Although the most highlighted news about Padma Shri awards is of Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh being honoured for ‘distinguished service’ to the field of education, apparently there are 3 more names from Delhi University who have been named in the honourable list of Padma Shree Awardees for the year 2014. The three other academics are Dr. Mahesh Verma, Prof. Rehana Khatoon and Keki N Daruwalla.
Shri Keki N Daruwalla is a renowned poet and leading literary scholar to be awarded the Padma Shri 2014. He is also a visiting scholar for a few months at South Campus, University of Delhi.
Rehana Khatoon is a retired professor at Department of Persian, University of Delhi. She has 23 publications to her name, most of them related to lexicography. She has also been credited for a source book-‘Delhi Past & Present: Focus on Persian Sources’. “The happiness of getting this award cannot be put into words; it is feeling of pride and joy for me as well as my family, relatives and neighbours too. It is a proud moment to be the sixth recipient of Padma Shri in the field of Persian literature which has also been awarded to my father in the past”, remarks Rehana Khatoon on celebrating her win of Padma Shri this year.
Dr. Mahesh Verma is working as a Director of Maualana Azad Institiute of Dental Sciences (MAIDS) and set on to become the President at Indian Dental Association next month. He is also acting as a President of Indian Academy of Restorative Dentistry (IARD) and Vice- President of Dental Council of India. He is also involved in research at the Institution level and in collaboration with various bodies like Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and WHO sponsored projects related to Prosthodontics and Dental Materials, Implants and other Dental Sciences.
“It’s recognition of not only to you but for the whole team as everybody contributes to it equally. It’s a very exciting and ecstatic feeling. Even after 3 days you wonder are you the one who got the Padma Shri at being awarded such a prestigious award when people come and congratulate. It’s quite surprising too because there are so many other accomplished people and to being chosen among so many is a wonderful feeling”, said Dr. Mahesh Verma on his thoughts for winning the fourth highest civilian award of India.
Featured Image: (Left to Right) Dr. Mahesh Verma, Rehana Khatoon, Keki N Daruwalla