SINC 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

Ahmed Ali

Ahmed Ali

Rickshaw Puller, Assam

An 82-year-old rickshaw-puller from Karimganj​ ​district, Assam who set up nine schools in Madhurband village of Patharkandi with his personal earnings and featured in the 42nd ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

He could not study because his family was extremely poor and he had to take up pulling rickshaws to run his family. He regretted being uneducated and resolved that he would never allow this “tragedy” to befall any child in his village.

The very first school he established was in 1978. He was able to do this by selling off his land and collecting small amounts of money from the villagers.

Over the course of the last four decades, this octogenarian has established 9 schools – three lower primary schools, five middle schools and a high school in Madhurbond and its adjoining areas. At a time when everyone jumps into philanthropy only to have their name everywhere, Ahmed has just one of the nine schools named after him. That also, because of the insistence of the villagers who urged him to do so.

I began my​ ​work by the wish of Allah and achieved some success by means of blessings from locals, said Ali, a school dropout himself

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Mohammad Imran Khan

Mohammad Imran Khan

Web App Developer, Alwar, Rajasthan

He is a mathematics teacher in the Sanskrit Education Department and a self-taught computer programmer. He has developed over 75 educational mobile applications and more than a hundred websites. His apps have more than 9 million (9,179,584 Actual Figure) total installs.

He gained prominence after being mentioned by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, in a speech at Wembley Stadium, London, in November 2015. Modi said, “My India is in Imran Khan of Alwar.”

In 2015 Khan donated his 50 mobile applications to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) as a patriotic contribution to Digital India in a National ICT Conference in Vigyan Bhawan Delhi on Nov 07, 2015.

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Aabid Surti

Aabid Surti

Water Warrior, Mumbai

83 year young writer and artist Aabid Surti is the founder of Drop Dead Foundation, an NGO (Non Government Organization) that repairs minor plumbing problems such as leaks in the households of Mumbai, India for free.

Born 5 May 1935 in Gujarat, Aabid Surti founded Drop Dead Foundation, a water conservation initiative in Mumbai in 2007. Every Sunday, along with a plumber and an assistant, he visits houses in and around Mira Road and fixes dripping taps. He simply replaces old O-ring rubber gaskets with new ones. The idea struck him in 2007 when he noticed the dripping tap in his friend’s house. A tap that drips water once every second wastes about 1,000 litre of water every month so imagine how much we all waste, he points out.

Surti and his assistants raise awareness through posters and pamphlets. He pays for all expenses from his pocket

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80-year-old Aabid Surti has helped save 10 million litres of water

Tazaiyun Oomer

Tazaiyun Oomer

Social Worker, Bangalore

57 year Young Woman who has chosen to tread the path less travelled for the last 19 years since she founded HUMANE TOUCH in the year 1999 and remains an integral part of it. She believes that Education is the best tool to bring change in a community and runs a school AL-AZHAR FOUNDATION that provides quality education in an  atmosphere conducive to learning, to more than 400 under priveleged children.


She is one woman army who has great passion for social work by providing Scholarships for Higher Education, Vocational Training for Girls, Micro Finance without Interest for Women Entrepreneurs,  Medical Aid for Children born with Congenital anomalies, Mass weddings for Girls from Lower socio economic background


Tazaiyun Oomer has given back to the society selflessly, and her mission is to improve the quality of the lives of the less fortunate and to bring smiles to the People she comes in Contact with.


She has till date organized 1300+ mass weddings for girls from the weaker socio-economic families which is a phenomenal achievement. She has inspired many masjids and organizations to organize mass weddings.



Mohammad Kaif Mulla

Karnataka State SSLC Board Exam 2018 Topper - 625/625

Shaikh Tanveer Asif IAS

Sheikh Tanveer Asif, IAS

All India Rank - 25 in UPSC 2016 Exam Currently serving as Assistant Commissioner, Mysore District

Rifah Taskeen


Mysuru, Karnataka - For being the youngest to drive most kinds of Multi-Wheeler vehicles at the age of 7

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