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New Straits Times - - Excellence In Education -

T has been al­most a year since 19-year-old Ajnish Ghimire from Bharat­pur, Nepal, first step foot in Sun­way.

One of the five re­cip­i­ents of the Mercy Malaysia Nepal Earth­quake Re­lief Schol­ar­ship, Ajnish, is set to com­plete his stud­ies in the Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (FIST) pro­gramme at Sun­way Col­lege.

Ajnish said the schol­ar­ship helped ease his par­ents’ bur­den of hav­ing to pay for his stud­ies.

He said he chose the FIST pro­gramme as he was in­ter­ested in bio­med­i­cal sciences and thought it was a good foun­da­tion pro­gramme.

“The pro­gramme cov­ers atoms and el­e­ments, de­oxyri­bonu­cleic acid (DNA) and life, num­bers and in­te­gra­tion, mat­ter and space, java and pro­gram­ming, as well as crit­i­cal think­ing and re­search pa­pers,” he said.

The pro­gramme is spe­cial for those as­pir­ing to be fu­ture med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers, en­gi­neers, com­puter pro­gram­mers, doc­tors, health pol­i­cy­mak­ers, physi­cists, chemists or bi­ol­o­gists.

“The pro­gramme is full of chal­lenges but it is fun. I have found my strengths and weak­nesses through th­ese chal­leng­ing tasks,” he said.

Asides from con­cen­trat­ing on his stud­ies, Ajin­ish takes an ac­tive in­ter­est in events on cam­pus in­clud­ing talks, sem­i­nars and the Jef­frey Cheah Dis­tin­guished Speak­ers Se­ries.

“My time in the FIST pro­gramme and Sun­way Col­lege has helped me de­velop crit­i­cal think­ing skills. Sun­way hosts many in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence, sem­i­nars and has in­vited world renowned ex­perts to share their knowl­edge on var­i­ous top­ics and is­sues.”

Be­sides that, through the set-up of the Jef­frey Sachs Cen­ter on Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment last year, Ajnish has com­mit­ted him­self as a con­trib­u­tor to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals.

On pur­su­ing the Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (Hons) Med­i­cal Biotech­nol­ogy at Sun­way Univer­sity, which he will start at the end of this month, Ajnish looks for­ward to work­ing with the re­searchers, se­nior re­searchers and pro­fes­sors.

When asked why he chose this pro­gramme, he said the pro­gramme was about hu­man health, bi­ol­ogy and how one could work to­wards im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life.

He ad­mit­ted he had a pas­sion for work­ing on global public health is­sues.

“More than 17 mil­lion peo­ple die an­nu­ally due to in­fec­tious dis­eases. I feel that there is a lot to ex­plore so we can find a cure for th­ese dis­eases. I be­lieve this de­gree pro­gramme will help me in this area”, he said.

“Serv­ing the com­mu­nity on health is­sues has been my fore­most in­ter­est ever since I ex­pe­ri­enced the earth­quake in Nepal in 2015,” said Ajnish, who vol­un­teered with Sol­i­dar­ity In­ter­na­tional, a non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion based in Nepal.

He is the Di­rec­tor of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Affairs, where he pro­vides sup­port through pro­mot­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian ob­jec­tives by de­vel­op­ing and main­tain­ing re­la­tion­ship with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“My aim is to con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety. But to do so, I need to be qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced. I hope to con­tinue my post­grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tion while work­ing with the com­mu­nity. For the fu­ture, I aim to work on public health pol­icy in Nepal.”

Ajnish finds Malaysia a vi­brant place to be, with its di­ver­sity in food, cul­ture, lan­guage and fes­ti­vals.

The Mercy Malaysia Nepal Earth­quake Re­lief Schol­ar­ship pro­vides stu­dents af­fected by the 2015 earth­quake an op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue stud­ies at Sun­way. The schol­ar­ship, the first for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from a de­vel­op­ing coun­try af­fected by a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter, was set up by the Jef­frey Cheah Foun­da­tion and the Sun­way Ed­u­ca­tion Group with Mercy Malaysia.

Ajnish Ghimire

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