Netversity Waqf Fund

“Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim" (Sunan Ibn Majah).

Making education accessible and affordable aligns with Shariah principles of justice and social welfare, fostering a more just and knowledgeable society. The establishment of Netversity's One Million Dollar Knowledge Waqf Fund is a humble attempt on our part to move forward, leaving no one behind.”

- Dr. Mohammed Obaidullah, President, Netversity International

Eligibility Criteria for Beneficiary

Eligibility criteria for beneficiaries will change and shall be defined from time to time. Shortlisted applicants may be required to produce additional documents in support of their application.

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You may now donate to the Waqf Fund in fiat currencies and an array of selected cryptos. If you own IBFN/IBFX tokens, you may donate via these tokens, valued at USD 0.0071 and 0.071 respectively.

Project Objective: The primary objective of the Netversity Waqf Fund is to establish a sustainable fund dedicated to providing scholarships to economically disadvantaged students who demonstrate a keen interest and commitment to their studies. This waqf aims to ensure that financial constraints do not hinder deserving students from accessing quality education and achieving their academic and professional goals.

Background: Netversity is committed to promoting inclusive education and believes that financial barriers should not prevent talented and motivated students from accessing our courses. To uphold this commitment, we propose the creation of the Netversity Waqf Fund. As a waqf or Islamic philanthropic endowment it provides perpetual benefits through the income generated from its assets. By leveraging this concept, we aim to create a long-lasting source of financial support for our students.


Scope: The Netversity Waqf Fund will have two components: (i) Scholarship Fund and (ii) Technology Fund in the ratio of 3:1. Investment returns on the Funds will be used:

  1. To award scholarships in the form of full or partial fee waivers to students enrolled in Netversity courses; these scholarships will be granted based on a combination of financial need and academic merit, ensuring that the most deserving candidates receive the support they need; and
  2. To upgrade the platforms in terms of technology to incorporate latest advancements in the field of edtech.

Key Components:

  1. Fundraising and Initial Capital: Raise initial capital through donations from individuals, corporations, and philanthropic organizations; Organize fundraising events and campaigns to gather contributions and; Seek matching funds from government bodies and educational foundations.
    Targeted at USD One Million divided into 10,000 waqf shares of USD100 each.
  2. Investment and Growth: Invest the initial capital in low-risk, Sharia-compliant financial instruments to generate a steady income; Reinvest a portion of the returns to grow the fund over time, ensuring its sustainability.
    Initial capital to be invested in Fixed-Term Mudharabah Schemes of Islamic banks generating an indicative return of around 4 percent.
  3. Scholarship Allocation: Develop a transparent and fair selection process for awarding scholarships; Form a scholarship committee consisting of Netversity staff, community leaders, and education experts; and Announce scholarship opportunities and application criteria through various communication channels.
  4. Monitoring and Evaluation of Scholarships: Implement a monitoring system to track the academic progress of scholarship recipients; Conduct annual evaluations to assess the impact of the waqf on students’ academic and professional outcomes; and Adjust the scholarship program based on feedback and evaluation results to ensure continuous improvement.
  5. Monitoring and Evaluation of Benefits of Technology Upgrades: Implement a system of user feedback and user adoption; Consult with technology experts on the expected and realized benefits in terms of efficiency, effectiveness of the platforms.

Beneficiaries: 

  • Economically disadvantaged students enrolled in Netversity courses.
  • Students who demonstrate academic excellence and a strong commitment to their studies.
  • Individuals who are unable to afford the full course fee but have the potential to succeed academically.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Increased access to quality education for financially needy students.
  • Enhanced academic performance and professional opportunities for scholarship recipients.
  • Improved user experience and security on the platforms
  • Promotion of social equity and inclusion within the educational community.

Sustainability: The Netversity Waqf Fund is designed to be a perpetual source of financial support. By investing the initial capital and reinvesting a portion of the returns, the waqf will continue to grow and provide scholarships to future generations of students. Additionally, ongoing fundraising efforts will ensure the fund remains robust and capable of meeting the needs of an expanding student body.

The Netversity Waqf Fund represents a strategic and compassionate initiative to break down financial barriers to education. By creating a sustainable source of scholarships, we can empower talented and motivated students to pursue their academic dreams and contribute positively to society. At the same time, continuous technology upgrades will ensure optimal user experience on the platforms while taking care of the security aspect. This project aligns with Netversity’s commitment to educational excellence and social responsibility, fostering a more inclusive and equitable learning environment for all.

Dr. Irfan Syauqi Beik

Member of Board of Commissioner Badan Wakaf Indonesia

Nana Mintarti

Commissioner, National Zakat Foundation (BAZNAS) Indonesia

Dr. Ahmad Juwaini

Director, National Sharia Economy & Finance Committee (KNEKS), Indonesia

Agus Wicaksono

CEO & Co-Founder of Alumnia

Dr. Moutaz Abojeib

Islamic Fintech Expert, ISRA, INCEIF

Dr. Nasim Shah Shirazi

Professor
HBK University, Qatar

Dr. Mohammed Obaidullah

Founder, IBF Net

Dr. Hisham Dafterdar

Chairman,
Awakaf Australia

Mufti Faraz Adam

Shariah Consultant & Head of Research, National Zakat Foundation, UK

Azim Kidwai

CEO, Mercy Mission & Chair, BoT, National Zakat Foundation, UK

Vladimir Malenko

General Director
PayZakat, Russian Federation

Zeinoul Abedien
Cajee

CEO, Awqaf SA, South Africa

Dr. Abd Halim M Noor

Rector, UiTM Melaka Campus, Malaysia

Dr. Aliyu Dahiru Mohammed

Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

Khalifa Muhamad Ali

Faculty of Islamic Economics
IPB University, Indonesia