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331. Prof. Mahdi Hasan

Prof. Dr. Mahdi HasanM.B.B.S. M.S.(Hons.) Ph.D., D.Sc. FAMS, FNASc., FNA
The father of anatomy in India
Recipient Dr. B.C. Roy National Award

Born on March 21, 1936 at village Gadayan in Ambedkar Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh, Prof Hasan lost his father at the tender age of four years. He was brought up by his elder brother, a police officer who later sacrificed his life on duty at Unnao in 1964 and was posthumously awarded police medal for gallantry. Prof Hasan also has the distinction when a Malayalam short story on his life time won the gyanpeeth puraskar.

Prof Hasan did his MBBS, MS from CSM Medical University (then known as King George Medical College). He completed his formal education from Christian College. He served at JN Medical College, AMU as Chairman, Anatomy Department. Presently he is Honorary Professor, Department of Anatomy, CSM Medical University. He is also the recipient of Dr BC Roy National Award.
Prof Hasan has many first to his credit. He is regarded as the father of anatomy in India. Over 12000 of his students are eminent doctors. Padma Bhushan Dr Naresh Trehan and Padma Shri Dr Ashok Seth (Escorts Heart Institute) are two of his illustrious students. He was the first in the country to complete MBBS, MS with honours.

Prof Mahdi Hasan is the first Indian doctor who has got the Padma Shri award in Anatomy. He is also the first faculty member of JN Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to bag the honour.

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330. Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar

Born(1932-06-15) June 15, 1932 (age 79)
OriginUdaipur, Rajasthan
GenresDhrupad, Hindustani classical music

Zia Fariduddin Dagar (born 1932) is an Indian classical vocalist in the Dhrupad, the oldest existing form of north Indian classical music (Hindustani classical music)  and part of the Dagar family of musicians. He taught at the Dhrupad Kendra, Bhopal, along with his elder brother, Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar for 25 years.
He was awarded the 1994 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Hindustani music-Vocal by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama  Padmashree award for 2012 has been conferred upon him in the field of Art - Music - vocal.

Early life and training

He was born in Udaipur, Rajasthan in India on 15 June 1932, where his father, the great Ustad Ziauddin Khansahib was the court musician of Maharana Bhupal Singh of Udaipur. He was taught dhrupad vocal & veena by his father. After his father’s demise, he continued learning under his elder brother, Late Ustad Z M Dagar, the foremost Rudra veena player of 20th century.
Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar represents the 19th generation of the musical tradition of the Dagar family that is believed to have preserved and nurtured Dhrupad for 20 generations.


Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar has done a lot for popularizing dhrupad music by his numerous concerts and workshops. He has performed widely in India and abroad, and received the Tansen Samman from the Madhya Pradesh government and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. In 2005, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the North American Dhrupad Association.
He has a remarkable command over microtones (swara-bheda) and various gamakas, and is noted for his gradual development of alap through vilambit, madhya and drut laya (slow, medium and fast tempo). He is probably the only person alive to be able to demonstrate all the five geetis mentioned in the Sangita Ratnakara namely, Shuddha, Bhinna, Gaudi, Sadharani(which is dagarwani of today) & Vegasura(which is popular in south India).
He is the most influential dhrupad vocalist in India after the senior Dagar Brothers (Ustads N. Moinuddin & N. Aminuddin Dagar).
By 1980, he had virtually settled down in Austria teaching Dhrupad in Austria and France. Once, during a visit to India, one of his disciples, the filmmaker, Mani Kaul came to him and pleaded with him to provide the background score for a film, The Cloud Door (1994)  he was making on Madhya Pradesh. During the making of the film, they spent over two months in Madhya Pradesh, a lot of time in Bhopal. In those days, Shri Arjun Singh was the Chief Minister of M.P. Cultural development was one of his passions. It is because of him that the magnificent Bharat Bhavan cultural center developed in Bhopal. At that time, the Secretary to the Department of Culture in MP was Shri Ashok Vajpayee. Shri Vajpayee offered to start a government- supported Dhrupad Gurukul in Bhopal. Ustadsahib agreed to move back to India & to take charge as the Guru at this Gurukul. He taught dhrupad for 25 years at this Dhrupad Kendra, under the Ustad Allauddin Khan Music Academy, Bhopal, to students like the Gundecha Brothers.
He was a distinguished guest faculty at Dhrupad Sansar, IIT Bombay for a span of 5 years. Dhrupad Sansar was started under the Cell for Human Values to create an appreciation about Indian Classical Arts & Culture among staff & students of the institution.
Nowadays, he stays & teaches at the Dhrupad Gurukul near Panvel, which was built by his elder brother Ustad Z. M. Dagar. He continues to perform widely in India and abroad.

