Foundation of the Sir Syed Scholar Award

The Sir Syed Global Scholar Award (SSGSA) is annually administered by the Sir Syed Education Society of North America, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization. The award is offered to students and alumni of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) from all faculties.


This award was first given in 2006 as the Sir Syed Excellence in Science Award to serve the needs of AMU Students interested in achieving higher education in the United States. It was designed to provide AMU students and alumni with financial assistance towards standardized tests and application fees, and personalized mentoring throughout the process from selection of universities to refining personal essays and resumes. Under the SSGSA program, so far over 120 AMU students have been successfully placed at various prestigious universities around the world.


SSGSA has a committed team of volunteers who mentor students and work with them for up to two years before students successfully secure a position in a Master’s or PhD program. These volunteers who mentor students are experts in their field. After starting their degrees, the awardees often become mentors to other incoming students. SSGSA sincerely believes that such a practice creates an environment of grander participation and will result in a greater number of mentors to help AMU students.


Several AMU faculty members, researchers, and company executives are also part of the SSGSA network. In the past, many have delivered seminars, webinars, workshops and presentations under the SSGSA banner to introduce AMU students to opportunities of higher education abroad. In addition to increased exposure, these events are helpful in keeping students motivated throughout the application process that is long, tedious and expensive. Many students get distracted and move elsewhere due to lack of continuous motivation. The SSGSA team aims to identify meritorious students, empower them with knowledge and financial assistance, and help them to fulfill their ambition of higher education by keeping them focused with continued engagement.

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Mission

The SSGSA team strives hard to further the cause of the Aligarh Muslim University on two fronts:

  • Mentoring and financially supporting meritorious students so they are successful in getting admission at prestigious graduate programs across the globe.
  • Expanding our strong formal network of academic mentors who also function as brand ambassadors of AMU at their respective universities and organisations where they are placed after finishing their studies.

Members

Executive Committee

Mr. Salman Bin Kashif

Mr. Salman Bin Kashif

Chairperson

SSGSA Scholar 2014-15

Clemson University

Clemson, SC, USA

Mr. Syed Ali Rizvi

Mr. Syed Ali Rizvi

Boston, MA, USA

Dr. Saif Sheikh

Dr. Saif Sheikh

Chicago, IL, USA

Dr. Rehan Baqri

Dr. Rehan Baqri

Boston, MA, USA

Dr. Shaida Andrabi

Dr. Shaida Andrabi

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Mentorship and Applications

Mr. Shujaut H. Bader

Mr. Shujaut H. Bader

Team Lead

SSGSA Scholar 2014-15

Iowa State University

Ames, IA, USA

Mr. Shiva Agarwal

Mr. Shiva Agarwal

Team Co-Lead

SSGSA Scholar 2018-19

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Mr. Sajad Sheikh

Mr. Sajad Sheikh

SSGSA Scholar 2016-17

Kent State University

Kent, OH, USA

Mr. Omar Khursheed

Mr. Omar Khursheed

SSGSA Scholar 2018-19

Amazon Inc

Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Mr. Md Ful Hossain Sk

Mr. Md Ful Hossain Sk

SSGSA Scholar 2018-19

Kansas University

Lawrence, KS, USA

Finance

Mr. Ajaharul Islam

Mr. Ajaharul Islam

Team Lead

SSGSA Scholar 2015-16

Kent State University

Kent, OH, USA

Mr. Sachin Gupta

Mr. Sachin Gupta

Team Co-Lead

SSGSA Scholar 2017-18

University of Massachusetts, Boston

Boston, MA, USA

Web Portal

Mr. Prateek Jain

Mr. Prateek Jain

Mentor

Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh, India

Mr. Prajjwal Nijhara

Mr. Prajjwal Nijhara

Team Lead

Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh, India

Mr. Roshan Sharma

Mr. Roshan Sharma

Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh, India

Mr. Himanshu Varandani

Mr. Himanshu Varandani

Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh, India

Promotions

Dr. Mohd Zubair

Dr. Mohd Zubair

Team Lead

SSGSA Scholar 2013-14

Novogene Inc

Raleigh, NC, USA

Ms. Noor Zaidi

Ms. Noor Zaidi

SSGSA Scholar 2014-15

New Delhi, India

Mr. Kashif Ahmad

Mr. Kashif Ahmad

SSGSA Scholar 2015-16

Tesla Inc.

