The journey from UP Village to Kuwait: The Academic, with a zeal to excel and with a heart to give back to where he came from: `Dr. Anis Ahmad’

Malini Viswanath
Sunday, September 25, 2016

One evening I went up to Dr Anis Ahmad and placed before him a difficult proposition of admitting a child who had never been to school till about 8 years of age due to family conditions. Immediately

Dr Ahmad said `we shall do something for her, she has the right to be educated, I shall work out a dedicated teaching faculty to train this child after school hours and make her ready to join school in the coming academic year’. On this note let us walk the journey of Dr Anis Ahmad...

M.V: The journey from Village Asara, Baghpat district (Previously Meerut) of UP to being the Director of SIMS, Kuwait certainly would have been one of resilience. Let us know more about it.
A.A: I belong to a peace loving village Asara in Baghpat District. My father, a pre independence person was the first to be educated from the village. He studied till class 8th and then had Munshi, Adeeb Kamil, Adeeb Mahir urdu Diplomas and certificates and went on to complete Primary Teacher Training and moved to the Delhi Municiapl Corporation in 1944 as a teacher. He stayed on till 1947 and returned to our village during the disturbance and trauma of partition. Eventually he was recalled to join back when the turbulence was over.
Over time he got promoted and remained an academic model for every student of our hometown. While in Delhi, he would often see to it that everyone known to him or even remotely associated with his village and nearby places should be lodged at our home and helped in gaining education and jobs in various government departments and schools. Thus the seeds of education and helping others got sowed early in our minds.

M.V: Your father seems most likely to be your first Guru. Did you always wish to be in academics or was it your father’s wish that you pursued?
A.A: As you rightly said, my father’s influence was immense on everyone from our village and reasonably so was huge on me too! Frankly, I could have never gone against his will .I had never wanted to be a teacher but always wished to join the Armed Forces and earnestly desired to appear for the CDS Exams. My father saw a lot of promise in me, his ninth child and felt I was the harbinger of goodness in the family. He inspired me to complete my BA in 1980 in Political Sciences, with English Literature and Economics and B.Ed. and join MA.I had just then planned my Masters at JNU that there came a vacancy in Sainik School Chittorgarh, Rajasthan and I was summoned by my father to go and appear in the written test and interview there in Chittorgarh. Eventually was selected and joined it since it would serve the purpose of teaching and also my dream of being associated with `Armed Forces’(in a way..) as the students of this prestigious School would be joining our Armed Forces .Thus began my tryst with teaching (quite unwillingly though..) but stayed on till date as my life’s purpose. I joined Sainik School as the youngest teacher in August 1982 and went on to complete my incomplete Masters in English, as advised by Maj Randhir Singh then, my Head Master. Let me add that coincidently the present Chief of Army staff, General Dalbir Singh was a student of Sainik School, Chittorgarh.

M.V: How inspiring were your initial days in the academic scene during the 80’s in India?
A.A: Undoubtedly, those years left an indelible print on my mind. On joining school I was exposed to the IPSC-Indian Public School Conference. I got involved in organizing training events for teachers across Amravati Nagar, Coimbatore, Kapurthala (Punjab) and Hyderabad to mention some. These experiences harnessed and sharpened my administrative and teaching skills. On my father’s insistence I moved to Delhi Administration in 1989. Here everything around was not inspiring. I often felt saddened by the apathetical attitude of Delhi administration teachers towards the `Juggi Children’ and the `Resettlement colonies’ where I was initially posted as an English eacher. A year later I was moved to `Model School’ to cater to better education initiatives.
The big moment came in 1991 when I got selected by the Government of India for the Youth- Exchange program to JAPAN for 30 days under the aegis of JICA. Mamata Banerjee was the Minister for Youth Affairs at that time. Our delegation met her on 1st Oct, 1991. We were in Japan for a month and visited Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Tokyo, Hokaido and almost whole of Japan. A very enriching experience in values for me was my stay with a Japanese Industrial Family for three days, whose simplicity and culture, steeped in traditionalism was a revelation. Later in 1997, I was involved with the golden jubilee event of India’s Independence in Delhi as the organizing manager of the Delhi Team. Children from all over India (about 2500) came to Delhi to take part in various Educational Competitions. The best part of the event was a visit to the Golden Triangle(Delhi, Jaipur and Agra). The Finale was at Vigyan Bhavan, Delhi. I was awarded as the `BEST COORDINATOR. Once again this event allowed me to come closer to children and teachers from remote areas. In the mean time I also completed my M.Ed. from Jamia Millia Islamia and joined them as a part time lecturer for distance courses run for different Universities.

