Destiny is not a matter of chance, but of choice. The man who changed his destiny hailed from a middle-class family at Kilakarai, Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu, reaching the pinnacle of success by his ultimate choice of perseverance and elegance. Dr. Buhari Syed Abdur Rahman, a well known personality in the field of Education, Economy and Industry and was also a Philanthropist par excellence. He was an ardent lover of the welfare of society who believed that “the world is for the winner when business is not just about self but also about society”. Dr. Abdur Rahman felt education to be the key to solve socio-economic problems of the society. Hence he founded a number of educational institutions through which a multitude of students have been benefitted.
Amidst his numerous achievements as an entrepreneur and educationist, B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science & Technology has always been his very special brainchild that has been providing unparalleled quality education until now and in the future. Deep-rooted in his values, this institution is growing stronger each day with its aspiration to evolve as a world premier institution.
In recognition of his services in the field of education
Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women, Kilakarai.
For betterment of education, he has extended financial assistance to a number of schools, training institutes and Colleges. The names of few such institutions:
2.Training Institutes and Polytechnics
To provide better medical facilities to the rural masses at their doorstep, he started a well-equipped hospital at Kilakarai, which was inaugurated by Mr. R Venkataraman the then President of India. Besides he has assisted many such hospitals in various other villages.
Yousuf Zulaikha Medical Centre, Kilakarai, Ramanathapuram District
This hospital has out-patient and in-patient facilities, clinical lab with all diagnostic equipment. The hospital is conducting regular medical camps in rural and remote villages, to provide easy accessibility to the medical facilities available in towns and cities.
b.Assisted with Funds
Primary Health Centre, Velanoor
He feels that a sound mind in a sound body is a healthy trend of development of the youth in this country. Hence much importance is being given to NSS, NCC, Scouts and other youth activities in all his institutions. Hence to promote sports activities and to imbibe sports culture in the minds of youngsters, he constructed and donated a stadium with all facilities for indoor games, gymnasium and a gallery to Tamil Nadu Govt. under the purview of Sports Authority of Tamil Nadu during 1997. The stadium was inaugurated by Prof. A Anbazhagan, Hon’ble Minister of Education, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, in the presence of Shri. Dhanushkodi Athithan R, Minister of State, (Department of Youth Affairs & Sports ), Government of India. The stadium was named as Seethakathi Sethupathi Stadium, which depicted a touch of communal harmony in the minds of the people.
He is the founder of UNITED ECONOMIC FORUM through which he has organized a number of economic development activities and encouraged social work.
He has founded and financially aided the following Orphanages:
A. FIFTH INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC TAMIL LITERARY CONFERENCE
Sponsored by the Seethakathi Trust founded by him. This conference was held at Kilakarai from 30th December 1990 to 1st January 1991.
The conference inaugurated by Dato Samivelu, Minister of Malaysia was well attended by Tamil Scholars from different of the world, namely Srilanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Hongkong and U A E. The three-day conference had different sessions on various aspects of Tamil Literature and nearly 24 books were released. The valedictory function was presided over by Dr. Kalaingar M Karunanidhi, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
B. ALL INDIA MUSLIM WOMEN’S EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Sponsored by the Seethakathi Trust and All India Islamic Foundation founded by him. This conference was conducted at Cresent School Campus, Vandalur, Chennai – 48, from 21 to 23 December 1996. It was inaugurated by Prof. K Anbazhagan under the Presidentship of Justice Fathima Beevi, former Governor of Tamil Nadu.
The conference concentrated on the topic namely “Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship of Muslim Women”. This conference was well attended by Muslim women from India and abroad. The valedictory session was presided over by late Thiru G K Moopanar, M.P., Dr. Thahir Mahmood, Chairman, National Minorities Commission gave the valedictory address.
C.NATION & THE WORLD
A Bi-monthly magazine in English, published from New Delhi being promoted by Mr. B.S. Abdur Rahman Serving the cause of our nation in general and weaker sections in particular.