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Awards for Indian Muslims last fortnight

Prof RIYAZ PUNJABI, Vice Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, has been conferred with Padma Shri honour in the category of literature and education. Prof. Punjabi has a distinguished career spanning over 40 years in academics, research and voluntary action. He has also been conferred with Socrates Award 2008. He was also nominated for the title of honorary professor for international university, Vienna, for his contribution in ‘strengthening international relations in the sphere of education’.  In 2009, Prof. Punjabi was awarded Amity Academic Excellence 2009 by Amity International Business School, Amity University, Noida-Uttar Pradesh, for his contribution to knowledge and education. He has also been conferred with Fazil Memorial Award 2009 and Adbi Markaz Kamraz Award 2010. He holds a degree of Doctorate in Law and has taught and conducted researches in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, Universities of Jammu and Kashmir, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. Prof. Punjabi has authored six books and contributed chapters in 12 edited volumes and authored about 20 occasional papers and monographs on diverse themes and subjects.(Afsana Rashid, Srinagar)

Prof. MOHI-UD-DIN SANGMI, department of Business and Finance, University of Kashmir has been conferred Bharat Joyti award by IIFS New Delhi. Prof. Sangmi, former head and dean, FCMS has been awarded for his meritorious service, outstanding performance and remarkable role in the area of business, finance and accounting education. A trophy and a certificate of excellence was presented to him at New Delhi by Dr. Bhishma Narain Singh, former governor of Tamil Nadu and Assam, Dr. G.V.G Krishna Murthy former election commissioner of India and Joginder Singh (IPS). (Afsana Rashid, Srinagar)

Ms ANSARI MAHAK MATEEN, a class VIII student of Anglo Urdu Girls High School won the First Prize in the senior Group of Inter-Madrasas Competitions of Pune District organised by Information & Communication Technology Academy. The Prize was given to her by India’s ‘Little Bill Gates,’ the young animator Master Aman Rahmani of Dehradun. Selected boy and girl students of Pune’s 14 schools had taken part in this competition and the prizes were given in Azam Campus’s Assembly Hall. PA Inamdar Rolling Trophy also was won by the same Anglo Urdu Girls High School. Among the dignitaries present on this occasion were P.A. Inamdar and Mrs. Abida Inamdar.

Dr. JAVED ALAM, Reader in Civil Engineering Department of AMU’s Z.H. College of Engineering and Technology was honoured with the prestigious George Omen Memorial Award of Institution of Engineers which was given to him at the time of 25th Indian Engineering Congress held at Kochi. In this Conference Dr. Javed Alam presented his research article on ‘Use of Fly Ask in the Construction of Low Height Dams and Experimental Study’ which was declared the Best Article in this Conference.

HAKEEM SULAIMAN KHAN ‘Noor’, prominent Unani physician was honoured with Masihul Mulk Hakeem Ajmal Khan Award at Nagpur in recognition of his unique services in the treatment of many painful diseases, particularly joint pains, sciatica, arthritis etc. His diagnosis and medicines, which have no side effects, have proved very effective as compared to many other medical systems or ‘pathies.’ The Conference was sponsored by All India Unani Tibbi Congress.

KHALED HOSSEINI, author and novelist, was honoured with ‘The 2010 Surama Chaudhauri Memorial International Award in Literature’ by IIPM for his book titled A Thousand Splendid Suns. The Award worth 100,000 US Dollars was instituted by IIPM in the memory of its first Chairperson in 2008.

NOOR BANO, a student of MA (Urdu) Final Year of Raza Post-Graduate College, Rampur secured 3rd position in UP Urdu Academy-sponsored declamation contest (Higher Group) on ‘Position of Urdu Language and Literature in Print and Electronic Media’ held on 28 January ‘11 at Lucknow. She was given a cash prize of Rs 2000, certificate and a Trophy.

Dr. S.M. AHMAD of NGRI, Hyderabad is among the 20 scientists who were honoured with National Geoscience Awards for their outstanding contributions in the field of Basic and Applied Geosciences. The Awards, consisting of a Certificate, Citation, Trophy and a cash prize, were presented by M. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India at a function held on 4 February at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Dr. Ahmad’s contribution is in the field of Geoenvironmental Studies.

Ms. AYESHA NAIR, Mumbai-based theatre personality was honoured with the prestigious Shyamanand Jalan National Youth Theatre Award 2011 at a function held in Kolkata on 13 January. The Award consisting of a cash prize of Rs 25,000 is given every year to original playwrights between 18 to 25 years of age.

National Urdu High School & Junior College, KALYAN has been honoured with ‘A’ Grade in accordance with the survey conducted by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education on 31 December 2010. Gradation was made on the basis of various principles or factors such as (1) Schools compound and other accessories (2) School’s administration and management (3) all-round progress of students (4) use of information and communication technology in children’s education and taking all these factors into account this School was given 84 percent marks and on the basis of this percentage it was declared the Best Urdu School in Thana District.

Wipro Chairman, AZIM PREMJI and AKHLAQUR RAHMAN QIDWAI, former governor of Bihar and Haryana and presently chairman of Vocational Education Society for Women are among the 13 distinguished persons who have been honoured with Padma Vibhushan, country’s second highest civilian Award (after Bharat Ratn) on the occasion of Republic Day 26 January 2011. Film actress WAHEEDA RAHMAN and MUHAMMAD ZAHOOR KHAYYAM HASHMI alias KHAYYAM, film music Director are among the 31 persons who have been honoured with Padma Bhushan Award and (Ms) TABASSUM HASHMI alias TABU,IRFAN KHAN, film actor, PROF. EA SIDDIQUE, RAFIQ AHMAD,PROF. MANSOOR HASAN and ANWAR ALI are among the 84 persons who have been honoured with Padma Shri Award. TAJ HASAN MAHMOOD, Joint Police Commissioner (security) is among the 18 Delhi Police Officers who has been honoured with President’s Police Medal for distinguished services. MUHAMMAD MAHMOOD ALI KHAN of CBI has been honoured with President’s Police Medal. Air Vice Marshal AZEEZ JAVEED of Indian Air Force has been honoured with AVSM (Ati Vishisht Seva Medal).

As regard National Bravery Award to children, MOONIS KHAN (15 years) of Madhya Pradesh ,MUHAMMAD NOORUL HODA of Manipur and MS. LALAAN MOEEZ ALI (9 years) of Mizoram are among the 23 brave and enterprising children who had saved the lives of others at the risk of their own lives were honoured with Bravery Awards 2010. The Awards to these children (14 boys and 9 girls) were given by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Dr. BASHIR AHMAD GANAI, Associate Professor in the department of Biochemistry, University of Kashmir, has been conferred with eminent scientist award for the year 2010 by National Environmental Science Academy (NESA), New Delhi, a non government organization. Prof. Ganai has been awarded for his outstanding contribution in the field of environmental biochemistry. He received a gold medal, memento and a certificate from Padmabushan Prof. Z. Qasim, president NESA and Prof. G. N. Qazi Vice Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, during annual national conference on "Global warming and human health" at Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi. Born in Kathair Gund Chadoora Budgam, Dr Ganai has published research papers on environmental biochemistry and has many national awards to his credit.

NESAR AHMAD, a social worker and secretary of Social Services Trust of Darbhanga (Bihar) has been selected by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Darbhanga for being honoured with District Youth Award for the year 2009-10 in recognition of his commendable services in society. The Award, consisting of a Commendation Certificate and a cheque of Rs. 5000, was given to him by Lakhan Chaudhary, District Youth Co-ordinator at a function held at Darbhanga Town Hall (on 27 December 2010).

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 16

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