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University of Madras (Dept of Arabic, Urdu & Persian) presented its “Madihur Rasool Sadaqatullah Appa Award 2012” to Dr. V. Abdur Rahim on 25 March at Chennai.
MUHAMMAD SAFIQ ALAM, a student of Delhi University Department of Urdu who topped in MA (Urdu) was honoured by President of India with Ghalib Award and ‘Arsh’ Malsiani Memorial Gold Medal. Coming from a poor family of a village in Madhubani district of Bihar, he is the only person in his family who completed graduation. Presently he is doing M.Phil in Urdu from JNU.
Lucknow University’s Convocation was held at Lucknow on 21 February. SHARIQ IDRISI, a poor student of this University was awarded maximum number i.e. 10 medals in this Convocation. Of the total number of 184 medals, 111 were distributed in this Convocation. 18 boy and 20 girl students won Gold Medals whereas 394 students were conferred PhD Degrees.
Urdu Academy Delhi announced its annual awards for the year 2012 on 14 March after the Academy’s Chairperson, Mrs. Shiela Dikshit’s approval of the persons who have been selected for the awards. In all, eight persons have been selected for these awards. They are (1) Prof. ASLOOB AHMAD ANSARI, prominent critic, and litterateur, author of about 2 dozen books on criticism and research which include books in Urdu as well as English. He is honoured with ‘All India Bahadur Shah Zafar Award 2012’ which carries an amount of Rs. 1.5 lakh (2) Prof. MUHAMMAD ZAKIR, researcher, critic and author who is former head of Urdu Department of Jamia Millia Islamia who is honoured with Pundit Brij Mohan Datatriya Kaifi Award which also carries a cash award of Rs. 1.5 lakh (3) Dr. ABDUR RASHID, researcher and critic in Urdu Persian literature. He is honoured with ‘Award for Research and Criticism’. (4) SARDAR RATTAN SINGH, senior fiction writer who is honoured with ‘Creative Prose Award’. (5) SHAAD FIDAYEE, seniormost poet of Delhi is honoured with ‘Award for Poetry’. (6) MAAJID RAMAN, a great and senior journalist is honoured with ‘Award for Urdu Journalism’. (7) ISRAR JAMAYEE, poet of humour and sarcasm is honoured with ‘Award for Humour and Criticism’ (8) WAJID ALI SHAH, children’s comics and story writer and cartoonist has been selected for being honoured with ‘Award for Children’s Literature’. He has been writing Comics and Stories for children in Urdu Academy’s monthly magazine Umang for the past about 25 years. The cash prize for the last six authors is Rs. 50,000 each. Cash prizes to all these 8 awardees will be given along with a shawl, certificate and memento at a function to be held soon.
Prof. AKHTARUL WASEY, Vice Chairman of Delhi Urdu Academy and Director of Zakir Husain Institute of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia was among the 20 litterateurs / intellectuals of 20 important languages of India who were honoured with Awards on the occasion of concluding session of Diamond Jubilee celebration (or completion of 75 years) of Rashtra Bhasha Prachar Samiti set up by Gandhiji at Wardha in 1936. One litterateur / intellectual each from the 20 Indian languages was selected for these Awards which were given by union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde at the function held at Satyagarah Mandal Gandhi Darshan Complex at Rajghat on 17 March. Prof. Akhtaru Wasey represented Urdu language in this Diamond Jubilee celebration.
Film actorsIRFAN KHAN and VIKRAM GOKHALE were honoured with the Best Actors Award in the 60th National Film Awards declared on 18 March. Irfan Khan plays the role of a sportsman-turned-dacoit in the film Paan Singh Tomar which won the Best Feature Film Award in this National Film Award. Vikarm Gokhale, Marathi actor who shared the Best Actor Award with Irfan Khan was selected for this Award for his stellar role in Marathi film Anumati.
SHAMIM KHAN of Noida who was declared Player of the Year in domestic Professional Golf Tour of India at Jaypee Greens Course at Noida on 13 March was presented a Rolex Watch by Jeet Milkha Singh. He earned Rs. 57,47,713 for this season and topped the Order of Merit.
