Prof. Mohammed Baig Ehsas, a well known Indian short story writer who writes in Urdu has been chosen for Sahitya Academy Award this year. He has earlier been Professor & Head, Department of Urdu, University of Hyderabad (UoH) and retired in August 2013.

Prof. Baig Ehsas belongs to the first batch of Ph.D. with which the Department of Urdu started in1979 at UoH. Prof. Gian Chand Jain was the Head, Prof. Baig submited his thesis on Krishan Chander life and work in 1984 and in the same year in July he was selected in Osmania University as Lecturer. He chaired the Department of Urdu for two terms in Osmania and UoH.

India’s national academy of letters Sahitya Academy has announced names of 24 poets and authors who will be conferred the prestigious 2016 Sahitya Akademy awards in 24 different Indian Languages. The award has recognised premier works in 24 Indian languages that includes seven novels, five poetries, five short stories, five literary criticism, and one play and one essay. The awards will be conferred during ceremony to be held on 12 February 2018. The award is given for books published between January 2011 and December 2015. It will include casket containing an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh rupees.

Prof. Baig Ehsas receives it in the Short Stories category (Urdu) for his story “Dukhma”. The other winners in this category are: Autar Krishen Rahbar (Kashmiri), Shiv Mehta (Dogri), Gajanan Jog (Konkani), Gayatri Saraf (Odia).