Dr Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Award to be instituted
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Dr Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Award to be instituted

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New Delhi, Jul 12 : Several social organisations have plans to institute Dr Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Award, which will be presented to persons/ organisations promoting the legacy of Dr Asghar Ali Engineer and encouraging others to take up similar work for a peaceful and just society.

Mumbai-based Dr Asghar Ali Engineer (1939-2013) was a renowned Islamic scholar and human rights activist. His writings and works touched the lives of many and reflected his commitment to peace, secularism and democracy in the country. He was the founder and chairperson of the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) and is known internationally for his work on liberation theology in Islam.

The Central Board of Dawoodi Bohra Community (CBDBC), Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS), Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) and Bohra Youth Sansthan (BYS) are instituting the Dr Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Award, the CSSS spokesperson told the UNI.

The eligibility criteria for the award are: (a) promotion of liberal and progressive reforms within a religious community; (b) contribution to liberation theology in Islam or scholarship of liberal Islam; (c) rights of women in Islam; and (d) communal harmony and peaceful co-existence. The work or contribution of the candidate in any one area from the above should not be in conflict or contradiction with other areas mentioned above.

Anyone, except Dr Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Award jury and screening committee members, can propose anyone (individuals or organisations), except themselves, close relatives or their own organisations to be considered for the Award. The area of work of the candidate must be related to India.

The organisations instituting the Award reserve the right to refuse clearly unsuitable proposals.

The recipient of the Dr Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Award will be awarded with a cash prize of INR 25,000.

Application Procedure: The nomination should be sent in the prescribed format. It may be supported with information submitted by the candidate in the prescribed format.

The nominations should be sent to, the last date for which is 30th August, 2019. The nominations will be screened by the screening committee and then sent to the jury to decide.

A Jury consisting of eminent scholars, activists and writers working on the issues of communal harmony and religious reforms will assess the nominations and decide the recipient of the Award. The recipient of the award will be presented with the Award in an Award ceremony held in Udaipur tentatively on 10th December, 2019. Decision of the jury will be final and binding. (UNI)