Sikh pipe band moves Scottish uni to offer scholarship to Malaysian school

Photo: Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Facebook page
By Asia Samachar MALAYSIA |

A Scotland-based university will offer full scholarship each year to one deserving student from the Kuala Lumpur-based Sri Dasmesh International School.

What made Heriot-Watt University Malaysia do it? The university said the collaboration celebrates the shared Scottish roots between the school and the university after a pipe band linked to the school came out winners in a Scottish championship last year.

“Music is an integral part of Scottish culture, and Heriot-Watt, a Scottish University, is proud to have had a Malaysian institution promoting it both at the domestic and international levels,” the university said in an entry on its Facebook.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sri Dasmesh International School (SDIS) on Friday (7 Feb 2020).

SDIS was formed in 2001. Its founder also established the Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band which emerged champs of Grade 4B at the World Pipe Band Championship in Scotland in August 2019. The band also emerged tops for overall and drumming as well best parade.

As the band plays the Scottish Highland Bagpipes, founder Harvinder Singh said the university has connected to it by way of cultural exchange.

“Members of the band who meet the academy criteria of the university can apply for the scholarship to the foundation or any undergraduate program. One scholarship will be provided each year,” he told Asia Samachar in a text message.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia has a purpose-built campus in Putrajaya which was completed in September 2014. (Updated with quote).

Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band at Worlds Glasgow 2019 – Photo: Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band/Jesmsh Singh


Malaysian Sikh pipe band emerge champs at world championships (Asia Samachar, 18 Aug 2019)

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