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US Muslim body awards 2 Indian writers

KM Bahauddin and SR Faruqi have been selected for literary award of the US Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2005 11:47 IST

Two Indian writers have been selected for literary and academic awards of the American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin.

The socio-economic and educational organisation, based in North America, has announced the Sir Syed Ahmed Khan award to KM Bahauddin of Cochin, while Shamsur Rahman Faruqi of Allahabad won the Mir Taqi Mir award.

A prolific writer on history in several Malayalam newspapers, Bahauddin, has been selected for the award for his academic contributions as head of India's National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration, a release said Sunday.

Urdu critic, poet and scholar Faruqi, hailed as 'TS Eliot of Urdu criticism', has won the award for his literary works.

The awards will be presented during the 14th annual convention of the federation from December 24-25 in Kanpur.

Students securing the highest positions in X and XII standards from each state of the country will also be awarded medals.

At the convention, scholars from both India and the US will take part in academic sessions on issues like education of the Muslim girl child, madrassa modernisation and relevance of Urdu medium education.

First Published: Dec 11, 2005 12:51 IST