SHAHNAZ HUSAIN, beautician and owner of Shahnaz Herbal group of companies was honoured with Global Ahievers Award by UAE’s former ambassador to England Sheikh Abdullah bin Zaid at a function held in Dubai.
MASTER MATEEN TARIQ of Baghpat, noted Urdu poet who has been rendering services to Urdu language and literature for the past about 7 decades and also who has been writing naats and hamds for the past about 10 years has been honoured with Allama Shibli No’mani Award by Markaz ‘Hamd wa Naat’, an organisation founded by Urdu litterateur Abrar Karatpuri. The Awrd was given to him by Prof. Akhtarul Wasey and Reyaz Punjabi, both of whom are honoured by Indian government with Padma Shri Award. Author of more than 60 books and honoured with Awards by UP and Bihar Urdu Academies, Master Mateen Tariq of Baghpat is 93 years of age. In addition to Master Mateen Tariq, the Hamd-wa-Naat Markaz also honoured Rajasthan’s famous poet Khudadad Khan ‘Moonis’ and Karnataka’s Urdu poetess Ms. Farida Rahmatullah. The Award function was held at Delhi’s Ghalib Academy, Hazrat Nizamuddin on 18 March.
After Bihar Urdu Academy, Delhi Urdu Academy held its prize distribution for books function on 19 March at the Academy’s premises which was chaired by M. A. Farooqi, secretary in the union ministry of heavy industries. Chief guest was Tariq Anwar, union minister of state for agriculture & food processing. A total of 20 books published in 2012 were selected whose authors were honoured with cash awards. Some of these books and their authors are: Bujhtay Lamhon ka Dhuwaan (P.P. SRIVASTAVA ‘Rind’), Ghalib ke ghar Shaadi (MANZOOR USMANI), Hindi cinema mein Muslim adakaarayen (GHYASUR RAHMAN), Sargoshian (BRIJ NATH ‘Betaab’), Qalandar Bolta hai (SALEEM SIDDIQI), Parodi ka Fun (IMTEYAZ WAHEED), Taaron ki Aakhiri Manzil (TABASSUM FATEMA), Azadi ke ba’ad Urdu ka SafarnamaSAYEED AHMAD, Jahaan-e Science (Muhammad Naseem Akhtar, Cyber Duniya mein Urdu (MAZHAR HUSAIN) and so forth. Of these 20 books, authors of 9 books were awarded Rs. 7001 each while those of the remaining 11 books, awards of Rs. 5001 each were given.
In addition to these 20 books and their authors, two special awards were given to SANJIV SARAF who, it may be recalled, played the valuable role in associating Urdu language and literature with Internet through Rekhta Dot.Org website, and SYED FIDA ALI, senior photo journalist. Both these persons were given cash awards of Rs. 7001 each. Sanjiv SAraf was also honoured with In’am Farogh-e Urdu (Award for Promotion of Urdu) and Syed Fida Ali was also honoured with Musavvir-e Urdu  (Award for Painter of Urdu). In addition to cash award, medal, shawl, memento and certificate were also given to each person.
BIHAR URDU ACADEMY selected 252 books among those published during the past four years i.e. between 2007 and 2011 for being awarded. Those books not only pertain to literature but also are on social, religious, scientific and other subjects and their authors are not only from Bihar but from other parts of the country and also include those authors whose mother tongue is not Urdu but they are fond of writing in Urdu. A total amount of Rs. 18.8 lakh (18,80,000) was given to the authors of these 252 books. For the books selected for First, Second and Third prizes, Rs. 10,000, 7,500 and 5000 will be awarded to the authors of these books at a function to be held at Patna (Bihar Urdu Academy premises) on a date to be announced soon.
FATEHPUR SIKRIgroup of monuments built by Moghul emperor Jalauddin Muhammad Akbar near Agra have bagged the prestigious National Tourism Award 2011-12 for the ‘best maintained and disabled-friendly monuments’. This Award was given by Prez Pranab Mukherjee at a function held in Delhi on 18 March.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2013 on page no. 12

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