Devaraj Urs Award for Mohiuddin
Former Karnataka Minister and leader from the Beary community Mr. B. A. Mohiuddin has been named the winner of the Devaraj Urs Award for 2016. Mr. Mohiuddin was a moving spirit behind promoting modern and women’s education in the Dakshina District. He was first elected an MLA from Bantwal constituency from the district in 1978 and was later elected MLC for the Karnataka Legislative Council for two terms. He inspired a generation of Muslims in setting up modern educational institutions in the district. He was also a minister for some time.
The Award is given to persons who have followed ideals of Mr. Devaraj Urs, the former Congress Chief Minister of Karnataka, who initiated agrarian reforms in Karnataka in a big way and raised the reservation limits to almost 70% in the State as early as 1970s while Mandal Commission was yet to be set up at the Union level. The award was presented to Mr. Mohiuddin on August 20, the birth anniversary of Mr. Urs.