M.V: All the above certainly would have kindled the desire to lead which continues till date. Let us know more about your tryst with `Sadbhavana’ (goodwill) and also your earnest wish to uplift the `Minority’?
A.A: I would most definitely term the coming period to be very value based in my academic career. In 1998 my good fortune brought me in association with `Hamdard’ Educational Society lead by Mr. Saiyid Hamid, a prominent educationist and IAS Officer, who was running Hamdard Study Circle very successfully for Civil Service Examinations for Minorities and economically backward sections of the Society. I joined Hamdard Public School as Vice Principal, Administration and the learning and training began under the patronship of Mr. Saiyid Hamid Saheb. He was also Vice Chancellor of AMU (Aligarh Muslim University) when I was doing my graduation. .Thus began my desire to `lead by giving and understanding society and its needs’. Saiyid Hamid Saheb has had a big role in shaping my ideas to serve the society. He was my real Mentor.

Though my educational journey took me to Dubai, I kept coming back to my mentor for ideas. During such interactions began our desire to form `AREF Trust’ to start a school in our hometown. In 2006 the School began functioning with just 27 students with three dedicated teachers and a Manager. With this, ideas kept growing to do more and contribute more…I need to add here` when Mr. Saiyid came to our village to inaugurate this school, he was shocked to see the pathetic state of children, malfed and malclothed and he said that I need to work hard to alleviate these conditions. And we said to ourselves `We have to work to uplift our people’. Life is all about giving and not just receiving…

More spirited I invited the Gram Pradhan’s who are decision makers in village affairs to come together at a `CONFERENCE’ to discuss the future of the villages and its educative initiatives. It was organized at Hamdard Public School in 2009. Initially they had their own suspicion about our intent. Eventually about 50 village Pradhans’ joined in from in and around Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut and Ghaziabad districts and the meet was very well received, ably inaugurated by Mr. Saiyid Hamid and also graced by Ms Parveen Talha,a Padma Awardee, and the first Muslim woman to serve in any Class 1 Civil Services, and Prof Mohammad Miyan the then Dean Faculty of Education JMI. Since then there has been no looking back. I had a deep desire to work towards communal harmony in my village. This resulted in the `RUN FOR FRIENDSHIP’`SADBHAVNA DAUD’ on December 28th 2014 inaugurated by Dr Satyapal Singh, the MP from Baghpat and Ex Commissioner of Mumbai Police. The participation was by all children across communities from neighboring villages and we got to honor all the Gram Pradhans. It was a grand success.

We also decided to felicitate the youth from these villages who had done the village proud by qualifying for the CIVIL SERVICES and other exams. We conducted workshops to inspire the youth to achieve their goals. We started awarding the meritorious students of the rural areas. The toppers with high achievements were awarded Gold Medals in a ceremony held at Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi. Our recent endeavor `WE INSPIRE’ a magazine to cover the achievers from our remote hamlet has touched a chord with many who have gone on to create careers from a very humble beginning. Through this magazine we have been able to connect to those people of these villages who have been high achievers and could motivate and inspire the youth. Some of them are settled in US , Middle East and Europe. In the first issue of “We Inspire” we paid tribute to Chaudhary Bahawal Baksh who was the first visionary to come from Punjab to start a school in our village, Asara Dist, Baghpat. Taking the dream of this great visionary forward, I sincerely hope and pray that God blesses us with the strength and ability to continue to contribute to ‘Where we came from’ for, I sincerely believe `We have to remain rooted’……

