Hebrew U elects first-ever Indian student leader
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Hebrew U elects first-ever Indian student leader

Zulfigar Sheth, an economics student attending Jerusalem school as a Visiting Research Fellow, is also a Muslim

Debra writes for the JTA, and is a former features writer for The Times of Israel.

'At the end of the day, all we need is peace and prosperity,' says Zulfigar Sheth. (photo credit: Courtesy)
'At the end of the day, all we need is peace and prosperity,' says Zulfigar Sheth. (photo credit: Courtesy)

An Indian doctoral research scholar from the Gujarat State in Western India made Hebrew University history last month when he became the first-ever Indian to represent the Rothberg International School to the school’s Student Union.

Zulfigar Sheth, an economics student who is attending Hebrew University as a Visiting Research Fellow, is also a Muslim. A student at Aligarh Muslim University in India, he came to Israel through an Indian government-run exchange program, sponsored by the Indian Government’s Ministry of Human Resources and Development.

“Despite being diverse, one thing we have in common is that at the end of the day, all we need is peace and prosperity,” Sheth says of the students at the Hebrew University. “I will follow one simple thing: accepting differences and searching for common ground.”

In his position as Student Union representative, Sheth will represent 2,000 international students from 80 different countries. He has experience in student leadership; from 2011-2012, he received a scholarship from the US Department of State to study at Northern Virginia Community College, where he established an Indian Students’ Association and represented his country at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations.

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