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Upward Bound Program

Ahmad F Yousif

The Upward Bound Program is an educational Program for the advancement of the underprivileged Indian Students that is supported by Indian Muslims Education Foundation of North America (IMEF North America). The IMEF of North America is a registered non-profit organisation.

The Program

The "Upward Bound" is essentially an institutionalized coaching program, which will prepare selected students to gain admissions into institutions of higher learning in India. The program objective is to attain academic excellence necessary to meet the competitive challenge of admissions to premier educational institutions in India.

A special Islamic studies curriculum will be provided for Muslim students to develop their moral, ethical arid spiritual values, and fellowship. An alternate social studies curriculum will be provided for non-Muslim students.

The program also needs to be cost effective so that local resources on a long-term basis can sustain it.

The Goal

The goal of the program is to train and prepare a group of 100 students in each selected city in India empowering them to compete Successfully for admissions into premier professional colleges and universities in India.


100 students at the 8th grade level will be selected for a four year program of coaching in each selected city in India. At the completion of the program when they have finished the higher secondary (12th grade), they should be ready for competitive admissions into reputed professional colleges and universities.

During the four years of the program, each group of 100 selected students will be divided into five local groups of 20 students each. They will be called UB scholars. Each group will be coached after regular school hours for 3 hours a day, twice a week, by a highly qualified team of teachers who will receive competitive salary.

Supervised by Teaching Assistants (TAs), the students will study on their own on the five remaining evenings and during the weekends in the Study Centers, which will be established for this purpose. Based on the requirements of competitive entry into reputed institutions of higher learning in India, a curriculum will be developed by the experts of the Research Unit (RU) of the program. The curriculum will be designed for achieving academic excellence and model personality, and will be rigorously followed.

A Resource Center will also be established with textbooks, reference materials and computer lab for providing academic support and training to the students. An Administrative Unit (AU) will look after the program management and administration including maintenance and security of physical facilities, public relations, fund raising etc.

The Vision

The program aims at coaching talented, mostly underprivileged students at a reasonable and sustainable cost to become leaders in fields of science, technology, medicine, business, finance, administration, law and other important fields. It is exciting to think of the potential long-term impact and social benefit of training 5000 selected students from fifty cities of India who will be able to reach high positions and recognition in their respective professions. We might also help bloom some outstanding minds through this process.

Cost of the Program

After initial one time expense to establish the Research and Resource Units, the monthly recurring cost is estimated to be less than $20 per student at the end of the third year

Funding for the Program

The selection policy requires that between 20% to 33% students should pay for their tuition fee at the rate prevalent for a good coaching center in the city. The remaining students mostly coming from poor families will pay (or not pay) according to what their families can afford. The financial support given to the needy students will come mostly from the net income (tuition fees minus actual cost) from the paying students and some from donations collected for this purpose. Few years later, the UB alumni should also be an additional source of support for the program.

Role of the Local Community

The role of the local community and its commitment to educational advancement of its sons and daughters, and its capability and willingness to provide competent and dedicated personnel to run the UB program, are vitally important for the success of this program. The local community will run the program. They will provide physical facilities and maintenance of the Resource and Study Centers. The human resources will also be mostly local and some (e.g. teachers) will be paid market rate salaries while others, depending upon their role and individual dedication, will receive honoraria. The US committee will share these costs.

The US committee's commitment to provide financial and expert academic support will depend on continued good performance and efficient running of the program by the local community.

Persons behind the Program

Board Members

Muhammad Haque (Ex-lexturer, School of Engineering, Osmania University)
Muhammad Imtiazuddin, D.I.C. (Ex-Professor & Chairman Elec. Engg, R.E.C., Srinagar)
Khursheed A. Malliek, M.D. (Executive Director, Islamic Medical Association of North America)
Abdus Samad Patel, Ph.D
Rajaullah Quraishi (Former President, Muslim Community Center, Chicago)
Muhammad Shamsuddin, Ph.D (Vice-President, Muslim Community Centre, Chicago

Advisory Board

Saiyid Hamid (Ex-Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University, Secretary, Hamdard Education Society, New Delhi)
Syed Hashim Ali (Ex-Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University)
Syed Shahabuddin (Ex-Member, Indian Parliament)
Ghiasuddin Babukhan (Chairman, Hyderabad Zakat & Charity Fund)
Muhammad Gafoor, M.D. (Member, Board of Directors, Muslim Community Center, Chicago)
Abidullah Gazi, Ph.D. (Ex-Director, IQRA INternational Educational Foundation, Chicago)
Manzoor Ghori, (Chairman, Indian Muslim Relief Committee)
Hamid Abdul Hai, M.D. (President-Elect, Islamic Medical Association of North America)
Asad Hussain, Ph.D. (President Islamic College, Chicago)
Qadir Husain Khan (Director, Strategic Planning, Baxter)
Kaleem Khawaja (Director, Association of Indian Muslims - USA)
A. Rahman Nakedar , M.D. (Director General, Federation of Indian Muslim Associations of North America)
Syed Azmatullah Quadri (President Muslin Community Center, Chicago)
Muddassir Siddiqui (Attorney at Law)
Syed Abdul Zahir, M.D. (President, Islamic Medical Association of North America)

For You, the Concerned

If you share our concern and have interest in the educational advancement of the disadvantaged Indian children, we request you to support this effort. For a copy of the complete 17 page detailed description of the UB Program, please call or write to us:

IMEF North America
950 75th Street, Downers Grove
Illinois 60516, USA
Tel: (630) 852 0520
Fax: (630) 435 1429
Email: imefna@yahoo.com

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