In a specially convened meeting by Dogri Sanstha, Jammu for the selection of Prof. Ram Nath Shastri Memorial Award 2019, the members of jury declared “Sochen Di Reehl ”, a collection of Dogri short stories by Ashok Dutta as the best amongst the shortlisted books for this purpose and conferred this prestigious annual award to this book. The award will be formally given away in a ceremony to be held on 15th of April, 2019 , the birthday of Late Padma Shri Prof. Ram Nath Shastri. The award carries a cheque for Rs.21000/-, a memento and a shawl.
This will be 6th award, which was started in the year 2014 and is given annually, on 15th April.  This award has been instituted by the family members of Late Prof. Shastri and presented under the auspices of Dogri Sanstha, Jammu.

Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Advisor to the Hon’ble Governor of J & K State, will be the Chief Guest on the occasion of Award Ceremony.

Shashi Pathania
Born in July, 1955, Prof. Shashi Pathania is an academically experienced individual with a doctorate in Dogri (Dogri Verb), serving through various positions (including H.O.D.) within the Department of Dogri (Jammu University) retired as Professor in Dogri. She started writing in Dogri in the year 1984 and has written prolifically in various genres of Dogri including short story and poetry and has been Co-guide a scholar at Ph.D. level for making Machine translation tool. She has been conferred Sahitya Akademi Translation Award for the year 2012 in Dogri.

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