Mahad’ad-Dawa Institute

Religious Scholars’ Role in Society

Agenda for Graduation Ceremony and Conference

Date: January 29th 2013

Jalalabad, Afghanistan

1. To give certificates, if possible attested by the Ministry of Education, to those who have graduated from the Islamic Academy.

2. To apprise scholars, Ministry officials, provincial government officials and citizens of the aims of the Islamic Academy:

• to bring Islamic scholars into the mainstream of national life;
• to motivate and prepare Islamic scholars to contribute to the community and humanity in a host of fields, from the perspective of their own spiritual and academic traditions;
• to give Islamic scholars the know-how to be able pursue a career in medicine, media and business, in the process improving their own livelihoods;
• to make Islamic scholars into a potent force for peace, progress and prosperity in society.

3. To introduce the new distance learning modality of the Islamic Academy, while maintaining a campus and a base in Jalalabad. Distance education will enable the Academy:

• to take on students in other parts of Afghanistan, even overseas;
• to make use of the best teachers and lecturers;
• to charge fees from foreign students, facilitating the raising of much needed income;

• to raise its profile, making it into an international resource for madrassah graduates.

A distance learning component for the Islamic Academy will mean that students can pursue other activities while continuing their studies in the Academy.

4. To introduce the three vocational departments of the Islamic Academy – Business Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication and Traditional Herbal Medicine – and explain the rationale vis-a-vis their suitability for Islamic scholars.

5. To explain the change in direction of the fourth department – the Islamic Outreach Department – how it is preparing and motivating Islamic scholars to work and contribute in the mainstream of modern society.

6. To explain the fund-raising procedure of the Islamic Academy:
• by attracting sponsorship for particular modules;
• by raising funds among Afghans – as well as other supportive parties – both at home and abroad;
• by running a distance education programme that will attract fee-paying foreign students from well-to-do backgrounds.
• by running import-export business, the profits from which go to the Islamic Academy.

7. Achievements and difficulties faced by the Islamic Academy over three years:
• how far has the Academy been successful in realising the resolutions of the Conference that led to it being established, held by PACT Radio in collaboration with the Ministry of Education?
• what have students learned from the Academy, how has it improved their lives and livelihoods?

8. To strengthen ties with the madrassah community, to increase inflow of madrassah graduates to the Islamic Vocational Academy, so that there is a healthy flow of madrassah graduates coming into the Islamic Academy.

You can read a Pashto version of the agenda here.