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PROFILE: Zulfi Seth – Bright Spark from Ahmedabad!

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By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani

Ahmedabad: Coming from a modest background, Zulfi Sheth, a 25-year-old Muslim man had never expected that his life would take such a drastic turn.

Sheth has been offered a full scholarship at Virginia University for a year-long certificate programme.

A resident of Himmatnagar, Zulfi had been working in Ahmedabad for the past three years.
He says, “I was schooled at a madrasa and then did my graduation in economics from Aligarh Muslim University. I had no clue to life beyond my community. I did not even have any non-muslim friends.”

He adds that he was exposed to people from various backgrounds only after he joined Society for Promotion of Rationality (SPRAT). “I realised then what it meant to be a secular country. I was taught that humanity is the true religion. SPRAT gave me a scientific approach towards the happenings around me,” Sheth says.

Zulfi has been selected under the community college initiative programme (CCIP) by the Fullbright Commission for a course in business administration, project management and global leadership development.

The scholarship is being funded by the Global Education Fund, Government of USA.
Opportunities to build mutual understanding

CCIP provides participants from selected countries with opportunities to build mutual understanding through a non-degree programme of academic, vocational and cultural studies.
The goal of CCIP is to provide quality educational programmes and a first-hand understanding of global leadership. This programme is conducted for 14 countries by US state department. Recently, Sheth finished a civil services course from Residential Coaching Academy (RCA), AMU, Aligarh.

Says Zulfi, “Earlier, I had inhibitions and notions about the US. But SPRAT helped me understand the nuances of secularism and rationality.”

He adds that throughout the time he worked at SPRAT he never felt any discrimination or bias. He feels he was always encouraged and motivated by the seniors.

Future plans

Once he returns from the US, Sheth plans to train many more ‘Zulfis’ like him. He says, “During my course I will get a chance to interact with a lot of people. I will bring all those experiences back home and share them with the youngsters of my community, Pattni Sunni Jammat.”
He adds that he wants to teach them to broaden their horizons by exploring the world.
He says, “This will happen only if they get out of their comfort zone and experience new things.

[Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior Journalist based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is associated with as Bureau Chief (Gujarat). He can be reached at or on his cell 09228746770]
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  1. Hafez Mohammed Adil AliFebruary 25, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Proud on Zulfi bhai. May Allah give you more success with lot of happiness. Keep doing good work and spread the message of peace and humanity. From Hafez Mohammed Adil Ali.:)