Dr. Mohsin Jahan Qazi
Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard University, USA
Realizing the role which SSGSA award played in moving towards my career goals, I felt very enthusiastic to contribute to the organization in order to help it expand and help more and more students like me who aspire to receive quality education outside India. In the past few years of my association with SSGSA as a member of operational team, it has given me an opportunity of working with a team, collaborating with people from both in and outside India and most importantly communicating to students and planning their applications. I believe that while working as a team member of SSGSA, I have acquired important organizational skills, which are very beneficial for my personal development and would also prove handy in my professional career
Dr. Abdul Haleem Kidwai
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA
In a world that is becoming increasingly divisive, antagonistic and conflict-ridden, values of collaboration and cooperation need to be actively promoted. SSGSA is playing a pivotal role in this by facilitating international exchange of students and scholars.
Shujaut H. Bader
PhD, Iowa State University,USA
Throughout my journey to get an admit in one of the best american universities and that too with an assistantship- about which I had never thought, my trust in Opportunity as well as in Destiny has been increasing to unimaginable levels. I just don't find enough words to express my gratitude to Almighty God for whatever He has bestowed upon me. And I also believe in all those hands(of God) here on earth which have steered me throughout this strenuous journey. I have no doubt when I say that SSGSA was one of those hands apart from many others including the family I was born into.
Opportunity is what shapes our lives, something which dictates the path of our destiny and SSGSA is doing a wonderful job of providing the opportunity to young aspiring students when the dream of higher studies in USA seems a distant dream at beginning. As it is said that the first step takes all the courage, mentoring and guidance by SSGSA in the beginning matters a lot when people don't even know an iota of the application process.
I would like to be a part of SSGSA family to help and mentor new students as a sort of payback to whatever it (SSGSA) has done for me and as a human who takes pride in helping others out.
PhD, Oklahoma State University,USA
Being a SSGSA awardee and a proud member of the family, I feel very much privileged. SSGSA not only encouraged me to dream big but also helped me to pursue it. I am really amazed to observe the working style of this family and the extent to which they cooperate with the students.
The struggles and achievements of the seniors from Aligarh fraternity were great source of motivations for me. I am thankful to SSGSA for providing me wonderful opportunities few years ago by selecting me as one of its scholars, so that I could come to the US for Ph.D. Perhaps, I could never afford this 'seemingly expensive' dream. It was SSGSA, which changed my perceptions, dreams and motivations of life.
Dr. Mohammad Saleem
Postdoctoral Researcher, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA
During my application process, SSGSA team helped me in every aspect including editing my resume, preparing statement of purpose (SOP), and selecting universities. Since then, I have been working with SSGSA team and observed that every student selection for SSGSA awards is completely transparent and unbiased. I request everyone to support this wonderful initiative that will help underprivileged students to get quality education abroad.
Dr. Mohsin Khan
Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, Washington DC, USA
Mentors can make profound positive impacts on the lives of their mentees; SSGSA program has changed lives of over hundred individuals including myself.
MS, Purdue University, USA
SSGSA makes it easy for a student by not only paying for tests and application fee, but providing the invaluable motivation and guidance which I believe is the most important component of studying abroad. Mentors of SSGSA believed in me and made me realize that the sky is indeed the limit. The hard work coupled with excellent mentoring landed me into the Master’s program at Purdue University, a highly-reputed US University.
Dr. Rahat Abrar
Public Relations Officer, Aligarh Muslim University
Two students of the Aligarh Muslim University, SK Abdus Sayeed, M.Sc. Botany and M. Rafiq Wani, M.Sc. Zoology, who went to the University of Houston, Texas and University of Alabama, United States of America, respectively, as International Summer Research Award (ISRA) interns for a period of three months have returned back to India after completing the summer research programme.
In 2014, first ISRA scholar, Mr. Sabahuddin Ahmad, B.Sc. (Hons) Botany had successfully completed a fully funded summer research programme at the Loyola Medical School, Chicago (USA).
Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan, Chairman of the Sir Syed Global Scholar Award (SSGSA), USA and a past SSGSA awardee, said, "SSGSA is thankful to the AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah (Retd.) for extending much needed help to encourage students and benefit by ISRA internship program".
SK Abdus Sayeed and M. Rafiq Wani, who have just returned to AMU, are engaged in preparing for GRE/TOEFL test to pursue higher education in US. Both Sayeed and Wani have appreciated the help and guidance extended to them by the SSGSA mentors, Dr. Saif Sheikh, Dr. Rehan Baqri, Mr. Syed Ali Rizvi and Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan. "They guided us in everything like our elders and we learnt a lot during the period when we had the opportunity to work alongside brilliant scholars and imbibed new methods and techniques in a very academic atmosphere", said the scholars.
The Sir Syed Education Society of North America, a non-profit organization, has been mentoring students and alumni of the Aligarh Muslim University who wish to pursue higher education in North America. The SSGSA team and AMU together realized that AMU students needed assistance with their goal of pursuing higher education in the United States graduate schools and get first-hand research exposure to United States research laboratories.
AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen Zameer Uddin Shah (Retd.) visited the United States in 2013 and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sir Syed Education Society of North America ensuring summer research opportunities for AMU students in prestigious universities of the United States. Under the MoU, five students selected through a rigorous and transparent merit based screening system would be supported each year for the summer programme.