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329. Zafaryab Jilani

Additional advocate general, Uttar Pradesh

Jilani was born in 1950 in Malihabad, a small township on the outskirts of the state capital, popular for its mango orchards. He has a master's degree in law.
His active participation in issues related to the Muslims brought him close to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board in 1978. By 1985, he became a member of the Board. His role was soon recognised and he was made the convener of Personal Law Board Action Committee on Shah Bano case. Two years after the BMAC came into being, it turned into a national level organisation and was renamed as All India Babri Masjid Action Committee and Jilani was chosen for the national level convener's post and SENIOR counsel of the Sunni Central Waqf Board.

A leading activist on Muslim issues, 62-year-old Jilani is also a member of the executive committee of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and a leading personality on Muslim personal law and its issues related to the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He has been engaged in several non-governmental organisations including Anjuman Islahul Muslimeen - a 100-year-old establishment which runs three colleges, a cemetery and an orphanage for both girls and boys, besides taking care of unclaimed human bodies.

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328. Dr. Padiyath K Abdul Gafoor

Gafoor mes

First tutor in Neurology at Kerala

He was born on 25th December 1929 as son of Padiyath Manapatt Kochu Moideen Haji and Karukappadath Kunchachumma.

P. K. Abdul Gafoor was the founding President of Muslim Educational Society (MES) in Kerala and one of the pioneers of education amongst the Mappila community in Kerala. He was a medical doctor by profession and served as a Professor of Medicine at Calicut Medical College. In 1964, Abdul Gafoor and a group of young educated Muslims established MES at Calicut, with the objective of cultural, educational and economic upliftment of Muslims. By 1984, it had grown the become the largest distributor of scholarship in India

Education & Career

After completing his Graduation in 1951 from Alighar Muslim University he took the MBBS degree from Kerala University in 1957 (first batch of university). In 1958 he joined as the first tutor in Neurology at Kerala Govt. Medical College - Trivandrum. He took DTM &H from Edinburgh and worked as member staff of Edinburgh University under Prof.Norman Dutt and Prof.Simpson. He also obtained MRCP with specialisation in Neurology, and was promoted as Assistant Prof. Of medicine in Calicut Medical College. In 1971 he was promoted as Associate Professor at Calicut Medical College and he was awarded the FRCP in 1979.

An athlete champ, A Writer, An orator, A Co-ordinatorHe was the Aligarh and Kerala University athletic champion .A powerful orator and writer who has authored the book "Rogangalum Rogikalum". In 1964 Dr. Abdul Gafoor materialized the idea of Muslim Educational Society and became the founder President of MES. After setting up MES, he went to every nook and corner and established schools, colleges, hostels, orphanages, ITCs etc. He was instrumental in organizing the All India MES and he organized educational conferences in Bombay, Delhi Patna, Hyderabad etc.. in which eminent national leaders like Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Gyani Zail Singh, Zakir Hussain and Fakrudheen Ali Ahamed participated. These conferences gave a fillip to Muslim educational movements all over India. Dr Gafoor was a member of many international bodies like RABITHA and was able to draw their attention to the problems of Indian Muslims.

After having lead the Muslim educational movement for two decades with his magnetic charisma that attracted a generation, Dr. Abdul Gafoor passed away on 23rd May 1984 at the age of 54. But still the name itself is an inspiration and beacon not only for MES but for the Indian Muslims at large!.

The Annual Dr. Gafoor Memorial Lecture is held in his honour each year. The MES Dr P K Abdul Gafoor Memorial Cultural Complex at Kaloor, Cochin housing the Cochin Stock Exchange is also named in his honour.

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327. Justice Ibrahim Kalifulla

Justice Fakir Muhammad Ibrahim Kalifulla

The learned Judge is the son of Late Thiru. Justice M. Fakkir Mohamed and was born on 23.07.1951. He hails from Karaikudi, Sivagangai District, Tamil Nadu and was enrolled as an Advocate on 20.08.1975. He was an active Labour Law Practitioner as Partner of the Lawyer's Firm called M/s. T.S. Gopalan & Co., and appearned for various Public and Private Sector Undertakings, Nationalised and Scheduled Banks. He was the Standing Counsel for the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board. On 02.03.2000, His Lordship was appointed as Permanent Judge of the Madras High Court.

