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 Emerging Scholar Award (SSESA), USA and a past SSESA awardee, said, “SSESA 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 SSESA 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 SSESA 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.