Gates & Custodian chooses Ajmer Alam Wani as recipient of Person of the Year Award under “Journalism – Bravery” category
NEW DELHI/ JAMMU: Senior Journalist from Jammu and Kashmir Ajmer Alam Wani, presently Editor-in-Chief of online news portal JK Monitor, (www.jkmonitor.org) and Dağ Medya (www.dagmedya.net) Special Foreign Correspondent has been chosen as this year’s (2013) recipient of the Gates & Custodian –Person of the Year Award under “Journalism – Bravery” category.
This award is given annually to a person that demonstrates exceptional courage & devotion to the cause. It is a prestigious honour that serves to recognize the best of the best within our society. While choosing Ajmer Alam Wani as the recipient, several things were considered including leadership and character. What set Ajmer Alam Wani apart from other candidates was his ability to take charge of stressful situations and responsible behavior.
Minister of External Affairs, Salman Khurshid along with other distinguished guest’s of honour will formally present this award at
India Islamic Cultural Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 19th Dec 2013 at 4:30 PM.
His recent contribution towards the society was to expose the examination fees over charging nexus and unearth the scam in Doda district which forced the Education Department to return the extra charged money to students which was collected from over 10, 000 students and amounted in lakhs.
He is visionary, strategist and tactician with consistent record of delivering extraordinary results, dedicated to fostering and achieving excellence and maintaining high professional ethics and standards. Offering a gratifying career span of around 13 years in print, and electronic media and internet journalism. Possess strong editing, proofreading and research abilities using a wide range of sources gained through professional exposure. Possess rich exposure in the field of writing/editing reports, political stories, industry profiles, features, human interest articles on environment, crime, human rights, education etc. and developing content for mainstream media & local media, business periodicals etc.
He has keen sense of the print media, matured outlook on coverage, analysis with an intuitive talent for connecting with the target audience. Proven track record in journalism and editing coupled with strong news sense, sound judgment and excellent attention to detail and well versed with internet journalism (site updating), blogging, social networking. Was felicitated with the Safder Hashmi Memorial Award for Journalism (2003) besides received Letter of appreciation from former Chief Minister (CM) Mufti Mohammed Sayeed for reporting the rural issues/problems and highlighting the problems faced by the people of trouble torn state of Jammu and Kashmir in respect to the ongoing militancy.
Ajmer Alam Wani, was born in a far flung village Geosti in Chiralla
area of Tehsil Thathri in district Doda of Jammu and Kashmir state on
August 14, 1976. Being from a middle class family, he completed in
basic education from a Government School, which was not having own
building and at that time was running in a open ground under open sky
bearing the heat of direct sun and during rainy season, getting wet
which many times resulted in fever to him and his other class mates.
Being son of a government Teacher, he used to study at home but in the
absence of electricity as the entire area that time was without
electricity connections. After completing his primary education from
Government Primary School Geosti, he took admission in Government High
School (Sewa) Chiralla. He used to walk 8 kilometres daily on foot to
reach the school and same distance after the school timing to reach
home as the area is still unconnected by road. He used to take part in
debates and was quite active in games and other extracurricular
activities. After completing his 8th class examination he went to
Government Higher Secondary School Doda where he completed his class
9th and 10th. He was average students in studies but active in other
activities. He was fan of nature and pet animals. And tamed dogs,
cats, and some birds at home. He was a great lover of nature and
planted many flowers and trees around his house which are now fully
grown. He was great lover of green gold and since his child hood stood
against the felling, cutting of green trees and rose many a times
against the encroachments of forest land and was against the
conversion of forest land into agriculture land. With the spurt of
active militancy in the state and in the his native village, he went
to Aligarh in year 1992, and faced the entrance test and took
admission in class 11th in Aligarh Muslim University and till
completing his graduation (B.Com Hons) in the year 1998 he remained
there as a regular student. In addition to his studies, he took part
in many games and debates. In the year 1998, he applied for admission
for M.Com in University of Jammu in Jammu and completed his post
graduation in the year, 2001. During the same period he joined evening
classes and also completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and
Mass Communication form Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan’s Jammu Centre.
In addition to pursuing his Post Graduate Studies in Commerce, he also
appeared in the Civil Services Examination (KAS) conducted by the
Jammu Kashmir Public Service Commission and cleared the preliminary
examination and then after cleared mains examinations also. Though he
appeared in the interview (final stage) but due to lack of proper
guidance he could not do well and fell short of few marks thus could
not got selected.
After completing his Post graduation, he joined a local news paper
Kashmir Times as a Staff Reporter/Sub Editor at its head office in
Jammu in the May 2001, and since day one in journalism he become the
voice of voiceless villagers, and was critic to government for
ignorant attitude towards villagers. Form the beginning; he started
highlighting the rural threats ot forests, environment and nature. He
remained critic to militants for killings innocent militants and
damaging the peaceful status of Jammu and Kashmir State for which he
was threatened many a times. Not only thing his family living in the
village was attacked by the armed militants three times causing loss
of property. During his time in Kashmir he was a popular voice of
villagers living in erstwhile Doda district and in the year 2005, he
took break form Kashmir Times and left for Hyderabad and joined E-TV
Urdu of Newstoday Network in world famous Ramoji Film City (RFC) as
Copy Editor/Reporter. There too, he keep focussing on environment and
nature of Kashmir and tried his best to highlight the Govt apathy
towards preservation of nature and forest.
He was adjudged best Copy Editor of the month at Newstoday Pvt Ltd.
E-TV (Urdu) for a special on the Waterways of Kashmir.
But due to some family compulsions, he had to take a break from E-TV,
and returned back to own state. Where he joined another local English
daily news paper State Times, as Proof Reader/Sub Editor. Later he
joined another local newspaper in Jammu as Managing Editor and besides
managing the editorial/news affairs for the paper, he remained focused
on writing on issues concerning common masses, environment, and
against those troubling the peace in state.
After remained associated with some local news papers as editor, he
started a news portal JK MONITOR in January 2010 with a motive to
provide wider platform to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to reach the
global community with the real concerns/problem and issues. Since then
he has been working tireless for highlighting the real issues
confronting the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the political
exploitation of commoners.
Besides, he has contributed many articles, analytical and human
interest stories on environment and degradation of forests, for
several online news portals like South Asia Post, Ground Report,
American Chronicle, Merinews, Punjab Newsline, Kashmir Watch,
Associated Content, and Allvoices.
Being a journalist, he is focussed, unbiased and dedicated. He never
came under pressure or any sort of influence. His news judgement is
praise worthy and one must say he is a born journalist.
He is a dedicated and passionate journalist having gift for covering
complex news stories in a way that captures the attention of the
audience and informs the public debate. He is a hard-working,
thorough, and have experience in both print and broadcasting. His
journalism is focused on delivering balanced, impartial and objective
coverage, and ensuring that all relevant voices and opinions are aired