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MGSS/RTSS bags 4 laureates

The HSC Results 2010 were announced yesterday, 7 February 2011 after Hon. Dr. Navin Ramgoolam approved the list of Laureates 2010 in the company of Hon. Vasant Bunwaree and Prof. Lucien Finette at the Prime Minister’s Office, Port Louis. The official list of HSC 2010 scholarships per side is as follows and the Scholarship rank list 2010 is published on the website of MES.

It is with great joy and satisfaction that the rectors – Mr. T. Mauree and Mr. M. Gungaparsad learnt they have laureates on the Boys side at their respective institutions. MGSS Student RAMBOJUN: ADWAYE MIHIRKIRAN obtains the SSR National Scholarship (Science Side) whilst on the Arts side, BABBEA:  ALVIN MAHADEO wins the State of Mauritius Scholarship. After 3 years of waiting, the MGI List of Laureates below will be updated and have these bright laureates names proudly engraved to further inspire current students of the Star School.

Down back the memory lane, MGI last laureate was Visham Appadoo on the Science Side in the year 2007. Check out the blog post on the day of Laureate announcement.


On the other side, the rural situated college is in the headlines with ‘Rabindranath Tagore SS  prend sa place parmi les grands!’. The chest is held high for all the Tagorians which include students and ex-students, staff (non-academic also), well-wishers (which include Tuition teachers) and Parents. Kheelesh Poonye (Science Side) and Sooyash Dosonye (Technical Side) have excelled in their respective stream. Check out for more updates..


(left-right) Ravin Dwarka Chairman of RTI, Kheelesh Poonye, Mahen GungaParsad(Rector), Sooyash Dosonye and Kavita Buckory(Deputy Rector)


To conclude, I would like to Warmly congratulate the bright academics as they make all the people surrounding them very proud of this achievement. You (laureates and ranked after laurestes) now have the doors open for further studies at prestigious institutions worldwide together with financial incentives from the State. Enjoy your future university student life and do not hesitate to return to our Motherland to put your intellect at the service of the Mauritian economy.  Don’t just focus on academics side as Overall Personality Development also is a key ingredient for success in your endeavours! Keep it Up and All the Best!

Welcome to University of Mauritius, freshers 2010/2011

7 years have gone in the routine life of:

5.00 am: beepp, wake up and get ready for school

7.00 – 8.00am: Travel (transport gratuit)

8.00a – 2.30pm: 8 or 9 study periods according to the school timetable

2.30- 3.30: Travel (or kasse ene poz lor lagare)

4.00-5.30 or 3.00 – 4.30: Tuition

5.00 – 6.00: Travel back home

6.00-8.00: Home – relax, dinner, news on TV

8.30 – 10.30: Homework

and so on until Saturdays and Sundays come where still you avoid going to Weddings or other events, why? because of Tuitions!

But now that you have secured admission at the Prestigious University of Mauritius, I would like to wish you a Warm Welcome to this new world! Believe me, when I remember the above mentioned routine college life (me it was more tough since I was competing for State Scholarship, euhh which i won finally :)), I get sick, because it was a life characterised by No Freedom, you are programmed to do this and that at particular time. You keep focused on passing either the school exams or the A-Level, O-Level papers. Freshers 2010/2011, congrats, you are now leaving this boring, dull routine life for a more exciting one, for a more dynamic and challenging one: That of University Student Life! Welcome to the Club guys/ girls!

Let me guess: You must be between 17 to 19 years old, you spent a great college life between friends and few girlfriends/boyfriends here and there, you have worked hard for your A-level and looking forward for further studies instead of entering the world of work directly, and finally you chose University of Mauritius. If so, please read my previous blog post for freshers 2009/2010 and this article is a continuation of that. Similarly, other interesting blog posts related to UoM include: Video Editing Skills for University Presentations, Prof Konrad Morgan: Vice-Chancellor at UoM, UoM- Money-making institution?, Go: Final exams in May, TNT Express, Ceridian, Acca, Active societies on the UoM campus and many more

So here we are, I have been sharing the goodness of being a University of Mauritius student on this blog of mine since 2007. My final semester to go and final exams, as from next year, I don’t know on what will my blog be focussed on? maybe on freelance web developer or Apple fanboy…Anyway, i will revisit the blog posts in the UoM category with great nostalgia, that’s for sure. To all the readers out there, it has been a great pleasure reading your comments and replying to them. I hope that even after University, I will still be blogging on something that interests you and your curious mind.

