Nida Akram & Kartik Dora
Nida Akram of AMU and DU’s Kartik Dora Selected for Ankit-Junaid Social Harmony Award
New Delhi: Ankit-Junaid Social Harmony Fellowship & Award will be given this year to two students; one Nida Akram from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Kartik Dora is from Delhi University (DU).
The award was launched by Khudai Khidmatgar last year in September in memory of Hafiz Junaid who was killed by a mob in a train and Ankit Saxena, who was killed by a Muslim family for having a love affair with their daughter. This is the first time Ankit-Junaid Social Harmony award will be handed over at AMU’s Moulana Azad Library.
“The objective of this scholarship is to nurture the seeds of communal harmony amongst the youth who will become a part of the mainstream in the future. As we all know, it’s the youth who are the torch-bearers of the society, so it’s very important to promote brotherhood and communal harmony for a better society,” said the Muslim group in their communique declaring two students’ names for the award. Akram and Dora are being honoured for their humanitarian work in the society and their campuses. The jury selected these two candidates after scrutinizing hundreds of nominations. The award will carry a memento, certificate and a cash of Rs 5,000.
Nida Akram, who is pursuing her post-graduation from Aligarh Muslim University was elected as the Vice President of Abdullah College Girls Students’ Union, AMU for the session 2017-2018. As the V-P of the Students’ Union, Nida organised donation drives for relief work, workshops and seminar on communal harmony and peace-building.
Dora is the 2nd year law student from Delhi University. He hails from Odisha. He is the champion of human rights and adherent believer of the constitutional values, working with the under-privileged children settled at the outskirts of North Delhi. “Moreover, we need to develop creative and innovative methods of peace-building in the society which will help in cementing the gaps between the communities. Therefore, this fellowship also aims at bringing fraternity and unity in the society,” said the Khudai Khidmatgar group explaining the aims of the award. The killing of 17-year-old Hafiz Junaid by a mob in Mathura train set off a lot of outrage across the country in June 2017. Similarly, the murder of Ankit Saxena had also become the topic of national discourse. Both the incidents disturbed the communal harmony of the society.