AMU Student Win a Place at the World's Richest and Largest Business Planning Competition

AMU Student Win a Place at the World's Richest and Largest Business Planning Competition



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Left to right: Manoj Krishnapillai, Shams Qamar Usmani, Sonu Bubna, Dr Frank Cave and Juan C. Reyes.


A team of Common wealth fellow at Lancaster Environment Centre and Lancaster post-graduate students has won entry to the Rice University Business Plan Competition, the most prestigious of its kind in the world. Forty teams, selected from over 300 entries from around the world, compete for more than $800,000 in cash and prizes. The final takes place at Rice University in Houston, USA, on 15th - 17th April 2010. The competition is judged by venture capital managers, angel investors and other members of the entrepreneurial community. More important than the winners' cash prize of $325,000 is the opportunity to network and receive mentoring from successful entrepreneurs. The team has also been supported by an International Travel Award towards the expenses of participation generously provided by AAI Global Equity one of the competition's major sponsors.


The plan put forward by the Lancaster team describes a company, 'Gaea Naturals Limited', that uses an innovative approach to industrial waste water recycling with minimal consumption of energy to help a variety of industries meet sustainability and regulatory obligations, save costs and reduce carbon footprint. The team combines the entrepreneurial vision and abilities of three members of the full-time MBA class, Manoj Krishnapillai, Sonu Bubna and Juan C. Reyes, with the technical knowledge from the Lancaster Environment Centre, brought by PhD student Shams Qamar Usmani. Shams Qamar Usmani is Ph.D. student of Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh India and at present a Common wealth Fellow at Environment Centre in Lancaster University UK.


Dr Frank Cave of IEED, the team's mentor, said "This is the second time a collaboration between technical graduates and entrepreneurial management students has won a place at the Rice Competition, demonstrating the power of such partnerships. The team have received the encouragement and active support of Chris Saunders, Director of the Full-time MBA and his team in the Management School and of Dr Mark Bacon and Dr Kirk Semple of the Lancaster Environment Centre. We are all very proud of them and wish them success in Houston."



Sources:
http://domino.lancs.ac.uk/INFO/lunews.nsf/I/9EF5740B492F0BF8802576EA0057...
http://www.lec.lancs.ac.uk/news_and_events/news/?article_id=888
http://www.lums.lancs.ac.uk/news/18826/lancaster-mba-students-win-pla/
http://alliance.rice.edu/alliance/RBPC.asp

Congratulations

Dear Afzal,
Many hearty congratulations to Shams, you and the family members.
Great Achievement.................We are all proud of him.

Best regards
Qudsia

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Dr. Qudsia Tahseen FASc
Professor
Department of Zoology
AMU, Aligarh-202002
India
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Amidst the gloomy background of an unsolicited wrath on AMU teachers by a recent post and the subsequent painful reaction shown by me on this very network, it is really heartening to see the good news of an AMU student, Shams Qamar Usmani, winning a “Place at the World's Richest and Largest Business Planning Competition”. Mr. Shams Qamar Usmani is not known to me just as being the younger brother of a good friend of mine, Mr. Afzal Usmani, but also because he happens to be the student of one of my favorite teachers at AMU, Dr. Suhail Sabir Sb.

On one hand, the achievement of Shams invites loads of accolade. I am very sure that Shams himself will virtuously acknowledge the contribution of his brother, Afzal Usmani, in mentoring him ever since he came into being. If it were not for the support from Afzal, the project of Shams would not probably have seen the light of the day today. Apart from that, the contribution of Afzal Usmani to AMU and also the community at large, is very well-known already. So, our heartiest congratulations are due to Shams, Afzal and their family.

Now, on the other hand, it is also time for us to rethink about the positive roles being played by the selfless teachers of AMU, Dr. Suhail Sabir Sb. being a shining example of such a class. I remember that I have raised this issue on this network once before also. He taught us in our class XII, way back in 1987-88. While he continues to be a lecturer till date, his student became a full professor more than 3 years ago; I had to leave AMU for that though. Who is responsible for this plight now? I am not well versed to comment on the research credentials of Dr. Suhail Sabir Sb. But, what I know for sure is that he has contributed immensely to the spirit of AMU. The subscribers to this network must not be unaware of his activities being reported herein every now and then. There are scores of other such teachers back at AMU, some of them that I know of, are Dr. Mirza Mohsin Beg, Dr. Fazle Azeem, Dr. Omar Farooq, etc. Why are they denied their due promotions? Isn’t it so very noble on their part to continue serving AMU, to the best of their capabilities without getting any return whatsoever? Isn’t their case bad enough to bring the morale of several other teachers down too? Ab kya in teachers ki jaan leyni hai?

