23 High-Achievers in Pharmaceutical Sciences
UKZN’s Pharmaceutical Sciences Discipline produced an impressive set of 23 top achievers - 12 graduated summa cum laude and 11 cum laude.
The Discipline named Mr Sashen Naidoo of Bakerville Gardens and Ms Naeema Bayat of Mayville as its Best Overall Students, with Bayat, whose parents are both pharmacists, scooping the Best Pharmacology Student and Best Pharmaceutics Student awards.
‘It’s truly a great yet humbling feeling, my class was an extremely brilliant bunch and I'm so fortunate to have studied amongst them,’ she said.
The Best Pharmaceutical Chemistry Student award went to Naidoo who said: ‘There is a sense of pride, honour and accomplishment, as well as a sense of relief, knowing that all of those long nights of hard work have paid off. Words do not adequately describe these feelings.
‘Sadly, my dad passed away in 2014, but I know that he was and still is always guiding me. My mum has to be the strongest person I know. Besides being our pillar of strength, she is my biggest critic and an even greater fan. My brother is very proud of me and I hope that I can continue to be an excellent role model for him,’ said Naidoo who enjoyed and excelled in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in school.
‘Logging onto Student Central and seeing that “Degree Complete” sign above your results, trust me, it is one of the best feelings in the world,’ said cum laude graduate, Ms Yuthika Prahladh. ‘In a way, I did expect to do well, but more than that I put in the time and effort because I enjoyed what I was studying.’
‘I definitely want to further my studies,’ said Ms Abigail Mukaro of Zimbabwe whose family moved to South Africa in 2008. ‘The health sector is always expanding so I want to learn more and continue my professional development in the pharmaceutical field. I am mostly interested in clinical pharmacy so that’s where I see myself in future.’
‘I would like pursue my master’s degree after community service next year,’ said Ms Shamera Bridglall who is currently doing her internship at King Dinuzulu Hospital. ‘When my results were released, I think my parents were more excited about it than me! Coming from an academically inclined background where both my parents are teachers, I know that they are proud of this achievement.’
Pharmaceutical Sciences Academic Leader, Professor Thirumala Govender said: ‘The impressive performance can be attributed to the high performing matriculants we recruit at UKZN and the hard work of both students and staff. We wish them every success and trust that they will translate their outstanding academic results into being the best practising pharmacists serving their communities.’
The Dean and Head of School of Health Sciences, Professor Mahmoud Soliman said this was indeed an impressive achievement for the discipline, congratulated and wished all the students the very best of luck in the future.