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Four to one
– Females outnumber male UG graduates

Posted in Education by wiig on December 6, 2005
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Guyana Chronicle – December 6, 2005

FEMALES have outnumbered males at the latest University of Guyana graduation by more than four to one.

At the Tain, Berbice campus graduation Saturday, Mrs Pamela Vanessa Rose who obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in English was adjudged the Best Graduating Student.

Ms Nathalie Ann Ramotar who completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Education was honoured for being the second best graduating student. Ms Ramotar also received acclamation for making the greatest contribution in other areas of university activities. Of the graduates, 130 were females and 39 males.

Director of the UG Berbice Campus, Dr Parsram Thakur was astonished at the disparity. He said “it was almost beyond belief” that of the 169 students who graduated, 130 or 77% were females and 39, or 23%, were males. He wondered aloud whether the intellectual of the male species was becoming endangered. “As a member of the male species, I have cause for worry,” Thakur said.

UG Pro-Chancellor Dr Prem Misir noted that the gender gap was a complete reversal from the situation at the establishment of the university when of the 179 enrolled, 149 were males.

Best graduating student Rose gave the valedictory address and apart from the Best and Second Best Graduating Students, several other graduates, predominantly females, received prizes for excellence in general areas as well as in their respective divisions of study. From the 169 graduates, 74 completed degree and certificate programmes within the School of Education and Humanities, 71 from the Faculty of Social Sciences and 24 within the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

IN THE FOREFRONT: females dominate at the graduation.

The graduation ceremony was held in a colourfully decorated university square at the Tain Campus. Though held under slightly overcast weather conditions, it was well attended by graduates, scores of relatives and friends and luminaries of the academic community.
The two-hour programme was interspersed with pleasant musical renditions by the Guyana Police Force Band.

Misir, in the keynote address, urged the batch to become torch bearers to ensure that the hard won credibility of the institution from its establishment to date is sustained — not only nationally but within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and internationally, particularly within the context of globalisation.

He stressed that education is the most significant variable in the accomplishment of rapid economic and technological development and there was no other way out.

Graduates, he argued, have a responsibility to help establish a social order grounded in the values of freedom, social justice and equal opportunity.

Misir traced the origins and development of the university from the days when he said it was disparagingly referred to as “Jagan’s night school” to its continued existence and current high state of repute. He recalled the early days which he said saw the evolution of the university as the wellspring of education amidst political turmoil.

He maintained that the university’s continued existence is largely a product of the guiding light and resoluteness of its founder, the late President Cheddi Jagan, as well as those academics and administrators who “stood their ground to ensure that the university continued to have breadth and to be of high degree.”

The hard won credibility of the university was an important development that all concerned must strive to safeguard, Misir urged.
On a light note, he told the graduates he knew that some of them would migrate to greener pastures. “I can’t do anything about that. But don’t forget the remittances,” he quipped. In his report to the convocation, Thakur expressed satisfaction that the UGBC had expanded from campuses at Tain and John to a third campus at Port Mourant.

He said the number of graduates this year was the largest to date and this will continue to grow. “We are moving forward. We need to move forward because a university is a forward moving place. We do not want to go back to the routine or to become outmoded or hidebound. We do not want to become fossilised. We want to be proactive and will be proactive,” he vowed.

The director praised the staff of the faculties of the Berbice Campus for their hard work and support and said the success of the fourth convocation was a credit to their commitment. He also saluted the graduates for their hard work. “The broad smiles and shining faces are a testimony to the joy in the hearts of the many of you,” he observed.

He told the graduates that they were now among the brightest and the most educated in their communities and they had the capability and the responsibility to make a difference. “Let your light so shine,” he stressed. (CLIFFORD STANLEY)

OPEN PRIZES:
Pamela Vanessa Rose – NBIC Award For Best Graduating Student
Nathalie Ann Ramotar – Demerara Bank Award For Second Best Graduating Student
Mangaldai Surijpaul – Laparkan Award For Best Graduating Student in Diploma/Certificate/Associate Degree programmes
Nathalie Ann Ramotar – Nand Persaud Award for the greatest contribution in other areas of university activities
Abdel Ashraf Fudadin – Al Creighton Sports Award and Ansa McAl prize for participation in sports at a consistently high standard
 DIVISIONAL PRIZES:
Coreen Gillian Kum-Rose – B. Parasram/Spready’s Bakery prize for Best Graduating Student in the Degree in Education (Administration)
Marsha Tamara James-Loncke – Director’s Prize for the Best Graduating Student in the Degree in Education (Nursery)
Roquel Alicia Saul – Roy Baijnauth Prize for the Best Graduating Student in the Degree in Education (Primary)
Evette Denise Johnson – Sain Supermarket/Austin Bookstore Prize for the Best Graduating Student in the Degree in English
Imran Mohamed Ally – Maraj & Sons Gas Station/A. Taki Prize for Best Graduating Student in the Certificate in Education
Aslam Hanief – New Building Society (Rose Hall Branch) for Best Graduating Student in the Associate Degree in Biology
Felicia De Souza – Church View Gift Shop/O. Ramprashad/GT&T Prize for the Best Graduating Student in the Associate Degree in Mathematics
Bibi Ayesha Bacchus – David Subnauth Prize for the Best Graduating Student in the Diploma in Computer Science
Ramchand Chandriah – GBTI Award for the Best Graduating Student in the Degree in Public Management
Devica Devi Mangru – Guiadeen Prize for the Best Graduating Student in the Diploma in Public Management
Monica Mangru – Lavi’s Bargain Centre/DDL/Metro Prize for Best Graduating Student in the Diploma in Marketing
Mangaldai Surujpaul – P.S. Thakur Prize for the Best Graduating Student in the Diploma in Accountancy
Mirica Lynnae Patterson – A. Ally & Sons/N.A. Hamid Prize for Best Graduating Student Diploma in Social Work.

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