Spot IIFS office in New Delhi and win a Bharat Jyoti Award

Apropos Ajaz-ul-Haque’s write up on Bharat Jyoti Award (Write Hand GK May 7, 2006), I would like to share my recent experience with the readers of your esteemed newspaper.
Recently I was in Delhi on a private visit. One of my relations, an engineer by profession called me on phone to request me to find out as to how his name had been proposed for the ‘prestigious’ award. He gave me the address of the sponsors of the award and I went to the place. As I moved to the Connaught Place, I carried the impression that given the name of the body ‘India International Friendship Society’, it should be situated in a towering building with spacious accommodation, with hundreds of men and women manning it. To my shock and surprise I found the building in the backyard of the Connaught Place overwhelmed with shanties. It took me some time and I was just about to give up my chase for the office. But curiosity made me persist with the enquiries and finally I reached the ‘Office’. It is situated in a 5x5 feet room. There was an old computer system and a boy donning a turban in charge of the ‘Office’. Next I enquired about the genesis of the ‘nomination of my relation for the ‘prestigious award’. The boy obliged me by making me to talk to his boss Gurmeet Singh, who was prompt to identify Srinagar branch of the ‘Indian Institute of Engineers’ as the nominating agency/ providers of the bio-data of my engineer relation. My revelation to the Sardar Jee that my relation is puzzled as to what for he was being conferred the ‘prestigious award’. He banged the phone and couldn’t carry on. On my return my relation enquired from the local branch of the Indian Institute of Engineers as to how his name had gone to the so called NGO. They told him that they had no knowledge of any such nomination. He was told that how could he be nominated even as he was not the member of the local chapter. The officials at the chapter office refuted having ever forwarded any such recommendation or having any correspondence with the ‘NGO’.
My relation is justified to be shocked at the development as he considers himself as a mediocre, who has done no substantial work in his field. He too was asked to remit the fee to be eligible for the award.
Our ‘intellectuals’ need to have a self introspection. The works of some of them may be unique which could merit them bigger national and international awards. By falling a prey to the machinations of the so called NGOs like the one portrayed above, they make a mockery of themselves alongwith the work they have done.
Dr Ishtyaq Ahmad Gaani
Livestock Development Officer
Deptt. Of Animal Husbandry
Nawgam, District Budgam

Lastupdate on : Mon, 8 May 2006 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 8 May 2006 18:30:00 GMT
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