Outstanding Engineering Students Land Pius Langa ScholarshipsGeneral

First-year Engineering students and Pius Langa Scholarship winners, Mr Nikyle Bisseru (left) and Mr Thesan Appalsamy.First-year Engineering students and Pius Langa Scholarship winners, Mr Nikyle Bisseru (left) and Mr Thesan Appalsamy.

UKZN prides itself on the number of outstanding matriculants it attracts each year and 2016 has been no exception.

Two bright young matriculants, Mr Nikyle Bisseru and Mr Thesan Appalsamy, were each awarded a Pius Langa Scholarship for being ranked in the top 10 of the 2015 KZN Provincial Education Department NSC examinations.

Bisseru matriculated from Durban High School in 2015 with a flush of As.  The recipient of UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science Top Maths and Science award while at school, Bisseru is presently completing his first year in the Mechanical Engineering Discipline. 

When it came to choosing a career, Bisseru had many options but engineering always appealed to him.  ‘I always had an aptitude for engineering and machinery in modern industry,’ he said. ‘Engineers are risk takers and problem solvers in our world and I want to be someone who can impact the world in a positive way.’

Former Greenbury Secondary School pupil Thesan Appalsamy - now a first-year Chemical Engineering student at UKZN - is equally proud of his scholarship. 

Appalsamy’s success stemmed from his high school career where he was placed 4th in the Pinetown District as well as 4th overall in KZN in his matric year. Some of his outstanding results included 94% for both English and Afrikaans, 96% for Maths and 97% for Physics. 

Appalsamy’s role models include former UKZN Astrophysicist Dr Megan Govender (Dr G) and Chemistry Lecturer Mr Ajay Bissessur.  ‘Dr G ignited a passion for science in me at the tender age of seven when I attended his science classes,’ Appalsamy said. ‘He always encouraged me to be inquisitive and to discover more.’ 

‘I took my interests to science fairs where I met Mr Bissessur who was always willing to help me with my projects,’ said Appalsamy.

Prashina Budree