- The Mustafa Prize
- Noor Competition
Ibn al-Haytham Noor Student Competition
Aiming at identifying, honoring, and supporting scientists as well as promoting scientific and technological cooperation among Islamic countries, the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize was approved by the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution and was awarded on December 25, 2015 on its first round to two Muslim scholars: Prof. Jackie Ying from Singapore in Bio Nanotechnology and Prof. Omar Yaghi from Jordan in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
The Mustafa(pbuh) Prize Secretariat plans to hold “Noor Student Event” in order to play an influential role in popularizing science and technology in a way that gaining knowledge of sciences such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics becomes a tradition among students and increases their interest in such scientific topics.
The Secretariat has taken measures to design, plan, and implement “Student Noor Event” annually in order to shape a promising future, to give students strong identities, and to open up new horizons in the minds of Iranian teenager generation, along with encouraging growth in talented and bright students and attracting the participation of schools and student research centers. The Secretariat held the first event in 2015 naming it as “Ibn al-Haytham Noor Student Competition” and invited the students in groups of 2 or 3 to make one-minute scientific and educational movies (quite simple, ordinary, and amateur) in order to flourish their ingenuity and initiatives in form of scientific experiments conducted in the field of light (optics).
Last year was called the International Year of Light (IYL 2015) by UNESCO due to the 1000th anniversary on authoring ‘The Book of Optics’ by Abu Ali al-Hassan Ibn al-Haytham, the renowned and prominent Muslim scholar and also in recognition of his contributions to science especially to the field of light (optics). This provided the Secretariat with the opportunity to select and name the subject of the competition after this event and to introduce one of the eminent scholars of the Muslim world in science and technology as a role model.
Ibn al-Haytham Noor Student Competition was announced to be held on the concepts related to the science of light (optics), including light reflected from various mirrors, Complex mirrors such as kaleidoscope and periscope, refraction and behavior of lenses and prisms, dark room, discussions on shadows and strange shadows, composition and decomposition of colors, light polarization, interference and diffraction of light, measuring wavelength, optical illusions, behavior of eyes and biological issues, photoelectric and photonic phenomena such as optical communications and laser sounds, optical fiber, imaging, and all the subjects related to the knowledge, technology, and applications of light.
The call for this event was issued on September 25, 2015 and it continued up to November 21, 2015 receiving about 700 movies. The deadline was, however, extended to February 11, 2016 due to the ardor of educational and research centers for submitting works and also students’ broad enthusiastic participation which realized the objectives of the Secretariat in holding this competition. This increased the number of works sent to the competition to more than 1600 movies.
10300 students took part in this competition in form of 4185 teams from 28 provinces across the country among which 198 student works were finally selected. 440 schools and 50 research centers also took part in this competition where the top 11 research centers and the top 37 schools were honored with laboratory equipment.
Equipping the laboratories of more than 400 educational centers including top schools and research centers and those located in deprived areas in the form of “laboratory equipment in regard to science of light” was among the other achievements of this student event. This equipment was worth 7600 million Rials which was provided with the support of benefactors and those interested in the development of science and technology.
The closing ceremony of the event was held on May 6, 2016, coinciding with the anniversary of Mab’ath of the Holy Prophet of Islam, attended by Dr. Sattari, the Vice President of I.R. Iran for Science and Technology, Dr. Fani, the Minister of Education of I.R. Iran, Dr. Eje’i, Representative of the Supreme Leader for European Students’ Affairs, and Mr. Safarinia, the President of Pardis Technology Park and the Secretary of the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize along with nearly 700 guests, including winners and their families, and educational officials and teachers. At this ceremony students and top educational centers were honored for their achievements.
A jury consisting of experienced scholars and experts in Light Science (optics) judged the works according to a set of criteria such as attractiveness, educational capability, scientific level, creativity, and reproducibility as well as efforts made by the student teams.
Creating a welcoming and lively atmosphere for the dynamic students and having them be intimately familiar with the scientific topics, Ibn al-Haytham Noor Student Competition established a scientific and effective ground in the country’s schools and among students in order to strengthen self-esteem and promote Islamic culture and civilization of the country.