His transfer was recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium in October-November last year. The Collegium is understood to have taken the decision to transfer Justice Ibrahim as a judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court so that he may later take over as Chief Justice J&K High Court after the retirement of the incumbent Chief Justice Aftab Hussain Saikia in April 2011.
Earlier, the collegium wanted to transfer Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court Nisar Ahmad Kakru, who hails from J&K, as Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The decision was, however, reviewed following the intervention by the central government, which did not want to disturb the present transfer policy that envisages the Chief Justice of a High Court must be from outside the state.

Jammu and Kashmir High Court Chief Justice F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla was on 2nd April,2012 sworn in as Supreme Court judge. Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia administered the oath of office to him at a function in the presence of the Full Court and members of the Bar.

Second Tamilian

Justice Kalifulla, who hails from Tamil Nadu, will be the second judge to represent the Madras High Court in the Supreme Court after Justice P. Sathasivam.
In February 2011, Justice Kalifulla was transferred as judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. He became its acting Chief Justice in April 2011 and regular Chief Justice in September 2011. He will have a tenure of little over four years in the Supreme Court, where the number of judges has now gone up to 26 as against the sanctioned strength of 31.

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326. Javed Usmani

First Muslim Chief Secretary in Uttar Pradesh

Jawed Usmani is an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He joined the IAS in 1978 and was allotted to the UP cadre.

He has more than three decades of experience of working in administration in India at various levels; in the districts, the state government, and at the centre.

He has worked as the District Magistrate in two districts, as the Registrar of a Central University, as the Managing Director of a state PSU, as Minister, Economic Cooperation at the Indian Mission in Kathmandu looking after Indian aid to Nepal, as Secretary to the Chief Minister of UP for about two years, and as Director and Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office for more than eight years looking after key economic ministries.

He was on a three years secondment to the World Bank which ended in October 2010. Since that time, he has been on sabbatical, based in New York while affiliated with CASI as a Visiting Scholar, conducting research on climate change and its implications for India.

Jawed Usmani obtained an MBA degree (PGDM) from IIM, Ahmedabad in 1976 and later the degree of MSc, Social Policy and Planning from London School of Economics in 1991.
Javed Usmani, who topped the civil services exams in 1978, had also worked as AMU Vice Chancellor besides working as Mulayam's secretary from 1993 to 1995.

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325. Masha Nazeem

Young Scientist

Masha Nazeem, a young student, is a serial innovator and has developed eight very interesting projects including the flameless seal maker, which won her an award in the IGNITE 2009 competition of NIF. 


Hailing from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, Masha is a very soft spoken girl and the favourite of her friends and teachers. Her passion in life is to do things differently and strongly believes in the proverb, “Take the path less travelled and the world will follow you”. Presently she is doing her II year B.E in Electrical and Electronics from SSN College of Engineering (NIF received her entries when she was still in school). Masha, passionate towards science, started designing science models from the age of 9. She is also a very talented dancer and an artist.

Her father, N. Kaja Nazeemudeen is a government servant and her mother, M.Sumaya Begam is a house wife. Insha Nazeem is her younger sister studying in VI standard. Family has been a strong support for Masha. Her parents never bothered about the expenses on her projects and her travels to different places for competitions, though it was a considerable portion of their income. Besides the prize money and sponsorship, their parents have spent close to Rs 5 lakhs from their pockets till now to bring her up to this stage.


The journey of innovations

Masha has been quite creative since her childhood. Different kinds of projects have been made by her starting in class fourth and are described below.

Burglar Alarm & VIP Security System: The alarm was a simple electro-mechanical device to alert about a burglary. She developed it for her science project when she was in class IV at the age of 9 years. Later she improved the project, comprehensively adding more features to develop the VIP Security System in Class VI.

Conveyor Belt System: Out of concern for the safety of her friends who had to cross a national highway every day for school, she thought the idea about a conveyor belt system in a sub way.  Students can off load their heavy school bags on the conveyer belt on one side of the road and cross over to the other side through the over head foot bridge. They can collect their bags on the other side using a cycle pedalling system, which moves the conveyer belts.

HI – Tech Train Toilet System:  This is a useful system for Indian railways to avoid the soiling of railway track at stations. In this proposed system, the toilet waste is stored in a horizontal and cylindrical storage tank fixed under each toilet of the train. This tank can be connected to an underground drainage system through pipes and can be emptied when the train stops at a station. Masha was in class seven when she conceived this idea. This project helped her to get the first prize in the Southern India Science Fair, two National awards & one International Award (World Toilet Organization, Singapore). She was also invited by the then President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan. She also demonstrated the project before the Railway Boarding Meeting at Rail Bhawan, Delhi in the presence of the then Railway Minister.