M.V: Thanks Sir that was a very inspiring journey and certainly, this is only the beginning and there is more to come. I sincerely hope that more and more get inspired by `The Joy of Giving’ and step back in their lives and take time off to look at the `Less Privileged’ and create a better life and a hopeful future for them! Being associated with an Art as ancient as Carnatic Music, which dates back to the Vedic times, I strongly advocate that our culture and our roots are our strength always! We live in times where the youth are increasingly devoid of a purpose, resulting in violence of all kinds...across continents. Certainly a serious thought has to be given to remain `ROOTED’!

Malini Viswanath :Is a passionate Exponent of Carnatic Classical Art,who firmly believes Cultural tenets serve as the strength of a society. Malini, a Masters in engineering, promotes Indian Classical Arts through Performances, Lec dems, Workshops,Cross cultural Collaborations with artists across genres, and has created a new rung of young students the World over, through her forum` Raag`N’Rhythm,in Kuwait.
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Azad Saheb
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016

Very Informed, Visionary Educationist Dr Anis Ahmad Sir. The simplicity wit which he lives and the thoughtfulness with which he tackles issues at the SIMS are very laudable. Being a parent of an ex-student of his, I saw him as a Good asset for the School and the system at large. God Bless you sir, with health and Zeal to go a very Long Way in this journey of your.

Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

May Allah (SWT) bless you good health to sever the Community. Your service to SIM is great. In Kuwait the Standard of Education for SIM School is very high compared to other Indian Schools. After ready the above article I have realize the hard work of the another Leader like you in south India who has been called Sir Syed Ahmed Khan of South India. Who is a Doctor (MBBS&Ms) by Profession and taken the task of Education to the Community. Head up to you Sir

It is motivation to younger generation

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016

Very inspiring & motivating story,sir your personality look like PM Narendra Modi, keep it up, Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016

Wish you a good luck, your personality look like a PM Narendra Modi,I am very proud of you, Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

Akhlaq Khan
Posted on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Beautiful Inspiring story Dr. Anis. Really I am so proud that my both daughters (Mariam & Manal Khan ) are taking educations with SIMS. I am totally Agreed with Geeta's beautiful comments that we should go back to the society that we came from...... God bless you Dr. Anis ,, Warm Regards

Salil Mehta
Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

We have seen Dr. Anis's giving and industrious nature in action at SIMS. It not only benefits the students but also the parents. Best wishes to him.

Sunil Jindal
Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Anis Sir you are a great personality, very humble & so down to earth.You are role model for us. God bless you.

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Mohammed Qaseem Nadvi
Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2016

It is a funtastic effort to serve the well as it is very inspiring for all those who want achieve some goals in their life.the best way to guide the nation for the humanity and to bring them on the right track that is. Education and you done a great job on that. Wish you all the success and long life

Aslam Parvez
Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2016

This is inspiration and motivation for all of us by knowing the success journey of Dr. Anis Ahmad.
I wish him a good luck for his ongoing journey.

I.V.Rama Raju
Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2016

Dr.Anis Ahmad,
May the almighty bestow his grace and blessings on you for Good health, happiness, prosperity to continue the Good work.
Your simplicity and the service activities taken up for the needy is commendable.

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Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2016

Reading this interview of Malini ji reminds me the man of vision, passion and strong will I met in my schooldays.
I remember his coming to our school and taking class in the absense of our regular teacher when I was in 9th standard.
And luckily in 10th standard he was my class teacher and used to teach english but I remember him as my 'HERO' who helped me in gaining my confidence in studies.
And now I am 40 year old and his guidance have helped me a lot.
I wish I could be his student from the beginning of my academics.
We require these mentors in every school where children are starting to learn the basics of life.
I want to salute you SIR.

Regards Tanveer.

