For dedicated scholars and researchers, spirit and law are often considered separate fields of study. But at an academic seminar recently hosted by Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), a Qatar Foundation (QF) partner, multidisciplinary scholars from Qatar and around the world spent two days exploring the complex connections between these two fundamental aspects of human society. The Colloquium on the Spirit and the Law explored the ways in which legal frameworks can shape religious practices, and how religious practices become institutionalised through law.The event offered a platform for the rich exchange of ideas and perspectives across disciplines and religious traditions by scholars from GU-Q, the Theology Department at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, QF partner universities, including Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Northwestern University in Qatar, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, and institutions in Europe and South Asia.GU-Q dean Dr Safwan Masri welcomed the participants, highlighting the vibrant synergy between Georgetown’s two campuses and across Education City. “Georgetown has a long history of engagement in both legal and religious scholarship. By bringing together scholars from across disciplines and traditions, we hope to foster a deeper understanding of these complex issues, and to find new avenues for collaboration and engagement.”Co-organiser and professor of theology, Dr Patrick Laude noted that “the presence in Doha of a critical number of scholars engaged in research and reflection on law and spirituality enriched our exploration of the various ways in which the ‘Law’ and the ‘Spirit’ meet, intersect, and present us with areas of uncertainty and tensions that require thoughtful attention and dialogue”.He added that the event offered many fruitful opportunities for interreligious dialogue on two domains that are often disconnected from each other.In addition, co-organiser and professor of theology Dr Akintunde Akinade said: “Theology and religious studies are crucial to understanding the past, but also the world as it is today, and is a central feature of our international affairs curriculum.“We have a number of theology courses that offer students an opportunity to delve deeply into these important issues.”Drawing on his ongoing research, Dr Akinade shed light on the ways in which religious beliefs and practices intersect with social and political life in Africa.Topics covered in the colloquium included spirit and law in Abrahamic traditions, the dynamic and complex nature of Islamic thought and practice, mysticism and the law, and issues that cut across religious boundaries.The organisers have plans to publish the presented research in an edited volume.
The Doha English Speaking School (DESS) squad bagged the second place overall in the U11 BSME games in Muscat, Oman. This is the first time DESS has competed in BSME since 2017 and it was the first major competition for the young team, a statement said. The DESS team competed in netball, basketball, swimming, football and athletics.“We saw a phenomenal display of talent, but were also privileged to see our boys and girls rise to the challenge in tough conditions against some strong teams. For many of the students this was their first overseas trip without their families and they showed enormous grit and tenacity, working as a team to support one another during a gruelling competition,” it was explained.“We are immensely proud to say that out of eight schools competing we achieved an overall second place finish. A huge thank you to our coaches who motivated and inspired the children to hold their heads high throughout the ups and downs of the tournament.“Thank you for your dedication and commitment. This was an experience the team will always remember and it has given them a strong foundation for independence and teamwork. Not forgetting our parent supporters who travelled to Oman for the weekend to cheer us on. Thank you and well done to everyone.”
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) recently held an event to mark 15 years of its relationship with the Qatar chapter of Best Buddies.Teachers, staff and students and their parents from Al Shafallah Centre for Persons with Disability, senior representatives from the US embassy in Qatar and from the Qatar Foundation (QF) partner universities along with members of the VCUarts Qatar community attended the activity-packed occasion.VCUarts Qatar was the first QF partner university to set up the Best Buddies College Programme Club in Education City. VCUarts Qatar staff member Margarita Zuniga, currently the community relations co-ordinator, along with her children, pioneered the club in the summer of 2008. Since then, VCUarts Qatar’s community regularly dedicated time to organising art workshops to integrate persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and delays, providing opportunities that lead to better understanding and acceptance in the wider community.An exhibition showcasing artwork and designs created during these workshops was part of the celebratory event. The artworks included screen-printed t-shirts, embroidery and framed mixed media pieces.Laalei-abuAlfain, executive director, Al Shafallah Centre for Persons with Disability, said: “We are pleased to celebrate 15 years of the relationship between Best Buddies Qatar and VCUarts Qatar. The club at VCUarts Qatar was the first college club focusing on the social inclusion of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, in Qatar. This club, as all Best Buddies clubs aim to do, increases awareness about the rights of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities for social inclusion and integration.”Reflecting on the impact of the collaboration, Amir Berbic, dean of VCUarts Qatar, said: “The work this organisation has done with us over the past 15 years is remarkable – Best Buddies provides support and friendship to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – pairing people with special needs with a buddy who is there to offer support, friendship and a sense of belonging. Through their programmes, they have helped break down barriers and promote a culture of acceptance and understanding. We look forward to many more years of partnership.”Omar Nasser al-Khanji, a special guest speaker at the event, shared his experience as the first Qatari Best Buddies Pair partner at VCUarts Qatar. He told how meaningful it was to him. He and his paired buddy shared many experiences, including being travelling ambassadors for the Qatar programme, visiting Washington, DC and meeting the American founders of the programme.