M. M. Sufyan Beg

B.Tech. (AMU-1992), Ph.D.

JMI, New Delhi

Good News - Congratulations

Good News
Shams Qamar Usmani....... He is brother of Mr Afzal Usmani co moderator of AMUnetwork
WorldofAligs congratulates Shams Qamar, Mr Afzal and his family

Dr Mohsin Raza
Muscat Oman

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Dear brother, Shams Usmani,

It is extremely heartening to hear of your brilliant accomplishment. It is truly a great moment for all of us.

A great Business Plan, however,is only a beginning to a great entrepreneurial journey. We pray to the Almighty Allah to keep this light of foresight and hard work in you, and you may do great things with your acquired skills. May the coming generation be inspired by your sense of entrepreneurship.

Sincerely,

Abdul Alim Barbhuiya
Department of Economics, AMU
2002-2006
Gurgaon, India

Great News....

Dear Aligs,
Assalam Wa Alaikum,
It is really a great time for the AMU, Dept.of Chemistry and Mr Sohail sabir, and of corse for all Aligs.
I really congratulate to Shams and his brother from deep beaneath my heart.(It was his brother who showed such an examople for every one-Without whom perhaps this could not happend.). otherwise i say that there are thuosands of students who are having the splendid talents.

Here, i wanted to draw the attention of all aligs that...........Please let us try to help all those who are having the talents and potentials, but could not get an opportunity of exposure........
Once again Good wishes and Good luck.

M F Azam
M.Sc. Applied Geology (2006)
Geologist, ONGC
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Dear aligs
Asslamualaikum

This is really a big news for the aligarians and i heartly want to congratulate to my dear friend Shamsh Qamar Usmani and his family for achiving this position at this stage of his carreer and will never forgot to thank Mr Suhail Sabir who always motivate the students.I cannt express my happiness in just few words for Shamsh Qamar Usmani and his advisor, motivator (Mr Suhail sabir Sir).
We are waiting for more good news from the young generation. lets pray for all to get success in life

With best wishes

M.Yusuf Khan
M.Sc. (Ind. Chemistry 2006)
Prescision Polymerzation Lab
Yeungnam University
Daegu (Repulic of Korea)

proud moment for all of us Alig

Masha allah its a proud moment for all of us Alig !! Convey my best wishes to your brother.

Saquib Haroon
Malaysia

Congratulations to Shams and Afzal

Well done Shams.
Heartily Congratulation to you and Afzal, who is a true mentor to his younger brothers. I know Shams from childhood when he came to Aligarh in class VIII. His achievement has really glorified the name of AMU at the International level.
Hope that the achievement of Shams Usmani will motivate more younger to excel in their areas of expertise.

Keep it up. Our best wishes are with you.

Ekram Khan

Congratulations

Salaam Afzal bhai, Congrats to you and your brother on your brothers great achievement.

Beenish Zia
Portland Oregon USA

Congratulations to Shams and his family & Friends

"Congratulations Afzal Bhai"

Arshan Khan
Florida USA

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Congrats Afzal Bhai.its good to hear about his achievement.

Kashif Sabih Usmani
Faisalabad Pakistan
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Heartiest Congratulations

Dr. Salman Sultan
Azamgarh India
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Dear aligs
Asslamualaikum

This is really a big news for the aligarians and i heartly want to congratulate to my dear friend Shamsh Qamar Usmani and his family for achiving this position at this stage of his carreer and will never forgot to thank Mr Suhail Sabir who always motivate the students.I cannt express my happiness in just few words for Shamsh Qamar Usmani and his advisor, motivator (Mr Suhail sabir Sir).
We are waiting for more good news from the young generation. lets pray for all to get success in life

With best wishes

M.Yusuf Khan
M.Sc. (Ind. Chemistry 2006)
Prescision Polymerzation Lab
Yeungnam University
Daegu (Repulic of Korea)

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Alhamdulillah Rabbilalameen
This is what we want to read on AMU network on a reguler basis. Inshallah you will inspire other Brothers and Sisters.

