By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net
Aligarh: Danish Suhail, a Dentist by profession who is currently studying Management from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and aims to study Master in Public Health overseas had never thought that the social work which he has been doing since last several years would be recognized by “The Queen’s Young Leaders Program” by selecting him for the Peer Advisory Mentors one among 24 individuals across the globe.
Born and brought up in Aligarh, Danish comes from a well-educated family. His father Suhail Ahmad Siddiqui is Assistant Professor in AMU Polytechnic College. His mother Shabana Siddiqui is a house wife. He has a younger brother who is doing Bachelors in Architecture from AMU.
Since the early days of enrolling into course of Dental Surgery, Danish was inclined to humanitarian work. For this reason he joined the National Service Scheme (NSS) conducted by Department of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. Over the two years that he volunteered for it, he took part in various programmes from health and hygiene awareness, polio eradication to educational events.
Talking about how his interest developed in social services, Suhail told TwoCircles.net, “Before Joining Dentistry, I wasn’t much inclined to social works. But when I joined NSS and took part in Polio eradication camps in the nearby slum areas around Aligarh it was only then I realized how the poor were suffering in poverty. Watching over these things made me more inclined to social works.”
During his volunteering days, Suhail found he was inclined to help people and felt more responsible towards society. For this reason he joined with some other students at his university to set up the Non-Governmental Organisation, SOCH (Social Organisation Considering Humanity) in 2013. The aim was to raise awareness of health issues, provide basic medication in disaster-hit areas, regular health check-up camps, blood-donation drives etc.
Suhail has also helped in organizing various help camps, tree-plantation drives and Earth Hour. In addition to this he also became part of medical relief teams reacting to riots, floods and the recent earthquakes in Nepal.
‘The Queen’s Young Leaders’ Programme has been established by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and is run in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society under the direct supervision of Queen Elizabeth II with an aim intended to recognize the efforts of young leaders across the common wealth countries.
The Programme aims to discover, celebrate and support young people aged between 19 to 29 from every Commonwealth nation for having transformed their own lives and the lives of those around them, despite challenges they may have faced along the way.
“Being the Peer Mentor, every week, for 8 hours, I will motivate and guide young people of similar thoughts online through skype. I may be eligible to apply to be an award winner over the next three years,” said Suhail with a confident tone.
The faculty of J.N. Medical College AMU where Suhail had completed his Dental Surgery feel proud of him for achieving such a remarkable feat. Dr Saleem Mohammad Khan, faculty of JN Medical College said that it is a proud moment for Aligarh Fraternity that world is recognizing our Social Works done towards humanity.
“Aligarh Muslim University has been always and the only university to send Medical teams to help victims of Natural disasters. Dr Danish Suhail made proud not only SOCH team but the whole Aligarh Muslim University fraternity,” Khan told TwoCircles.net.
Suhail’s uphill social struggle does not stop here and now he plans to study Masters in Public Health from abroad so that he could contribute his expertise more into socially conscious works.
Dr Danish Suhail’s profile can be found here at The Queen’s Young Leaders