Iqbal Academy Pakistan has re-launched the Presidential Iqbal Award for the year 2019 in accordance with the new rules & regulations. According to the decision of the selection committee for Iqbal Award, along with the books written in 2019, books written in Urdu, English and other languages on the life and thoughts of Allama Iqbal, his personality and Kalam, from 2016 to 2018 would also be able to contest for the award. The practice of conferring Presidential Iqbal Award every year for Urdu books, whereas for the books written in English and other languages every three years will remain intact.
According to a statement issued by Director Iqbal Academy Pakistan Prof. Dr. Baseera Ambreen, the decision was taken in the meeting of the Presidential Iqbal Award Selection Committee held at Aiwan-e-Iqbal today (Saturday). Vice President Iqbal Academy Pakistan Dr. Shehzad Qaiser chaired the meeting. The meeting decided that the suspended Presidential Iqbal Award will be re launched in line with the new rules approved by the President of Pakistan in 2019.
In this connection, the sub-committee constituted by the President Iqbal Academy Pakistan, Federal Minister for Education, National Heritage and Culture Mr. Shafqat Mehmood, in the last meeting of the selection committee, presented the recommendations for Iqbal Award. According to recommendations, not only the awards conferred by the judges up to 2015 ratified, but the award was also approved for the year 2019 in the light of the new rules. In addition, books written in this regard from 2016 to 2018 were also approved to participate in the 2019 book competition.
Due to the inevitable engagement of the Federal Minister for Education and Vocational Training, National Heritage and Culture, President Iqbal Academy Pakistan, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Dr. Shehzad Qaiser, Vice President of the Academy, presided over the meeting. Among the participants were Federal Secretary National Heritage and Culture Division Ms. Nosheen Javed Amjad, Chairman, Academy of Letters, Prof. Yousuf Kushk, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Allama Iqbal Open University, Prof. Dr. Shahid Iqbal Kamran participated online while Prof. Dr. Zia-ul-Haq, Raja Muhammad Akhtar Iqbal and Dr. Humaira Shahbaz were present on the occasion.