Retired Indian Police Service officer Rishiraj Singh, renowned for his social interventions, attended a special assembly at Birla Public School (BPS) recently.He has a record of visiting over 1,800 schools and addressing over 200,000 students on different topics. He is the author of a famous book titled "Before it’s too late”, written in Malayalam and translated into many languages.Singh addressed BPS students on the use of mobile phones and the harms of excessive screen time. He gave guidance and motivation on how to maintain proper screen time. He encouraged the students to exercise, give more importance to their health, focus on their hobbies, and give equal importance to studies and sports, as sports help reduce stress. He suggested software such as Jist, Unglue, Screentime, and Qustodio to reduce screen time.The programme was conceptualised by the teachers and students of grade eight. During a Q&A session, a student asked about the challenges one should be ready to face outside the school, to which Singh said: "Believe in what you are doing, and remember that failure is a part of success".Academic director and principal Harish Sanduja thanked Singh. Middle School students presented a patriotic dance. The special occasion came to an end with a mime, a non-verbal expression of gratitude to Singh. Ananya of Grade 8 proposed a vote of thanks.
Rajagiri Public School (RPS) celebrated National Science Day of India, to mark the discovery of Raman Effect by the legendary Indian physicist Sir C V Raman.Basic principles of science were explained to the audience through simple demonstrations. The show started off with the popular personality prediction technique in which the presenter predicted in advance the personality the audience will select from a group of scientists.The demonstrations were organised in a way to retain the curiosity of the audience until the end of the show. Shafeen Shareef, Uma Maheswari and Meena Uppalapati, teachers in the Department of Science, and a group of students staged the demonstrations.
DPS-Modern Indian School student Savana Rose Sabu (XII-F) bagged third prize at the national level in the ‘Annual Art Festival' organised by Ministry of Jal Shakti, India in association with Kalantar Art Trust. Savana created a music-song composition on the theme 'Role of Youth in River Rejuvenation' and won the third place among all the CBSE-affiliated schools that participated.
Qatar University College of Engineering's (QU-CENG) Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) recently organised the 7th QU-Engineering in Medicine Workshop virtually under the theme Translating and Commercialising Biomedical Research from Lab to Products.CENG associate dean for research and postgraduate programmes Prof Ahmed Masoud, keynote speakers, Prof Rayaz Malik (assistant dean for clinical investigations, WCM-Q and consultant endocrinology, Hamad Medical Corporation), Prof Sabu Thomas (former vice chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University, India), and Prof Nureddin Ashammakhi (associate director, Center for Minimally Invasive Therapeutics, UCLA and MSU, US) and several speakers and attendees from different countries were present.The aim was to bring together clinicians, scientists, engineers, and executives from various biomedical startup companies to share their experiences, recent advances, and ongoing activities in research and commercialising biomedical research products.Dr Anwarul Hasan, associate professor at MIE-QU-CENG chaired the workshop. The speakers included Dr Reza Tafreshi (Texas A&M University at Qatar), Dr Rashad Alfkey (HMC), Dr Arghya Paul (Western University, Canada), Dr Mohamed Ghasemi Rad (Baylor College of Medicine, US), Dr Gozde Durmus (Stanford University, US), Prasanna Gore (CEO and co-founder of Syncell, US), Nihal Engin Vrana (CEO and co-founder of Spartha Medical, France), and many speakers from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Turkey, Malaysia and beyond.MIE head Prof Dr Saud Ghani said the event demonstrated that QU academics are pursuing high-quality multidisciplinary research and proving themselves to be at the forefront of their fields.Dr Hasan pointed out that the workshop offered a unique perspective from experts in machine learning, AI, nanomedicine, drug delivery, ultrasound, imaging, immunotherapy, and biomedical product development which will be helpful in multidisciplinary research to bring novel innovative lifesaving products to the market.
