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Bihar girl wins Fulbright Fellowship

Patna: Bringing laurels to Bihar and her community, Zeeshan Ali has won Fulbright Fellowship awarded by the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF). She will be the first Muslim girl from Bihar to have won the prestigious fellowship. "I was quite surprised when the news was broken to me. I really feel honored," says Zeeshan, a Patna University PhD student.
Originally from Pinjrawan town in Arwal district in the state, Zeeshan has received her post-matric education in Patna. She did ISc in 2002 from Magadh Mahila College, Patna's women’s college. She did graduation English (Hons) in 2005 from the same college. She got Masters degree in the same subject from Patna University in 2007 and on 20 May, 2010, she submitted her doctoral thesis on "The Pinteresque: Themes and Dramatic Strategies in the plays of Harold Pinter.
Under the Fullbright program, Indian nationals, who are between 21 and 29 years of age and currently teaching English at college level or training to be teachers of English, are selected for a nine month stint in the US during which they also teach Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, or Urdu at select US campuses.
Zeeshan Ali, who is Assistant Professor of English at Maulana Azad College of Engineering and Technology, will teach Hindi and Urdu under the programme. She will leave for the US at the end of July. (Based on Mumtaz Alam Falahi story in TCN)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2010 on page no. 17

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