Sunday, March 21, 2010

Smriti, Joita and now Zeeshan: 3 Candles in the Wind

Zeeshan Ali has been selected from India and the first Muslim to be selected from Bihar for the prestigious 2010-11, Fulbright FLTA Fellowship. The Fulbright FLTA Fellowship is sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the Institute of International Education, USA. Established in 1946 to support educational exchange of students and scholars, there are over 50 countries that participate in this Fulbright Program. The Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges their academic placement and supervises them during their stay in the United States.

Zeeshan Ali is a former student from the Nazareth Academy, Gaya and has done her Intermediate, Graduate and Masters in English from Patna University. She is currently employed as Assistant Professor of English at Maulana Azad College of Engineering and Technology,Patna.

I am privileged to be her PhD supervisor as I have been to the only other Fulbrighters from Bihar Dr. Smriti Singh, faculty at IIT Patna and Dr. Joita Dhar currently teaching at Amity University. Both these people have made a difference to their academic environments and needless to say I am very proud of them. I hope Zeeshan can follow their worthy examples.

This program brings some of the world’s finest minds to U.S. campuses and offers program participants’ insight into U.S. society and values. Upon completion of the program, the fellows intake leadership positions in their home countries, often working at universities. As a result of the program, FLTA alumni return with a high proficiency in the best that is known and thought of in this world..


  1. More power to the FLTA program.

  2. Hey Sir,
    You were the motivating force behind the application and I proudly say that you have made me what I am today. I wish more people came forward and applied for the programme. The selection process itself is the beginning of a change that comes in one's personality!

  3. Respected Sir,
    Thanks for your guidance and support.You have been the mentor of life. I wish that every student gets a teacher like you. Whatever little I have achieved in my life till now, It’s only because of you. You taught me not only living but also how to live well.I can’t express my gratitude Sir!I hope to live up to your expectations always.
    Thanks again!

  4. Zeeshan has made all of us proud again.Keep it up!

    Urooj Ali

  5. Congratulations to the winners from an ex-Bihari... Shanker, you must be proud. Normally, I'm a lurker in blogosphere, but you roped me in this time:-)

  6. Its really a moment of pride for me to acknowledge that Zeeshan Mam has added one more feathers to the cap of Bihar.Her association with Maulana Azad College of Engg. & Technology has certainly give me happiness & joy. Its her sheer dedication and hard labour that is now paying off. All the best for your successful life and bright future.

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  8. Congratulations Zeeshan di! She is my senior.I knew she would do something like this in future.She was the Assistant General Secretary of English Literary Society.She was Miss Magadh Mahila 2005 and also won Miss Department and Most Deserving Senior titles the same year.We all are proud of you.
    All the Best and Keep going di!

  9. Congratulations to both the teacher and the taught! You have revived the age-old tradition of Guru-Shishya with your friendly gesture and posture in helping out your students.
    Nothing do I regret more in my life than the fact that my teachers were not my you!
    Hats off to you for your dedication towards the academic excellence of your students'.
    Akbar Ali

  10. Being the younger sister of Zeeshan Ali, I am very proud of her. Her success is an inspiration for all of us. It’s the regular guidance and encouragement of some people that she has reached this level. My family is extremely grateful and thankful to Shankar Dutt Sir and Muniba Ma'am who were always there to support her and didn’t let her feel low when she went through thick and thin. They are one of the few people who led her to the highest peak of her career.

  11. Congrats Zeeshan! How can I forget you little darling!

    I wish you all the best.

    Will talk later-the numbers are (0)9665020477)/(0832)2528048(home)/2580407(off.dir.)

  12. Assalam Walaikum...
    Sorry zeeshan Ali mam,...kyuki maine kabhi bhi aapka class attend nahi kiya tha...
    Aapko aapki kamyabi mubarak ho...congratsss
    Best Of Luck