Indian Business & Professionals Council (IBPC), Qatar and Indian Sports Center (ISC) celebrated the Qatar National Sport Day recently with a walkathon and other sport activities at Birla Public School (BPS). Indian ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal was the chief guest and Honor Godwin Oloufa, the guest of honour. ISC president Dr Mohan Thomas and IBPC vice president Abdul Sathar spoke. Indian embassy first secretary (culture and education) and ISC co-ordinating officer Sachin Dinkar Shankpal and BPS academic director-principal Harish Sanduja were present. The event included an oath to promote physical and mental health, and to adopt millets as a super food for a healthy diet.
Rajagiri Little Kingdom celebrated its 9th Sports Day. Fathima Zayn, a kindergarten student delivered the welcome speech. The opening ceremony featured a mass drill followed by cultural shows. Principal Sanjeev Kumar hoisted the school flag. Board of directors member Vimala Jacob inaugurated the sports fiesta by cutting a ribbon and releasing balloons. Academic director Dr Prashanth Palakkapallil delivered the inaugural address and declared the meet open. The track events witnessed participation of more than 175 students in different races. The programme closed with the lowering of the flag and Christina proposed a vote of thanks.
Bangladesh MHM School and College organised special functions to mark International Mother Language Day and the Martyrs' Day.Ambassador and school chairman Md Nazrul Islam, the chief guest, hoisted the national flag at half-mast as a tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the cause of their mother tongue in 1952. In his welcome address, school director retired Lt Cdr Md Anwar Khurshid urged the gathering to contribute to the enrichment of the Bangla language. The ambassador focused on the incidents that led to the language movement and remembered the contribution of the great leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the supreme sacrifice of the people of Bangladesh.“It is the language movement of 1952 which sowed the seed of independence of our country and taught us to revolt against injustice,” said the chief guest. Wall magazines, showcasing the history of the language movement and prepared by the students were unveiled. Various competitions were held.
A total of 32 Sixth Form students of Park House English School received recognition for their 2021/2022 examination results, a statement said.Zeina received the High Achievement Cambridge International A-Level award for Physical Education, the Outstanding Pearson Learner Award for earning the highest grade in Qatar for A-Level Chemistry and also a Pearson Edexcel Certificate of Excellence.Additionally, top national prizes were given to two other students. Nicole received the Cambridge IGCSE Top Mark in Qatar award for her grade in Sociology, while Iman received the Outstanding Pearson Learner Award for obtaining the Highest Mark in Qatar for A-Level Chemistry.Principal John Smith, said: "We are continuously proud of the outstanding accomplishments of our students. At Park House English School, we hold our students to high expectations, and they consistently rise to the occasion to provide outcomes that rank among the finest in Qatar and globally. They can now enroll in some of the top colleges and universities in the world thanks to this”.The global awards recognise top performers in the Pearson Edexcel iPrimary, iLower Secondary, International GCSE, GCSE, International A-level, and A-level examinations that are offered at schools.Other awards received were: A-Level Certificate of Excellence received by Aisha, Tricia, Flynn, Zeina, Haya, Iman, Darius, Hannah and Zena. GCSE Certificate of Excellence received by Maryam, Mohamed, Nour, Ibrahim, Jeong Ho, Emilia, Natalie, Jayna, Rashid, Batool, Shadan, Anza, Sami, Hamda, Aarish, Sharon, Nicole, Aishvarya, Yasmin, and Hala.Park House English School, a part of the International Schools Partnership (ISP), is one of the first British schools in Doha and has a rich history of excellence, the statement added.
