A turn of luck for dreamer
8 April, 2015, 12:00 am
AS a teenager in high school, Mohammed Shakeel Khan pursued a dream to become a doctor.
However, when financial issues forced him to seek part-time work to continue studies, he turned his attention to maths and physics. Last week, the teaching assistant at the University of the South Pacific scored his biggest triumph yet.
He, along with Bhumika Khatri, became the first students from the Lautoka campus to be awarded gold medals.
They received theirs at the USP’s 2015 graduation ceremony in Suva last month.
Mr Khan’s award was for the most outstanding overall result in the Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics program and Miss Khatri received a gold medal for being the most outstanding Undergraduate Law Degree student — a program she pursued online.
“Way back in high school, I aimed to become a doctor but my family was not financially situated to support me and I had to find odd jobs and part-time work to pay for my studies and support my family,” the 32-year-old said.
“When I failed to achieve the marks required to get into the medicine program, I got into maths and physics and through this, my desire to teach began.”
Mr Khan’s dedication to helping students find a renewed interest in the two subjects resulted in an almost 100 per cent pass rate at Xavier College where he taught for four years.
USP’s Lautoka campus director Dr Pramila Devi said she was grateful that the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment had agreed to bring the Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics program to the Sugar City.