At a special convocation where he was conferred honorary doctorate, Frank called upon students to extend their hand and heart to those who are less successful, who are less fortunate, who are socially and economically disadvantaged, who are voiceless, and who are vulnerable. He urged students to reach out and help them with education and inclusive economic mobility.
New Delhi, October 17— Renowned Indian-American entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader and author Dr. Frank Islam has called upon the graduates of Jamia Hamdard University to reach out and help the less fortunate and the less successful with education and inclusive economic mobility. He also urged the political and religious leaders of the country to build bridges among people instead of building boundaries and barriers.
Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh)-born Dr Frank is settled in the United States after graduating from the Aligarh Muslim University but has been regularly visiting India and has funded various social and educational projects in the country. After AMU, he got higher education computer science in the US and then set up his own firm. Within 13 years, he turned his one-man company (himself as staffer) into a company of 3,000 staffers with US$ 300 million dollar as annual revenue.
On Tuesday, Dr Frank, Chairman of FI Investment Group and founder and CEO of the QSS Group, was speaking at a special convocation at Jamia Hamdard in New Delhi where he was conferred honorary doctorate by Vice Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard Syed Ehtesham Hasnain.
Addressing the students he said: “As I look at you students in the audience, I see me in you. I see the future of India. I see the future of the world. You are the promise and potential of India and the world. You are the hope of tomorrow. You are keys to the future of India. You are creating the dream and future for the next generations. You have the capacity, capability and responsibility to help India achieve its full potentials. You can bring an overall positive and profound impact on society. Your education at Hamdard will prepare you to become a change agent. You can change impossible to possible and unacceptable to acceptable. There are no limits. If you can conceive it and believe it, you can achieve it.”
Extend Your Hand and Heart to the Less Fortunate
He urged them to extend their hand and heart to the poor.
“In making it your journey, I am encouraging you to succeed but do not forget those who have been less successful. You should extend your hand, your help, and your heart to those who are less successful, who are less fortunate, who are socially and economically disadvantaged, who are voiceless, and who are vulnerable. Reach out and help them with education and inclusive economic mobility. Help them through their darkest moments of their lives. Please remember when they succeed, all of us succeed. India succeeds. The world succeeds. All of us cannot succeed when they are held back.”
He also stressed on creating interdependence among people.
“I want those of you here at Jamia Hamdard to think about what you have done, are doing, and can do through civic engagement to counteract the negativity toward Muslims and minorities. In my opinion, the best way to accomplish this is by working through civic engagement to establish a state of interdependence among the people of India and the world,” he said.
“India would embrace and celebrate the richness of religious diversity. Diversity makes us stronger. Diversity is vital in keeping democracy healthy. Diversity brings us together. When we are together, we can help shape a better future for India.”
“We need to recognize and celebrate the interdependence of all Indians. This wish can be addressed by coming together to promote the unity as one nation under God. By achieving a true state of interdependence India would become a global beacon of hope for democracy and India would be a role model for other democracies to emulate. If it realizes that potential it will bring about a new dawn of democracy in the 21st century,” Dr Frank emphasized.
Attack on One Religion is Attack on All Religions
Frank Islam sent out a special message to religious and political leaders of the country.
“Religious leaders should promote interfaith dialogue. They should emphasize building bridges instead of building boundaries and barriers. They should bring together followers of different persuasions for meaningful discussions. They should promote a dialogue of understanding and a shared sense of community with other faiths. They should call attention to the fact that attack on one religion is attack on all religions. They should call attention to the fact that when we attack people based on their faiths, we are tearing apart the harmonious fabric of India.”
Future of India Rests upon the Foundation of Inclusiveness
Political leaders should take affirmative actions to promote an atmosphere of communal peace and harmony, said Frank Islam.
“Political leaders should promote a framework of unity and civility. They should ensure that all laws are fair and fairly enforced. They should take affirmative actions to promote an atmosphere of communal peace and harmony. They should promote hope not fear. They should promote unity over divisions. They should bring people together to pursue the common good. They should promote the belief that the future of India rests upon the foundation of inclusiveness.”
“Civic and business leaders should promote collaboration. They should toil together transcending their creeds to plant the seeds for doing good deeds. They should invest in programs that cut across and eliminate racial, religious, and socio-economic divides.”
He lauded Hamdard University for its splendid performance in very short period since it came into being.
“To be chosen as one of the ten institutes of excellence by the Government India – and being the only minority institution speaks volume for Jamia Hamdard’s recognition. Having the top-ranked medical school, the number one pharmaceutical school, AND a highly rated law school is outstanding. I must say what Jamia Hamdard has accomplished to date is truly remarkable. What is more remarkable to me is that you’ve only just begun,” said Frank Islam.
“Jamia Hamdard continues to grow and to expand and add new schools and programs that are responding to the needs of India of its people. Your vision which includes providing “international quality higher education and undertaking cutting edge research” in order to meet the “societal education needs of underprivileged Indian communities” is compelling and inspiring.”
In the end of his speech, he called upon the students to remember and draw upon Jamia Hamdard roots.
“In closing, let me leave you with one final thought and that thought is to remember and draw upon your Jamia Hamdard roots. Jamia Hamdard traces its heritage to Unani Medicine. Unani medicine is a means for meeting physical needs and promoting healing,” he said.
“In today’s world, with its growing divisiveness and darkness, there is a need not just for physical healing, but for psychological healing, and for societal healing. Because of how it has evolved, Jamia Hamdard can be in the forefront of that healing. I say to all of you, let the healing begin.”