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The Joy of Winning Academic Prizes!


During college days, there is a special day attributed to reward academic excellence: Prize Giving Day. This day has always been special to me for many reasons i) to obtain the first prize ii) to enjoy the cultural show in the MGI auditorium iii) to return home and proudly show to parents the new prize being added to the collection.

Let’s do a flashback a bit………

Primary School days:

Std 3 to Std 5 : I came either first or second or exequo in General Subjects (Maths, French, English, E.V.S)

Std 3 to Std 6: Hindi –Ā  came mostly first in my class or sometimes exequo with a girl classmate or she would came first and me second.

Secondary College days:

Form 3: First -Computer Studies

Form 4:First – Computer Studies

Form 5: Second – Computer Studies, Special Prize to the contribution to the Computing Dept.

Lower 6: First – Economics, Computing, Certificate of Excellence for contribution in the MGI college website

Upper 6: First – Computing, AS Hindi Laureate

University days

Well, at university level, its different. Some academics put emphasis on obtaining the “First Class” degree Grade in order to have aĀ  chance to obtain a scholarship.

Interestingly, here is what our Software Engineering lecturer noted from his years of experience at the University:

1:1 Degree student: Either end up becoming a Lecturer or doing Research in Labs abroad

2:1 Degree student: Average Programmer

2:2 Degree student: Brillant Programmers (Surprisingly)

3rd Class students: Good Businessmen.

(NB: the lecturer “requested” for a study to confirm the above hypothesis of him)

In one of the interesting module I am studying, there is the tradition of awarding excellence reward to the student who comes first.

Whats your personal opinion on rewarding excellence, do you think this is an effective motivating factor?

12 responses

  1. 2:2 Degree student: Brillant Programmers (Surprisingly)

    haha, nice one, and a reality!!!

    23 March, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    • Yes, another thought on it is that a lecturer found an exceptional case of a student who did not graduated but became a very brilliant programmer. He could do all labsheets in one day and a project in matter of hours.

      24 March, 2009 at 2:13 pm

  2. “1:1 Degree student: Either end up becoming a Lecturer or doing Research in Labs abroad

    2:1 Degree student: Average Programmer

    2:2 Degree student: Brillant Programmers (Surprisingly)

    3rd Class students: Good Businessmen.”

    My Managing Human Resources module lecturer is of the same opinion. šŸ˜€

    24 March, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    • ya. Mostly in the newspapers, you get congrualations to Mr. X, Miss Y for passing his/ her degree with a Range 2:1 to 2:2. Rarely 1:1 and very very rarely 3rd class.

      24 March, 2009 at 2:15 pm

  3. Sun

    ahh.. yeah.. its always nice to come home with those prizes or report-book with nice ranks!

    however.. i was alwaays *beep* in hindi… šŸ˜›

    Well.. about the 3rd class studs being Good business man! totally agree!! šŸ˜›

    24 March, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    • Yeah, report books! Damn those were the times when your parents have to sign them and read remarks made by the teachers: “Still room for improvement” etc.

      24 March, 2009 at 7:12 pm

  4. šŸ˜€ for me it was

    Hindi in std 5 first prize

    and lower and upper first prize in art and design šŸ˜€

    Enplus at Hindu Girls prize giving is done in a grand way too nice …

    25 March, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    • ahh, the famous Hindu Gurls girlz!
      Got to tackle with them during Elocution contest organised by the Hindi Speaking Union. Eventually we (MGI) are the best!:)

      Me, I won the 2nd prize in Art competition for a magazine at primary level. The prize giving ceremony was at Port Louis Theatre and I got to give bizous (shy smiley) to mrs. Shakuntala Hawoldar who was handing me the prize.

      Cool, Art & Design, that’s y I apprecite creativity on your blog. We have something in common šŸ˜€
      If you have time, come at the Fine Arts section of MGI (Salon de May), its a haven for artists.

      25 March, 2009 at 8:29 pm

  5. Remarks in report book i always had ” talkative in klass ” i duno why :S

    25 March, 2009 at 8:26 pm

  6. Was always top in primary… even in Hindi.

    As soon as I joined college, laziness came in & performance went down… But managed to get ranked in HSC.

    Uni is disaster for me… Need to pwn it. šŸ˜¦

    RCPL FTW šŸ˜€

    26 March, 2009 at 5:46 am

  7. @ashesh .. last year i went to salon de mai .. as every year the work were wonderful . I always wanna do fine arts šŸ˜¦ i landed in political science lol At end of the day i think we dont really do fine arts to be a good artist . As technique , well the artist will invent them … there no real need to copy other technique

    2 April, 2009 at 1:24 pm

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