Guidance For Higher Studies For Highschool Students - 2016 and 2017

The annual Guidance For Higher Studies workshops for High School Students organized by the Association of Sri Lankan Graduates of Canada(ASGC) in partnership with the York Region Distric School Board (YRDSB), Canadian Tamil Alumni Association (CTAA), Candian Tamil Medical Assocation (CTMA) and the Sri Lankan Accountants Association (SAAC) was held on Saturday December 10th, 2015 and Saturday November 4th, 2017 to promote higher education among Tamil youths. This extremely useful event for high school students and their parents were conducted from 10 am till 4 pm at Middlefield Collegiate Institute. This workshop as designed to serve as a forum for dissemintation of information, exchange of ideas, and sharing of academic professional experiences. The moderators and the panelist are selected on the basis of their success in their chosen profession and their ability to relate to youth. As usual, ASGC conducted the event free of charge and provided free lunch to more than 400 students and parents who attended the workshops.

The plenary session of the workshop started with the welcome speech by the ASGC President Mr.Pon Balendaran. Following the welcome speech, YRDSB officials expressed their happiness in supporting such an excellent workshop. This was followed by an inspirational keynote address by Dr. Thas Yuwaraj, Director of Intellectual Property at Synaptive Medical Inc. (2016) and Dr. V. Mannivannan, Teacher, Jarvis Collegiate Institute (2017) delivered inspirational keynote addresses at the respective workshops.

Ms. Suganja Sinnathamby explained the format of the workshop and said that two sessions, once in the morning and other in the afternoon would cover fields of study : Health & Life Sciences, Engineering & Physical Sciences, Creative Industries & Humanities and Social & Business Studies. Each field of study would be addressed by 6 or 7 guest speakers., chosen on the basis of their academic and professional success. The students who be able to ask questions and the discussions would take place in an informal and friendly atmosphere. She also mentioned that the parents would have a separate session to deal with the issues specific to parents. Mr. Daran Somas and Mr. Thiva Kulasingam briefly introduced all the presents to the audience.

Compiled by Dr. V. Manivannan
Executive Director
Association Of Srilankan Graduates Of Canada