Shujaut H. Bader
Masters in Thermo-Fluids Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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 made me dream big but also helped me to attain success. I am really amazed to observe the working style of this family and the extent to which they cooperate with the students.
The struggles of these seniors from the Aligarh fraternity were a great source of inspiration to me and as a result of this motivation, I got selected for an internship at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland which, I believe, is the best thing to have happened to me so far. CERN is not only the world’s largest Physics laboratory but also one of the most prestigious research institutes of the world.
Had I not got the SSGSA award, I probably wouldn’t have got the motivation to apply there (in CERN) too. So, all credit goes to SSGSA, which changed my perceptions, dreams and motivations of life
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.