Reno, NV, USA

Ms. Ifra Ilyas

Ms. Ifra Ilyas

SSGSA Scholar 2020-21

Aligarh Muslim University, admitted to Georgetown University, USA

Aligarh, India

Ms. Iqra Fatima

Ms. Iqra Fatima

SSGSA Scholar 2019-20

Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh, India

Outreach

Mr. Mohd Toaha Umar

Mr. Mohd Toaha Umar

Team Lead

SSGSA Scholar 2017-18

Techincal University of Munich

Munich, Germany

Ms. Sadia Tanweer

Ms. Sadia Tanweer

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Head

SSGSA Scholar 2016-17

University of Oulu

Oulu, Finland

Mr. Mohd Azhar Hasan Ansari

Mr. Mohd Azhar Hasan Ansari

Campus coordinator

SSGSA Scholar 2020-21

Aligarh Muslim University, admitted to Clemson Univesity, USA

Aligarh, India

Training and Skill Development

Dr. Sabahuddin Ahmad

Dr. Sabahuddin Ahmad

Team Lead

ISRA scholar 2013-14

Heinrich Heine University

Duesseldorf, Germany

Ms. Tanwee Kausar

Ms. Tanwee Kausar

Team Lead

SSGSA Scholar 2012-13

San Diego

CA, USA

Mr. Hashir Ahmad

Mr. Hashir Ahmad

SSGSA Scholar 2018-19

Techincal University of Munich

Munich, Germany

Mr. Haris Ahsan Safdari

Mr. Haris Ahsan Safdari

SSGSA Scholar 2016-17

University of Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany

Mr. Md Ful Hossain Sk

Mr. Md Ful Hossain Sk

SSGSA Scholar 2018-19

Kansas University

Lawrence, KS, USA

Advisory Board

Dr. Suhail Sabir, Aligarh Muslim University, India
Dr. Asadullah Khan, Aligarh Muslim University, India
Prof. Shakir Husain, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Dr. Shahid Jameel, University of Oxford
Dr. Moyeen Haque, Houston, Texas, USA
Dr. Farhan Ahmad, Hicksville, NY, USA
Prof. Shakeel Ansari, University of Texas, USA
Prof. Nawab Ali, Professor, University of Arkansas, USA

Leadership History

Chairpersons

Mr. Salman Bin Kashif

Mr. Salman Bin Kashif

SSGSA Scholar 2014-15

Clemson, SC, USA

2021-present

Dr. Wasikul Islam

Dr. Wasikul Islam

SSGSA Scholar 2014-15

Geneva, Switzerland

2019-2021

Mr. Ali Muzaffar

Mr. Ali Muzaffar

SSGSA Scholar 2013-14

Atlanta, GA, USA

2016-2019

Dr. Mohsin Khan

Dr. Mohsin Khan

SSGSA Scholar 2008-09

Providence, RI, USA

2013-2016

Dr. Saif Sheikh

Dr. Saif Sheikh

SSGSA Founding member

Chicago, IL, USA

2011-2013

Dr. Rehan Baqri

Dr. Rehan Baqri

SSGSA Founding member

Boston, MA, USA

2008-2011

Dr. Shaida Andrabi

Dr. Shaida Andrabi

SSGSA Founding member

Srinagar, J&K, India

2006-2008

Donor And Contributors

Aligarh Alumni Association of Atlanta
Aligarh Alumni Association of Chicago
Aligarh Alumni Association of Houston
Aligarh Education Endowment Fund
Indian Muslim Relief and Charities (IMRC)
All donors, students and alumni.

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Education Society
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