Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar get UK fellowship
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Film actress Shabana Azmi and poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar have been awarded honorary fellowships by the National Indian Students Union (UK).
"We are really pleased as this is the first time such a fellowship has been instituted. Recognition from students means a lot as they are a tough group to satisfy. And that it is in honour of our work over the years, is really heart-warming," Shabana Azmi told PTI.
The fellowships, instituted to mark 100 years of Indian cinema, have been awarded to the couple to celebrate and acknowledge their contributions in shaping the "present and future of India".
"It is the highest honour that can be bestowed onto a non-member by the NISU and we are delighted to bestow our first honorary fellowships on two individuals whose contributions to Indian cinema and society are unmatched. Both names are integral parts of Indian cinema and their contributions are to be cherished and acknowledged for generations to come," said NISU president Sanam Arora.
"The commitment and dedication they have demonstrated to both their fields and their country is something that each youngster should learn from, and we hope this association between the NISU and these two legends inspires the
youth," she added.
The National Indian Students' Union (UK) is an umbrella organisation created in 2011 for the entire Indian student community in the United Kingdom. It includes students currently pursuing their education in the country as well
as former alumni.
"NISU is not just an organisation, it is a movement. The aim is to promote Indian culture and bring together its diverse communities to celebrate the Indian-ness that commonly binds all students of Indian origin in the UK," the NISU said in a statement.