First Islamic Studies Faculty opened in Sri Lankan University

[TamilNet, Friday, 09 June 2006, 04:45 GMT]
The first batch of forty three students of both sexes was admitted to the Faculty of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language of the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka at an event held Thursday afternoon. This is the first Faculty of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language opened in a University in Sri Lanka since 1942, education sources said.

First Islamic Studies
First Islamic Studies
Newly enrolled students for the new Faculty were received by undergrads of other faculties by offering sweets, sources said..

The South Eastern University was declared open in the year 1995 at the request of late founder leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Mr.M.H.M.Ashraff. At the start two faculties, one for Arts and Cultures and other for Management and Commerce were opened in the South Eastern University. Later another faculty for applied science was started in the year 1995, sources said

Moulavi M.S.M.Jalaldeen, First Dean of newly opened Faculty presided over the event. He said Muslims should be thankful for the late SLMC leader Mr.Ashraff whose intention was to start three faculties one for Islamic Studies in Pottuvil, one for Hinduism in Thirukovil and the third for Buddhism in Digavapiya under the management of the South Eastern University. This is the first time a Faculty for Islamic Studies and Arabic Language has been opened in a Sri Lankan university.

Dr.K.M.H.Kalideen has been appointed the first Head of the Islamic Studies and Arabic Language.

The new faculty is to offer the following Degree programs:-

  • 1. Bachelor of Arts (Combined General Degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic Language),
  • 2 .Bachelor of Arts (General Degree in Islamic Studies),
  • 3. Bachelor of Arts (General Degree in Arabic Language),
  • 4. Bachelor of Arts (Special Degree in Islamic Studies),
  • 5. Bachelor of Arts (Special Degree in Arabic Language).

    The medium of instruction will be in Tamil, English and Arabic Languages. The duration of Combined Degree programme and General Degree programme is three years covering six semesters and the Special degree course is four years covering eight semesters, university sources said.

    First Islamic Studies
    First Islamic Studies


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