A few pieces of advice for Freshers 2010/2011:

New University Life

Firstly say Goodbye to the teen years spent in teacher-student relationship. You are now going to embark into a more mature relationship between Lecturer-University Student, and that one is totally different, yes, you can believe me. Lecturers don’t give home tuitions or any spoonfeeding attitude. Normally, they are bright academics with either a Masters degree or even Doctor or MPhil. Some are geniuses who talk in abstract language with you whilst others might be demanding ones requiring independent thinking on your part.

Secondly, your new study places: Classes and Lecture Theatres. These are not anymore the college classes where compulsory attendance is taken. Here, you are mature enough to choose by yourself whether you want to enter the lecture or spend your time in the library or near bassin-canard with friends. However note that UoM has implemented 80% compulsory attendance, failure of which can disqualify you to sit for the exams

For some modules with large cohorts, you will be going in very nice lecture theaters. Believe me there are only powerpoint and sometimes merely notes given to you to take. No longer is the time where your teacher used to explain the chapter to you very meticulously so that the only thing left is comprehension and ability to tackle questions. At university its different. Lecturers foster the culture of making you become independent of them, forcing you to go read books by yourself, go and understand the chapter by yourself. They only act as a Guide and not as a :

Breast Feeder!

Thirdly, Enjoy the modules that you are studying. You must choose a course which YOU WANT TO DO, and for which you are prepared to have a career in it. Study hard to earn this degree! However, don’t do like this:

Be disciplined. Don’t spend your university leisure time so much that you don’t put a balance with study time. By adapting to the new university life, you will realise that you have to practice sound Time Management.

and finally, meet new friends, they will be here with you for 3 years now, doing group assignments together and having fun together…

The first contact will be probably be made at the Orientation week from 2 to 6 August 2010, the dates being as follows:

Faculty of Engineering – Wednesday 4 August

Faculty of Law & Management – Thursday 5 August. (Maybe I will come on this day)

That’s all for now folks, for any more, please do not hesitate to jot down comments, it’s free and easy!


Prof Konrad Morgan: Vice-Chancellor at UoM

Prof Konrad Morgan

Currently in the news and in the blogosphere, we can read that Prof. Konrad Morgan will be the new UoM Vice-Chancellor. My first reaction: ‘Euhh….a Foreigner for the first time at the head of the institution (academic)’

Sadly for Pr Ameena Gurib-Fakim, we read her reaction:

Je suis quant même déçue car j’ai fait plus de 20 ans à UoM. Ce que je ressens peut être ressenti par n’importe qui d’autre, qui, comme moi, aurait fait carrière, dans une institution, car on s’attend tous à ce que notre contribution soit reconnue’

Upon Googling for the new UoM Vice-Chancellor, we find that Morgan has his own Professional Online Presence: . That’s Great! 😀

My first reaction: I am hyper happy that we have a Computer Scientist at the head of UoM Academics. Personally I feel that there will be a new wind of change at the Réduit Campus. We truly hope that there will be positive outcomes like: re-inforcing International Education standard at UoM, upon the appointment of the new VC.

Amongst many innovative projects that I have, one has been close to me: The idea is to have a platform for all Mauritian Students studying at Tertiary level. The use of various platforms like e-learning, e-commerce, social networking by both the Students, Alumni, Academics etc.

We hope that the new VC’s administration will have a no-nonsense philosophy maybe backed by: “Putting Students first” or “Transforming UoM into a world-class University 2.0”

Let’s wait and observe the wind of change…