Bahadur Shah Zafar Award given to Prof. Asloob Ahmad Ansari
Delhi Urdu Academy has given its prestigious Bahadur Shah Zafar Award to eminent scholar, critic and educationist, Prof. Asloob Ahmad Ansari, retired professor, Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University. The award was given to him by Nawab Ibne Saeed of Chhatari and Padma Shri Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Vice President of Delhi Urdu Academy and Director, Zakir Husain Institute of Islaic Institute, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
Addressing the felicitation programme organized at the UGC Academic Staff College, Aligarh Muslim University, Prof. Akhtarul Wasey said that Prof. Asloob Ahmad Ansari has been selected for the prestigious award for his lifetime contribution to the development of literary criticism in Urdu and English. He said that Prof. Ansari has served academics without any lust for name or recognition and the award was a small tribute to his academic dexterity and critical approach. He said Prof. Ansari had an authority on Allam Iqbal.
Mr. Anees Azmi, Secretary, Delhi Urdu Academy said that Prof. Asloob Ansari deserved the award and it was a proud moment for the Delhi Urdu Academy to express its indebtedness to the tall literary figure whose works will keep illuminating minds of scholars and critics in Urdu. He said that Aligarh Muslim University has given the largest number of great literary personalities to the Urdu language and they have also received highest awards and recognitions.
Padma Shri Prof. Hakeem Syed Zillur Rahman said that Prof. Ansari was Aligarh’s pride and Aligarh was recognized around the world being a home city of Prof. Ansari.
Prof. A. R. Kidwai, Director, UGC Academic Staff College highlighted many facets of Prof. Ansari’s life and presented a sketch of his life as a teacher and his academic pursuits.
Prof. Asloob Ansari has published 33 books in Urdu and English. He has received Pakistan President’s award for his work on Allama Iqbal and a honorary D. Lit. from Gorakhpur University.
The Governing body member of Delhi Urdu Academy and eminent journalist Masoom Moradabadi proposed a vote of thanks.