The Department of Chemical Engineering and Pulp and Paper Technology at DUT honored students who excelled academically during its annual Student Awards Ceremony held at the DUT Hotel School, Ritson Campus, on Friday last week (22 August 2014).
The initiative, held to encourage student performance, has grown over the years. Top students from all levels of study within the Department were honored for academic excellemnce with certificates and other prizes.
Twins, Sandia and Savania Gounden were among the highlights of the awards ceremony, with Sandia scooping four awards and Savania winning the Top Achievement Award in Mathematics. Both students were also honoured for completing their diploma studies cum laude. The twins’ father; Anandh Gounden, was acstatic. “As parents we are quite happy about their achievements.
They have done a great achievement to themselves and to us as well and we hope that it holds them in good state for the future. We constantly motivate them to do their best and our policy is always to do the best you can, and as parents, we try to lead by example.
They have been very hard working from the time they have been at school. They always give their best and are very dedicated and they put their studies first so we think that is something that also makes a difference,” he said.
Sandia Gounden was ecstatic excited about her awards, saying her success, as well as her sister’s, is due to hard work and dedication. “My sister and I inspire each other by studying together for exams and we constantly motivate each other. I hope to get into a program to mentor other students one day,” she said.
Tegan van Zyl won the Top Academic Achiever Award in the National Diploma category and was also honoured for completing her National Diploma cum laude. The ambitions van Zyle sees herself as a manager in the next five years. “I’m very happy because a lot of hard work has paid off. I have a lot of proud moments in my life and this is one of them. I am motivated to work hard in order to be successful and be noticed. In the next five years, I hope to be a manager of some sort in FFS Refiners where I am currently employed,” she said.
MTech student, Thuto Mahole, who now works for Anglo American Platinum was honoured for completing her BTech studies cum laude. She loves mentoring and sees herself as a production manager of a manufacturing plant in the next five years. “I love mentoring and I believe that is how I would give back to DUT,” she said.
Department HoD; Dr Maggie Chetty said the Chemical Engineering and Pulp and Paper Technology is an intensive programme but students are able to succeed through hard work.
She however commended both her students and their parents for enduring the long road travelled from matric. “It starts from the very first day you apply through CAO and you are standing outside the department hoping that you get the place. Everyone gets stressed from the students to the parents to ensure that you get a place. It’s quite an intensive program and we do realise that students are very hard working,” she said.
Pictured: The students who won awards during the Chemical Engineering and Pulp and Paper Technology Annual Awards Ceremony held at DUT Hotel School, Ritson Campus, on Friday last week (22 August 2014).