March 11th, 2013 by vmft
I am happy to be here today to deliver the Vakkom Moulavi Memorial Lecture and recognize a few prominent protagonists of Kerala’s commendable socio-economic development. Friends, we are gathered here to commemorate the 140th birth anniversary of Vakkom Mohammed Abdul Khader, popularly known as Vakkom Moulavi, one of the doyens of the Kerala’s renaissance. Alongside, we are celebrating the Silver Jubilee of the Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust, and recognizing the life and work of Prof. N. A. Karim, President of the Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust, in whose name the Foundation has instituted an Award for Outstanding Public Service, being presented today to Shri P.V. Rajagopal, a noted Gandhian who has tirelessly worked for the cause of tribals and other marginalized sections of society. Amongst the luminaries who made important contribution to the resurgence of Kerala between the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, Vakkom Abdul Khader Moulavi, stands tall. more
Water is vital for life, pivotal for human development and necessary to keep our environment healthy. There is a fixed amount of water on the planet and with increasing population, economic development and changing lifestyles, undue pressure has been put on the world’s limited water resources leading to increased competition for water and creating situations of potential conflict. But water can be used as an instrument of peace and development as every action involving water management requires effective cooperation between multiple actors whether at the local or international scale.
On the World Water Day on 22nd March 2013, VMFT organizes a Seminar on the topic ‘Towards a Water Policy that Meets the Needs of All’ at 4.30 pm at the VMFT Hall in Thekkummoodu.
December 5th, 2012 by vmft
VMFT invites nominations for the ‘Professor N. A. Karim Award for Outstanding Public Service-2012’, consisting of a Rs. One lakh cash Award, a citation and a memento. The Award is to recognize and honour individuals who have contributed to public service in a way that has led to tangible benefits for Kerala society. Any person residing in Kerala or residing in other parts of India or abroad, who has worked on issues of significance to Kerala society that fall within the purview of VMFT’s goals is eligible for the Award, irrespective of religion,
The Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) provides a forum for IEEE volunteers to demonstrate the application of engineering, science and mathematics concepts by sharing their real-world experiences with secondary school educators. TISP functions essentially as a professional development workshop aimed at helping teachers bring exciting hands-on engineering lessons into their classrooms.TISP Week 2012 partnered by VMFT kickstarted with a grand inaugural function at Vakkom Moulavi Foundation
The 13th K.M.Bashir Memorial Lecture was delivered by Mr. John Samuel, Global Democratic Governance Adviser and Chief of Global programme on Governance Assessments of UNDP (New York and Oslo) on Sunday April 15, 2012 at the Foundation Hall, Thekkummmoodu, Thiruvananthapuram. The topic of the lecture was ‘Political Economy of Social Transitions and New Sectarianism in Kerala’. The speaker discussed the significant achievements of Kerala in the area of social development, democratization and economic growth. The most important challenge for the political and policy leadership of Kerala is to challenge the stagnation that is settling in at the core of our society and to have a new movement for renewing the creative energies, recharging our potential and creating a passionate vision for the future of Kerala. Shri.T.P.Srinivasan,
August 28th, 2011 by vmft
The first workshop on IT for Teaching was held on 27 August 2011 at VMFT for the members of the Teacher Resource Centre. Shri. N.T.Nair, Chief Editor, Executive Knowledge Lines inaugurated the programme. Dr. K. Soman, Director, VMFT welcomed and Dr.C.G.Sukumaran Nair and Mr.A.Suhair addressed the participants . 16 High School Teachers from various schools in Trivandrum
December 27th, 2012 by vmft
Vakkom Mohammad Abdul Khadir who is now popularly known as Vakkom Moulavi was one of the tallest leaders of the Kerala Renaissance which began in the second half of the 19th century and continued till the end of the first half 20th century with great vigour that caused great awakening in Kerala in the tidal waves of which several of the superstitions connected with religious beliefs of almost all communities in Kerala were washed away and new ideas of freedom and progress blossomed.
The role played by the Moulavi in several spheres of life during this period has been evaluated as really epoch-making. Education, social and religious reforms and political journalism are the areas in which the Moulavi’s works are considered to be memorable. A great scholar and a multi-linguist, he made periodicals in Malayalam and Arabi-Malayalam, mainly for illiterate Muslims, particularly their womenfolk.
Journals were the main medium through which he propagated his programme and ideas of social and political changes, the effect of which was profound.
February 20th, 2013 by vmft
The Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust’s Professor N.A. Karim Award for Outstanding Public Service comprising of Rs. 1 lakh cash, citation and memento was awarded to the eminent Gandhian social worker Shri. P.V. Rajagopal by Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri.Hamid Ansari at a function held at Kanakakkunnu Palace on 16th February 2013. The Awardee was selected by a 5 member jury consisting of Dr.B.Ekbal, Prof. V.K. Damodaran, John Samuel, Padmashri.Shankar and Dr.Manisha Priyam.
July 29th, 2012 by vmft
Vakkom Abdulkhader (1912-1976) was a great literatteur, scholar, critic and the first writer of full length critical biography of the celebrated poet Sri. G. Sankara Kurup with whom he was on personal and literary intimate terms. Vakkom Abdulkhader introduced western writers and thinkers to the Malayalam readers at a time the Malayalam literature was in its stage of infancy. Besides innumerable articles in leading journals, he also published about 25 books
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