The continuity and permanence of this Student Event, seeking God’s succor and relying on the efforts made by the Secretariat of the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize, would pave the way for recognizing, nurturing, and directing top talents and would provide the ground for generating ideas and developing new models to promote and explain scientific topics as a public discourse among student population.
The participation of students from all walks of life across the country, from 28 provinces and even the deprived areas, raised a glimmer of hope to continue this event towards attaining continuing scientific success which led to the submission of works from different parts of the country; from Kangan in Bushehr to Sarbishe in West Azerbaijan, from Shadegan in Khuzestan or Kohkiluyeh and Boyer in Yasouj. This meaningful participation of students brought the Secretariat fervent hope to continue this scientific move enjoying the support of young aspirants whose heartfelt messages herald new horizons in science. Among these messages is, perhaps the most beautiful one, Kosar Davoodi’s aspiration, a 12-year-old top student from Torbat-e Heydarieh, who wishes to “help Iran attain the first rank in developing science among the world’s countries”.
It is worth noting that the first round of Ibn al-Haytham Noor Student Competition tried to gain support from different sectors to improve the quality of the competition. These sectors included: Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, National Elites Foundation, Student research Centers, the National Center for Talent Development, Municipality of Tehran, Fanap Corp., Iran Zamin Bank, Institute of Cultural Assistance, the Union of Educational and Scientific Associations of Iranian Physics Teachers, and Iranian Association for Popularization of Science (IAPS).
The Closing Ceremony of Ibn al-Haytham Noor Student Competition
Concurrent with the anniversary of Mab’ath of the Holy Prophet of Islam, the closing ceremony of Ibn al-Haytham Noor Student Competition was held on May 6, 2016 attended by Dr. Sorena Sattari, the Vice President of I.R. Iran for Science and Technology, Dr. Ali Asghar Fani, the Minister of Education of I.R. Iran, Hojjat al-Eslam Javad Eje’i, Representative of the Supreme Leader for European Students’ Affairs, and Mr. Mehdi Safarinia, the Secretary of the Mustafa(pbuh)Prize Policymaking Council along with nearly 700 guests, including winners and their families, and educational officials and teachers. At this ceremony students and top educational centers were honored for their achievements.
The top ten Research Centers were as follows: Ibn Sina (15 District, Tehran), Afarinesh (4 District, Tehran), Razi (2 District, Shiraz), Jaber Ibn Hayyan (1 District, Shiraz), Abu Ali Sina (Khajeh District, East Azarbayjan), Farabi (Darab), Javan (5 District, Tehran), Shahid Zein Al-din (Laljin), Vali Asr (Torbat Heidariyeh), and Dr Azka-ee (Hamedan).
Also, Ghazali primary school (Doroh), Mulla Sadra high school, Farzanegan 9 high school, Sama 6 non-governmental high school (second period/shift), Dr. Alaeddin Beheshti high school, Somayyeh primary school, Allameh Helli high school (Pasdaran, Tehran), Farzanegan 1 gifted high school (first period/shift), Shahed Forghani high school, and Farzanegan 3 high school (second period/shift), were considered as the top ten schools of Ibn al-Haytham Noor Student Competition.
200 students from Isfahan, Alborz, East Azerbaijan (Tabriz), West Azerbaijan, Bushehr, Tehran, Khorasan Razavi, Bojnoord, Khuzestan, Zanjan, Golestan, Gilan, Borujerd, Mazandaran, Saveh, Sari, Markazi, Hamadan, Yazd, Fars, Qazvin, Semnan, Kurdestan, Kerman, Kermanshah, Kohkiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad, and Yasouj were praised and honored.
Young Workforce Are the Assets to a Country
Addressing the students at this ceremony, Dr. Sattari, the Iranian Vice President for science and technology said: “Which direction are we taking now that we are not able to have innovators, technologists, and entrepreneurs such as Avicenna, Kharazmi, Ibn al-Haytham, Farabi, or such other distinguished scholars anymore? We should reflect upon this fact that the asset to a nation is its wisdom rather than its capital because believing in youths’ talents shall lead to self-esteem and a wealth-accumulation for any country. The assets which back this nation are its people not its oil or gas.”
