In recognition of his outstanding work in the field of Islam, health and international affairs, renowned thinker and Islamic Scholar, Dr Javed Jamil has been appointed Head of Islamic Studies and Research by Yenepoya University, Mangalore, India.

The Inauguration Ceremony of the Chair was organised at Yenepoya University, Campus Mangalore on 4 April 2017 attended by university senior administrators and academics.

The Chancellor of the University, Mr Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi, was the Chief Guest. Vice Chancellor, Dr Vijayakumar, Registrar, Dr Shreekumar Menon, Director, Finance Mr Farhaad Yenepoya were present on the occasion. The trustees of Islamic Academy of Education and other statutory officers of the University were also present.

Chancellor, Mr Abdullah Kunhi expressed immense pleasure and satisfaction at the inauguration of the Chair and hoped that it would mark another milestone in the history of Yenepoya University. Vice Chancellor, Mr Vijayakumar briefly described the mode of the functioning of the Chair and hoped that under the Guidance of the Advisory Board, the Chair will be able to function smoothly for the desired objectives.

Dr Javed Jamil expressed his gratefulness for being appointed for a work that has huge potential. He told that “in today’s world the religious values are being side-lined by the world which has been giving more importance to economics rather than the life and wellbeing of the mankind resulting in all-prevailing chaos and spread of various diseases.”

He expressed the need of developing Applied Islamic Studies as a full-fledged discipline and hoped that such kind of novel work in Yenepoya University will attract the attention of the whole world.

“I hope to start several innovative studies in the field of the application of Islamic principles in health, social and other sciences and organize an international conference on Applied Islamics,” Dr Jamil said.

A physician by profession, having graduated from one of India’s oldest premier medical institutions, King George’s Medical College, Lucknow, Dr Jamil has been a bold speaker and prolific writer having covered a great diversity of subjects including health, politics, economics, science and international relations from an Islamic world-view.

Dr Jamil is widely known for his theories and books, which include “The Devil of Economic Fundamentalism”, the Essence of the Divine Verses”, “Islam means Peace”, “Muslims Most Civilised, Yet not Enough” and “Muslim Vision of Secular India: Destination and Roadmap”. Apart from authoring 17 books, he has also contributed several hundred articles and has delivered numerous talks on various issues.

According to the University release, “in order to enrich the academic resources of the university system for a deeper reflection on critical issues and to promote and facilitate insightful thinking on all issues connected with focus on knowledge generation with an inter-disciplinary perspective, (that) Yenepoya University has established and inaugurated the Chair in Islamic Studies and Research. This chair will facilitate insightful thinking on all issues connected with focus on knowledge generation with an inter-disciplinary perspective specifically on Islam.”

The Major objective of establishing this chair is to integrate and facilitate social, cultural, and scientific dimensions of Islamic practices into the teaching and research programmes of University and establish scientific basis for the Islamic practices through research at all levels including cellular, molecular and genetics. This chair will be involved in pursuing advanced studies in the field of Islam, especially Applied Studies in different fields including Health and Social Sciences.

Yenepoya University was founded by Late Moideen Kunhi who was the Chairman of The Yenepoya Group of Companies, a business conglomerate spanning a plethora of diversified business and service organizations.

His son Abdullah Kunhi is the present Chancellor of the University. He was among the first to make a foray into the field of Education with the setting up of medical, dental, nursing and physiotherapy colleges of high standard. He was recently conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, member of the Supreme Council, UAE and Ruler of Ajman.