Archive for August, 2011
Love is blind. What does it mean? It means we love someone without any valid reasons. We fall in love with someone and we do not know the reason why we have fallen in love with him or her. Most people forget that the one that put the love towards him or her in our heart is none other than the Creator of men. There is no one that can grant love other than Allah. Allah is the one who places love towards someone in our heart beyond our control. We can neither increase nor decrease the amount of love towards someone in our heart except with the permission of Allah. Allah places love into the heart of all mothers towards their children. Allah uses love as a means to protect and to nourish the young helpless children. A mother can endure many nights without sleep, to feed and to tend to her crying child because Allah has instilled love towards that child inside her heart. No one can instil that love except Allah. When Allah plants love inside our heart towards someone we will not be able to find the reasons, why we have loved that person. We can neither love nor not to love someone with our own choice. We simply do not have the choice. When Allah has planted love towards someone in our heart, we have no choice but to love that person. Allah instils in our heart love towards someone as a test for us. We are also tested in the same manner when Allah gives us wealth and power. Allah is testing us so that we can gauge our level of faith (iman). We will know that our ‘iman’ is weak when we transgress the Allah’s orders. (more…)
TWINTECH INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE GAINING BACK ACCREDITATION FOR BACHELOR OF OPTOMETRY (HONS).TWINTECH IS THE ONLY PRIVATE INSTITUITION IN MALAYSIA THAT HAS OPTOMETRY PROGRAMME BEING ACCREDITED BY MQA
Programme Bachelor Optometry (Hons) offered by Twintech International University College was given an accreditation by MQA effective 2March 2009 with Registration No A4796 and Serial No 03050 with the letter from MQA dated 15 September 2009, MQA (s) 10/13/1/1 Jld 23(25)
From September to March 2010: A total of eight (8) lecturers including the Dean of the Faculty Prof Azrin Esmady resigned from the Faculty Optometry Twintech International University College and join Faculty Optometry SEGi University College. Because of the total and sudden resignation of all the lecturers, the running of the Faculty Optometry Twintech International University College has to come to a sudden stop. Until December 2009, about three (3) batches of students (a total of 37 students) have graduated from Faculty Optometry Twintech University College as optometrists. During that period of turbulence there are about 137 students still studying at the Faculty of Optometry Twintech International University College from semester one to semester 8 with about 34 students in the final semester 8
From December 2009 to April 2010: Attempt was made by Twintech University College to find new lecturers and new Head of Programme. However all attempts to resuscitate the programmes failed because there is no person with the correct qualification and experience willing to become the Head of the programme. All attempts to start the course failed and this has caused anxiety on behalf of the students, their parents, Ministry of Higher Learning (KPT) and the management of Twintech. However the management of Twintech University continue to give hope to the students that the course will resume soon. Majlis Optik Malaysia (MOC) and Agensi Kelayakan Malaysia (MQA) with their latter in June 2010 have advised Twintech International University to recruit new Head of Programme and adequate number of lecturers to student’s ratio, to improve the teaching facilities, to improve student’s welfare and to improve the lecture time table. With the number of students available at Faculty Optometry at that moment Twintech was advised to recruit the minimum 5-6 full time lecturers including the Head of the Programme.
On 15 April 2010: Prof Dr Nasoha Saabin CLICK was appointed as Head of the Programme. His first task as Head of the Programme was to recruit new lecturers’ .All attempts to recruit full time lecturers from the local Malaysians have failed and in 26 June 2010 Prof Dr Nasoha Saabin and Assoc Prof Selva Nathan went to Elite School of Optometry, Chennai India to recruit lecturers. The students were call to resume their studies on the 25 April 2010 and most of the lecturers for optometry subjects are conducted using qualified part-time lecturers. On the 1st June 2011 until 31 September 2010 Prof Dr Norhani Mohidin joined to become a full time lecturer. Twintech manage to recruit four (4) full time lecturers from India and they came and joined the Faculty on the 10 September 2011 and one lecturer from Nigeria who came to join the Faculty on the 1st November 2010.