DPS-Modern Indian School bagged multiple crowns at separate debate events in Qatar recently.The school's teams topped the Qatar School Debate League-II (Boys) with the highest cumulative points at DeBakey High School recently. The competition saw 132 speakers from 44 debate teams from 27 institutions.Team Azhar Jaleel Muhammed, Krish Nagrani and Aryan Dubey bagged the Best Team of the League title. Team Aritra Ghosh, Pranay Mukala, and Nikkil were fifth. Team Abhimanyu Gupta, Surya Kauthik Basangi and Govind Krishna finished at 32nd position.In the individual category, Azhar Jaleel Muhammed bagged the best speaker position followed by Aritra Ghosh at third, Pranay Mukala at ninth; Krish Nagrani and Nikkil D’Cruz at 13th, Aryan Dubey at 15th, Govind Krishna and Surya Kuathik Basangi at 40th and Abhimanyu Gupta at 56th position. Debaters were accompanied by their coaches Jaya Majumder and Sandhya Gopalakrishnan.The performance of the students in this league along with the previous one enabled DPS-MIS teams to break into the National Championship.DPS-MIS debaters were declared champions in the school category of Qatar Open Asian Parliamentary-style debate hosted by Qatar Debate at the University of Doha for Science and Technology recently. A total of 26 teams from different schools competed for the title, out of which six teams were from DPS-MIS.Team Azhar Jaleel Muhammed, Archit Chhikara and Aryan Dubey won the best school team award and qualified for the quarterfinals. They were also ranked the fifth best team overall.In the school category, Antara Alurkar bagged the best speaker award. Aryan Dubey and Gargee Kanade won the second best speaker award, followed by Azhar Muhammed and Vyusti Singh who bagged the fourth best speaker award. Archit Chhikara, Surya Kauthik, and Vaidehi Rogiye received the sixth best speaker award.Out of 10 best speaker awards, DPS-MIS students won eight. In the Open Category, Antara Alurkar was ranked 13th and Gargee Kanade and Aryan Dubey at the 16th position. All 18 promising debaters debated four rounds.The Asian Parliamentary tournament is an open tournament where anyone from the debating community can debate. The competition gave young debaters an opportunity to explore contemporary and future issues in the fields of technology, bioethics, international relations, and social equity.The senior girls’ debate team of DPS-MIS also topped the Qatar School Debate League-II held at American Academy School. The competition was among 170 debaters, 56 debate teams and 35 institutions from across Qatar.Team Karen Thomas, Victoria Honoridez, Drishti Tibrewal topped the league winning all four rounds followed by Team Vaidehi Rogiye, Antara Alurkar, Leen Sameer in second position. Team Vyusti Singh, Avani Anand Mondhe, Sidrah Mahvish was on 19th position with two wins.In the individual speaker category, Victoria Honoridez was first, Vyusti Singh third, Vaidehi Rogiye seventh and Antara Alurkar tenth. The debaters presented their views on pressing issues including the Ukraine-Russia conflict, environment campaigns, acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk and labour law regulations.“Jaya Majumder and Sandhya Gopalakrishnan played a key role in helping the debaters win,” commented principal Asna Nafees.
The Bangladesh MHM School & College has bagged impressive results in the Higher Secondary School Certificate Examination (HSC) held in November 2022 under the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka.Out of 62 students, 60 passed with good grades and 19 of them secured the highest grade-GPA-5.The pass percentage of the regular batch is 97%.The result of the HSC-2022 has created a milestone for the institution, outdoing all other expatriate Bangladeshi Schools in the Middle East, a statement said.Oyshorjo Talukder, Taslima Sultana, Elma Hashem, Farha Gani, Anika Tasnim Meen, Shabnam Zerrin, Zarin Tasnim, Sadya, Tamrin Hossain, Al Walid, Shadman Rahman, Abdullah Arfan, Mohammad Ahnaf Zaime, Yahya Ahmed, Umme Habiba, Nushra, Tanzim Ahmed, Ahmed Safa and Mohammed Samir Hossain, were the toppers securing GPA-5 while 20 students got GPA-4 and above.The director, retired Lt Cdr Md. Anwar Khurshid, congratulated the students, teachers and parents for the good result. Principal Md. Zulfikar Azad lauded the students and expressed his deep gratitude to the teachers as well. Bangladesh ambassador to Qatar and school chairman, Md Nazrul Islam, congratulated the students and thanked the teachers and parents for their co-operation.
Spectrum 2K22, a science, math and art exhibition, at MES Indian School, featured as many as 700 projects by students. A total of 52 exhibits won prizes. Honouring the winners, principal Dr Hameeda Kadar urged the students to develop a scientific bent of mind to excel in the world of science and technology. While convener Shahanas Y I presented the report of the Boys’ and Girls’ sections, Remya Nandakumar did of the junior section. Manju Manshad, Saritha M J, Febin Shahid and Shailaja Nishad were the co-ordinators. Earlier, Rema Devi, co-ordinator, department of English, welcomed the gathering and Aishwarya Nair proposed a vote of thanks.
