Tuesday, January 20, 2015

DR.WAN NORHANIZA AND DR. SHAHIR AKRAM RECEIVE THEIR INAUGURAL RUI GRANT

Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan had succeeded in obtaining her inaugural grant of University Individual Research (RUI) with the title of the study on "Indikator Pelaku Pembangunan Dalam Indeks Pembangunan Lestari Islam" (The Islamic-based Development Actor's Indicator in Islamic Sustainability Index).

Her official appointment as a senior lecturer of the Centre of Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) was only recently made in September 2014. She was blissfully surprised with the news of her success in obtaining the RUI grant as she did not expect her application to be approved so soon.
Dr. Wan Norhaniza during an interview session with a member of the ISDEV Editorial Team

She was amazed when she received the great good news on December, 26 via email. However she is grateful for the new experience she gained in writing and preparing the RUI grant proposal as well as her embarkation into the academic arena. Dr Wan says that she is greatly indebted to the guidance of ISDEV lecturers especially ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh in preparing and meeting the RUI requirement.

According to her, the time period provided for 24 months to conduct the study will be used wisely. She had already prepared a schedule for her plan of action in the near future. For the first step, Dr. Wan will hold a discussion with other co-researchers such as Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Dr. Atih Rohaerti Dariah from Universitas Islam Bandung, Indonesia (UNISBA) for the purpose of having preliminary studies which focuses on Darut Tauhid, Bandung.
Dr. Wan's co-researcher Dr. Artih Rohearti Dariah from UNISBA

In addition, Dr. Wan has also made careful planning by dividing the research into three main sections such as “Pelaku Pembangunan” (Development Actors), “Pembangunan Lestari Islam" (Islamic Sustainability Development) and lastly “Indeks Pembangunan” (Development Index). This is to facilitate the research being done in a systematic and orderly manner. At the same time, Dr. Wan has also recently been appointed as a co-researcher for the research project on "Islamic Based Development Policy in the Context of Negara Zikir Brunei Darussalam". ISDEV Director, Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh is also involved in this research.

With the grant, she hopes the research can be carried out as quickly as possible. She also hopes that the research will enable the sustainable development model to be at least at par with other dimensions of development thus contributing to the glory of Islam as well as that of ISDEV.
A grateful Dr. Shahir Akram for the approval of his RUI grant.

In the meantime, Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan Al-Hafiz has also obtained his inaugural grant of University Research Individual (RUI)  on "Pengaplikasian Rukyah dan Hisab di Asia Tenggara" (The Application of Rukyah   (Moon Sighting) and Calculations in Southeast Asia" for the period of 24 months.

His main objective that drove him to conduct the  research was the existing differences of opinions on the issue of falak (astronomy) in every country in Southeast Asia which is due to the different methods adopted by each country. As an example, Malaysia and Indonesia use the same method of Rukyah and Calculations in determining certain dates yet there are still differences of opinions in fixing the date for Hari Raya as the festive dates in Malaysia and Indonesia are currently not fixed on the same date. This provided him the impetus to apply for the research grant research to identify whether this application method type of research has the ability to solve the said differences of opinions.

As in Dr. Wan, Dr. Shahir too have set in the detailed plans to conduct the research together with his co-researcher Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi of ISDEV together with an astronomy expert from Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) Terengganu, Associate Professor Dr. Baharuddin Zainal.
Dr. Shahir's co-researcher Associate Professor Dr. Baharuddin Zainal of UniSZA

Dr. Shahir added that since his research is focused on countries in Southeast Asia, his team has scheduled the research to be conducted for the first 12 months in Brunei Darussalam followed by  Malaysia,  Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.

He hopes this study will provide a positive perception on the field of study as well as to popularize astronomy and become an injector of interests for researchers and students to further explore the science of astronomy.

Congratulations to Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan and Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan Al-Hafiz! 

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