Staff Reporter

IICC creates awareness about Islamic culture

NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi will inaugurate the India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC) at Lodhi Road here on Monday.

The IICC is a non-political institution that strives for national integration through dialogues and debates, research studies, cultural programmes and welfare and promotional schemes. Promoting awareness about the ethos of Islamic culture, the IICC stresses on "unity in diversity" and attempts to strengthen mutual understanding between religions and cultures.

It was during the centenary celebrations of the 15th "Hijra" in November 1980 that the idea to set up an institute to remove misunderstandings about Islam was conceived. The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had agreed to the IICC's formation that led to the registration of the society in April 1981. Ms. Indira Gandhi laid the foundation stone of the IICC on August 24, 1984. From then, the Centre has been headed by several prominent personalities. At present Sirajuddin Qureshi is heading the IICC. Membership to the IICC is open to all citizens who represent specific interest in the fields of art, culture, education, social work and science and technology. Members at present include Madhya Pradesh Governor Balram Jakhar, Union Minister for Law and Justice Hans Raj Bhardwaj, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and former Chief Justice R.S. Pathak.