Staff Reporter

Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the festivities

VALANCHERY: The 20th anniversary celebrations of Markazu Tharbiyyathil Islamiyya will begin on the Markaz campus here on Friday. The celebrations will mark this year's Wafi convocation also.

Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the three-day festivities in the afternoon. Sayed Umer Ali Shihab Thangal, vice-president of the Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, will preside over the function.

Minister for Local Administration Paloli Mohammed Kutty will inaugurate an exclusive session of Markaz family members on Saturday morning.

Vayalar Ravi to attend

Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi will inaugurate a debate on `Roots of terror' in the afternoon. Mushirul Hasan, Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia University, will be the chief guest at the debate.

Koranic scholar Rahmatullah Qasimi Moothedam will deliver the keynote address at a session on Koran on Saturday evening.

Muslim Youth League State president Sayed Sadik Ali Shihab Thangal will inaugurate a seminar on `Muslim education- problems and solutions' on Sunday morning. Bahauddin Nadvi, Vice-Principal of Darul Huda Islamic Academy, Chemmad, will moderate the seminar.

International guest

Egyptian Ambassador Muhammed Hijazi will inaugurate a session on `Islamic renaissance' in the afternoon. Sayed Hyder Ali Shihab Thangal, district president of the Indian Union Muslim League, will preside over the session.

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil will inaugurate the valedictory function and Wafi convocation in the evening. Muslim League president Sayed Mohammedali Shihab Thangal will preside over the function.

K.T. Manu Musliar, Samastha Kerala Educational Board secretary, will deliver the convocation address. M.A. Yousuf Ali, industrialist, will present the awards.