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Final Year Chemical Engineering undergraduate won first in the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council's Photo & Essay Competition

MPOCC Photo Essay Competition Winners

The School of Chemical Engineering is proud to announce that Tharveen Raj Rajalingam, a Final Year Chemical Engineering student won First Prize in the Photo & Essay Competition organised by the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC). He bagged RM1500 during the announcement of all the winners in July.

The competition, which was held in April this year, selected 3 winners from all the participating universities in the country. The Second and Third prizes went to Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and the University of Nottingham, Malaysia respectively.

Tharveen wrote a short motivational paragraph calling all Chemical Engineering students to rise against all odds...
“Being in a university is not always about assignments, books and tests. I for one find it really dull and monotonous, hence taking part in competitions which concern my field of study, Chemical Engineering became a norm, year in year out. It is only when you compete with others, you find out what are you really made of and how well-versed you are in the scope of interest. I am delighted for winning the first prize in this competition and so proud of bringing fame to the School of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia in the eyes of the community. I’d like to thank Associate Professor Dr. Vel Murugan Vadivelu as well as postgraduate students Sivarajah Ganesan and Vjayan Thirumakunasagaran for their constant support and valuable input. I encourage all current and upcoming undergraduates at the School of Chemical Engineering to participate in competitions and events which concern our discipline no matter what the level of participation or difficulty is. It is only in those experiences we strive to improve ourselves further and become better as a whole. Reach out and engage with the postgraduate students as well as the lecturers in our School. Believe me, you will learn a whole lot more. Chemical Engineering is one area of discipline that offers many opportunities in applying sciences to real-world challenges and Chemical Engineers sometimes draw upon the most powerful tools and solutions when it comes to innovation and implementation in solving a vast range of problems. Colour your days during the university life not only by learning but also engaging and participating.” - Tharveen Raj