Shakeer’s journey through odds towards success
Imran Ahmed Shakeer is one of them who proved that it is possible to be the top scorer overcoming all the obstacles as well as taking part in a lot of extra-curricular activities. He is the person; no obstacle was could stop him. He was born in a Muslim family of Trishal, Mymensingh on June 01, 1991. He is the only son of Md. Norul Islam and Parol Begum among their three children. From his childhood, he was meritorious and self-learner. From science group, he completed his SSC examination in 2006 and HSC in 2008, securing GPA 4.44 and GPA 5.00 respectively from Dhaka board. His home was just 3 kilometers away from Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU). So, when it was time to get admission in higher studies, he chose to study in JKKNIU. He sat for the admission test and stood first in the admission test result of the Department of Finance and Banking and the Department of Accounting and Information Systems.
At the same time, he got chance in Economics, English, Bengali and Fine Arts. At last, he decided to study Finance. In the academic year 2009-10, he got admitted to the Department of Finance and Banking in the first batch, and with his regular study, he stood third in the batch and earned CGPA 3.72. But he was not satisfied with his results. He pushed himself to be more studious and focused. And he scored 3.92 in MBA and stood first in the Faculty of Business Administration, as a result of his ceaseless effort towards improvement. He was awarded the Chancellor Gold Medal in the first convocation of JKKNIU as a due recognition of his brilliant achievement.
Shakeer joined Ishakha International University, Bangladesh as a lecturer of Finance just after his result was published. But this journey was not a bed of roses. He had to face a lot of difficulties. Moreover, his family was not financially solvent. He had to take the responsibilities of his family when he was a student of the first semester at the university, had to bear all the expenses of his father's treatment and his sister's education, had to manage expenses of his own living. Even in a semester, he couldn't pay his semester fee. But he was very sincere and focused that helped him manage all the odds in his life.
In spite of having so much personal workload, he was very active in extra-curricular activities. He led different programs of the department standing in the front. He was an active member of Finance Association. From the bench of the classroom to the playground, he showed his spontaneous presence. Again, he is a music lover and a guitarist too. He performed at different programs and was frequently seen playing guitar with his friends on the campus. But as the top scorer, he didn't study all the day and night. He studied only before the exams but with more concentration. To answer the question "How was it possible to be first and win the Gold Medal?" he smiled and said, "Winning the gold medal was not my motto at all. Even I didn't know how to win the gold medal. There is a memory regarding this I can remember. It was the time just before our convocation and I met Shohel Rana Sir, Head of the Department, and asked how to win the gold medal. Sir replied that to win the gold medal, it is needed to be the first in the faculty.
I was astonished and said 'I stood first in the faculty and was going to get that but I didn't even know.' It was only possible for me for the Almighty Allah, the prayer of my parents and family, very cordial support from my teachers and my hard work. I attended the classes regularly and listened to the lectures with full attention. For preparing for exams I emphasized studying reference books rather focusing only on sheets or class notes. I tried to understand the topic clearly and read more than what taught in the class. For that reason, I had an overall idea of what is going on and was confident enough at the exam hall. I am really grateful to my teachers for their cordial support, cooperation and inspiration and friends who accompanied me in my tough time."
Shakeer likes reading books, listening to music and playing guitar at leisure. He is very fond of traveling. This talented guy wants to serve the nation as a public university teacher. In reply to the question "why do you want to be a teacher?" he said, "Teaching is the only profession where it is possible to spread out knowledge what one gathers in his life and this is that profession where one can plant dreams in the land of other's minds and can help in achieving the same. Teaching will facilitate me to produce skilled manpower who will serve the country. To me, teaching is more than a job!"
In his personal life, he is married and father of a son. He is a rare combination of brilliant student, responsible son to parents, supportive husband to wife, caring father to son and a good friend to the friends at the same time. To the students, he suggested, "Don't be depressed thinking of future. Do the things that are needed to do today that will create your future. Set up your goal, prioritize objectives, prepare work-plan, work hard, stay focused and study well. Don't listen to the negative persons. Dream big and remember 'sky is the limit' but don't forget that you are standing on the ground. Be successful!"
The writer is a correspondent at
The Daily Observer.