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Azamgarh’s ‘Obama man’ has big plans for Narendra Modi’s Kashi

Frank Fakhrul Islam, the well-known Azamgarh-born US entrepreneur, has big plans for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency -- Kashi.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2015 21:52 IST
Pawan Dixit
Pawan Dixit
Hindustan Times
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Frank Fakhrul Islam, the well-known Azamgarh-born US entrepreneur, has big plans for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency -- Kashi.

“My brother will finalise his plans (projects) for Varanasi after discussing them with PM Narendra Modi,” said Mushirul Islam, Frank’s younger brother.

According to Mushirul, Frank would be part of the high-level US delegation accompanying US President Barack Obama to India on January 26 and be in Varanasi for three days from January 28.

Recently, the prestigious Martin Luther King Junior award was bestowed on Frank for his contribution to society through various charitable works. He belongs to the inner-circle of Obama, who has appointed him general trustee, board of trustees of the John F Kennedy Centre for performing Arts.

Mushirul, who lives in the narrow lanes of Doshipura, Varanasi with his family and is the caretaker of Dargah Qutub Ali Shah, would receive Frank in New Delhi.

“Not only my family but the entire Doshipura locality is waiting to welcome Frank,” said Mushirul.

After completing his initial education in Azamgarh, Frank came to Varanasi for further education. From National Inter College, Frank completed his high school and intermediate and, thereafter, completed his BSc from Uday Pratap College and MSc from Aligarh Muslim University.

It was in 1969 that Frank went to US to pursue higher education. He completed BSc and MSc in Computer Science from University of Colorado.

In his home town Azamgarh, Frank is already pursing his dream project -- Qamrun Nisa Memorial Girls Technical College in memory of his mother.

The Mohammad Mustafa Memorial Charitable Trust, of which Frank is the patron, is managing the all-girls college -- first of its kind in eastern UP.

On January 29, Frank would also address students at his alma mater -- Uday Pratap College.

Frank would also visit his birthplace Azamgarh on January 30. “My brother and I will be visiting Azamgarh on January 30. During the visit, he will inquire about the progress of the girls’ college also,” said Mushirul.

“Despite making it big in life on his own, my brother is very down to earth and always remains connected with his roots,” Mushirul added.

Frank journey from the narrow lanes of Azamgarh to US was not easy.

After completing his education from University of Colorado, in 1994 Frank founded an IT company, QSS Group, with just 500 dollars. The company went to become one of the most successful IT companies in the US. After selling the company in 2007, Frank founded FI Investment Group. The group funds emerging companies

He is also a famous philanthropist in US and heads various government organisations.

First Published: Jan 23, 2015 21:07 IST