Modified Fuel Dispenser: It is a very simple system to prevent accidental spill over of petrol/diesel while dispensing at the fuel station. A small roller ball has been inserted between the grip and the dispensing lever in the hand held dispenser. Thus only when the fuel nozzle is inside the tank of the vehicle, the ball will roll forward and downwards enabling the lever to be pressed. As soon the position changes to upright, the ball rolls back, and thus the dispensing lever cannot be pressed as the ball comes in between the lever and the grip.

Transparent Test Tool Kit (3TK box): It is a completely transparent box, which can safely keep all of the requirements of a student for an exam including exam ticket, pens, pencils etc. As it is completely transparent, students cannot hide anything inside it. She has demonstrated this 3TK box, an exclusive exam tool kit and its advantages with the Governor of Tamil Nadu, the Governor of Kerala, higher officials of the Education Department of Tamil Nadu, Minister for School Education and got appreciations.

Flameless Seal Maker: Sealing different confidential or legal documents of the government is a mandatory requirement. While returning from her school, Masha often used to visit her father’s office (sub treasury) where she noticed him sealing official documents. Sometimes, he also used to get burned from the candle while sealing. She wondered if there was an alternative way to do this and questioned her father who jokingly asked her to find a way. Taking this as a challenge, after a lot of hits and trials with different materials, she was finally able to develop the flameless seal maker.

Masha’s electricity operated flameless seal maker is made in hylam and polypropylene material, which is very light and handy. The user can load the lac pieces from the upper top. Using a small piston, the flow of the molten lac can be regulated. Temperature also can be controlled by thermostat control fitted inside the device. Using this seal maker, about 100 seals can be applied safely within 10 minutes. This seal maker is simple, handy, hassle free and device. Masha herself filed a patent for this device.

The possibility of using it by different government departments and by the Election Commission is being explored. This seal maker has been tested in two election booths in Kanya Kumari during the recent elections. This was the first time in India that an authoritative seal as affixed for government purpose without using naked flames was used. Otherwise his practice has been going on since the regime of Mughal emperor Jahangir. She won an award at the hands of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in the Ignite 2009 award function organised by NIF.

Mechanical porter:
Masha observed the problems women and old people face while moving luggage or any other heavy object at home from one place to the other. Hence she developed this small mechanical porter where luggage can be loaded and it can be then raised to the required height using a jack like mechanism by hand or foot. Masha also got an award for this porter in Ignite 2010 competition of NIF.


Masha has been rewarded by the various international and prestigious institutions. So far she received 2 international awards, (World Toilet Organization, Singapore and Anna university, Chennai) and 5 national awards which includes the awards at 97th Indian Science Congress, National Innovation Foundation and National Council for Education Research and Training. Besides this, Viswesariaya Industrial and Technological Museum Bangalore awarded her the Southern India Award where as the Science City Chennai has given the state award for Tamil Nadu. Masha was also short listed for the prestigious TR35 young innovator award by the Technology Review Magazine, the world’s oldest science magazine of the MIT, USA.

Apart from Studies she is very much interested in designing Science Models as part of her school science programs. Seven models so far since the age of 9 . one Global award ...and five National award  to her credit...She has participated several expos and seminar met 11 lakh students.. traveled extensively throughout India more than 62,000 KMs for the cause of science.Met Dr. Kalam six times since 2005 .. all in connection with  her projects...

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324. Kunwar Mahmood Ali Khan

Sh. K.M.A. Khan

Governer Madya Pradesh
06.02.1990 to 23.06.1996

Born - 16 Jun 1920 (Village Jogipura, Meerut)
Died - 22 Apr 2001
BA, L.Lb. Agra University

Knowledge of Urdu and Farsi too, besides Hindi and English

Family tree traceable to the legendary King Vikramaditya of Ujjain. Family later on converted to Islam

Deeply influenced by Sufi movement

  • Started law practice in 1950 in Meerut district court
  • Good at sports, keen interest in gymnastics and wrestling
  • Influenced by Gandhi/Nehru, joined Congress in 1938
  • Elected as member of Legislative Assembly from Daasnaa, Meerut in 1957
  • Member of PSC for 6 years from 1968
  • Re-entered active politics in 1974
  • Active involvement in JP Narayan's movement in 1974-77
  • Elected to Lok Sabha on Janta Party ticket from Hapur-Ghaziabad in 1977
  • Member of Central Haj Committee
  • Member of AMU court
  • Member of Government Assurances Committee
  • Member of the consultative committee of law, justice and company affairs ministry
  • Member of National Language Committee
  • Leader of Indian delegation to Russia on Indo-Soviet Friendship Committee
  • Elected Dy. Leader of Janta Party Parliamentary Board
  • Member of Janta Party Central Parliamentary Board
  • Away from active politics since 1980, though he kept participating in communal harmony and social and cultural activities
  • Member of Chandrashekhar-led Janta Party
  • Keen interest in rural upliftment
  • Special focus on communal harmony and national and emotional integration
  • Deep interest in reading, especially religious books
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323. Hamid Ali Rao

Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Mr. Hamid Ali Rao assumed charge as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 24 September, 2011.