On 21 April 2010: members from MOC, MQA and MOHE or known as Joint Technical Committee (JTC) visited Faculty Optometry Twintech International University College. Beside, Prof Dr Nasoha as the Head of Programme, the Faculty Optometry at that time has no full-time optometric lecturers and some of the teaching facilities are not well maintained. During this time, the students who were mostly anxious about their future studying optometry at Twintech International University College, made almost daily complains to the Ministry of Higher Education about the Faculty and the management of Twintech. On many occasions Prof Dr Noridah who was at that time the acting Vice Chancellor was called to the Ministry of Higher Education for questioning. Because of the frequent complaints made by the optometry students of Faculty Optometry Twintech International University to the Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry had asked the Dean of the Faculty to give daily reports to the officers of MOHE Putra Jaya.During that time, the officers from MOHE frequently visited the Faculty and request the management of Twintech to solve the student’s problem. In May 2010 about 20 students from semester two choose not to continue their studies at Twintech and some of them went to the press to launch a report about Twintech running a course without accreditation
On 12 August 2010: a latter came from Majlis Optik Malaysia and Agensi Kelayakan Malaysia MQA/A 4796(150) stating that the accreditation of the Programme of Bachelor Optometry (Hons) runs by Twintech International University College is temporarily withhold and it is effective from 3 June 2010
On September 2010: the fourth (4) batch students sit for their final clinical and theoretical examination and all the students pass .All the students have submitted their thesis and have passed their viva. In order to improve the student’s clinical training, after their final examination, the students were made in group of 12 and sent to Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital, Chennai India for another two (2) weeks of clinical training. Total clinical hours that the students manage to acquire during the clinical years is calculated to be six hundred and thirty three (633) hours
On 21-22 October 2010: Faculty Optometry, Twintech International University College, was again visited by the Joint Technical Group, headed by Dr Zainorah from Faculty Optometry National University of Malaysia. Following the visits JTC has made several suggestions and recommendations to Twintech International University College. In order to ensure the suggestions and recommendations are followed and done by Twintech; on 13-14 March 2011 another visit by JTC was made to Faculty Optometry Twintech International University College. One of the suggestion was the 34 students (4th batch) that has completed their studies and had pass their clinical and theoretical examination have to do another 167 clinical hours making the total clinical hours to be about 800 hours before the are allowed to graduate and given licence to practice by MOC.All of them have completed the extra 167 clinical hours and MOC in their letter dated 4th July 2011, have agreed to pass them and to give them, the licence to practice
23 November 2010: Vice Chancellor Prof Dato’Dr Razali Agus and Prof Dr Nasoha Saabin went to Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital, Chennai, India to sign a Memorundum of Agreement between Twintech International University College and Medical Research Foundation regarding four (4) months clinical posting of Semester 8, Twintech Optometric Students at Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital. Semester 8 students of the fifth (5Th batch) of 21 students, was the first batch of Twintech Optometry students that undergo four months clinical training at Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital .The period of their training was from Ist December 2010 to 31th March 2011.They have sat for their final clinical and theoretical examination in June 2011 and all of them have passed and graduate as Optometrists. The fifth batch will attend their convocation ceremony in December 2011
On 13-14 April 2011: another visit of the MQA panel committee(JTC) headed by Dr Zainorah of UKM was made to the Faculty Optometry, Twintech International University College .The Joint Technical Committee was satisfied with the progress made by the Faculty Optometry Twintech, International University College. All the suggestions and recommendations made by JTC to Twintech during the previous meeting has been followed and done satisfactory by Twintech. CLICK
On 9th August 2011: in a letter from MQA, MQA/A 4796 Jld 3(34) dated 4th August 2011, it was clearly mentioned that, the withheld of the accreditation of the Programme Bachelor Optometry (Hons) Twintech International University College is now cancelled.
Programme Bachelor of Optometry (Hons) Twintech International University College of is awarded back its accreditation by MQA in 4th August 2011.
