Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) is proud to announce that SVN’s Vamanadev Upendra Hiralall, 2017 best performing CAPE student, has been awarded the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto. Every year, students from around the world apply and compete for this scholarship named after a former Canadian prime minister. This year, Mr. Hiralall numbers among only 40 international students who have been selected for the award.
Mr. Hiralall has been one of SVN’s most consistent top performers and in 2015 was one of the school’s two students to top CSEC in Guyana, with 19 Grade one passes and one Grade Two pass. He continued his studies with CAPE at SVN and gained 13 Grade One and three Grade Two passes and was SVN’s 2017 best performing CAPE student. While he was given a spot to pursue medicine at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, he felt he had a good chance to compete for international scholarships. As a result, he was awarded a number of scholarships, but has opted for the Pearson Scholarship instead. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, University of Toronto ranks 22nd among the world’s top 100 universities.
Mr. Hiralall has been an exemplary student in terms of his singular commitment to his academic work. Such has been his keenness, he spotted a number of errors in his Physics textbooks, a fact attested to by his Physics teacher, Mr. Alfred Bhulai who heads the Physics CAPE programme at SVN. According to Mr. Bhulai, who has been teaching Physics for almost 50 years, Vamana easily ranks as his best student. Yet, Mr. Hiralall has found time to volunteer for the SEVAK International Project, which is a community health-based venture creating awareness in diabetes and hypertension.
The Principal, Faculty and students of SVN join in congratulating Vamana, and wish him success in his studies.
For further information, visit the University of Toronto Website: (http://future.utoronto.ca/pearson/2018-scholars)
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