Qadri, who is famous for his humorous verses, entertained the audience by taking jibes at the social and ECONOMICAL issues of the county.
Majlis nay ghosa estara
mara hay doostoun
her larnaywala “Amma”
pukara hay doostoun
Tum tu chai walay ho
Achay din kialaogay
Puchti hay ye bevikubtalaygimahangai
Khati dal aurpaaperkubtukhilaogay.
Syed Alamdar Rizvi, the most impressive poet of the evening, recited Ghazals and and romantic couplets.
Bus AikHarfayTamunnaibohat hay
MairayHaq main ye Ruswaibhoat hay
Salamt ho Agar AhsaasApna
Tu main bhiGhahraibohat hay.
Dr. Aleem Khan Falki spoke on various social issues.
Khaab-e-Ghaflat say jaganaywaloun
main aik rose Aleem
Souch lo aAjmairaygharkojalanaywaloun.
This is the fourth time that the BIJ has held an international mushaira in memory of the late Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi.
BIJ Vice President Mohammed Ubaidur Rehman rightly remarked in his opening address that the BIJ mushaira has attained the same status as that of Salim Jafri’s annual mushaira in Dubai in the 1980s. “Whenever the history of mushaira in Jeddah is written, the BIJ mushaira will find a notable mention,” he said.
BIJ President Ahmeduddin Owaisi congratulated the team behind the success of the event. “This is a result of teamwork,” he said. “And every year the quality of our events have improved.”
The team that won accolades included General Secretary Mohammad Abdul Qayyum, adviser Mirza Mazher Ali Baig, spokesman Mohammad Yousufuddin Amjad, Media Secretary Asrar Siddiqui, Joint Secretary Syed Khaja Viqaruddin, Treasurer Mahmood Balsharaf, Social Media Website Head Azmat A. Emran, Education and Outreach Head Mirza Qudrat N. Baig, Media Watch Head Mohammed Al-Qureshi and executive members Nadeem Abdul Basith, Farooq Ahmed, Obaid Bajhao, Mohammed Ali Nayyar, Mohammed Naseeruddin, Syed Ashfaq Mohiuddin, Mohammad Iftekhar and Mohammed Khaja Muzaffaruddin.
Among the prominent attendees at the event were Urdu News Editor in Chief Tarek Mishkhas, former Hyderabad Mayor Mir Zulfikar Ali and well-known Indian journalist Shams Ahsan Saifi.
- Mohammed Saifuddin, Yahind.com
NRI students seeking admission in medical colleges needs to put extra efforts now as they should pass medical entrance examination. The new criteria for admission in MBBS will be implemented from the next academic year. The new directive of the Medical Council of India (MCI) puts full stop to direct admission under NRI quota. Accordingly, NRI students will be admitted in MBBS course only on merit basis, based on their performance in entrance examination.
MCI decision will sharply hit the earnings of private medical colleges. Fifteen percent NRI seats under Management quota was largely misused by the college managements across the country. They used to sell these seats to aspiring candidates at huge amount under the guise of donation and other hidden charges. Some colleges sold MBBS seats for as high as Rs. 90 lakh.
Several colleges used to allegedly sell the seats without verifying the credentials of candidates. The only criteria was the money power, more money you offer, higher are the chances for the seat. In many cases MCI norms were also compromised.
To stop such malpractices and corrupt activities, MCI has issued this directive in mid-January. It has been issued in accordance to the Supreme Court ruling which held that merit should not be compromised in admission under NRI quota.
Dr. Reena Nayyar, Secretary, MCI, issued this circular to Health Secretaries and Directors of Medical Education of all state governments, Vice Chancellors/Registrars of all universities, Dean/Principal of all Medical Colleges and Secretary Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
Dr. Reena defended the decision and said in addition to the Supreme Court ruling, Regulation 5 of the Graduate Medical Education Regulation 1997, says that the selection of students to a medical college shall be based solely on the merit of the candidate. She also clarified that there was no discrimination in the council requiring the NRIs to appear in test for the medical admissions as the Indians going abroad for studies have to also pass the entrance test.
Following the directive of MCI, several colleges have started to look into the modalities for conducting entrance for NRIs. A group of minority medical colleges in Bangalore held a meeting to discuss the new directive.
Fifteen percent NRI seats under management quota had been in several controversies. Several colleges were blamed for misusing this. As this decision aims to tackle corrupt activities it should be welcomed.
As MCI decided to reform the admission process of NRIs, it’s a high time it should also look into the long pending demand of Indian workers in Gulf countries to reserve one third of this quota for their children.
One third of the fifteen percent NRI quota for children of Indian workers in Gulf countries is not new. AICTE has already reserved one third of the NRI quota for the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries. It has been implemented in Engineering colleges across the country. Moreover, children of Indian workers in Gulf countries are treated on par with local candidates. All they have to pay is only the annual fee of Rs. 35,000 per annum.
The educational problems of the children of Indians in Gulf countries were discussed many times. During the first PBD in New Delhi in 2003, then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee promised to solve the educational problems of Indians in Gulf countries.
Accordingly AICTE has issued a gazette notification on 26th Feb 2004, in which it reserved one third of the NRI quota (5% seats) for the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries.
As per the AICTE notification, one third of the fifteen percent seats are reserved for Children of Indian Workers in Gulf countries in all the institutions/University Departments, approved by AICTE, offering technical courses leading to Diploma, Degree and Post-Graduate Degree in Engineering & Technology, Architecture & Town Planning, Pharmacy, Applied Arts, MBA & MCA, Hotel Management & Catering Technology. It also stated that the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries should be treated on par with the local candidates for admission and that NRI fee should not be collected from them.
Since the implementation of AICTE notification in Engineering colleges, it has been demanded to follow the suite in medical and all other courses. We have also raised this issue in these columns. But this issue has never been taken up by the concerned authorities. Now, in view of the fresh directive from MCI about the NRI quota, it should also look into this issue.
Indians in Gulf countries did not reacted to the MCI circular as it was not publicized widely. But Indians in Gulf countries are expected to raise their demand once the news spreads in Gulf countries.
External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj reached Oman on 17th Feb for two day visit. During this visit she said that the welfare of large Indian diaspora, especially in the Gulf, is one of the top priorities of the Narendra Modi government. In view of Sushma’s claims and the fact that previous BJP government initiated the process of reserving one third of NRI quota for children of Indian workers in Gulf countries in Engineering colleges, it will be interesting to see how the current BJP government takes up this issue.
Last year Sushma Swaraj visited Bahrain in September and UAE in Nov. It is also reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to visit Gulf countries later this year. His schedule is much awaited but the educational problems of Indians living in Gulf countries should be taken up as the top most priority. Reservation of one third of the NRI quota for children of Indian workers in Gulf countries which is already available in the Engineering colleges should be extended to all other courses including medical courses.
In view of the latest MCI directive, it is high time for the BJP government to take up this issue seriously and take necessary steps to reserve one third seats under NRI quota for the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries in medical and all other courses.