Karan gives Chaguanas Pres its 4th President’s Medal
By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Saturday, September 14 2013
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PRESIDENT MEDAL WINNER: PRESIDENT Medal winner Abhinav Karan at his school, Presentation College, Chaguanas, yesterday....
ONE of the two students who took home the prestigious President’s gold medal in the CAPE 2013 examinations is an 18-year-old, who was born in India and migrated with his Indian parents to Trinidad.
India-born Abhinav Karan, formerly of Presentation College, Chaguanas, yesterday told Newsday that although he was expected to cop the title, the news itself came as a shock to him.
Karan who lives with his parents — Dr Anish, 57, and Manjula, 43 and sister Meenal, 13 in Mt Hope, is currently pursuing studies in medicine at the University of the West Indies. He migrated to Trinidad at the age of nine months.
“I was shocked although I knew I was in line for it. I am happy that I won it. I saw the report on television, and then I heard my name... I had just returned from a lecture at UWI in St Augustine,” he said.
On Thursday Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar at a laptop distribution ceremony in St James announced that Karan, and another student Shelimiah Peterkin, of St Joseph’s Convent, St Joseph, won the President’s medals.
Yesterday, Karan visited his secondary school where during a special assembly, he urged the elated students to become disciplined in their studies to be successful as he was in the exams. He admitted that it was not an easy road, emphasising that he had organised his time wisely.
“It’s not easy. I can say that for sure. You have to study pretty hard to get it. The key was that I organised my time wisely. I had everything prepared, and it worked out well. My advice to students is to be self-disciplined. You have to know when to study, at the same time all work, and no play is real stress,” he explained.
Students cheered as they loudly greeted him at the school. Karan is the fourth consecutive student to cop this title for the Central secondary school.
Although his father is a medical doctor, Karan noted that the decision to also pursue medicine was his own. “I am interested in the human body, and always wanted to know more. Yes, he, my father, had an input, but it was mainly my motivation. I intend to specialise, but I am not sure. I would like to do neurology,” he explained.
At present he loves attending UWI which he said has “good lecturers,” but is undecided on whether or not he would switch the venue for tertiary studies.
Speaking in an Indian accent, his father, Dr Anish said his son was expected to get a medal. “He was always doing well at school. When I got the call at about 5.30 pm yesterday (Thursday) I was extremely elated,” said the father. Speaking of relations mayor Nagessar said it is good for Chaguanas that this has happened once more. This is my farewell year from the Corporation, and this is a good send off for me,” said the mayor.