Vaishally malhotra
Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2016

It is a success, you truly deserved. It is an achievement you have truly earned. I congratulate you on your success and wish you all the best for your future.It’s a pleasure to work with someone who knows how to make a friendly and inspiring work environment.. Well Done sir

Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2016

Thank you IIK to publish very inspiring story ...

Mustafa Chaudhary
Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2016

It's really a truly inspiring story rather a truth which can enlighten young generation to shape up their future. Also, it gives a loud and clear message that we must pay back to the society.

Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2016

May God bless you! Ameen

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Ravinder Arya
Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2016

Many congratulations to Dr Anis for reaching to such heights being from very humble background.Truly inspiring story of real Indian. And great initiative to startup school in home town to 'give back' to society. Thank you.

Mohammad Akram
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016

Nice to know more about a great personality.Success story of Dr. Anis Ahmad is really a source of inspiration and motivation
He has done many good work to educate society and specially wekened section of our socity.
We need your guidance and dua.

Jannet Fernandes
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016


I still remember Dr. Anis Ahmed Sir telling me " Work with sincerer dedication and nothing can stop you" truly that's what made you reach were you are today. Your hard work, patient, knowledge and making time to Educate poor children back home (Even though you have busy schedule ) is an inspiration to all. You are a true Educationist. MY best wishes and prayers is with you always.

Salman Siddiqui
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016

Your story is very motivating with a humble beginning. Keep up the good work that you have been doing. Indeed a great service to the society.
May Allah bless you with good health so that you can keep serving the way you have been doing. And I hope it inspires youngsters to work hard and serve people for the betterment of the society. Amen

Shabbir Qamar
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016

No matter how big a crowd may be a person like you always stands out! There's only few people who has worked as hard as you have in your life, Now your efforts have paid off. Your dedication, enthusiasm and insight are really inspiring. I wish you many years of great achievements! God bless you with more success and good health Dr. Anis Ahmed

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016

Very impressive personality...

Jitendra Kuntal
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016

What a wonderful personality is here in Kuwait with us
Huge respect and wishes.....Sir

syeda ameena
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

Anis sir has always been an teacher par excellence. I have always considered him to be an hugely inspiring personality. I am lucky to have an opportunity to work directly under him. He has always shown me the door of horizon . I owe him the every bit of learning. I must say he is an asset to our society ! God bless !!

Shakeel ahmed
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

Well done sir ..I m very proud of is very inspiring nd motivating to other ...whatever you have done thats is a good lesson ..... nice to read about you nd ur journey...u have done many giod works to educate society ...u have spread lots of happiness nd education between those people who was not able to get education nd oll....may gof bless u i wish you will get more sucess in ur life sir....

Mohammad Usman
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

So motivating story.keep it up

noor hasan
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

dr anis ahmad showed that hard work and continuity with sincereness is the guarantee of success and this is necessary that we go anywhere we should be used for needy

Elizabeth Joseph
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

What an amazing gift life really is.Its a success you truly deserve and achievement you truly earned.Congratulations for always evolving and inspiring others.
Wishing you greater laurels Dr.Anis.

Shoaib Chaudhary
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

This is motivational and so inspiring to read about Dr. Anees Ahamed.
We need ur guidance and dua also.

Asim Ali Khan
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

Very inspiring, wish you a good luck Mr. Anees Ahamd for your on going journey.

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

nice to read very inspiring story of Dr Anis .May God Bless him!Amin

Imran Khan
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

A great personality. very humble and modest. nice to know more about him. he is really a source of inspiration.

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

Indeed a very inspiring story. we must give back to the society that we came from. hats off to Dr. Anis

Riyasat Ali
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This is so inspiring and motivational to read about the success story of Dr. Anis Ahmad. Moreover his concern and efforts to uplift down rotten people is commendable. He has done many good work to educate society and specially Jat community living in western UP, other than that what he is doing as his professional duties. We need your guidance and dua.

Mubashera naaz
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Very inspiring,motivating and giving a very good lesson .what I learned that we have to be giving more than receiving...wonderful...I wish if I could be a part of this journey ....bless u all.thank u so much for educating the nation.

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