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Four Urdu teachers of Mumbai viz ANSARI IMRAN AMEEN of Dharawi Municipal Urdu School No. 1, QURESHI ZUBAIR AHMAD MUHAMMAD HUSAIN of Shivaji Nagar Municipal Urdu School No. 9, ANSARI AKHLAQ AHMAD MUHAMMAD RAMZAN of Naupara Municipal Urdu School, Kurla and (Ms.) SURAIYA MUHAMMAD HANIF of Jai Maharashtra Municipal Urdu School, Ghatkoper were honoured with awards which consisted of Mumbai MC’s Gold Medal Hologram, trophy, shawl and cheques of Rs. Rs. 10,000 each. The awardees selected from Mumbai MC’s aided, non-aided, private etc schools for their valuable services in different fields. They were also honoured with ‘Ideal Teacher Award’. The Awards were given to them by Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC)’s Mayour, A. Ambikar at a function held at Dina Nath Mangeshkar Hall, Mumbai on 1 October.
Dr. AFSAR KAZMI’S bookPaanch Azim Afsana Nigar was selected by (West) Bengal Urdu Academy for being honoured with ‘Abdul Gafoor Nasekh Award’ which consisted of a certificate and cheque of 15,000. The Award was given to him by Aalia University’s Vice Chancellor Abu Talib Khan at a function held in the Academy’s Maulana Azad Auditorium on 10 October. Dr. Kazmi was earlier honoured with Bihar Urdu Academy’s Award also.
Professor Niyaz Ahmed has been awarded the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Medical Sciences for his  contributions to microbiology. He hails from Akola and is currently based at Hyderabad University. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Royal Society of Biology (UK) and the National Academy of Sciences India, he is also the Editor of Gut  Pathogens journal. The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology (SSB) is awarded annually by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental, in biology, chemistry, environmental science, engineering, mathematics, medicine and Physics. Dr Ahmed was born in Paras village of Akola district in Maharashtra to late Mr Abdus Samad and late Mrs Aqeela Parveen.  His primary education was completed in Government ZP Urdu Middle School, Paras and high schooling at Usman Azad High School and Junior College Akola.  He graduated in veterinary medicine (BVSc & AH) in 1995 from Nagpur Vet College, PKV Akola and MS Biotechnology from NDRI Karnal and PhD in Molecular medicine (Manipal). He joined Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics Hyderabad in 1998 and served there for 10 years. Thereafter he  he joined the University of Hyderabad as a member of the Faculty. At present he is serving as Chairman of the Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.  He is also affiliated with the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur as a Visiting Professor. He has received several national and international awards including: National Bioscience Award 2011; Shyama Singh and Balamati Devi Award by the Indian Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Research, 2007; Academy Professor, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, India April 2013; University of Hyderabad Chancellor’s Award 2015; Best Oration Award for Basic Research Nicosia, Cyprus, 2015. Ahmed made founding and pioneering contributions to the development of Molecular Epidemiology of bacterial pathogens and made seminal contributions to host-pathogen epidemiology of bacterial pathogens such as TB bacilli and Helicobacters. He has also contributed in unraveling the population genetic structure and virulence mechanisms of major human pathogens.          

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2016 on page no. 12

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