Sikh student lands prestigious Singapore scholarship

Jasdeep Singh Hundal, winner of President's Scholarship, plans to read social sciences and history. He is eyeing a career in Singapore's foreign service

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| Singapore | 16 Aug 2017 | Asia Samachar |

Jasdeep Singh Hundal and four other recipients of Singapore’s President’s Scholarship 2017 – Photo / Dr Tony Tan Facebook

Jasdeep Singh Hundal, one of the five recipients of the coveted President’s Scholarship, intends to join Singapore’s foreign service after graduation.

The 19-year old Raffles Institution graduate, who plans to read social sciences and history,  felt that the foreign service seems to be the “best fit” for him to engage with people, reports Channel News Asia (CNA).

Jasdeep who speaks many languages including Malay, Mandarin and French, said exploring different cultural worlds is a big part of who he is, and that the foreign service seems to be the “best fit” for him to engage with people.

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He was joined by four others – Lee Tat Wei, Agatha Sacha Lim Lee, Wee Jin Ting Cheri and Officer Cadet Lionel Oh Wei Hao – as winners of the scholarship.

The country’s most prestigious scholarship is awarded to outstanding Singaporean students who want to serve the nation through a career in the public service.

“As recipients of the President’s Scholarship, you must inspire others by being role models. As the future generation of the Public Service, Singaporeans trust in your abilities to improve their lives and steer the nation to greater heights,” said President Tony Tan Keng Yam in his speech.

“Awarding scholarships is one important avenue for the Singapore government to build up a talent pool of future leaders to ensure our nation’s continued survival and success. Recipients of the President’s Scholarship represent the best in their cohort, distinguished by their leadership qualities and strong commitment to serving the nation and the people.”

Also present at the ceremony were Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng and Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung.

Singapore President Dr Tony and his wife with Jasdeep Singh Hundal and his parents – Photo / Dr Tony Tan Facebook

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