In order to commemorate the completion of its fourteen year journey, Islamic Relief & Research Trust (IRRT) conferred Annual IRRT Excellence Awards to five distinguished personalities of various hues who have contributed positively to the society.
IRRT on Monday organized its Annual Day function at College of Education, Srinagar where galaxy of scholars, social activists, writers, thinkers, journalists and eminent personalities were present.
Professor Magroob Banihali, who was chief guest on the occasion, urged the society to contribute freely to such organizations who work for the welfare of the downtrodden community.
For his contribution in the field of education, journalism and also establishing Kashmir Media Group, Professor Syed Rafi-u-Din Bukhari was given excellence award that was received by Dr Shujat Bukhari, editor-in-chief, Rising Kashmir, on his behalf.
Prof Bukhari won accolades and became first to publish Kashmiri language newspaper‘Sangramal’ in 2006 before turning it into that daily paper in 2011.
Speaking on the occasion, senior journalist, Dr Shujaat Bukhari said “The word ‘orphan’ should not be used and instead we must call them as special children.”
Former Justice, Bashir Ahmad Kirmani, was conferred the excellence award for his extensive contribution to the judiciary where he is said to have passed more than thousand judgments “which includes many historical ones that are cited in many books”. He was born in 1946 and became lawyer in 1986 before being promoted as a judge in 2005.
“There is an urgent need of creation of an apex body of voluntary organizations which will include one member from each organization, so that they can cooperate with each other and formulate a common minimum programme for working together. The goals should be kept feasible and attainable by Voluntary Sector, like helping orphans, downtrodden & widows, instead of lofty, utopian and insurmountable goals,” said Kirmani.
Dr Muhammad Sultan Khuroo was awarded for discovering ‘Hepatitis E’ and spending his own money on research projects.
He graduated from Medical College Srinagar Kashmir in 1967. He had a brilliant career record with a Gold medal for “Best Outgoing Student” (1962-1967) and nine other awards for distinctions and first positions in most basic and clinical subjects.
Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC), Lateef uz Zaman Deva, was given an excellence award for his ‘honest work’ in administration. He underscored the need of making committees at village level “so that aid and assistance reaches to everybody”. He was born in 1956 in Anantnag and became Tehsildar in 1984 before attaining IAS cadre in 2011.
Mirwaiz Movlana Ghulam Rasool Shah was conferred an excellence award posthumously for spreading knowledge in every nook and corner of the valley. Shah died in 1909.
Later certificate and scholarship distribution was also carried out. Scholarships were given to many poor students. More than dozen of marriage kits were also distributed to orphan girls.
Founder IRRT, Advocate Abdul Rashid Hanjura underscored the need to monitor the life of children in unregistered orphanages. “We spent Rs 3.5 crore rupees in last year and a good share was distributed in flood victims also. We also constructed 13 small houses.”
Director IRRT, Prof. Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi asserted the motive of this function is to encourage the best persons. “Apart from charity, we also focus on research part. We are also working on building up a university.”
He cautioned people to give alms to unknown trusts. “Do we know who we are giving this money, does it reach to orphans,” questioned Rafiabadi.
Media secretary IRRT, Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander welcomed the participants and moderated the function. He said that “It has been a journey of learning, experience, social service, along with impediments and obstacles too. IRRT has been able to render Social Service, help to the needy, relief activities while engaging with the research despite financial and manpower shortcomings”.
He expressed hope that “IRRT in future will also engage in such activities and with each passing day the canvas of its activities is broadening for which people need to come forward and join hands with IRRT”.