Ideal Indian School recently hosted farewell and graduation ceremonies for outgoing class XII students. The farewell ceremonies for the boys and girls sections were organised by students of class XI.The evenings were charged with emotions as the outgoing students recounted their days at the school. They thanked their juniors and also expressed their gratitude to the teachers for all the painstaking efforts in shaping their personalities.Principal Shaik Shamim Saheb wished the outgoing students good luck in their exams and urged them to continue the legacy of the school and contribute to the country as nation-builders.On this occasion, the names of students who are honoured with special awards for their outstanding performance in curricular and extracurricular activities were announced.The winners are: Girls' Section: Best Girl – Science: Hanin Shamsheer; Best Girl – Commerce: Anjali Devi; Best in Conduct: Viveca Abigail Mendes and Shakira Shaikh; Best in Service: Sneha Anna Mathew and Najla Aleefa Candra; Best in Sports: Aseel Mohamed Osman, Muna Mushthak and Maryam; Best Prefect: Nahla Vahab Kundil and Anvica Marywill; Best Talent: Romiya Susan Varghese and Warda Manal; Special Jury Award: Sanha Salam, Amna Fathima and Amina Mohamed AhmedBoys' Section - Best Boy in Science: Adithya Pavitran; Best Boy in Commerce: Aromal Narayanan; Best in Conduct: Ahmed Faez Abdulrahman, Praise Olumde, Abdul Karim Nabil and Mohammed Elsadig Abdulla; Best Talent: Bharath R Nair and Ebenezar Ranjan Babu; Best in Sports: Shahad Shafee and Nithin Krishna; Best in Service: Ibrahim Ahmed and Abdulla Noor; Best Prefect: Aaron Varghese John; Special Jury Award: Khaled Mohd. Abdul Qadir, Aman Hashim, Abdulla Roshan and Adnan Sawad.The school presented each outgoing student with a graduation souvenir. Heads of sections and departments and teaching staff attended the function.The graduation ceremony saw school president Dr Hassan Kunhi M P, principal Shaik Shamim Saheb and heads of the Boys' and Girls' sections greeting the students. The officials distributed the examination hall tickets. Before the programme began, a moment of silence was observed in homage to those who died in the recent earthquakes in Turkiye and Syria.
Mohammed Munawar Zama, a renowned English trainer and motivational speaker from the English House Academy, Hyderabad, India, presented a motivational session for the students of MES Indian School recently. Zama, who has trained over 300,000 students by conducting workshops in about 19 states across India, urged the students to maintain a positive outlook always, be respectful to everyone, and obey parents, teachers and elders. The session was organised by the department of Arabic & Islamic studies. Principal Hameeda Kadar welcomed the gathering and Usman Mayyeri, head of the department, Arabic, Urdu & Islamic studies, proposed a vote of thanks.
Birla Public School, kindergarten section celebrated Purple Day and the joy of giving recently. The little ones dressed in purple - the highest colour in the visible spectrum. They participated in Show and Tell. Children brought objects such as balls, grapes, balloons, bottles, pencils, and toys like barney, cars, dolls, and much more in all tints of purple.
Podar Pearl School's three campuses celebrated the Qatar National Sport Day at Al Arabi Stadium with students participating in various drills, yoga, aerobic displays and inter-house races. The proceedings began with a colourful march past by the students of the four houses. President Sam Mathew took the salute and inaugurated the sports meet, which also featured some fun races for parents and teachers. Medals, certificates and trophies were distributed to the winners.
Qatar National Sport Day was celebrated in the main campus of Birla Public School (BPS). Chief guest Indian ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal, guest of honour Nigerian badminton player Godwin Richard Oloufa, Indian embassy first secretary (culture, education & information) Sachin Dinkar Shankpal, BPS director and Indian Sports Centre president Dr Mohan Thomas, Indian Business and Professionals Council vice president Abdul Sathar, MES Indian School principal Dr Hameeda Kadar and other dignitaries were the special attendees. The Qatar and Indian national anthems were rendered by the school choir. An oath for healthy lifestyle was taken by all, led by Ajay Kumar, head, physical education department. Academic director and principal Harish Sanduja highlighted the contribution of two Indian adventurers lbrahim Bilal and Mohammad Afsal Haq, who call themselves 'AB Tech Vibe' and reached Qatar from Kasaragod, India, on their 22-year-old Bajaj Chetak scooter, as part of their seven-nation trip. They were the special guests on the occasion.Band music provided by the Qatar Manjappada group was the entertainment highlight of the day. A walkathon led by Dr Mittal and a variety of games were held. Mementos were distributed to people and societies conducting dance and group performances all round Qatar. Jeena Pauline and Miny Easow compered the event.