Kentucky State University’s School of Business is eagerly anticipating the arrival of its Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence Dr. Badar Alam Iqbal of Aligrarh Muslim Uttar, Pradesh, India. He will join the University for one year this fall, says an excited Professor of Economics Dr. Abdul Turay.
Dr. Iqbal will teach economics along with management marketing, but that’s not all Dr. Iqbal will do on KSU’s campus, Dr. Turay said.
“He will be mentoring students to apply to become Fulbright scholars,” Dr. Turay said. “My goal is while he is here that we get one or two Fulbright scholars.”
Other responsibilities that Dr. Iqbal will have is to get involved with both the University and Frankfort communities. There are plans for him to conduct public seminars and visit service organizations such as Kiwanis of Frankfort.
“I plan to give him the full KSU experience,” said Dr. Turay “While he is here, Dr. Iqbal is required to get a cultural experience of KSU. And, I intend to take him to football and basketball games, too.”
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.
The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Alumni of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program populate a range of professions, which includes ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers.
Dr. Turay is no stranger to the Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence application process. Before teaching at KSU, Dr. Turay retired as provost and vice president of Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. He also was Dean of Research at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.
“When I came here three years ago, I thought this would be an opportunity to begin to elevate Kentucky State University,” he said. “If our program takes off, we will be competing with Centre College – that’s my goal.”