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GOPIO felicitates young academics and high achievers

The Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) Sydney, felicitated Indian Australian HSC scholars and special achievers at a gala event titled ‘GYAAN 2015’ on February 28, 2015, at Castle Grand Function Centre. A number of young people who had scored a high ATAR in the recently held HSC exams were excited to be a part of this event, applauding their academic efforts.

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“The HSC is no piece of cake and requires a game plan when approach it,” said Rubainraj Naidu, one of the award recipients. “The biggest transition for me was moving from year 10 to year 11, and how new study habits needed to be developed. It is also good to surround yourself with supportive people like family and friends. Maintaining a good balance between school and hobbies is also important. I believe maintaining my study ethics through the whole year is what helped me to reach my goal to achieve an ATAR of 98.45,” he added, explaining his success.“Undertaking HSC in 2014 at Cherrybrook Technology High GOPIO felicitates young academics and high achievers School has been one of the most significant achievements in my life,” stated Suriya Shanmuga adding, “Whilst it is essential to stay focused on studying and achieving good results, I believe that maintaining the balance between study and social life significantly contributes to this.” In addition to Rubainraj and Suriya, awards were also presented to Abhishek Goyal, Pearl Dhaliwal, Pratik Raichurpur, Anshuri Sood, Rohan Dharni, Dilawar Gill, Jaspreet Kaur, Vaibhav Chandani, Naga Aditya Koneru, Sharman Dhar, Vidhi Somaiya, Kartik Modur, Amitouj Singh Sandhu, Natasha Jain and Rohit Sarkar, all HSC achievers who have made the community proud.

The next item on the agenda was the awards presentation to high achievers in their fields of specialisation like the performing arts, sports, film, literature, community service, journalism and media. Eminent personalities honoured included Kumud Merani, Pallavi Sinha, Vimala Luthra, Rekha Rajvanshi and Vasan Srinivasan, the popular community leader based in Victoria. Vasan could not attend in person, but sent a great message announcing that his organisation has just secured $4.8 million in funding and a license for a 60-bed ethno-specific aged care facility in Victoria. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) team was also honoured at the even.

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The event was well attended with over 400 people present including Chief Guest Professor Michelle Simons, Dean of Education, University of Western Sydney (UWS), presiding on behalf of Professor Barney Glover, Vice Chancellor. Also present at the 4-hour long event were a number of Federal and State leaders representing the Liberal and Labor parties, as well as community and business leaders, parents and studentst.

Rahul Jethi, Owner Manager of Bank of Queensland, Bella Vista was the Platinum sponsor and key supporter of the GYAAN Awards event. Other sponsors included Centrum Printing, Milan Bazaar, Elegant Creations, PC Tech 24, Stark Real Estate, MM Jewels, Ultimate Air, Fortune World Travel and Ginger Indian Restaurant. A variety entertainment cultural show presented by Sydney’s popular Dr Madhvi Mohindra of Elegant Creations and Dr Kanan Shah of Nartan Institute of Performing Arts (NIPA), was enthusiastically received as various dances such as Rajasthani, Bharatanatyam, Haryanvi, Bollywood and bhangra were performed with elegance and enthusiasm..

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GYANN 2015 is another feather in the cap of Bhupinder Chhibber, President of GOPIO Sydney, and his dedicated executive team and volunteers. Congratulations to the award winners and GOPIO, for felicitating these bright stars in the community.

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