Wasalaam
Masood Afridi
1982 - 92
NRSC AMU
UAE
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Great News.

Shahid Ali

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Shabash! Shams Bhai
Dear Aligs,
Assalam Wa Alaikum,
It is really a great time for the AMU, Dept.of Chemistry and Mr Sohail sabir, and of corse for all Aligs.
I really congratulate to Shams and his brother from deep beaneath my heart.(It was his brother who showed such an examople for every one-Without whom perhaps this could not happend.). otherwise i say that there are thuosands of students who are having the splendid talents.

Here, i wanted to draw the attention of all aligs that...........Please let us try to help all those who are having the talents and potentials, but could not get an opportunity of exposure........
Once again Good wishes and Good luck.

M F Azam
Geologist, ONGC
M.Sc. Applied Geology (2006)

Congratulations

"Congratulations on the great achievement of your brother! Subhanallah! Well, it seems, yours is a family of achievers, something for us Muslims to be proud of, and seek inspiration from. Keep inspiring!"

Bihar Anjuman

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"Shams ko meri dili mubarakbad, aaj apki mehnat rang la rahi hai, meri dili dua hai ke shams , tariq aur zoha yun hi kaamyab hon aur apka aur waledain ka naam roshan karein."

Dr. Ziya Siddiqui
India
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"many congratulations!"

M. Mahmudur Rahman
New Delhi

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"Congratulations! Afzal bhai, he is the true motivation for younger generation.

Shabbir Ahmad

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"Mobarak ho Afzal Bhai,
this is commendable and great achievement, may Allah help him reach the zenith inshaAllah.
Congratulations!!!

Dr. Ashraf Imam
San Diego USA

congratulations to Shams Usmani & Dr Suhail Sabir

It is a matter of great honor for AMU, and us (it's alumni). Undoubtedly
Shams Usmani has raised the AMU flag high not only at country level, but has
proved that AMU does produce students who are of world class and can prove
their talents and abilities. My sincere congratulations and lots of
appreciation to Shams Usmani. Also I would like to congratulate Suhail
Sabir, who has consistently contributed in building future of his
students, by mentoring them and grooming them in a proper way, and has gems
like Shams among the list of his bright students. AMU authority must
recognise Shams for his great achievement in way, which could be inspiring
and encouraging for other bright students.

Once again my best wishes, and heartiest congratulations to Shams Usmani.

Regards,

Nausha Asrar
M.Sc. 1980
Houston Texas USA

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Dear Suhail ASAK
Many congratulations to Shams on his achievement and to you for
nurturing that talent. After all, an academic is known by his/her
students. My heartiest congratulations also to Afzal and the rest
of his family. Shams should be an inspiration to his peers and an
ambassador for AMU education. All the power to AMU and its
Chemistry Department.
Regards.

Shahid Jameel
New Delhi

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Dear Aligs
Mr. Shams Qamar Usmani definitely deserves accolades and brings laurels to everyone associated with his success and To Mr. Suhail Sabir. Its an honour to the Univesity as well as to all the Aligarians.
Who says we are lagging behind.

Best regards

Salman Khalid
MIBM-2002
Muscat
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Congrats and best wishes for the top position.

Dear Shams,
You have raised the heads with pride, of your entire team, your current institution, your brother and family and your academic siblings at your alma mater (Aligarh Muslim University).
I pray for your success in the Finals too and wish you to be at the peak of this prestigious competition.
Good Luck!

Dr. Mohammad Ahmad
King Saud University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Congratulations to Shams Usmani

Dear Aligs ASAK
What a good news has come from Lancaster Enviromental Centre where one
of my Ph.D student Shams Qamar Usmani,brother of one of my very dear
student,a worthy Aligarian based in Austin,US Er.Afzal Usmani has won a
place in World's Richest and Largest Planning Competetion.Its a great
achievement.I never had any doubt about the wonderful innovative
capabilities in Shams who has created a sort of history having got
first split-site scholarship from Chemistry department as a
commonwealth fellow.I feel proud on my student's achievement.My
heartiest congratulations to Shams.I pray to Almighty Allah for many
more such laurels for Shams.His family deserve congratulations and his
highly motivated brother Afzal who has always been a motivational force
behind Shams a very supportive brother indeed.I hope every ALIGARIAN
whereever he/she is feels proud that once again an ALIG has done it.

