Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Padma Shri is Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities in India. He is former Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Languages, Head, Department of Islamic Studies and the Honorary Director, Zakir Husain Institute of Islamic Studies and was also the editor of four scholarly quarterly journals, Islam and the Modern Age (English), Islam aur Asr-e-Jadeed (Urdu), Jamia (Monthly) and Islam aur Adhunik Yug (Hindi) published by Zakir Husain Institute of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He has to his credit 36 publications and more than 500 articles in English, Hindi and Urdu. His writings are also translated into Arabic, Persian and French languages. Prof. Wasey was selected for the Award of Fullbright Fellowship (Interfaith Community Action Program) in the year 2008. He has been invited to many academic and semi-academic tours abroad, including programmes organised/sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNFP, UNHRC and OIC, Muslim World League, Makkah, Nahdatul Ulema and Mohammadiah, Indonesia.