Honours and Awards
The entire life of Khanbahadur Ahsanullah was an exemplary one. He carried out the duties of his service life with utmost honesty and dedication. He was an honest, pious, sincere and responsible officer. For this, his works were always praised by the higher authorities. As a reward for his sincerity and honesty, he received quick promotions several times during his career and was placed in higher salary grades, overtaking the middle salary grades. For his contribution for the development of the Department of Education and as a recognition for his sincere and praiseworthy initiatives, he was conferred the “Khanbahadur” title by the then British government in 1911.
In 1911, Khanbahadur Ahsanullah was elected a member of the Royal Society (MRSA) of London.
He was also elected a Senate and Syndicate Member of the Calcutta University. No Muslim before him was bestowed these honourable posts.
Khanbahadur Ahsanullah also had a direct link with the literary circles and the literary movements of the time. During the years 1917-1918, he was the Vice-President of the Literary Association of the Muslims in Bengal (Bangiya Musalman Sahitya Samiti).
“For his excellence in social work, his contribution in social and cultural fields – the Islamic Foundation, Bangladesh award was bestowed on him posthumously in 1405 Hizri”
In 1960, Bangla Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh awarded him an honorary Fellowship for his “unique and versatile contribution in the field of Bengali Literature”.