JDT Islam in Marikkunnu, near Calicut, is one the renowned orphanages in South India. It extends outstanding services to orphans and other students with the support of state-of-the art educational facilities.
The Jameyyat Dawa Tabligul (JDT) Islam started in 1922 as an orphanage with the intention to shelter, feed and care for the unfortunate miserable children, who were victims of the bygone Malabar rebellion.
JDT has journeyed a long way to attain its present position as a well-run orphanage known for its dedication in providing quality education to thousands of students, its secretary C.P. Kunhi Mohammed told Arab News.
When the new management led by Dr. PC Anver took over in 2002, there were 4,800 students and 235 orphans in the campus. Now there are 498 orphans and 12,000 students, the secretary said, adding that JDT runs 26 different institutions including a nursing college, a physiotherapy college, a pharmacy college, an arts and science college and a polytechnic.
We have a special school project for children of special needs. It will require an investment of 120 million Indian rupees. The physiotherapy college will provide free service to students of this school, Mohammed said.
JDT established various professional institutions in its campus in order to train and qualify orphans to get good jobs. We have introduced even post graduate courses like MA in Multimedia and M. Pharm. We intend to start an engineering college and a business management school very soon, he said.
Mohammed commended the Jeddah-based Iqra Charitable Foundation, Kuwaiti businessman Nouri Ak Al-Nouri and Indian businessmen like M.A. Yousuf Ali and Galfar Mohammed Ali for their generous support to the organization.
The 350-bed Iqra Hospital established by the Saudi charity is one of the best hospitals in Calicut, the secretary said. It provides treatment to 1,800 outpatients daily. Iqra Foundation has been supporting us to run the hospital and purchase advanced medical equipment, he pointed out.
JDT is the first orphanage in India to receive a ISO 9001:2000 certification for its quality management of the organization, provision of education, housing and related services. The Hamburg-based Germanischer Lloyd Certification GmbH gave the certificate. It also received the best institution award from Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
JDT aims to provide quality education of global standards by preparing academically superior, socially committed and culturally rich citizens to contribute to the holistic uplift of the community, Mohammed said.
He disclosed plans to establish a new college in Calicut as a joint project of Muslim orphanages in Kerala. We have bought a plot for the purpose. About 50 percent of its students will be orphans. We have got approval to start BA and B.Com classes. We intend to provide free education to three to four outstanding students from each Muslim orphanage in Kerala in this college, he explained. He said the Coordination Council of Muslim Orphanages in Kerala has been playing an important role in improving the condition of their institutions and exchanging expertise and best practices in running them. Backed by its professionalism, coupled with expertise, JDT has completed eight decades of yeoman services for the welfare of humanity and won the recognition of both the Indian and Kerala governments.
Al-Nouri, a prominent businessman in Kuwait, is one of the generous supporters of JDT, the secretary said. He financed the projects such as renovation of boys and girls hostel, the infomatics center, laboratories and the nursing college. Dr. Mohammed Abdu Yamani, former Saudi information minister and chairman of Iqra Charitable Foundation, financed the Iqra Hospital and Research Center near Calicut. Yamani who died in November 2010 was a great humanitarian and philanthropist, Mohammed said while praising his great contributions to Islam and Muslims.