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 03/07/2014 - Mahbubul Hoque addressed US based NRIs at Chicago

Mr. Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya urged upon the Aligarh Alumni living in USA, Canada and other countries to build educational institutions in India and carry forward the Aligarh movement as envisioned by Sir Syed Ahmed and repay their debt to their Alma mater and the country. Mr. Hoque made this appeal to Aligarh fraternity while delivering a talk on the topic “Aligarh Alumni and Institution building” at the thirteenth convention of the Federation of Aligarh Alumni Associations, (FAAA) held in Chicago,USA from 20th to 22nd June 2014. Elaborating on the topic Mr. Hoque said that Aligarh alumni living in USA, Canada and other countries are high achievers in life and have brought laurels to the their University and India. Now time has come for them to contribute to the cause of education back home and carry the Aligarh movement forward. Mr. Hoque suggested that Aligarh alumni living in  USA may convert their Indian homes which are lying unused most of the time ,into class rooms and  open one class of nursery with students from neighboring areas with one teacher and go on adding one class each year and in course of next few years it will be a full-fledged school contributing to the society in perpetuity even when they are no more ,the way Aligarh Muslim University is contributing to the development of the country even when the founders of AMU are no more. One must recall how Sir Syed had started Anglo Oriental College in a humble way  and now it has become one of the largest university in the world.

Though the Aligarh alumni NRIs, living in posh localities of USA are emotionally connected to their roots, their children are now American without much link with India, by setting up educational institutions at their birth place, they will also ensure a link of their children to their roots in India besides serving their community and fulfilling the expectations of their neighbours. He also suggested that if they are not able to do it they can support the educational institutions in India set up by different entrepreneurs and become a facilitator in building institutions.

The FAAA had invited Mr. Mahbubul Hoque to attend the thirteenth convention as distinguished guest. Many delegates from across USA, Canada & India and other countries participated in the Chicago convention. This was a gathering of highly accomplished academicians, technocrats and entrepreneurs-the alumni of Aligarh.

All the members appreciated the effort of Mr. Hoque in building institutions including the university with humble beginning and felicitated him with citation.

The Chicago convention gave Mr. Hoque   an opportunity to meet  Aligarh alumni who have been working as distinguished scientists, professors & heads of department at different USA universities like Michigan State University , Harvard  University ,University  of Houston ,North East Ohio Medical University ,Georgetown University Medical Centre, Rosalind  Franklin University of Medicine & Science, Eastern Michigan University USA for long time . At the Chicago convention Mr.Hoque also met the senior professors of the King Abdul Aziz University, King Fahad Medical Research Center and Umma-Al-Qura University, Makkah, from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Besides he met several presidents of companies, CEOs, Scientists working in R & D sectors, working professionals in IT industry, US based Indian Entrepreneurs who also assured for support in possible areas for the growth of USTM.

They assured all possible support and guidance to USTM which will include specialized lectures to students, faculties & scholars; creating avenues for students; short term training in USA universities, fellowship in innovative research, placement services to eligible candidates and eventually collaboration in specific areas.  They also assured to visit USTM during their trip to India to interact with students & faculty. Hopefully within short period of time USTM will be able to get association of many resource persons from different fields and development will take place accordingly. A team of four members will visit USTM in the month of October 2014 to understand the strength of USTM and accordingly all possible assistance will be extended for ERDF and USTM.

The USTM, the only university in the NE region dedicated to Science and Technology has the vision to become one of the premier universities in the country with a target of making it a world class university  within ten years time and visit of its Chancellor, Mr. Mahbubul Hoque to USA is a step towards this direction.

 

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