It was not easy pursuing a course he was not keen in. But instead of giving up, Mohamed Sharif Varusai Mohamed studied hard and his effort paid off. He was honoured with the Special Director’s Award at Politeknik Ungku Omar’s (PUO) 44th convocation ceremony recently. The 3-day convocation which began on Monday, August 3 saw over two thousand students from various course streams graduating with flying colours.
Head of Director Major (Reserve) Dato’ Haji Md Nor Yusuf, who was present at the event, congratulated the graduates for their dedication.
“As you are now graduates, I hope you’ll never stop learning,” said Md Nor in his opening speech.
“Every time I am about to take a quiz or an exam, I’d call my mother. My parents’ blessing is the reason why I am here,” said Sharif when asked about his secrets to success. The youngster plans to continue his studies but for now he wants to gain experience in the business world by working at his father’s grocery shop.
As for Widiyaastuti Mukhtar who received three awards; Special Director’s Award, Excellence in Academic Award and Curriculum Award her primary focus is on helping her family before pursuing further studies.
“My parents have done a lot for me and this is payback time. After completing my course in April 2015, I was offered a job as a customs officer in Johor Bahru. As the eldest child, I am glad that I am now able to lessen my parents’ burden,” said Widiyaastuti.
Widiyaastuti too received the Special Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia’s award for her achievement. Others who received the award were Nurhafiza Anas, Nadzirah Shamsury, Nor Affinah Abdul Gafur, Nur Syahirah Shobri and Mustaza Musman President of the Islamic foundation, Dato’ Abd Malek Awang Kechil, gave away the awards to the winners.