Aligarh: The foundation stone of Frank and Debbi Islam Management Complex at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus will be laid by noted entrepreneur and AMU alumnus, Frank F. Islam, Chairman and CEO of FI Investment Group, USA on February 26, 2016 at 3 pm at the construction site near Sir Syed House.
Frank Islam, who is arriving at Aligarh to deliver the convocation address at the 63rd Annual Convocation of AMU on February 27, also as a recipient of honorary D.Sc. degree, has been instrumental in generating a large chunk of funds for the construction of new Management Complex at the University.
At AMU, Frank Islam will be accompanied by Syed Ali Rizvi, Chairman Board of Trustees, Federation of Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association, Boston, USA. Rizvi has been instrumental in the engagement and commitment of Frank Islam to the Frank and Debbi Islam Management Complex, AMU.
The AMU has also decided to name its Department of Business Administration as Frank & Debbi Islam Department of Management.
Born in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Frank Islam shifted to the US when he was just 15 and now lives in a 40,000-square-foot mansion that has a five-bedroom guest house and a backyard tea house along with reflecting pools on nine acres in Potomac, Maryland, a house that took six years to build.
After realising the American dream, Frank Islam, who is said to be worth $300 million, is now 'investing' in the education sector in both the land of his birth and his adopted home.
"The investment is in the future of America and the American dream and in India as well," said Frank Islam, who came from India as a 15-year old kid, set up the QSS Group, an information technology firm, in 1994, and sold it in 2007 after raising its revenues to over $300 million.
Today Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh)-born Islam, 63, and his wife Debbie Driesman, 61, live in a 40,000-square-foot residence in Potomac.
Beside contributing $2 million for the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to build the Frank and Debbie Islam School of Management, Frank Islam is also donating for building a technical college for girls in Azamgarh in memory of his mother Qumran Nisan.