Indian leaders stress education for Muslim progress

Updated 11 January 2016
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Indian leaders stress education for Muslim progress

JUBAIL: India's Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alumni observed Sir Syed Day at the Hadeed beach camp recently to pay tribute to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the university's founder.
Several important guests from India were conspicuous by their presence on the occasion. India's former Minister of State for Home, Communication and IT, and a senior Congress leader, Shakeel Ahmad was the chief guest, who noted that Indian Muslims should exercise their franchise with diligence and caution.
Referring to AMU's initiatives in opening Sir Syed public schools, Mairaj Uddin Ahmad, a former UP minister, urged AMU old boys to respond to the call by opening such public schools in their districts, states and cities.
“Empowerment through education can be our only savior in these difficult times,” Ahmad said.
Spread over 467.6 hectares, the premier educational institution is in Aligarh, a city located 130 km from Delhi, in Uttar Pradesh province. Students from all over India and abroad, especially Africa, West Asia and Southeast Asia study more than 300 courses that the university offers in traditional and modern branches of education.
The university has more than 28,000 students, 1,342 teachers and some 5,610 non-teaching staff on its rolls. The university now has 12 faculties comprising 98 teaching departments, 3 academies and 15 centers and institution. A special feature of the university is its residential character with most of the staff and students residing on the campus.
Educational Excellence Award was presented to Saadia Siddiqui, officiating vice principal girls of IIS Jubail, for her community services.
IIS Jubail's toppers, Heba Nasar, Atia Akram and Anam Sharaf, were awarded trophies for their academic excellence.
Those who spoke or were present on the occasion included Khalid Hadi Khan, who presided over the function, Anis Bakhsh, Meraj A. Ansari, Mukarram Ali Khan and former IISD Principal Capt. Anwar, Syed Hilal Uddin Khan and Qaisar Hussain.
Syed Baqar Naqvi conducted the event and Shujat Ali Mirza presented the vote of thanks.


Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

Updated 21 July 2019
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Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

  • 257,981 pilgrims benefited from the "preventive services" since the new initiative’s launch

RIYADH: One of the services provided by the Makkah Route initiative, which aims to smooth the Hajj journey of pilgrims and provide top-quality service, is to ensure that all health requirements are met.

The Communication, Relations and Health Awareness General Department of the Ministry of Health is implementing the initiative in two ways. 

The first is to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa (Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tunisia). 

The second is to check that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

“Preventive measures” mean, for example, providing polio vaccines for pilgrims. The vaccine, approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), is provided through the Pakistani health authorities at the departure area of the airport.

“The ministry is also deploying a team of five people qualified to supervise the application of health requirements and assess the vaccination procedure and the application of preventive measures,” the department added.   


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The Makkah Route initiative aims to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa.

The initiative also ensures that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals.

The teams include 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.


The ministry’s procedures in the departure hall include prepping emergency clinics at the points where Makkah Route pilgrims are received. 

These clinics deal with urgent cases, prepare awareness information for pilgrims and coordinate with the General Authority of Civil Aviation regarding their distribution on the targeted airlines.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals, including 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.

The ministry stated that the number of health practitioners assigned to the service of pilgrims during Hajj “is more than 30,000.”

The ministry encourages volunteering during the Hajj season; it believes that it is a very important and noble service toward fellow citizens, nations and the religion, where Islam highly encourages volunteering and serving others.

The ministry is coordinating the major institutions and commissions via its Hajj volunteering link to register volunteers so that they can participate through the societal partnership program.

The missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices provide basic treatment services and refer patients to the ministry’s health facilities, keeping an eye on the overall health situation and reporting any suspicious infectious diseases. 

The ministry monitors all the health institutions and medical missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices to make sure the health requirements are being properly applied, to ensure pilgrims’ safety and guarantee an environment free of infectious diseases.

The Health Ministry has confirmed that so far that there has been no incidence of any epidemic diseases or quarantine cases recorded among pilgrims, who arrived and the health situation is reassuring.

Since the first of Dul Qaada, the ministry has provided preventive services, via access points, to 257,981 pilgrims, with a total rate of commitment to vaccination reached  87.4 percent for meningitis, 67.3 percent for yellow fever and 95.3 percent for polio.