Suhail Sabir Ph.D
Department Of Chemistry
AMU Aligarh

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I knew Shams Qamar Usmani would bring more laurel to our University. He is a bright and very active PhD student under Dr. Suhail Sabir in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulation to both Shams and his affectionate teacher Dr. Suhail Sabir Sahib.

With best wishe,

Syed Ziaur Rahman, MD

MBBS 1990 Batch

Sydney, Australia

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Dear All, Aoa

Good news, that Aligs have shown their presence on International foram
Congrutulation to all

Parvez Akhtar, ITS
B.Sc. Engg Electrical 1978-1983
ZHCOET,AMU ,Aligarh
Presently GMTD,BSNL Ambala Haryana, India

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Dear Aligs,
It's a proud moment for Alig Fraternity that Mr. Shams Qamar a young and dynamic
 AMU Student has glorified the name of AMU at International Scenerio. He is
elder brother Mr Afzal Usmani who is his motivation & Pillar of strength. Please
come forward and join me in paying vote of congrats to Mr Shams Qamar, Mr Afzal
and his entire family. We wish more laurels and success to this young talent.
Buhut Bohut mubarakab baadou k saath.

Armaan

Congrats to Mr. Usmani

Alhamdulillah Rabbilalameen

This is what we want to read on AMU network on a reguler basis. Inshallah you will inspire other Brothers and Sisters

Wasalaam

Masood Afridi
1982 - 92
NRSC AMU

Great News : Congratulations Shams

Afzal,

This is an excellent achievement. Congratulations to Shams and the team.

Faisal Saleem
Phoenix AZ

Congratulations Shams!

Well done Shams. You may us proud. Keep up your good work and your academic focus, and keep inspiring other students at AMU. All the power to AMU and the education it provides to Young India.
Shahid Jameel
New Delhi

Great News about an Aligarian

"Congratulations. Your parents must be very proud of him and so would you. Let us all also bask in his glorious recognition and achievement. We wish him the very best. He is a motivation for all the other younger aligs. "

Syed Ali Rizvi
President
Federation of Aligarh Alumni Associations

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Dear Afzal:ASAK

Fathun and I would like to congratulate you and your family for this outstanding news about your brother. It's indeed a matter of pride for all of us as Muslim in general and as Aligarian in particular. Even more importantly we know you and very proud of it.

Fazal R Khan
Washington DC , USA

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Afzal, Heartiest congrats to you and your brother.

Sameer Shah
Austin Texas

Congratulations to Shams Qamar Usmani

ASA Afzal bhai, Great achievement for your brother. I thought that you are the only one genius! not true.
May Allah accept it. Aameeen.

Faisal Zaidi
San Diego USA

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Afzal i know that ur the motivational factor..to Sham's ..!! Congrats to u & ur entire family ...itz a rare shower of benidiction...Mashallah !

Omar Peerzada
Lucknow India

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go on studnts.........and rock da world : Moin Ul Haq

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Its almost overwhelming n hvng gratitude to salute this institution..! Afterall....Jo abr yahan se utha h..wo sare jahan par barsega.....!!!

Hiba Kakul
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keep it up............. Syed Mehmood Ahmad

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May Allah give them success ahead... Najaf Ahmad
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all the best they are surely going to make it INSHALLAH ---Arifa Nasir

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Masha Allah...................Shaaz Khan

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all the very best -------------Farheena Khan
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gr8 -----Mohd Shahan

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ol the best....... Ishaq Nabi

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Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! ---Kulsum Hena Khan

Congratulations to Alig brother Shams Usmani

Salam to All,

Nice to know that our good fellows are doing marvelous things in life. I pray for them to Allah Almighty to give them in their endeavor. May many more such stories come in light by the grace of Allah Almighty.

Haider

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