“The Mustafa(pbuh) Prize is a new approach and we hope this Prize be developed in line with raising elites. That is why the vice-presidency for science has made investments to develop student research centers”, he added.
Self-esteem, the Most Significant Influence Ibn al-Haytham Noor Competition Has on Students
Self-esteem is the greatest achievement of Ibn al-Haytham Noor Competition. About 10,000 students participated in this competition and they were diligent enough to create these works using preliminary and basic instruments. The students would accomplish objectives and would get hold of new materials under the supervision of their teachers and instructors hence coming up with innovation and creativity. This achievement would then be a springboard for knowledge-based activities, Dr. Ali-Asghar Fani, the Iranian Minister of Education said.
“There were also some works from Ghale-Ganj -a village in Kerman- in this competition. We all know that it is a very deprived area, but good and talented students from the very area have worked under the guidance of their instructors and teachers. If it were not for teachers’ endeavors, we would certainly not see these achievements and I truly shower teachers’ hands with kisses”, he further added.
We Hope the Winners of Ibn al-Haytham Noor Student Competition Win the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize in the Future
This competition is considered as the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize’s first student event and we hope that the winners of this competition be honored to receive the International Mustafa(pbuh) Prize within the next 30 years, said Mahdi Safarinia, the Secretary of the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize Policymaking Council.
The Mustafa(pbuh) Prize is amongst the measures and activities of Pardis Technology Park which is to be granted biennially to the top scientists of the Muslim World in science and technology.
This Prize shall be awarded to top five researchers from among the two billion Muslims. The Prize was awarded on its first round in December 2015 to two distinguished Muslim scholars.
Science Magazine, the prestigious scientific journal, calls the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize holding by Iran as Islamic Nobel Prize.
This Prize is awarded to those who regard “love and services to their people and country to attain scientific development and success” as their top priorities.
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The Second Round of Noor Student Competition: Science Show
In order to strengthen the scientific position in Muslim World at different scientific levels, the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize has planed various student events, from primary school students to tertiary-level students or top scientific levels. The Mustafa(pbuh) Prize (school) student event has been founded to strengthen science among Muslim World students, to raise public awareness concerning the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize, to step toward promoting science, to create an effectual scientific movement, and to consolidate self-esteem.
The subject of the second round of Noor Student Competition is ‘Science Show’ or using a theatrical performance to present scientific topics. First and second grade high school students will be the participants who must act out an optional scientific plot in a group of 2 or 3. The students are to film their works and send it to the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize Secretariat.
In order to participate in this competition, students can visit www.mustafaprize.org and register in ‘(school) student competition’ section and send their works accordingly to the Secretariat from October 22, 2016 to March 5, 2017.
As soon as the Secretariat receives students’ videos, the selection of eligible works will start and the 100 selected works will be granted 100 Bahar Azadi Coins. In the selection process, 50 selected works will enter a TV-broadcast contest and they will be broadcasted in turn within a program in cooperation with IRIB Channel 2.
Along with this competition, Prof. Jackie Ying, one of the prominent scientists of the Muslim World and the laureate of the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize in the field of Bio Nanoscience and technology, is going to be appreciated so that students shall find the opportunity to get familiar to an eminent scientist in person.
The second round of the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize (School) Student Event has been named after Prof. Jackie Ying, the executive director and the faculty member of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore, who was selected as the laureate of the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize in recognition of her efforts in development of “stimuli-responsive systems for controlled drug delivery”.
It is worth mentioning that the closing ceremony of the first round of Noor Student Competition was held commemorating the eminent Muslim scientist, Ibn al-Haytham on the subject of optics (Light) in May, 2016 and 200 top works were awarded by the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize Secretariat.
Trailer link of the closing ceremony of Ibn al-Haytham Noor Student Competition
Full video link of the closing ceremony of Ibn al-Haytham Noor Student Competition