Tuesday, March 4, 2014


 A focused and concentrated lot - the sisters of ISDEV

True to ISDEV culture, 7 RISDEV (students pursuing in Research Mode) PhD candidates presented their PhD thesis and proposals to ISDEV fraternity during ISDEV Graduate Discourse for February. The graduate discourse was held for two consecutive days in the morning of 26 and 27 February 2014 at the University Conference Hall, Universiti Sains Malaysia. The chairperson throughout the program was the Section Head of the Islamic Development Management Section of the School of Social Sciences, Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad. 

 Lenny (left) presenting her PhD proposal  while (2nd from left to right) Ku Nor Ashikin, Murni and Khairul Faizi
anxiously wait for their turn

The first day started at 9.30 am and saw 4 RISDEV students presenting their PhD thesis proposals. The first presenter, Lenny Anak Luat presented her PhD proposal on "Analisis Strategi Pengurusan Insan di Yayasan Al-Bukhary" (Analysis of Human Management Strategy at Al-Bukhary Foundation). Thereafter Ku Nor Ashikin Ku Ahmad Zamri presented on " Usahawan Wanita Dalam Kalangan Asnaf di Lembaga Zakat Selangor (LZS): Analisis Program dan Faktor Kejayaan" (Women Entrepreneurs Amongst Asnaf in Lembaga Zakat Selangor (LZS): Analysis of Programme and Success Factors). Both proposals were evaluated by Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi who gave his approval for these two proposals to proceed with the research proper.

Murni (left) takes her turn to present her PhD proposal on Islamic Marketing

Then it was the turn of two students under the supervision of Dr. Zakaria Bahari. Khairul Faizi Mohd Rapiai presented on " Potensi Model Takaful Hibrid: Satu Analisis Pakar Terhadap Gelagat Pengusaha SME Muslim di Negeri Pulau Pinang" (Potentials of Takaful Hybrid Model: An Expert Analysis on the Behaviour of Muslim SME Entrepreneurs) while the final presenter for the day, Murni Yusoff, presented her proposal on "An Islamic Perspective on Relationship Marketing Approach in Malaysian-Based Takaful Operators". Both students received the recommendation to proceed with their PhD thesis. 

The second day started at 9.00 am with Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan presenting her final PhD Thesis followed by Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi and then Razali Othman. It is a norm at ISDEV that students present their findings first at the ISDEV Graduate Discourse before final submission to the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS). 

Wan Norhaniza defending her findings in her PhD Thesis

Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan presented her PhD thesis on " Indeks Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam: Satu Analisis Konseptual" (The Islamic-based Development Index: A Conceptual Analysis). The thesis was evaluated by Dr. Zahri Hamat who commented positively that todate her PhD thesis is the least number of pages written by a RISDEV student. However the quality is not compromised as the content is compact, simple and precise. He acknowledged that Wan Norhaniza could submit her thesis to IPS in two weeks' time after making the minor adjustments recommended. 

Ustaz Syakir (left) defending his PhD Thesis while Razali (right) patiently waited for his turn

"Tahalul Siyasi Dalam Ekonomi Politik Islam: Satu Kajian Theoritis" (Tahaluf Siyasi in Islamic Political Economy) is the title to Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi PhD Thesis while "Penggunaan Wang Sebagai Instrumen Wakaf Tunai" (The Use of Money as Cash Waqf Instrument) is the title for Razali Othman's PhD Thesis. Mohd Syakir's thesis was evaluated by Dr. Zakaria while Razali Othman's thesis was evaluated by Dr. Fadzila Azni. Razali Othman's presentation was acknowledged by all present to be comprehensive and well researched. His supervisor, Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh concurred that his thesis was very well written.

A presentation filled with facts and enthusiasm - Razali defending his findings (left) while his supervisor,
Prof Syukri Salleh attentively listens

All 7 RISDEV students can now sigh a sign of relief by praising Allah SWT as their theses can now advance to the next level. All the hard work has paid off as 4 of them can now proceed to conduct their research while the other 3 are just moments away from submitting their PhD thesis to IPS.

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