Aligarh: Noted scholar Prof Christian W Troll and Mr Sanjiv Saraf will be conferred with the National Sir Syed Excellence Award for making an outstanding contribution to the promotion of Urdu language and literature. Prof Troll is the scholar of theology and philosophy and Honorary Professor for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule St. Georgen in Frankfurt, Germany. Sanjiv Saraf is the founder of Rekhta Foundation.
The prestigious Sir Syed Excellence awards will be presented on Sir Syed Day Celebrations, October 17, 2018. The awards in the International and National category comprises of cash prizes worth Rs two lakhs and one lakh respectively.
A five-member Jury Committee headed by AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor; Prof Farhathullah Khan (Convener); Prof Ishtiaq A Zilli; Prof A R Kidwai and Prof M Shafey Kidwai did the selection of the recipient of the award.
While Prof Christian W Troll will receive the award in the international category, Mr Sanjiv Saraf, founder of Rekhta Foundation, will receive the award in the National category.