Inspiring story of Malaysian Sikh student who bags university VC award

According Asia Samachar portal, 25-years old Engineering graduate Amardeep Singh Dhillon has won Vice Chancellor Award and was selected to deliver a speech at the Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTEM) convocation ceremony last week. The success did not come easy. Etched deep in his memory is the time when his father, who was rearing cows in Buntong, Ipoh, met with an accident. Amardeep was then 8 years-old.

His dad Gurdir Singh ended up bedridden following the accident. His mother, Ranjit Kaur, was a housewife.

“It was tough after father met with the accident. We went through a lot of pain. We were helped by the welfare department and some non-government organisations to meet our daily requirements,” says Amardeep.


Amardeep Singh and family after the UTEM graduation ceremony – Photo: Shanno Randhawa

“Despite all this, we always motivated each other not to give up on life. I’m fortunate to have a great family and I’m always thankful to God for this utmost blessing.”

After delivering the convocation speech, Amardeep walked down the podium to give his mother a hug.

“She’s great. She’s strong. She directed towards every success in my life,” he said.

Amardeep, who is currently pursing his PhD at Monash University in Kuala Lumpur, has been a shining star at his university. Last year, his team topped the inter-university Inclusive Innovation Challenge 2018 (IIC) with their invention of an energy harvesting mechanism. He had also won gold in the Innovation and Design Expo (IDEX) 2018.s


Amardeep Singh with his award – Photo: Shanno Randhawa

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