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Male Nursing Graduate Grateful To Govt For Toppers Scholarship

Nelvish Singh is grateful to Government for giving him a Toppers Scholarship to study.
21 May 2022 21:30
Male Nursing Graduate Grateful To Govt For Toppers Scholarship
Nelvish Singh with his parents Nilend Singh and Devina Singh at Grand Eastern Hotel in Labasa on May 15, 2022. Photo: Royal Photography

Nelvish Singh is grateful to Government for giving him a Toppers Scholarship to study.

The scholarship enabled him to graduate with Bachelor of Nurs­ing Science from TISI Sangam Col­lege of Nursing and Health Care Education.

The 22-year-old of Valebasoga, Labasa was among the 98 students who graduated last week.

He is the lone male student who received two special awards in Overall Academic Excellence and Academic Excellence in Popula­tion Health.

The only child of Nilend Singh and Devina Singh could still re­member how he was the last per­son to be accepted by the college for admission.

“After passing Fiji Year 13 Certifi­cate Examination with 334 out of 400, I was taking my time to decide which tertiary education to pur­sue,” Nelvish said.

He had received a call for an in­terview from the nursing college, but rejected it.

“It was until my uncle, Ravinesh Singh, a nurse of Labasa Hospital encouraged me that apart from a good salary, the benefit this no­ble profession was the joy of see­ing your patients recovering from health-related problems and being blessed by them in return,” he said.

“I thank my parents who strug­gled to get me enrolled into nurs­ing and grandparents.

“During my three years of edu­cation, I never took sick leave and sacrificed so many hours because I wanted to become a nurse.

“The most challenging experi­ence was having online classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, preparing for exams which were held every two weeks and then at­tending practical sessions.”

With the scholarship he was able to stay with his parents in Labasa and pursue his studies.

He heaped praises on college di­rector Eleni Kata for giving him a second chance.

Ms Kata said Nelvish reaped the rewards of hard work, sacrifice and dedication, to be top student of Class 2019.

“Because of the lockdown and logistical issues, the above cohort graduated in absentia, as endorsed by the Academic and Staff Board of the College,” Ms Kata said.

She said the College was estab­lished to cater for Northern stu­dents by the TISI Sangam Fiji, but they have over the years enrolled students from other parts of the country.

“Apart from contributing to the health services in Fiji, we hope that we have taken families out of poverty with employment oppor­tunities afforded to nurses, mid­wives and other nursing cadres that we have graduated over our 17 years of existence,” she said.

“Along with the 98 graduates, 19 students graduated with a Post­graduate Diploma of Midwifery.”

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