Before arriving in Saudi Arabia he was Ambassador & Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva from 18 December, 2007 to 10 September, 2011.  He was Joint Secretary in Ministry of External Affairs from August, 2004 to December, 2007. During this period, he was Head of the Disarmament and International Security Division from August 2005 to December 2007 and, prior to that, of UN Division.

Mr. Rao joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981. In his first stint at MEA Headquarters (1985-95), he worked as US (SAARC), DS (UN), and OSD for Press Relations. He was Private Secretary to the External Affairs Minister from 1993-95.

His earlier assignments abroad were in Vienna as Third/Second Secretary, as Counsellor in PMI, Geneva; as Counsellor in HCI, Dhaka, and as DCM in the Indian Embassy in Vienna (2001-2004).

Born in 1954, Mr. Rao holds MA in Political Science and LLB. He is married to Dr. Asiya Hamid Rao; they have two daughters. 

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322. Mahmood Bin Muhammad

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia

Mahmood bin Muhammad, a leading police theoretician in India, has the rare distinction of serving as Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia after distinguishing himself for decades at the highest levels in the Indian Police Service. He has served on India’s Planning Commission on Social Defense and as India’s correspondent with the UN Secretariat in the field of prevention of crime and treatment of offenders. He has also been borne on the UN Roster of Experts in the field of crime prevention and public administration. He was awarded the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award in 2006 for his contributions towards promotion of communal harmony and peace in India. He is a Trustee of H.E.H. The Nizam’s Charitable and Other Trusts and is actively associated with several other educational, cultural, medical, and philanthropic organizations in India.

He is President of the Abul Kalam Azad Oriental Research Institute, Hyderabad. He is a poet and a prolific writer and speaker on an amazingly broad range of subjects. He has published eight books to-date, including an autobiography, ‘Fundamentals of Fundamentalism’, and ‘Anatomy of Terror’. He is widely sought after by TV and print media in India for his commentaries on major political and cultural events

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321. Mohammed Imtiaz Qureshi

Chef Grand Master Imtiaz Qureshi
The Foodie Legend Award Winner 2012

Born on February 2, 1934,  into a family of legendary chefs to the Moghul Emperors of India,  for Chef Imtiaz Quereshi it was a foregone conclusion that he would eventually become a chef like his ancestors. But when Imtiaz’s father died young, his mother apprenticed her seven-year-old son to her brother who was considered among the best. Beginning with the lowest category of jobs, the young Imtiaz learnt all the skill of the trade from his master. During his days with his uncle, business flourished and gradually clients began to seek out young Imtiaz. His uncle found this disturbing and Imtiaz’s mother intervened to withdraw her son from the apprenticeship – because the student was beginning to outshine the teacher.  
Joining a reputed restaurant, Imtiaz soon became the best known chef in the city. The restaurant also developed an enviable reputation for catering at all the major feast and weddings in the city. Imtiaz remembers catering for a banquet of 1000 covers hosted by Pandit Jawaharlal  Nehru – The first prime minister of India after independence. Soon after Chef Imtiaz was offered a contract with the ITC group of India who in collaboration with Sheraton brand of hotels were opening 5 star hotels in India to head their operations of their kitchens.  Chef Imtiaz was encouraged to research the forgotten cuisine of the Moguls. He spent years in perfecting the recipes, naming it Bukhara. The cuisine was launched at a restaurant by the same name at the ITC Maurya Sheraton – New Delhi. The rest is the culinary history.  
Chef Imtiaz has two sons who like him are grand masters in this unique and historic cuisine. Having worked in top hotels they have taken their heritage cuisine to different corners of the world and treated hundreds and thousands of people with their culinary excellence. With their father being their mentor they are all set to step foot in Malaysia to treat with their famous cuisine.
TIMES NOW, India’s No.1 English news channel in association with Kent RO celebrated the best cuisines from across the country with the much anticipated ‘The Foodie Awards’. Held on 24th March at Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai, the awards honoured & felicitated the best and most deserving food & beverage establishments in the country amidst prominent personalities from the entertainment and F&B fraternity.
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