Akhtarul Wasey was a professor of Islamic studies at Jamia Millia Islamia (National Islamic University) in New Delhi. Currently he is working as National Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities in India. As a versatile personality he assumed many formal and informal designations. Formerly he worked as the director of Zakir Husain Institute of Islamic Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, vice-chairman of the Urdu Academy Delhi and a member of the Executive Board of National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language; and president, vice president, Foundation of SAARC Writers And Literature, India Interfaith Coalition on HIV/AIDS etc. Previously he was also the President of Dargah Committee of the world famous Chishti Sufi Shrine at Ajmer; treasurer, Maulana Azad Education Foundation; general secretary, South Asia Interreligious Council on HIV/AIDS, a body created by the UNICEF; and dean, head of the Department of Islamic Studies and Faculty of Humanities and Languages, Jamia Millia Islamia. Wasey has been invited to 65 academic and semi-academic tours abroad including programmes organized/sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNFP, UNHRC and Organisation of Islamic Conference. He is also the editor of four journals of Islamic Studies, Islam Aur Asr-e-Jadeed (an Urdu quarterly), Islam and the Modern Age (an English quarterly), Risala Jamia (an Urdu monthly), and Islam Aur Adhunik Yug (Hindi). Apart from his academic achievements he regularly appears on TV, debating on issues related to Islam and Muslims, and has delivered over 400 radio and 300 TV talks along with extensive and frequent writings in different news papers and magazines. He is considered to be a Muslim spokesperson among academicians. In 2013 Wasey received a Padma Shri award (a national honour by the President of India for outstanding achievers among Indian citizens) from President Pranab Mukherjee, honouring him as a distinguished academician, specializing in the multidisciplinary study of Islam and Indian Muslims.