Bengaluru: “Kannada swalpa swalpa gothu (I can understand some Kannada),” said Lim Boon Hui from Penang, Malaysia, who will be awarded the highest number of gold medals (four) at the 20th Annual Convocation of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) scheduled to be held on Thursday.
Scoring 81.31% marks as the varsity topper for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Dr Boon graduated from College of Dental Sciences, Davangere. “Internship days offered me the best moments while being at India for my studies. Luckily, I had a group of friends who hail from Karnataka and they helped me bridge the communication gap I had while interacting with patients,” he said.
The young dentist is now working with the Malaysian government at a dental unit in Penang and is all excited to fly to the city to attend his convocation. Building interest and working hard towards chasing one’s dreams is the greatest winning mantra, he said.
MBBS topper Shweta Sridhar scored 80.5% to be eligible to win two gold medals and a cash prize. Graduating from M.S. Ramaiah Medical College in the city, the young doctor is now planning to pursue her higher studies to specialise in general medicine, psychiatry or dermatology.
“I have decided that I’ll pursue my higher education only in India and thereafter practice only in India. Contributing back and serving my co-citizens has always been a priority set in my mind,” she told Deccan Chronicle.
Shweta, who secured CET Rank 168 to get into the city college, said the first year results when she emerged second in college encouraged her to push harder for the rest of the examinations. “Being dedicated to what you signed up for, and focusing on academics with constant revision helped me master my studies,” she said.
Renu Mahajan from Brite College of Nursing emerged topper in B.Sc Nursing (82.15%), while Bhawana Thapa from NET Pharmacy College Raichur scored 86.59% to top the B. Pharm examination.
A total of 84 gold medals will be given away to 79 graduates from various PG and UG programmes, out of which 63 are women.