BENGALURU/SHIVAMOGGA: The government on Tuesday withdrew the names of writer PKRajashekhar(Mysuru)and human rights activist RavindranathShanbhag(Udupi)for the Rajyotsava awards from the ‘others’and ‘social service’ categories respectively. In their place, epigraphist Seetharam Jagirdar from Mysuru and Khaja Bandanawaz Dargah custodian Syed Shah Khusro Hussaini from Kalaburgi have been selected in the ‘others’ and ‘social service’categories respectively.
Jagirdar is a retired professor of University of Mysore whereas Hussaini is the 23rd direct descendant of the 14th century Sufi saint Khaja Bandanawaz.
D.Litt in Islamic studies (Sufism) by Belford University, U.S.A in 2004, based on the research done and contribution to the filed of Sufism. Dr.Syed Shah Khusro Husssaini, has worked as Lecturer in Arabic at the Osmania University Evening College in 1971 and in 1972 at City College. He worked as Assistant Professor in sufism at the Institute of Islamic studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 1981. Int 1984 he was invited by the Indo German Society to give a series of eleven Lectures in west Germany on the topics related to Sufism.
He has published many books and a number of research articles. He has rendered his services in the field of Journals as director, editor and member of the Editorial Board.
He has served as a member of various bodies like Karnataka Board of Waqfs, Board of Trustees, Shah Khamesh Education Trust Hyderbad, the managing Committee of Jamla Nizamia for the third term, India international centre, New Delhi and Jamiat-i ulama e Deccan. He is the founder president of the All Khaja Education society Gulbarga, since 2007. His achievements as Vice president of the Khaja Education Society, Gulbarga is remarkable. He is the architect of more than 15 institutions including KBN Engineering and Medical Colleges and a 500 bed Khaja Bandanawaz Hospital. Many awards and distinctions were conferred on him for his outstanding achivements and remarkable contributions to the society.
His Holiness, Alhaj Janab Dr. Syed Shah Khusro Husssaini’s personality is a blend of Sufism and aristocracy. He is a Syed paternally and maternally. 45th in line from the prophet Muhammad(PBUH). He is an intellectual with sufi background. By profession, he is an agriculturist, academician, educationalist, and researcher. Honesty, uprightness, Straightforwardness, politeness, meticulousness and perfectionism are all his interinsic qualities. His interests are reading, writing, research, architecture and planning, interior designing, photography and sports. He can read and speak as many as six languages viz Urdu, Hindi, English, Arabic, Persian and French.
His Holiness, Alhaj Janab Dr. Syed Shah Khusro Husssaini is now engaged in rendering yeoman service to the society as Sajjada Nashin, dargah Hazarth Khaja Bandanawaz and President, Khaja Education Society, Gulbarga and holding many other responsible offices in society. He was also conferred with Honorary Doctorate Degree by the Gulbarga University during Twenty sixth anunul Convocation.