Prof. Dr. Nasoha Saabin
Dean of Faculty of Optometry
International University College of Technology Twintech
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Allah has given the order of fasting to the Muslims in the month of Ramadhan. It is the third Pillar of Islam. The first Pillar of Islam which is the first order of Allah involves the sacrifice body, mind and soul. When we have to do the work of inviting the non-Muslims to recite the Great Kalimah and the work of reminding the Muslims about the Great Kalimah we need to use not only the whole body, but also our soul and mind. We also need to sacrifice our time as well as our wealth and health in doing the work of Dakwah. The work of Dakwah CLICK is the work to fulfil the right of the first Pillar of Islam which is reciting the Great Kalimah, I bear witness there is no God except Allah and I bear witness Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah. The work that fulfils the right of reciting the Great Kalimah is so demanding of men’s time, wealth and health and because of that only very few from among the peoples who have recited the Great Kalimah are willing to do it. When the love of worldly thing has entered a person heart, the first order of Allah, which is to fulfil the right of the first Pillar of Islam, reciting the Great Kalimah will be disobeyed by that person. Because the first order of Allah is so demanding of men’s time, health and wealth thus it is the first order of Allah to be disobeyed by Muslims and disappeared from this world. This first order of Allah had disappeared from the life of Muslims when the loves of worldly thing have entered the hearts of Muslims. (more…)
What are the outcomes of our Islamic education? What we want out of the Islamic education that we have given to our children. Until now we do not have an outcome base education on the Islamic education that we have imparted to our children. We do not have outcome base Islamic education in our schools. Our teachers only transfer the Islamic education to our children without taking into account the outcomes of the education. We do not know what we want out of the Islamic education that we have given to our children. Islamic educators are not focussing on the outcomes of Islamic education and as a result we do not have muslims with real qualities as muslim in Malaysia. When we are teaching Islamic education without outcomes base in our mind, actually we are wasting our time and the time of our children. What is the purpose of Islamic education? Do we have objectives in our Islamic education? In my opinion the objective of Islamic education is to produce good muslim man and women with qualities desired by Allah. In my opinion we should have eight qualities to be our outcomes in our Islamic education. The eight qualities are Iman or correct belief on there is no God except Allah and Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah, Ilmu or knowledge, Hikmah or wisdom, Ihsan or constantly realising the presence of Allah, Ihtisab or believing in the promises of Allah, Ikhlas or sincerity , Akhlak or good character, Mujahadah or ability to perform sacrifice in the path of Allah to spread Deen. The outcome of our Islamic education should be the attainment of the eight qualities as mentioned above. With the eight qualities, a person will have correct belief or Iman and correct actions or Amal Soleh. Hence make a person known as a muslim. The outcome of our Islamic education is to produce a muslim with qualities loved by Allah. (more…)
Although many Muslims say that we have to do the work of dakwah, but many Muslims still do not know what is the meaning of the word dakwah? And what is the hukum of doing the work of dakwah? Dakwah means to proclaim or to invite those who have not recited the Great Kalimah to recite the Great Kalimah. The Great Kalimah is the Kalimah, I bear witness that there is no God except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. In the Quran, it is mention, the word to call people to Allah, which means to call people to recite the Great Kalimah. Dakwah means to invite the non-Muslims to recite the Great Kalimah and by virtue of reciting the Great Kalimah, a non-Muslim is said to have entered Islam but the Kalimah has not entered his or her heart. Since the Great Kalimah has not entered into his or her heart, the person is not yet a Muslim but is said to have entered Islam(muallaf) or is call as a person who has embrace Islam. In Malay, he or she is said as orang Islam but certainly he or she is not orang beriman which is Mukmin or Muslim. Actually many Muslims are only a person who has embrace Islam or orang Islam and not a Muslim or true believer. In order for a person to become a Muslim, he or she must recite the Great Kalimah and then he or she must fulfil the right of the Great Kalimah by conveying or inviting others who have not recited the Great Kalimah to recite the Great Kalimah and the intention must only to please Allah until Allah is pleased with him or her. When Allah is pleased with him or her, Allah will instill the Great Kalimah into his or her heart. When the Great Kalimah has entered into a person’s heart, that person is known as a Muslim. Allah says in the Quran with the approximate meaning, whose words is better than those who call people to Allah and he does good actions(amals)and he says he is a Muslims. However many Muslims does not know how to differentiate the different between orang Islam and Muslims. Muslims are those who do the work of inviting others (non-Muslims) to recite the Great Kalimah and they themselves do good actions.Therefore for a person to have good action or amal solih, he or she must have a good iman and a person with good iman and good amal is known as a Muslim. (more…)